Published October 26. 2012 4:00AM
Waterford - A season-long battle between Ledyard's Tyler Chadwick and Salem's Jeff Pearl will be decided on Saturday when the two battle for the 2012 SK Modified points championship on the final night of racing at Waterford Speedbowl.
Chadwick, 24, has the chance to become the youngest champion of the SK Modified area. Dave Gada, a two-time track champion, won the first of his two Speedbowl titles in 1990. He was also 24, but Chadwick is three months younger.
Chadwick leads Pearl by 21 points heading into Saturday's 50-lap finale, which was postponed by rain back on Oct. 6. The division did finish qualifying that day before the rain fell, so Chadwick will start from the 14th position while Pearl will start 16th.
Pearl could also make it a historic day for himself. The 1998 SK Modified champion, a championship Saturday would give him the distinction of holding the longest span (14 years) between titles in any of the Speedbowl's divisions.
Saturday's 50-lap SK Modified feature is one of four NASCAR Whelen All-American Series feature races on the schedule, joined by 50-lap races in the Late Model and Street Stock divisions. In addition, the Mini Stocks will complete the final 28 laps of their 50-lap race, halted by the rain on Oct. 7.
Pit gates open at noon Saturday with the first of four features starting at 3 pm. Further information is available by visiting www.speedbowl.com.