Last year, the Fast Friday Pure Stock division saw Colby Lambert dominate the final stages en route to his first career Seekonk championship. However, entering a new racing season, Lambert won’t be back on Friday nights.

Instead, he will be making move to NASCAR Saturday’s and running in the Late Models, which kicks the door wide open for a new champion to come from the Pure Stock division.


When looking at the list of challengers, a group of division veterans rise to the top of the list. Names like Mike Henriques, Lenny Sousa, Mark Murphy and Danny Massa have been running in the Pure Stocks for many years, and look to be some of the guys who could be fighting for the title down the stretch run.


However, if last year is any indication, DJ Pires is one of the names to watch. Pires was victorious last year in his first season, and at the end of the year, Pires was contending for victories every week. Sometimes, a year of experience is all a driver needs to bring themselves to the top of the pack.


What about Doug Benoit? The Swansea, Massachusetts, driver won three straight races at one point in 2017 and was in contention for the title before Lambert went on his late season winning streak.


Amy Arsenault is another driver who has been a division veteran, and she sticks out as someone who could easily find herself at the head table when the season ends. Arsenault came so close battling Andrew Kun a few years ago, and as one of the few ladies in the field, she has shown she can run with the best of them. It doesn’t hurt to have Sparky Arsenault running in the Sportsman helping her tune on her No. 9 Pure Stock.

Other names ready for competition this year include three more females, Emily Brightman, Marissa Morgan and Missy Charette. Morgan is a graduate of the Seekonk Youth Racing Association, and she is joined by Kyle Pianka in that group.


The Pure Stock class gets underway on Friday, June 1, as part of the opening round for the Fast Friday Series.