Waterford, CT – Wild ‘n Wacky racing returned to the Speedbowl on Wednesday evening with fast paced motorsports action entertaining the crowd on hand. Taking victories on the night included Mike Christopher Jr. of Wolcott, winning for the third time in four races on Wednesdays in the INEX Legend Cars division with a come from behind effort. Jon Porter of Canterbury checkered the Super X-Car division, Jordan Hadley of Quaker Hill won in the X-Cars, and Jonathon Puleo of Branford won in the INEX Bandolero youth racing class.
Christopher had to work his way through the INEX Legend Cars field during a lengthy green flag stretch of racing in the division’s 25-lap race. After the opening green flag, the field ran through lap-18 before the first of two caution flags in the race came out. Mike Blaskey bolted out to the lead at the start, pulling ahead to a sizeable advantage seeking his second straight victory. Christopher arrived in second position on lap-5 but was a straightaway behind Blaskey. He closed the gap to be within striking distance of Blaskey when the yellow flag waved. Christopher tailed Blaskey after the restart until making his move on lap-23 in turn one, then survived one final restart after Blaskey and Joey Ternullo tangled behind him racing for second position. John O’Sullivan III dueled with Jordan Churchill for the runner-up spot to the checkered flag after the final caution, taking the spot by a bumper. Churchill took his best Legend Cars division finish home in third.
Hadley mastered the X-Car division once again, scoring a popular 25-lap victory. He started deep in the field and narrowly averted trouble when he nearly was collected in the only caution flag of the race on lap-3. Hadley came through the field after the restart, overtaking Thomas for the lead on lap-14. He cruised to the win the remainder of the way, with Thomas finishing in second and Randy Johnston finishing third.
Porter won for the second consecutive time in the Super X-Car division. He was patient early as the field battled side-by-side ahead of him in the opening laps. Porter was nearly collected in a turn one incident that saw two cars come together on lap-6 to bring out the final yellow flag of the race. He was fast on the outside of the track the rest of the way, passing cars one by one to move to the lead on lap-15. He got past Ray Reed and went unchallenged to the win as the race stayed under the green flag. Reed finished in second and Shane Peele bounced back from a lap-3 spin to wind up placing third.
Puleo won his second INEX Bandolero feature of the season. He led at the green flag and held back a hard charging Anthony Marvin in the first half of the race. Nickolas Hovey raced third and moved in to battle Marvin for second, allowing Puleo to pull away from them during the non-stop 15-lap race. Puleo went on to the win, his second of the year, and Hovey spun out of the final corner racing inside of Marvin, who went on to take second at the finish.
The combination of Porter, Reed and Peter Pollard teamed up to win the night’s Wacky Race, a relay race for the Super-X Car division.
Laps for Lupus hits the track on Saturday at the Speedbowl. A track walk will take place following practice and before the night’s racing. The event raises awareness and charitable donations for the Connecticut Chapter of the Lupus Foundation of America. Those interested to walk or make a pledge may contact the track office by email at [email protected] for more details. A six-division NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing program for the SK Modifieds®, Valenti Auto Mall Late Models, Street Stocks, Mini Stocks and SK Light Modifieds, plus INEX Legend Cars is on the card. Details for the upcoming event schedule are available online at Speedbowl.com
Waterford Speedbowl Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday 6/4 Results:
INEX Legend Cars (25-laps): 1. Mike Christopher Jr., Wolcott; 2. John O’Sullivan III, Salem; 3. Jordan Churchill, Lisbon; 4. Colin Haley, Ashford; 5. Josh Zentek, East Haven; 6. Scott Limkemann, East Lyme; 7. Mike Blaskey, Waterbury; 8. Cornelius Flynn, Hampden, MA; 9. Joey Ternullo, Middletown; 10. Dennis Pantani, Branford; 11. Connor Holderbach, Wolcott; 12. David Lespinasse, Milford; 13. Peter DePizzol, North Franklin; 14. Andrew Molleur, Shelton
INEX Bandoleros (15-laps): 1. Jonathon Puleo, Branford; 2. Anthony Marvin, Colchester; 3. Nickolas Hovey, Chaplin
X-Cars (25-laps): 1. Jordan Hadley, Quaker Hill; 2. Zac Thomas, New London; 3. Randy Johnston, Westerly, RI; 4. Mitch Bombard, Willimantic; 5. Rich Nye, Stonington; 6. Chris Lee, Uncasville; 7. Ray Herman, Gales Ferry; 8. Jeff Dombrowski, Ledyard; 9. Mike Shaw, Oakdale; 10. Eric Finkbein Jr., East Hartford; 11. Michael Olsen, Deep River; 12. C.P. Burdick, Deep River; 13. Matthew Ryan, Groton; 14. Richard Mollo, Seymour; 15. Kim Bickford, Griswold; 16. Elizabeth Gaston, Vernon; 17. Chuck McDonald, Groton; 18. Tom Sheehan, Baltic; 19. Andrew Lee, New London; 20. Josh Barrie, Voluntown; 21. Eddie Loomis, Plainfield; 22. Garrett Kuhn, Waterford
Super X-Cars (25-laps): 1. Jon Porter, Canterbury; 2. Ray Reed, Norwich; 3. Shane Peele, Wales, MA; 4. Jim Boyle, East Windsor; 5. Kevin Moon, Exeter, RI; 6. Dave Yardley, Berlin; 7. Bill Reiman, Southington; 8. R.J. Cunningham, Clinton; 9. Mike Maskell, Quaker Hill; 10. Marc Shafer, Groton; 11. Matt Carlson, Griswold; 12. Ken Downing III, Branford; 13. Scott Bellisle, Wauregan; 14. Ray Phillips, Canterbury; DNS – Peter Pollard, Old Lyme
Wacky Super X-Cars Relay Race: 1. Peter Pollard, Old Lyme / Jon Porter, Canterbury / Ray Reed, Norwich; 2. Marc Shafer, Groton / Bill Reiman, Southington / Matt Carlson, Griswold