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.