With seven races remaining in the 2017 Seekonk Speedway Pure Stock season, the battle at the top of the championship standings is extremely tight. Just two points separate Colby Lambert and Doug Benoit as the two drivers continue to pull away from the rest of their challengers.
Lambert has three wins on the season behind the wheel of his No. 54, including the last two races. The L&W Diesel machine, Lambert has able to put himself in the right position at the right time and capitalize the last two weeks. On July 29, he raced with Mike Hendriques over the final half of the race and ended up coming out on top. Last week, Lambert defeated everyone but Greg Perry, who crossed the finish line first at the end of the 25 lap distance. However, Perry was disqualified in technical inspection and Lambert, who finished second, was awarded the victory.
Although Lambert has been the strongest over the last few weeks, Doug Benoit has not been far behind. Benoit finally had a breakthrough win this season on June 23 and followed that up by capturing the next two division wins. While winning three in a row, Benoit helped himself put a gap between himself and the rest of the field. In the seven races so far, Benoit has put up a top 10 finish in each of them.
Though the top two have a large gap, there is a tight battle going on from third on back. Jeremy Lambert, who has one victory on the season, is 52 points from the lead but only 14 ahead of fourth place. Much like his brother, Jeremy has put up some strong finishes including three straight inside the top 10.
However, he has Dylan Cabral inching closer to him and looking to make a move. Cabral is 66 from the lead behind the wheel of his No. 19 and has one feature win on the season. Even though he did not start the first race of the season on June 2, Cabral has been able to crawl his way into the top five in the standings and will look to make a move towards the top over the final half of the year.
Currently rounding out the top five is Amy Arsenault, who drives the Chaz Auto Body No. 9. Arsenault sits 80 points from the lead, but has championship worthy experience. A few years ago, she finished tied with Andrew Kun for the points lead but lost it in a tiebreaker. Even though she is 80 points out with just seven races left to go, don’t count her out just yet. She has five finishes inside the top 10 in the first seven races of the season.
There are seven points championship races left on the 2017 schedule and all of them but one will be 25 lap feature events. On Friday August 18th, Greg Perry, Tom Blackwell, Doug Benoit and Colby Lambert will battle it out on the track for the Phil’s Propane Triple Crown Series championship.