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Local roundup: James gets back into the win column at the Speedbowl

Published August 19. 2012 4:00AM

Waterford - Kyle James of Ashaway, R.I., won the 35-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modified Division race, his first victory in the division since 2010, as the Waterford Speedbowl staged its "Wings and Wheels" event Saturday night.

Corey Hutchings of Salem won his fourth race of the year in the Street Stock Division and Ken Cassidy of Lisbon won his 11th Mini Stock feature of 2012.

Rob Summers of Vernon won the 50-lap International Supermodified Association feature race, while Anthony Marvuglio of East Bridgewater, Mass., and Avery Stoehr of Lakeville, Mass., picked up their first career victories in the NEMA Midget and NEMA Lite races, respectively.

The night's Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Model race was still underway at press time.

James pulled away on the final restart in the SK Modified Division, edging Shawn Monahan of Waterford, who swapped the No. 2 position with Jeffrey Gallup of Feeding Hills, Mass., over the final two laps. Monahan was second and Gallup third.

The Street Stock feature was marred by a lap four caution flag that involved nearly the entire field. Hutchings drove through the mess, which occurred in turn two, to line up second to Phil Evans of Uncasville for the restart. Hutchings stalked Evans until making his move to the bottom of Evans, taking command before the halfway point. Once in the lead, Hutchings cruised to the win over Joe Arena of Bristol, and Evans.

In the Mini Stock division, leaders Bill Leonard of Charlestown, R.I., and Ian Brew of Wood River Junction, R.I., spent the better part of 10 laps side by side battling for the race lead. As the race wound down to its final laps, the two stayed glued together until both spun exiting turn two on lap 23, an incident which also collected Jeff Cembruch of
Wallingford.

The final restart pitted Sean Caron of East Hampton against Cassidy, the division's hottest driver. Cassidy edged ahead in the outside lane to a half-car advantage, but couldn't shake Caron to the checkered flag. Cassidy pulled out his record-tying 11th victory in the division by a slim margin over Caron. Ray Christian III of Norwich finished third.

Tigers top IronBirds

• The Connecticut Tigers scored twice in each the second and fourth innings and went on to beat the Aberdeen IronBirds 4-1 in a New York-Penn League baseball game.

Josh Turley (3-0) was the winner in relief, allowing no hits over three innings with five strikeouts and no walks. Danry Vasquez had two hits and Edgar Corcino scored twice for the Tigers (26-31).

Juaner Aguasvivas and Corcino both scored on a bases-loaded wild pitch in the second. In the fourth, Corcino tripled home Tyler Hanover and then stole home for the last run of the game.

Tuck, Stewart shine in FIBA semifinals

• Morgan Tuck scored 22 points and fellow incoming UConn freshman Breanna Stewart had 20 points and eight rebounds as the USA Basketball Women's U18 Team defeated Canada 95-46 in the semifinals of the FIBA Americas Championship in Gurabo, Puerto Rico.

The U.S. will meet Brazil for the gold medal at 8:15 tonight. Brazil topped Argentina in the other semifinal 67-54.

Moriah Jefferson, a third future UConn player, finished with two points and three assists.

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