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Mark Panaroni Takes John Curry Memorial, 46-lap Mini-Stock feature At the Speedbowl

WATERFORD — Mark Paneroni doesn’t have perfect attendance this season at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl. But he does have perfect results.Panaroni won his third Mini Stock feature in three outings Saturday. This win, however, was more special than the nine career wins that preceded it. Panaroni had to dominate for 46 laps in the inaugural John Curry Sr. Memorial. The race was held in memory of Curry, a good will ambassador at the Speebowl for many years who passed away on Nov. 4. He was the father of Mini Stock competitor Doug Curry, who finished second to Panaroni.

Andrew Molleur won the SK Modified feature in a thrilling inside last-lap pass. Jason Palmer made a late-race outside move to chalk up his third win of the year in the Late Models. Other winners Saturday were Al Stone in the Sportsmen, Jacob Perry in the SK Lites, Jordan Churchill in the Legends, Joe Kohler in the Open Street Stocks and Brett Meservey in the Pro-4 Modifieds.

The crown jewel of the night was the Curry Memorial, dominated by Panaroni.J “My hat’s off to Doug,” Panaroni said in victory lane. “It’s special to win a race in his father’s memory.” It wasn’t easy. Panaroni started 12th, but had moved into the Top 5 by lap 10. He surged into the lead on lap 24 and pulled away after that. He is driving a car owned by former Mini Stock drover Sean Caron. Curry started seventh in the field and worked his way up to second, but couldn’t get close enough to Panaroni to make a serious challenge. “I think we have some work to do to catch up to that 52 car,” said Curry, referring to Panaroni. Chris Garside, driving a team car to Curry, started 22nd and finished eighth to win the Hard Charger Award.

Andrew Molleur saved his best lap for the final lap of the SK Modified featured as he whirl-winded his way past leader Tim Jordan on the final lap to pull out the win. Jordan had taken the lead from Kyle James, but lost at the wire to Molleur, who had won races at the Speedbowl in four divisions — SK Modifieds, SK Lites, Legends and Bandoleros.
“It’s been a real rough series for my dad because we’ve had the worst luck in racing,” Molleur said, “but a win like this could change the entire morale of the team.”

Palmer maintained his hot hand in the Late Models, coming from behind to surge past leader Ryan Morgan late in the race following a double-file restart. “The lanes went the way we needed and we were able move to the front,” Palmer said. “We got a late restart and we capitalized on it to get around Morgan.” On the last lap, Morgan tried to rumble underneath Palmer, but came up short. “I figured I would give it a crossover move, but my car was just too free,” Morgan said.

Four-time Speedbowl champ Al Stone wheeled past Shawn Gaedeke to rack up his second win of the season. Stone started fifth in the field while Gaedeke battled Jon Porter for the early lead. After hanging around in the middle of the pack for the first 10 laps, Stone started to charge through the field and took the lead on lap 15. It was Stone’s 56th career win.

Jacob Perry, in his first Speedbowl SK Lite start, made it a memorable one as he fought off rookies Jason Chapman and  Tyler Barry to get to the winners’ circle. Perry, who has won in the Bandoleros and Mini Stocks prior to his SK Lite win, charged past Chapman late in the race to notch the win. “Jason Chapman put up a great battle,” Perry said. “I had to work hard to beat him. “This proves that hard work does pay off.”

It also paid off for Jordan Churchill, who whirled past Corey Caddick to get the lead, and then held off Brandon Martinez down the stretch to win the 25-lap Legends feature. Joe Kohler has only raced at the Speedbowl four times, but already has learned how to use the inside groove to his advantage. He blasted underneath Dave Gargago on Lap 17 to win the 25-lap Open Street Stock feature. It was his second consecutive win.

The Pro-4 Modified made their first appearance at the Speedbowl, which was a good thing for Brett Meservey, who was in control for the entire race. “The car was on rails tonight,” Meservey said. “It wasn’t that good in practice, but we made a few adjustments and they worked.”

Racing continues Saturday with the first Bob Potter Memorial, a 102-lap SK Modified event that will pay $5,100 to win.

Feature Results 9/12/2020

John Curry Memorial, 46-lap Mini-Stock feature: 1. Mark Panaroni, Ivorytown; 2. Doug Curry, Groton; 3. Jared Roy, Sterling; 4. Larry Loomis, Plainfield; 5. Bill Sylvia, Preston;  6. Dylan DeCoster, Waterford; 7. Kevin Moore, Moosup; 8. Chris Garside, Groton; 9. Nick Pappacoda; North Branford;  10. Chris Taylor. East Lyme.

35-lap SK Modifeds: 1. Andrew Molleur, Shelton; 2. Timmy Jordan, Plainfield; 3. Kyle James, Ashaway RI; 4. Bryan Narducci, Colchester; 5. Anthony Bello; Newtown; 6. Bill Anderson, Wolcott; 7. Adam Gada, Bozrah; 8. Joe Gada, Salem; 9. Paul Buzel, Trumbull; 10. Wendell Dailey, Gales Ferry.

30-Lap Late Models: 1. Jason Palmer, Berlin; 2. Ryan Morgan, North Franklin; 3. Charlie Rose, Tiverton, RI;  4, Jordan Hadley, Groton; 5. Tyler Tomassi, West Greenich RI;  6. Charles Bailey III, Lisbon; 7. Glenn Boss, Danielson; 8. Brad Caddick, Wyoming, RI; 91. Michael Anderson, Brooklyn; 10. Mike Mitchell, N/A.

25-lap SK Lites: 1. Jacob Perry, Pawcatuck; 2. Tyler Barry, Preston; 3. Jason Chapman, Ellington; 4. Bert Ouellette, Ellington; 5. Wayne Burroughs, Oakdale; 6. Sami Anderson, Wolcott; 7. Robert Bloxom, Stratford; 8. Alan Gombos. Monroe; 9. John O’Sullivan III Salem; 10. Anthony Marvin, Waterford..

25-lap Sportsman: 1. Al Stone, Durham; 2. Shawn Gaedeke, Montville; 3. Ryan Morgan, North Franklin, Mass.; 4. Aaron Plemons, Uncasville; 5. Shawn Monahan, Waterford; 6. Chris Douton, Niantic; 7. Kyle Gero. Uncasville;  8. Walt Hovey, Chaplan; 9. Nate Taylor, Preston; 10. Rit Shawn, Westerly, Rhode Island.

25-lap Legends: 1. Jordan Churchill, Groton; 2. Brandon Martinez, Richmond RI;  3. Connor Holderbach, Wolcott; 4. Shileigh Martinez, Richmond RI;  5. Corey Caddick; Wyoming RI; 6. Brendon Hamman, N/A; 7. Gio Riggiero, Seekonk, Mass.;  8. Zachary Martinez, Richmond RI;  9. Corey Fanning, Mapleville RI; 10. Wade Demke, N/A.

25-lap Open Street Stock: 1. Joe Kohler, Cranston, RI;  2. Dave Gargaro, East Lyme; ; 3. Corey Fanning, Mapleville RI; 4. Jon Porter, East Lyme; 5. Chris Rioux, N/A;  6. Vince Pangelinan, N/A; 7. Scott Serydynski, Johnston RI; 8. Chris Gomes, N/A; 9. Robert Arsenault, N/A; 10. Joe Arena., Berlin.

25-lap Pro Four: 1. Brett Meservey; 2. Randy Cabral; 3. Allen Riser; 4. Ben Ashford; 5. Henry Sirignano; 6. Rich Cail; 7. Ryan McPartland; 8. Julian Gorman; 9. Doug Merservey; 10. John Dumas.

John Curry Memorial At the New London Waterford Speedbowl

WATERFORD — John Curry never met a Mini Stock driver that he didn’t want to help.“My dad was the first to offer parts or offer help if a driver needed it,” said his son Doug Curry. “He didn’t want to see guys sit out. He wanted to see them race My dad wanted to give what ever he could to help people out..”

John Curry passed away unexpectedly on Nov. 4. His influence, however, is still felt at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl, where he had a passion for racing, especially the Mini Stock division.

To honor his memory, the first John Curry Memorial race will he held Saturday at the Speedbowl. It will be a 46-lap feature — No. 46 was his car number when he competed in the Speedbowl’s four-cylinder Enduro division.
“Racing was everything to my dad,” said Curry, a top competition the Mini Stock division.  “He really didn’t like driving — he wanted to be a car owner and crew chief. He wanted to be hands on. My dad loved the Speedbowl. His loyalty to the Speedbowl was second to none.”
Curry said the idea for the race started with conversations with then General Manager Mike Serlucca.

“When Mike left, Rick Turcotte, who is the manager, know about the conversations I had and asked me if it was okay with me and my family if they would put on a race in memory of my dad,” Curry said. “I said absolutely. We started to work on the details and the race is really starting to take off.”
Curry said sponsorship laps were available for the race and in less than one hour, all the laps were sold. There will also be many contingency awards, including the Hard Charger Award.

“It has been a team effort,” Curry said. “A lot of people have been helping me with ideas.” Curry will be the race, something he said wouldn’t have happened if it wasn’t for his dad.“I wouldn’t have even stepped foot in a race car if it wasn’t for his influence, his leadership and his guidance,” Curry said. “And he never gave up on me — that is the big thing. We went through several years of hard ship and bad luck, but my dad never stopped believing in me. He said I had a gift and when the time was right, I was going to be able to showcase my talents behind the wheel. It took a while, but lo and behold, he was right.”

Curry is currently leading the Mini Stock division standings by 14 points over two-time Charles Canfield. He has six career wins at Waterford — including two this season — and two wins at Thompson Speedway, a track  here he won the 2019 Mini Stock title.

Curry has his focus set on Saturday’s Memorial race, where he expects a big field of about 20 cars. “Drivers will have a chance to get some extra money,” Curry said. “It’s tough to bring a car to the track, so the extra cash will help.” Curry says any contingency money he wins will go to the American Heart Association.

“It didn’t matter if you liked or didn’t like my dad,” Curry said. “Everyone respected him. He was one of the most passionate people you ever would want to meet. “ That passion will extend to the track for the drivers competing in the first John Curry Memorial. It will be a trophy everyone wants to win

Seven is a Lucky Number for Two Speedbowl Drivers

WATERFORD — Two drivers were able to end their seven-year itch during competition Saturday at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl and were able to scratch the surface of victory lane.

Joe Gada dominated the 35-lap SK Modified feature and posted his first win since 2013.

The same script was true in the 25-lap SK Lite feature, Nicole Thibeault controlled the race to grab her second career victory and her first since 2013.

Other winners were Doug Curry in the Ministocks, Shawn Monahan in the Sportsman, Jason Palmer in the Late Models, Giovanni Ruggiero in the Legends and Colby Lambert in the Open Street Stocks.

Gada started third in the SK feature, but quickly moved into the lead when the two drivers in the front row, Paul Buzel and Rob Janovic Jr. drifted up high, opening up the entire inside of the track for Gada to stomp to the front. Janovic quickly moved into second place and was perched on the back bumper of Gada, but as the race went on, Gada expanded his lead.Kyle James moved into third, but couldn’t generate a serious challenge to Janovic in second place.Corey DiMatteo picked up the most positions, starting eighth and finishing fourth.

Thibeault, meanwhile, grabbed the SK Lite lead early and held off a fast-closing Wayne Burroughs junior to post her first SK Lite win and her second career win. Thibeault said in victory lane that she was happy to win a race in front of her twin 3-year olds, Logan and Lianna. They had a lot to cheer for as Thibeault took off early and never lost her grip on the lead. Burroughs finished second and Charlie McDougall finished third. The winner on Aug. 15, Travis Hydar, was slowed down by a vibration early in the race. After making a pit stop, Hydar rolled through the field to finish fourth.

The turning point of the 30-lap Late Model feature took place on the second lap. Palmer was able to avoid some mayhem when Charles Baileu and Tyler Tomassi got together in the first turn. Palmer moved up into the lead and he held off Ryan Morgan the rest of the way to grab his second win of the season. Tomassi finished third.

Monahan was a runaway winner in the Sportsman race and gave  a warning to the rest of the field. “We’re back for the rest of the season,” said Monahan following his second win of the season. “And we’re going to pick you off one at a time.” Al Stone was second and Morgan was third for the second straight week. Curry came from the seventh position, barreled past Bill Sylvia early in the race and held on for his second win of the season.“The car was tight all day, but we still had plenty of speed,” Curry said. Sylvia, who didn’t finish a race in 2018, enjoyed the first podium of his career.

Ruggiero was in the right place at the right time in the 25-lap legends feature. He was running third when front-runners Jordan Churchill and Conner Holderbach got together late in the race. That left the door to the winners’ circle open for Ruggiero, who captured his first career Legends victory.

Lambert finished the Aug. 15 25-lap Open Street Stock race at the rear of the field. He made a 180-degree turnaround Saturday, surging into the lead early and dictating the pace the rest of the way to chalk up his first career Open win.Joe Koehler ran second and Adam Petty was third.

Racing continues Saturday with an eight-division program. Joining the SK Modifieds, Late Models, Mini-Stocks, Sportsman and SK Lites will be NEMA, the NEMA Lights and the American Three-Quarter Midgets Racing Association

35-lap SK Modifieds: 1. Joe Gada, Salem; 2. Ron Janovic Jr., Waterford; 3. Kyle James, Ashway, RI; 4. Cory DiMatteo, Farmington; 5. Timmy Jordan, Plainfield; 6. Joey Ternullo, Middletown; 7. Jeff Rocco, Wallingford; 8. Bryan Narducci, Colchester; 9. Paul Buzel, Trumbull; 10, Jonathan Puleo, Branford.

30-lap Late Models: 1. Jason Palmer, Berlin; 2. Ryan Morgan, North Franklin; 3. Tyler Tomassi, West Greenwich, RI; 4, Jason Larivee, West Greenwich RI; 5. Glenn Boss, Danielson; 6. Ryan Lineham, Hope Valley RI; 7. Tommy Adams, East Providence RI; 8. Bobby Tripp, Westport, Mass.; 9. Bobby Cole Jr., Middletown, Mass.; 10. Charles Bailey, Lisbon.

25-lap SK Lites: 1. Nichole Thibeault, Southington; 2. Wayne Burroughs, Oakdale; 3. Charlie McDougall, Naugatuck; 4, Travis Hydar, Woodbury; 5. Jason Chapman, Ellington; 6. Bert Ouelette, Ellington; 7. Anthony Bello, Newtown; 5. Todd Taylor, Stonington; 9. Anthony Marvin, Colchester; 10. Tyler Barry, Griswold.

25-lap Sportsmen: 1. Shawn Monahan, Waterford; 2. Al Stone, Durham; 3. Ryan Morgan, North Franklin; 4. Joe Arena, Bristol; 5. Jon Porter, East Lyme; 6. Shawn Gaedeke, Groton; 7. Chris Douton, Waterford; 8. Kyle Gero, Uncasville; 9. Jason Chicolas, Sutton, Mass.; 10. Nickolas Hovey, Chaplin.

25-lap Ministocks: 1. Doug Curry; 2. Charles Canfield; 3. Bill Sylvia; 4. Ray Christian; 5. Dave Trudeau; 6, Tommy Silva; 7. John Bavolacco; 6. Nick Pappacoda; 9. Dave Trudeau Jr.; 10. Evan Bourgois, East Haddam.
25-lap Legends: 1. Giovanni Ruggiero, Seekonk, Mass.; 2. Corey Fanning, Mapleville, RI; 3. Connor Holderbach, Wolcott; 4. Jacob Burns, Bristol RI; 5. Corey Caddick, Richmond, RI; 6. Jordan Churchill, Lisbon;  7. RJ Marcotte, Millville, Mass.; 8. Scott Limkemann, Lebanon; 9. Brendon Hammon, Smithfield, RI.

25-lap Open Street Stocks: 1. Colby Lambert, Westport, Mass.; 2. Joe Kohler, Cranston RI; 3. Adam Petty, Assoneti. Mass.; ; 4. Chad Baxter, Pascoag, RI; ; 5. Corey Fanning, Mapleville RI; 6. Shawn Monahan, Waterford; 7. Ed Perry, Rehobeth, Mass.; 8. Jon Porter, East Lyme; 9. Paul Williams, Stoughton, Mass.; 10. Mike Teague, Middleboro, Mass.