WATERFORD – As Andrew Molleur toured around the New London-Waterford Speedbowl during the cool down lap he was waiting to wake up.
Waiting to wake up from the dream he was having.
The 15-year old from Shelton scored his first career victory in the 25-lap SK Light Modified feature Saturday at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl.
“When I crossed the line first I was just trying to wake myself up,” Molleur said. “I couldn’t believe it.”
Molleur went from third to first in the final corner to grab the win.
“Finally,” said Molleur, who is in his first season running an SK Light Modified full-time. “I’ve wanted this for a long time. I’m just really happy. I just want to cry and I just want to jump for joy. From my dad racing Modifieds and getting a win and I always wanted to do the same and I finally did it and I’m just so happy.”
Corey Barry of Plainfield was second and Chris Gombos of Naugatuck third.
Randy Churchill Jr. went by Brett Gonyaw for the lead with 23 laps remaining and Barry was able to move past Gonyaw for second before a caution flew with 16 laps remaining.
After the restart Gonyaw got back to second and began challenging Churchill up front, but with nine laps Barry moved to second again.
But Gonyay rallied again and moved to second just before caution flew with six laps left. But on the restart Gonyaw ended up in the wall with five cars piling in behind him.
Churchill held the lead following the restart with five laps remaining, but with four left Barry grabbed the lead briefly at the line. Churchill fought back and grabbed the lead in the side-by-side battle on the next lap.
But on the final lap Churchill ended up spinning in turn four with Barry slowing also and allowing Molleur to get under both for the victory.
“They were kind of pushing up the track a little bit,” Molleur said. “I think [Churchill] was pushing up a little bit. I was hoping for an opening and going into [turn] three I gave it all I had and I got on the gas as soon as I could and we prevailed.”