ARSENAULT BRINGS HOME WIN IN STREET STOCKS
Mark Henshaw, Jr. of Raynham led off from the pole with Attleboro’s Sparky Arsenault on his shoulder. Scott Serydynski of W. Greenwich, RI started third. The trio shared the three places at the front throughout the race and Arsenault led the final 21 laps of the 30-lapper for the victory.
Henshaw went to the front and led the first nine laps. On lap 8 Crystal Serydynski of Johnston, RI, and Ryan Lineham, from Coventry, rubbed fenders at the stripe, with Lineham coming unglued from the surface, rotating 180 degrees and backing into the wall between turns 1 and 2, ending his day at the DAV. The wrecker had to lift the rear end clear of the track to tow it from the field
On the restart, Arsenault and Henshaw (still on the pole) came out side-by-side. But Bob Bettencourt’s motor blew on the first circuit, earning him a black flag from the starter. Next time around, Henshaw got loose out of turn 4, going sideways and giving up the lead to Arsenault.
A lead he would not relinquish. Scott Serydynski was also able to get by Henshaw, who settled into third, ahead of Paul Lallier and Cumberland’s Mike Mitchell. Henshaw settled in and followed Serydynski for the next 9 laps.
On lap 16, Henshaw got his nose under Serydynski in an attempt to wrest second back. The two were wheel-to-wheel for a pair of laps before Henshaw could take advantage. Lapped traffic lay before them on the backstretch, and Henshaw was able to get underneath the lapped car, which peeled Serydynski off his outside, forcing him to drop in behind on lap 18.
With 10 to go, Arsenault had a 15-car lead over Henshaw and had upped the margin to a quarter-lap by lap 23. Henshaw held a 3-car margin over Serydynski with Woonsocket Rocket, Chris Beaulieu another 5 cars back.
At the finish, it was Arsenault with a 1.704 second lead over Henshaw, Serydynski and Beaulieu. Plymouth’s Paul Newcomb finished fifth. Mike Mitchell, Cumberland, RI, Justin Travis, E. Taunton, MA, Lallier, Chris DeMoura, N. Dighton, MA, and Westporter Bobby Trip rounded out the top 10.