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.
In the 25-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Street Stock feature, Dan Darnstaedt of Durham bolted out to an early lead. As he pulled away from the field, Ted Dupre of Westbrook held second position just ahead of most of the competition, which jockeyed for position side-by-side several rows back. Overhead, ominous skies moved in with rain drops falling by lap-14. The first caution flag waved as a light shower moved over the speedway. The cars were sent off the track to wait out a brief rain delay.
When racing resumed, Josh Galvin of Franklin challenged Darnstaedt in the outside lane. Hutchings was also in the picture, racing in third position. Darnstaedt finally fought off Galvin’s charges on lap-18, making way for Hutchings to move to Galvin’s inside to claim second. A lap later, Hutchings worked his way underneath the leader on lap-19. Hutchings cleared Darnstaedt for the lead on lap-21 before a final caution flag on lap-24 provided one final hurdle. Hutchings mastered the restart and won his fifth race of the year. Brandon Plemons of Uncasville rallied to place second while Galvin finished in third.
The 25-lap Outlaw Stock feature was hard fought for much of the event for the top spots on the track. Kevin Gambacorta of Ellington began the race in front but Ryan Posocco of Stafford took over on lap-6. Posocco led while Noll looked impressive, moving to second position. Noll found room inside of Posocco to take the lead on lap-12 then held on during several late charges by Posocco in his attempt to reclaim the lead. The final challenge came through turns three and four on the final lap as the pair sprinted to the checkered flag. Posocco’s last ditch effort fell just short, as Noll took the win. Corey Casagrande of Stafford finished third and was part of the action up front throughout.
In the 25-lap NEMA Lite series, Dylan Duhaime of Loudon, NH was awarded the victory after apparent winner Keith Rocco of Meriden was disqualified during post-race technical inspection. Ryan Bigelow of East Hampton showed the way over a long stretch of green flag racing before Duhaime used an outside move on lap-15 to take command. Rocco used the stretch of racing to make his way into the top-five when caution waved on lap-21. Duhaime led until Rocco powered past on lap-22. Duhaime countered with a crossover move, however Rocco held him off and raced to the checkered flag. It was after the race when Duhaime would be declared the winner during inspection. Avery Stoehr of Lakeville, MA was credited with second position and Christian Briggs of Mattapoisett, MA with third.
Finkbein won a green-to-checkered feature in the Super X-Car division, besting the field over a 20-lap battle. He led comfortably throughout and cruised to a career-first win at the track. Dan Butler of Waterford was second and Kevin Moon of Exeter, RI finished third.
The X-Cars competed in a 20-lap event, won by the Wednesday night series champion Limkemann. He held off Wayne Shifflett of Preston and Brad Voglesong of Middletown in a race slowed by two caution periods.
Morgillo scored an impressive victory in the 20-lap Bandolero feature, rallying late to beat out Jacob Urch of West Suffield with a stellar outside pass. Anthony Marvin of Colchester finished third.
Sunday’s activities at the track begin with the popular Speedbowl Pit Party. Race fans will be able to see the cars and meet the stars prior to racing beginning at 9:30am. Following the pit party, racing will begin shortly after noon. Sunday’s feature lineup includes 25-lap races for the Legend Cars and NEMA Midgets along with 50-lap features for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modifieds®, Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Models, Street Stocks and Mini Stocks. The Speedbowl has reserved Saturday, October 27th as the rain date if necessary for Sunday’s racing card.
Waterford Speedbowl Finale Weekend Saturday 10/6 Results:
NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Street Stocks: (25-laps): 1. Corey Hutchings, Salem; 2. Brandon Plemons, Uncasville; 3. Josh Galvin, Franklin; 4. Dan Darnstaedt, Durham; 5. Walt Hovey Jr., Chaplin; 6. Mike Caprio Jr., New Haven; 7. Josh Wood, Palmer, MA; 8. Ted Dupre, Westbrook; 9. Bill McNeil, Preston; 10. Charles Beal, Ledyard; 11. Phil Evans, Uncasville; 12. Ronnie Oldham Jr., Old Saybrook; 13. Joe Arena, Bristol; 14. Paul Gaedeke, Southington; 15. Geoffrey Nooney, Southwick, MA; 16. John Carpenter, Danielson; 17. Ray Downing Jr., Clinton; 18. Greg Moran Jr., Preston; 19. Chris Meyer, North Franklin; 20. Jeffrey Lee, Uncasville; 21. Norm Root Jr., Old Saybrook; DNS – Jack Aquilina, Oakdale; DNS – Mat Burr, Waterford
NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Light Modifieds (25-laps): 1. David Webb, Nashville, TN; 2. Cam McDermott, Scituate, RI; 3. Tyler Jackson, Milford; 4. Randy Churchill, Oakdale; 5. Corey Barry, Plainfield; 6. Joey Ferrigno, East Hartford; 7. Bob Charland, Stafford Springs; 8. Victoria Bergenty, Plainville; 9. Bob Potter, Norwich; 10. Paul French, Andover; 11. Zach Aszklar, Wallingford; 12. Larry Goss, North Windham; 13. Chris Ignazio, Colchester; 14. Jason Ferreira, Lowell, MA; 15. Chris Correll, Quaker Hill
Outlaw Stocks (25-laps): 1. Duane Noll, Monroe; 2. Ryan Posocco, Stafford; 3. Corey Casagrande, Stafford; 4. Kevin Gambacorta, Ellington; 5. Corey Coates, Ledyard; 6. Allen Coates, Ledyard; 7. Tom Metcalf, North Stonington; 8. Kevin Moon, Exeter, RI; 9. Corey Hutchings, Salem
Northeast Mini Stock Tour (50-laps): 1. Mark Panaroni, Ivoryton; 2. Glenn Colvin, Clinton; 3. Ray Christian III, Norwich; 4. Cristofer King, Derry, NH; 5. Danny Field, Deep River; 6. Christopher Ivory, Oakdale; 7. Glen Thomas Jr., Groton; 8. Roger Ducharme, Foster, RI; 9. Loren Smith, Allenstown, NH; 10. Bill Leonard, Charlestown, RI; 11. Travis Jurcik, Chaplin; 12. Scott Michalski, South Killingly; 13. Ryan Cipows, Seymour; 14. Jeffrey Lee, Uncasville; 15. Ian Brew, Wood River Junction, RI; 16. Louis Maher, North Brookfield, MA; 17. Mitchell Bombard, Jewett City; 18. Alicia Thatcher, Pascoag, RI; 19. Emerson Cayer, Contoocook, NH; 20. Frank Shepard, Bozrah; 21. Dave Trudeau, Plainfield; 22. Pete Zaikarite, Niantic; 23. John Kelly, New London; 24. Scott Farrington, Minot, ME; 25. Nathan Taylor, Plainfield; 26. Chris Williams, Quaker Hill; 27. Brad Caddick, Richmond, RI; 28. Matt Sonnhalter, East Thetford, VT; 29. Joe Liskiewicz, Preston; 30. Scott Limkemann, East Lyme
NEMA Lites (25-laps): 1. Dylan Duhaime, Loudon, NH; 2. Avery Stoehr, Lakeville, MA; 3. Christian Briggs, Mattapoissett, MA; 4. Ian Cummens, Lydell, PA; 5. Bethany Stoehr, Bridgewater, MA; 6. Kenny Johnson, Bethany; 7. Danny Cugini, Marshfield, MA; 8. Brandon Martinez, North Kingston, RI; 9. Carl Medeiros, Westport, MA; 10. Jake Smith, Stroudsburg, PA; 11. Paul Bigelow, Kensington; 12. Logan Rayvals, Brockville, ONT, CA; 13. Brandon Igo, Enfield; 14. Dana Shaw, Danielson; 15. Eric Leduc; 16. Scott Bigelow, East Hampton; 17. Ryan Bigelow, East Hampton; 18. D.J. Moniz, Fairhaven, MA; 19. R.J. Tufano, West Haven; 20. Andy Barrows, New Ipswich, NH; DQ – Keith Rocco, Meriden
Super X-Cars (20-laps): 1. Eric Finkbein Jr., Manchester; 2. Dan Butler, Waterford; 3. Kevin Moon, Exeter, RI; 4. Jonathon Avery, Ledyard; 5. Frank Alessio, Colchester; 6. Peter Pollard, Old Lyme; 7. Matt Carlson, Griswold; 8. Bill Reiman, Southington; 9. Ray Reed, Norwich; 10. Eric Finkbein, Colchester; 11. Shawn Butler, Jewett City; 12. Marc Shafer, Groton; 13. R.J. Cunningham, Clinton
X-Cars (20-laps): 1. Scott Limkemann, East Lyme; 2. Wayne Shifflett, Preston; 3. Brad Voglesong, Middletown; 4. Mike Marvin, Colchester; 5. Larry Loomis, Plainfield; 6. Mitchell Bombard, Jewett City; 7. Frank Shepard, Bozrah; 8. Melissa Clavette, Bozrah; 9. Christopher Lee, Uncasville; 10. Kim Bickford, Griswold; 11. Richard Mollo, Seymour; 12. Chuck McDonald, Groton; 13. Jeff Dombrowski, Oakdale; 14. Arthur Phillips, Norwich; 15. Henry Lavallee, Uncasville; 16. Kristie Hamel, Jewett City; DNS – Mike Trask, Plainfield; DNS – Robert Strange, Groton; DNS – Javier Rivera, Willimantic
Bandoleros (20-laps): 1. Rene Morgillo, Niantic; 2. Jacob Urch, West Suffield; 3. Anthony Marvin, Colchester; 4. Jacob Perry, Pawcatuck; 5. Andrew Morin, Old Saybrook; 6. Jonathon Puleo, Branford; 7. Alan Eastman Jr., Fishers Island, NY; 8. Ken Morin Jr., Old Saybrook
Sources: Brian Darling/Waterford Speedbowl PR