Melberg back in Victory lane
Jesse Melberg’s early path to the front was slow, but once past midrace, he was in fourth and challenging, coming around the outside to take on the leaders. He had passed points leader John Robidoux on lap ten for fourth, then spent three laps dueling with David Desrosiers for third. In lap 13, he passed both Desrosiers and Ed Flanagan, Jr. to take over second behind leader Daniel Massa, Jr. Melberg went after Massa who was a quarter-lap ahead. But Melberg began to rapidly close the gap. Behind them, Flanagan and Desrosiers preceded the battle for fifth being waged by Earl Curtin III and Robidoux. On lap 18 they were 4 cars apart. Massa’s lead was down to one car by lap 19.
Melberg made his traditional move to the outside then tried to surprise Massa with a cross under move, as Massa went up to block. But Melberg had the door slammed in his face. But lap 21 saw Melberg push ahead again and this time the bottom was open: he broke into the lead, clear just before they encountered lapped traffic in lap 22. Daniel Johnson and Amy Arsenault got together in turn one, bringing out a lap 21 restart.
Melberg and Massa were the front with Flanagan and Desrosiers behind them. Melberg made one of his patented leaps to the front as Flanagan came in under Massa to steal second. Curtin got under Desrosiers and Jamie Salley got under Robidoux to steal position.
Melberg’s flight to the checkers was made easier when Flanagan engaged Massa and then Curtin followed suit on lap 24.
At the finish, Melberg had a .450 second win over Flanagan, who was .173 ahead of Curtin. Massa and Robidoux rounded out the top five. Completing the top ten were: Desrosiers, Jamie Salley, Arsenault, Melissa Charette and Daniel Johnson.
1) Jesse Melberg 2) Ed Flanagan Jr 3) Earl Curtin III 4) Dan Massa 5) John Robidoux 6) Dave Desrosiers 7) Jamie Salley 8) Amy Arsenault 9) Missy Charette 10) Dan Johnson 11) Mike Murphy 12) Keri Lyn Manfredo 13) Ed Gould