FINAL LAP SPARKS: Arrenegado Completes Last Lap Pass To Score Late Model Win
BY ADAM BELUE
SEEKONK, Mass. — Vinnie Arrenegado needed all five of the extra “Power 5” laps added to the Everett’s Auto Parts Late Model feature to catch Tommy Adams and produce a wild finish for his first win of the new season at Seekonk Speedway. Arrenegado entered this year on fire, ending 2019 – the last full season at Seekonk – with three wins and a second-place finish, and took the victory (and a little bit of the infield grass) on the last lap over Adams and Ryan Vanasse.
Adams nearly went wire-to-wire for the win, as he led 17 other cars out to begin the race and held the lead until the final couple of turns. Arrenegado made a late run on Adams during the final lap, with the two coming together on the exit of turn two. They battled both their cars and each other in a feverish attempt to make it to the finish line, but Adams ended up spun out near turn four, while Arrenegado somehow staved off Vanasse to pick up the victory.
Adams and Arrenegado began the race side-by-side on row one, and Adams wasted little time to snag the top spot on the first lap. Both Vanasse and Gerry DeGasparre Jr. passed Arrenegado within the first five laps, and the quartet raced single-file for the majority of the contest until the caution flag waved on Lap 22. The yellow came after Chase Belcher and Josh Hedges made contact while battling for fifth place alongside Charlie Rose and Ryan Morgan, with Belcher coming to a halt near turn two.
After the restart, Adams promptly took over the reins at the front, clearing Vanasse for good during lap 25. Arrenegado vaulted back into second soon after, but Adams looked as if he was going to coast to a win until the final few laps. Lapped traffic gave Arrenegado the opportunity to close the gap, and set the stage for the theatrics in the final couple of turns.
Vanasse, who did a great job avoiding the two dueling vehicles in front of him during the final few turns, came in second place, followed by DeGasparre Jr., Hedges, and Morgan. Rose, Ryan Flood, Mark Hudson, Paul Lallier, and Jeramee Lillie rounded out the top 10.
The Everett’s Auto Parts Late Models return to the track on Saturday, May 8, with a 30-lap feature as part of the NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series.