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The 63rd season opener at Waterford Speedbowl wrapped up Sunday with six main events as part of the track’s Budweiser Blastoff Weekend. A total of 13 divisions were on hand for the three-day event, culminating with Sunday’s Valenti Modified Racing Series feature, NEMA Midget race and NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing.

Sunday’s winners included Steve Masse of Bellingham, MA in the 100-lap Valenti Modified Racing Series event, the popular northeastern tour’s 10th anniversary season opener. In NASCAR Whelen All-American Series action Keith Rocco of Meriden scored wins in both the SK Modified® and Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Model division races, the second consecutive season he has opened the year with wins in each division. Corey Hutchings of Salem was the Street Stock winner and Garrett Denton of Hope Valley, RI won the Mini Stock feature. Todd Bertrand of Suffield took down a popular win in the Northeastern Midget Association race.

Masse made a late race charge in the 100-lap Valenti Modified Racing Series event to come out on top. He started in 13th position and bided his time much of the race. He began his march to the front of the field following a lap-64 caution period for race leader Richard Savary, who spun while working lapped traffic.

Masse restarted the race in fifth position and used another restart following a lap-83 yellow flag to challenge for the top-three. He passed Rowan Pennink for second position on lap-90 and was on leader Todd Annarummo’s bumper by lap-92. The pair made contact racing to lap-93 causing Masse to back off and regain his momentum. He was back to Annarummo’s bumper on lap-95 and made an outside bid for the lead a lap later. After one lap side-by-side, Masse completed the move out of turn two on lap-97 and motored away the final three laps for the victory.  Annarummo placed second ahead of Anthony Nocella, Pennink and Mike Holdridge.

The 63-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modified® race was slowed by a total of seven caution periods. Past track champion Ron Yuhas Jr. brought the 26-car field to the green flag and showed the way through lap-6. Rocco, who started in third position, quickly moved to second position before making an inside move on Yuhas to take over command on lap-7.

Rocco was strong through the middle of the race to hold on to the lead, however couldn’t shake the tandem of Yuhas and Rob Janovic Jr. Rocco and Yuhas raced hard for the top spot just after halfway resulting in Yuhas making contact with the wall on lap-39, slowing his charge, with Rocco continuing to lead. Rocco stayed ahead of the field through a wild incident on lap-54 when nearly half the field was caught up in a wreck that started over a battle for second position.

Rocco mastered the final restart and was able to cruise to the victory over Yuhas and Janovic, who each escaped the lap-54 melee. The win was Rocco’s fourth consecutive Budweiser Blastoff weekend win and 45th career victory in the division. Rocco is the 2010 and 2011 division track champion and 2010 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series National Champion.

Rocco dominated the 50-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Model feature. He led the entire distance with only one caution period on lap-4 slowing his pace. 2012 champion Dillon Moltz chased Rocco to the checkered flag, but could not close in to seriously contend. Bruce Thomas Jr. won a duel with Jeff Smith to take third place.

Hutchings bolted out to a strong lead in the 30-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Street Stock feature, but was tracked down by Chris Meyer under a lengthy green flag run that closed the race. Meyer was on Hutchings’ bumper with five laps remaining then raced to his outside to make a bid for the win over the final three laps. The two ran door-to-door over the final laps and put on a thrilling finish with Hutchings narrowly taking down the win. Only one caution flag slowed the race.

Denton was impressive in the 30-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Mini Stock feature. He checked out to a commanding lead after a lap-6 caution period, the only of the race, and rolled to the victory, the third of his career at the track. Denton, age 16, beat out the most successful driver in the division, Ken Cassidy Jr. of Lisbon, who placed second.

Bertrand powered into the lead following the only caution period on lap-10 of the NEMA Midget feature. He raced inside early pace setter Anthony Marvuglio of Massachusetts and went on to a popular win in the series opener. Bertrand turned the fastest lap of the day, a 13.05 second lap, during his run to victory.

The Speedbowl returns to action for its first regular show of the 2013 season next Saturday night. A 6-division NASCAR Whelen All-American Series event is scheduled to begin with qualifying at 5:00pm and main events at 7:00pm. More information is available at www.Speedbowl.com.

Waterford Speedbowl Budweiser Blastoff Sunday 4/7 Results:

Valenti Modified Racing Series (100-laps):
1. Steve Masse, Bellingham, MA; 2. Todd Annarummo, Swansea, MA; 3. Anthony Nocella, Woburn, MA; 4. Rowan Pennink, Huntingdon Valley, PA; 5. Mike Holdridge, Madison; 6. Louie Mechalides, Tyngsboro, MA; 7. Mike Willis Jr., Grantham, NH; 8. Norm Wrenn, Nashua, NH; 9. Dana Smith, Sunapee, NH; 10. Keith Rocco, Meriden; 11. Richard Savary, Canton, MA; 12. Jeff Pearl, Salem; 13. Jacob Dore, Sanford, ME; 14. Tom Barrett, Millis, MA; 15. Jeff Rocco, Wallingford; 16. Max Zachem, Preston; 17. Arthur Heino Jr., Newport, NH; 18. Chris Pasteryak, Lisbon; 19. Dennis Charette, Southington; 20. Dave Schneider, Northport, NY; 21. Melissa Fifield, Wakefield, NH; 22. Rob Goodenough, Swansea, NH; 23. Todd Owen, Somers; 24. Dave Etheridge, Portland; 25. Jim Dolan, Bethel; 26. Tim Jordan, Plainfield

NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modifieds® (63-laps):
1. Keith Rocco, Meriden; 2. Ron Yuhas Jr., Groton; 3. Rob Janovic Jr., Waterford; 4. Craig Lutz, Miller Place, NY; 5. Ted Christopher, Plainville; 6. Diego Monahan, Quaker Hill; 7. Tyler Chadwick, Ledyard; 8. Ed Puleo, Branford; 9. Todd Ceravolo, Gales Ferry; 10. Joe Allegro Jr., Vernon;  11. Wendell Dailey, Gales Ferry; 12. Nichole Morgillo, Southington; 13. Adam Gada, Bozrah; 14. Jeffrey Gallup, Agawam, MA; 15. Tom Abele Jr., Norwich; 16. Frank Mucciacciaro Jr., Milford; 17. Kyle James, Ashaway, RI; 18. Jeff Rocco, Wallingford; 19. Robert Driscoll Jr., Brookfield;  20. Justin Gaydosh, Newtown; 21. Joe Gada, Salem; 22. Shawn Monahan, Waterford; 23. Brett Gonyaw, Manchester; 24. Corey Coates, Ledyard; 25. Tyler Jackson, Milford; 26. Rich Duranti, Quaker Hill

NEMA Midgets (25-laps):
1. Todd Bertrand, Suffield; 2. Anthony “Bug” Marvuglio, East Bridgewater, MA; 3. Randy Cabral, Plymouth, MA; 4. Seth Carlson, Brimfield; 5. Russ Stoehr, Bridgewater, MA; 6. Doug Coby, Milford; 7. Bethany Stoehr, Bridgewater, MA; 8. Ian Cummens, Lydell, PA; 9. Jim Miller, Weymouth, MA; 10. Paul Scally, Raynham, MA; 11. Pete Pernesiglio, Lake Grove, NY; 12. Jim Santamaria, Burlington; 13. Lou Cicconi, Aston, PA; 14. Avery Stoehr, Lakeville, MA; 15. Keith Botelho, N/A

NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Models (50-laps):
1. Keith Rocco, Meriden; 2. Dillon Moltz, Waterford; 3. Bruce Thomas Jr., Groton; 4. Jeff Smith, Old Lyme; 5. Rich Staskowski, Hope Valley, RI; 6. Ryan Morgan, Mystic; 7. Jason Palmer, Berlin; 8. Allen Coates, Ledyard; 9. Vin Esposito, Waterbury; 10. Anthony Ryan Jr., Danbury; 11. Mike Sweeney Jr., Meriden; 12. Chris Garside, Waterford; 13. Scott MacMichael, Newbury, NH; 14. Rich Duranti, Quaker Hill

NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Street Stocks (30-laps):
1. Corey Hutchings, Salem; 2. Chris Meyer, North Franklin; 3. Josh Galvin, Franklin; 4. Ed Puleo, Branford; 5. Joe Arena, Bristol; 6. Phil Evans, Uncasville; 7. Norm Root Jr., Old Saybrook; 8. Dan Darnstaedt, Durham;  9. Ted Dupre, Westbrook; 10. Allen Coates, Ledyard; 11. Bill McNeil, Preston; 12. Al Stone, Durham; 13. Mathew Burr, Waterford; 14. Monte Gibbs, Killingworth; 15. Don Spence Jr., Oakdale; 16. Ray Downing Jr., Old Saybrook; DQ – Ryan Waterman, Danielson; DNS – Ronnie Oldham Jr., Old Saybrook

NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Mini Stocks (30-laps):
1. Garrett Denton, Hope Valley, RI; 2. Ken Cassidy Jr., Lisbon; 3. Wayne Burroughs Jr., Oakdale; 4. Glenn Colvin, Clinton; 5. Bill Leonard, Charlestown, RI; 6. Joe Godbout III, Hope Valley, RI; 7. Ian Brew, Wood River Junction, RI; 8. Christopher Ivory, Oakdale; 9. Doug Curry, Groton; 10. Dale Sherman, Charlestown, RI; 11. Nick Pappacoda, North Branford; 12. Jeffrey Lee, Uncasville; 13. Ray Christian III, Groton; 14. Joe Liskiewicz, Preston

  Source: Brian Darling / Waterford Speedbowl
Posted: April 7, 2013

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