LAST LAP MOVE EARNS LABELLE BANDOLERO OUTLAW WIN
BY SOUZA MEDIA
SEEKONK, Mass. — Brenden LaBelle made a last-lap pass of Isaiah Newcomb to score the victory in the 15-lap Seekonk Grand Prix Bandolero Outlaw feature. As the field took the white flag, it looked like Newcomb might have the race sealed up, but it was LaBelle who used a lapped car to his advantage in the final few feet of the race to make the winning pass.
The Seekonk Speedway Fast Friday season added another chapter to the books with the final round of the Everett’s Auto Parts Diamond Dash, with no fans in attendance and following protocols from the state of Massachusetts due to COVID-19.
LaBelle started third, and battled throughout the race with early leader Nicholaus Bulkeley, while Newcomb was right there with both of them. The 15-lap feature went from the green to the checkered without problem, while Bulkeley led the first four laps before Newcomb took the top spot. The two would battle side-by-side for more than half the race, with Newcomb leading the majority of it.
It looked like Newcomb would be heading to Victory Lane until the field crossed the white flag and they started approaching a lapped car off turn two. The lapped car ended up in the middle of the groove heading for turn three, forcing Newcomb to make a lane decision. He picked the top, while LaBelle picked the bottom, and they slid through the lapped car three-wide. It was LaBelle who came out on the winning side, scoring the victory by just a few feet over Newcomb.
It was the second win of the year for LaBelle, who was followed to the line by Newcomb, Stephen Bowden, Bulkeley and Nick Chaber Jr. With his second-place finish, Newcomb would earn honors as the winner of the three-race Everett’s Auto Parts Diamond Dash Series.
The Seekonk Grand Prix Bandolero Outlaws are back in action next Friday night, September 18, with the first green flag going in the air at 7 p.m.