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Anthony Nocella, of Woburn, MA, started 18th in a 20-car field, worked his way to the lead on lap-72, and went on to win his third Valenti Modified Racing Series victory and his first in a modified race car at the historic New London-Waterford Speedbowl, in Waterford Connecticut.

The series point leader registered his 9th VMRS win tying him with Steve Masse on the all-time win list.

Pole sitter Todd Annarummo led the opening 13-laps before Keith Rocco grabbed the lead and held it through lap-55.

19-time series winner Les Hinckley Jr started 19th and worked his way to the front not once, but twice, in the 100-lap event. Hinckley led laps 57 through 67 before Jeffrey Gallup wrestled the lead away and held the point through the 71st circuit. Nocella took command from that point on wheeling his back-up car to its second consecutive victory.

Starting deep in the lineup Nocella spoke of his pre-race strategy when the green flag dropped. “Tried to just pace myself..they got single file a little bit there..tried to get a few spots so we’d have a little bit of cushion. I kind of had a pace in mind I wanted to run and keep it nice and straight.”

Nocella added “Got up to sixth and watched the leaders up front. I knew they were going at it hard. Stayed back in case they got into each other. They started to back up to us … we had enough tire that made the pass a little easier.”

Hinckley, of Windsor Locks CT, pitted on a lap-71 caution flag moving front tires to the rear of the car with hopes of a strong run to the finish.

Hinckley, one of the series original competitors, made for an interesting finish bringing the crowd alive as he chased after the lead for the second time

“From the back to the front twice,” said a smiling Hinckley during post race inspections. “At the beginning I didn’t go so hard and then raced up through. That battle with Keith Rocco) and another car I got trapped on the bottom and Keith was a little wide and I beat it up a bit. When I got to the lead it started to back up so when we got the caution I had to pit.”

Hinckley concluded, “ It was a good race – one spot short. Anthony’s got a good program going. I’m happy for him. nice family and congratulations to them.”

Jeffrey Gallup, of Feeding Hills, MA, grabbed another podium finish. The second-generation racer opened eyes at the end of last season and has many thinking he is on the rise in his young career.

“ I was glad to be back at Waterford and to be able to race here again. We were a little bit short at the end. I had a good car early on. Tried to save enough but a little to tight at the end,” said Gallup.

Early leader Annarummo had a strong run and finished fourth with Sammy Rameau rounding out the top five.

George Sherman, Kyle James, Dennis Perry, newcomer Anthony Flannery, and Matt Mead, finished sixth through tenth.

Mead crashed in practice and appeared to be done for the day. Mead and crew, with the help of others, took on the challenge of making the race and rolled out in 20th starting position and finished 10th on the lead lap.

Five drivers lead the race with only four cautions for minor mishaps. The race was completed in 42 minutes.

Annarummo (1) James (2) and Flannery (3) nabbed heat wins.

Next Event: New England Short Track Showdown
New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Loudon, New Hampshire
July 1, 2017

Race Summary
New London-Waterford Speedbowl
Waterford, CT
Race # 4
June 24, 2017
Distance: 100-laps
Lap Leaders: Annarummo (1-12) Rocco (14-55) Hinckley (56-67) Gallup (68-71) Nocella (72-100)
Cautions: Laps 11, 43, 71, and 89

Unofficial Order Of Finish: (1) Nocella, (2) Hinckley (3) Gallup (4) Annarummo (5) Rameau (6) Sherman (7) James
(8) Perry (9) Flannery (10) Mead (11) Willis (12) Fournier (13) Rocco (14) Molleur (15) Doucette (16) Lashua (17) Robbie
(18) Medeiros (19) Etheridge (20) Richardi
Source: John Spence / Valenti Modified Racing Series
: June 24, 2017

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