With $6,000 up for grabs, we knew plenty of outside invaders would enter Seekonk Speedway on Saturday afternoon hoping to capture the big check and the D.A.V. Fall Classic trophy. Names like Derek Griffith, Eddie MacDonald and Wayne Helliwell rolled into the third-mile and all were competitive in practice.
However, when it came time to write the check, it was two of Seekonk’s weekly regulars that would battle side-by-side for the final laps.
David Darling, who had dominated the division all season with eight feature wins, had to hold off a hard-charging Ryan Vanasse in the final circuits — and it wasn’t easy. Vanasse tried the top, the bottom and everything in between in an attempt to get around Darling.
Both drivers pitted for fresh rubber in the second half of the race and both worked their way back to the front rather quickly. In the final few laps, Vanasse wheeled the car on the outside of Darling, but came up just short. It was Darling taking his ninth victory of the season behind the wheel of the Johnson Landscaping No. 52. Vanasse came across second, with Griffith third.
The 30 lap Sportsman feature saw former champion Sparky Arsenault use a move to the bottom just before halfway to take the lead. Arsenault took that lead and never relinquished it in the final stages en route to the victory. The former champion and driver of the No. 96 Chaz Auto Body machine captured another victory in the Sportsman division. It didn’t come easy. Arsenault had to hold off a charge from 2017 champion Scott Bruneau in the final laps, along with charges from Scott Serydynski and Ryan Food. It was Flood second and Bruneau third at the conclusion of the race.
It was a 50 lap battle for the Everett’s Auto Parts Late Models and it was a familiar face rolling into Victory Lane when it was all done. Ray Parent drove his Make A Wish No. 98 back to Victory Lane at Seekonk, his first division victory of the season and second straight in the D.A.V. Fall Classic. Parent used a move by Vinny Arrenegado on a restart in the middle of the race and never looked back, driving away from the field in a green flag filled second half. The final few laps saw 2017 Rookie of the Year Jake Johnson slide by Arrenegado and take home a solid second place finish. Eddie MacDonald, one of those outside invaders, came in and finished a solid third after coming from the middle of the pack.
A 30 lap feature for the Sport Trucks was the first race of the day on Saturday and the early stages were filled with trouble. On lap four, Ed Perry and others collected off turn two, ending the day for names like Perry, Mike Cavallaro and Barry Shaw. As far as the battle at the front goes, Josh Hedges drove a new truck into the winner’s circle. Hedges picked up right where he left off a few weeks ago, in a different truck. He ended up winning the last two races of the season.
The 2017 racing season for our weekly divisions is not quite over yet. On Saturday Oct. 28, the Tri Track Open Modified Series rolls into town, with the Late Models and Nick’s Pit Stop Legends set to join them that day. Don’t miss it!