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July 8, 2023 by

It was a day of immense swings of luck Saturday for New London-Waterford Speedbowl driver Todd Owe

The bad luck started on the way to the track when the rear end blew on Owen’s truck hauling his race trailer about three miles from the Speedbowl.

With some help from the Flannery family Owen was able to make it to the track for the show.

“My trailer is not something you can’t just grab someone’s pickup and haul it there,” Owen said. “So it made it a little bit more of a project. The Flannery’s are just awesome people. They had a truck to help us out. They let me borrow a $300,000 truck to get my trailer home. Nobody in this world nowadays would ever do that. They’re just good people.”

After getting to the track and making the show, the good luck swung Owen’s way late in the SK Modified feature.

Owen took the lead from Kyle James on a restart with two laps remaining and went on to win the 35-lap SK Modified feature Saturday at the Speedbowl. It was the second consecutive victory for Owen, the reigning division champion, who went winless in his first six starts at the track this season before last week.

Rob Janovic Jr. of Waterford was second and James, of Ashaway, R.I., was third.

Owen was running fourth with two laps remaining when Timmy Jordan and Eric Berndt wrecked in a battle for the lead.

“I don’t know what happened up front,” Owen said. “Timmy and Eric wrecked. I was going to be fourth. They made contact, Timmy overcorrected and pounded the fence and they put Eric to the back. I had a restart next Kyle James and drove by him.

“Tonight we were a little off. We were going to be fourth. I was OK with that, go home in one piece. Sometimes in my racing career I’ve been the guy to not have the luck go my way. Tonight it definitely went my way.”

Owen came into the night third in the SK Modified division standings at the Speedbowl with Jordan on top and Berndt second, 10 points off the lead. At the end of the night Owen had moved to second, two points behind Jordan. Berndt sits third, six points off the lead.

Tom Abele Jr. of Norwich won the 25-lap SK Light Modified feature. Evan Bourgeois of East Haddam was second and Tyler Chapman of Ellington third.

Derryck Anderson Jr. took the checkered in the 30-lap Late Model feature but was disqualified following postrace tech inspection giving the win to Josh Hedges of New Bedford, Mass. PJ Evans of Uncasville was second and Jason Palmer of Berlin third.

Tony Macrino of Waterford won the 25-lap Street Stock feature. Aaron Plemons of Uncasville was second and Shawn Gaedeke of Groton third.

Brody Monahan won the 25-lap Truck feature. Tyler Chapman of Mystic was second and Kyle Gero of Uncasville third.