LASCUOLA ADDS DAV TO SYRA 600 CHAMPIONSHIPS
Nick Lascuola from Brockton led all but 4 laps of the 25-lap SYRA 600 race, giving him the Venditti Memorial trophy to add to his divisional championship. He finished with a whopping 7-second lead over runnerup Jason Enos II of Assonet, MA. Branden Dion of Taunton was third. Rounding out the field were Chase Belcher of West Wareham, MA, Shelby Donovan, Waterford, CT, Curtis Rolando, Newport, RI, Christine Cavallaro, Seekonk, Willy Sanchez, Providence, Tylar Nailor, Marstons Mills, MA, David Lougee, Taunton, MA, Kieran Carpenter and Tyler Boudreau.
Tylar Nailor and Chase Belcher started the front row; they battled out of the green for position. On turn two, Kiera Carpenter spun in turn two, but she was able to gather it in and the race proceeded. Coming out of 4, Nailor got sideways. Cars scrambled and Rolando and Sanchez were tagged in the melee. Without a lap complete, the field came back for a restart. Belcher and Lascuola led off at the front with Rolando and Branden Dion behind them.
Belcher went to the lead, but Carpenter spun between turns 1 and 2. Cars scattered around her, but Shelby Donovan struck a glancing blow on Carpenter’s driver’s side. The car was pushed to the pits and ended its night.
On the ensuing restart, Belcher and Lascuola again battled. Coming to the stripe, Belcher got loose and Lascuola moved ahead to lead lap one. Dion settled on Belcher’s bumper wile Enos went under Dion to take third. As they battled door-to-door, Belcher and Lascuola exchanged the lead until lap 7, when Dion lost power at the end of the backstretch, bringing out the caution.
On the restart, Lascuola went to the lead as Belcher fell back and Enos went under to take second. By lap 7, Lascuola had built a 3 car lead as Belcher and Enos scrapped over second. Rolando, Dion, Donovan and Nailor followed. Seven laps later, Lascuola had built a quarter- lap lead while Belcher and Enos continued to duel.
Dion came up to pass Belcher, then move on to scrap with Enos over second place. On lap 20, he moved alongside and the two rubbed paint through turn 4. The battle continued through the checkered flag. Lascuola claimed victory, 7 seconds ahead then Enos edged Dion by a bumper for second.