Emotional Marvuglio Rules NEMA

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Anthony Marvuglio (38) races past Paul Scally en route to victory Saturday night at Waterford Speedbowl. (John DaDalt photo)
Anthony Marvuglio (38) races past Paul Scally en route to victory Saturday night at Waterford Speedbowl. (John DaDalt photo)

WATERFORD, Conn. — He was so focused, he missed the crossed flags and the five-to-go sign and the white flag caught him by surprise.

“Once I saw the checkered flag, tears started running down my face’” said Anthony Marvuglio. “I couldn’t believe it was actually real.”

Marvuglio went wire-to-wire Saturday night, winning the caution-free 27-lap Shane Hammond Memorial Northeastern Midget Ass’n feature at Waterford Speedbowl. The event memorializes Marvuglio’s brother who died at Thompson Speedway in 2008.

Starting on the outside pole in Chris DeRosier’s No. 38, Marvuglio, 20, needed just shy of six minutes, 20 seconds (96.694 mph), finishing 2.3 seconds in front of Todd Bertrand.

Russ Stoehr, Randy Cabral an Mike Horn completed the top five

It was the first NEMA win for Marvuglio who had his brother’s ashes in his pocket and was wearing the gloves Hammond wore at Thompson.

“I really wanted this bad,” he said. “When we got the outside pole, I decided I was just going to go.”

Avery Stoehr won the NEMA Lites feature.