Archive for June 5th, 2010

Mark Bakaj wins first career Modified race; Puleo, Brew, Coates and Flannery other winners

Waterford, CT — A steamy day graced Waterford Speedbowl fans who came out for a quick paced and exciting night of NASCAR Whelen All-American Series motorsports Saturday. Mark Bakaj earned his first career SK Modified® win, looking impressive in route to victory. Ed Puleo returned to Street Stock victory lane for his second win of the season. Ian Brew won his first Norwich Bulletin Mini Stock race of the year in dominating fashion, while Allen Coates won another A.B. CDL Driver Training Center Truck race. Anthony Flannery continued his early season mastery of the Legends Cars division, picking up another win.

Thunder rolled at the start of the 35-lap SK Modified® feature with Frank Mucciacciaro Jr. leading from his pole starting position. Joe Perry, Bakaj, Glenn Pressell III and Tom Abele Jr. raced single file behind. Caution waved on lap seven for Joe Gada who spun in turn one. The second caution waved shortly after racing resumed on lap eight for Adam Gada when he crashed into the turn four wall.

Bakaj and Jeff Paul got by Perry following the restart. Bakaj immediately began to test out a strategy to get around Mucciacciaro. He first looked low, then pulled outside the leader entering turn one of lap 11. Paul filled the gap beneath Bakaj, forcing him to remain in the outside groove. He did, and found his way by Mucciacciaro to take over the lead two laps later on lap 15. The final caution waved when Victoria Bergenty, making her first Speedbowl start, found the turn four tire barrier with 16 laps complete.

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Tommy Barrett, Jr. Becomes Youngest Winner in Stafford History; Gallo, Pitkat, Gambacorta and Wood Also Score USG Event Night Feature Victories

Stafford Springs, CT –Friday, June 4th was USG Event night at Stafford Motor Speedway and it was a history making night. Three weeks after Joey Cipriano became the youngest driver to ever win a feature race at Stafford, Tommy Barrett, Jr. lowered that record by winning the 20-lap SK Light Modified feature for his first career win. There were two other first time winners at Stafford as Matt Gallo scored his first career SK Modified® victory in the 40-lap feature, and Josh Wood was a first time career winner in the 15-lap DARE Stock feature. Woody Pitkat continued his white hot start to the 2010 season with his second consecutive and third overall win of the year in the 30-lap Late Model feature, and Kevin Gambacorta nailed down his second win of the year in the 20-lap Limited Late Model feature.

In the 40-lap SK Modified® feature event, Eric Berndt took the lead at the drop of the green and he led the first two laps before Matt Gallo moved out front on lap-3. Gallo held the lead until the caution came out with 6 laps complete for a multi-car incident in turn 3 that began when Brit Andersen’s left front tire appeared to lock up and Tom Bolles spun and collected Jeff Baral, Chris Jones, and Nichole Morgillo.

On the restart Frank Ruocco powered by Gallo to take over the race lead. Gallo settled into second with Berndt, Sean Foster, and Ted Christopher making up the top-5. Christopher quickly moved by both Foster and Berndt to take third, and on lap-15 he went by Gallo for second. Christopher and Ruocco touched on lap-16, which allowed Gallo to power his way past both cars to retake the race lead.

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