Waterford Kicks Off Wednesday Series
WATERFORD, Conn. – Waterford Speedbowl kicked off its popular mid-week Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday series on Wednesday evening, hosting a five-event program under clear skies.
The 20-lap INEX Legend Cars race treated fans to an exciting conclusion. Joe Mucciacciaro took the lead on lap-1 and looked strong out front in the early going. Joey Ternullo quickly moved into second position on lap two and chased Mucciacciaro. Belsito quietly worked his way through the pack into the top runners over the first half of the race, arriving in third position on lap eight.
Ahead of Belsito, Mucciacciaro led Ternullo by one car length and the pair enjoyed a large advantage over Belsito. The lone caution flag of the race waved on lap-13, enabling Belsito to close up and restart with the lead duo.
Mucciacciaro got a good restart to pick up at the front over Ternullo after the race went back to the green flag. Belsito took second from Ternullo racing to lap-18 with an impressive inside maneuver. Belsito then challenged Mucciacciaro for the victory, getting a superb run exiting turn four to race underneath the leader coming to the white flag.
The two ran side-by-side for the win through turns one and two and down the back chute. Belsito charged ahead in turn three, only to see Mucciacciaro regroup, tucking in behind Belsito briefly before diving underneath him exiting turn four with the checkered flag waving. Mucciacciaro’s counter move fell just short as Belsito held him off by a half-car length advantage to win his first career Speedbowl feature in dramatic fashion. Mucciacciaro was forced to settle for second and Ternullo ran a strong race to finish in third.
Other winners Wednesday included Anthony Marvin in the Bandoleros, Wayne Shifflett in the X-Car race, Jon Porter in the Super X-Car event and Peter Pollard in the Wacky Musical Car race.