Sunday evening at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl Ted Christopher may have created a new term in the motorsports world. The bump and done.
Christopher took the lead from Ryan Preece on a restart with 15 laps remaining and then a lap later a fluke accident forced track officials to end the scheduled 75-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modified feature at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl Bemers Big Show.
“You’ve got to lead that lap,” Christopher said. “That’s the last one that counts. For us it counted that way.”
Preece, of Berlin, was second and Ronnie Williams of Tolland third. Christopher collected $5,000 for the victory.
Keith Rocco of Wallingford used a sixth place finish to capture his fourth consecutive SK Modified championship and sixth overall at the track.
With 59 laps left Christopher used a diving move under Owen out of turn four to take over the lead. With 41 laps left Preece had worked his way to second behind Christopher.
With 30 laps left Preece found a lane under Christopher off of turn four and took over the lead at the line.
The caution flew again with 15 laps remaining with Preece leading Christopher and Matt Galko in third. On the ensuing restart Preece chose to start in the outside lane and it was Christopher taking advantage, moving Preece up the track in turn one to take over the lead.
“He picked the outside, I didn’t pick it,” Christopher said. “Eight wheels are better than four.”
Said Preece: “Anybody can hit somebody. … I was passing cars on the outside. At the end of the day, if you want to slam into a car you can do that. One more lap I could have done the damn same thing to him. All I know is it makes me want to come back and I’m going to make him drive his ass off to win another one.”
One lap later after the decisive restart Diego Monahan, running in fourth at the time, hit the track entrance gate in turn four after getting hit by Galko. Monahan walked away from the vicious wreck, but because of the damage to the track gate track officials were forced to end the event.