Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday Champions Announced

Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday Champions Announced

Alessio and Zaikarite join Dimatteo, Forte as Champions in series’ 11th season

Waterford, CT (September 22, 2011) – Waterford Speedbowl concluded its mid-week Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday series this week, ending an 18-event stretch.  A week ago Wednesday Dana Dimatteo of Farmington and Rachel Forte of Douglas, MA wrapped up the Legends Cars and Bandolero division championships respectively.  This week, championships were settled in the Super X-Car and X-Car divisions.  Pete Zaikarite of Niantic overcame adversity in the final race of the year to come out on top in the X-Car standings.  Frank Alessio of Colchester won the Super X-Car title, making it a clean sweep of first-time champions across all four Wednesday series divisions.

Alessio finished second in the final Super X-Car race of the season, seemingly finishing second in the standings to Mike Maskell as the field took the checkered flag.  Maskell’s engine failed technical inspection after the race however, eliminating his points tally from the final event.  That boosted Alessio and Ed Ryan ahead of Maskell in the official final standings.  Alessio’s season was full of highs and lows ending with three wins, nine top-five and 14 top-ten finishes, enough for the title.

Zaikarite was one of three drivers with a legitimate shot at the X-Car division title headed into the final race.  He persevered through a flat tire, benefitted by a timely caution flag to stay on the lead lap to make repairs, then stayed focused over the remainder of the race to keep his car unscathed and in position to take the championship over Brad Voglesong.  Zaikarite completed his fifth season behind the wheel by grabbing three wins, 12 top-five and 16 top-ten finishes, good enough to earn him top honors.

Dimatteo won five races to take the Legends Cars.  He came out on top in a several week battle with Dave Garbo Jr. in what became a steadfast rivalry.  The 16 year-old high school student also rebounded from a broken arm suffered in a race on August 20 at the track.  Dimatteo posted 12 top-five finishes and 16 top-ten finishes during the Wednesday season.

Forte became the second consecutive female to take the Bandolero title joining Taylor Martin, runner-up finisher in this year’s standings, atop the division for consecutive years.  Forte had two wins on her season, adding 12 top-five and 15 top-ten finishes during the Wild ‘n Wacky series.  The Bandolero division completed just its third season at the track.


Waterford Speedbowl 2011 Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday Standings:

Legends Cars Final Standings (top-ten):
1. Dana Dimatteo, Farmington, 765;  2. Dave Garbo Jr., Stonington, 749;  3. Angelo Belsito, Auburn, MA, 710;  4. Ed Field, Deep River, 672;  5. Joey Mucciacciaro, Wolcott, 660;  6. Carl Blandina, Milford, 608;  7. Troy Talman, Oxford, MA, 572;  8. Jason Palmer, Berlin, 447;  9. Nicholas Lascuola, Brockton, MA, 446;  10. Taylor Martin, Windham, NH, 416

Bandoleros Final Standings (top-ten):
1. Rachel Forte, Douglas, MA, 994; 2. Taylor Martin, Windham, NH, 932;  3. Cory Dimatteo, Farmington, 910;  4. Jordan Churchill, Lisbon, 893; 5. Joey Ternullo, Middletown, 863;  6. Ken Morin Jr., Old Saybrook, 758;  7. Jacob Perry, Pawcatuck, 706;  8. Jacob Urch, West Suffield, 684;  9. Andrew Molleur, Shelton, 621;  10. Rene Morgillo, Niantic, 564

Super X-Cars Final Standings (top-ten):
1. Frank Alessio, Colchester, 739;  2. Ed Ryan, Preston, 720;  3. Mike Maskell, Quaker Hill, 705;  4. Jim Boyle, East Windsor, 665;  5. Peter Pollard, Old Lyme, 661;  6. Dan Moon, Exeter, RI, 642;  7. Ken Downing III, Branford, 634;  8. Bill Reiman, Southington, 548;  9. Robert Norman, Clinton, 536;  10. Mark Boisvert, Uxbridge, MA, 484

X-Cars Final Standings (top-ten):
  1. Pete Zaikarite, Niantic, 813; 2. Brad Voglesong, Middletown, 806;  3. Randy Johnston, Westerly, RI, 776;  4. Chris Garside, Waterford, 684; 5. Mike Trask, Plainfield, 654;  6. Scott Limkemann, East Lyme, 608;  7. Shawn Stula, Colchester, 556;  8. Wayne Shifflett, Preston, 524;  9. Patrick Williams, Middletown, 500;  10. Dan D’addario, Columbia, 438


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