Two weeks, two checkered flags for Doug Benoit. The driver of the No. 2, who is a former champion of the Pure Stock division, has a brand new car in 2020, and it’s paying off nicely for him after three races. Benoit started eighth, took the lead on lap 21, and picked up his second straight win as part of Fast Friday, but it didn’t come without a tough battle.
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 the mask wearing was maintained by track staff and competitors alike, with no spectators in attendance due to restrictions given by the state.
Max Bergstrom and Mike Henriques led the 18-car field to the green, with Bergstrom leading the opening lap, before Danny Massa Jr. rolled from third to the lead for lap two. A caution on lap 10 slowed the action when Justin Rioux slowed in turn two, closing the battle up front between Massa, Scott Cestodio and Benoit.
The three drivers, who all have plenty of experience, would battle to the finish. Massa would open the bottom groove off turn two on lap 20, giving Benoit the lane, and they would race side-by-side into turn three. Benoit got the edge, but a quick caution on lap 22 put them back even, with Massa restarting to the outside of the front row. Benoit got the jump, with Cestodio grabbing second quickly, and setting his front bumper to try and make a move.
Benoit would hang on over Cestodio in second, Massa third, defending champion Greg Perry in fourth and Henriques fifth. Timmy Ouelette was sixth, followed by Joey Morrissette, Arthur Meack, Emily Brightman and Clay Petschke.
The Helger’s Southcoast Power Equipment Pure Stocks return to the track next Friday, August 7, with a 25-lap feature.