Waterford, CT — Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday was in action at the Speedbowl with both new faces and returning winners reaching Victory Lane. Dennis Pantani of Branford wound up the victor of a rough and tumble Legends Cars race, scoring his first career win. Nicholas Sowa of Middletown won a hotly contested Bandolero event. Patrick Williams, also of Middletown, won his first X-Car race of the year in a highly entertaining feature. Frank Alessio of Colchester rebounded from a hard wreck one week ago to reach the winner’s circle in the Super X-Car race. Bubby Brouwer of Waterford and Kathy Civardi of Noank rounded out the night’s winners, scoring the X-Modified and Women on Wheels checkered flags.
The Legends Cars put both the wild and the wacky into the night’s program when they rolled out for their 20-lap race. A battle of attrition and perseverance started with Troy Talman leading early before Anthony Flannery looked to return to the winner’s circle after two week’s of crashes. He took command on lap 2 ahead of Dana Dimatteo and Dave Garbo Jr., with Talman back to fourth. Garbo spun out of contention on lap 5, but the race continued on without caution. Ed Field and visiting driver John Hilliker entered the top five looking for racing room.
Trouble broke out in turn four among the top five on lap 8. Contact between Flannery and Dimatteo collected Talman, Field and Hilliker sending all five crashing into the turn four wall. Only Flannery was able to drive away. That caution set off a chain reaction where no less than three other competitors, Dennis Pantani, Michael Blaskey and Carl Blandina all took turns out front. However, each suffered contact from behind that dropped them from the lead and kept the front row a revolving door. Flannery at one point inherited the lead again only to have a flat tire put him back in the pits before the race could return to green.
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