Masse, of Bellingham, MA., started on the pole, took the lead at the drop of
the green flag, and went on to score his 2nd win of the season Saturday
night, capturing the 3rd annual “Wings & Wheels 100” at the Waterford, CT.,
Speedbowl before a large crowd. The Modified Racing Series, sponsored by Bob
Valenti Automall.com, sanctioned the race.
In post race interviews, Masse was quick to point out the importance of
winning your qualifying race to get a good starting spot for the main event.
“Getting a good number draw is a key factor. To start up front means you can
save tires, set your own pace, and hope to be there at the end,” said the
20-year-old driver. He won the first heat race earning a front row start in
the 25-car field.
The feature race was slowed before the first lap was scored as a pileup
forced three drivers out of the event. Jimmy Dolan, Bethel, CT., Dave
Etheridge, Portland, CT., and Geoff Gernhard, Salem, CT., were sidelined
with damaged racecars. A lap 18-caution flag was thrown for series newcomer,
Don Fowler, Clinton, CT., and a lap 20 slowdown forced Jacob Dore, Sanford,
ME., Joey Jarvis Ascutney, VT., Keith Rocco, Wallingford, CT., and Les
Hinckley, Windsor Locks, CT., to the sidelines.
When the race resumed, Masse went the distances leading the entire 100 laps
to notch his third MRS win. His car was fast but late in the race he was
just out for a Saturday night ride. “I noticed it was a little slick in
(turn) two, a little loose there, and I was a little loose on entry but
nothing I could not drive through. I was just taking it easy at the end. It
means a lot to me to get the W, hope we can get another one soon.”
Masse finished ahead of Ted Christopher, Plainville, CT., Doug Coby,
Milford, CT., Rowan Pennink, Huntingdon Valley, PA., and Jon McKennedy,
Chelmsford, MA. Sixth through tenth were, Todd Annarummo, Swansea, MA.,
Charlie Pasteryak, Lisbon, CT., Jack Bateman, Canaan, NH., Dwight Jarvis,
Ascutney, and Ken Barry, Preston, CT.
The victory ties Masse with Peter Daniels, Chris Pasteryak, David Pinkham,
and Jim Boniface, with three MRS wins.
31 race teams entered the event with 25 cars starting the race. Attrition
was high as 15 drivers finished the race with only 10 cars on the lead lap.
It took 46 minutes, 29 second to complete.
The series now moves on to the Seekonk Speedway, Rte 6, Seekonk, MA.
Saturday August 21, with the program starting at 6 PM.
Date: August 14, 2010
Event: Wings & Wheels 100 (#13 of 19)
Venue: Waterford Speedbowl- Waterford, CT
Distance: 100 Laps
Time of Race: 46:29
Margin of Victory: 2.916
Best Lap Time: 14.074, 95.922 MPH, Steve Masse
Lap Leaders: Steve Masse (1-100)
Cautions: 3 (Lap 0, Lap 18, Lap 20)
Unofficial Order of Finish:
Finish, Start, Driver, Hometown, Laps
1, 1, Steve Masse, Bellingham, MA, 100, Running
2, 8, Ted Christopher, Plainville, CT, 100, Running
3, 15, Doug Coby, Milford, CT, 100, Running
4, 3, Rowan Pennink, Huntingdon Valley, PA, 100, Running
5, 5, Jon McKennedy, E. Chelmsford, MA, 100, Running
6, 10, Todd Annarummo, Swansea, MA, 100, Running
7, 13, Charlie Pasteryak, Lisbon Falls, CT, 100, Running
8, 17, Jack Bateman, Canaan, NH, 100, Running
9, 2, Dwight Jarvis, Ascutney, VT, 100, Running
10, 18, Ken Barry, Preston, CT, 100, Running
11, 7, Rob Goodenough, Swanzey, NH, 99, Running
12, 21, Max Zachem, Preston, CT, 99, Running
13, 9, Louie Mechalides, Tyngsboro, MA, 99, Running
14, 20, Jeff Malave, Manchester, CT, 99, Running
15, 25, Jeff Pearl, Salem, CT, 98, Running
16, 4, Mike Holdrigde, Madison, CT, 43, Accident
17, 19, Bryon Chew, Inlet, NY, 29, Accident
18, 12, Jacob Dore, Sanford, ME, 20, Front End
19, 24, Joey Jarvis, Ascutney, VT, 20, Accident
20, 11, Keith Rocco, Wallingford, CT, 20, Accident
21, 23, Les Hinckley III, Windsor Locks, CT, 20, Accident
22, 6, Don Fowler, Clinton, CT, 18, Steering
23, 14, Jim Dolan, Bethel, CT, 0, Accident
24, 16, Dave Ethridge, Portland, CT, 0, Accident
25, 22, Geoffrey Gernhard, Salem, CT, 0, Accident
DNQ: Bobby Drown, Butch Perry, Shelly Perry, Joe Doucette, Eddy
Spiers, and Norm Wrenn