Ceravolo Takes SK Checker For Rocco
Waterford, CT (September 15, 2012)
– Waterford Speedbowl returned to racing on Saturday evening with a
busy NASCAR Whelen All-American Series show on the track. The
resumption of the Budweiser Modified Nationals SK-150, held over
from rain on September 1, was completed along with twin 30-lap Bob
Valenti Auto Mall Late Model features joining a full card of
motorsports. The $5,000 to win Budweiser Modified Nationals was
taken by Todd Ceravolo of North Stonington, driving in substitution
of Keith Rocco of Meriden. Anthony Flannery of East Hampton and
Dillon Moltz of Waterford shared honors with each winning one of the
two Late Model division feature races, while Walt Hovey of Chaplin
won the Street Stock event. Jeff Cembruch of Wallingford won the
night’s Mini Stock feature, his first of the year and rookie driver
Joey Ternullo of Middletown took his first-ever checkered flag in
the Legend Cars division.
Gaydosh held the lead from lap-65 through lap-130 just as things intensified at the front. Ceravolo began looking for a way around Tyler Chadwick for third position on lap-131, as Janovic ran down Gaydosh. Ceravolo finally had an inside run to complete the move on Chadwick on lap-134 in what turned out to be a key pass. Just ahead, Janovic began applying heavy pressure to Gaydosh. Janovic looked both in the high and low grooves to make a run on the leader for multiple laps as Ceravolo crept into contention in third. Janovic finally made a strong move to Gaydosh’s outside on lap-141 through turns one and two. The two leaders made contact, sending Janovic hard into the turn two wall. Gaydosh received a penalty for overaggressive driving during the caution flag, handing the lead to Ceravolo.
Ceravolo held on for the final nine lap sprint to the checkered flag, beating back last year’s event winner Woody Pitkat of Stafford Springs. It was the first win in the Modified Nationals for Ceravolo, the 1997 SK Modified® track champion. One year ago, Ceravolo appeared to have a dominant car in the division’s biggest race of the year, only to run out of fuel on lap-133, enabling Pitkat to the win. Rocco was officially credited as the driver of record after starting the race on September 1, while Rowan Pennink of Pennsylvania was the driver of record for second position. Pitkat subbed Pennink, who was competing in a NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour event in Long Island on Saturday. Division point leaders Tyler Chadwick of Ledyard and Jeff Pearl of Salem finished in third and fourth place, respectively to keep their points battle tight. Joe Perry of Rhode Island was fifth.
Twelve caution flags slowed the race, which had three leaders. Joe Perry of Ashaway, RI led the opening 64 laps before Gaydosh moved by his inside on lap-65. Gaydosh moved up methodically after restarting the completion of the race in ninth position. Gaydosh showed the way, comfortably at times, until Janovic ran him down. Those two battled until the lap-141 incident, which gave the lead to Ceravolo. Eleven of the original starters were running at the finish.
Flannery was fast at the drop of the green flag in the first of two 30-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Model features. The race, which ran without caution, saw Flannery jump out front after beginning the race in the pole starting position. A large early lead buoyed Flannery’s efforts as division championship point leader Dillon Moltz raced into second position. Moltz cut into Flannery’s lead little-by-little, closing to one car length over the final five laps. Flannery would not be denied, picking up his first victory of the season while Moltz racked up another top finish with second. Bruce Thomas Jr. of Groton finished third.
In the second 30-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series feature race, Jeff Smith of Old Lyme and Thomas shared in an entertaining duel for the race lead over the first half of the race. The two started on the front row and raced through lap-15 uninterrupted, with neither driver claiming more than a one half car advantage over the other. As they remained side-by-side, Moltz marched into third position and tracked down the lead duo. On lap-17, as the leaders approached a lapped car exiting turn two, Thomas was squeezed into the backstretch wall. Moltz scooted past into second position and the race’s only caution flag waved a lap later when Thomas spun after something went awry after his contact with the wall. Smith and Moltz then ran side-by-side for the top spot when racing resumed, spending the next eight laps battling until Smith slipped off turn four on lap-26, allowing Moltz to power to the lead. Moltz finished the final four laps cleanly to claim his seventh win of the season. Smith and Rich Staskowski of Hope Valley, RI completed the podium finishers.
The 25-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Street Stock feature was a wild one over the second half of the race. Former division champion Ted Dupre of Westbrook led the first 16 laps as several cars battled behind him to contend. Dupre got bounced off the front chute into the infield and gave up the lead, with Josh Galvin of Franklin landing in the top spot after the exchange. That was short-lived, however, as Galvin was challenged by a past track champion, Corey Hutchings of Salem. The two battled hard over the next four circuits, trading blows before coming together as they began lap-21. Galvin nearly spun, dropping back as Hutchings pulled away. Hutchings, however, was penalized for overaggressive driving during the incident under the next caution flag on lap-22, giving the lead to Hovey. Hovey got a good restart and won the race going away ahead of a battle for second, taken by Josh Wood of Palmer, MA. Mike Caprio of New Haven finished third.
Five caution periods slowed the way during the 25-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series feature, won by Cembruch. He started the race trailing Christopher Ivory of Oakdale, but overtook him for the race lead by the time the second yellow flag was shown on lap-5. Cembruch survived a scary moment on a lap-7 restart when he got knocked to the infield following a false start which triggered a wreck behind him. Cembruch was able to restart the race as the leader, surviving two more restarts and a side-by-side battle with Ray Christian III of Norwich that lasted several laps. In addition to Christian, Cembruch had division leader Ken Cassidy Jr. of Lisbon breathing down his neck from third position. Cassidy made a last lap effort that fell just one-half car length short at the checkered flag. Christian was third behind Cembruch and Cassidy.
The 20-lap INEX Legend Cars feature was brought to the green flag by Calvin Therrien of Vernon, but it was Ternullo who leapt into the lead on lap-1 after starting in second. Ternullo built a large lead over the competition behind, which jockeyed for position over the opening laps. Giovanni Giarratana of Newington raced to second and ran down Ternullo’s lead by lap-12. Soon after, the top-five cars all ran in tight quarters as lapped traffic became a factor as the race ran without a caution flag through lap-17. Down the back chute, Giarratana had a run on Ternullo but backed off headed into turn three. Monroe’s Paul Kusheba, in third, drove over Giarratana’s bumper breaking something on his car and putting fluid down onto the track and collecting others into the melee. Ternullo beat back Giarratana on the only restart of the race and went on to his first win in the division, one year after moving up from the Bandolero class at the track. Dana Dimatteo of Farmington rallied to claim second at the finish, while Dylan Izzo of Westport ran among the leaders over the conclusion and was third.
Unofficial Waterford Speedbowl Saturday 9/15 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Results:
Whelen All-American Series SK Modifieds® Budweiser Modified Nationals SK-150 NASCAR (150-laps): 1. Keith Rocco, Meriden; 2. Rowan Pennink, Huntington Valley, PA; 3. Tyler Chadwick, Ledyard; 4. Jeff Pearl, Salem; 5. Joe Perry, Ashaway, RI; 6. Joe Gada, Salem; 7. Tom Abele Jr., Norwich; 8. Ed Puleo, Branford; 9. Jeffrey Gallup, Agawam, MA; 10. John Montesanto, North Branford; 11. Rob Janovic Jr., Waterford; 12. Shawn Monahan, Waterford; 13. Adam Gada, Bozrah; 14. Craig Lutz, Miller Place, NY; 15. Al Stone III, Durham; 16. Shawn Thibeault, Plainville; 17. Kyle James, Ashaway, RI; 18. Randy Churchill Jr., Oakdale; 19. Nichole Morgillo, Wallingford; 20. William Schneider, Northport, NY; 21. Tommy Barrett, Millis, MA; 22. Jeff Rocco, Wallingford; 23. Wendell Dailey, Gales Ferry; 24. Brett Gonyaw, Manchester; 25. Todd Ceravolo, North Stonington; 26. Paul French, Andover; 27. Rich Duranti, Quaker Hill; DNS – Gregg Hurley, Beverly, MA; DQ – Justin Gaydosh, Newtown
NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Models race #1 (30-laps): 1. Anthony Flannery, East Hampton; 2. Dillon Moltz, Waterford; 3. Bruce Thomas Jr., Groton; 4. Rich Staskowski, Hope Valley, RI; 5. Jason Palmer, Berlin; 6. Jeff Smith, Old Lyme; 7. Ed Gertsch Jr., East Haven; 8. Tim Jordan, Plainfield; 9. Mike Sweeney Jr., Meriden; 10. Vin Esposito, Seymour; 11. Rich Duranti, Quaker Hill
NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Models race #2 (30-laps): 1. Dillon Moltz, Waterford; 2. Jeff Smith, Old Lyme; 3. Rich Staskowski, Hope Valley, RI; 4. Jason Palmer, Berlin; 5. Tim Jordan, Plainfield; 6. Ed Gertsch Jr., East Haven; 7. Vin Esposito, Seymour; 8. Mike Sweeney Jr., Meriden; 9. Rich Duranti, Quaker Hill; 10. Anthony Flannery, East Hampton; 11. Bruce Thomas Jr., Groton
NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Street Stocks (25-laps): 1. Walt Hovey, Chaplin; 2. Josh Wood, Palmer, MA; 3. Mike Caprio, New Haven; 4. Norm Root, Old Saybrook; 5. Joe Arena, Bristol; 6. Ted Dupre, Westbrook; 7. Chris Meyer, North Franklin; 8. Phil Evans, Uncasville; 9. Jack Aquilina, Oakdale; 10. Brandon Plemons, Uncasville; 11. Bill McNeil, Preston; 12. Corey Hutchings, Salem; 13. Josh Galvin, Franklin; 14. Dan Darnstaedt, Durham; 15. Montgomery Gibbs, Killingworth; 16. Geoffrey Nooney, Southwick, MA; 17. Ritt Shawn, Westerly, RI; 18. Greg Moran Jr., Preston; 19. Tim Morse, Southbury; 20. Duane Provost, Indian Orchard, MA; 21. Paul Gaedeke, Southington; DNS – Tyler Cinamella, Willimantic
NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Mini Stocks (25-laps): 1. Jeff Cembruch, Wallingford; 2. Ken Cassidy Jr., Lisbon; 3. Ray Christian III, Norwich; 4. Glenn Colvin, Clinton; 5. Ian Brew, Wood River Junction, RI; 6. Wayne Burroughs Jr., Oakdale; 7. Bill Leonard, Charlestown, RI; 8. Garrett Denton, Hope Valley, RI; 9. Sean Caron, East Hampton; 10. Doug Curry, Groton; 11. Nick Pappacoda, Branford; 12. Christopher Ivory, Oakdale; 13. Joe Liskiewicz, Preston; 14. Travis Jurcik, Chaplin; 15. Christina Kellerman, Stratford; 16. Dale Sherman, Charlestown, RI; 17. Floyd Chesbro, Griswold; 18. Christopher Garside, Waterford; 19. Joseph Fogarasi, Columbia; 20. Ken Cassidy Sr., Lisbon; 21. Ryan Cipows, Seymour; 22. Jeffrey Lee, Uncasville
INEX Legend Cars (20-laps): 1. Joey Ternullo, Middletown; 2. Dana Dimatteo, Farmington; 3. Dylan Izzo, Westport; 4. Giovanni Giarratana, Newington; 5. Nicholas Sowa, Middletown; 6. Kyle Rogers, Waterbury; 7. George Whitney, Westbrook; 8. Cory Dimatteo, Farmington; 9. Calvin Therrien, Vernon; 10. Kyle Hardwick, Chaplin; 11. Christopher Kearney, Ellington; 12. Ed Field, Deep River; 13. Jordan Churchill, Lisbon; 14. Joe Ferrigno, East Hartford; 15. David Johnson, Arlingham, MA; 16. Scott McKnickle, Ledyard; 17. Richard Erlandson, Moodus; 18. Richard Avery III, Southington; 19. Paul Kusheba IV, Monroe; 20. Nick Ladyga, Voluntown; 21. Nicholas Lascuola, Brockton, MA; 22. John O’Sullivan, Salem; 23. Stephen Kopcik, Newtown