Saturday 4/14 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Results

Waterford Speedbowl 4/14 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Results

Waterford, CT (April 14, 2012) – Waterford Speedbowl returned to action Saturday evening with another round of NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing, treating to fans in attendance to a quickly paced and fiercely competed event.  Scoring dramatic wins included Keith Rocco of Meriden, who rallied late in the 35-lap SK Modified® feature to come out with his second win of the year and Ken Cassidy Jr. who won his third straight Mini Stock feature to begin the season. Both used moves in the final laps to score wins.  Tyler Jackson of Milford picked up his first career win in the SK Light Modified race and Chris Meyer of North Franklin found Victory Lane in the Street Stock feature.  In Saturday Showdown Series action, Dan Butler of Waterford won the Super X-Car feature race and Scott Limkemann of East Lyme scored the win in the accompanying X-Car event.

The 35-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modified® feature got underway with Tom Abele Jr. rocketing into the race lead over Nichole Morgillo when the green flag unfurled.  Tyler Chadwick raced inside Morgillo, taking second position as the field thundered down the back chute on the opening lap.  Ed Puleo settled into fourth position and the top cars singled out and clicked off some quick laps. 

By lap-7, the top four remained unchanged with Diego Monahan racing to fifth. Action further back had Keith Rocco looking for racing room at the back half of the top-ten, locked in an entertaining battle with Rob Janovic Jr.  Out front, Abele’s lead grew to over a half straightaway ahead of Chadwick.  Things heated up on lap-11 when Keith Rocco finally wheeled alongside Janovic for eighth position, clearing him and setting sights on his twin brother Jeff Rocco.  Keith got the upper hand on the battle for seventh place on lap-13. 

Monahan pulled out of line next, setting up Puleo to make an inside move off turn four to take over fourth position in turn one on lap-14.  A few cars back, Keith Rocco was back on the outside groove racing alongside Jeff Pearl for sixth.  After a lap he had the position and was ready to attack Puleo for fifth.  Just behind, Janovic tried to fill a gap under Jeff Rocco in turn three however the two made contact, resulting in Jeff Rocco spinning to bring out the first caution flag of the event on lap-15.

Abele got a great restart over Chadwick to resume his lead, while Monahan made a daring move under Morgillo for third that was for naught, as Frank Mucciacciaro and Al Stone got together in turn three, spinning to keep the race under caution before the lap could be completed.

On the second attempt to restart lap-15, Monahan successfully made the move to third place while Abele was back out in front of Chadwick. Morgillo dropped to fourth position, with Keith Rocco ahead of Puleo into the fifth position.  The new running order settled in for another long stretch of green flag racing, during which Morgillo and Keith Rocco put on a spirited battle for position.  Morgillo had fourth position, which Rocco valiantly was trying to pry away.  He looked high on several laps only to be fended off by Morgillo.  Once Rocco was able to get a wheel alongside the two raced side by side, closing in to Monahan’s rear bumper for third.  Morgillo held position once again, with Rocco forced to tuck back in line in fifth.  Headed into turn three on lap-27, Morgillo shot up the track enabling Rocco to scoot to her inside, finally able to take the spot with the inside lane. 

With the attention on the battles behind, Abele again rolled out to a sizable lead over Chadwick, who was riding in second comfortably over Monahan.  Rocco pulled up to Monahan for third, racing to his outside on lap-29.  Rocco made the move with Morgillo in hot pursuit to challenge Monahan.  The two made slight contact entering turn one, crossing up Monahan.  He went for a slide through the infield, coming to a stop on the apron of turn two to bring out the final caution period on lap-30. During caution, Morgillo was penalized for over-aggressive driving, resuming from the rear. 

Abele and Chadwick lined up one final time, with Abele edging ahead when the field went back to green. Chadwick dug deep, throwing everything he had the leader’s way in the final five laps.  Rocco filled the hole under Chadwick, who eventually dropped back in the outside lane. Rocco was clear in second on lap-32 and then sized up Abele.   The outside lane was available for Rocco and he seized the opportunity.  On lap-33, he put a wheel outside Abele.  As the pair came around for the white flag, Rocco was inching alongside and was outside the leader’s door. The pair raced even down the back chute and as they entered turns three and four, the two made slight contact allowing Rocco to get away to the checkered flag first.  An impressive performance by Abele fell just short as he finished in second.  Janovic took third away from Chadwick in the final laps, while Pearl finished fifth. 

The 25-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Street Stock feature had Jack Aquilina on the pole, but it was past champion Norm Root powering to the race lead on lap-1.  Root led before caution waved on lap-6 as a multi-car incident on the front chute sent several cars out of control. Collecting the worst damage was Steve Barrett, who took the brunt of a hit from Ronnie Oldham in the crash.  The yellow then red flag came out to clear the track.

Root resumed his lead on the restart, racing ahead of Phi Evans.  Josh Galvin took over second from Evans on lap-9 with Meyer racing tight behind them in fourth.  Behind that battle several cars wrestled for position, resulting in Walt Hovey spinning around in turn three on lap-10 to bring out the second caution. 

Root had his hands full with Galvin on the restart.  Galvin raced ahead in the outside lane on lap-11, leaving Root and Meyer locked in a battle for second.  While they battled it out, Galvin streaked out to a big lead ahead.  Meyer finally took the spot on lap-16 leaving Root in the grips of the field charging in behind.  Dan Darnstaedt, Charles Beal, Norm Sears, Joe Arena and Aquilina were among those jockeying for position.  The contact among the pack became too much, sending Sears spinning and Aquilina hard into the turn three wall to bring out caution on lap-19.

On the restart Galvin and Darnstaedt got away from the pack, while Meyer, Beal and Root battled behind.    The Beal / Root battle continued for the next two laps with neither giving an inch, resulting in a chain reaction further back that sent Scott Young spinning on lap-22 for caution.  Beal dropped out of the field during the caution. 

Darnstaedt got the better of Galvin on the next restart, taking the lead away as Galvin slipped in turn one.  Darnstaedt moved to the lead with Meyer around Galvin for second.  Galvin continued to break sideways through turns three and four setting up yet another chain reaction behind that collected several cars on the front chute and bringing out caution again on lap-23. 

Darnstaedt turned over the race lead to Meyer on what proved to be the final restart. Meyer steamed ahead away from Darnstaedt, who battled hard to keep second over a rough and tumble event.  Meyer crossed the stripe first and picked up his first win on the year.  Darnstaedt placed second, Galvin hung on for third, while Ted Dupre and Root survived to take fourth and fifth.

The night’s 25-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Mini Stock feature got started with Jeff Lee taking the early race lead from his pole starting position.  He surged ahead of Doug Curry on the opening circuit, but Charles Canfield and Sean Caron lined up double file behind Lee by lap-2.  Caron used the outside lane to pull alongside the leader, and eventually power into the race lead on lap-3 exiting turn two.

Caron continued his lead as Canfield worked by Lee into second position. Bill Leonard, Ray Christian and a battle between Garrett Denton and Cassidy highlighted the action for the top-five positions through lap-10.  Christina Kellerman spun in turn three to bring out caution.

Canfield lined up outside Caron for the restart, able to stay to the outside after racing returned to the green flag.  Christian looked to take advantage, lining up behind Caron on the inside to capitalize if Canfield lost ground.  By lap-14, Christian had his wish and was inside Canfield for second. Cassidy was in the hunt, having moved to fourth position in line behind Christian.  He moved to Christian’s inside off turn two on lap-15 to make it a three-wide battle for second.  In the squeeze Christian cut a right rear tire, sliding through turns three and four just as the caution waved for newcomer to the division Christopher Ivory, who was stranded after spinning at the tail of the field. 

Caron and Canfield were again on the front row for a restart with Cassidy lined up third. Cassidy quickly disposed of Canfield for second and set his sights on Caron.  He tested the racing grooves around Caron to prepare a move.  Cassidy made that move on lap-21, easing outside Caron and chipping away at pulling even.  The pair spent the final three laps in a tight battle for the win.  Cassidy pulled ahead exiting the turns in the high lane, while Caron rallied in the low lane on his entry into the turns.   As they raced even into turn three for the final time, Cassidy once again powered off the corner in the outside groove to reach the checkered flag first.  Caron’s bid fell a half-car length short however took home an impressive second place finish.  Nick Pappacoda placed third, however failed post race inspection to bump Canfield to third.  Jeff Cembruch and Ian Brew completed the top-five.

Jackson took down his first career Speedbowl win in the 25-lap SK Light Modified feature.  Jackson ran strong in second position for the first half of the race, led by Chris Correll.  The event ran caution free through the halfway point when, on lap-13, Correll’s car began smoking heavily and dropping oil on the speedway. Caution came out to remove the leader from the track, handing the lead to Jackson.  Jackson had to hold off a hard charging Shayne Prucker on the race’s only restart, then hit his marks over the remaining laps to nail the victory.  Prucker remained on Jackson’s tail to the finish with both racing hard over the final laps.  Paul French finished third.

The 20-lap Saturday Showdown Series event for the Super X-Cars had Frank Alessio out to the early race lead.  Butler chased Alessio from the beginning, staying with the leader as they pulled ahead of a battle for position among most of the field.  Two cautions for spins slowed the early portion of the race, setting up a lap-9 restart which gave Butler the opportunity to pull ahead of Alessio.  Butler used the outside lane following the restart to lead lap-10.  From there, Butler didn’t budge over three additional caution periods and restart attempts with Alessio.  Alessio could not find a way back around, giving Butler the win. Alessio finished second, with Peter Pollard finishing third.

The X-Car race belong to Limkemann from the drop of the green flag. He moved out to the early lead and was never seriously threatened during their 20-lap Saturday Showdown Series feature.  One caution slowed the field on lap-2 before the field made quick work of the race.  Limkemann proved battle tested against lapped traffic, masterfully working the slower cars to maintain his advantage.  Wayne Shifflett chased Limkemann much of the way, but could not muster a challenge.  Randy Johnston finished third.

The Speedbowl returns to action next Saturday evening, April 21 for another 6-division program.  The Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Model division returns to the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series action following their off-week, and joins the SK Modifieds®, Street Stocks, Mini Stocks plus the INEX racing divisions, the Legends Cars and Bandoleros.  Action begins with qualifying at 5:30pm and main events getting started at approximately 7:00pm.

Waterford Speedbowl Saturday 4/14 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Results:

NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modifieds® (35-laps):  1. Keith Rocco, Meriden;  2. Tom Abele Jr., Norwich;  3. Rob Janovic Jr., Waterford;  4. Tyler Chadwick, Ledyard;  5. Jeff Pearl, Salem;  6. Kyle James, Ashaway, RI;  7. Ed Puleo, Branford;  8. Jeff Rocco, Wallingford;  9. Jeffrey Gallup, Feeding Hills, MA;  10. Diego Monahan, Quaker Hill;  11. Joe Gada, Salem;  12. Joe Perry, Ashaway, RI;  13. Gregg Hurley, Beverly, MA;  14. Rich Brooks, Groton;  15. Al Stone III, New Haven;  16. Nichole Morgillo, Wallingford;  17. Frank Mucciacciaro Jr., Milford;  18. Alan Benincaso, Westport;  19. Wendell Dailey, Gales Ferry;  20. Paul French, Andover;  21. Mike Sweeney Jr., Meriden;  DQ Justin Gaydosh, Newtown

NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Street Stocks (25-laps): 
1. Chris Meyer, North Franklin;  2. Dan Darnstaedt, Durham;  3. Josh Galvin, Franklin;  4. Ted Dupre, Westbrook;  5. Norm Root Jr., Old Saybrook;  6. Norm Sears, Andover;  7. Joe Arena, Bristol;  8. Greg Moran Jr., Preston;  9. Alan Hall Jr., North Haven;  10. Tim Morse, Southbury;  11. Walt Hovey Jr., Chaplin;  12. Scott Young, Willimantic;  13. Phil Evans, Uncasville;  14. Bill McNeil, Preston;  15. Mike Caprio, New Haven;  16. Jack Aquilina, Oakdale;  17. John Blake, North Haven;  18. Ray Downing Jr., Westbrook;  19. Steve Barrett, Preston;  20. Ronnie Oldham Jr., Old Saybrook;  DQ Charles Beal, Ledyard

NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Mini Stocks (25-laps): 
1. Ken Cassidy Jr., Lisbon;  2. Sean Caron, East Hampton;  3. Charles Canfield, New Haven;  4. Jeffrey Cembruch, Wallingford;  5. Ian Brew, Wood River Junction, RI;  6. Garrett Denton, Hope Valley, RI;  7. Bill Leonard, Charlestown, RI;  8. Ray Christian III, Norwich;  9. Doug Curry, Groton;  10. Joey DeGregorio, New Haven;  11. Joseph Fogarasi, Columbia;  12. Christina Kellerman, Stratford;  13. Wayne Burroughs Jr., Oakdale;  14. Joseph Godbout, Hope Valley, RI;  15. Chris Garside, Waterford;  16. Christopher Ivory, Oakdale;  17. Floyd Chesbro, Griswold;  18. Dale Sherman, Charlestown, RI;  19. Jeffrey Lee, Uncasville;  DQ – Nick Pappacoda, North Branford

Standings after three events:  1. Cassidy, 165;  2. Cembruch, 134;  3. Denton, 128;  4. (tie) Brew, Canfield, 120;  6. (tie) Caron, Leonard, 114;  8. Christian, 110;  9. Curry, 92;  10. DeGregorio, 84

NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Light Modifieds (25-laps):
 1. Tyler Jackson, Milford;  2. Shayne Prucker, Stafford Springs;  3. Paul French, Andover;  4. Chris Ignazio, Colchester;  5. Corey Barry, Plainfield;  6. Alan Benincaso, Westport;  7. Jason Ferreira, Lowell, MA;  8. Chris Correll, New London;  DNS Corey Larson, Bolton;  DQ – Bubby Brouwer, Waterford

Saturday Showdown Series #2 – Super X-Cars (20-laps): 
1. Dan Butler, Waterford;  2. Frank Alessio, Colchester;  3. Peter Pollard, Old Lyme;  4. Bill Reiman, Southington;  5. Jon Porter, Canterbury;  6. Jim Boyle, East Windsor;  7. R.J. Cunningham, Clinton;  8. Robert Norman, Clinton;  9. Ed Ryan, Preston;  10. Matt Carlson, Griswold;  11. Ken Downing III, Branford;  12. Bill Hine, Ansonia;  13. Eric Finkbein, Columbia;  14. Ken Cassidy Sr., Lisbon;  15. Paul Turcotte, East Hartford

Saturday Showdown Series #2 – X-Cars (20-laps): 
1. Scott Limkemann, East Lyme;  2. Wayne Shifflett, Preston;  3. Randy Johnston, Westerly, RI;  4. Chris Garside, Waterford;  5. Michael Marvin, Colchester;  6. Shawn Stula, Colchester;  7. Onie Pierce, Norwich;  8. Brad Voglesong, Middletown;  9. Melissa Clavette, Bozrah;  10. Chris Lee, Uncasville;  11. Kim Bickford, Griswold;  12. Chuck McDonald, Groton;  13. Michele Cicio, Baltic;  14. Chris Bissell, Jewett City;  15. Mitchell Bombard, Willimantic;  16. Kristie Hamel, Jewett City;  17. Henry Lavellee, Uncasville;  18. Shaun Parker, Taftville;  DNS – Richard Mollo, Seymour


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