Published August 26. 2012 4:00AM
Waterford - Jeff Pearl of Salem won the SK Modified feature, while Rich Staskowski of Hope Valley, R.I., took the night's extra-distance, 50-lap Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Model race Saturday night at the Waterford Speedbowl's 4th Annual Laops for Lupus event.
Former division champion Brandon Plemons of Uncasville took his first win of the year in the Street Stock race, with Ian Brew of Wood River Junction, R.I., winning the Mini Stock feature. In INEX racing action, Paul Kusheba of Monroe was the Legend Cars winner and Derek Debbis of Oakdale won the night's Bandolero feature.
Restart prowess was key in more than one path to the winner's circle.
Pearl used a starting position of third to make his way into the race lead early in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modified race. He was outside Joe Perry of Rhode Island for a lap following a lap two restart to take over on lap three.
Pearl had to master multiple restarts but did so each time. Waterford driver Rob Janovic Jr., tailed Pearl for most of the duration of the 35 laps, but could not muster a serious bid for the lead after Pearl pulled away on each restart attempt.
Pearl's final test came after the field began the white flag lap, when a car farther back lost an engine on the front chute. That set up one final chance for the field behind, but Pearl prevailed.
Janovic withstood a last lap challenge from Tyler Chadwick of Ledyard on the final green flag, but held him off to take second. Chadwick finished in third to maintain his championship point lead by 10 points over Pearl.
Tigers fall to Spinners
• The Lowell Spinners scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning and went on to beat the Connecticut Tigers 6-2 in a New York-Penn League baseball game.
Edgar Corcino had a run-scoring triple in the eighth for the Tigers (28-36) and then scored on a sacrifice fly by Jake Stewart. Danry Vasquez and Tyler Hanover had two hits each for the Tigers.
College field hockey
• Three different players scored as No. 6 UConn beat Bucknell 3-0 in the season opener for both teams.
Marie Elena Bolles, Mckenzie Townsend and Alicia Angelini had goals for the Huskies and Louisa Boddy had an assist.