BY SOUZA MEDIA
SEEKONK, Mass. — Ethan Dion rolled off on the pole for the 15-lap Seekonk Grand Prix Bandolero Bandit feature on Friday night, and parked the No. 8 in Victory Lane at the end of it. It was the first win of the season for Dion, who had come close in prior events, but was finally able to seal it up.
The Seekonk Speedway Fast Friday season added another chapter to the books with the final round of the Everett’s Auto Parts Diamond Dash, with no fans in attendance and following protocols from the state of Massachusetts due to COVID-19.
Dion was challenged early by the No. 99ct of Milania Shilosky, who led the opening lap from the outside pole, before Dion regained control and led the remainder of the event. It wasn’t an easy win, as Dion was fought throughout the event by a variety of his competitors after Shilosky. It was the No. 22 of Joel Newcomb, then the No. 99 of Richie Helger Jr. who made a push for the lead throughout the middle of the race. Helger would relinquish second to Newcomb on the last circuit in a tight battle at the line.
It was Dion who proved he had the car to beat, taking down the feature win, followed to the line by Newcomb, Helger Jr., the No. 25 of Brent Robidoux, who kept his streak of recent top-five finishes rolling, and Shilosky in fifth.
With his win, Dion would also become the winner of the three-race Diamond Dash Series for the Bandits, followed by Helger and Robidoux.
The Seekonk Grand Prix Bandolero Bandits are back in action next Friday night, September 18, with the first green flag going in the air at 7 p.m.