Waterford Notes: Patience Gives Walt Hovey Jr. Street Stock Victory At Waterford

WATERFORD – Walt Hovey Jr. readily admitted he didn’t have a first place car Saturday at the Waterford Speedbowl.

Walt Hovey Jr.

But that didn’t stop him from raising a winner’s trophy when the dust settled in Street Stock competition Saturday at the Waterford Speedbowl.

Hovey, of Chaplin, inherited the lead with six laps to go and easily won the 50-lap Street Stock feature at Waterford.

It was the second victory of the season for Hovey. Josh Galvin of Franklin was second and Corey Hutchings of Salem third.

Hutchings took the lead from Galvin with seven laps remaining, but on the next lap Galvin spun Hutchings in turn two, sending both to the rear of the field and giving Hovey the lead.

“There’s two grooves of racing,” Hovey said. “If you want to choose the outside go ahead, I was sticking on the bottom. If you want to use your bumpers you’ve got to have a little bit of patience. That’s all I’ve got to say about that issue. They took care of themselves and we ended up in victory lane.

It was the second victory of the season for Hovey.

“I didn’t have a car to win,” Hovey said. “Those two took care of themselves. They should have won the race, between the two of them. They had a little bit better cars then we did tonight, but they played around and ended up where they did.”

— Seventeen year old Corey Barry won the 25-lap SK Light Modified feature.

Larry Goss of North Windham was second and Paul French of Andover third.

It was the second victory of the season for Barry, a recent graduate from Ellis Tech-Danielson, but first one that gave him the chance to celebrate it on the track.

Barry was awarded a victory on May 5 after Chris Correll was disqualified from a win for carburetor issues.

“It was a great to have a win last time, but you want to get it the right away,” Barry said. “I still count it as a win, but you still want to be able to celebrate in victory lane.”

— Bill Leonard of Charlestown, R.I. won the 50-lap Mini Stock feature. Ian Brew of Wood River Junction, R.I. was second and Ken Cassidy Jr. of Lisbon third.

— Matthew Pappa of Nassau, N.Y. won the 25-lap Legends feature. Dylan Izzo of Westport was second and Paul Kusheba of Monroe third.

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