Saturday Night Recap For June 17
Saturday night, the Pro Stocks took center stage with round one of the Phil’s Propane Triple Crown Series, a 75 lap feature event. The feature was also the annual Brad Scott Memorial in honor of former Ellis Racing team member Brad Scott.
At the end of the long distance race, David Darling stood above the rest as the winner. Darling worked his way through the pack rather quickly and slid by to take the lead just after the halfway point. From there, it was clear sailing for the Johnson’s Landscaping No. 52 into Victory Lane. It was Darling’s second victory of the season and this one came in convincing fashion. Some of his lap times at the end of the race were just as strong as his times at the beginning of the race. Ryan Vanasse came back from his win last week to finish second, with Tom Scully Jr. taking down third spot in the end. Kevin Casper finished fourth, which was a strong night for his Phil’s Propane No. 88 team. Rick Martin came home with a top five finish as well.
In other racing on Saturday night, Gerry DeGaspere Jr. returned to Victory Lane in a thrilling feature for the Late Model class. DeGaspere Jr. has been noticeably struggling with the handles on the No. 71 in recent years, but they seem to have found something now. He was battling newcomer Ryan Morgan down the stretch of the race and some intense racing included some heavy contact between the leaders at times. In the end, a move diving deep into turn three saw DeGaspere Jr. hold on and pick up his first win. Morgan, who has only raced at Seekonk a few times, showed some true talent behind the wheel to come from the back and grab a second place finish. Ryan Kuhn, a rookie, notched an impressive third place run.
The Helger’s SouthCoast Power Sportsman class saw Corey Fanning return to the winner’s circle behind the wheel of his No. 11. Fanning started at the front and never looked back right from the drop of the green flag and went on to wire the race and take down the victory. Behind Fanning, aggressive racing between all of the drivers took place and there ended up being a few cautions down the stretch. The Sportsman class continues to be one of the most exciting the Northeast has to offer, with intense racing right from the front to the back of the pack.
Finally, in the Sports Trucks, Josh Hedges took his second win of the season behind the wheel of his No. 38. In the final few laps, Hedges was forced to hold off former champion and current points leader Chase Belcher and he was able to do it. The two trucks seemed virtually even on speed around the third-mile and it was a successful run for Hedges, who wrecked on the final lap the week before.
Next Saturday night, our second touring series of the season hits the Action Track of the East, as the Granite State Pro Stock Series invades for a 100 lap feature event. Our Pro Stocks have the night off, but don’t be surprised to see many of them take on the GSPSS regulars!