Giarratana Tops Wacky Wednesday Winners


WATERFORD, Conn. – Waterford Speedbowl hosted a large crowd preparing for the Independence Day holiday Wednesday evening for its Wild ‘n Wacky racing program.

Giovanni Giarratana picked up where he left off Saturday, winning another INEX Legend Cars race. Bill Reiman was a first-ever winner at Waterford in the Super X-Car feature, while Wayne Shifflett won a nail-biter in the night’s X-Car event.

David French made a long haul worthwhile to win in a photo finish in the INEX Bandolero feature and Peter Pollard took the night’s Wacky Race. Luke Emmons treated the fans to a motorcycle stunt show during the evening’s festivities.

The 25-lap INEX Legend Cars feature saw Giarratana take control just past halfway in the race. Daniel Stolte showed the way with an impressive early lead, romping out over John O’Sullivan Jr. when the race took the green flag. As Stolte pulled ahead, O’’Sullivan had Dennis Pantani and Michael Christopher Jr. to either side as they moved to second and third, respectively.

Carl Blandina was next to get by O’’Sullivan, racing past his inside to move fourth. By lap six both Stephen Kopcik and Giarratana were streaking forward getting by Blandina to make up the top-five. A lap later, the caution flag waved when newcomer Sean Fitzmaurice spun out of turn four.

Stolte restarted strong and bolted out to a five car length lead. Giarratana stormed his way to second position ahead of Christopher ahead of the the next caution flag, which waved on lap-10 when Fitzmaurice again found trouble exiting turn four. Stolte had Giarratana line up to his outside for the restart, with Christopher and Dennis Pantani in the second row.

Stolte got the lead over Giarratana, but couldn’’t shake one of the division’s hottest drivers. Giarratana stayed with Stolte, trying his inside by lap 13. Giarratana spent a lap battling side-by-side with Stolte before powering ahead to lead lap 14. Kopcik continued to impress this season, tailing Stolte for one lap before taking second position on lap 15.

Behind the top three, Christopher was being black flagged and was forced to retire from the event, giving up a spot in the top-five on lap 18. That bumped Michael Blaskey and Brenden Bock into a lock for fourth position as they battled for several laps.

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