Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Waterford Speedbowl Wild 'n Wacky Wednesdays Results
WATERFORD, Conn. -- Waterford Speedbowl was back on track Wednesday evening for another round of Wild 'n Wacky competition. Scoring victories on the night included Matt Pappa of Nassau, NY, a national point leader in Legend Cars competition that continued his hot streak at the Speedbowl. Sharing wins in twin Bandolero division features included Jacob Perry of Pawcatuck, picking up his first career Speedbowl win, and Jacob Urch of West Suffield. Glen Thomas Jr. of Groton won his first X-Car feature of the year and Ken Downing III of Branford in Super X-Car racing. Christopher Lee of Uncasville won the Wacky Race for the night.
In the 20-lap Legend Cars feature, two early caution periods in the first two laps saw some wild and wacky action at the Speedbowl. Cory Dimatteo, Daniel Stolte and Timothy Heath were all eliminated from competition before racing could settle in. Peter Cirilli jumped into the race lead over Joey Mucciacciaro, but Pappa stormed through the front runners into the lead on lap-5.
Once the field settled into racing, Pappa was unstoppable at the front. Mucciacciaro continued to race second after getting around Cirilli, with Dana Dimatteo moving to third position ahead of a battle for fourth position between several cars. Dave Garbo Jr. raced the top groove two and three wide at times to emerge into the top-five runners. Former division champion Jason Palmer was another picking through the field on Garbo's bumper. Those two were fourth and fifth before the final caution was out on lap-10 at halfway, when debris in turn one erased Pappa's lead.
Pappa was not challenged on the restart and resumed his lead. Dimatteo took second position from Mucciacciaro. Pappa stretched his lead to nearly seven lengths ahead the next three cars ' Dimatteo, Mucciacciaro and Garbo, running tight in order three cars ahead of Palmer and Angelo Belsito. On lap-18 Mucciacciaro reclaimed second position by racing to the inside of Dimatteo down the back chute. Out front, Pappa cruised to his sixth Wednesday series win of the year. Mucciacciaro finished second, while Garbo Jr. and Dimatteo fought side-by-side for third over the final two laps with Garbo taking the position by inches at the checkered flag. Palmer rounded out the top-five. The race was the division's final tune-up before a 50-lap national qualifier and big money race on Saturday at the Speedbowl.
Perry picked up a first-ever Speedbowl victory in a 20-lap Bandolero features by dominating the first of two main events for the Speedbowl's youngest racers. Perry moved to second on the opening lap, then passed race leader Corey Comeroski with an inside maneuver in turns three and four on lap-3. Once in the lead, Perry pulled out to a convincing victory in a race that went caution free over the final 19-laps. Perry is a third generation racer, following in the footsteps of successful lineage which includes his grandfather Roger Perry and father Dennis Perry. Derek Debbis and Jacob Urch finished in second and third.
The second 20-lap Bandolero feature ran clean without a caution flag slowing the pace set by Alan Eastman Jr. Eastman was seeking his second win of the year, setting a quick pace. Urch rode in second position right on Eastman's bumper over the first half of the race before turning up the pressure just at halfway. Urch finally found the fast way around, getting to Eastman's inside on lap-14 through turns one and two to take over. Once in the lead, Urch never looked back and took down the win.
The 20-lap X-Car race saw a first time winner on the year in Thomas. Two cautions before any laps were completed slowed the pace before Craig Miner raced into the lead. Miner ran well at the head of the field until Thomas came into the picture, taking second from perennial contender Brad Voglesong. Once in second position, Thomas went to work on the leader, taking over command from Miner on lap-9. Thomas held the lead through two restarts in the second half of the event, the final coming on lap-14. Voglesong overtook Miner to chase Thomas through the finish, however Thomas was too strong and won by two car lengths. Behind Voglesong, Wayne Shifflett was third while Miner ended up in fourth position.
The 20-lap Super X-Car feature saw Downing battle with Ken Cassidy Sr. for the lead from the start. Downing used the outside lane to prevail on lap-2 to move to the lead. Downing stayed ahead of a battle for the top-five positions that got wild at times during the race. Four caution flags slowed the race, but Downing was up to the task on each restart. Downing was never seriously challenged and went on to the victory over Jim Boyle and Dan Butler.
Lee finished the Wacky Toll Booth Race first in a test of speed and accuracy around the Speedbowl's three eighths mile oval. Competitors raced a 5-lap event where they had to deposit a token into a toll booth bucket on three laps. The first competitor to finish the event, and score their tokens in the bin, was the winner.
Waterford Speedbowl Wild 'n Wacky Wednesday 7/11 Results:
Legends Cars (20-laps): 1. Matt Pappa, Nassau, NY; 2. Joe Mucciacciaro, Wolcott; 3. Dave Garbo Jr., Stonington; 4. Dana Dimatteo, Farmington; 5. Jason Palmer, Berlin; 6. Angelo Belsito; 7. Nicholas Sowa, Middletown; 8. Nick Ladyga, Voluntown; 9. Nicholas Lascuola, Brockton, MA; 10. Peter Cirilli, Farmington; 11. Joey Ternullo, Middletown; 12. Stephen Kopcik, Newtown; 13. Jordan Churchill, Lisbon; 14. George Whitney, Westbrook; 15. Daniel Stolte, Northbridge, MA; 16. Timothy Heath, Lebanon; 17. Cory Dimatteo, Farmington
Bandoleros (20-laps) feature #1: 1. Jacob Perry, Pawcatuck; 2. Derek Debbis, Oakdale; 3. Jacob Urch, West Suffield; 4. Rachel Forte, Douglas, MA; 5. Rene Morgillo, Niantic; 6. Alan Eastman Jr., Fishers Island, NY; 7. Andrew Morin, Old Saybrook; 8. Corey Comeroski, Lebanon; 9. Ken Morin Jr., Old Saybrook
Bandoleros (20-laps) feature #2: 1. Urch; 2. Eastman; 3. Morgillo; 4. Comeroski; 5. Debbis; 6. K. Morin Jr., 7. Forte; 8. A. Morin; 9. Perry
Super X-Cars (25-laps): 1. Ken Downing III, Branford; 2. Jim Boyle, East Windsor; 3. Dan Butler, Waterford; 4. Mike Maskell, Quaker Hill; 5. Ken Cassidy Sr., Lisbon; 6. Peter Pollard, Old Lyme; 7. Kevin Moon, Exeter, RI; 8. Bo Norman, Clinton; 9. John Brouwer Jr., Groton; 10. R.J. Cunningham, Clinton; 11. Ray Reed, Norwich; 12. Matt Carlson, Griswold; 13. Steve Bray, East Hartford; 14. Shawn Gaedeke, Southington; 15. James Maher, Shelton; 16. Ed Ryan, Preston; 17. Eric Finkbein, Colchester; 18. John Yagmin, Tolland; DNS ' Shawn Perkins
X-Cars (20-laps): 1. Glen Thomas Jr., Groton; 2. Brad Voglesong, Middletown; 3. Wayne Shifflett, Preston; 4. Craig Miner, Higganum; 5. Scott Limkemann, East Lyme; 6. Mitchell Bombard, Willimantic; 7. Randy Johnston, Westerly; 8. Mike Trask, Plainfield; 9. Christopher Thomas, East Hampton; 10. Onie Pierce, Norwich; 11. Larry Loomis, Moosup; 12. Melissa Clavette, Bozrah; 13. Michael Marvin, Colchester; 14. Christopher Lee, Uncasville; 15. Rick Mollo, Seymour; 16. Eddie Loomis, Plainfield; 17. Josh Barrie, Voluntown; 18. David D'Allesandro, Coventry; 19. Kristie Hamel, Jewett City; 20. Zach Ezzell, Plainfield; 21. Richard Wysoczynski, Norwich; 22. C.P. Burdick, Deep River; 23. Shaun Parker, Taftville; 24. Kim Bickford, Griswold; 25. Chuck McDonald, Groton; 26. Henry Lavallee, Uncasville; DNS ' Pete Zaikarite, Niantic; DNS ' Nate Bryington
Wacky X-Car Toll Booth Race: 1. Christopher Lee, Uncasville; 2. Mike Trask, Plainfield; 3. Chuck McDonald, Groton; 4. Brad Voglesong, Middletown; 5. Kristie Hamel, Jewett City; 6. Geoff Barrie, Voluntown; 7. Nate Bryington; 8. Robert Butler; 9. C.P. Burdick, Deep River