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Waterford Speedbowl 6/23 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Results

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.

[Photo Gallery] by Crystal Snape

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Wayne Helliwell, Jr. Scores Second ACT Win at White Mountain

Wayne Helliwell, Jr. of Dover, NH dominated the White Mountain 150 at White Mountain Motorsports Park on Saturday, June 23 for his second career American Canadian Tour win. Helliwell led all 150 laps after starting on the pole and won uncontested.

Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. won a hard fought battle for the runner-up position, beating Eric Chase who completed the podium. Austin Theriault and Brian Hoar completed the top five after swapping paint several time over the final laps. Ray Parent, Brent Dragon, Jimmy Hebert, Ricky Rolfe, and Randy Potter rounded out the top ten.

Helliwell crushed the field, lapping all but the top eleven cars. The 150 lap event was completed in one hour and five minutes with eight cautions. Twenty-two of the thirty-one cars that took the green flag were on the track for the checkers.

It was Helliwell’s second career ACT win and his second win in three events. It will keep him atop the point standings just ahead of Polewarczyk who claimed his second straight runner-up finish and his fourth top five in the first five events.

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Dave Darling is perfect in extra distance in 2012; Rick Martin makes it back to Victory Lane; Joe Kohler picks up first win of the season, DeGasparre wins second LM event

Seekonk, MA — Dave Darling was daring and dynamic on Saturday, June 23, as he picked up his second win of the season in the 75 lap Pro Stock main event. His last win came on opening day, in the first 75 lap feature of the season. Darling used a late race restart to move past Tom Scully Jr, who dominated the middle portion of the event, and took over the lead for good.

John Dabrowski led the early portion of the race, as he and Ken Spencer raced wheel to wheel for the first several laps, swapping the lead back and forth. It wasn’t until a lap 12 caution when Scully lined up aside Dabrowski and was able to power past into the lead. While Scully Jr spent the middle portion of the race at the top of the leader board, there was a lot of action going on behind him. Darling was weaving his way through the field from his 12th place starting position, and was able to put himself in the right place at the right time, using the inside and outside lanes, and a couple of timely cautions to close in on Scully. Several cars held the runner up position, but without much luck. Mike Brightman ran second for a while, only to fall out of the top three, and have a tire go down with less than 10 laps to get. Kevin Casper was running third when a cut left rear tire sent him around and into the wall midway through the event. Ryan Vanasse was sent to the rear for the contact with Casper, but worked his way back up to second by the time the checkered fell.

Darling used the outside lane for over 20 laps, trying to work by Scully, but Tom was on his game. Tom fell back to third by the end of the race, with Dick Houlihan and Craig Weinstein rounded out the top five. Tom Scully Sr, Kyle Casper, Bob Hussey, Phil Meany and Dave Silvia finished sixth through tenth. Defending Pro Stock Champion Fred Astle Jr suffered a broken transmission on the second lap, and was forced out of the race.

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