SPEEDBOWL BUDWEISER BLASTOFF
SATURDAY 4/6 RESULTS
Speedbowl opened its 63rd consecutive season
Saturday, hosting qualifying and seven main events
as part of Budweiser Blastoff weekend. Saturday’s
main events saw Randy Churchill of Oakdale winning
the evening’s NASCAR Whelen All American Series SK
Light Modified race, Keith Rocco of Meriden scoring
the honors in the NEMA Lite touring series race, and
Chris Turbush of Riverhead, NY won in the visiting
New England Truck Series. In INEX racing, Dana
Dimatteo of Farmington claimed the win in the
opening day Legend Cars feature and New Jersey
driver Alex McCollum won the Bandolero feature.
Other winners included Jon Porter of Canterbury in
Super X-Cars and Wayne Shifflett of Preston in the
Rocco was spectacular in the 25-lap NEMA Lites
feature. He started back in the field and
methodically worked his way to the front,
culminating in a lap-23 pass on the outside of
leader Randy Cabral. Only one caution slowed the
Churchill was equally impressive in the 25-lap SK
Light Modified race. He started in third position
but quickly worked into the lead on lap-3. Churchill
had to fend off the challenges of Cam McDermott over
much of the second half of the race in a spirited
battle between the two. Troy Talman raced strong in
third and capitalized when McDermott made contact
with the wall on lap-21 trying to wrestle the lead
away from Churchill. Churchill mastered a final
restart attempt and fended off a bold move by Talman
in turn three with two laps to go before taking the
The 20-lap INEX Legend Cars feature saw Dimatteo
leading from the start. Keith Rocco, looking for a
second victory on the day, was an early challenger
to Dimatteo before defending Saturday Legend Cars
champion Paul Kusheba IV made his way to challenge
for the lead. Dimatteo was able to hold off both
over multiple restarts late in the race to take down
Chris Turbush came out on top of a mid-race scuffle
for the lead involving himself, Duane Noll and Roger
Turbush. Following a lap-10 restart, he came away in
the lead after a three-wide battle resulted in Noll
and Roger Turbush against the turn three wall. He
went on to win comfortably ahead of the field the
remainder of the way.
Porter came out on top in the Super X-Car race after
biding his time and working through the top-five
runners in their 20-lap feature. Porter was
comfortable in the outside lane to make most of his
passes, unseating Ed Ryan from the top spot in the
latter stages of the race to take the win, his
second in a row in the season opener.
A wild 20-lap X-Car feature saw lapped traffic play
a pivotal role in the race’s outcome. As the leaders
continually navigated packs of lapped cars, trouble
broke out just ahead of the leaders in the final
five laps. The top three cars of Brad Voglesong, Zac
Thomas and Scott Limkemann all made contact during a
traffic jam exiting turn four. In the end, Shifflett
survived unscathed to take down the victory.
McCollum was riding in second with five laps
remaining in the 15-lap INEX Bandolero feature when
the lead car spun just ahead of him in turn two. He
steered clear of Anthony Marvin’s spinning car,
which collected two other cars, resulting in a red
flag delay. During the stoppage, the race was
red-checkered with McCollum picking up a career
first win at the Speedbowl.
Leading the way in qualifying for Sunday’s Budweiser
Blastoff races were Chris Pasteryak of Lisbon, Jeff
Rocco of Wallingford and Louie Mechalides of
Tyngsboro, MA who each picked up qualifying race
wins in preparation of the 100-lap Valenti Modified
Racing Series feature. 2009 NASCAR Whelen
All-American Series SK Modified® track champion Ron
Yuhas Jr. of Groton won pole position honors in the
division’s 63-lap feature Sunday. In addition to
those two events, the NEMA Midgets will compete in a
25-lapper on Sunday as well as NASCAR Whelen
All-American Series action for the Bob Valenti Auto
Mall Late Models (50-laps), Street Stocks (30-laps)
and Mini Stocks (30-laps).
A pre-racing Pit Party begins Sunday’s festivities
where fans can meet and greet the cars and drivers
on the track at 10:00am. Racing begins just after
Saturday Budweiser Blastoff
NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Light
1. Randy Churchill, Oakdale; 2. Troy Talman,
Oxford, MA; 3. Corey Barry, Plainfield; 4. Dylan
Menditto, Brooklyn; 5. Chris Ignazio, Colchester;
6. Jeff Fialkovich, Shelton; 7. Travis Jurcik,
Chaplin; 8. Glenn Griswold, Vernon; 9. Keith
McDermott, Scituate, RI
New England Truck Series (25-laps):
1. Chris Turbush, Riverhead, NY; 2. Brad Caddick,
Hope Valley, RI; 3. Tom Metcalf, North Stonington;
4. Tony Lafo, Higganum; 5. Keith Chapman, Mystic; 6.
Roger Turbush, Riverhead, NY; 7. Glen Noll,
Naugatuck; 8. Duane Noll, Monroe; 9. Dan Butler,
Waterford; 10. Pete Cayer, Bristol
NEMA Lites (25-laps):
1. Keith Rocco, Meriden; 2. Randy Cabral,
Plymouth, MA; 3. Carl Medeiros, Westport, MA; 4.
Jake Stergios, Candia, NH; 5. Brandon Igo, Enfield;
6. Christian Briggs, Mattapoissett, MA; 7. Avery
Stoehr, Lakeville, MA; 8. Dana Shaw, Danielson; 9.
D.J. Moniz, Fairhaven, MA; 10. Ryan Bigelow, East
Hampton; 11. Paul Bigelow, Kensington; 12. Logan
Rayvals, Brockton, Ontario, CA; 13. Joe Cugini,
Marshfield, MA; 14. Kelly Ferrell, Chaplin; 15. Andy
Barrows, New Ipswich, NH; 16. Danny Cugini,
Legends Cars (25-laps):
1. Dana Dimatteo, Farmington; 2. Paul Kusheba
IV, Monroe; 3. Angelo Belsito, Auburn, MA; 4. Dylan
Izzo, Westport; 5. Keith Rocco, Meriden; 6. Jeff
Goodale, Riverhead, NY; 7. Kyle Ellwood, Riverhead,
NY; 8. Brendon Bock, Franklin Square, NY; 9. Nick
Ladyga, Voluntown; 10. Kyle Rogers, Waterbury; 11.
Giovanni Giarratana, Newington; 12. Joe Ferrigno,
East Hartford; 13. Michael Blaskey, Bethany; 14.
Joey Ternullo, Middletown; 15. Michael Christopher
Jr., Wolcott; 16. Dennis Pantani, Branford; 17.
Timothy DePizzol, North Franklin; 18. Jordan
Churchill, Lisbon; 19. Stephen Kopcik, Newtown; 20.
Cory Dimatteo, Farmington; 21. Nicholas Sowa,
Middletown; 22. David Johnson, Arlington, MA; 23.
Kyle Hardwick, Vernon; 24. Joe Mucciacciaro,
Wolcott; 25. John O’Sullivan Jr., Salem; 26. Calvin
1. Alex McCollum, Phillipsburg, NJ; 2. Jacob
Perry, Pawcatuck; 3. Anthony Marvin, Colchester; 4.
Christian Eckes, Middletown, NY; 5. A.J. Eastman,
Fishers Island, NY
Super X-Cars (20 laps):
1. Jon Porter, Canterbury; 2. Eric Finkbein Jr.,
East Hartford; 3. Ed Ryan, Preston; 4. Matt Carlson,
Griswold; 5. Ken Downing III, Branford; 6. Ray
Phillips, Canterbury; 7. Frank Alessio, Colchester;
8. Eric Finkbein Sr., Columbia; 9. Peter Pollard,
Old Lyme; 10. Shawn Butler, Jewett City; 11. Bill
Reiman, Southington; 12. R.J. Cunningham, Clinton
1. Wayne Shifflett, Preston; 2. Scott Limkemann,
East Lyme; 3. Kyle McPherson, Waterford; 4. Brad
Voglesong, Middletown; 5. Christopher Lee,
Uncasville; 6. Melissa Clavette, Bozrah; 7. C.P.
Burdick; 8. Jeff Dombrowski, Oakdale; 9. Jordan
Hadley, Quaker Hill; 10. Frank Shepard, Bozrah; 11.
Nate Bryington, Webster, MA; 12. Michael Marvin,
Colchester; 13. Pete Zaikarite, Niantic; 14. Chuck
McDonald, Groton; 15. Kim Bickford, Griswold; 16.
Terry Bombard, Willimantic; 17. Zac Thomas, New
London; 18. Aaron Sypher-Piper, Clinton; 19. Matthew
Ryan; 20. Elizabeth Gaston, Vernon; 21. David
Gargaro Jr., Cranston, RI
NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modified®
63-lap feature lineup:
1. Ron Yuhas Jr., Groton; 2. Jeff Gallup,
Agawam, MA; 3. Keith Rocco, Meriden; 4. Joe Gada,
Salem; 5. Diego Monahan, Quaker Hill; 6. Rob Janovic
Jr., Waterford; 7. Craig Lutz, Miller Place, NY; 8.
Tyler Jackson, Milford; 9. Kyle James, Ashaway, RI;
10. Ted Christopher, Plainville; 11. Todd Ceravolo,
Gales Ferry; 12. Brett Gonyaw, Manchester; 13.
Justin Gaydosh, Newtown; 14. Tom Abele Jr., Norwich;
15. Frank Mucciacciaro Jr., Milford; 16. Nichole
Morgillo, Southington; 17. Jeff Rocco, Wallingford;
18. Adam Gada, Bozrah; 19. Robert Driscoll,
Brookfield; 20. Tyler Chadwick, Ledyard; 21. Joe
Allegro Jr., Vernon; 22. Corey Coates, Ledyard; 23.
Shawn Monahan, Waterford; 24. Wendell Dailey, Gales
Ferry; 25. Ed Puleo, Branford; 26. Rich Duranti,
Source: Brian Darling / Waterford Speedbowl