Two weeks down in the Fast Friday season, and we have witnessed some great finishes so far. Our second race was certainly a rough night for all of the drivers in all of our divisions. A few cautions slowed the action, but it didn’t take away from some of the battles for the win.
In the Seekonk Grand Prix Bandolero Bandit division, there wasn’t much of a battle once one of the rookie contenders got to the front. We quickly learned that Reese Bogue was going to be one of the major contenders this year. He took the lead early in the race, and dominated the final half to pick up his first career Seekonk win. I also want to point out that the Vanasse family is really starting to turn some heads. Both Collin and Ryan Jr. ran well again on Friday and both of them are going to grab a victory before long.
In the Seekonk Grand Prix Bandolero Outlaw class, Giovanni Ruggerio seems to be the driver to beat. Ruggerio picked up his second straight win, but this one didn’t come without a struggle. Nathan Smith’s early surge put him out front, but, a late caution closed the field back to his bumper and it allowed Ruggerio to pounce. We saw Devin Deshaies win a majority of the races in his Bandolero division last year, and Ruggerio could be on track to do the same.
The Sport 4 feature came down to a final restart, where Arthur Meack found himself carrying the checkered flag for the first time in his career. Meack was second for a final restart, but when former champion David Westgate had trouble getting going, Meack took advantage and never looked back. This division continues to have a full field of cars and puts on some of the best racing across all of our classes here at Seekonk.
Lenny Sousa wasn’t going to be denied in the Pure Stocks. The veteran racer didn’t finish where he wanted in the first race following some damage, but he made up for it in a big way on Friday. Sousa took the lead early in the 25 lap feature and held off some hard challenges for the victory. Even though he lost some points in the first race, Sousa is going to be a title threat this year.
We saw another thrilling finish in the Nick’s Pit Stop Legends Cars, one that included a returning driver. Derek Gluchacki, who won multiple races last year, drove the No. 98 car for Don Parsons and he didn’t disappoint. He started deep in the field, quickly worked his way to the front, and was challenging for the win in the final laps before coming up just short. It was Joshua Parsons, who came just a few points off the title in 2018, who put on the jet in the final laps and picked up the checkered flag.