Saturday 8/16 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Results
Waterford, CT (August 16, 2014) – NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing returned to Waterford Speedbowl Saturday evening with a six-division racing card on track. Hometown driver Rob Janovic Jr. claimed the night’s SK Modified® victory, his first of the year. Bruce Thomas Jr. of Groton took his third Valenti Auto Mall Late Model feature win, Josh Galvin of Franklin won for the tenth time in the Street Stocks, and Ken Cassidy Jr. of Lisbon took his sixth Mini Stock win of the year. Brendon Bock of Franklin Square, NY won his first ever Speedbowl feature in the evening’s INEX Legend Cars race and Allen Coates of Ledyard recorded another win in the New England Truck Series at his home track.
Janovic picked up his first win of the season in SK Modified® action, taking the checkered flag for the first time since June of 2013. The 35-lap race was slowed by several caution flags, but Janovic was near the front of the field throughout. He started fourth and was patient as a Shawn Monahan-Ed Puleo battle for the lead broke out ahead of him after the pair started the race on the front row. The two raced side-by-side with Monahan holding a slight advantage until the first caution on lap-4 when Jeff Gallup and Keith Rocco spun in turns one and two on lap-4.
Monahan got away from Puleo on the restart and Puleo went spinning out of turn two. The field missed becoming collected and it put Janovic to Monahan’s outside for the ensuing restart. Janovic tucked in behind Monahan and the two pulled ahead to a five car advantage over third place Diego Monahan. That enabled Janovic space to go to work on the leader, darting outside Monahan on lap-10. The two raced wheel to wheel for two laps with Janovic inching his way ahead of Monahan before claiming sole possession of the lead on lap-12. Moments later, something under the hood of Ted Christopher let go down the back chute as he was mired in a tight pack of cars just outside the top-five. A lengthy delay ensued as cleanup crews tended to an oil down in the third turn.
Janovic restarted cleanly, pulling ahead over each of four additional restarts the rest of the way. He could not be derailed and powered to victory. Keith Rocco used a late race surge to take second, passing Tim Jordan for the spot on the final lap. Jordan was third and Diego Monahan was fourth, with Craig Lutz fifth.
Thomas rebounded from a hard crash the last time the Valenti Auto Mall Late Model division raced, back on August 2. He took the victory in Saturday’s 30-lap race, dominating much of it. Thomas took the lead outside of Chris Garside on the opening lap and never waivered. He got two good restarts over the second half of the race to keep his lead. The first came after a spin by Art Moran III, and Thomas got the jump over Jason Palmer. Ryan Morgan made an infrequent appearance at the track in 2014 and looked strong, snaring third from Keith Rocco on the restart on the outside. Morgan then used the bottom of the track to get by Palmer after the final caution on lap-25. Thomas would not be denied, but Morgan finished runner-up with a solid outing. Palmer was third.
Galvin continued his roll in the Street Stock division by landing another win, his tenth of the year. He started the 25-lap feature in eleventh position and drove the inside lane through early race traffic. By lap-6 Galvin was already in a battle for fourth position. On lap-10, he moved to third in advance of a yellow flag on lap-12. He lined up directly behind Lloyd Anderson, who controlled the early laps before the caution erased his advantage. Following the restart, Anderson washed up the track out of turn four allowing Galvin to pull to his inside and into the lead on lap-13. Galvin cruised from there. He finished off the win and moved within one victory of the division’s single-season record of eleven, set by Dwayne Dorr in 2006. A pair of former champions, Al Stone III and Ed Gertsch Jr., finished in second and third.
Cassidy took his sixth checkered flag of the year in the 25-lap Mini Stock feature in his quest for a sixth track championship. He was ahead of a big wreck on the second lap the eliminated multiple cars from the race. Trouble began when Nick Pappacoda slid off the fourth corner, clipping Ray Christian and sending his car up into heavy traffic. Several cars piled in with Dave Sylvia, Charles Canfield, and Jeff Lee all taking bruising blows. After a long cleanup, Cassidy moved to second position before taking the lead outside Joe Liskiewicz after a lap-7 restart, the last of the race. Liskiewicz stayed with Cassidy for a few laps, but eventually Cassidy pulled away. Liskiewicz finished second and point leader Garrett Denton was third.
Bock recorded his first ever victory at the Speedbowl in the night’s 25-lap INEX Legend Cars race. It was not, however, without some drama. Bock, the Riverhead (NY) Raceway division champion in 2013, was entrenched in a battle for the lead midway through the race when he tangled with Joey Ternullo. The two cars touched exiting turn two on lap-15, spinning down the back chute. The incident collected Mike Christopher Jr., the winningest driver in the division this season and point leader, who was in third position. Two additional incidents aided Bock’s efforts to get back to the front. He took second position on lap-20 and two laps later, was inside Dana Dimatteo for the lead. He completed the pass and the final three laps were run cleanly to the checkered flag. Keith Rocco was second and Ternullo came back to finish third.
Coates used a daring three-wide maneuver on the bottom of the track to take the lead five laps in to the 25-lap New England Truck Series feature. Coates, one of the Speedbowl’s all-time winningest drivers, took advantage of his home track experience to stay in command the rest of the way. Coates’ son Corey was second and Glenn Noll was third.
Next Saturday, the Valenti Auto Mall Late Model division is in the NASCAR Whelen All-American series spotlight with a special 50-lap feature. They are joined by the SK Modifieds®, Street Stocks, Mini Stocks, SK Light Modifieds and INEX Legend Cars.
Waterford Speedbowl Saturday 8/16 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Results:
NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modifieds® (35-laps): 1. Rob Janovic Jr., Waterford; 2. Keith Rocco, Berlin; 3. Tim Jordan, Plainfield; 4. Diego Monahan, Quaker Hill; 5. Craig Lutz, Miller Place, NY; 6. Paul Kusheba IV, Monroe; 7. Shawn Monahan, Waterford; 8. Joe Gada, Salem; 9. Ed Puleo, Branford; 10. Jeff Gallup, Agawam, MA; 11. Wendell Dailey, Gales Ferry; 12. Brent Sweet, Monroe; 13. Frank Mucciacciaro Jr., Milford; 14. Ted Christopher, Plainville; 15. Nick Salva, Prospect; 16. Tom Pinson, Colchester; DNS – Nichole Morgillo, Southington; DNS – Jeff Rocco, Southington
NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Valenti Auto Mall Late Models (30-laps): 1. Bruce Thomas Jr., Groton; 2. Ryan Morgan, Mystic; 3. Jason Palmer, Berlin; 4. Keith Rocco, Berlin; 5. Vin Esposito, Seymour; 6. Mike Sweeney Jr., Meriden; 7. Chris Garside, Waterford; 8. Joe Gada, Salem; 9. Derryck Anderson Jr., Warwick, RI; 10. Art Moran III, Preston; 11. Ken Morin Jr., Old Saybrook; 12. Anthony Ryan Jr., Danbury; 13. Rich Duranti, Quaker Hill; 14. Kyle Baker, Unionville
NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Street Stocks (25-laps): 1. Josh Galvin, Franklin; 2. Al Stone III, Durham; 3. Ed Gertsch Jr., East Haven; 4. Lloyd Anderson Jr., Wauregan; 5. Joe Arena, Bristol; 6. Greg Moran Jr., Preston; 7. Ryan Waterman, Danielson; 8. Jason Chicolas, Sutton, MA; 9. Brandon Fisher, Plainfield; 10. Scott Sundeen, Sutton, MA; 11. Bill Dunn, Prospect; 12. Norm Root Jr., Old Saybrook; 13. Tim Morse, Southbury; 14. Darrell Carlson, Chester; 15. Kaitlyn Brice, Manchester; 16. Monte Gibbs, Higganum; 17. Harvey Malbaurn, Moosup; 18. Billy Hahnel, Uncasville; 19. Gary Stone, Killingworth; DQ – Phil Evans, Uncasville
NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Mini Stocks (25-laps): 1. Ken Cassidy Jr., Lisbon; 2. Joe Liskiewicz, Preston; 3. Garrett Denton, Hope Valley, RI; 4. Wayne Burroughs Jr., Oakdale; 5. Pete Zaikarite, Niantic; 6. Doug Curry, Groton; 7. Charles Canfield, New Haven; 8. Larry Loomis Jr., Moosup; 9. Dave Trudeau, Mansfield; 10. Chris Ivory, Oakdale; 11. Ian Brew, Wood River Junction, RI; 12. Nick Pappacoda, Branford; 13. Dale Sherman, Charlestown, RI; 14. Ray Christian III, Groton; 15. Brandon Plemons, Uncasville; 16. Dave Sylvia, Preston; 17. Jeff Lee, Uncasville
INEX Legend Cars (25-laps): 1. Brendon Bock, Franklin Square, NY; 2. Keith Rocco, Berlin; 3. Joey Ternullo, Middletown; 4. Cory Dimatteo, Farmington; 5. Kyle Rogers, Waterbury; 6. Caterina LaBella, Plainville; 7. Mike Christopher Jr., Wolcott; 8. Tim DePizzol, North Franklin; 9. Peter DePizzol, North Franklin; 10. Ryan Lutz, Miller Place, NY; DQ – Dana Dimatteo, Farmington; DQ – George Whitney, Westbrook; DNS – Josh Zentek, East Hartford; DNS – Cassandra Cole, Westbrook
New England Truck Series (25-laps): 1. Allen Coates, Ledyard; 2. Corey Coates, Ledyard; 3. Glenn Noll, Naugatuck; 4. D.J. McGouran, Westerly, RI; 5. Chris Correll, Montville; 6. Bert Ouellette, Ellington; 7. Mike Parker, hometown unavailable; 8. Tyler Chapman, Mystic; 9. Cassie Coates, Ledyard; 10. Andy Lindeman, Poestenkill, NY; 11. Paul Varrichio Sr., Meriden; 12. Kendall Metcalf, Stonington