Waterford, CT — A capacity crowd jammed Waterford Saturday night for the return of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour to the track for the first time since 2006. The popular shoreline oval hosted NASCAR’s oldest race division for the “Mr. Rooter 161” under beautiful, seasonable weather and treated the thousands of fans in attendance to a great night of motorsports. Doug Coby of Milford was the night’s big winner, claiming the 161-lap Richie Evans tribute event.
First time winners were the order of the night in the Speedbowl’s weekly NASCAR Whelen All-American Series races. Hometown driver Rob Janovic Jr. of Waterford scored the win in the track’s SK Modified® feature, Greg Moran Jr. of Preston picked up a career first victory in the Street Stock division and Sean Caron of East Hampton was back in the winner’s circle in the Mini Stock division for the first time since 2010. Each recorded their first wins of the 2012 season. Bruce Thomas Jr. of Groton won the Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Model division race, the only repeat winner of the season on the night.
The 35-lap NASCAR Whelen All American Series SK Modified® division got things started for the night and saw Jeffrey Gallup take the race lead over the opening laps. The first caution waved on the lap-3 when last week’s winner Tyler Chadwick and Brett Gonyaw were involved in a skirmish down the back chute. Chadwick’s car was left wedged in the wall at the entrance to turn three and was done for the night once removed from the racing surface.
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