WATERFORD – The simple story is that Dylan Izzo led every lap of the second NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modified feature Saturday at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl.
The story that simple description doesn’t describe though is just what Izzo had to hold off to get his first career SK Modified victory at the track.
Izzo had to hold off a charging Ted Christopher after a restart with five laps remaining, but the Monroe driver held on to win the second 35-lap SK Modified feature Saturday at Waterford.
Christopher, of Plainville, was second and Bo Gunning of Bethlehem third.
“I’m trying to hold back the tears,” Izzo said. “I just beat some of the best guys out here. … This is just so surreal for me. I can’t believe I’m [in victory lane] right now.”
Izzo went past Ryan Morgan for the lead on the first lap. He looked on cruise control to his first win before the caution flew with five laps remaining to put Christopher on his tail for a late race showdown.
Christopher deftly looked for the way by Izzo, but couldn’t find the path to work.
“After the last two weeks, we thought we blew the motor last week, [Pettit Racing Engines] power came through for us,” Izzo said. “I thought Teddy was going to give me a real big shot, but he drove me real nice. I appreciate that.”
Said Christopher: “I was better than him and he was getting nervous toward the end. He was so loose, but I’m not going to dump the kid for his first win.”