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The New London-Waterford Speedbowl Nostalgia Night

Rob Janovic Jr. of Waterford drove away from the field in the closing stages to win the 35-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modified feature.

It was the first victory for the 2007 division champion since Aug. 16, 2014. It marked Janovic’s 23rd career victory in the division since 2000.

Joey Gada of Salem was second and Todd Owen of Somers third.

In other events, Al Stone III won the Limited Sportsman feature, Ray Christian III won the Late Model feature, Wayne Burroughs Jr. won the Mini Stock feature and Dana DiMatteo won the Legends feature.

In the SK Modified feature, Brent Sweet took the field to green with Adam Gada to his outside.

Janovic made an early move to get third place past Bo Gunning.

With 30 laps left Janovic got by Adam Gada to move into second place.

The caution flew with 22 laps remaining and Sweet leading Janovic.

On the ensuing restart it was Janovic getting the jump to take over the lead. Behind them Joey Gada moved to third.

With 17 laps left Joey Gada was able to get by Sweet to take over second, with Janovic having checked out.

The caution flew again with 15 laps left but Joey Gada had nothing to keep up with Janovic over the closing stages.

Christian, of Uncasville, got his third victory of the season in the 30-lap Late Model feature. Jeff Smith Old Lye was second and Keith Rocco of Wallingford third.

Christopher Garside took the field to green with Christian to his outside.

With 27 laps remaining Christian moved by Garside in the outside to take over the lead, with Anthony Flannery following him into second place.

Two laps later Rocco moved into third place.

With 21 laps left Rocco moved to second place by Flannery and began hunting down Christian out front.

As the leaders were readying to take the white flag a caution flew to set up the green-white-checkered finish.

On the restart, it was Rocco getting the advantage and leading on the outside as the leaders took the white flag.

On the final lap Christian got Rocco up the track in turn four. As Rocco went toward the wall it was Smith moving into second place behind Christian at the checkered flag.

Stone, the reigning division champion from Durham, picked up his fourth victory of the season in the 25-lap Limited Sportsman feature.

Josh Galvin of Oakdale was second and Chris Meyer of Norwich third.

Jon Porter took the field to green with Charles Beal to his outside.

Stone used an early three-wide move to get up through traffic and got by Monte Gibbs for third with 23 laps left.

With 16 laps left Stone used the outside lane to move by Beal for second place and began chase on Porter.

With 12 laps remaining Stone got under Porter off of turn two and moved to the lead going into turn three.

Galvin moved to second past Porter with 10 laps left, but Stone was already checking out.

Stone continued to lengthen his lead over the final 10 laps.

Reigning Mini Stock champion Burroughs, of Oakdale, scored his third victory in the last four events and fourth victory overall in 2016.

Ken Cassidy Jr. of Lisbon was second and Jacob Perry of Pawcatuck third.

Charles Canfield took the field to green with Jordan Hadley moving quickly to second place.

On a restart with 22 laps remaining, Hadley was able to move to the lead with Cassidy rolling to second place.

A quick caution set up another restart with 21 laps left and Cassidy used the chance to go by Hadley for the lead.

The caution flew again with 12 laps remaining with Cassidy leading, Perry in second and Burroughs third. On the restart it was Burroughs making the battle three-wide to the low lane and taking over the top spot out of turn two.

The caution flew again with seven laps remaining, but Burroughs was up to the take of holding the top spot. Behind him, Perry and Cassidy were left to fight over second place over the closing laps. Cassidy edged Perry for second at the checkered.

DiMatteo, of Farmington, held off Cameron Morga over the final three laps to get the victory in the 25-lap Legends feature.

Morga, of Albuquerque, N.M., held on for second place. John O’Sullivan III of Salem was third.

RESULTS 7/23 2016

35-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modified: 1. Rob Janovic Jr., Waterford; 2. Joey Gada, Salem; 3. Todd Owen, Somers; 4. Ted Christopher, Plainville; 5. Diego Monahan, Quaker Hill; 6. Keith Rocco, Wallingford; 7. Dennis Perry, Pawcatuck; 8. Tom Abele Jr., Norwich; 9. Adam Gada, Bozrah; 10. Wendell Dailey, Gales Ferry.

30-lap Late Model: 1. Ray Christian III, Uncasville; 2. Jeff Smith, Old Lyme; 3. Keith Rocco, Wallingford; 4. Adam Gray, Belchertown, Mass.; 5. Chris Garside, Waterford; 6. Mikey Flynn, Hampden, Mass; 7. Jason Palmer, Berlin; 8. Jim Banfield, Glastonbury; 9. Anthony Flannery, East Hampton; 10. Matt Carlson, Griswold.

25-lap Limited Sportsman: 1. Al Stone III, Durham; 2. Josh Galvin, Oakdale; 3. Chris Meyer, Norwich; 4. Charles Beal, Ledyard; 5. Albert Saunders, Stafford; 6. Jason Chicolas, Sutton, Mass.; 7. Bo Norman, Clinton; 8. Adrien Paradis III, Plainville; 9. Daniel Meyer, Norwich; 10. Tyler Cinamella, Willimantic.

25-lap Mini Stock: 1. Wayne Burroughs Jr., Oakdale; 2. Ken Cassidy Jr., Lisbon; 3. Jacob Perry, Pawcatuck; 4. Dave Trudeau, Mansfield; 5. Jordan Hadley, Waterford; 6. Doug Curry, Groton; 7. Brian Norman, Clinton; 8. Charles Canfield, East Haven; 9. Phil Evans, Uncasville 10. Dale Sherman, Charlestown, R.I.

25-lap Legends: 1. Dana DiMatteo, Farmington; 2. Cameron Morga, Albuquerque, N.M.; 3. John O’Sullivan III, Salem; 4. Brandon Martinez, North Kingston, R.I; 5. Scott Limkemann, Oakdale; 6. Kyle Rogers, Waterbury; 7. Andrew Molleur, Shelton; 8. Michael Rutkoski, Mattituck, N.Y.: 9. Jonathan Puleo, Branford; 10. John Kraft III, North Haven.


Twin SK Features Rough on TC

The best story of the week from the Speedbowl lies in the SK Modified division. The track’s premier division was scheduled to run twin 25-lap features.

For the first of the two SK features Bo Gunning and Diego Monahan started on the front row together. It didn’t take long for a wreck to happen. Gunning got loose and wrecked the fan favorite Ted Christopher who had two wins the night before at Stafford Motor Speedway. This resulted in Christopher’s car being double hooked off of the track.

Ted Christopher during an SK modifieds feature at New London-Waterford Speedbowl in Waterford, CT. (Photo by Stephen FUrst/Myracenews.com)
Ted Christopher during an SK modifieds feature at New London-Waterford Speedbowl in Waterford, CT. (Photo by Stephen FUrst/Myracenews.com)

This wouldn’t deter Teddy from trying to run the second SK race of the night as he would do what Keith Rocco did during the 2015 season when he wrecked hard into the backstretch wall and his team made the decision to go back home to Berlin and get the Stafford Car so that they could run the feature. Well Saturday night Christopher made the same decision, he made the drive back to Plainville, CT to get his Stafford car so that he could try to run the second 25 laps later in the evening.

The rest of the first feature was mostly green flag racing.  Joey Gada would bring home his first win of the season and his 4th career win in the SK Modified division at Waterford. “We had some good restarts, this car is just awesome tonight.” Said Gada. There was some really good battles between Gada and Todd Owen, a Stafford regular who has been running the bowl’ lately. “The only difference between the two cars was who was on the bottom groove. It seems to be that you need the bottom lane to win here.” Said Gada.

TC Arrives With the Backup Car

Christopher was able to make it back to the track before the green flag dropped for the second SK feature and loyal T.C. fans were happy to see that he would be starting on the front row right next to Gunning. Like the first feature it didn’t take long for the wrecking to start as Timmy Jordan and Brent Sweet got into the wall in turn 3 hard. On the restart Christopher came up the track just a little bit but, Gunning got into Christopher. Christopher took the front stretch wall to both the front and rear of the car ending his night once and for all.

A year ago when Rocco went to get the backup car, he was successful in being able to make the run from the rear of the field and get the win. The same cannot be said for Christopher who ended up be towed back to the pits by the wrecker for the second time in the same night.

RoccoSKThere was only one more caution during the race when Dennis Perry’s engine blew with 6 laps to go. Rocco inherited the lead after Perry left the track and he never looked back. Rocco was able to pull it off and win the race, it was his first win in the past few weeks after having some less than stellar runs lately. “This track has been rough for everybody to start the season but, we’ll all get it figured out. Tonight we did, this win goes out to Mario (Fiore) who was a man of many words.” Said Rocco.

Christian III Claims Second Win of the Year

When the late models division took to the track Saturday night there was a strange sight for anyone that has been watching them all season. For the first time this season Bruce Thomas Jr., and Jason Palmer were not racing in the division leaving the winning up to anybody who could reach victory lane in 30 laps.

Ray Christian III wins his 2nd career late model race at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl in Waterford, CT. (Photo by Stephen Furst/Myracenews.com)
Ray Christian III wins his 2nd career late model race at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl in Waterford, CT. (Photo by Stephen Furst/Myracenews.com)

Ray Christian III and Jeff Smith were on the front row and those two were able to battle it out for the lead for the first 1/3 of the race. Christian III was able to pull away from the field when Smith got loose and fell back a few spots.

The first and only caution flew when Richard Durranti and Richard Morrocco got together in between turns one and two. During the restart Christian III was able to pull away from the field again and hold his lead all the way through the checkered flag.

This was Christian III’s second career victory in the Sunoco Late Model Division at the Speedbowl. “It was a blast battling ‘Country’ on the outside and when we finally took the lead it was off to the races. The car was absolutely hooked up tonight'” Christian III said about his win.

When asked about how he feels about the season this far and getting his second win he had this to say, “To be a contender week after week is the best feeling. “We came into the year wanting to gain the respect of the guys out there we race with and I feel we have done that and are viewed as a threat week after week.

New London Speedbowl June 4th Results

WATERFORD – Five-time SK Modified division champion Keith Rocco returned to victory lane in the division as part of a packed racing card Saturday at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl.

Also, Glen Thomas Jr. won the 50-lap North East Mini Stock Tour feature.

Other winners on the night include Bruce Thomas Jr. in the 30-lap Late Model feature, Tony Membrino Jr. in the 25-lap SK Light Modified feature, Al Stone III in the 25-lap Limited Sportsman feature, Seth Carlson in the 25-lap Northeastern Midget Association feature and Robin Berghman in the 25-lap New England Pro Four Modified feature.

Rocco, of Wallingford, picked up his second victory of the season in the 35-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modified feature. Rocco’s first victory came in the season opener on May 8.

Tyler Chadwick of Ledyard was second and Todd Owen of Somers third.

Tim Jordan led the field to green with Justin Gaydosh to his outside.

With 31 laps left Owen moved under Jordan off of turn four to take over the lead, with Rocco moving into second place.

On a restart with 25 laps remaining Rocco was able to get the jump on Owen on the outside and then cleared him to take over the lead through turn three.

On a restart with eight laps remaining Chadwick moved to second past Owen and two laps later got to Rocco’s bumper.

But Rocco was up to the challenge of defending the lead over the final five laps.

Thomas, of Groton, got his second career North East Mini Stock Tour victory and first at the Speedbowl.

Thomas passed Matt Sonhalter with five laps remaining in the event and pulled away to victory.

Sonhalter, of East Thetford, Vt., held on for second and Emerson Cayer of Contoocook, N.H. was third.

Bruce Thomas, of Groton, won for the second consecutive week in the 30-lap Late Model feature.

Jason Palmer of Berlin was second and Anthony Flannery of East Hampton third.

Flannery took the field to the green with Ray Christian III to his outside.

With 21 laps left Christian went by Flannery, who had a bad tire, allowing Bruce Thomas to move to second place.

Christian held the lead through a restart with 16 laps left with Palmer moving to second past Thomas. A lap later Palmer made a move under Christian to battle for the top spot.

A side-by-side battle at the front ensued before Christian cleared Palmer for the lead with 10 laps left. A caution flew on the next lap and then with eight laps remaining Palmer took the lead from Christian, but a lap later it was Christian moving back to the front. Palmer regained the lead with five laps left. With four laps left Christian slid up the track allowing Bruce Thomas to move to second.

The caution flew with two laps left setting up a green-white-checkered finish.

Palmer held the lead through the penultimate lap, but on the final lap Bruce Thomas got under him in turn three. The two made contact with Bruce Thomas winning the race to the checkered.

Memrbino, of Berlin, stayed perfect in the SK Light Modified division in 2016 at the Speedbowl with his third win in three events.

Corey Barry of Plainfield was second and Andrew Molleur of Shelton third.

Cal Therrien led the field early with Molleur chasing him in second.

With 23 laps left Chris Correll moved to second behind Therrien. Five laps later Correll used the high lane to go by Therrien for the lead.

On a restart with 13 laps left Membrino got by Chris Gombos to take over second place.

With eight laps remaining Membrino took the lead off of turn four from Correll. Two laps later Barry got by Correll to take over second place. A caution bunched the field with four laps remaining. Barry stayed to the outside of Membrino on the ensuing restart. Contact between the two though with three laps remaining saw Barry slide up in turn three and Membrino was able to drive to victory.

Stone III, the reigning division champion, picked up his second win of the season in the Limited Sportsman feature.

Chris Meyer of Norwich was second and Allen Coates of Ledyard third.

Jack Aqualina started on the pole and led the early stages, with Stone moving to second with 20 laps remaining. Stone erased Aqualina’s big lead swiftly and with 16 laps remaining Stone moved the lead with a pass off of turn four.

Coates moved to second on a restart with 15 laps remaining, but Stone quickly checked out from the field. It left Coates and Meyer battling for second over the closing stages.

Carlson, of Brimfield, Mass. took the lead on the opening lap and never trailed again on the way to victory in the 25-lap NEMA Midget feature.

Carlson went around pole-sitter Paul Scally on the first lap and then was able to check out from all pursuers.

Todd Bertrand moved to second on the opening lap but never got within striking range of Carlson.

Bertrand, of Danielson, finished second and Scally, of Raynham, Mass., was third.


Waterford Agate 6-4-16


35-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modified: 1. Keith Rocco, Wallingford; 2. Tyler Chadwick, Ledyard; 3. Todd Owen, Somers; 4. Dennis Perry, Pawcatuck; 5. Dylan Izzo, Monroe; 6. Paul Kusheba IV, Monroe; 7. Joey Gada, Salem; 8. Ryan Morgan, Mystic; 9. Rob Janovic Jr., Waterford; 10. Diego Monahan, Quaker Hill.


30-lap Late Model: 1. Bruce Thomas Jr., Groton; 2. Jason Palmer, Berlin; 3. Anthony Flannery, East Hampton; 4. Keith Rocco, Wallingford; 5. Ray Christian III, Uncasville; 6. Chris Garside, Waterford; 7. Jeff Smith, Old Lyme; 8. Matthew Carlson, Griswold; 9. Richard Morrocco, Plainvile; 10. Mikey Flynn, Hampden, Mass.


25-lap Limited Sportsman: 1. Al Stone III, Durham; 2. Chris Meyer, Norwich; 3. Allen Coates, Ledyard; 4. Jack Aqualina, Oakdale; 5. Josh Galvin, Oakdale; 6. Chris Douton, Waterford; 7. Jason Chicolas, Sutton, Mass.; 8. Charles Beal, Ledyard; 9. Brandon Fisher, Plainfield; 10. Jon Porter, East Lyme.


25-lap SK Light Modified: 1. Tony Membrino, Berlin; 2. Corey Barry, Plainfield; 3. Andrew Molleur, Shelton; 4. Cory DiMatteo, Farmington; 5. Chris Gombos, Naugatuck; 6. Brett Gonway, Vernon; 7. Cal Therrien, Vernon; 8. Rick Williams, East Hampton; 9. John O’Sullivan III, Salem; 10. Connor Holderbach, Wolcott.


50-lap North East Mini Stock Tour: 1. Glen Thomas Jr., Groton; 2. Matt Sonhalter, East Thetford, Vt.; 3. Emerson Cayer, Contoocook, N.H.; 4. Haywood Herriott, Gorham, N.H.; 5. Pete Zaikarite, Niantic; 6. Cody Leblanc, Gorham, N.H.; 7. Desmond Skillings, Antrim, N.H.; 8. Louis Maher, North Brookfield, Mass.; 9. Nick Anderson, Oxford, Mass.; 10. Dana Shepard, Putney, Vt.


25-lap NEMA Midgets: 1. Seth Carlson, Brimfield, Mass.; 2. Todd Bertrand, Danielson; 3. Paul Scally, Raynham, Mass.; 4. Jim Chambers, Atkinson, N.H.; 5. John Zych, Mendon, Mass.; 6. Randy Cabral, Plymouth, Mass.; 7. Avery Stoehr, Lakeville, Mass.; 8. Bethany Stoehr, Bridgewater, Mass.; 9. Dan Cugini, Marshfield, Mass.; 10. Paul Bigelow, Kensington