SYRA 750: FEATURE TO BOWSER, CHAMPIONSHIP TO ROLANDOOn Sep 22, 2013
Taylor Bowser had to work to escape the always-challenging Curtis Rolando for a feature win in 750 Youth action even though Rolando had claimed the divisional crown with his start in the heat race. Rolando dueled David Lougee for 20 laps to edge him at the checkers and nail down his second championship at Seekonk; one in SYRA 600 and tonight in 750’s. Three cars battled through the final four laps as Rolando sought to add one final jewel to his crown with a win on the season’s final race; Bowser wanted to add her third win and edge ahead of Lougee, who had entered the event tied in points for second. Lougee had battled Rolando through the middle stages of the feature, taking the lead from lap six through lap sixteen. He had still not thrown in the towel as they charged under the checkers and across the stripe with David just .078 off Curtis’ time.
Bowser had followed polesitter Ashley Kuhn underneath Christine Cavallaro and then grabbed the front out of turn four as Kuhn suddenly swerved high and slowed to gain control in turn two. Rolando leapt onto her bumper with Lougee locking onto his. By lap three, Rolando was a half-car behind the leader, cautiously looking outside but guarding his low side against the predations of Lougee. Still, David was able to get his nose in down low and work up alongside.
By lap five, Lougee had the lead to himself out of turn four after some wheel-to-wheel with Rolando. But Curtis was not letting go and stayed right on his rear, outside corner. Bowser did not fail to take advantage of the duel going on behind her and opened up an eight-car lead by lap seven. Four laps later, she had ten cars over Lougee as Rolando continued to dog his bumper.
Into lap 14, Rolando broke the tension by going to the outside of Lougee, edging up by increments of inches. They were door-to-door at the stripe but Rolando fell back in turn one. Bowser now had half a straight’s worth of lead as her chasers were again side-by-side and battling.
They continued to match hubcaps under the flying white silk and only settled the match down the finishing stretch and Rolando edged a nose to the clear air.
Bowser had flown through to claim the checkers and the trip to victory lane 1.787 seconds ahead. Kuhn and then Cavallaro rounded out the top five.