WATERFORD, Conn. – Ideal weather conditions blessed Waterford Speedbowl for another round of NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing on Saturday.
Fans were treated to a show that placed third-generation racer Joe Gada in the winner’s circle, claiming the night’s 35-lap SK Modified main event in dominating fashion. Defending division champion Dillon Moltz won the Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Model race, Josh Galvin won a thrilling Street Stock feature and Ian Brew took his first Mini Stock feature win of the year. Corey Coates won the visiting New England Truck Series feature.
The Legend Cars feature results ran past deadline.
Tyler Jackson led a full field of open-wheel ground pounders to green for their 35-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series feature. Jackson took the early lead over Jeffrey Gallup with Gada holding third. After settling in for the opening laps, Gada moved by Gallup’s inside for second on lap four.
Gada continued his forward progress and found room to Jackson’s inside in turn one the next lap and was scored as the new leader on lap six. Craig Lutz followed suit and was in second. Jeff Rocco got loose to Jackson’s inside in turn one causing the field behind to stack up, resulting in Ed Puleo and Justin Gaydosh coming together to bring out the caution. Puleo was unable to resume.
Gada led the restart over Lutz, who settled into second. Only two laps more were completed before bumper tag headed into turn one again caused trouble, this time with Kyle James stranded in the infield to bring out the second caution flag on lap eight. Damage to James’ car was severe enough that he did not return.
Gada got the jump over Lutz again when racing went back to green. Jeff Rocco got past Lutz’s inside to take second and he and Gada moved out ahead of a three-car pack of Lutz, Diego Monahan and Ted Christopher. Christopher pulled out of line on lap 17 and tried to make a run on Monahan.