Published October 28. 2012 4:00AM
The Waterford Speedbowl finished up its season Saturday, and championships were decided in both the SK Modified and Street Stock races.
Jeff Rocco took his first career victory in the 50-lap SK Modified race while Tyler Chadwick of Ledyard secured his first ever Speedbowl title in the division. Walt Hovey settled the issue in the Street Stocks, winning both the race and the track championship. Also winning races Saturday were Bruce Thomas Jr. of Groton in the Late Models and Ken Cassidy Jr. of Lisbon in the Mini Stocks.
Rocco was dominant once he made his way into the race lead. Craig Lutz started in the pole position and led through a lap 3 restart. Lutz gave way to Kyle James while Rocco moved into second position. Another caution on lap 5 enabled Rocco to line up alongside James for the ensuing restart. Rocco powered past James when racing resumed, leading lap 6. Rocco survived four more restarts the rest of the way.
Todd Ceravolo of North Stonington finished second to Rocco in the SK Modified race while Shawn Monahan of Waterford drove from the back to finish third. Jeff Rocco is the twin brother of two-time track champion Keith Rocco. Chadwick began the event with a 21-point lead over Jeff Pearl of Salem. He finished the race ninth, running a cautious race to stay out of trouble and claim the crown.
Thomas led throughout the Late Model race, with Old Lyme's Jeff Smith finishing second and Dillon Moltz of Waterford, the champion in the division, finishing third.
Hovey rose to the lead on lap 24 in the Street Stocks race then survived multiple caution flags over the remainder of the race. Corey Hutchings of Salem was second and Chris Meyer of North Franklin came in third.
Cassidy resumed the final 28 laps of the Mini Stock race from a lead he held back on October 7th when rain halted the race. Ray Christian III of Norwich was second and Jeff Cembruch finished third. Cassidy's victory was his 12th of the year in the division, good for the all-time single season record in division wins.
- Day staff reports