BY SOUZA MEDIA
One week ago, Jake Johnson was left frustrated following the Nick’s Pit Stop Legends Cars feature. He led most of the race, but lost the top spot late, and contact in the final corner left him with a torn-up race car.
Friday, he wasn’t about to let it happen again. Johnson rolled from his 11th place starting spot to the front of the field by the time the field crossed for lap nine and held off challengers on multiple green-white-checkered restarts to win.
The former Pro Stock and Late Model victor, who is back Legends racing, is quickly proving to be the top competitor in a tough class. 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.
Paul Newcomb and Luke Lebrun brought the field to green, with Lebrun jumping out to the lead from laps two through eight, before Johnson took the top spot. Unlike week one, the race ran with just a few caution flags. A spin by RJ Marcotte at halfway would close the field up, giving others a chance to take their shot at Johnson, but no one could get by.
A caution coming to the white flag, and a quick yellow at the next green, gave everyone another chance. But Johnson wasn’t going to be denied. He would beat Lebrun, followed by Reagan Parent, Connor Holderbach and Jordan Churchill. Connor Souza was sixth, followed by Brendan Hammann, Wade Oemcke, Derek Gluchacki and Mason Tessier.
The Nick’s Pit Stop Legends Cars division returns to the track next Friday, July 31, with the first feature event on the track at 7 p.m.