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Waterford Speedbowl 6/9 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Results

Waterford, CT — Waterford Speedbowl was finally back in action after two straight weeks of rain-outs, putting on a five-division program which included NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing plus the season opening event for the International Supermodified Association. The ISMA event was rescheduled from May 26 after rain postponed the event on its original date. Picking up NASCAR Whelen All-American Series victories on the night included Jeff Pearl of Salem in a thrilling SK Modified® feature and Dillon Moltz of Waterford in the Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Models, his third of the year. Corey Hutchings of Salem won for the second time of the year in the Street Stocks and Ken Cassidy Jr. of Lisbon came on strong late to win his eighth Mini Stock feature of 2012. Lou Cicconi of Aston, PA dominated the 50-lap ISMA race to score the win.

Diego Monahan led the SK Modified® field from the drop of the green flag in their 35-lap feature. Joe Perry raced to second while Pearl moved up to third in the opening laps. Monahan opened up a several car length lead over Perry, who received pressure from Pearl. Rob Janovic Jr. was up to fourth and glued himself to Pearl’s rear bumper as they both eyed the second position held by Perry.

Pearl finally wedged his way underneath Perry to take second on lap-10, just before the first caution was thrown when Nichole Morgillo and Joe Gada got together at the back half of the top-ten. Morgillo’s car made contact with the outside wall in turn three and came to rest, ending her evening.

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Louie Mechalidas returns to Seekonk Speedway Victory Lane in the Valenti Modified Racing Series; Thompson, Dion and Belmont make their appearances also

Seekonk, MA — Tyngsboro’s Louie Mechalidas brought the 24 car field down to the green flag, and held off the heavy challenges of Les Hinckley through several restarts, and Jon McKennedy at the end to pick up the win at Seekonk Speedway Saturday night. McKennedy slid past Hinckley with less than 15 laps to go, and pushed the Kevin Stuart owned machine to the finish.

Mechalidas and teammate Anthony Nocella brought the field down for the green, and Lou jumped out to the lead, one he would not relinquish for the 100 lap feature. But it was not an easy race for the Tyngsboro native to win. With the exception of a 13 lap stretch, Hinckley, of Windsor Locks, CT, hounded the leader, and on several occasions, pulled up alongside, trying to wrestle the lead away. It wasn’t until a late race restart when McKennedy, driving for Art Barry, slid under Hinckley and took over the pursuit. As Hinckley had done for more than 80 laps, McKennedy started his pressure on the leader, but could not overtake Mechalidas for the win. Tom Barret Jr moved past Hinckley at the end and took over the third position in the finishing order. Hinckley and Rowan Pennink rounded out the top five.

Tyler Thompson has found his way back to Victory Lane in picking up the 30 lap feature for the Late Models. Thompson, of Somerset, took the lead from the drop of the green, and held on through several cautions. Jeramee Lille challenged on the first handful of restarts, but could not get the jump to keep up with Thompson on the starts. 5 time and defending LM Champion Gerry DeGasparre Jr took over the runner up spot late in the race, and was able to keep up through several laps, but Thompson had his Chevy working to perfection on the inside lane.

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