Saturday 8/30 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Results
Waterford, CT (August 30, 2014) – Waterford Speedbowl hosted Thunder on the Sound Saturday, a seven division motorsports program highlighted by the 18th annual Budweiser Modified Nationals SK Modified® 150. The biggest race of the year for the track’s headline NASCAR Whelen All-American Series division was won by Tyler Chadwick of Ledyard. Other winners on the night included Keith Rocco of Berlin in the Valenti Auto Mall Late Models, while a pair of drivers picked up their third victories of the year, Ryan Waterman of Danielson in the Street Stocks Ray Christian III of Groton in the Mini Stocks. Paul Buzel of Trumbull was a first time winner in SK Light Modified action, Mike Christopher Jr. of Wolcott won in the INEX Legend Cars and Paul LaPlante won the Vintage Outlaw Modified race.
Chadwick’s biggest ally in the 18th annual Budweiser Modified Nationals may have been his patience. The 2012 division champion started the race tenth and slowly moved into contention just before the halfway point of the 150-lap grind. Ted Christopher was out front, showing the way after he passed early leader Ed Puleo on lap-11. Christopher led comfortably until a caution flag came on lap-96.
Chadwick was in second on lap-70, and trailed Christopher until the lap-96 restart. He tried to unseat Christopher on multiple occasions, finally tucking in behind Christopher in second position. The intensity was definitely on the rise among the lead pack as the race moved to its final stages. Keith Rocco, who spent most of the first hundred laps outside the top-five exhibiting patience of his own, asserted himself in the final fifty circuits. Rocco pressed Chadwick until he gave up the outside, allowing Rocco to move to second on lap-117. Rocco stalked Christopher for the lead until he made a diving maneuver to the inside on lap-130 down the back chute. The two cars came together between turns three and four, spinning both and bringing out a caution.
Chadwick’s patience paid off as he inherited the lead while Rocco and Christopher resumed from the tail of the field. Chadwick took off from Rob Janovic Jr. on the restart, distancing himself from the competition over the final dash to the finish as Rocco fired his way back through the field. Rocco’s furious rally landed him in second, but he could not catch Chadwick and finished in the runner-up spot. Puleo finished third, Janovic fourth and Matt Galko was fifth.
Just one caution flag slowed Rocco’s roll in the 30-lap Valenti Auto Mall Late Model race, on lap-3. Rocco started the race in fifth and the move of the race likely came at the start. He narrowly avoided Bruce Thomas Jr. who spun across the track exiting turn four as the green flag waved directly in front of Rocco. Vin Esposito took command of the race, leading until Rocco moved underneath him on lap-11. A lap later, Rocco cleared Esposito and cruised to the win from there, his eleventh of the year in the division. Esposito held on for second and Anthony Ryan Jr. was third. The win marked Rocco’s 101st, tying him with Don Collins for second all-time in track history.
The 25-lap Street Stock race ran from green to checkered flags without delay, setting up as an old fashioned duel between Monte Gibbs and Waterman. Gibbs was seeking his first ever checkered flag in the division and took off into the lead at the start of the race. Waterman climbed from the sixth starting spot, breaking out of a tight pack of competition into second position on lap-6. He slowly cut into Gibbs’ lead lap by lap, finally reaching his rear bumper on lap-15. On lap-18, Waterman went inside Gibbs to the front and never looked back. Gibbs finished second and Jason Chicolas recorded his best Speedbowl performance to date in third.
Christian was unstoppable in Mini Stock action, checkering a caution-free and briskly paced 25-lap event. Christian started the race in the pole position but was fast from the drop of the green flag. He received some early race pressure from Doug Curry before opening up a comfortable advantage. Garrett Denton steadily picked cars off during the extended green flag run and wound up second, increasing his lead in the championship standings. Curry finished third.
Buzel was a first-time winner in the track’s SK Light Modified division, dominating the 25-lap race. The 16-year old won in impressive fashion, outrunning last year’s champion Randy Churchill. Larry Goss recovered from an early race spin to claim third.
Christopher came out on top of a hard-nosed 25-lap INEX Legend Cars feature, taking his fourteenth win for the division’s Saturday series. It was not, however, without some drama as he endured a heated mid-race battle with Joey Ternullo. Ternullo took the lead on lap-7 to become the second leader of the race, then saw Christopher move to second and fill his mirror. Ternullo held back Christopher until lap-17 when a bold move netted Christopher the lead out of turn four. Ternullo countered in turn one but the two cars made contact, sending both spinning to bring out a yellow flag. Cory Dimatteo inherited the lead and held on until Christopher fired his way from the back of the field, reaching Dimatteo’s rear bumper on lap-23. Christopher powered to the inside of Dimatteo in turn one, racing on to the win. Dimatteo was second and Ternullo rebounded to finish in third.
Paul LaPlante won the 15-lap Vintage Outlaw Modified race, featuring restored racecars from decades ago.
Unofficial Waterford Speedbowl Saturday 8/30 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Results:
NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modifieds® Budweiser Modified Nationals (150-laps): 1. Tyler Chadwick, Ledyard; 2. Keith Rocco, Berlin; 3. Ed Puleo, Branford; 4. Rob Janovic Jr., Waterford; 5. Matt Galko, Meriden; 6. Craig Lutz, Miller Place, NY; 7. Ted Christopher, Plainville; 8. Dennis Perry, Pawcatuck; 9. Joe Gada, Salem; 10. Diego Monahan, Quaker Hill; 11. Woody Pitkat, Stafford; 12. Tim Jordan, Plainfield; 13. Nick Salva, Prospect; 14. Wendell Dailey, Gales Ferry; 15. Jeff Gallup, Agawam, MA; 16. Jeff Fialkovich, Shelton; 17. Paul Kusheba IV, Monroe; 18. Tom Pinson, Colcheser; 19. Frank Mucciacciaro Jr., Milford
NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Valenti Auto Mall Late Models (30-laps): 1. Keith Rocco, Meriden; 2. Vin Esposito, Seymour; 3. Anthony Ryan Jr., Danbury; 4. Bruce Thomas Jr., Groton; 5. Derryck Anderson Jr., Warwick, RI; 6. Joe Gada, Salem; 7. Mike Sweeney Jr., Meriden; 8. Chris Garside, Waterford; 9. Ken Morin Jr., Old Saybrook; 10. Rich Duranti, Quaker Hill
NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Street Stocks (25-laps): 1. Ryan Waterman, Danielson; 2. Monte Gibbs, Higganum; 3. Jason Chicolas, Sutton, MA; 4. Josh Galvin, Franklin; 5. Phil Evans, Uncasville; 6. Greg Moran Jr., Preston; 7. Lloyd Anderson Jr., Wauregan; 8. Brandon Fisher, Plainfield; 9. Nate Appell, Westbrook; 10. Dwayne Dorr, Ledyard; 11. Jake Bercham, West Greenwich, RI; 12. Norm Root Jr., Old Saybrook; 13. Kaitlyn Brice, Manchester; 14. Ed Field, Deep River; 15. Tim Morse, Southbury; 16. Al Stone III, Durham; 17. Jack Aquilina, Oakdale; DNS – Ed Gertsch, East Haven
NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Mini Stocks (25-laps): 1. Ray Christian III, Groton; 2. Garrett Denton, Hope Valley, RI; 3. Doug Curry, Groton; 4. Wayne Burroughs Jr., Oakdale; 5. Joe Liskiewicz, Preston; 6. Ken Cassidy Jr., Lisbon; 7. Charles Canfield, New Haven; 8. Dave Trudeau, Mansfield; 9. Brandon Plemons, Uncasville; 10. Pete Zaikarite, Niantic; 11. Larry Loomis Jr., Moosup; 12. Mark Panaroni, Ivoryton; 13. Ian Brew, Wood River Junction, RI; 14. Joe Fogarasi, Columbia; 15. Dale Sherman, Charlestown, RI; 16. Chris Ivory, Oakdale; 17. Nick Pappacoda, North Branford; DQ – Eric Bourgeios, East Haddam
NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Light Modifieds (25-laps): 1. Paul Buzel, Trumbull; 2. Randy Churchill Jr., Oakdale; 3. Larry Goss, North Windham; 4. Glenn Griswold, Vernon; 5. Crystal Serydynski, Johnston, RI; 6. Rick Williams, Haddam; 7. Alan Tirrell, North Stonington; 8. Carlos Gray, East Hartford; 9. Victoria Bergenty, Plainville; 10. Calvin Therrien, Vernon; 11. Corey Barry, Plainfield
INEX Legend Cars (25-laps): 1. Mike Christopher Jr., Wolcott; 2. Cory Dimatteo, Farmington; 3. Joey Ternullo, Middletown; 4. Ryan Lutz, Miller Place, NY; 5. Tim DePizzol, North Franklin; 6. Cassandra Cole, Westbrook; 7. George Whitney, Old Saybrook; 8. Caterina LaBella, Plainville; 9. Kyle Rogers, Waterbury