Three weeks in, Mother Nature is cooperating with us (I hope I didn’t jinx it), and our racing has been stellar across all of our Fast Friday divisions. This week, we saw two first-time winners in the Seekonk Grand Prix Bandolero division, a first-time victor in the Nick’s Pit Stop Legends Cars, and two returning drivers to glory.
Let’s start with the Nick’s Pit Stop Legends Cars. Brendon Hammann had come close to carrying the checkered flag before, but on Friday, he finally was able to climb from the car with elation. Hammann set fast time in qualifying, and rolled to the front of the field early in the 25 lap feature. It wasn’t long before he was restarting in pole position and forced to defend the top spot for the final laps. But he was the dominant car, and he ended up celebrating his first career win.
In the Sport 4 division, Jordan Lopes seems to be the early favorite. Lopes picked up the win on opening night, but in the second race of the season, his car stumbled with a steering issue, ending his race early. This time, he wasn’t going to be denied. Lopes got to the lead and coasted to his second win in the first three weeks. The offseason work between Lopes, and the Phil’s Propane Pro Stock racing team, seems to be paying off in a big way.
The Seekonk Grand Prix Bandolero Bandit division had a clean 15-lap feature that saw Ethan Dion capture his first win. In the Outlaw division, it was Riley Caron who was celebrating his first Seekonk triumph. Both of these drivers were all smiles in Victory Lane, and as always, it was a pleasure to see the families celebrate with their young rising star. Congrats to both of these guys on their first wins, and with the speed they both have, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see them win many more times.
The Pure Stock division was a battle right down to the final few laps. Mike Henriques has been one of the fastest cars through the first few weeks, but just wasn’t in the right position at the right time. Friday, he was clearly in prime form. Henriques rolled to the top lane to the lead, and captured his first victory of the season. In Victory Lane, Kevin Boucher, our track announcer, reminded fans that Henriques normally doesn’t capture his first win until September each year. It looks he was a few months early.
Join us next Friday, for the first round of the Phil’s Propane Triple Crown Series for the Pure Stock class. For those who have asked, yes, I have been back on the flagstand over the last two weeks. I’m enjoying some time filling in for ‘Big Time’ Mike Belanger, who will be back with us in July.