There is nothing like your first career win.
Even though Brody Monahan had been to Victory Lane at other tracks in New England, Friday night was the chance for him to etch his name into Seekonk Speedway’s record books as the winner of the 15 lap Seekonk Grand Prix Bandolero Bandit feature.
Monahan had a favorable starting spot, on the outside of the front row, but didn’t quite have the start to the race he was looking for. Joel Newcomb would bring the field down for the green and lead the first lap, but it wasn’t long before division points leader ‘Smilin’ Reese Bogue worked his way to the front from his mid-pack starting spot. Bogue would take the lead on lap two, and with the speed he’s shown this season, it looked to be a sure victory falling right into his lap.
However, Monahan wasn’t going to let him slip away. Monahan chased the back bumper of the No. 4 for the first half of the race, but just as the field crossed for the halfway point, he made his move. Monahan passed and led the field across for lap nine, but he wouldn’t be done fending off charges from others.
A caution flag flew on lap 11 when contact between Adam Dion and Bogue sent both of them to the tail, giving Monahan a shot at the restart from the pole position. In prime form, Monahan took off at the point, and held off PJ Evans in the final circuits to take down his first career Seekonk win in the No. 31. PJ Evans would come home just .265 seconds back in the second spot, while Brenden LeBelle crossed third. Collin Vanasse and Adam Harrison would complete the top five.
With his podium finish, LeBelle earned the Phil’s Propane Triple Crown Series championship for the class. When Dion and Bogue tangled, both part of the finale for the Triple Crown, LeBelle was in prime position to take down the trophy. With just three weeks remaining in the championship chase, Bogue leads LeBelle by 46 points and Ryan Vanasse Jr. by 66 points.