WATERFORD, Conn. – Waterford Speedbowl beat an early rain shower before returning to NASCAR racing on Saturday evening after a scheduled week off.
The tracks INEX racing divisions were vaulted into the spotlight, landing the Bandolero and Legend Cars race winners a guaranteed starting spot in a national event for each division. Defending Speedbowl Legend Cars champion Paul Kusheba won a thrilling race in a photo finish while Anthony Marvin won the Bandolero feature.
In NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing, Todd Ceravolo continued his solid season by picking up his first victory of the year in the SK Modifieds. Al Stone won his second race of the year in the Street Stocks while Ken Cassidy Jr. picked up his fifth Mini Stock victory. Randy Churchill Jr. rounded out the nights winners, scoring his fourth SK Light Modified race honors.
The 35-lap feature race for the SK Modified division saw the return of a familiar name to the winners circle at the track. Ceravolo, the 1997 track champion, took his first win since the 2010 season after running a nearly flawless race. He was patient in the opening laps as the running order settled in with Frank Mucciacciaro taking the race lead from pole sitter Nichole Morgillo on lap-1. Joe Gada held third behind the top two with Ceravolo rounding out the top four cars.
With Morgillo tailing Mucciacciaro, Ceravolo pulled out of line and made a power move under Joe Gada taking third place on lap five. The first caution flag came out a lap later when a three-car battle for eighth position resulted in Adam Gada sliding through the turn four infield kicking up moisture and debris onto the race surface. Following a false restart attempt, Morgillo slid into the turn one wall after a second attempt to restart the race on lap six, keeping the racing action at bay.