Gannon wraps up streeter win
Ed Gannon III had to disappoint his own nephew to win his first Street Stock feature of the season, as he started behind polesitter and nephew, Street Stock rookie Austin Blais, just up from SYRA and making a name for himself. Blais jumped to the lead at the outset as Gannon got by Craig Pianka and into second. Gerard Berthelette vaulted to third behind him. Scott Serydynski, Pianka and Rey Lovelace followed. But Serydynski spun out of turn four.
On the lap six restart, Gannon was past Blais after a brief side-by-side. On the next lap, Lovelace came up to debate this issue, to be replaced by Paul Lallier on lap 14. Lallier hounded Gannon to the finish, winding up a couple of seconds back. Bobby Bettencourt got by Lovelace for third going into lap fourteen, leaving Rey in fourth. Scott Bruneau completed the top five.
As Lallier clung to second through the second half of the 25-lapper, Bettencourt moved in behind Lovelace as Lallier moved him back on a lap 12 restart after Dan Solomon spun Manny Dias and both retired to the rear of the field. Out of the box, Gannon continued in the lead while Lallier relieved Lovelace’s grip on second. Bettencourt was coming on underneath Bruneau and Crystal was getting under Blais to Bruneau’s bumper. By lap 14, it was
Gannon, Lallier, Bettencourt, Lovelace, Bruneau and Serydynski. Bettencourt was knocking on Lallier’s back door but could not pass. Lovelace pulled in behind Bettencourt and Crystal began working under Bruneau.
1) Ed Gannon III 2) Paul Lallier 3) Bob Bettencourt 4) Ray Lovelace 5) Scott Bruneau 6) Crystal Serydynski 7) John Hanafin 8) Scott Serydynski 9) Gerard Berthelette 10) Austin Blais 11) Jimmy Belmont 12) Manny Dias 13)
Pianka 14) Randy Moretti 15) Ian Savard 16) Andy Johnson 17) Dan Solomon 18) Doug Rioux19) Chris DeMoura 20) Ray Negley 21) Steve Potter