David Darling continued his dominance of Seekonk Speedway on Saturday night. Behind the wheel of the No. 52 Bristol Toyota Pro Stock, Darling rolled to his fifth victory of the 2017 season in the 40 lap feature. He started 10th, but quickly worked his way towards the front and took the lead before the halfway point. From there, it was clear sailing for him. Darling rolled around the track clicking off some of the fastest lap times of the day.
Behind Darling, Fred Astle came home second, finishing 2.178 seconds behind at the end of the feature. Astle was at the point for a few laps in the middle of the race and almost had Darling fooled on a few restarts. For two straight starts, officials had to call it back as a false start and try again. Though Astle gave his best effort, he was forced to settle for second spot. Bobby Pelland III was in third at the finish, while Tom Scully Jr. and Ryan Vanasse rounded out the top five.
On lap seven, contact at the front of the pack sent Pelland spinning in front of the field and multiple others were collected. Astle was able to keep his position at the front of the field, though. The feature ended with three cars on the sidelines of the 16-car field. The division has just three races left in the 2017 points championship schedule and Darling is in control of the championship chase.
The 30 lap Everett’s Auto Parts Late Model main event saw Charlie Rose grab the lead on lap 23 and hang on over the final few laps to capture another win. Rose defeated Tom Scully Jr. in the late laps, as Scully sat behind the wheel of the Gifford No. 5 for another race. Rey Lovelace finished third, while Rookie of the Year contenders Ryan Kuhn and Jake Johnson rounded out the top five. Division points leader Ryan Lineham finished seventh in the feature and will continue to hold the points lead with just three races left.
Sportsman division points leader Scott Bruneau captured his first victory of the season in the 25 lap feature on Saturday. Bruneau started from the pole position, but the battle to the finish was not easy. Steve Axon made just his second start of the season and chased the back bumper of the No. 74 for the entire distance, even passing him a few times, but wasn’t able to slide around when it mattered. Brunueau defeated Axon, Paul Lallier, Scott Serydynski and Sparky Arsenault.
The 25 lap Sport Truck feature saw Rob Murphy cross the line first at the end of the race. Murphy beat John Paiva and Mike Duarte, who followed to finish out the podium. Division points leader Chase Belcher finished eighth, while Duarte, one of his closest challengers, finished third.
Seekonk Speedway has just three Saturday night programs left during the 2017 season. The champions will be crowned on September 23, so don’t miss some of the racing before the season comes to a close. It is coming quickly!