Spoiler Alert: Final Corner Bump And Run Gives Ryan Waterman Street Stock Win At Waterford

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WATERFORD – Like much of the competition in the Street Stock division at the Waterford Speedbowl, Ryan Waterman was getting sick of seeing Josh Galvin hogging all the time in victory lane this season.

Saturday he did something about it.

Waterman used a last lap bump and run to pass Josh Galvin for the lead and win the 25-lap Street Stock feature at the Waterford Speedbowl.

“I’ve been so hungry for this win,” Waterman said. “I kept seeing him slip up. I said ‘I know he’d do it to me so why not I’ll do it to him.’ That’s how bad I wanted it.”

It was the first victory of the season at Waterford for Waterman, of Danielson. It snapped a four-race winning streak for Galvin, of North Franklin, who ended up second. Chris Douton of Waterford.

It proved a race full of dramatics, and wrecks.

Galvin used three-wide passes on three occasions coming from the 11th starting spot to take the lead from Lloyd Anderson Jr. with five laps remaining.

With three laps remaining Waterman looked to make a move under Galvin but couldn’t make it work. Waterman tucked in behind Waterman and through turn three on the final lap, Waterman tapped Galvin. The result was Galvin drifting up in turn four and Waterman diving under him and Waterman won the drag race to the checkered.

“He won’t even look me in the eye right now but I’m sure that will blow over or I’ll get the same thing back in a week or two,” Waterman said. “It’s hard racing. I got kind of jealous of seeing him win and I wanted to win. … It’s pretty frustrating when everybody that helps me out works so hard on the car and we’re just good enough for second.”

Said Galvin: “Everybody is desperate to win. It’s not easy to pass with these cars, the competition is pretty close. … It is what it is. That’s what this division is. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose.”

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  1. Crazy in NY says

    You get to hold the black and white flag but did you really win if you have to “pass” somebody like that to win?

  2. Hey Crazy in NY… Let’s look at a comparison here…

    Dale Earnhardt – 7 Championships… Used the bump and run many times

    Mark Martin – 0 Championships… Courteous and giving driver


    Let’s look at something else… Have you ever been to the Speedbowl? Have you ever watched how Josh Galvin races? Josh is a great dude and a hell of a wheelman but even he will likely admit he uses the bumper quite often. Simply getting a taste of his own medicine. Eventually stuff like that will catch up with you, and it did.

    That being said, I have done it and will continue to move anyone out of the way to win a race. As long as you don’t wreck someone, anything goes on the last lap when racing for a win.

  3. Moving the leader is no way to win a race. This action just proves that the Earnhardt legend lives on, even 20 years after his death.

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