Waterford Notes: Al Stone III Tops Limited Sportsman Field; Marc Panaroni Wins Mini Stocks

Al Stone III

Al Stone III

WATERFORD – Al Stone III turned usual bad luck into gold behind the wheel of his Limited Sportsman Saturday at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl Saturday.

Stone, of Durham, started on the pole and rolled to victory in the 25-lap Limited Sportsman feature Saturday at the Waterford Speedbowl.

“I don’t think I’ve ever won from the pole,” Stone said. “It’s always been like a bad luck charm for me. … Unfortunately we’ve had some really bad luck the last few weeks. This is a brand new car. We’re just thrilled to be here tonight.”

Monte Gibbs of Killingworth was second and Jason Chicolas of Sutton, Mass. third.

It was the first victory of the season for Stone, the 2010 champion in the division.

Stone said the frustration was beginning to mount after going five weeks without a victory this year.

“We obviously should be on top of our game, we haven’t been with a brand new car,” Stone said. “But we’re gaining on it.”

Marc Panaroni went by Brad Caddick with eight laps remaining and never trailed again on the way to victory in the 25-lap Mini Stock feature.

It was the first win of the season for Panaroni of Ivortyton.

“There’s one man that put this all together and that’s Charles Andrade,” Panaroni said of his crew chief. “Without him we wouldn’t be here.”

Caddick, of Wyoming, R.I., held on for second and Wayne Burroughs Jr. of Oakdale was third.

Caddick led most of the early stages of the event, but slipped up the track in turn three and opened the door for Panaroni to take over the spot.

“I saw him get loose and figured it was the perfect opportunity to capitalize on that,” Panaroni said. “That was exactly what I did.”

Said Caddick: “We started leaking oil somewhere. I think it was getting on the right rear [tire]. I don’t know if it was wheel seal or something in the right rear. But it started freeing us up and there’s much you can do when you’ve got the pressure of Marc Panaroni and Wayne Burroughs on your tail. You’ve just got to get up on the wheel and do what you can do.”

Randy Cabral of Plymouth, Mass. won the 25-lap NEMA Lite feature. . Dan Cugini of Marshfield, Mass. was second and Megan Cugini of Marshfield, Mass. third.

Toby Wells of Dublin, N.H. won the 50-lap North East Mini Stock Tour feature. Matt Sonnhalter of East Thetford, Vt. was second and Pete Zakarite of Niantic third.


  1. Looks like another driver in the sportsman division will be getting suspended.

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