Waterford, CT (September 10, 2014) – Waterford Speedbowl put the finishing touches on the 14th season of Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday, its popular mid-week motorsports program. A pair of drivers used the final week of racing to claim their first wins of the year, as Ed Ryan of Preston took the Super X-Car win and Nickolas Hovey of Chaplin won the INEX Bandolero feature. Mike Christopher Jr. of Wolcott had a record setting win in the INEX Legend Cars and Wayne Shifflett of Preston took the X-Car race win. The night’s two Mechanic Races were won by Charles Beal of Ledyard and Eric Finkbein Sr. of Manchester, while John Kelly of New London took the victory in the Officials Race to round out the night’s winners.
Christopher won again in the INEX Legend Cars, taking the final Wednesday night race of the year to cement a record setting season in the division. He made his way to the front in the early going of the 25-lap feature, trailing Joey Ternullo. He found room to Ternullo’s inside on lap-15, spending three laps side-by-side before a caution flag on lap-18. Ternullo held the advantage, putting Christopher in the outside lane for the restart. Christopher used the top of the track to power ahead for good on lap-20, going on to the win. Ternullo was second and David Johnson was third. Christopher’s victory marked his 23rd overall on the year between the division’s Wednesday and Saturday events, giving him the division single season record for wins. Christopher swept both series titles for the division, becoming the fourth driver to accomplish the feat.
Shifflett won his third X-Car race of the season after coming on to weekly competition midway through the year. He took the lead early but had to hold off two hard chargers over the second half of the 25-lap event. Eric Finkbein caught Shifflett and ran to his outside for several laps trying to overtake the lead, but was unable to make the pass. As the two battled, Jordan Hadley moved in to make it a three-car race for the win over the final eight laps. Hadley was able to get past Finkbein’s inside on lap-19 and tried to pry Shifflett’s car from the bottom of the track as the laps counted down. The top three cars ran nose to tail on the final lap and Hadley’s final corner rally came up short when Finkbein made contact with him, allowing Shifflett to get to the checkered flag first. Hadley held on for second and Finkbein was third. Zac Thomas finished sixth and won the division title.
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