Smacktoberfest Saturday 10/20 Results
Waterford, CT (October 20, 2012) – A large crowd turned out for the Speedbowl’s annual “Smacktoberfest” event Saturday evening and were treated to the usual spills and thrills the event has been known to deliver. Winners on the night included C.P. Burdick of Deep River and John Yagmin of Tolland, scoring 4-cylinder and 8-cylinder 100-lap Enduro race wins, respectively. “Bad Brad” Voglesong of Middletown was a repeat champion on the night, taking the checkered flag in each a Wacky X-Car race, Figure 8 race and Ski Car Race. Chuck McDonald of Groton won the Wacky Super X-Car race. The final survivors in the Speedbowl Trailer Race and Demolition Derby events were Austin Chandler of Wallingford and Dave Macintosh of Old Lyme, respectively.
The two 100-lap Enduro races paid each winner $1,000 and drew a healthy turnout of racers. Yagmin emerged as a contender early in the 8-cylinder event, then went on to dominate, placing every car in the field multiple laps down. Finishing behind Yagmin in the marathon event were Bill Davis of Monson, MA and Austin Chandler of Wallingford.
In the 4-cylinder class, multiple cars remained on the lead lap for much of the race. Burdick came on strong over the middle stages of the race to claim the lead then pull away from his closest pursuers. Over the final 10 laps, Burdick held back a furious rally by Corey Gauthier. Gauthier, of Plainville, was an early race leader and closed down a near half-track advantage by Burdick to finish within just two car lengths of the leader at the checkered flag.
The 2012 Wacky Race championships were decided with events for both the X-Car and Super X-Car divisions. Voglesong cemented the X-Car Wacky title with a win in a triple Flag Pole race, dominating the event. While Wambolt waltzed away with the win in the Super X-Car Wacky Race, Peter Pollard of Old Lyme won the series championship.
The wild Speedbowl Trailer Race lived up to its billing, as multiple gruesome hits and obstacles were strewn around the track moments after it began. Chandler’s car and trailer tandem quickly became crowd favorite and he survived the carnage to be crowned the winner.
In the Demo Derby, Macintosh protected the nose of what was once a Buick Century while he blasted the back of the car with repeated blows to his competition. Macintosh delivered repeated hits to the only other running car remaining to end up being awarded the win.
One event remains on the Speedbowl’s 2012 event calendar. Next Saturday, October 27th racing returns to the shoreline oval to complete the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing season. Champions are yet to be crowned in the SK Modified® and Street Stock divisions, each going 50-laps in distance. The Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Models will also go 50-laps while the Mini Stock division will complete the final 28-laps in a race that was delayed by rain back on October 7. The first of the four races will begin at 3:00pm.