As the Seekonk Sports Trucks hit the final few races on the 2017 schedule, there is a familiar face at the top of the championship standings. West Wareham, Mass. driver Chase Belcher holds a 16 point advantage behind the wheel of his No. 81 Everett’s Auto Parts truck. With four wins on the season, including last week, Belcher has been the dominant truck each and every week at the third-mile so far.
Although Belcher has been strong each week, Barry Shaw Jr. is starting to heat up behind the wheel of his No. 85. The Holbrook, Mass. driver sits second in the standings, just 16 points from the lead. With two wins on the season, Shaw has been able to put together a collection of top five finishes. He missed one race and still has been able to put himself in position to capture the championship. His worst finish so far this season is sixth.
Behind them, Mike Duarte, Josh Hedges and former champion Mike Cavallaro are in a heated battle for third spot in the standings. Right now, Duarte holds third in the standings, 32 points from the lead. Cavallaro sits fourth, 46 from the lead, while Hedges is fifth, 56 points from the lead. Duarte has been able to visit the winner’s circle once behind the wheel of his No. 50 Bay State Sewage machine and Hedges has visited Victory Lane twice so far this season.
Former champion Mike Cavallaro has struggled at times this season, but will still have a shot at winning the title in the final seven races. Behind the wheel of his No. 80, Cavallaro visited the winner’s circle on July 8, but also has two finishes outside the top 10 this season as well.
Behind him, it’s a heated battle for the remainder of the spots inside the top 10. David Simpson jumped into sixth this past week with a top five finish behind the wheel of his No. 32 TTM Motorsports machine. Simpson has competed in all the races so far and the former Sport 4 driver has three top five finishes to his credit.
Veteran Lenny Guy is seventh in the points, 66 points from the lead with seven races to go. Taunton, Mass. driver David Lougee will be running his final race of the season this weekend. Lougee will be leaving to head for school, but has one win on the 2017 campaign and has finished inside the top five three times.
With just seven races to go on the season, all of them are slated to be regular 25 lap main events. Chase Belcher was able to defeat all of his challengers in the Phil’s Propane Triple Crown Series chase and won that title already. If he can capture both of them, it will be a clean sweep for him.