Fast Friday Opening Night Recap with Kyle Souza
Oddly enough, the opening Fast Friday was also the opening night for feature racing at Seekonk this year. Because of rain, we didn’t run a feature for the entire month of May, and that allowed us to open while showcasing the youth at the speedway.
Before I talk about the racing on the track, I want to mention that Kevin Boucher has replaced me in the booth for Fast Friday’s this season. I am going to be traveling a little bit more with my NASCAR Home Tracks position, therefore, we needed to have consistent announcers working with each other. Thanks to Kevin for stepping back into the booth, and thanks to Paul Miles for being so understanding. I look forward to listening to them and sitting beside them on Friday night’s this season. Don’t worry, I am not going anywhere. I will be handling social media on Friday night, so be on the lookout for Facebook, Twitter and Instagram posts throughout the season.
In our opening race of the season, defending Seekonk Grand Prix Bandolero champion Devin Deshaies came away with his first win of the season. He was quick for much of last year, and he looked even faster to open the 2018 campaign. As it looks right now, he is going to be the clear favorite for the championship in the division unless someone can pick up speed over the season — which is definitely possible.
In the Seekonk Grand Prix Bandolero Outlaw division, we welcomed Evan Marchand into the winner’s circle. Marchand has been successful in the class before, and he worked his way to the opening night win in dominating fashion. Congrats to Evan and his family on their first win of the year.
In the Sport 4 class, David Westgate proved that a new car this year wasn’t going to slow him down. Westgate purchased and put together a new machine for this year, and oddly enough, he found himself chasing his former ride, driven by Richie Murray, in the final laps. Westgate was able to get around when something went wrong with Murray’s car, and captured the win to open the season. Congrats to Murray on a great second-place run in his first race as well.
The Pure Stock season opened with a clean feature that saw Doug Benoit carry the checkered flag. Last year, Benoit was able to win three Pure Stock feature races in a row, and was one of the fastest cars on the track every week. He started up front and never looked back. The battle behind him was between multiple TFB Racing entries.
In the 25-lap Nick’s Pit Stop Legends Cars feature, Casey Call used a three-wide move in the final laps to capture his first Seekonk win. The Legends had a tough time on Friday with a lot of caution flags slowing the race, but the battle for the lead was one that we will remember for a while. Welcome back to Shawn Buffington, who was quick right off the truck. He is a former champion in the division, and he raced Call and Noah Korner in the final laps. It was a tough break for Korner, who went spinning and had to go to the back of the pack. I hope to see Korner back, because he was certainly one of the fastest on the track.
We open the Phil’s Propane Triple Crown Series season on Friday’s next week!