Waterford, CT — Anthony Flannery of East Hampton had the spotlight for Waterford Speedbowl’s Wild ‘n Wacky race program completed on Wednesday evening, making track history when he won the 20-lap Legends Cars main event. Flannery, age 15, became the first competitor to win seven races to begin a season in any division series over the track’s sixty year history. Middletown racer Joey Ternullo was the Bandolero winner, his first in the division. Michael Caprio of New Haven conquered the Super X-Car race and Glen Thomas Jr. of Groton checkered an exciting X-Car race. Bubby Brouwer of Waterford was the X-Modified race winner.
Veteran Carl Blandina led the Legends Cars field to green with teenager Dana Dimatteo challenging his outside during the opening lap. Blandina took control, bringing George Whitney into second place. Dimatteo found himself in third, but that didn’t last as Flannery moved to his outside to take over the spot on lap four. Those four rode in position for an additional lap when things began to heat up.
Whitney looked low under the leader but got crossed up, gathering his car back. That jostled Flannery and Dimatteo directly behind, allowing Ed Field to move up the inside of the pack down the back chute. Contact was made among the top five drivers sending Dimatteo spinning into turn three, collecting Dennis Pantani to bring out caution on lap six. A number of other competitors scattered, including national Legends Cars points contender Bayley Currey of Texas. Currey entered the race second in the Pro Series standings and ducked pit side for service under the yellow, resuming at the rear.
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