New truck, same result for Josh Hedges. In Saturday’s 30 lap D.A.V. Fall Classic feature for the Seekonk Sport Trucks, Hedges started from the outside pole behind the wheel of the No. 44. The truck was painted and numbered as a throwback to former Seekonk competitor Jim Rosenfield and was a new ride for Hedges. He purchased the truck from former driver Jim Hawkins and in his first race with it, he rolled it into Victory Lane.
At the drop of the green flag, Ed Perry sat on pole position and was in the lead for the first few laps. However, a lap four crash in turn two caused multiple trucks to end their D.A.V. Fall Classic early. After contact, Perry got loose in front of the field in turn two and multiple drivers had no where to go for the distance of the backstretch. Among drivers involved were Perry, Barry Shaw Jr., Mike Cavallaro and Joseph Fortin — all of their days were done.
Back under the green, Hedges took the point and got back out front, while another quick caution on lap nine flew for a spin in turn three by Doug Rioux. From there, the caution flag never came back out and Hedges never relinquished the lead.
Although Hedges was out front from lap three to the end of the 30 lap feature, it didn’t come easy. Behind him in the final stages was former Truck champion and five-time track champion “Radical” Rick Martin. Driving his first race of the year in the division, Martin was a little bit quicker and was closing on Hedges in the final laps.
“This was one of the hardest races I have ever run, especially with Rick Martin behind me,” Hedges said in Victory Lane. “This is a tribute for Jim Rosenfield, I’d like to dedicate this race to his mother.”
While Hedges carried a fifth checkered flag in the division on the season, Martin came home in second spot behind the wheel of the No. 13. Darryl Church wheeled the Everett’s Auto Parts No. 4 to the finish with a podium run, finishing the top three. Lenny Guy and John Robidioux rounded out the top five.
Six through 10 went to Bill Schoeler, Doug Rioux, Tim Bolger, Jason Poitras and David Simpson.