NASCAR Saturday Night July 15 Recap with Kyle Souza
It’s always nice to come to the track, and when I pull into the back parking lot, see a bunch of antique modifieds sitting in their trailers getting ready to unload.
Saturday, Seekonk Speedway welcomed the Senior Tour Auto Racers to the third-mile for their one and only appearance, and they took us back in time — yes, way before my time in racing. Congratulations to the winners in those races, and thanks for helping us throwback to some of the racing of the last few decades, and beyond.
In the 65-lap Phil’s Propane Triple Crown Series feature for the Pro Stocks, David Darling put together a charge from the back of the field to win his second straight race. Darling, the defending champion, had an early-race battle with Jake Johnson that ended with Johnson spinning off Darling’s front bumper. Over the final laps of the race, Darling charged through the pack, with Johnson not far behind, scoring another victory this season. Dylan Estrella led most of the race, and after two tough weeks of mechanical failures, I know they were still upset with their second-place finish. Estrella seemed to be in control when a caution flag came out in the late laps, and Darling was able to sneak by him.
The Sportsman drivers showed exactly why they are one of the best in New England, running their 25-lap feature without a caution flag at the third-mile. Sparky Arsenault, who started on the outside pole, was able to sneak around Ryan Flood and he was never challenged for the remainder of the race. Arsenault has been struggling so far this season, but it looks like a few changes in the setup pointed him in the right direction to carry the checkered flag.
Josh Hedges was the dominant truck in the 25-lap Sports Trucks feature, and when the checkered flag came down, Hedges was carrying the trophy. Over the last few weeks, it’s been clear that Hedges is one of the fastest on the track, and Saturday, a fifth-place starting spot was all he needed to be victorious. Hedges is a little bit behind in the title chase because of a rough finish earlier this season, but if the truck is going to stay that fast — look out for him.
As of publishing of my story on the website, the Late Model feature finish is still to be decided, so check the website this week for more information on it.
Next week, the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series divisions are off, as the Monster Trucks come to town for two shows on Saturday. In two weeks, the racing divisions will be back on the track. See you then!