Tiverton, RI driver Ray Parent went to the front on lap 9 of the 50-lap Late Model feature at the DAV Memorial race, then led the rest of the 50 laps to the finish, only to be disqualified during post race tech inspection. That left the rest of the story in Ryan Vanasse’s hands. The reigning divisional champ, from Warwick, RI, had chased Parent from the midpoint of the race to the finish and was waiting in the wings. Colbey Fournier from Berkley, MA, ran a strong second half to run home on Vanasse’s coattails, followed by Somerset’s Kyle Casper.
Gerry DeGasparre, Jr, Pawtucket, RI, Robert Pelland III, Cranston, RI, Matt Breault, Acushnet, MA, Mike Cavallaro, Seekonk, MA, Robert Hussey, Wellfleet, MA, John Paiva, Fall River, MA and Kevin Folan, Attleboro, MA, rounded out the top ten on the afternoon.
Folan started on the pole with Bridgewater’s Jimmy Rosenfield on his outside. DeGasparre and Parent were behind them and Middleboro’s Randy Burr and Vanasse made up the third row on the grid. Pelland and Cavallaro followed. Folan jumped off the pole but Pelland spun in turn one, collecting Dennis Stange, Paiva and Kyle DeSouza. Stange had extreme damage to his right front, and the right front wheel hung askew, and had to be towed to the pits. The wreck ended his participation. New to the division, Crystal Serydynski (moving up from Street Stocks) and Dylan Estrella (from Sport trucks) also retired at this point.
Without a lap complete, the race went back to a full restart. Rosenfield led lap one by a hair at the stripe, but Folan came back to take the lead on lap 2. DeGasparre came up to second as Rosenfield settled into third. Parent began working his way around Rosenfield on lap 5 and took control of third place on lap 6. On the next circuit, he aimed around DeGasparre, and then settled in behind Folan on the eighth revolution.
Lap nine saw him go to the front, settling in front of Folan at the stripe. As Parent pulled away from the field, Vanasse was moving forward. Suddenly, Folan, DeGasparre and Vanasse found themselves in a three-wide situation before Vanasse elected to back out. Parent was leading DeGasparre by 4 cars with Vanasse 3 behind DeGasparre in third.
On lap 15, Parent led DeGasparre and Vanasse, still; there was a long gap back to Rosenfield and Randy Burr. Rosenfield went around and collected Burr and Tyler Thompson. All three cars went to the pits. Burr and Thompson did not return.
From that point, Parent continued to pull away. Vanasse was able to get under DeGasparre for second on lap 16 and attempted to chase him down. At the midpoint on the race, Parent was 4 cars up on the rest of the field and 5 cars up to laps later.
Fournier made the pass under DeGasparre for third and Kyle Casper followed, dropping DeGasparre to fifth. With 10 laps remaining, Parent’s lead had slipped to 3 cars. Vanasse began to slowly close on Parent, but slipped back to 5 lengths. He put on another effort and cut the lead to 4 car lengths by lap 45. From there it was a dead heat with Parent crossing the line under the checkers.
Vanasse, however, brought home the win as Parent was disqualified in post race inspection.