Following another year at the championship table, Tiverton, Rhode Island, driver Scott Bruneau is coming back looking for another title run in 2018. Behind the wheel of his No. 74, Bruneau scored just one victory last season, but was the master of consistency. He finished inside the top 10 in all but one of the 18 races and was inside the top five in 14 of those events.
Going forward, as of now, Bruneau is expected to contend for the championship once again — but the new season doesn’t look like it will be a walk in the park for him.
One of the upcoming challengers in the class over the last few years has been Sandwhich, Mass. driver Ryan Flood. He scored wins in two races last year and finished eighth in the championship standings — but has been making strides every week. Look for Flood to be a contender going down the stretch of the season as long as he gets things going in the right direction.
A name like Paul Lallier can’t be overlooked either. The former champion who drives the No. 70 comes to Seekonk from Warwick, Rhode Island, and he had an infraction in technical inspection early last season, but still was able to find his way to second in the final points tally. Lallier knows the way around the third-mile and surely will be a threat for many victories in 2018.
As of now, it looks like other contenders for the title could be Sparky Arsenault or Jesse Melberg. Sparky is a polished veteran and former champion who finished third last year, but definitely knows his way around. There will also be many others drivers looking to take the checkered flag.
The Sportsman have put on some of the best racing at Seekonk over the last few years, and there is no reason why they won’t do it again in 2018. The intense, two and three-wide racing has thrilled fans for multiple decades — and you can expect it will once again.
You can’t count out names like Rob Murphy, Craig Pianka, Tyler Lallier, Corey Fanning, Dick Benoit, Gilbert Bradstreet and John Hanafin. The division is stacked with talent, and stacked with more than a handful of drivers that could find their way to the winner’s circle every week.
The 2018 season will include the normal 25-lap feature events for the division, but will also include five, Helger’s South Coast Power Equipment Power 5 features that will be 30 laps in distance. The Phil’s Propane Triple Crown Series returns, with three, extra distance, 35 lap main events.