Starting on the pole, leading every lap. Nothing but a thing right?
Wrong. Dylan Izzo made Chadwick work, and get the job done he did, driving to victory in the 35-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modified feature Saturday at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl.
It was the first victory of the season for Chadwick who had struggled through the first three events of the season and wrecked in last week’s feature.
“This was just hard work and not giving up,” Chadwick said. “We were pretty down. We didn’t run that good opening day and we had just a couple hard trips the second two races. This is a sport that sometimes it really pushes you and you double think about if you want to keep going on. But there’s no give up in my team.”
Izzo, of Monroe, who scored his first career SK Modified victory at the track last week, was second. Joey Gada of Salem was third.
Chadwick started on the pole and Gada stayed with him for most of the event before Izzo went to second on a restart with 13 laps left.
By lap 25 Izzo was stalking all over Chadwick’s bumper and for the last seven laps Izzo was searching hard for a way to the front. A caution flew to set up a green-white-checkered finish, but Chadwick was up to task of defending over the final two laps.
As a driver i know once you get that first win under your belt you’re different because you have that confidence and you know you can get it done.
“I wasn’t surprised at all,” Chadwick said of Izzo’s second consecutive strong run. “As a driver i know once you get that first win under your belt you’re different because you have that confidence and you know you can get it done.
“… He’s a really good driver and he’s smart and smooth and he’s really proved that this year. He’s got a good car under him and I was nervous. He was fast. I knew he wouldn’t take us out, but I was still nervous. He definitely made us earn it the last seven laps.”
Said Izzo: “It felt great. We definitely had something for Chadwick we just couldn’t get any drive off [the corner]. I tried to do the cross-over but I couldn’t get any bite.”