New York native Darren Krantz Jr. had shown speed in each week of Fast Friday, but this time, it all came together for him in the Seekonk Grand Prix Bandolero Bandits. Krantz, who rolled off third in the 15-lap feature, didn’t take long to work his way past early leader Adam Harrison, taking control of the race on lap two and leading all the way to the checkers.
Week three of Fast Friday kicked-off the same way as the previous two, with restrictions in place for COVID-19 issued by the state of Massachusetts. Proper social distancing and mask wearing was maintained by track staff and competitors alike, with no spectators in attendance due to restrictions given by the state.
Adam Harrison and Collin Vanasse led the field to green, with Krantz and Rich Helger Jr. making up the second row. On the initial green, Helger jumped out to the outside in an attempt to quickly grab the lead, and it looked like the gamble would work, until the back of the car slid out from underneath him in turn four, bringing out the first caution of the night.
On the restart, Krantz quickly worked his way to the top spot, with Harrison, Ethan Dion, and Brody Monahan close behind. On lap four, Dion and Harrison made contact and shot up into the outside wall, collecting Monahan in the process. From there, it was all Krantz.
By lap five, previous winner Ryan Vanasse Jr. had moved into second, followed by Helger, who had rebounded from his early spin, Brent Robidoux and Collin Vanasse. The top five would remain the same until lap 14, when Collin Vanasse edged out Robidoux for fourth. At the finish it was Krantz taking down the win, followed by Vanasse Jr., Helger, Collin Vanasse, and Robidoux.
Milania Shilosky was sixth, followed by Mike Hanafin, Zacarias Kelley, Harrison and Dion. The Seekonk Grand Prix Bandelero Bandits return to the third-mile oval next Friday, August 7th, with the first feature of the evening rolling out at 7 p.m.