Saturday 5/4 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Results
Waterford, CT (May 4, 2013) – Waterford Speedbowl staged another round of NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing Saturday night under seasonable weather. Taking home victories on the night included Keith Rocco of Meriden, winner of a rough and tumble SK Modified® race and Cam McDermott of Scituate, RI in the evening’s SK Light Modified race. Chris Meyer of North Franklin won a special 50-lap Street Stock feature, his first of the year. Garrett Denton of Hope Valley, RI continued his hot start to the season in the Mini Stock division, taking his third win in five races, while Dylan Izzo of Westport won his second INEX Legend Cars race of the season.
A touching opening ceremony kicked off the night. Steve Barrett of Preston was surprised with a brand new Street Stock racecar in a heartfelt presentation by several members of the racing community. Barrett, a member of the National Guard’s 1109th TASMG unit based in Groton, had just returned from ten months active duty overseas. During his deployment a group around the track organized a cause, “Racers for a Soldier”, taking donations to help build Barrett the car presented on Saturday. The effort was spearheaded by Jeff Winsor of Moosup. Barrett destroyed his racecar beyond repair in early 2012 prior to his deployment. He has competed at the track for the past several seasons.
The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modified® division turned in a wild performance, culminating in nine caution flags including one red flag. Their feature began with Tyler Jackson claiming the lead on lap-1. Coming out of turn four, defending champion Tyler Chadwick slid into the infield coming to rest to draw the first of the caution flags.
Jeff Gallup took over from Jackson following the restart, riding the outside groove into the race lead on lap-3. Ed Puleo and Todd Ceravolo spun in tandem in turn two before the next lap was complete to create the next caution period. On the restart attempt, Nichole Morgillo was off track in the infield coming to rest in turn one, while Jackson spun in turn four from second position. Both restarted from the rear after a trip to the pit area.
Gallup led Brett Gonyaw after the lap-3 headaches, however both Jeff and Keith Rocco were both on the move. They took over second and third positions behind Gallup by lap-8. Keith Rocco got the better of his twin brother on lap-9 with an inside move in turn one. On lap-12 Rocco made a similar move on Gallup into turn one to be scored the leader as they crossed the start-finish line. Contact from Jeff Rocco sent Gallup spinning into turn three the following lap, collecting several others. Jeff Rocco was sent to the rear of the field for the restart.
Once in the lead, Keith Rocco controlled the restart. The field was able to log some laps with Diego Monahan and Craig Lutz moving into the top three while several cars battled for position behind that including point leader Ted Christopher. That cooled down on lap-21 when caution was out when Jackson spun off turn two, collecting Corey Coates.
Rocco was again out front following the next restart. Only two more laps were recorded before Chadwick and Justin Gaydosh found eachother on the back chute, resulting in Chadwick off the track in turn three and Gaydosh spinning in turn four. Caution was back out on lap-23.
Two more attempts to restart the race on lap-23 took place when the final and most serious incident of the race occurred. Monahan and Lutz got together racing to turn one. The contact reverberated backwards and more than half the field ended up collected in a massive pileup in turn one, drawing the red flag. When the dust settled Adam Gada, Tom Abele Jr., Rob Janovic Jr., Ed Puleo, Jeff Rocco and Jackson were among the wrecked. Christopher, Morgillo and Joe Gada were able to resume after pitting for repairs.
Following the accident the field raced through the checkered flag. Lutz was able to get by Monahan into second and mount a serious challenge on Rocco. Lutz initially looked high, however was able to find room underneath Rocco into turn one on lap-30. The leaders made contact and Rocco made a stellar save at the front of the field. Lutz backed off to allow him to correct his car before diving back underneath him off turn two down the back chute. Lutz temporarily grabbed the lead however Rocco regrouped, getting to Lutz’s back bumper in turn three to counter. Rocco shot underneath Lutz to re-take the top spot.
Lutz continued to chase Rocco looking for any opportunity to make another bid for the win. He was unable to get alongside Rocco, who went on to the win. Lutz took home second position with Ceravolo coming back for third. Monahan and Chadwick completed the top-five.
The Street Stocks took center stage in a special 50-lap feature, double their normal distance. Dan Darnstaedt held the pole position but it was Phil Evans who raced into the early lead. The field settled in nicely for an opening run that brought the race to lap-14 before caution waved when Darnstaedt and Ed Puleo spun in turn three.
Following the restart Corey Hutchings moved to second behind Evans with Meyer taking third position. Joe Arena held fourth with Josh Galvin fifth as the laps clicked off. Another long green flag run was underway and Evans stretched his advantage over Hutchings, who began to fade as the run progressed. Meyer was able to get past Hutchings for second and set his sights on Evans. Meyer caught the leader by lap-32, pulling alongside before finally being able to shake Evans from his inside on lap-38. Just as Meyer had cleared Evans for the lead trouble broke out behind them as Monte Gibbs blew a tire and spun into turn one on lap-39. Evans’ fine run ended on lap-43 when he crashed on the back chute collecting Norm Root Jr. and Jack Aquilina which drew the final yellow flag of the race.
The final restart pitted Meyer against Hutchings. Hutchings was able to stay glued to Meyer’s outside over the final seven laps. Hutchings actually led most of the final laps with Meyer tucked to his inside. Hutchings was ahead by a bumper as the pair began the white flag lap. Meyer was able to surge ahead down the back chute into turn three for the final time, coming away with a hard-fought victory. Hutchings took second with Ryan Waterman turning in an impressive third place performance.
Denton trailed a torrid battle between leaders Ray Christian III and Wayne Burroughs Jr. for most of the 25-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Mini Stock race. The race’s only caution on lap-2 set up the run. Former champions Glenn Colvin and Ken Cassidy Jr. encountered trouble off turn two to cause the caution with Cassidy, the defending champion, taking the worst of the incident after being clobbered by Dale Sherman.
After the cleanup Christian and Burroughs paced the field to the green, going on to race side-by-side swapping the lead for nearly 20 laps. Behind them, Denton patiently bided his time waiting for a lane to open up. Denton had to wait until contact occurred between the two leaders in turn three on lap-21. Both Christian and Burroughs got momentarily out of shape, while an advantageous Denton threaded his way between the two to take over the lead. Denton carried his momentum into a lead that would not be challenged over the remaining four laps and went on to the checkered flag. It was the sixteen-year old’s third victory of the year. Burroughs finished in second with Christian hanging on for third.
McDermott won his first NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Light Modified race on the season at the Speedbowl, executing a pass on race leader Randy Churchill of Oakdale on lap-17 of the 25-lapper. Glenn Griswold used an outside front row starting position to take the early lead in the race over Chris Ignazio. Churchill and McDermott lined up in second and third position behind Griswold over the early laps. They were ahead of a lap-5 wreck that involved Corey Barry as he tried to move up through the field.
After the caution, Griswold had Churchill to his outside for the restart. Griswold moved ahead temporarily as McDermott tried to snatch second away from Churchill. With Griswold in the low lane, Churchill saw daylight on top and surged by McDermott and Griswold to take the lead on lap-8. McDermott followed Churchill to the outside of Griswold and took second on lap-10. He closed in on Churchill and began to stalk the leader trying to find his way around.
McDermott found his opportunity off turn four on lap-16 as he dove underneath Churchill. He made the move stick and found himself scored as the new leader when they crossed the stripe for lap-17. No other caution flags slowed the race and McDermott was able to pull away for the victory by 10 lengths over Churchill, with Griswold finishing third.
Izzo quickly followed up his first career win back on April 13 with a repeat victory Saturday. He overcame a spin on lap-1 to win in dramatic fashion, coming through the field to execute a final lap pass for the win. The race began with second-year competitor Stephen Kopcik in the pole position. He led the first lap before Dana Dimatteo powered to the front. Dimatteo had Joey Mucciacciaro in pursuit directly behind him in second, while Giovanni Giarratana moved into third position by lap-3. Those three fought fiercely at the head of the field while multiple caution flags impacted those behind them.
Mucciacciaro took the top spot on lap-4 and held the lead as the race moved to its halfway point on lap-10. Izzo was able to steer clear of the issues after the opening lap melee to steadily progress through the field and into contention over the second half of the race. Already up to fourth, he trailed the top three for the several laps before asserting himself in the closing laps.
Izzo moved to third by Giarratana on lap-17 and watched as the battle for the win between leaders Mucciacciaro and Dimatteo heated up for the final circuits. With Mucciacciaro protecting the low groove on Dimatteo, Izzo climbed to the outside lane. Dimatteo turned up the intensity with Izzo contending from the outside lane. Dimatteo and Mucciacciaro made contact and as they kept their cars under control Izzo was able to streak past to take the checkered flag.
The Speedbowl is back in action three times during the coming week. The second installments of Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday series and Sho & Go Friday nights at the Speedbowl return, joining a NASCAR Whelen All-American Series event. More details on all three race nights can be found online at Speedbowl.com.
Waterford Speedbowl Saturday 5/4 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Results:
NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modifieds® (35-laps): 1. Keith Rocco, Wallingford; 2. Craig Lutz, Miller Place, NY; 3. Todd Ceravolo, Gales Ferry; 4. Diego Monahan, Quaker Hill; 5. Tyler Chadwick, Ledyard; 6. Jeffrey Gallup, Agawam, MA; 7. Justin Gaydosh, Newtown; 8. Brett Gonyaw, Manchester; 9. Joe Gada, Salem; 10. Frank Mucciacciaro Jr., Milford; 11. Ted Christopher, Plainville; 12. Wendell Dailey, Gales Ferry; 13. Joe Allegro Jr., Vernon; 14. Nichole Morgillo, Wallingford; 15. Corey Coates, Ledyard; 16. Tom Abele Jr., Norwich; 17. Rob Janovic Jr., Waterford; 18. Adam Gada, Bozrah; 19. Jeff Rocco, Wallingford; 20. Ed Puleo, Branford; 21. Brent Sweet, Monroe; 22. Tyler Jackson, Milford; 23. Jeff Pearl, Salem; 24. Kyle James, Ashaway, RI
NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Street Stocks (50-laps): 1. Chris Meyer, North Franklin; 2. Corey Hutchings, Salem; 3. Ryan Waterman, Danielson; 4. Josh Galvin, Franklin; 5. Ed Puleo, Branford; 6. Joe Arena, Bristol; 7. Dan Darnstaedt, Durham; 8. Al Stone III, New Haven; 9. Monte Gibbs, Killingworth; 10. Bill McNeil, Preston; 11. Steven Barrett, Preston; 12. Phil Evans, Uncasville; 13. Tim Morse, Southbury; 14. Don Spence Jr., Oakdale; 15. Norm Root Jr., Old Saybrook; 16. Jack Aquilina, Oakdale; 17. Allen Coates Sr., Ledyard; 18. Ronnie Oldham Jr., Old Saybrook
NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Mini Stocks (25-laps): 1. Garrett Denton, Hope Valley, RI; 2. Wayne Burroughs Jr., Oakdale; 3. Ray Christian III, Groton; 4. Doug Curry, Groton; 5. Ian Brew, Wood River Junction, RI; 6. Glenn Colvin, Clinton; 7. Bill Leonard, Charlestown, RI; 8. Christopher Ivory, Oakdale; 9. Nick Pappacoda, North Branford; 10. Dale Sherman, Charlestown, RI; 11. Jeffrey Lee, Uncasville; 12. Joe Liskiewicz, Preston; 13. Ken Cassidy Jr., Lisbon
NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Light Modifieds (25-laps): 1. Cam McDermott, Scituate, RI; 2. Randy Churchill Jr., Oakdale; 3. Glenn Griswold, Vernon; 4. Chris Ignazio, Colchester; 5. Travis Jurcik, Chaplin; 6. Paul French, Andover; 7. Jeff Fialkovich, Shelton; 8. Corey Barry, Plainfield
Saturday Showdown INEX Legend Cars (20-laps): 1. Dylan Izzo, Westport; 2. Joe Mucciacciaro, Wolcott; 3. Dana Dimatteo, Farmington; 4. Giovanni Giarratana, Newington; 5. Kyle Rogers, Waterbury; 6. Joey Ternullo, Middletown; 7. Stephen Kopcik, Newtown; 8. Michael Christopher Jr., Wolcott; 9. Kyle Hardwick, Vernon; 10. Joe Ferrigno, East Hartford; 11. Calvin Therrien, Vernon; 12. Tim DePizzol, North Franklin; 13. John O’Sullivan Jr., Salem; 14. Joshua Zentek, East Haven; 15. Jordan Churchill, Lisbon; 16. Nicholas Sowa, Middletown; 17. Paul Kusheba IV, Monroe; 18. Cory Dimatteo, Farmington; 19. T.J. Thompson, Lisbon