After Mother Nature gave us a week off, Fast Friday was back in action, and five more drivers etched their names into the 2019 winner’s record books at Seekonk Speedway.
In the Seekonk Grand Prix Bandolero Outlaws, it looked like Samantha Dell was finally going to carry her first checkered flag in Seekonk competition. She took the lead just after the halfway point, and was pulling away from the field before a caution in the final laps closed everyone back to her bumper. From there, it was two-time feature winner Giovanni Ruggerio taking the bottom lane, and rolling by Dell, making himself a three-time winner in the first four races. Dell came home second, but she is getting closer and closer to holding that checkered.
In the Seekonk Grand Prix Bandolero Bandit division, it was another new driver coming to Seekonk and putting on a dominant performance. PJ Evans, who unloaded just in time for practice, was the fastest car all day, took the lead early in the feature, and dominated en route to his first win. If Evans continues to compete at the third-mile, he’s going to be a major threat. “Smilin” Reese Bogue was second, while Collin Vanasse posted a strong third-place run.
The first of two Phil’s Propane Triple Crown Series features for the night was the 30-lap main for the Pure Stock division. Early, it was Ava Chouinard, chasing her first career win, who jumped out from the pole position and took the early advantage. Chouinard hated to see the caution that flew just 1/3 of the way through, where Danny Massa closed to the bumper and took advantage. Massa took the top spot with 10 laps to go, and held on for the victory, holding off his teammate, Greg Perry.
The second Phil’s Propane Triple Crown Series feature of the night was for the Nick’s Pit Stop Legends Cars. Josh Parsons, who started in the middle of the pack, quickly worked his way to the front. Parsons was inside the top five by lap 10, and took the top spot on lap 15, the halfway point. From there, he dominated, driving away, with no one even close to him at the finish. Peter Bennett scored his best Seekonk finish with a second, while Brendon Hammann, who grabbed his first win the week before, was third.
A former champion was back in Victory Lane in the Sport 4 class. Dave Westgate, who had a slight mishap in the first half of the race during a caution, wasn’t going to be denied. Westgate was slowing up for the yellow when cars in front of him starting crashing, and he hit the back of one of them, crushing in the nose on his No. 49 machine. It didn’t take long for much of the water to spit out of the car under caution, but track officials deemed it wasn’t enough to black flag him. Sam Mattera had a strong run with second, while Mike Lefort was third.