JOHNSON A CHAMP AGAIN, RUGGERIO A FIRST-TIME WINNER IN LEGENDS
BY SOUZA MEDIA
SEEKONK, Mass. — Jake Johnson’s return to the Nick’s Pit Stop Legends Cars in 2020 ended with a championship celebration on the final night of Fast Friday, while rising star Giovanni Ruggerio was able to park the No. 7 in Victory Lane for his first career win.
The abbreviated Seekonk Fast Friday season concluded with no spectators in the grandstands due to COVID-19 restrictions from the state of Massachusetts.
The Legends Cars season was filled with various winners, including Johnson, who picked up four of his own en route to the title. But for Ruggiero, Friday marked his first checkered flag in a year where he learned enough to go all the way to the front. Ruggiero would admit that when he first started in the Legends, it was a tough experience, but the team has found the speed they need.
He took the top spot on lap three for the first time, but had to fight off Johnson over countless restarts in the second half of the race, losing the lead for just one lap. However, the final restart gave Ruggerio a chance to sneak away, holding off Johnson in what turned into a close battle to the final checkered flag.
Ruggiero, a former winner in the Seekonk Grand Prix Bandolero Bandits, added his name to the list of Legends Cars winners in style, followed by Johnson, Josh Parsons, Devin Deshaies and Jacob “Rowdy” Burns at the finish.
Johnson, who is a former Pro Stock and Late Model winner at Seekonk, was crowned the champion of the Everett’s Auto Parts Diamond Jubilee Series as part of the 75th anniversary season. Reagan Parent and Mason Tessier finished the top-three in the championship standings.
Seekonk Speedway wishes to thank division sponsor Nick’s Pit Stop for their continued support of the rising stars of the third-mile.