Well over 200 race cars jammed Waterford Speedbowl’s pit area on Saturday for its Finale Weekend of racing. Qualifying racing for thirteen divisions along with eight main events took place over the day, with six more races being set for Sunday at the track. Taking NASCAR Whelen All-American Series victories Saturday were Corey Hutchings of Salem in the Street Stocks and David Webb of Nashville, TN in the SK Light Modifieds. Duane Noll of Monroe won an entertaining Outlaw Stock feature, Dylan Duhaime of Loudon, NH was the winner of the NEMA Lite series feature and Ivoryton racer Mark Panaroni won the visiting Northeast Mini Stock Tour race. Rounding out feature winners included Eric Finkbein Jr. of Manchester in the Super X-Cars, Scott Limkemann of East Lyme in the X-Cars and Rene Morgillo of Niantic in the Bandoleros.
Paul French of Andover led the SK Light Modified field to the green flag for their 25-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series feature race. French, the point leader in the division looking to clinch back-to-back championships, had Tyler Jackson of Milford, fighting for his own championship hopes, to his outside. French held the lead but only three laps were completed before Victoria Bergenty spun between turns one and two to bring out the caution flag.
French led the restart while Webb worked his way to second position, getting past Jackson. Cam McDermott of Scituate, RI moved to third position and the top three broke away from the field. Webb made a move to French’s inside on lap-9 to take the race lead leaving French with his hands full as McDermott looked for a way around. On lap-13 McDermott got to French’s inside in turn two, opening the door for several cars to follow their way by French’s inside. French actually spun a lap later, tangling with Chris Correll in turn one on lap-14 to return the race to caution.
Webb got the jump over McDermott when racing resumed however was unable to open any breathing room over him. McDermott stalked the race leader looking for a way around, nearly getting inside of Webb on lap-22 in turn three. Webb was able to fend of the challenge, then held on as McDermott made a final crossover move out of turn four to the checkered flag. Webb won the race as McDermott settled for second, while Jackson rounded out the top three.
French was able to finish the race in tenth position, unofficially securing him the division championship over Jackson.