Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday 8/22 Results
Waterford, CT (August 22, 2012) – Late August action was on track Wednesday evening at Waterford Speedbowl, which hosted another round in its Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday racing series. Beautiful weather greeted fans in attendance who watched an entertaining night of motorsports unfold. Dave Garbo Jr. of Stonington was back in the winner’s circle in the Legend Cars, while Derek Debbis took another victory in the Bandoleros. Winning the night’s X-Car feature was Wayne Shifflett of Preston and the Super X-Car feature belonged to Mike Maskell of Quaker Hill. Brad Voglesong of Middletown proved his crafty meddle in taking the night’s Wacky Race.
The 20-lap Legend Cars feature got underway with a quick caution flag before the field settled in. First-year driver Stephen Kopcik of Newtown took early command of the race through a caution on lap-4 when former division champion Jason Palmer of Berlin tangled with David Johnson of Arlingham, MA in turn four. Kopcik had several heavy-hitters stacked up behind him when racing resumed, finally giving way to Brendon Bock of Franklin Square, NY. Bock used the in the inside lane to take the lead but had company in Giovanni Giarratana of Newington, Garbo, Dana Dimatteo of Farmington and Matt Pappa of Nassua, NY, the latter three all event winners in 2012.
Bock continued to lead until Giarratana took over on lap-13, after applying pressure from behind for several laps. Giarratana could not shake the pack behind as Garbo and Dimatteo battled for second behind. Pappa stormed into the picture by moving past both by lap-15, setting up a wild final five laps. Pappa’s march to the front continued on lap-16 as he looked inside Giarratana headed into turn one. The two made contact, however, with both cars becoming collected and spinning while contending for the lead.
That handed the lead to Garbo, who held back Dimatteo over two late race caution periods to claim another Legend Cars victory at the track. Dimatteo finished in second position while Dylan Izzo of Westport came from a starting position deep in the field to finish in third at the checkered flag.
Debbis returned to Victory Lane after crashing out of the race a week ago. Debbis’ path to the checkered flag was not without incident, however. Debbis was locked in a spirited battle with Jacob Perry of Pawcatuck for much of the middle portion the 20-lap race. Debbis raced outside Perry until the two made contact in turn one on lap-14, which sent Debbis spinning to bring out the caution flag. Debbis pitted and resumed, then was on a tear over the final six laps when racing resumed. He fired his way through the field to pick up the lead inside of Perry coming to lap-18. Debbis cleared Perry and went on to his sixth win in the last seven races to stretch his lead in the championship standings.
The 20-lap X-Car feature was slowed by only one caution flag on lap-13. The race began with Shifflett taking the lead after starting the race in second position. Shifflett motored ahead to a comfortable advantage while the pack sorted out behind in the first half of the race distance. When the lone yellow flag finally waved, Mike Trask of Plainfield lined up outside Shifflett for the restart. Shifflett was first challenged by Trask, then by championship point leader Glen Thomas Jr. of Groton. Thomas chased Shifflett to the checkered flag but could not pull alongside. Thomas settled for second while Scott Limkemann of East Lyme took an emotional third place finish in memoriam of his late mother.
The Speedbowl’s Super X-Car division saved the wild portion of the night’s races on Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday for last. Multiple caution periods slowed the 20-lap event during its duration. Maskell bided his time and emerged out of a competitive pack of cars to become a contender in the second half of the race. R.J. Cunningham of Clinton led from lap-1 through lap-13 when Shawn Perkins of Salem took over. Maskell took advantage of a slip by Perkins on lap-15 to race outside into the lead. From there, he held on a final restart to claim the win, his second of the season. Eric Finkbein of Colchester finished in second while John Yagmin of Tolland rebounded from an early race spin to claim third.
Voglesong mastered three obstacles a lap on his way to the checkered flag in the 10-lap Wacky Race on the night. Three “flag poles” were placed around the shoreline oval with a field of cars circumnavigating them as they raced around the track. Voglesong was chased closely by Christopher Lee of Uncasville for most of the race until he stalled out just off the racing surface. From there, Voglesong went unchallenged.
On Saturday, the Speedbowl will host the 4th annual “Laps for Lupus” track walk to raise awareness and funding for Lupus Foundation of America’s Connecticut Chapter. The walk, which is incorporated into the day’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing program, begins just after 4:00pm. Registration takes place at the Speedbowl under the hospitality tent beginning at 3:00pm. More information on “Laps for Lupus” can be found at www.lupusct.org or at Speedbowl.com.
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Unofficial Waterford Speedbowl Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday 8/22 Results & updated standings:
Legend Cars (20-laps): 1. Dave Garbo Jr., Stonington; 2. Dana Dimatteo, Farmington; 3. Dylan Izzo, Westport; 4. Alessandro Vitelli, Woodbridge; 5. Brendon Bock, Franklin Square, NY; 6. Cory Dimatteo, Farmington; 7. Peter Cirilli, Farmington; 8. Matt Pappa, Nassau, NY; 9. Daniel Stolte, Northbridge, MA; 10. Stephen Kopcik, Newtown; 11. Ed Field, Deep River; 12. Taylor Martin, Windham, NH; 13. Giovanni Giarratana, Newington; 14. Nicholas Sowa, Middletown; 15. Angelo Belsito, Auburn, MA; 16. Dennis Pantani, Branford; 17. Joey Ternullo, Middletown; 18. Nicholas Lascuola, Brockton, MA; 19. Christopher Kearney, Ellington; 20. John O’Sullivan, Salem; 21. Jordan Churchill, Lisbon; 22. David Johnson, Arlingham, MA; 23. Jason Palmer, Berlin; 24. Richard Avery III, Southington
Standings: 1. Garbo, 596; 2. D. Dimatteo, 541; 3. Pappa, 469; 4. Sowa, 430; 5. C. Dimatteo, 418; 6. Lascuola, 396; 7. Stolte, 372; 8. Ternullo, 306; 9. (tie) Pantani, Belsito, 302
Bandoleros (20-laps): 1. Derek Debbis, Oakdale; 2. Jacob Perry, Pawcatuck; 3. Corey Comeroski, Lebanon; 4. Rachel Forte, Douglas, MA; 5. Ken Morin Jr., Old Saybrook; 6. Alan Eastman Jr., Fishers Island; 7. Anthony Marvin, Colchester; 8. Andrew Morin, Old Saybrook
Standings: 1. Debbis, 727; 2. Forte, 684; 3. Perry, 659; 4. Eastman, 645; 5. Comeroski, 606; 6. K. Morin Jr., 602; 7. A. Morin, 508; 8. Urch, 363; 9. Morgillo, 264; 10. Marvin, 234
Super X-Cars (20-laps): 1. Mike Maskell, Quaker Hill; 2. Eric Finkbein, Colchester; 3. John Yagmin, Tolland; 4. Peter Pollard, Old Lyme; 5. John Brouwer Jr., Groton; 6. Kevin Moon, Exeter, RI; 7. Ken Downing III, Branford; 8. Ed Ryan, Preston; 9. Jim Boyle, East Windsor; 10. R.J. Cunningham, Clinton; 11. Matt Carlson, Griswold; 12. Frank Alessio, Colchester; 13. James Maher, Shelton; 14. Shawn Butler, Jewett City; 15. Bruce Lee, Groton; 16. Steve Bray, East Hartford; 17. Ray Reed, Norwich; 18. Eric Finkbein, Colchester; 19. Shawn Gaedeke, Southington; 20. Dan Butler, Waterford; 21. Shawn Perkins, Salem
Standings: 1. Ryan, 507; 2. Boyle, 496; 3. Maskell, 466; 4. Yagmin, 464; 5. Butler, 463; 6. Downing, 448; 7. Moon, 432; 8. Pollard, 370; 9. Cunningham, 356; 10. Finkbein, 344
X-Cars (20-laps): 1. Wayne Shifflett, Preston; 2. Glen Thomas Jr., Groton; 3. Scott Limkemann, East Lyme; 4. Mike Trask, Plainfield; 5. John Bowes, Willington; 6. Brad Voglesong, Middletown; 7. Randy Johnston, Westerly, RI; 8. Larry Loomis, Moosup; 9. Onie Pierce, Norwich; 10. Mitchell Bombard, Willimantic; 11. Michael Marvin, Colchester; 12. Melissa Clavette, Bozrah; 13. Pete Zaikarite, Niantic; 14. Frank Shepard, Bozrah; 15. C.P. Burdick, Deep River; 16. Kim Bickford, Griswold; 17. Nate Bryington, Webster, MA; 18. Richard Mollo, Seymour; 19. Eddie Loomis, Plainfield; 20. Christopher Lee, Uncasville; 21. David D’Allesandro, Coventry; 22. Chuck McDonald, Groton; 23. Kristie Hamel, Jewett City; 24. Christopher Thomas, East Hampton; 25. Michele Cicio, Baltic
Standings: 1. G. Thomas Jr., 594; 2. Limkemann, 542; 3. Voglesong, 520; 4. Trask, 506; 5. Shifflett, 500; 6. Johnston, 445; 7. Craig Miner, 400; 8. (tie) C. Thomas, L. Loomis, 380; 10. Pierce, 352
Wacky X-Car Flagpole Race (winner only): 1. Brad Voglesong, Middletown