WATEFORD – For a consistent contender for victories at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl starting on the pole for an SK Modified feature can be as much celebratory and pressure-filled.
The fact is, that position can only get worse. And with the starting lineup already set for Saturday’s opening of two SK Modified features at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl, Tyler Chadwick had to deal with the pressure of knowing he had to start out front for more than just a couple hours like a normal race day.
The event was a makeup from an event rained out on July 30 at the Speedbowl. Qualifying had already been concluded for the event before rain, meaning Chadwick has known for weeks he’d starting up front Saturday.
“Knowing all week that you’re going to start from the pole, the pressure is there,” Chadwick said. “You’ve got to win when you start on the pole. … Second is going to be disappointing in that situation.”
Chadwick survived the pressure of the pole shot and the rigors of a multitude of restarts to win the opening 35-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modified feature Saturday at the Speedbowl.
It was the third victory of the season for Chadwick, of Ledyard.
Joe Gada of Salem was second and Todd Owen of Somers third.
Chadwick was able to hold the top spot through seven restarts, including four over the first 11 laps.
“I don’t really like starting on the pole,” Chadwick said. “On top of that, I don’t think I’ve had so many restarts ever starting on the pole. It was really getting hectic and the track was starting to change. … The last run was really intense. I’m just glad to hold on to it and keep it at the front.
“It’s really hard get into a rhythm, especially in the beginning. We just kept having a three-lap run then a three-lap run so that was really hard to get into a rhythm. But we were able to keep it out in the front.”