Leonard Collects First NEMA Score

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FIVE-MINUTE MAN: Chris Leonard rolled to his first Northeastern Midget Ass'n victory Sunday afternoon at Waterford (Conn.) Speedbowl. (John Dadalt Photo)

FIVE-MINUTE MAN: Chris Leonard rolled to his first Northeastern Midget Ass’n victory Sunday afternoon at Waterford (Conn.) Speedbowl. (John Dadalt Photo)

WATERFORD, Conn. — Chris Leonard romped to his first Northeastern Midget Ass’n victory Sunday at Waterford Speedbowl, easily topping the 14-car field in just more than five minutes.

Leonard started from the pole and led throughout the 25-lap event, setting a Speedbowl record for the fastest 25-lap NEMA feature at the three-eighths-mile asphalt oval.

Russ Stoeher chased Leonard across the line in second ahead of Erica Santos, Randy Cabral and Chris DeRitis.

While it was Leonard’s first victory, it was not for the car. A one-time Mike Scrivani machine, Bobby Seymour drove it to a number of victories, including four at Waterford.

Anthony Nocella picked up where he left off in 2009 at Waterford Speedbowl Saturday night by winning the NEMA Lites opener, his fifth series victory.

A caution-free 25-lap affair, polesitter B.J. MacDonald built a commanding early lead before fading. Todd Bertrand then took the point, leading until the final circuit when overtaken by Nocella.

The finish:
Midgets: Chris Leonard, Russ Stoeher, Erica Santos, Randy Cabral, Chris DeRitis, Greg Stoehr, Adam Cantor, Jesse State, Paul Luggelle, Anthony Nocella, Todd Bertrand, Eric Cabral, John Zych, Jr., Lacen Fornoro.

Lites: Anthony Nocella, Todd Bertrand, Russ Wood, Jr., Eric Cabral, Randy Cabral, Jake Smith, Lansen Fornoro, B.J. MacDonald, Bethany Viets, Kevin Parks, Dave Moniz, Joey Mucciacciaro, Chris Haskell.