By Kyle Souza
SEEKONK, Mass. – Some of the top Super Late Model talent from across New England will travel to Seekonk, Massachusetts this weekend for a throwdown with track locals.
David Darling, who was recently crowned champion for the second straight year in Seekonk’s Saturday night Pro Stock division, is the clear favorite going into the race. Over the last two years, Darling has dominated the NASCAR Whelen All American Series class, scoring more than enough feature wins and showing he is the car to beat each week.
And, to add to his resume, Darling also is the defending winner of Saturday’s event. Last year, he pitted for tires in the second half of the race and charged back up through the field, holding off a hard-charging Ryan Vanasse in the final stages to score the win.
Outsiders from across New England are also heading to the third-mile looking to leave with the winning check. Joe Squeglia, who was at the point for some of the middle stages of last year’s event, is coming back looking for redemption. In July, as part of the SLM Nationals at Seekonk, Squeglia finished second.
Names like Ryan Morgan, a former Late Model frontrunner at Seekonk, and Matt Frahm, who is a successful standout in the Granite State Pro Stock Series, are also planning to attend.
Though Darling will be a major Seekonk threat to invaders, plenty of other Seekonk locals are also going to have something to say about the win. Former D.A.V. Fall Classic winner Tom Scully Jr. is coming off a season he would like to turnaround by winning the annual season-finale, while former champion Angelo Belsito is looking for his first Fall Classic checkered flag.
Seekonk’s Sportsman are also on hand for Saturday’s main, with a 30-lap feature scheduled worth over $800 to the winner. The 30-lap Sports Truck feature is currently worth $760 to win, while the 50-lap Late Model Fall Classic feature stands at over $1,800.
Friday, teams will have one more chance to tune on their cars from 12-5 with an open practice session.
Saturday’s qualifying events get underway with the Pro Stocks at 2 p.m., and the Sportsman, Sports Trucks and Late Models will follow. The feature lineup, which will begin following the qualifying, calls for the Sports Trucks to take to the track first for 30 laps, followed by a 50-lap event for the Late Models. The 30-lap Sportsman feature and 150-lap Pro Stock main event will conclude the afternoon.
Feature lineups will be determined by qualifying, and there will be a redraw for all divisions. In the Pro Stocks, team can change one tire for no reason once the green flag drops, but all others must remain on the car until the finish.
Fans can enter the front gate for just $25, while those children 12 and under are free, as always. For full information on the race weekend, including full camping rules, fans can visit www.seekonkspeedway.com.