Not bad for a former champion. Doug Benoit worked his way from his ninth-place starting spot to the front of the field, taking the top spot on lap 18, and pulling away from Danny Massa in the final laps to score the Helger’s Southcoast Power Equipment Pure Stock win on Friday night.

Benoit, the 2018 division champion, was refreshed to return to Victory Lane, this time with a new car. But it wasn’t an easy battle. Benoit quickly worked his way to the top-five by lap four, then slowly navigated his way to the top spot. He would cut under Massa off turn four, taking the lead on lap 18.

The race was the first of three in the Everett’s Auto Parts Diamond Dash, a three-race series for each of Seekonk’s Fast Friday divisions. Week two of the Fast Friday season took place with the same restrictions as the season opener, following guidance from an Executive Order from the state of Massachusetts due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The event was held with no spectators and all social distancing protocols were followed by track staff and competitors alike. Face coverings were required when social distancing wasn’t possible.

Mike Henriques and Marissa Morgan led the field to the green flag, while a quick caution on lap three tightened the field back up. Henriques would jump back out front, but a caution on lap 10, when Morgan spun and was slammed by the 14 of Justin Rioux, ended the chances for Henriques. Even though he wasn’t in the wreck, the car ran dry on fuel and he had to bring it in the pits.

At the green, Massa jumped out to the lead, while Benoit cleared to second, and set chase for the leader. Benoit would make the pass, and Massa would try everything to get back by him, but couldn’t get it done. Massa would finish second, while defending champion Greg Perry was third, Scott Cestodio fourth and Jeremy Lambert fifth.

Joey Morrissette was sixth, followed by Max Bergstrom, Timmy Ouellette, Emily Brightman and Jared Cordeira. The Pure Stock division returns to the track next Friday, July 31, with the first feature event on the track at 7 p.m.