Waterford Notes: Wayne Burroughs Makes First Visit To Victory Lane At Speedbowl

WATERFORD – It was a win seven years in the making for Wayne Burroughs Jr.

Burroughs held off a charging Mark Panaroni over the closing laps to win the 25-lap Mini Stock feature Saturday at the Waterford Speedbowl.

It was the first career victory in the division for Burroughs, of Oakdale.

Panaroni, of Ivoryton, was second and Ian Brew of Wood River Junction, R.I. third.

Burroughs, 27, started racing at Waterford at 16 years old and ran two years in a Mini Stock and two years in a Late Model before leaving the track.

“I had some money so I decided to go back racing,” Burroughs said.

Burroughs had opened up some breathing room on the field until Panaroni made a late charge to second.

With four laps left Panaroni stalked all over Burroughs’ bumper, but he couldn’t find a way around.

“We threw everything at it this week,” Burroughs said. “Mark raced me clean, I can’t complain. I really thought he was going to get me with how quick he came up. But once he got there he just couldn’t get around.”

Corey Hutchings used a little bump and run to move past Joe Arena for the lead with nine laps left and went on to win the 25-lap Street Stock feature.

“I got to his bumper and I just had to get it done and get the lead,” Hutchings said. “That’s the safest place to be.”

It was the third victory of the season at Waterford for Hutchings, of Salem.

Chris Meyer of North Franklin was second and Arena, of Bristol, third.

In the 25-lap SK Light Modified feature, Corey Barry of Plainfied picked up his second consecutive victory.

Tyler Jackson of Milford was second and Shayne Prucker of Stafford was third.

Dana DiMatteo of Farmington won the 25-lap Legends feature. Paul Kusheba IV of Monroe was second and Matthew Pappa of Nassau, N.Y. third.

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