OUELLETTE: FIRST FEATURE WIN IN 600’S
Tim Ouellette spent a dangerous evening holding off a hard-charging Eric LeBrun for fifteen out of twenty laps, the two seldom more than inches between bumpers in a heart-pounding duel to the checkers. But Oellette staunchly defended his position at the front as LeBrun worked desperately for his second win on the season. They finished as they had raced, rocketing across the stripe just two tenths of a second apart. Last week’s winner and points leader Derek Debbis was third, followed by Cassie Meservey and Anthony Marvin.
It took two tries to get the field racing, as Luke Lebrun spun out of turn four on the opening lap. No wrecks, as the field scrambled and the lined back up. Oullette and Alexandria Lillie shared the front row and Lillie had a nose as they crossed the stripe at the end of lap one. But Lillie, who had outlasted Debbis for the win in the preliminary, suddenly lost power on the back stretch and pitted after three laps. Suddenly, Oullette was alone, eight cars up on Cassie Meservey, who had Michael Toner in tow. LeBrun came alongside Toner briefly, then was past him and Meservey into second, over the next two laps. Ouellette was fifteen cars into the distance at this point.
But LeBrun now had a mission and over the next two laps, he had narrowed the lead to three lengths and was on his bumper after two more circuits. With ten laps remaining, the two settled down to a deadly duel of wits and skill.
They were door-to-door on lap twelve, as Meservey and Toner engaged over third place. Marvin set his sights on the duo, as Debbis came, winding his way from the back, edging Brittany Niclols on lap eleven. Marvin was by Toner on the next circuit and Debbis eased Toner back another spot. Two laps later, Marvin fell victim to his underneath move.
Debbis claimed third from Meservey with four laps remaining but the distance to the front was a long one. LeBrun was still on Oullette’s rear bumper looking for any opportunity. They slashed at each other to the checkers, but Oullette would not relax his grasp on the lead and LeBrun would not release his hold on Oullette’s rear bumper.
With one circuit remaining, Scott Serydynski, Jr. made an outside move on Toner for sixth, but was rebuffed as the field flew under the checkers.
Serydynski retained seventh and Luke Lebrun and Morgan finished eighth and ninth. Nichols, seven laps down, was tenth.
LASCUOLA REMAINS UNDEFEATED IN LEGENDS
Nick Lascuola remains unblemished in his quest for a perfect season, taking his fifth straight win in Nick’s Pitstop Legends action over tenacious TJ Thompson and Matt Carpenter. Chris Robbins and Collin Haley rounded out the top ten.
The 25-lap race was slowed by six cautions.
Robbins leapt off the pole as outside polesitter Jesse Jakubajtys began a fade to ninth by lap six. Andrew Carpenter took over second followed by brother Matt Carpenter and Thompson. Lascuola was moving toward the front through a mob of cars and moved in behind Jakubajtys. The latter moved up the track and Lascuola screamed through into fourth.
John O’Sullivan spun, bringing a lap 6 caution. Robbins was away from Matt Carpenter and Lascuola leapt onto the leader’s bumper as Martinez and Thompson grabbed third and fourth. Robbins and Lascuola put on a grand battle for the lead with Robbins refusing to yield an inch. He gained a half-car margin on Lascuola on lap nine before Jessica O’Leary spun in front of the pit exit in turn four.
On the restart, Robbins and Lascuola battled door-to-door as Martinez came up from the second row to hammer Robbins’ back bumper several times in turn four. Lascuola surged ahead at this point but Robbins recovered and held the low groove behind Lascuola. Lap ten saw Thompson coming around Martinez. But Andrew Carpenter spun in turn four while running seventh.
This restart saw Lascuola on the pole and Robbins outside; Martinez and Thompson were the second row. Lascuola pulled away and Robbins dropped in while Thompson gained third followed by Martinez, Collin Haley and Jesse Melberg. Melberg dropped under after trying the outside to take over fifth. He began to challenge Martinez for position. Lascuola gained some breathing room, while Robbins and Thompson dueled over second until Nick Wisialko spun out of turn four up to the outside wall on lap 17. It was a low-impact meeting and he was able to continue.
It took two tries to restart as Carpenter spun on the first attempt. Lascuola took the front but Thompson got under Robbins before he could drop and went to second. Melberg got past Martinez into fourth. By lap 20, however, Robbins was working on Thompson. Melberg couldn’t quite close to their bumpers but was putting distance on Martinez. On the next circuit, however, Robbins’ hard running had him around in turn two.
Lascuola came away into the lead once more with Thompson on his tail. Melberg led Martinez and the Carpenter Brothers into the white flag lap. Coming off the final turn, Mel berg spun in front of Martinez, who was forced to brake hard. Melberg was able to gather the car back in as was Martinez, but not before Matt Carpenter, Robbins, Haley and Andrew Carpenter had gotten by. Martinez’ recovery was slower, dropping him back to fourteenth.
Rounding out the top ten were: Andrew, Jakubajtys, Melberg, Joseph Marfeo and Nick Wisialko.
MIRANDA MAKES IT TWO WINS IN PHIL’S TRIPLE CROWN PART TWO
Richard Sprague took a wild ride from twelfth to first over the initial eight laps of the Phil’s Propane Triple Crown for Sport Fours, part two. Sprague was running high and fast on the bullring and gobbling up great amounts of space – and places – in the 25-lap feature. It took Devin Miranda another eight laps to make the transfer from fourteenth to second, but it made great drama for the final nine circuits of the event.
As Sprague pulled away from Tyler Boudeau on a lap 15 restart, Miranda dropped under Boudreau from outside the second row and wrested second away. By this time, however, Sprague was five carlengths ahead. Miranda was unable to close the gap and Sprague powered on to the win. Boudreau held on for third as Gil Bradstreet and Michael Glad completed the top five.
Unfortunately, Sprague and Glad both met with disqualifications in tech inspection, depriving them of their positions and elevating the field behind them. Miranda collected his second feature win as a result and the top five the read Miranda, Boudreau, Bradstreet, Dave Westgate and David Gargara.
Glen LeDuc, the “Five Dollar Sunglasses Guy” went to the front from his spot on the pole as Glad drove up for some bumper tag. This allowed LeDuc to escape as Bob Henry dropped into second ahead of Glad. Nicholas Mattera grabbed fouth.
LeDuc was eight cars up by lap five as Sprague was getting high and outside back in the pack, flying around the field. Glad was loose in turn four and nearly looped, but saved the car. Sprague slowed to avoid Glad, but went back outside with his foot to the firewall. By lap seven, he had laid claim to second and was after LeDuc. Two laps later, he had closed the defecit and was outside LeDuc, auguring for the lead. He switched tactics and dropped under, grabbing the spot as Emily Charett, Christine Cavallaro and the retunring Tylar Nailor got together hard in turn two.
This time, Sprague roared out of the obx into the lead as Boudreau was under Glad for second. Miranda and Bradstreet followed. Boudreau began chasing down Sprague as Bradstreet went after LeDuc. Glad dropped under LeDuc for third Miranda followed. By lap 16, Sprague had a five car advantage.
Miranda relieved Boudreau of second but was unable to close on Sprague. Boudreau was two cars behind Miranda. David Westgate was behind Bradstreet and Glad, pursued by David Gargara.
Miranda was able to whittle away at the lead, getting down to 4 cars going into the white flag, but brushed a lapped car in turn one, loosening him up and forcing him to struggle for control, allowing Sprague an eight-car lead at the checkers.
Rounding out the top ten were LeDuc, Garrett Kuhn, Mike LaFort, Ray Herman, Sr. and David Gargaro.
MORESHEAD DUELS WHITE FOR BIG WIN IN 750’S
TJ Moreshead, Jr. and David White ignored the rest of the field and spent the entire 20 laps battling each other at the head of the field for the ultimate victory, which went to Moreshead, running the outside, lap after lap . . . by so slim a margin the electronic counter revealed the winner without stating a time differential. Only Shelby Donovan was able to crack the top two, and that only for a lap at midrace. The pair was seldom more than a foot or two apart.
Taylor Bowser fought her way up from the back of the field, occasionally going three-wide to get through the swirling mass of mini-cups. She was able to grab third, ahead of Shea Kulpa and Matthew Barboza.
The much-cautioned feature was given the green and polesitter Moreshead grabbed the front while White went under Kendra Levesque into second. Barboza came wide from the third row to third. A three-wide in turns three and four saw Brandon Lillie and Kulpa spinning out of the group for a lap one caution.
Moreshead and White faced off with Levesque and Barboza at their backs. They came out door-to-door before Moreshead took the lead. Levesque was under White as Donovan went low on the grass in a wild charge. She slid up into Levesque, who spun to the infield.
Morsehead and White were door-to-door before Moreshead again grabbed the lead as Barboza looked under for second but was denied by White. He settled into third with Donovan and Joey Lembo at his back. But Brandon Lillie got into the dirt in turn 3 and spun across the infield.
Another Morsehead/White duel followed as Donovan looked under them making it three-wide at the front. White fell back and Barboza scooted underneath but Donovan spun out of turn four into the grass.
The fourth restart in six laps saw the leaders again battling with White taking the front at the stripe. They were back, door-to-door in lap eight as Barboza and Lembo dueled for third. Bowser was again three-wide, coming around them. On the ensuing lap, Lillie spun on the backstretch, going briefly onto two wheels. Donovan was charged with the assist and Lillie retired from the race.
Moresehead was in the lead at the stripe with White fighting back. Donovan moved quickly to fifth.
White was stuck on the outside, but pressed on, staying wheel-to wheel over the final eight laps. Bowser was moving from sixth toward the front as the battle continued. The two leaders wound through the final ten laps side-by-side with the thickness of a sheet of paper between them. They hacksawed back and forth, but were never more than a few feet from the lead. With five to go, Barboza and Bowser were alongside each other, looking for position as Shea Kulpa moved in. Barobza faded briefly, allowing Kulpa in and they field brawled under the checkers. The transponders recorded the entire top six within the same .366 of a second, it was just that close.
Sixth through ninth on the event went to: Donovan, Levesque, Lembo and Lillie.
BIG FIRST WIN FOR ARSENAULT IN PURE STOCKS
Amy Arsenault vaulted off the starting line and stepped into Victory Lane. In between she spent 25 laps battling off challenges to her first win of the season and first win in the new number nine car which she debuted last season. It was a tour-de-force for Arsenault and a boost to her tenth place in the Pure Stocks standings.
Mark Murphy added to his lead in the points standings with a big second place with his nearest challenger – Bill Chouinard – finishing eighth on the evening. Randy Moretti finished third followed by John Robidoux and Nicholas Johnson.
Arsenault jumped past polesitter Andrew Kun out of the box and cleared to the front on the backstretch. Moretti jumped into second with Ed Flanagan, Jr. giving chase. Murphy went from sixth to fourth and debated the position with Robidoux for several laps.
They continued in this order into lap five, when Murphy got into Flanagan’s bumper. Ed went sideways but made a miraculous save.
Arsenault continued to lead by a half-car and worked up a four car lead by lap 10. Flanagan was third, twenty-five carlengths back. Amy had the lead extended to twelve cars by lap 12.
Murphy got past Flanagan with an underneath move on lap 13. One lap later, Arsenault was 18 cars up on Moretti with Murphy coming along in third. But Melissa Charette ground to a halt in turn five, bringing caution on lap 15.
Moretti got a nose ahead of Arsenault on the restart but she fired it up and had the lead again on the following lap. Murphy then made his way under Moretti, while Nick Johnson took over fourth. Daniel Massa, Jr. and Robidoux were debating fifth behind Johnson.
Daniel Johnson and Flanagan were rubbing and got locked together with 4 getting a hard hit on the passenger side. Flanagan sat at the end of the front stretch and the red flag was raised as the ambulance was called for a foot injury suffered in the crash. He was eased from the car and taken for evaluation.
The lap 16 restart saw Arsenault and Moretti at the front again, with Murphy and Nicholas just ahead of Robidoux and Massa. They came away door to door and Moretti edged ahead before Arsenault wound it up and retook the lead out of turn two. Now Murphy was under Moretti and Robidoux followed. Moretti dropped into fourth, just ahead of Nicholas. By lap 19, Arsenault had five cars of breathing room and some relief, as Murphy, Robidoux and Moretti were brawling over second behind her and the rest of the field strung out around the track.
Moretti eased Robidoux back to fourth and the finishing order at the front was set. The field completed parade laps around the oval for the final five laps. David Desrosiers rolled in sixth and Massa finished seventh. Chouinard, Daniel Johnson and Kun completed the top ten.