Waterford, CT – Paul Luggelle scored his third career NEMA Lites victory Saturday night at Waterford Speedbowl. Starting second, Luggelle took the lead on the backstretch with 13 remaining and when on to a convincing win.
Only the fifth “Quad 4” win in Lites history, Luggelle (Luggelle 28) covered the 25-laps in an impressive 6:09.288 (91.392 mph). He also had the fastest lap – 14.277 seconds.
Anthony Nocella (Seymour 29) passed five cars over the final two laps to finish second. Ryan Bigelow (Bigelow 13), rookie Brandon Igo (Igo 13) and Vince Jacobs (Seymour 9) completed the top five.
Pole sitter Lanson Fornoro (Parker 47), after a brief battle with Bigelow, ran away from a second-place that also included Igo, Carl Medeiros Jr. and Luggelle. Despite a broken header, Luggelle took second from Bigelow just before the halfway point.
The quartet quickly caught Fornoro, the latter victimized by a right rear tire going down. After taking the lead, Luggelle “got away” to a lead of half a lap. He is the fourth winner in five Lites events this season.
Nocella, who has won twice, took to the outside over the final two laps. He beat Bigelow by inches for second but was almost seven seconds behind Luggelle.
The Lites go at it again at Lee USA Speedway on Friday night, July 15.
Results: 1. Paul Luggelle, 2. Anthony Nocella, 3. Ryan Bigelow, 4. Brandon Igo, 5.Vince Jacobs, 6. Seth Carlson, 7. Anthony Marvuglio, 8. Andy Barrows, 9. David Moniz, 10. Carl Medeiros Jr., 11. Jim Santa Maria, 12. Lanson Fornoro, 13. Jack McKeon.
Sources: Pete Zanardi/NEMA Lites PR