Palmer Wins Again in Legends Cars; Madore, Leonard, Beal & Flammia Win on Wild n Wacky Wed.

Waterford, CT —  Jason Palmer solidified his Wednesday Legends Car championship with yet another win at Waterford Speedbowl. Dan Madore won his first X-Car event of the season and Bill Leonard stopped Allen Coates’ streak in the NEATV Truck Series. Charles Beal and David Flammia were repeat winners on the season in winning the Super X-Car and X-Modified events.

The Legends Car field endured a rough beginning, taking several attempts at getting their 20-lap race underway. The field stacked up in turn one on the initial start of the race, bringing out the red flag as William Munro of North Branford took a hard shot into the turn one wall. Peter Cirilli of Farmington, Ryan Morgan of Mystic, and Dave Garbo of Stonington were also involved. All the drivers were ok.

The three time Legends champion Jason Palmer moved to the lead on lap one when pole sitter Ed Field of Deep River spun off the backstretch exiting turn two, collecting others and drawing caution again.

Once the racing finally settled in at the front the field finished the race under green to the checkered flag with Palmer, of Berlin, going on to distance himself over second place runner Tony Flannery of East Hampton. Palmer captured his eighteenth event of the year by a straightaway margin. Carl Blandina of Milford rebounded from one of the early cautions to finish third, while Giovanni Giarratana of Newington was fourth and Alessandro Vitelli of Woodbridge completed the top five.

Bill Leonard of Wood River Junction, Rhode Island moved out to a straightaway advantage over the first half of the Levine Auto and Truck Parts 20-lap NEATV Truck Series race. The event stayed under green as Allen Coates of Ledyard, bringing a five race undefeated streak in the series into the event, was making his way through the field from his last place starting position.

Coates moved to second on lap 12 but had a large gap ahead to catch Leonard. Coates was able to close in on Leonard but ran out of time, with Leonard winning the caution free event by just two truck lengths at the stripe. Howard Payne of Shelton was third, early leader Greg Butler Jr. of East Hampton finished fourth and Scott Gregory of Westbrook fifth.

Onie Pierce of Norwich led the first seven laps of the X-Car race before Randy Johnston of Westerly moved outside and took the race lead. The action was intense in the early laps, with several three wide battles taking place as a gaggle of cars from fifth place on back were jockeying for position. The only caution in the 20-lap race waved on lap eight when a car spun off exiting turn two.

Dan Madore of Sterling took over the lead using the outside lane when the racing went back to green. He stretched his lead over heated battle for the second position with just five laps remaining between Johnston, Rich Hurne of Groton and Dan D’addario of Columbia. Hurne took the spot but Madore’s lead was too much to overcome. He went on to his first win over Hurne, D’addario moved past Johnston for third in the closing laps, and points leader Patrick Williams of Middletown. With two points events remaining, Williams grew his point lead to some breathing room.

The Super X-Car drivers also had a rough 20-lap race after some aggressive driving, turning into a battle of survival. Clinton’s Robert Norman moved to the race lead past Mike Maskell of Quaker Hill in the early laps. Norman’s lead was short lived, as Ken Downing III from Branford moved out front.

In the second half of the event the race settled down some. Charles Beal of Ledyard, a multiple event winner this year, moved through the top five and into second position by lap 13. Current points leader John Yagmin of Tolland was looking to move past Norman for third in the outside groove. Up front, Beal caught Downing and used an inside move to pass for the race lead on lap 15.

The race stayed green and Beal won by three lengths over Downing, Yagmin, Norman and Jon Porter of Canterbury. Yagmin was able to extend his points lead over James Consalvo of East Hartford who finished in ninth.

David Flammia Jr. of Waterbury maintained his points lead by winning the 15-lap X-Modified race. He led from start to finish over Dean Christensen and Paul French.

Daniel Stolte of Northbridge, MA passed Matt Carpenter with two laps remaining to win the Bandolero feature event.

Unofficial Speedbowl Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday 9/2 finishers, hometown:

Legends Cars (20-laps): 1. Jason Palmer, Berlin; 2. Tony Flannery, E. Hampton; 3. Carl Blandina, Milford; 4. Giovanni Giarratana, Newington; 5. Alessandro Vitelli, Woodbridge; 6. Christian Pedersen, New Canaan; 7. Dennis Pantani, Branford; 8. Stan Carpenter, Auburn, MA; 9. Dylan Liseo, E. Hartford; 10. Rick White, N. Stonington; 11. Ed Field, Deep River; 12. Roger Coss, Lafayette, NJ; 13. Peter Cirilli, Farmington; 14. Dave Garbo, Stonington; 15. William Munro, N. Branford; 16. Ryan Morgan, Mystic; DNS – Dana DiMatteo, Farmington

Unofficial standings following 9/2 event (top-ten): 1. Palmer, 690; 2. Flannery, 560; 3. Blandina, 510; 4. Giarratana, 498; 5. Pantani, 488; 6. Coss, 424; 7. George Whitney, 420; 8. Vitelli, 400; 9. Field, 392; 10. Munro, 320

NEATV Truck Series (20-laps): 1. Bill Leonard, Wood River Jct., RI; 2. Allen Coates, Ledyard; 3. Howard Payne, Shelton; 4. Greg Butler Jr., E. Hampton; 5. Scott Gregory, Westbrook; 6. Gee Perry, Granby; 7. Keith Chapman, Mystic; 8. Mike Anzalone, Griswold; 9. Doug Dunleavy, Brookfield; 10. Brad Caddick, Norwich; 11. Daniel Butler, Manchester

X-Cars (20-laps): 1. Dan Madore, Sterling; 2. Rich Hurne, Groton; 3. Dan D’addario, Columbia; 4. Randy Johnston, Westerly, RI; 5. Patrick Williams, Middletown; 6. Wayne Shifflett, Preston; 7. Mike Trask, Plainfield; 8. Dustin Gage, Madison; 9. John Bowes, Willington; 10. Michael Marvin, Colchester; 11. Gary Stone Jr., Northford; 12. Brad Voglesong, Middletown; 13. Onie Pierce, Norwich; 14. Devin Widger, Plainville; 15. Bruce Hall, Ledyard; 16. Chris Garside, Waterford; 17. David Amspacher, Groton; 18. Len Platt, Lisbon; 19. Nicole Harris, Groton; 20. Kim Bickford, Griswold; 21. Shawn Butler, Jewett City; 22. Arthur Phillips, Norwich; 23. David Dalessandro, Coventry; 24. Neal Phillips, N. Grosvenordale; 25. Josh Barrie, Voluntown; 26. Paul Smith, Clinton; 27. Jeffrey Lee, Norwich; 28. Geoffrey Burdick, E. Lyme

Unofficial standings following 9/2 events (top-ten): 1. Williams, 580; 2. Bowes, 544; 3. Voglesong, 542; 4. Hurne, 496; 5. Johnston, 462; 6. Madore, 426; 7. Shifflett, 422; 8. Trask, 350; 9. Zaikarite, 338; 10. Stone, 320

Super X-Cars (20-laps): 1. Charles Beal, Ledyard; 2. Ken Downing, Branford; 3. John Yagmin, Tolland; 4. Robert Norman, Clinton; 5. Jon Porter, Canterbury; 6. Taylor-Marie Moran, Preston; 7. Mike Maskell III, Quaker Hill; 8. Frank Alessio, Colchester; 9. James Consalvo, E. Hartford; 10. Robert Carlson, Rockfall; 11. Peter Pollard, Old Lyme; 12. Steve LaRose, Griswold; 13. Shawn Perkins, Groton; 14. Dan Moon, Exeter, RI; 15. Al Potter, Waterford; 16. Michael Caprio, New Haven; 17. Kevin Moon, Exeter, RI; 18. Scott Bousquet, Norwich; 19. Bill Schmitt, Wyoming, RI; 20. Paul Sheldon, Guilford; 21. Alex Canestrari, Ledyard; DNS – Rob Corey, S. Windsor

Unofficial standings following 9/2 event (top-ten): 1.Yagmin, 590; 2. Consalvo, 566; 3. LaRose, 516; 4. Beal, 526; 5. Corey, 436; 6. Maskell, 426; 7. Perkins, 406; 8. Downing, 424; 9. Potter, 394; 10. Caprio, 362

X-Modifieds (15-laps): 1. Dave Flammia Jr., Waterbury; 2. Dean Christensen, Granby; 3. Paul French, Andover; 4. Eric Perkins, Groton; 5. Brenden Shea, Waterford; DNS – Rich Schlegel, Griswold; Billy Parker, Groton

Unofficial standings following 9/2 event (top-five): 1. Flammia, 660; 2. Christensen, 652; 3. Brouwer, 480; 4. Brian Rondeau, 346; 5. French, 320

Bandoleros (10-laps): 1. Daniel Stolte, Northbridge, MA; 2. Matt Carpenter, Auburn, MA; 3. Andrew Carpenter, Auburn, MA; 4. Tyler Chalue, Dudley, MA; 5. Jordan Churchill, Lisbon; 6. Nick Matera, Warwick, RI

Unofficial standings following 9/2 event (top-five): 1. Chalue, 458; 2. M. Carpenter, 426; 3. Chris Lomartire, 368; 4. A. Carpenter, 362; 5. Matera, 336

Sources: Waterford Speedbowl PR

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