MURPHY ADDS DAV TO CHAMPIONSHIP AND TRIPLE CROWN

MURPHY ADDS DAV TO CHAMPIONSHIP AND TRIPLE CROWN

Bob Rainville jumped off the pole to take the lead of the Trucks feature but four laps later, Rob Murphy was at the front and in control, as he has been all season long. On lap two, he encountered John Robidoux, just up from Friday’s second place finish in Pure Stocks and taking the ride in Chris Lima’s truck. On the scond lap, it was three wide as Murphy rushed around Timothy Johnson and Robidoux, easing him back to third. One lap later, he was in front even though Rainville had nosed into him, gotten himsideways and then watched Murphy take the lead! Murph settled in with Robidoux, Chase Belcher, Rainville and Darrel Church plugging along behind. John Paiva was working his way up from the back of the pack, and passed Lenny Guy into tenth on lap seven. On the next circuit, Murphy had a six-car lead. Robidoxu followed with Belcher on his tailgate. Church worked under Rainville to Belcher’s bumper as David Lougee looked outside Church then crossed under without any luck. Paiva was doing the same behind him. Lap 12 saw Murphy with a half-straight lead and Robidoux, Belcher and Church following, bumper-to-bumper. Paiva then brawled his way past Rainville into fifth. Guy brought out a lap 16 caution with a spin off turn two. Murphy was away again and there was contact with Belcher as Robidoux dropped in behind. Belcher used the opportunity to get in underneath and they dueled for second. Robidoux dropped behind Belcher in front of Paiva. Paiva banged bumpers and loosened Robidoux but couldn’t get by. He was all over the...
Ray Parent wins Late Model Fall Classic

Ray Parent wins Late Model Fall Classic

You know Ray Parent likes his home-town track after this season’s DAV Memorial race. Parent, who got started in the 1990’s in Seekonk’s Formula Four division, came back twice this season and came away both times with a win. Parent seized an off-time in his current ACT Tour competition for a midsummer Late Model win at the Cement Palace, then came back for the season’s ender. He started outside the second row and finished the 50-lapper in the lead. In between he engaged in some serious dueling with Jeramee Lillie and Ryan Vanasse. Lillie, who ran best lap speed on the event, chased Parent hard all the way to the checkers in a race that went caution-free from lap 14 to the lap 50 finale. Parent started in the second row, behind Lillie and outside Charlie Rose. Polesitter Larry Gelinas made a bid for the front, but Lillie heated it up as Parent and Rose went door-to-door. Ryan Vanasse, making another start in the TJ Moreshead 0 car went by Parent as Rose got under Gelinas and into second as the latter faded to sixth. Vanasse latched on in third with Parent in pursuit, until Denny Stampfl spun on the backstretch. Vinny Arrenegado joined him at the rear on the assist. Lillie escaped Rose on the restart and Vanasse rushed in underneath. The duo dueled over second on Lillie’s bumper, pursued by Parent and Bobby Pelland III, who was himself dealing with Nick Lascuola and Gelinas battling just behind him. Vanasse edged ahead and Rose wanted to drop in on his tail, but Parent was having none of it,...
TONER NABS DAV HONORS IN SYRA 600’S

TONER NABS DAV HONORS IN SYRA 600’S

Michael Toner picked an auspicions time to win his first-ever feature: the Venditti Memorial Fall Classic. Toner came from outside the front row, battling polesitter Tim Ouellette. They battled through the first lap, but Karlin Levesque got loose out of turn four and Eric LeBrun took it into the infield on turn three, bringing caution after a single lap. Oullette and Toner lined up as before with Levesque and Marissa Morgan backing them up. Scott Serydynski, Jr. and Alexandria Lillie were row three. Ouellette went to the front on the restart, but spun in turn four. He gathered it back up and kept going, but the field had swept by. Toner inherited the lead and the field lined up behind him. He was pursued by Levesque, fresh off his first feature win in the previous outing, Morgan, Lillie and Serydynski. By lap two, the final standings of the top five had already been determined. Lap four saw Eric LeBrun retire to the pits, while Cassie Meservey took over sixth position, just ahead of Brittany Nichols, Colin McMullen and Luke LeBrun. Oullette was having difficulties in the rear of the pack and was around on the backstretch on lap five. The restart saw the lead five maintain their positions as Nichols looked under Meservey for sixth place. Nichols claimed the position and a lap later, Oullette got by Meservey for seventh. The field stretched out and was running laps single file. Lap 16 saw Meservey coming back, as she edged Oullette back and then Nichols took her car to the pits, putting Cassie back into sixth. But Oullette pushed by...
BRADSTREET LEADS SPORT FOURS FROM GREEN TO CHECKERS

BRADSTREET LEADS SPORT FOURS FROM GREEN TO CHECKERS

Gil Bradstreet was in a no-nonsense mood at the Fall Classic and made it stick, running from the pole to the checkers at the head of the pack, fending off David Westgate and then Michael Glad in the process. Glad and Westgate also were in serious dispute over the runnerup spot. Division two-time champ Devin Miranda started scratch, due to a penalty for getting into Lenny Sousa in the qualifier, which sent him to the rear of the finishing order and the starting grid on the feature. Miranda was able to plug his way through the pack and finish fourth, while Sousa rounded out the top five. Bradstreet was away from David Gargaro like a shot and Westgate went underneath Gargaro to nab second. Glad started fourth and pulled past Gargaro into third. Mike LeFort followed, with Rick Lineham, Dylan Cabral and Bob Henry giving chase. By lap two, Bradstreet had a two car lead and Westgate was fending off Glad. Miranda was rocketing toward the front and went from last to eleventh by lap two. Gargaro began looking under Glad for third, but Dylan Cabral spun to the infield off turn three and caution came out. Bradstreet burst out of the box again after a bad start called the field back. Glad got under Westgate into second as Lineham split the gap into fourth place. Gargaro pursued in fourth. By lap 7, Westgate was alongside glad as their combat gave Bradstreet clear sailing out to a six car lead. Gargaro latched onto Lineham’s bumper and made contact on lap 10. Lineham’s rear wheels broke loose and he spun...
DONOVAN CAPTURES BIG WIN IN SYRA 750’S

DONOVAN CAPTURES BIG WIN IN SYRA 750’S

Shelby Donovan captured the whole enchilada in 2014, rounding out her Triple Crown championship and SYRA 750 divisional championship by icing the cake with a season-ending win in the Seekonk Fall Classic. Donovan and Taylor Bowser led the pack out of the starting box side-by-side and pitched and yawed the lead for a lap and a half until Donovan edged ahead. Brandon Lillie jumped underneath Bowser in a bid for second and began to edge ahead. Bowser stubbornly roared along outside, refusing to yield. They went this way for four laps with David White and Matthew Barboza giving chase. But Lillie finally edged into second and Bowser settled in as Shea Kulpa, fighting a difficult car, spun out of turn four on the seventh circuit. Donovan and Lillie lined up for the restart, in front of Bowser and White. Donovan nosed out on the green and Lillie dropped in on turn two and looked under, but Donovan pulled away to a one-car lead. Bowser continued to hold third with White in fourth. Into lap nine, Donovan led Lillie, Bowser, White, Barboza and Kulpa. Lillie closed to a half-car on the following lap and Bowser began to narrow the gap. But Lillie got into the grass at the edge of the track and lost speed, allowing Bowser to retake the runnerup spot. Bowser was four cars back on lap 12 with White and Barboza on her bumper. By lap 15, Donovan’s lead was down to one carlength. White and Lillie got together in turn four on lap 16, bringing the second caution of the event. Lillie to his car to...