September 16th, 2018
Andrew Molleur Wins For the 4th Time In 2018 At Stafford
A www.staffordspeedway.com release
In the 20-lap SK Light Modified feature, Chris Matthews took the early lead with Alexander Pearl and Mark Bakaj lined up behind him. Andrew Molleur and Wesley Prucker were side by side for fourth with Teddy Hodgdon in sixth. Pearl pulled alongside Matthews on lap-5 but couldn’t take the lead.
Bakaj took second from Pearl on lap-6 and he pulled alongside Matthews for the lead on lap-7. Pearl and Molleur were side by side for second behind the two leaders with Marcello Rufrano fifth and Steven Chapman up to sixth. Prucker did a half spin coming out of turn 2 and Hodgdon got into the frontstretch wall to bring the caution out with 9 laps complete.
Bakaj took the lead on the restart with Pearl slotting into second. Matthews was third with Rufrano fourth and Chapman and Bryan Narducci in a side by side duel for fifth. Matthews got out of shape coming out of turn 4 on lap-13 but made a great save and fell back to 9th place. Pearl made a move to the inside of Bakaj on lap-16 but couldn’t make a pass and the caution came out with 16 laps complete as Narducci and Chapman came together on the backstretch and got into the wall.
Pearl took the lead on the restart with Molleur behind him in second and Bakaj in third. Molleur moved back to the front on lap-19 but Rufrano was making a charge in the outside lane and he came up to second as the field headed down the backstretch on the final lap. Rufrano was able to get alongside Molleur, but he couldn’t make a pass as Molleur took down his fourth win of the 2018 season. Bakaj finished third with Pearl fourth and Joey Ferrigno fifth.
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.