Waterford Notes: Bruce Thomas Jr. Hits Milestone; Sean Caron Upends Ken Cassidy Jr. Streak

WATERFORD – When Bruce Thomas Jr. took the checkered flag in the 30-lap Late Model feature Saturday at the Waterford Speedbowl, it marked the second win of the season for the Groton driver, but it also marked a much bigger number for the three-time division champion.

Saturday’s win marked the 50th career victory in the division for Thomas and also moved him into sole possession of second place on the division’s all-time win list. Thomas had been tied for second with Allen Coates at 49 wins.

Thomas still has a long way to go in making a run at the division’s all-time leader, Phil Rondeau, who has 101 career Late Model victories.

Though, it goes without saying, Thomas’ run to 50 has been impressive in that he earned 41 of his 51 victories over a five season span from 2007-2011.

Rondeau accumulated his 101 wins over a span of 20 years.

— Sean Caron was entitled to party like a rock star Saturday at the track simply for accomplishing something that lately seems virtually impossible to do.

Caron, of East Hampton, beat Ken Cassidy Jr. in a Mini Stock race at the track. Cassidy, of Lisbon, was a distant second to Caron in the 25-lap feature Saturday. It marked only the second time this season that Cassidy wasn’t in a victory lane after a Mini Stock event at the track. Cassidy has won nine of 11 Mini Stock events at the track this year. … Greg Moran Jr. of Preston won his first career Street Stock feature in the division’s 25-lap event.

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