Shaun Buffington, Chris Lima, Frank Shepard, Curtis Rolando and Matt Barboza pick up Fast Friday D.A.V. wins.
Shaun Buffington of Plainfield, CT picked up the Nick’s Pit Stop Legends win on Friday night in the 25 lap feature. Buffington started on the outside of the front row, courtesy of his heat win, and went on to lead the entire distance. His teammate Tom Gray started second, and sat there for the first several laps before Jordan Lamothe moved past from his fifth place starting position. Gray moved back by a half dozen laps later, but would fall back to third over the final few laps as Nick Lascoula slid by for second, Once up to second, Lascoula could not get past Buffington. Gray held on for third with Lamothe and Chris Robbins rounding out the top five.
Chris Lima was one of the fastest cars over the second half of the season, and claimed the biggest win of his young career in the DAV Fall Classic Pure Stock feature. Jamie Salley jumped out to the early lead and set the pace for the first half of the event. While he set the pace, 2012 Pure Stock champion Jesse Melberg was closing in, and with ten laps remaining went around Salley and took over the lead. Salley had his hands full with John Robidoux and the pair tangled on lap 18. This moved Lima up to second on the restart, and used that momentum to take over the lead and pick up the win. Melberg finished second with Randy Moretti, Amy Arsenault and John Robidoux rounding out the top five.
** After post-race tech, Melberg and Moretti were removed from the finishing order, moving Ian Savard and Salley into the top five.
Frank Shepard made it three in a row for the Sport4 division, picked up the DAV Fall Classic win. Frank jumped out into the lead early and held off Andy Arsenault over the final several laps. Arsenault, making his first visit of the year, worked his way through the pack and started to pressure Shepard for the middle portion of the event, but didn’t have enough in his beetle to overtake the leader. Lenny Sousa crossed the line in third with Jeff Dombrowski and Ed Gould rounding out the top five.
Curtis Rolando closed out his 2012 season with the Most Popular Driver and the DAV Fall Classic trophy in the SYRA 750 class. Rolando took the lead on the opening lap and never looked back. At first, it was Kaitlyn Donovan, but not much into the race, Willie Sanchez took over second and followed Rolando to the checkered. Donovan held on for third with Austin Blais and Tylar Nailor fourth and fifth.
Matt Barboza took until the final points night to win a race in 2012, but followed that up with his second win of the season in the DAV Fall Classic. In a caution ridden main event, David Lougee took over at the drop of the green, and held on through lap eight. Barboza took over there and held on to the final lap, which was called with 5 laps remaining due to a time limit. 2012 600 champion Tyler Boudreau finished second with Lougee, Brooke Meservey and Shawn DeMello third through fifth.