Friday 7/12 Little Guys 200 Results
Waterford, CT (July 12, 2013) – Waterford Speedbowl hosted the inaugural Belltown Tire Service Center Little Guys 200 Friday evening, putting four of the track’s support divisions into the spotlight. Open competition Mini Stock and Street Stock events paid each winner $1,000.00. Corey Hutchings of Salem was the Street Stock event winner and Glen Thomas Jr. of Groton took the checkered flag in the night’s Mini Stock race. Giovanni Giarratana of Newington won his third INEX Legend Cars event in the last four at the track and Brad Voglesong of Middletown won the X-Car race. Belltown Tire Service Center put on a Pit Crew Challenge on the track’s front chute between races, won by the team of Glen Thomas Jr.
Thomas was the big winner in the open competition Mini Stock feature. He began the 50-lap feature back in eighth position and worked his way towards the front as Ray Christian III held the lead. Christian took the lead on lap-1 with Ken Cassidy Jr. trailing him. Christian opened up a five car lead as Nick Anderson and Pete Zaikarite lined up in third and fourth place. Thomas joined the fray and was fifth as the race hit lap-10.
The top five cars singled out and ran down Christian’s brief early lead as Thomas began asserting himself. He picked off cars one at a time until he was behind a battle for the lead between Christian and Nick Anderson. Anderson had gotten around Cassidy’s outside on lap-18 and Thomas joined him. Anderson stayed in the outside lane and went to the outside of Christian.
Thomas sat behind that duo for two laps before making a diving move under both as they began lap-21. Going three-wide for the lead down the back chute, Christian and Anderson made contact with Anderson ending his night in the turn three wall. The yellow flag for Anderson set up the only restart of the race, which Thomas mastered.
Thomas resumed his lead with Zaikarite chasing him. The two former Speedbowl Wednesday night stalwarts led a battle for third among the track’s winningest Mini Stock division drivers of all time – Cassidy and Dan Field. Field got the better of Cassidy on lap-25, a key battle when Zaikarite dropped off the pace from second position, retiring to the infield on lap-30.
The race remained under the green flag through the checkered flag. Thomas was not seriously challenged the rest of the way, cruising to the win. Field finished second with Cassidy third. Bill Leonard was fourth and Chris Williams finished in fifth.
Hutchings was unstoppable in the 50-lap open competition Street Stock event. He made his way to the front after a caution on lap-4 when leaders Brandon Plemons and Ryan Lineham tangled in turn one. Lineham had been pressing Plemons heavily until he made contact, sending Plemons spinning in turn one. Lineham, a former Seekonk Speedway track champion, was summoned to the rear handing the lead to Hutchings.
Hutchings powered into the lead after the restart, however trouble behind had Lineham with right front damage to draw another caution flag keeping the race under delay and sending teams pitside for adjustments. Once the race got back underway, Hutchings got away from Joe Kohler after a brief battle.
Hutchings pulled out to a several car length lead which Kohler could not overcome. Shawn Monahan tried to take second from Kohler, briefly doing so before fading and dropping out of the event. Hutchings rolled to victory while Kohler ran well in his first-ever Speedbowl appearance to take second. Plemons rebounded from his early spin to finish third. Allen Coates and Dwayne Dorr, two former division champions, completed the top-five.
The INEX Legend Cars feature saw Giarratana continue his hot streak in the division. Giarratana won for the third time in the past four events at the track. Two nights earlier, he finished second after running out of laps. Giarratana had to hold back a charging Dana Dimatteo over a long green flag run that closed the race.
Michael Christopher Jr. and Brendon Bock battled on the front row when the green flag was dropped on the 50-lap race, with Bock leading lap-1 by a nose. He moved into the top spot dropping down in front of Christopher as Giarratana moved through the field. He lined up outside of Bock after getting by Christopher and 2012 champion Paul Kusheba ahead of a lap-7 restart.
Although Bock got the advantage when the race went back to green, Giarratana fought off a challenge by Kusheba before going to work on Bock. He found room to Bock’s inside in turn three on lap-9, taking over as they reached the start-finish line. Dana Dimatteo made his way to fourth around Christopher and the top four cars began to break away from the rest of the field. Christopher led the next group of cars which included Shaun Buffington and Kyle Rogers. The yellow flag was back on lap-13 when Christopher lost power, dropping from fourth and becoming stranded on the track.
Giarratana led the restart but only one more lap was completed when Scott Limkemann, making his first start ever in the division, spun into the turn one wall. After the cleanup Giarratana again powered ahead of Kusheba, who did not restart well. Dimatteo moved to second with Buffington up to third. The final 36 laps were run to the checkered flag.
Giarratana moved out to a sizeable lead, however Dimatteo was able to cut into it as the race wore on. Giarratana was too strong however, cruising to the win. Dimatteo finished in second with Bock taking third. Jason Palmer, another former champion making just his second start of the year, was fourth and Joey Ternullo finished fifth.
Voglesong controlled the 50-lap X-Car race when he made his way by Zach Thomas. Voglesong came from the tenth starting position and used the opening laps to slice his way through the pack. Jordan Hadley led until Thomas took the lead by lap-5. Voglesong moved to second and by lap-10 was stalking all over Thomas. He pulled ahead just before the halfway point, getting around Thomas on lap-22. The only caution flag flew on lap-24 and Voglesong got away from Thomas on the restart. Over the remainder of the race Voglesong led comfortably with Steve Barrett moving to second in his first ever start in the division. He finished in second with Zach Thomas besting a battle with Chris Thomas over the final laps to finish third.
The Speedbowl takes a break from its Saturday night NASCAR racing this week, and resumes with Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday next week. Sho & Go Friday’s return next week, and NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing picks up next Saturday, July 20.
Friday 7/12 Little Guys 200 Results:
Open Comp Street Stocks (50-laps): 1. Corey Hutchings, Salem; 2. Joe Kohler, Cranston, RI; 3. Brandon Plemons, Uncasville; 4. Allen Coates, Ledyard; 5. Dwayne Dorr, Ledyard; 6. Shawn Monahan, Quaker Hill; 7. Ryan Lineham, Hope Valley, RI
Open Comp Mini Stocks (50-laps): 1. Glen Thomas Jr., Groton; 2. Dan Field, Deep River; 3. Ken Cassidy Jr., Lisbon; 4. Bill Leonard, Charlestown, RI; 5. Chris Williams, Waterford; 6. Charles Beal, Ledyard; 7. Steve Barrett, Preston; 8. Jeff Lee, Uncasville; 9. Pete Zaikarite, Niantic; 10. Ray Christian III, Groton; 11. Nick Anderson, Oxford, MA
INEX Legend Cars (50-laps): 1. Giovanni Giarratana, Newington; 2. Dana Dimatteo, Farmington; 3. Brendon Bock, Franklin Square, NY; 4. Jason Palmer, Berlin; 5. Joey Ternullo, Middletown; 6. Kyle Rogers, Waterbury; 7. Joe Gada, Salem; 8. T.J. Thompson, Lisbon; 9. Sean Fitzmaurice, Woodstock; 10. Jags Palmer, Berlin; 11. John O’Sullivan Jr., Salem; 12. Art Marrero, Baltic; 13. Peter Cirilli, Farmington; 14. Paul Kusheba IV, Monroe; 15. George Whitney, Old Saybrook; 16. Scott Limkemann, East Lyme; 17. Michael Christopher Jr., Wolcott; DQ – Shaun Buffington, Plainfield; DNS – Cory Dimatteo, Farmington
X-Cars (50-laps): 1. Brad Voglesong, Middletown; 2. Steve Barrett, Preston; 3. Zach Thomas, New London; 4. Chris Thomas, Waterford; 5. Mitch Bombard, Willimantic; 6. Jordan Hadley, Quaker Hill; 7. C.P. Burdick, Deep River; 8. Onie Pierce, Norwich; 9. Jeff Dombrowksi, Oakdale; 10. Nate Bryington, Webster, MA; 11. Chris Lee, Uncasville; 12. Matt Westover, Gales Ferry; 13. Elizabeth Gaston, Vernon; 14. Chuck McDonald, Groton; 15. Frank Shepard, Oakdale; 16. Kim Bickford, Griswold; 17. Zach Ezzell, Plainfield