WATERFORD – On May 21 at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl, Cory DiMatteo celebrated his first victory in the SK Light Modified division at the historic shoreline oval.
But the celebrating was short for the Farmington driver when it was deemed that he had used illegal fuel and was stripped of the win.
Saturday night at the Speedbowl DiMatteo got his redemption.
This time the celebration stayed alive as DiMatteo drove away from the field to win the 25-lap SK Light Modified feature at Speedbowl.
“We were saving tires all day, trying not to burn off our speed in practice and the heat race,” DiMatteo said. “We kind of saved good tires for the end just kept my nose clean. … It’s just an amazing race. I can’t thank everybody enough.”
Brett Gonyaw of Vernon was second and Corey Barry of Plainfield third.
Gonyaw held the lead at the start with DiMatteo tucking in behind in second and it stayed the way for the first 15 laps.
With 10 laps left DiMatteo made his move the lead and never looked back.
“We just missed the setup a little bit,” Gonyaw said. “It’s good to bring the car home in one piece this week after three weeks of bringing it home on a stretcher. My guys just worked their butts off week in and week out to get the thing back together. We’ve had three major wrecks. They do it. I’ve just got to keep the wheels on it and keep running like this and we’re going to get a win soon.”
Mike McVetta of Wellington, Ohio won the 50-lap ISMA SuperModified feature. Mike Ordway Jr. of Windham, Me. was second and Dan Bowes of Byfield, Mass. third.
John Zych Jr. of Mendon, Mass. won the 25-lap NEMA Midget feature. Randy Cabral of Plymouth, Mass. was second and Seth Carlson of Brimfield, Mass. third.
PJ Stergois of Candia, N.H. won the 25-lap NEMA Lite feature.