Rain Can’t Slow Wild N Wacky Wednesday
WATERFORD, Conn. - Waterford Speedbowl survived an extended rain shower from Mother Nature early its Wild n Wacky Wednesday racing program, but recovered to go on with the show and place four winners into victory lane.
Picking up a win before the rain was Anthony Marvin, winning the nights INEX Bandolero feature. Brad Voglesong checkered the 25-lap X-Car feature that spanned the rain, finishing off the final four laps after the delay. Nicholas Sowa wound up a surprise winner in a wild conclusion to the nights INEX Legend Cars race and Jon Porter rallied late in the Super X-Car race to come away the winner. The nights scheduled Wacky Race was postponed after the rain delay.
The 25-lap INEX Legend Cars feature had a problem getting started as several cars stacked up in turn four trying to race to the green flag. When the dust settled Michael Christopher Jr. and Carl Blandina were towed from the racing surface unable to start the event. Once the green flag flew, the remaining competitors ran through the checkered flag without further incident.
Sowa trailed a torrid battle for the lead between Michael Blaskey and Stephen Kopcik. Blaskey took the race lead from lap one with Kopcik in tow. Kopcik, the winner one week ago, tried nearly every trick in the book to find a way around Blaskey for most of the hotly contested affair.
The two pulled ahead of Sowa by several car lengths over the long green flag run. Sowa ran alone in third position which proved to be a key position on the track as the laps counted down and the intensity picked up in the battle for the lead.
After several attempts to make a run in both the high and low grooves, Kopcik made contact with Blaskeys rear bumper in turn three on lap 22, sending Blaskeys car up the track. As Kopcik tried to shoot underneath the leader, more contact between the two saw Blaskey spin around off turn four and Kopcik duck to the grass. As Blaskey spun, Sowa rapidly closed and threaded the needle, steering through the commotion to take the lead.
Blaskey recovered without missing a beat and set chase on Sowa as Kopcik retired to the infield. Blaskey rallied, closing on Sowa to challenge him over the final lap. Sowa was narrowly able to hold back Blaskeys final charge to his outside to take the win. Joey Ternullo rebounded from being involved in the caution flag at the initial start of the race to place third.