Waterford, CT — Waterford Speedbowl was in action with a five division NASCAR Whelen All-American Series program on Saturday evening that saw veteran Jeff Pearl of Salem return to victory lane, his first win of the year in the 35-lap SK Modified® feature. Jeff Smith of Old Lyme won his first career feature taking the 30-lap Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Model race. Defending Street Stock champion Brandon Plemons of Uncasville found the checkered flag for the first time of the year while Griswold’s Louis Bellisle was the Norwich Bulletin Mini Stock winner. Anthony Flannery of East Hampton continued to tear up Legends Cars competition, taking his record 11th straight win in the division, a new Speedbowl record.
Diego Monahan led the opening laps of the SK Modified® feature ahead of a hungry field of competitors. Pearl moved to second from his third place starting position on the initial start, bringing Jeff Paul to third behind him. The first caution flew on lap two when dirt was kicked up onto the racing surface in turn two. Caution waved again on lap three when Joe Perry spun off turn two.
Monahan continued to lead on the restart. Pearl pressured him for the lead with Ron Yuhas Jr. and Paul racing side-by-side for third. Pearl shot to the inside of Monahan entering turn three on lap 10, taking over the lead with Ron Yuhas Jr. in tow as he advanced his way past Paul. Tom Abele Jr.slipped by Monahan for third, with Paul and Keith Rocco also moving by Monahan as he slipped back in the outside lane on lap 12. A lap later Glenn Pressell III spun off turn two to bring out the caution flag and slow the action on lap 13.
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