September 10th, 2018
ANDREW MOLLEUR TAKES DOWN SK LITE BUBBY BROUWER MEMORIAL 49 AT THE SPEEDBOWL
WATERFORD — Even though he’s just 15-years old, Andrew Molleur has chalked up 10 years of experience in motor sports. He says his thrilling win in Saturday’s Bubby Brouwer Memorial SK Lite 49 at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl was his biggest victory yet.
“This is No. 1,” Molleur said after he held off Keith Caruso and John O’Sullivan to claim a win in the Brouwer Memorial, worth more than $1,500. The race was sponsored by Race Choice. “We weren’t sure if we were going to run this race, but now we’re glad we did. To win a race named after someone like Bubby Brouwer, who did so much at the Speedbow, is an amazing accomplishment.”
There were several other amazing accomplishments Saturday. Doug Curry whirled past Charles Canfield on the final lap to win the 25-lap Mini Stock feature. Jason Palmer thundered around Anthony Flannery on the last lap to capture the 30-lap Late Model race.
Mike Blaskey and Peter Bennett continued their duel in the 25-lap Legends feature. Blaskey was able to take down the win by just 0.040 seconds.
Kyle James started eighth, blistered through the field in just 23 laps to win the 40-lap SK Modified feature. Jason Chicolas opened up a big early lead and held off Al Stone down the stretch to collect his third Sportsman win of the season.
The spotlight, however, was on Molleur who was able to win the most lucrative SK Lite race in Speedbowl history.
Paul French led the first seven laps and then Brett Gonyaw took over the lead, Molleur, however, was sifting his way through the field and moved into second by lap 20.
After a caution came out midway through the race, Molleur was able to rocket past Gonyaw to take the lead with 22 laps to go.
Then Molleur had to survive three caution flags over the final 10 laps to post the win. On the final green-white checker restart, Molleur outgunned both Caruso and O’Sullivan to finish off the hard-earned win.
“We just had a great car tonight,” Molleur said. “I knew Caruso and O’Sullivan were going to b e right there at the finish, but I was able to stay in front of them.”
O’Sullivan roared past Caruso with one lap to go to finish second.
James started eighth in the SK feature but he didn’t stay there for very long. It took him 23 laps to take the lead from Todd Owen en route to his seventh win of the season.
“The car has been hooked up every time we go racing,” James said. “I have no complaints. We’re able to put the car wherever we want. But the outside tonight definitely was the place to go.”
James did most of his passing on the outside as he sizzled his way into the lead. Own was second and Molleur was third.
James was able to increase his point lead to 16 over Rob Janovic Jr.
Curry said he was tired of finishing second behind Charles Canfield in the Mini Stock division, something that already has happened four times this season.
So he went out and did something about it. Curry went to the outside groove to take the lead from Canfield, and then protected his lead from the hard-charging Canfield during the final lap to get the win.
“The only place the car was good tonight was on the outside groove,” Curry said. “Everywhere else, the car was horrible. But we pulled it off. That’s all that matters.”
Curry also was able to move back into the points lead by two points over Canfield.
Flannery appeared to be on the verge of pocketing his fourth straight Late Model win when he surged into the lead late in the race. A caution flag with five laps to go changed the complexion of the race, however. Palmer was able to blur his way around Flannery on the last lap to secure the win.
“The 25 (Flannery) is definitely the car to beat,” Palmer said. “I think we were able to pull a rabbit out of the hat tonight. We blew a rear-end last week, but tonight our car was good enough to win.”
Blaskey pulled off a power move on the final lap to missile past Bennett for the second straight week.
”I hope everybody enjoyed this race because we put on a great show,” Blaskey said after nailing down his second straight battle with Bennett. On Sept. 1 he claimed a win over Blaskey by 0.003 seconds.
“I think we missed the set-up on the car and we gavc this one away,” Bennett said.
While point leader Shawn Gaedeke got trapped in traffic and eventually spun out, Chicolas was able to grab a hefty lead. He kept it for the entire race, despite a late move by Stone, whose three-race win streak was snapped. “Whenever you can beat Al Stone, you know you had a heck of a race,” Chicolas said.Gaedeke recovered to finish third and leads Chicolas by 17 points in the standings.
Racing resumes Saturday with the Valenti Modified Racing Series 100. The NEMA Midgets and NEMA Lights will be competing, along with the SK Modifieds, the SK Lites, the Speedbowl Trucks , the Sportsman and the Mini Stocks.
Bubby Brouwer Memorial SK Lite 49: 1. Andrew Molleur, Shelton; 2. John O’Sullivan, Salem; 3. Keith Caruso, Milbury, Mass. 4; Bryan Narducci, Colchester; 5. Wayne Burroughs, Oakdale; 6. Bert Ouellette, Ellington; 7. Chris Correll, Old Lyme; 8. Ethan Durocher, Canerbury; 9. Chris Gombos, Naugatuck; 10. Alan Benincaso, Trumbull.
40-lap SK Modifieds: 1. Kyle James, Ashaway RI; 2. Todd Owen, Somers; 3. Andrew Molleur, Shelton; 4. Matt Galko, Meriden; 5. Rob Janovic, Waterford; 6. Tim Jordan, Plainfield; 7. Joey Ternullo, Middletown; 8. Joe Allegro Jr., Vernon; 9. Geoff Nooney, Southwick, Mass.; 10. Rob Goulet, Plainville.
July 29th, 2018
Molleur Wins For The 3rd Time In 2018 At Stafford Motor Speedway
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In the 20-lap SK Light Modified feature event, there was a pileup of cars in turn 2 involving Teddy Hodgdon, Mikey Flynn, Alexander Pearl, Chris Matthews, and Todd Douillard that brought the caution out right after the race start.
On the restart, Brett Gonyaw took the lead but Andrew Molleur streaked to the inside of Gonyaw and took the lead at the line. Marcello Rufrano and Bob Charland were side by side for third with Bryan Narducci and Mark Bakaj quickly moving into a side by side duel for fifth.
With 4 laps complete Molleur was leading Gonyaw, Rufrano, Bakaj, Narducci, and Charland in a single file line. Wesley Prucker brought the caution out with 6 laps complete by coming to a stop at the exit of turn 2.
Molleur took the lead back under green with Rufrano behind him in second. Narducci was side by side with Gonyaw for third with Bakaj right behind them in fifth. Gonyaw got clear of Narducci on lap-10 and Bakaj got by Narducci on lap-11 to move into fourth and drop Narducci back to fifth with Molleur pulling away from Rufrano out front. The caution came out with 14 laps complete for a spin coming out of turn 2 by Pearl that collected the cars of Ed Chicoski and Glenn Bartkowski.
Molleur took the lead on the restart with Rufrano moving into second. Gonyaw and Bakaj were side by side for third with Bakaj taking the spot on lap-16. Narducci followed Bakaj around Gonyaw in the outside lane to move into fourth as Gonyaw’s car dropped off the pace with 2 laps to go.
Bakaj and Rufrano touched in turn 3 with Rufrano spinning to bring the caution out and set up a green white checkered finish. Bakaj was sent to the rear of the field for the contact with Rufrano.
Molleur took the lead with Flynn charging in to second and he nearly took the lead from Molleur as they came out of turn 4 to the white flag. Molleur led Flynn to the checkered flag to pick up his third win of the 2018 season. Narducci finished third with Matthews and Prucker rounding out the top-5.
June 18th, 2018
Andrew Molleur Wins Again At Stafford
A www.staffordspeedway.com release w/ AMM Headline
In the 20-lap SK Light feature event, Joey Ferrigno took the lead at the green with Todd Douillard taking a look to his outside. Brett Gonyaw was able to get to the inside of Douillard on lap-2 and he moved into second with Douillard taking third. Geoff Nooney and Bob Charland were side by side for fourth place with Andrew Molleur right behind them in sixth.
Gonyaw drifted up the track in turn 4 on lap-5 but he was able to maintain the lead with Ferrigno right behind him. Douillard was third with Molleur getting around both Nooney and Charland to move into fourth. Molleur then pulled alongside Douillard on lap-9 in a fight for third with Nooney in fifth. Molleur cleared Douillard on lap-10 with Gonyaw still in front and Ferrigno in second.
Molleur took to the outside lane to take second from Ferrigno on lap-11 and by lap-13 he was applying heavy pressure to Gonyaw for the lead. Behind the lead trio, Bryan Narducci has moved up to fourth with Mark Bakaj in fifth. Molleur was able to get alongside Gonyaw but Gonyaw was strong enough to hold him off. Narducci went around Ferrigno on lap-17 to move into third and the caution came out with 17 laps complete for Douillard, who came to a stop on the turn 3 infield grass.
Gonyaw and Molleur ran side by side for a lap before Molleur took the lead as the cars completed lap-18. Molleur cleared Gonyaw on the white flag lap and he led Gonyaw to the checkered flag to pick up his second win of the 2018 season. Narducci finished third with Bakaj and Mikey Flynn rounding out the top-5.