Waterford, CT — Waterford Speedbowl completed Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday’s program with a record-setting night, crowning its first division champion of the season. Taylor Martin of Windham, New Hampshire didn’t win the Bandolero race but finished third, which was good to secure the division Points Championship and make her the first female champion in the track’s 60-year history. David Garbo Jr. of Stonington won his first ever Legends Cars race by executing a late race pass. John Yagmin of Tolland won another Super X-Car feature, this time by inches after some last lap drama. Columbia driver Dan D’addario returned to the winner’s circle in the X-Cars, while the X-Modifieds rounded out the program with Waterford native Bubby Brouwer as the victor.
Troy Talman and Dana Dimatteo swapped the lead over the opening laps in the 20-lap Legends Cars race as two caution flags kept racing action to a minimum. After the early cautions, racing settled in with Garbo moving to second behind Dimatteo. Alessandro Vitelli advanced to third when the race reached halfway on lap 10. Ed Field and Talman battled for fourth with Field using the inside lane to take over that position on lap 11.
Dimatteo led through two more caution periods but Garbo applied heavy pressure over the final two laps to set up an exciting finish. Garbo looked for racing room underneath the inside of Dimatteo, ultimately finding the space needed down the backstretch on lap 18. He edged ahead over the final lap to take his first career win in the division. Dimatteo finished second ahead of Vitelli, Talman and George Whitney. Field fell back to sixth.
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