Saturday 8/23 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Results
Waterford, CT (August 23, 2014) – Waterford Speedbowl returned to NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing on Saturday with a six-division program. Keith Rocco of Berlin led the way, doubling up in winning both the SK Modified® and Valenti Auto Mall Late Model features to reach his 100th career victory at the track. Al Stone III of Durham was the winner of a thrilling Street Stock race, Garrett Denton of Hope Valley, RI won his fourth Mini Stock feature and Randy Churchill of Oakdale won for the second consecutive outing for the SK Light Modifieds. Mike Christopher Jr. of Wolcott won for the twentieth time of the year in INEX Legend Cars.
Rocco recorded the 100th victory after his win in the night’s extra-distance Valenti Auto Mall Late Model feature, his second win of the night. He joins Phil Rondeau and Don Collins as the only drivers to ever reach the century mark in career wins in the track’s 64-year history. Rondeau is the the all-time wins leader at the track with 106 victories. Rocco’s first win came on August 30, 2003 in the Street Stock division.
Rocco’s night began with his tenth win of the year in the SK Modified® ranks, coming after some late race heroics in the division’s 35-lap feature. Rocco started the race twelfth, moving up while Ed Puleo led. A lengthy green flag run saw Tyler Chadwick get by Rob Janovic Jr. for second, clearing him for the spot on lap-15. Rocco made his way into the picture by lap-20, completing and outside pass on Janovic for third.
While Chadwick looked for a way to unseat Puleo, Rocco struck. He made a diving move underneath Chadwick to the third turn on lap-25, taking second. Puleo was able to hold back Rocco’s charges for six laps before he was victim of a well-executed crossover maneuver on lap-31. Rocco went from the top of the track down to the bottom lane in turn four to get underneath Puleo as they raced to first turn. Rocco completed the move, led lap-32, then survived three green-white-checkered flag restarts for late race incidents behind him. Tim Jordan was able to race his way to a runner-up finish late in the going. Puleo wrecked hard out of the final corner coming to the finish line, enabling Chadwick to take third.
Rocco won his tenth Valenti Auto Mall Late Model feature of the year to match his SK Modified® total. He checkered the 50-lap feature, powering to the lead following a lap-19 restart. Bruce Thomas Jr. had led from the opening green flag until the first caution while Rocco worked his way to second. Rocco used the outside lane to get around Thomas to lead lap-20 and mastered a final restart which came on lap-24. Thomas wound up second after holding back Jason Palmer’s bid for the position. Palmer was third.
Stone muscled to victory out of the final corner in a thrilling 25-lap Street Stock race. He exhibited patience behind a heated battle for the lead that broke out between Joe Arena and Monte Gibbs. Each were looking for their first victory of the year, trading the top spot through lap-22. Gibbs got out of shape on lap-23 with Stone taking second spot, and a yellow flag enabled him to restart outside of Arena on the front row. They ran side-by-side over the final two lap sprint. Arena led the white flag lap by a nose, but Stone stayed even and powered ahead out of the final corner to win by inches. Arena was second but refused technical inspection, surrendering the position to Josh Galvin, who rebounded from an opening lap spin. Phil Evans was credited with third.
Churchill visited Victory Lane for the second consecutive time in the SK Light Modified division. He started the race in sixth and used an opening six lap run to bring himself up to second position when the yellow flag came out. He passed early leader Crystal Serydynski on the outside following the restart and led from lap-7 the rest of the way in the 25-lap feature. A final caution flag with two laps remaining gave Glenn Griswold a shot at the win, and he nearly capitalized. He raced Churchill even to the white flag, but Churchill prevailed out of the final corner to record his fourth victory on the season. Griswold took second and Corey Barry, the point leader, finished third.
Denton’s Mini Stock win marked the fourth of the season, aiding his championship aspirations. Denton leads the division standings. He dueled with Charles Canfield for twelve laps, locked in an entertaining battle. Denton finally got away from Canfield after a lap-18 restart, the final of the race. Canfield finished second and Brandon Plemons was third.
Christopher rolled to his eighth victory in the track’s Saturday series for the INEX Legend Cars division. The night’s 20-lap feature was slowed by two minor spins, but Christopher received a stiff challenge from Joey Ternullo, who shadowed him for much of the race. Ternullo’s best chance was as the pair raced to the white flag after Christopher’s car wiggled in turn four. Ternullo took a look to his inside to turn one, but Christopher drove away off the second corner and went on to the checkered flag. Ternullo was second and Tim DePizzol rebounded from a hard crash last Saturday to place third.
The SK Modified® division is vaulted into the spotlight next Saturday with the running of the 18th annual Budweiser Modified Nationals. The 150-lap thriller pays the winner $5,000. A strong field of cars is expected. The seven division program gets underway at a special time, with qualifying races beginning at 5:00pm and main events at 6:30pm.
Waterford Speedbowl Saturday 8/23 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Results:
NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modifieds® (35-laps): 1. Keith Rocco, Berlin; 2. Tim Jordan, Plainfield; 3. Tyler Chadwick, Ledyard; 4. Paul Kusheba IV, Monroe; 5. Ed Puleo, Branford; 6. Craig Lutz, Miller Place, NY; 7. Diego Monahan, Quaker Hill; 8. Brent Sweet, Monroe; 9. Frank Mucciacciaro Jr., Milford; 10. John Montesanto, North Branford; 11. Joe Gada, Salem; 12. Wendell Dailey, Gales Ferry; 13. Rob Janovic Jr., Waterford; 14. Jeff Gallup, Agawam, MA; 15. Ted Christopher, Plainville; 16. Tommy Vigh Jr., Ottisville, NY; 17. Tom Pinson, Colchester; 18. Dominic Cupuano Jr., East Haven; 19. James Devitt, Dover Plains, NY; 20. Nick Salva, Prospect
NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Valenti Auto Mall Late Models (50-laps): 1. Keith Rocco, Berlin; 2. Bruce Thomas Jr., Groton; 3. Jason Palmer, Berlin; 4. Vin Esposito, Seymour; 5. Anthony Ryan Jr., Danbury; 6. Mike Sweeney Jr., Meriden; 7. Rich Staskowski, Hope Valley, RI; 8. Joe Gada, Salem; 9. Ken Morin Jr., Old Saybrook; 10. Art Moran III, Preston; 11. Derryck Anderson Jr., Warwick, RI; 12. Rich Duranti, Quaker Hill; 13. Nick Ladyga, Voluntown; 14. Kyle Baker, Unionville
NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Street Stocks (25-laps): 1. Al Stone III, Durham; 2. Josh Galvin, Franklin; 3. Phil Evans, Uncasville; 4. Ryan Waterman, Danielson; 5. Monte Gibbs, Higganum; 6. Norm Root Jr., Old Saybrook; 7. Dwayne Dorr, Ledyard; 8. Kyle Casagrande, Stafford; 9. Nate Appell, Westbrook; 10. Brandon Fisher, Plainfield; 11. Lloyd Anderson Jr., Wauregan; 12. Greg Moran Jr., Preston; 13. Steve Cole, Brooklyn; 14. Kaitlyn Brice, Manchester; 15. Darrell Carlson, Chester; 16. Ed Gertsch Jr., East Haven; 17. Jake Bercham, West Greenwich, RI; 18. Bill Dunn, Prospect; DNS – Gary Stone Jr., Killingworth; DQ – Bill McNeil, Preston; DQ – Joe Arena, Bristol
NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Mini Stocks (25-laps): 1. Garrett Denton, Hope Valley, RI; 2. Charles Canfield, New Haven; 3. Brandon Plemons, Uncasville; 4. Dave Trudeau, Mansfield; 5. Pete Zaikarite, Niantic; 6. Joe Liskiewicz, Preston; 7. Ken Cassidy Jr., Lisbon; 8. Mark Panaroni, Ivoryton; 9. Doug Curry, Groton; 10. Nick Pappacoda, North Branford; 11. Dale Sherman, Charlestown, RI; 12. Ian Brew, Wood River Junction, RI; 13. Wayne Burroughs Jr., Oakdale; 14. Ray Christian III, Groton; DNS – Chris Ivory, Oakdale
NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Light Modifieds (25-laps): 1. Randy Churchill Jr., Oakdale; 2. Glenn Griswold, Vernon; 3. Corey Barry, Plainfield; 4. Paul Buzel, Trumbull; 5. Rick Williams, Haddam; 6. Larry Goss, North Windham; 7. Jeff Fialkovich, Shelton; 8. Crystal Serydynski, Johnston, RI; 9. Alan Tirrell, North Stonington; 10. Victoria Bergenty, Plainville; 11. Alan Benincaso, Westport; 12. Calvin Therrien, Vernon
INEX Legend Cars (25-laps): 1. Mike Christopher Jr., Wolcott; 2. Joey Ternullo, Middletown; 3. Tim DePizzol, North Franklin; 4. Ryan Lutz, Miller Place, NY; 5. Kyle Rogers, Waterbury; 6. Caterina LaBella,