“This is a tough race to lose,” DiMatteo said. “I definitely had the fastest car. I beat Molleur on the outside a few laps earlier, but for some reason I chose to restart on the inside late in the race.”
“This definitely was a fun race,” Molleur said. “I have to thanks all the people responsible. I had a great time.”
Owen, the winner of the first Fast Five event, started on the pole and led for the first 19 laps before relinquishing the lead to DiMatteo. He fell back to fifth before rallying to finish third.
“I think I had a fourth place car and I finished third,” Owen said.
Mike Christopher Jr. was fourth and Matt Galko rounded out the Top 5.
The win was Molleur’s third of the season, but did not count in the point standings.
Palmer and Christian have battled all season in the Late Models, but Saturday’s race was their most ferocious confrontation yet. Palmer took the lead from Christian on a lap 3 restart, and the two drove as if they were surgically attached to each other for the next 27 laps before Palmer pulled out the win by 0.349 seconds.
“You can’t get better than that,” Palmer said. “The car was good. I just kept on doing what I was doing and it worked out.”
It was Palmer’s fourth straight win and eighth of the season. He lads Christian by 14 points in the standings.
Christian has six second-place runs this year, finishing runner-up to Palmer on all six occasions.
“I gave it everything I had,” Christian said. “I was racing so hard I took my right rear off.”
Burroughs used an outside restart to grab the lead and survive a threat from Charette, who leads Burroughs by 9 points in the standings.
“My car was terrible tonight on the inside, but it was real good on the outside,” Burroughs said. “So restarting on the outside was the key. Buddy and I have had some issues this season, but tonight we raced each other clean.”
Jason Chapman had just taken the lead, but Burroughs was able to whirlwind by on a restart.
“I think if I could have gotten to the outside, I would have chewed him up,” Charette said. “But Wayne was tough on the outside,”
Rookie R.J. Marcotte finished third.
Silva was able to widen his point lead over Chris Garside to 8 points after his six win of the season and his third straight. He took the lead early with a thread-the-needle move against leader Hailey Beal and stayed ahead of Garside the rest of the way.
“I guess I was in the right lane at the right time,” Silva said. “The 83 (Garside) was coming. He had a fast car.”
Garside, however, said he started losing his brakes at the end of the race and could not mount a serious challenge against Silva.
Racing continues Wednesday with the final Wild & Wacky Wednesday of the season. Ed Ryan Jr, has locked up the Super-X Car championship for the second straight year, but titles are up for grabs in the X-Cars, Bandoleros and Legends.
50-lap SK Modifieds Fast Five: 1. Andrew Molleur, Shelton,; 2. Cory DiMatteo, Farmington; 3. Todd Owen, Somers; 4. Mike Christopher Jr., Wolcott,; 5. Matt Galko, Meridan,; 6. Matt Swanson, Acton; 7. Glenn Pressel III, Bozrah; 8 Adam Gada, Bozrah,; 9. Joe Gada, Uncasville; 10. Doug Meservey, Dennisport, , Mass.