Fast Friday Recap
Before Hurricane Irene hunkered down on the Northeast, a different kind of thunder descended onto “The Action Track of the East.” On August 26th, the thunder of the pure stocks, sport fours, and Seekonk Youth Racing Association 750 and 600 mini cups entertained fans on “Fast Friday” at the Seekonk Speedway. Randy Moretti, Rich Sprague, Tylar Nailor, Chase Belcher picked up the feature victories in their respective divisions.
Onto the track first was the SYRA 600 class for a pair of eight lap heats. Points leader Curtis Rolando started fourth and powered through the field to second, but his attempts to pass pole sitter Taylor Bowser were futile, and the #07 led the field to the checkered flag.
Rookie Doug Meservey was the pole sitter for heat two, but was passed on lap two by Chase Belcher. Belcher would pull away from Shelby Donovan by over two seconds and cruise to victory.
The SYRA 600 feature was contested over twenty five laps as opposed to twenty. Since no touring division was present at the Speedway, an extra five laps were added to all features.
Pole sitter Brett Meservey led the opening laps, but had his lead erased by a caution on lap three for a spin involving Curtis Rolando exiting turn four. On the restart, Chase Belcher soon surpassed Meservey for the lead. On lap fourteen, Taylor Bowser and Shelby Donovan spun in turn four, and the caution was displayed again. Chase Belcher pulled away from the field at the drop of the green flag, and beat Curtis Rolando to the line by over two seconds, and third place Tyler Boudreau by over five seconds.
The counterpart to the SYRA 600s, the SYRA 750, ran the same heat and feature schedule. In the first heat, Tylar Nailor led the field to the green flag. After two laps, Branden Dion inherited the lead and Nailor was shuffled back to third behind Nick Lascuola. The top three would remain in that order at the conclusion of eight laps.
In the second heat, Willy Sanchez led Kaitlyn Donovan and Adam Swift to the finish line, leading start to finish from the pole position.
The SYRA 750 feature was one of the best “Fast Friday” races of the season in any division. Tylar Nailor sat on pole again, but the field swiftly jockeyed for position behind him throughout the entire race. Last week’s winner Nick Lascuola climbed from last to second in just four laps, while Kaitlyn Donovan, Adam Swift, and Branden Dion battled for position behind them. On lap thirteen, Swift made contact with the leaders, and spun around entering turn one, collecting Willy Sanchez, who spun around trying to avoid the wreck. On the restart, Swift made contact with Ashley Kuhn and spun ninety degrees in turn two, but the race stayed under green flag conditions. Donovan, Sanchez, Lascuola and Dion made contact and went two and three wide multiple times in an attempt to catch Nailor, but the Marston Mills native took the checkered flag for the first time in over one year and for the second time in his career.
The Sport Four division was next onto the track for a pair of eight lap heat races. In the opening heat, rookie Kyle Pacheco passed Chris Bissell for the lead on lap three and never looked back, picking up the race victory ahead of Chris Bissell and Ed Gould.
Mark Henshaw, running only his second race at Seekonk, led the second heat until Rich Sprague completed the pass for the lead with just two laps to go, leading Henshaw and Taylor Therrien back to the finish line.
The Sport Four feature was run over a distance of twenty five laps. Mark Henshaw ran well in practice and the heats, but brushed the front stretch wall and then the side of the #99 of Therrien in turn one on the third lap, dropping him to the rear of the field. On lap four, Dave Westgate and rookie Chuck McDonald spun in turn one to bring out the yellow flag. On the restart, John Lamake and Chris Bissell made contact while battling for the lead. The race stayed green, but Dave Westgate climbed to the top of the leader board on lap seven. On lap ten, points leader Ed Gould spun in turn two, and Devin Miranda spun at the caution light in turn four. Once the race restarted, Rich Sprague rocketed around Westgate and led the final eleven laps en route to victory.
The main attraction Friday evening was the Pure Stock division. Amy Heroux led from start to finish in the first heat, despite the field being slowed for a spin involving the #66 of Bill Doyle. Following Heroux to the line were John Robidoux and Tom Blackwell III.
Chris Lima, the polesitter, jumped the start on heat two. The race went green on the second attempt, and Lima was quickly passed by Bill Chouinard, who led the field to turn one after a great start on the outside. Chouinard picked up the victory over Jesse Melberg and Randy Moretti, who completed a pass in the grass on the final lap to break into the top three.
Dan Mass Jr. sat on the outside pole of the thirty lap main event and led the opening seven laps before being passed by Bill Doyle. At the race’s halfway point, Randy Moretti passed Doyle and moved into the lead, where he’d open up a gap and never look back. Moretti, second in points, helped close the margin to points leader Bill Chouinard, and led Doyle, Jesse Melberg, and Bill Chouinard to the line.