Waterford, CT – A large crowd turned out for Waterford Speedbowl’s Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday race program in advance of the upcoming holiday weekend and they were treated to motorsports action capped by a fireworks display. Connecticut native Luke Emmons wowed the crowd with motorcycle stunts and in racing action, Mike Christopher Jr. of Wolcott and Anthony Marvin of Colchester shared INEX race victories in the respective Legend Car and Bandolero features. Shane Peele of Wales, MA won the Super X-Cars and Randy Johnston of Westerly, RI won his first X-Car feature of the season.
Christopher took his sixth win of the season in the Wednesday night INEX Legend Cars series. His victory in the 25-lap feature was not easy however, as he had to master treacherous track conditions and a stiff challenge from eventual runner-up Brendon Bock. After Christopher took the lead from Michael Blaskey on lap-10, a serious incident on lap-17 halted the race when several cars crashed hard into the turn three wall after fluid was spewed onto the speedway from T.J. Thompson’s car.
Following a lengthy red flag to clean up the mess, a slick track made for a challenging conclusion. Bock, a past Riverhead Raceway champion from Long Island, got inside of Christopher on lap-18 but could not make the move stick and Christopher got away on the high side of the track. The rest of the race ran without delay and Christopher took the checkered flag ahead of Bock and George Whitney.
Peele was a first time winner at the Speedbowl in the Super X-Car feature. He was in the front of the pack from the start, running just behind Ken Downing III and Kevin Moon, who battled door-to-door for the race lead in the opening laps. Peele bided his time, then asserted himself halfway through the 25-lap race to move inside Moon and into the lead on the 13th lap. Peele mastered just one restart following the only caution flag in the race, coming on lap-22. He bested Ray Reed and Jim Boyle, who finished in second and third position, respectively.
Johnston picked up the 25-lap X-Car victory, holding back one of the year’s biggest winners to do so. Johnston moved to the lead early as Jordan Hadley weaved through the field to move to second position on lap-12. He was running down Johnston when the only caution flag came out when point leader Zac Thomas made hard contact with the wall while contending for third position on lap-17. Johnston got a good restart over Hadley and held off his charges over the remaining eight laps to claim the win. Hadley was a close second and Eric Finkbein Jr. finished third.
Marvin scored another INEX Bandolero victory in Wednesday’s 20-lap feature. He was third behind a battle for the lead between Derek Debbis and Ken Morin Jr. when Debbis spun from the lead on lap-5. Morin got tangled up on the restart attempt, knocking him to the back leaving Marvin to race out to a comfortable lead when racing went back under the green flag. Marvin built up a big lead but Morin came charging back, running down Marvin but came up just short at the checkered flag. Morin wound up second and Debbis rebounded to finish third.
On Saturday, the mid-season championship event for the Speedbowl’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series competitors hits the track. Extra distance racing highlights the card, led by a 100-lap SK Modified® feature. The Valenti Auto Mall Late Models, Street Stocks and Mini Stocks will race for 50-laps and the SK Light Modifieds and INEX Legend Cars round out the program with 25-lap features. Time Trial qualifying begins at 4:00pm Saturday, and main events start at 6:30pm. A detailed event schedule is available online at Speedbowl.com
Unofficial Waterford Speedbowl Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday 7/2 Results:
INEX Legend Cars (25-laps): 1. Mike Christopher Jr., Wolcott; 2. Brendon Bock, Franklin Square, NY; 3. George Whitney, Westbrook; 4. Michael Blaskey, Bethany; 5. Joey Ternullo, Middletown; 6. Scott Limkemann, East Lyme; 7. David Lespinasse, Milford; 8. Connor Holderbach, Wolcott; 9. Cassandra Cole, Westbrook; 10. Andrew Molleur, Shelton; 11. T.J. Thompson, Lisbon; 12. John O’Sullivan Jr., Salem; 13. Dennis Pantani, Branford; 14. Josh Zentek, East Haven; 15. Colin Haley, Ashford; 16. Jordan Churchill, Lisbon
INEX Bandoleros (15-laps): 1. Anthony Marvin, Colchester; 2. Ken Morin Jr., Old Saybrook; 3. Derek Debbis, Oakdale; 4. Nickolas Hovey, Chaplin; 5. Ethan Durocher, Plainfield; 6. Jonathon Puleo, Branford; 7. Andrew Morin, Old Saybrook
X-Cars (25-laps): 1. Randy Johnston, Westerly, RI; 2. Jordan Hadley, Quaker Hill; 3. Eric Finkbein Jr., East Hartford; 4. Mitch Bombard, Willimantic; 5. Eddie Loomis, Plainfield; 6. Wayne Shifflett, Preston; 7. Richard Nye, Southington; 8. Christopher Lee, Uncasville; 9. Ray Herman, Gales Ferry; 10. Kim Bickford, Griswold; 11. Josh Barrie, Voluntown; 12. Rich Mollo, Seymour; 13. Craig Tavernier, Moosup; 14. Michael Olsen, Deep River; 15. Jeff Dombrowski, Oakdale; 16. Chuck McDonald, Groton; 17. C.P. Burdick, Deep River; 18. Elizabeth Gaston, Vernon; 19. Tom Sheehan, Baltic; 20. Zac Thomas, New London
Super X-Cars (25-laps): 1. Shane Peele, Wales, MA; 2. Ray Reed, Norwich; 3. Jim Boyle, East Windsor; 4. Bill Reiman, Southington; 5. Marc Shafer, Groton; 6. Kevin Moon, Exeter, RI; 7. R.J. Cunningham, Clinton; 8. Scott Bellisle, Wauregan; 9. Matt Carlson, Griswold; 10. Mike Maskell, Quaker Hill; 11. Ken Downing III, Branford; 12. Shawn Gaedeke, Southignton; 13. Dan Moon, Exeter, RI
– Waterford Speedbowl PR – Photo credit: Waterford Speedbowl Facebook