Saturday 8/24 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Results
Waterford, CT (August 24, 2013) – Late Model Madness took over Saturday at Waterford Speedbowl, the highlight of a five division NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing program. The Bob Valenti Auto Mall sponsored Late Model division took center stage with a special 50-lap race, dominated by Keith Rocco of Meriden. In other races, Tyler Chadwick of Ledyard was back in Victory Lane for the fourth time on the year following the SK Modified® feature, Chris Meyer of North Franklin took his second Street Stock win and Garrett Denton of Hope Valley, RI ended a skid with his fourth Mini Stock win. In INEX racing, Giovanni Giarratana of Newington repeated his win from a week ago in the Legend Cars.
Chadwick was served redemption after a win slipped away on the final lap one week ago in a photo finish with Keith Rocco. He fought his way to the front in the 35-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series feature this time around, climbing through the top-five to become a contender for the second half of the race.
After a false start on the initial green flag, Tom Abele Jr. jumped into the lead by the time the field reached turn one. He pulled ahead while the competition sorted out the running order, settling in with Rob Janovic Jr. settling into second position by lap-3. Joe Gada ran third and Ted Christopher took fourth after contact between he and Ed Puleo left both cars with damage and a piece of sheet metal hooked to the rear bumper of his machine. The first yellow flag waved after Craig Lutz spun off turn two and was unable to refire. During the caution Christopher ducked to the pit area for service and did not return.
Abele raced back out front over Janovic after the restart but Todd Ceravolo was the one with the eyes on him as he got by Joe Gada then dove under Janovic a lap later to snatch second position away by lap-12. Behind Janovic and Gada, Chadwick was asserting himself to arrive in the top-five. The next yellow flag was brought out on lap-14 when Jeffrey Gallup got turned in turn four, collecting John Montesanto who also ended up in the infield.
Abele had a stiff challenge to his outside for the restart and Ceravolo was up to the task, claiming the lead over Abele as the two raced to lap-15 once the green flag returned. Chadwick picked up a position to rise to fourth, then pressured Janovic before going to the outside of the track to power into third on lap-19. Keith Rocco followed suit and kept Janovic pinned down low while he raced into fourth position on lap-21. A lap later Gallup was in trouble in turn four again, sitting just off the racing surface to necessitate the third caution flag.
Ceravolo got a strong restart to retake the lead while Chadwick was able to sail in underneath Abele to race away with the second position. Chadwick glued himself to Ceravolo’s rear bumper and went on to size up Ceravolo for several laps. He used a well-timed and daring cross-over move into turn one to get underneath Ceravolo for the lead on lap-27. The two made contact racing hard for the lead before the move paid off for Chadwick, racing into the lead as the two came off turn two. Behind them Rocco got by Abele to move into third to set up for a compelling conclusion.
As Chadwick tried to pull away from Ceravolo, Rocco closed in. Abele continued to hold fourth and Kyle James got by Janovic to move into fifth position as the laps quickly counted down. On lap-31, Nichole Morgillo got bounced into the infield, sliding to a halt on the apron in turn one to bring out the caution. After the restart, the field had trouble coming around to complete a lap when Gallup and Lutz tangled in a messy incident as Gallup’s car came to rest atop of Lutz just shy of the start-finish line.
Chadwick got a good restart the next time on Ceravolo who continued to hold off Rocco for second. The race only progressed to lap-33 before Montesanto took a hard trip into the front chute wall, sliding to a stop just short of turn one to bring out the final caution flag and force Chadwick into a final restart against Ceravolo. He again got the jump back into the lead, leaving Ceravolo in the grips of Rocco. Rocco was able to stay inside of Ceravolo and ultimately take the spot racing to the white flag. Ahead, Chadwick closed out the win, his fourth of the year. Rocco could not make a final run to contend for the win and finished second. Ceravolo ended the race third, with James fourth and Abele fifth.
Rocco was masterful in the 50-lap Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Model event. After Bruce Thomas Jr. of Groton led the opening laps, Rocco marched to second position and found room inside of Thomas on lap-5 headed through turns three and four. Rocco took command and raced ahead to a safe margin ahead of the pack. Jay, ME driver David Farrington Jr. hunted Thomas before taking second from him on lap-25. A long stretch of racing under the green flag ended on lap-46, setting up the finish. Rocco was flawless on two late restarts on his way to the win, his seventh in the division on the year. Farrington ran a strong race to finish second and Thomas placed third. Rocco also leads the championship points for the division.
Meyer was back in the winner’s circle for the first time since May in the 25-lap Street Stock race. He battled hard with Ryan Waterman of Danielson, who had led from the drop of the green flag after starting the race in first. Meyer quickly became a factor, riding behind Waterman over the first half but unable to maneuver his way alongside the leader. Late caution flags provided Meyer opportunity to claim the lead, doing so on the outside of the track. He was able to work over Waterman to lead lap-22, ahead of the final caution flag of the race. Meyer held the lead over Waterman on the restart, clearing him for good on lap-23. Al Stone of Durham got by Waterman to take second while Norm Root Jr. of Old Saybrook took third. Waterman’s good run went awry on the final lap as he spun out of turn two.
The 25-lap Mini Stock feature ran straight through the green to checkered flags without delay and Denton was able to rebound after a string of misfortune and bad wrecks plagued him of late. He took the lead from pole-sitter Nick Pappacoda of Branford early and ran away from the field. The best battle on the speedway over most of the race was for second, as multiple cars raced closely for the spot. Denton sprinted to his fourth win of the year, however first since May 4. Point leader Ken Cassidy Jr. of Lisbon took second and Ray Christian III, from Groton, was in the mix all race and finished third. Denton was piloting a car purchased from Cassidy after the grinding wrecks sidelined his primary car.
Giarratana powered to his second win in consecutive weeks in the 25-lap INEX Legend Cars feature, another caution-free race. The opening laps saw him trail a battle for the lead among several cars in a competitive exchange among the front pack. Cory Dimatteo along with his brother Dana, both of Farmington, along with Angelo Belsito and Giarratana all raced in the first ten laps. Belsito emerged with the lead on lap-6, pulling ahead while Giarratana continued to work over the competition. He got to second place on lap-7 and set after Belsito, catching him a lap later. Giarratana got to Belsito’s inside on lap-9 and took command. Once in the lead he slowly stretched his advantage over the field to the checkered flag. Dylan Izzo of Wesport moved to second on lap-15 however without a caution flag to regroup, was forced to settle for second. Belsito, from Auburn, MA, finished third.
Next weekend the Speedbowl goes from the biggest NASCAR Whelen All-American Series race of the season to motorized mayhem within 24 hours. On Saturday, August 31 the 17th annual Budweiser Modified Nationals puts the SK Modified® division into the spotlight during the seven division ‘Thunder on the Sound’ program. They race for 150-laps and a $5,000 payday to the winner, the richest prize in SK Modified® racing, joined by a full NASCAR Whelen All-American Series and INEX racing card. On Sunday, September 1 the Back to School Bash turns the Speedbowl into a pit of destruction as school buses get bashed along with a demolition derby, motorcycle stunts by Luke Duke and more capped off by an aerial fireworks display.
Saturday 8/24 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series results:
NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modifieds® (35-laps): 1. Tyler Chadwick, Ledyard; 2. Keith Rocco, Meriden; 3. Todd Ceravolo, Gales Ferry; 4. Kyle James, Ashaway, RI; 5. Tom Abele Jr., Norwich; 6. Rob Janovic Jr., Waterford; 7. Joe Gada, Salem; 8. Adam Gada, Bozrah; 9. Diego Monahan, Quaker Hill; 10. Ed Puleo, Branford; 11. Shawn Monahan, Waterford; 12. Wendell Dailey, Gales Ferry; 13. John Montesanto, North Branford; 14. Craig Lutz, Miller Place, NY; 15. Nichole Morgillo, Wallingford; 16. Jeffrey Gallup, Agawam, MA; 17. Corey Coates, Ledyard; 18. Ted Christopher, Plainville; 19. Frank Mucciacciaro Jr., Milford; 20. Rich Duranti, Quaker Hill
NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Bob Valenti Late Models (50-laps): 1. Keith Rocco, Meriden; 2. David Farrington Jr., Jay, ME; 3. Bruce Thomas Jr., Groton; 4. Ray Christian III, Groton; 5. Vin Esposito, Seymour; 6. Rich Staskowski, Hope Valley, RI; 7. Chris Garside, Waterford; 8. Mike Sweeney Jr., Meriden; 9. Jeff Smith, Old Lyme; 10. Ray Parent, Tiverton, RI; 11. Jason Palmer, Berlin; 12. Rich Duranti, Quaker Hill; 13. Anthony Flannery, East Hampton; DNS – Tony Macrino, Waterford
NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Street Stocks (25-laps): 1. Chris Meyer, North Franklin; 2. Al Stone III, Durham; 3. Norm Root Jr., Old Saybrook; 4. Corey Hutchings, Salem; 5. Dan Darnstaedt Sr., Durham; 6. Josh Galvin, Franklin; 7. Joe Arena, Bristol; 8. Ron Oldham Jr., Old Saybrook; 9. Lloyd Anderson Jr., Wauregan; 10. Ed Gertsch Jr., East Haven; 11. Steve Barrett, Preston; 12. Monte Gibbs, Higganum; 13. Don Spence Jr., Oakdale; 14. Dwayne Dorr, Ledyard; 15. Phil Evans, Uncasville; 16. Ryan Waterman, Danielson
NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Mini Stocks (25-laps): 1. Garrett Denton, Hope Valley, RI; 2. Ken Cassidy Jr., Lisbon; 3. Ray Christian III, Groton; 4. Charles Canfield, New Haven; 5. Ian Brew, Wood River Junction, RI; 6. Sean Caron, East Hartford; 7. Doug Curry, Groton; 8. Joe Liskiewicz, Preston; 9. Chris Ivory, Oakdale; 10. Nate Taylor, Wauregan; 11. Joe Fogarasi, Columbia; 12. Nick Pappacoda, Branford; 13. Dale Sherman, Charlestown, RI; 14. Jeffrey Lee, Uncasville
Saturday Showdown Series INEX Legend Cars (25-laps): 1. Giovanni Giarratana, Newington; 2. Dylan Izzo, Westport; 3. Angelo Belsito, Auburn, MA; 4. Dana Dimatteo, Farmington; 5. Michael Christopher Jr., Wolcott; 6. Cory Dimatteo, Farmington; 7. T.J. Thompson, Lisbon; 8. Kyle Rogers, Waterbury; 9. Jordan Churchill, Lisbon; 10. Paul Kusheba IV, Monroe; 11. John O’Sullivan Jr., Salem; 12. Joshua Zentek, East Haven; 13. Art Marrero, Baltic; 14. Ryan Lutz, Miller Place, NY; 15. Scott Limkemann, East Lyme; DNS – Keith Rocco, Meriden; DNS – Nick Ladyga, Voluntown