With only one week remaining, many of our championship battles are already decided on Fast Friday, but there is one that is going to steal the show going into next weekend.
This past Friday, in another classic finish, Jake Matheson was able to roll back into Everett’s Auto Parts Victory Lane in the Nick’s Pit Stop Legends Cars. For much of the race it looked like Reagan Parent would capture his first win, but when he spun after contact with Casey Call, it became a battle between Call, Matheson and Derek Gluchacki. With Gluchacki trying to close the gap in the standings, he wasn’t going to go down easy, but he had no choice. A three-wide move by Matheson gave him the lead in the final few laps and he held off everyone who was trying to run him down, taking another win. Going into the final night, Matheson leads Parsons by six points, with Gluchacki 26 markers back.
Doug Benoit wasn’t able to visit Victory Lane again on Friday, but he was able to clinch the championship in the Pure Stock division with his ninth-place finish. Doug has been just about the fastest car each week, but Friday, he found himself stuck in traffic. We will officially crown him next Friday, where he will also receive his Phil’s Propane Triple Crown Series title. In the Pure Stock main event, Ava Chouinard was fast at the start and was able to lead laps for the second straight week. She fell back in the final laps and it was Greg Perry who was able to get back to winning form, taking the checkered flag out front. A few weeks ago, Perry painted his car green — a color that is often associated with not having luck in racing — but it seems like it worked out for Perry.
The 20-lap Sport 4 feature saw another member of the Murray family roll into Victory Lane. Crystal, who is splitting the car with her brother Richie this season, got out front and never looked back in a feature that went without a caution flag. Before long, Crystal looked in the mirror and saw AJ Manuel, her teammate, closing in. Even though Crystal was able to hold her first checkered, both cars were celebrating when the race ended. With his podium effort, Manuel clinched the Sport 4 championship as he will enter the final week 60 points up.
Both Bandolero divisions also put on a show on Friday. In the Seekonk Grand Prix Bandolero Bandit division, Devin Deshaies rolled to his ninth win of the season behind the wheel of his No. 64. Deshaies, who holds a 30-point lead heading into the final week, has also unofficially clinched his championship. Devin has been the fastest car ever since he rolled on the track this season, and no one was going to slow him down.
In the Bandolero Outlaw class, Evan Marchand added his fifth win of the season to open his championship lead. Behind the wheel of the No. 10, Marchand got to the front early and he wasn’t going to be denied. Evan is going to add to his family legacy when he clinches the championship officially next Friday night.
On September 21, we crown our Fast Friday champions, but that won’t be the last event for the drivers. On Friday, September 28, the D.A.V. Fall Classic takes place. Don’t miss the final two nights of youth action at Seekonk!