Tom Blackwell picks up first Pure Stock win. Tom Gray back in Nick’s Pit Stop Legend Victory Lane. Henry Lavallee inherits Sport4 win. Chase Belcher breaks the streak in the SYRA 750. Tyler Boudreau wins SYRA 600.On Aug 19, 2012
Tom Blackwell picked up his first career win in the Pure Stock feature on Friday, holding off an equally hungry Amy Arsenault by .045 at the stripe. Blackwell jumped out front on the start, keeping Jamie Burch at bay. Burch started sliding back after a few laps, with Amy moving in and to the outside groove. The pair battled side by side for over 15 laps, swapping the lead back and forth between them. As the laps wore down, Amy took over by mere inches over Blackwell, but Tom was not to be outdone, and moved back out front for the last time with 4 laps remaining. As they rolled off turn 4, there was a little contact as they both raced hard, with Amy coming up just short.
While the pair up front were putting on a clinic, the racing behind them was every bit as hard and exciting. Earl Curtin III made every move possible to pick up his first win in two seasons, but could not find any opening between the lead duo. He had his hands full with Jamie Burch, John Robidoux, and then points leader Jesse Melberg. The Jackal had to work his way from his 12th place starting position, and really had to work to get to the lead battle, but by the time he got to them, there was no time left on the clock, and had to settle for fourth. Doug Benoit rounded out the top five.
Tom Grey picked up his third win of the season in the Nick’s Pit Stop Legends and made the championship chase a little more interesting, as he came in 14 points behind teammate Shaun Buffington, and left as the new points leader in the class. Buffington was eliminated in a lap one accident, which opened the door for Gray. Gray took over the lead of the 25 lap event on lap 3. Jordan Lamothe ran second for several laps before David Shilling, making his first Seekonk appearance, moved into the runner up spot on lap 8. The field got jumbled up for a restart on lap twelve, and Nick Ladyga took over with Dana Dilate moving along with him. That didn’t last long, as the pair made contact, and Dimatteo retired with right front damage.
Grey took over once again, with Schilling in tow, and the pair raced like that for several laps before George Whitney moved into second with just four laps remaining. Schilling was relegated to third, with Taylor Martin and Kyle Rogers rounding out the top five.
Henry Lavallee picked up his second Sport4 win of the season, his second overall in the 20 lap main event. Ed Gould jumped out to an early lead, and appeared to be breaking his bad luck streak. Ed opened up a comfortable lead, and pulled away a bit before Devin Miranda sprinted by for the lead. Defending champion Kyle Pacheco followed through for second with only a handful of laps remaining. Over the final couple of laps remaining, Lavallee moved up to challenge, and eventually snuck by for third. Chuck McDonald crossed the line in fifth. Lavallee inherited the win when the cars of Miranda and Pacheco failed post-race tech. Gould was credited with second, McDonald third, Jason Enos II moved into the fourth finishing position with Glen Leduc rounding out the top five.
Chase Belcher moved out front early in the SYRA 750 20 lap feature, and broke through for his first win of the season. In the process, he broke a string of bad luck that has been plaguing the West Wareham driver. While Chase was the chasee, the chaser was Curtis Rolando, who was doing all he could to get by Belcher. It was not an easy drive, as the pair raced bumper to bumper for nearly the entire event, with Curtis hanging on for everything he could. Curtis has his mirror full of points leader Austin Blais. Blais, trying to continue his 6 week winning streak, had everything he could do to get to the front. Once he got to third, he hounded the lead duo. Every time Curtis would peek to the outside of Belcher, Blais would try to fill the hole, but couldn’t take the move when Rolando shut the door. As the trio raced into turn one, Rolando gave Belcher a little push, getting Belcher loose. Rolando backed off to let Belcher correct it, which he did, but that also gave The Bullitt just enough room to squeeze underneath Rolando. When contact between them moved Blais into the grass, Rolando crossed for second. Blais recovered for third, Shelby Donovan crossed for fourth with Willy Sanchez finished fifth. There was a 2 position penalty on Rolando for the contact with Blais, moving Blais into second and Donovan third.
Tyler Boudreau broke a 2 year winless streak, picking up the win in the SYRA 600 twenty lap feature victory. Madison Birchall took over the early lead, with Boudreau in tow. The pair raced through a handful of restarts, racing side by side for several laps before Birchall spun while racing Tyler for the lead, collecting David Lougee. This moved David White into the runner up position, and he started to put pressure on Boudreau. They pair raced to the checkered nose to tail, with Kiera Carpenter picking up her best finish in third. Jessica O’Leary finished fourth with Brett Meservey rounded out the top five.