DOUG BENOIT CAPS CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON WITH ANOTHER WIN
BY SOUZA MEDIA
SEEKONK, Mass. — In what was a pure display of driving talent and aggression, Doug Benoit pulled out a side of him not usually seen and ran with it en route to the championship in the Helger’s Southcoast Power Equipment Pure Stocks.
The abbreviated Seekonk Fast Friday season concluded with no spectators in the grandstands due to COVID-19 restrictions from the state of Massachusetts.
Benoit is known to be the driver that rides back, waiting for things to sort out, and makes his move when it matters most. Friday, he managed to become the driver that was the one on the aggressive right from the drop of the green flag, jumping from his seventh-place starting spot and sailing to the front.
In a race that went with limited slowdowns, Benoit needed just about all of the 25 laps to find his way to the front in the familiar No. 2. He took the top spot from Justin Menard in the final 10 laps and was able to edge Joey Morrissette on a final restart to pick up the win. The victory was the fourth of the season for Benoit, who has now won two of the last three championships in the Pure Stocks.
This one was a heartbreaker for Danny Massa, who grabbed a victory of his own in 2020, but wanted to seal it up with his first title. He would come up just six points short of the crown, while finishing fourth in the season-finale. Morrissette finished second in the race, followed by Jeremy Lambert, Massa and Greg Perry. Benoit was crowned the champion of the Everett’s Auto Parts Diamond Jubilee Series as part of the 75th anniversary season.
Seekonk Speedway wishes to thank division sponsor Helger’s Southcoast Power Equipment for their continued support of the rising stars of the third-mile.