Late Run: Ian Brew Scores Dramatic Mini Stock Blastoff Victory At Waterford Speedbowl

Ian Brew

Ian Brew

WATERFORD – Ian Brew has seen the shots of wild finishes in races on TV when a driver comes from out of nowhere on the final lap to win.

“You don’t think you’re going to live it.” Brew said.

The Wood River Junction, R.I. driver did just that Sunday at the Waterford Speedbowl.

Brew went from third to first out of the final corner to win the 30-lap Mini Stock feature Sunday at the Waterford Speedbowl.

“Going from a mediocre finish to winning is awesome,” Brew said.

Dave Trudeau of Mansfield was second and Doug Curry of Groton third.

Brew had settled in for a third place finish when Ken Cassidy Jr. and Garrett Denton decided to trade some paint on the final lap at the front of the field.

In the final corner, with Cassidy leading, contact from Denton sent Cassidy spinning. With Cassidy spinning to the inside Denton slowed, allowing Brew to use the outside lane to go by both and grab the victory.

“I just couldn’t believe I was going to grab the checkered,” Brew said. “It was awesome. [The checkered flag] looked like gold.

“I was going down the backstretch going ‘I’m settling for third, I’ve got a podium finish. I saw those guys banging through the corner, but I never expected to see what I saw. I saw [Cassidy] going around and I said ‘Which way do I have to go?’ because I didn’t know if he was going to drift high or low. I just floored it because [Cassidy] started punching the gas and going into the grass. I said ‘I’ve got this.’ I slammed it to the floor and took the checkered.”

Cassidy ended up eighth. Denton was penalized for the contact on the final lap and was dropped to a 16th place finish in the 17-car field.

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