Valenti Modified Racing Series – New London-Waterford Speedbowl (CT) – 6/24/17
Last updated: June 26, 2017 at 11:48 am
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What Won the Race: After starting the race in 18th, Anthony Nocella picked his way forward over 71 laps, eventually lining up on the outside Jeff Gallup with 29 laps to go and took the lead for good.
|18||50||Carl Medeiros, Jr.|
The Skinny: Keith Rocco led the race’s first half and soon fell into the clutches of Les Hinckley, who got leap frogged soon after by Jeff Gallup. Nocella had worked his way to second, it was just him and Gallup when Hinckley and Rocco pitted for a tire rotation and adjustments on a Lap 71 restart. Hinckley tore through the field but was one yellow flag short of getting a shot at Nocella. The win is the first at the Speedbowl for Nocella in a Tour-type Modified and fifth overall, the first four coming in the NEMA Lites.
Winning Quote: “I’ve got to thank the guys for putting in the effort to open the place up. Plenty of good racing here and we appreciate coming back here. I’ve had some wins in a Midget here and always wanted to win one in a Modified.” – Anthony Nocella
Winning Crew Chief: “Group Effort”
Winning Chassis: Race Works Chassis
Winning Shocks: Pro Shocks
Winning Engine: Pettit Racing Engines
On the Move: Both Anthony Nocella and Les Hinckley improved be 17 positions from start to finish.
Biggest Loser: Keith Rocco started fifth, led half the race, but eventually fell out finishing 15th.
-100-lap race distance
-Heavy rains from 9-10am soaked the grounds, shortening and delaying practice to 1:30 as crews pumped standing water from the infield.
-Matt Mead tagged the turn four wall hard with the right-front in practice.
-Keith Rocco set quick time in the first practice ahead of Anthony Flannery, Mike Willis, Donnie Lashua & Andrew Molleur.
-Rocco repeated as quickest in the final practice, Kyle James, Anthony Nocella, Mike Willis, and Anthony Flannery rounded the top five.
|7||50||Carl Medeiros, Jr.|
Heat Race Results:
|3||50||Carl Medeiros, Jr.|
Heat Race Lineups:
|4||50||Carl Medeiros, Jr.|
Car Count: 20 Valenti Modifieds
|50||Carl Medeiros, Jr.|
Qualifying Format: Three heat races set the lineup for the feature.
Who to Watch For: Anthony Nocella has been the dominant driver in the first three races, with two wins. Keith Rocco is the all-time wins leader at Waterford. Les Hinckley & Dave Ethridge are always a threat to win on the CT tracks.
Title Fight: Nocella leads the points by 24 over Mike Willis.
The Track: New London-Waterford Speedbowl (3/8 mile paved oval) – Waterford, CT
Weather: Clear, humid, and breezy with temperatures in the 80’s
Next Series Race: New England Short Track Showdown at New Hampshire Motor Speedway; July 1