WATERFORD – Friday night Charles Canfield installed some new power under the hood of his Mini Stock.
Saturday the purchase paid off immediately.
Canfield, of East Haven, scored victory in the 25-lap Mini Stock feature Saturday at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl.
It was the second career victory in the division for Canfield. He got his first on Sept. 24, 2011.
“It’s been a long time,” Canfield said.
Christopher of Ivory of Oakdale was second and Dave Trudeau of Mansfield third.
Matt Guertin started on the pole and looked to have a setup to hold off all challengers until a caution with eight laps remaining.
“He would have had it if that caution didn’t come out,” Canfield said. “He definitely had a good car and he was holding his line and everything. I caught up to him but he had a good enough line that I couldn’t make a move. That caution helped him me out a lot.”
On the restart Canfield was able to power by Geurtin from the outside lane.
“We got a brand spanking new motor in that car,” Canfield said. “Just put it in last night. Awesome power. … Restart the thing is, oh man, great.”
From there Canfield went unchallenged through a handful of restarts, leaving the battle for second place. Ivory was able to use a late restart to move past Trudeau for second place.
Anthony Flannery took the lead three laps in and never looked back in scoring his first victory of the season in the 30-lap Late Model feature.
Ray Christian III of Uncasville was second and Keith Rocco of Wallingford third.
Al Stone III went to the lead with 14 laps remaining and picked up his third victory of the year in the 25-lap Limited Sportsman feature.
Josh Galvin of Oakdale was second and Alan Coates of Ledyard third.
Duane Noll of Monroe used a pass of Todd Taylor on a restart with 23 laps remaining and then went virtually unchallenged the rest of the way to win the 25-lap Truck feature.
It was the debut feature for the new division at the Speedbowl.
Tyler Chapman of Mystic was second and Andy Lindeman of Poestenkill, N.Y. third.