As the Seekonk Speedway Pro Stock field heads for the summer stretch, David Darling has been dominating the pack. Heading into this Saturday’s 40 lap feature, Darling holds a 13 point advantage in the championship standings. The driver of the Bristol Toyota No. 52 has finished inside the top five in all of the races but one and has also visited Victory Lane twice this season. The last time the division hit the track, Darling scored the victory in round one of the Phil’s Propane Triple Crown Series, a 75 lap feature.
Trailing Darling in the standings is “The Rocket” Ryan Vanasse, who sits 13 points out of the lead. Vanasse has been one of the fastest cars on track each week behind the wheel of his Ocean State Oil No. 11 and has been consistent in his attempts to catch Darling. He visited Victory Lane earlier this season and has finished inside the top 10 in all of the six races so far. He currently is in a tie with Darling in one category — both drivers have five top five finishes in six races.
Third in the standings is defending track champion Tom Scully Jr., who sits 25 points from the lead as he looks to take back-to-back titles in the Pro Stock class. Scully Jr. also has one victory this season behind the wheel of his No. 2 and has finished inside the top five in four of the six races. When the field hits the track every Saturday night, you know Scully Jr. has a shot at winning the feature.
Currently, Kevin Casper and Fred Astle round out the top five in the point standings. Casper gave his best shot at holding off Darling in the most recent race, but had to settle for fourth spot after getting kicked back in the final laps in the Phil’s Propane No. 88. Astle has been struggling with the handling on his Everett’s Auto Parts No. 30 all season long, but his consistent finishes just outside the top five have helped him maintain ground.
Right now, Rick Martin sits sixth in the point standings with one victory, while Kenny Spencer rides in seventh spot. Kyle Casper, who captured his first career Pro Stock win on May 20 this season, sits eighth in the standings. Dick Houlihan and Mike Brightman, who have both been struggling of late, round out the top 10.
The Seekonk Pro Stocks will return this Saturday with a 40 lap feature event as part of the NASCAR program. They will then have a week off on July 16 because the ACT Tour will be in town. Catch some of our Pro Stock drivers in competition as part of the 2nd annual US Pro Stock/Super Late Model Nationals on July 12, where they will chase the $10,000 payday.