Houlihan, Dias, Belcher & Rose Take Home NWAAS Wins!

Houlihan, Dias, Belcher & Rose Take Home NWAAS Wins!

HOULIHAN AVOIDS CARNAGE, TAKES FEATURE WIN Dick Houlihan stayed at the front, used every bit of the horsepower and handling Len Ellis provided him and came home at the head of a field which lost 45 percent of its participants by race’s end. Houli chased Dave Hutchins, Sr. across the initial sixteen laps – in fact, he worked the outside lane for the span before he gathered up an extra bit of speed to finally surge to the front and take over for good. At mid-race, fast and dangerous Ryan Lineham hauled the Rollie Lindblad special in on Houlihan’s bumper and the distance between them could have been measured in mere inches for the remainder of the race. Lineham was just .290 seconds in arrears at the finish. With seven laps remaining, Angelo Belsiot (who had started at the midpoint of the 20-car field) was able to get past Hutch for third and the previous race’s winner, Kevin Casper, pulled in for fifth. Thinning of the field began seconds after Houlihan had dropped in behind Hutchins on lap one. An accordion effect from a loose setup at midpack sent Ryan Vanasse climbing atop Kyle Casper’s nose coming out of turn 3. They sat, piled like pancakes in the third groove. They were lifted apart and taken to the pits. Casper was done for the night, but miraculously Vanasse was back in time for the restart. On the restart, Hutch popped out ahead of Houlihan, who elected to fight it out from the second groove. Kevin Folan continuously rushed up to Hutchins’ bumper, preventing Houlihan from dropping in. Fred Astle...
This Week @ The Action Track of the East!

This Week @ The Action Track of the East!

Article by Kyle Souza What a weekend we have on tap! This weekend the track will hold round one of the Phil’s Propane Triple Crown Series for the Nick’s Pit Stop Legend Cars on Fast Friday. It will be the second weekend of the Triple Crown Series action for our Fast Friday divisions. For me, the Legends Triple Crown races are some of the most exciting events the track has to offer during the course of the season. They provide side by side racing with some of the young guns here at the track that are looking for a breakthrough ride into a Saturday night division. Nick Lascuola may make a few appearances in these events this season and he will easily be a favorite. The defending champion competed last week and came laps away from a victory before contact sent him to the rear end of the field. Who will be the one to capture the checkers in the 30-lap feature event? Was it not great last week to see Mike Duarte grab a win in the Sports Trucks? He has been fast all season long and it was great to finally see him breakthrough and grab his first winning flag. Congrats go out to Richard Savary as well. He came into Seekonk and stormed through the field to collect the win in the Valenti Modified Racing Series 100. Catch the modifieds back at Seekonk once again on Wednesday July 1. On Saturday, we have the on track pit party going on before the racing begins at 4:00 PM. This is one of my favorite nights of the...
Duarte, Vanasse, Potter & Savary In Victory Lane!

Duarte, Vanasse, Potter & Savary In Victory Lane!

DUARTE LEADS TRUCKS GREEN TO CHECKERS FOR FIRST CAREER WIN Mike Duarte took off from the field out of turn two on lap one and refused to relinquish the front for the balance of the race, even when challenged by the likes of Rob Murphy and John Paiva. But Paiva and Murphy engaged in a deadly duel over second, and Duarte used the opportunity to pull out to a lead, which at times was as great as 20 cars, this on lap 16. The deadly exchange between Murphy and Paiva continued through the end of the race. Duarte was able to apply the speed his 50 truck has come to be known by and rush in 2.69 seconds ahead of Murphy. Paiva ran in a half-second later with David Lougee and Darryl Church rounding out the top five. Duarte started off inside Church on the front row. Church got the jump out of the box, but Duarte lit the afterburners and had the lead coming out of turn two as Murphy moved into third. Cavallaro got past Belcher and then under Paiva onto Murphy’s tailgate. By lap four, Duarte and Church had a five-car margin on Murphy, Cavallaro et al. But Cavallaro, in the heat of battle went around between turns two and three on lap six. Testifying to his aggravation, he made a charge at Murphy as the latter passed him on caution laps but did not make contact. The field came away with Duarte and Church door-to-door until turn two, when Duarte resumed the lead, but one lap later, Cavallaro spun into turn four. Shawn DeMello made...
Casper, Paiva & Arrenegado take home Saturday Night NASCAR Wins. Douton Wins NESST!

Casper, Paiva & Arrenegado take home Saturday Night NASCAR Wins. Douton Wins NESST!

  ONE LEADER, 40 LAPS, 9 MINUTES – BIG PRO WIN FOR KEVIN CASPER It was a match-race: Kevin Casper vs. Dick Houlihan for forty laps of nonstop action. They were the front row as the green fell. They were 1-2 when the checkers waved. None of the other 21 starters got past third place in the 9 minutes it took to run as they ran across the stripe just three-tenths of a second apart. Radical Rick Martin roared over another .4 back and Angelo Belsito clocked in a second later and Tom Scully, Jr. closed out the top five just one more second off the pace. Casper and Houli had served notice in their heat races, each taking the top spot in their respective challenges. They came out loaded for bear, leaving the box door-to-door with Kevin nosing ahead. But as he’s known to do in turns one and two, Houlihan evened that back up and it wasn’t until turn four that Casper was able to scrabble his way into the lead. Mike Mitchell took a look under Houlihan, but he fired up and pulled away as as Alex Melnicki headed to the pits with problems which sidelined him for the night. Kevin scooted out to a four-car lead while Martin pursued Mitchell and was in turn shadowed by Mike Brightman and Scully. Seven laps in, Houlihan had narrowed Casper’s lead to just a carlength while Brightman, Scully and Dave Darling were running nose-to-tail over fiffh place. Ryan Vanasse was clinging steadfastly to eighth place ahead of Craig Weinstein, Kenny Spencer, Belsito and Fred Astle, all running in...
Lineham, Blais, Lallier & Murphy Victorious on Memorial Day Weekend!

Lineham, Blais, Lallier & Murphy Victorious on Memorial Day Weekend!

  MURPHY COLLECTS SECOND WIN AFTER PAIVA DQ IN TECH By Dana Rowe Rob Murphy battled John Paiva for Sport Trucks Supremacy and discovered after crossing in second place that a technical infraction had stripped Paiva of his win and moved Murph from second into Victory Lane, elevating the remainder of the division one position each. Paiva started fourth, fought a spirited battle over second with rookie trucker, Eric LeBrun for seven laps, then pried LeBrun out of his one lap in the lead. Initial leader Lenny Guy had been pulled off the front when LeBrun put his nose in underneath at the stripe. But LeBrun got loose and Paiva tore on past them both, onto the front of the field for lap 8. LeBrun pursued, but gan to fade, and tough Dave Lougee zeroed in. To add to Paiva’s concerns, Trucks champ Rob Murphy roared up into second on lap 13. Lap 14 presented the double whammy as Murphy’s teammate, Chase Belcher, followed through into fourth. Guy and Dan Johnson sat at the pole for the green with LeBrun and Paiva behind them. Lenny got the jump on Dan, while Paiva dived into third. Lougee got under Johnson to go for fourth with Cavallaro in pursuit. In lap four, LeBrun looked underneath for the lead, then slowed as the door slammed and a close-running Paiva caught him in the tailgate. Lap six and LeBrun went under again, this time making it stick and they went wheel to wheel, with LeBrun taking the lead on lap 7 and Paiva following through to second. Paiva wasted no time looking underneath...