Garbo Jr., Stoehr win in rain-shortened program at Waterford Speedbowl
Stonington's Dave Garbo Jr. won the Legend Cars race Sunday during a rain-shortened program at the Waterford Speedbowl's Finale Weekend.
Only two of the six scheduled races were completed before the rain forced the postponement. Russ Stoehr of Bridgewater, Mass., won the visiting Northeastern Midget Association (NEMA) 25-lap feature.
The scheduled 50-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Mini Stock feature was halted after 22 laps. The remainder of that race, along with the rest of the scheduled races, were postponed until Saturday, October 27. Sunday's event was rain-checked by management, meaning ticket stubs and wristbands from Finale Weekend will be honored on October 27. Fans must hold their event tickets and present them to Box Office staff on the new date.
The October 27 date will include racing by the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modifieds, Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Models, Street Stocks and the remaining 28-laps of the Mini Stock feature.
In the Legend Cars race, Garbo was the benefactor of a lap-17 caution flag which both handed him the race lead, and subsequent victory. Garbo was coming through the field when just ahead, the two race leaders made contact entering turn one. Leader Dana Dimatteo of Farmington spun and second place Giovanni Giarratana of Newington was penalized for overaggressive driving.
The caution period was the sixth of the race, causing race officials to red-checker the event at lap-18, short of its scheduled distance, due to the number of incidents.
- Day staff reports
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