FINAL CORNER GETS ROWDY, JUST IN TIME FOR ROWDY TO EARN FIRST WIN
BY SOUZA MEDIA
SEEKONK, Mass. — Rowdy is one way to the describe the final lap of the Nick’s Pit Stop Legends Cars 25-lap main event on Friday night. You can call the final lap contact between the two leaders rowdy, which ended with them giving up the top spots — and, you can say that Jacob “Rowdy” Burns took full advantage of their mistakes to score his first career win.
The Fast Friday season continued with just two weeks left in the Everett’s Auto Parts Diamond Jubilee Series season — still with no fans in attendance due to state COVID-19 restrictions.
Burns started from the pole position in the main event, with Matt Carpenter lining up to his outside, but it wasn’t long before Jake Johnson took control. Johnson, who is a multiple-time winner in 2020, looked to be set to cruise to another victory. It was the final restart of the race where things got hairy.
Johnson had been fighting off the challenges of Josh Parsons through a flurry of late-race restarts, and it was working up until the final third-mile. Parsons got to the bumper off turn two on the final lap, and when they went down into turn three, contact from the two locked their bumpers together. Both Johnson and Parsons went straight into turn three, missing the corner with their cars locked together, and Burns drove by both of them.
In a sprint to the line, Burns would hold off Carpenter for the win, and even though the two led the race to the green flag on the front row, they would have never guessed they would finish the same way. Wade Oemcke was third, followed by Isaiah Newcomb and Jake Silvia, both with career best runs.
Jeff Wood was sixth, followed by Paul Newcomb, Brad Mathewson, Tom Murray and Mason Tessier. Although this race didn’t end how he wanted, Johnson heads into the final night of the season with a comfortable margin of more than 30 points at the top of the point standings, looking for his second title.
The final race of the season for the Nick’s Pit Stop Legends Cars is next Friday night October 9th, with the first feature of the evening rolling off at 7 p.m.