Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday 7/23 Results
Waterford, CT (July 23, 2014) – Waterford Speedbowl beat the heat with another action packed night of motorsports Wednesday evening. Mike Christopher Jr. of Wolcott checkered another INEX Legend Cars feature to lead the winner’s list. Joining him were Mitch Bombard of Willimantic in the X-Cars, Dave Yardley of Berlin in the Super X-Cars and Jonathon Puleo of Branford in the INEX Bandoleros. Peter Pollard of Old Lyme captured the night’s Wacky Race.
The INEX Legend Cars were in the spotlight Wednesday with a special 30-lap extra-distance race. Christopher won his ninth race of the year for the mid-week series, continuing his dominance in the division. He used a three wide move early to position himself for a run at the lead, which he made on lap-5. He shot past the inside of John O’Sullivan Jr. to take command, then controlled the race over two restarts the rest of the way. Nick Ladyga stayed with Christopher for a few laps after the final restart on lap-18, however Christopher eventually pulled away to the win. Ladyga was second and Michael Blaskey third.
Bombard was a popular winner in X-Car action. He won for the first time of the year outdueling point leader Zac Thomas over a late restart in the 25-lapper. Thomas was the leader from lap-6 until the final caution flag on lap-21. He missed a shift and Bombard seized the moment, restarting cleanly on the outside to pull ahead for the win. Thomas could not rally for a comeback and settled for second position, with Eric Finkbein Jr. coming out on top in a late race battle for third.
Yardley and Bill Reiman battled side-by-side for the win in the 25-lap Super X-Car feature. The two raced a final three lap sprint even after a caution flag on lap-22 set up a thrilling finish. The two were even at lap-28, Reiman led the white flag lap by a nose, and Yardley came back on the outside over the final lap to win by a few feet at the checkered flag. Reiman finished second and early leader Ken Downing III was third.
Puleo had to overcome adversity on the way to his 15-lap INEX Bandolero feature victory. He started the race on a mission, using a three wide maneuver at the green flag to take the lead. Anthony Marvin moved in behind to challenge Puleo and the two cars came together and spun in the third turn on lap-3 to draw the only caution flag of the event. Puleo stormed back, racing by then-leader Ken Morin Jr. on lap-6. Puleo could not shake Morin from his rear view mirror the rest of the way but was able to stay out front. Morin finished second and Marvin rebounded to finish in third.
Waterford Speedbowl Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday 7/23 Results:
INEX Legend Cars (30-laps): 1. Mike Christopher Jr., Wolcott; 2. Nick Ladyga, Voluntown; 3. Michael Blaskey, Bethany; 4. Joey Ternullo, Middletown; 5. George Whitney, Westbrook; 6. T.J. Thompson, Lisbon; 7. Josh Zentek, East Hartford; 8. Dennis Pantani, Branford; 9. Michael Comforti, Uxbridge, MA; 10. John O’Sullivan Jr., Salem; 11. Noah Korner, Canton; 12. Connor Holderbach, Wolcott; 13. Cassandra Cole, Westbrook; 14. Scott Limkemann, East Lyme; 15. David Lespinasse, Milford
INEX Bandoleros (15-laps): 1. Jonathon Puleo, Branford; 2. Ken Morin Jr., Old Saybrook; 3. Anthony Marvin, Colchester; 4. Nickolas Hovey, Westerly, RI; 5. Ethan Durocher, Plainfield; 6. Andrew Morin, Old Saybrook
X-Cars (25-laps): 1. Mitch Bombard, Willimantic; 2. Zac Thomas, New London; 3. Eric Finkbein Jr., East Hartford; 4. Jordan Hadley, Quaker Hill; 5. Jeff Dombrowski, Oakdale; 6. Eddie Loomis, Plainfield; 7. Rich Nye, Stonington; 8. Michael Olsen, Deep River; 9. Chuck McDonald, Groton; 10. Kim Bickford, Griswold; 11. Ray Herman, Gales Ferry; 12. Chris Lee, Uncasville; 13. Rick Mollo, Seymour; 14. Craig Tavernier, Moosup; 15. Tom Sheehan, Baltic; 16. Randy Johnston, Westerly, RI; 17. Wayne Shifflett, Preston; 18. Matt Westover, Gales Ferry; 19. Corey Comeroski, Lebanon; DQ – C.P. Burdick, Deep River
Super X-Cars (25-laps): 1. Dave Yardley, Berlin; 2. Bill Reiman, Southington; 3. Ken Downing III, Branford; 4. Jim Boyle, East Windsor; 5. Mike Maskell, Quaker Hill; 6. Ray Reed, Norwich; 7. Kevin Moon, Exeter, RI; 8. Shawn Gaedeke, Southington; 9. Marc Shafer, Groton; 10. Matt Carlson, Griswold; 11. Dan Moon, Exeter, RI; 12. Scott Bellisle, Wauregan; 13. Shane Peele, Wales, MA; 14. Todd Taylor, Waterford; 15. R.J. Cunningham, Clinton
Wacky X-Car Musical Cars Race (top-five): 1. Peter Pollard, Old Lyme; 2. Chris Lee, Uncasville; 3. Chuck McDonald, Groton; 4. Kim Bickford, Griswold; 5. C.P. Burdick, Deep River