WATERFORD – Ronnie Williams has struggled to find victory lane running full-time in the SK Modified divisions this year at Stafford Motor Speedway and Thompson Speedway.
Saturday the Tolland driver took the show on the road for a rare appearance at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl and made the decision to drop in on the action one to remember.
Williams passed Ted Christopher for the lead out of the final corner to win the 35-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modified feature Saturday at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl.
“I just had to the throw it in there,” Williams said. “I know [Christopher] would have probably done the same to me so you just have to do it back. I just beat the king, so it’s a pretty great feeling.”
It was the first career SK Modified victory at the track for Williams.
“Great racetrack, we’ve been fast every time we’ve come here,” Williams said. “So to park it in victory lane after the season we’ve had is definitely a good step and hopefully things continue.”
Christopher, of Plainville, held on for second and Matt Galko of Meriden was third.
Christopher took the lead from Justin Gaydosh with 30 laps remaining and then fended off challenges from Galko and Diego Monahan.
Williams was able to get by Galko for second before a caution flew again with six laps remaining.
“I don’t what really happened but Galko and Monahan got mixed up, but I got into second and I knew the car was good,” Williams said.
Williams stayed on Christopher’s bumper on the ensuing restart, but the action was slowed again with another caution with three laps remaining.
On the final restart, Williams kept Christopher in his sights and gave him a tap to the rear in turn two with a lap and a half remaining.
On the final lap Williams made a diving move into turn three and then rolled off of turn four and into the lead going to the checkered flag.
“He got down in the grass, where am I supposed to go?” Christopher said. “He stuck it in and it stuck. When you go low that’s what happens. If it was anybody else they would have spun out but because it’s me people think they can do that. I’ve got good car control. What are you going to do?”