Waterford, CT — Carl Blandina won the 20-lap Legends feature race at the Waterford Speedbowl Wednesday evening.
Other Feature winners were Jon Porter (Super X Car), Curt D`Addario Sr. (X Car), and Billy Gertsch Jr. (X Modified).
Grabbing a commanding early lead, Blandina resisted the advances of seasoned veterans George Whitney and Max Zachem to capture his career-first main event. A past Modified competitor at the former Riverside Park in Massachusetts, Blandina was ecstatic to wind-up in victory lane. “Tonight we were really running well, and the first-win is always the best,” he said. “I was able to return to racing just recently, and this a great way to start again.” Following Whitney and Zachem was Jay Palmer and Shaun Buffington.
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Jay Miller, of Granby, CT passed away unexpectedly on July 15th. The news has come as a shock to members of the racing community. The driver of the #09 SK Modified at the Waterford Speedbowl was a popular and well-liked person among the paddock and the grandstand.
“The Waterford management is devastated. He was an integral part of our program and he was very well liked,” said David Dykes, Waterford Speedbowl’s public relations director. “The Speedbowl family – he was universally liked by everyone at the race track. He was a special kid.”
Jay grew up around the sport of auto racing, just like his father before him. It seemed destined, as it was the family tradition, dating back more than a half-century. His grandfather was a veteran of the ARDC midget circuit in the 1950s. His father, Ray Miller is a NEAR Hall of Famer, with many victories during his career at Stafford and the old Riverside Park in Agawam. Among his accomplishments are a win in the 1981 Thompson 300 and a win during the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour’s inaugural season at Waterford before he retired in 1986. Ray was honored in 2002 with induction into the New England Auto Racers Hall of Fame.
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