BY SOUZA MEDIA
SEEKONK, Mass. — After struggling through the summer, fighting to find speed under the hood of his No. 03, Mike Henriques turned the right wrenches on Friday night. He would score his first win of the season in the Helger’s Southcoast Power Equipment Pure Stocks 25-lap main event.
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.
Henriques started from the outside pole, with Sam Lincoln earning his first-ever pole starting spot, but it wasn’t long before Henriques was out front. From there, in another Pure Stock race that went without a caution flag. Henriques was never challenged — dominating and pulling away to the win.
It was the battle for second and the rest of the top-five that stole the show. Joey Morrissette quickly worked his way up into the top-five by the end of the fifth lap, and started inching closer to Henriques at times for the lead. But, while Lincoln fell through the top-10, the rest of the field was dicing trying to find running room.
Scott Cestodio would clear himself into third, but couldn’t make up anymore ground either. While the top three drove away, Timmy Ouellette rode alone in fourth most of the race, with Danny Massa, Greg Perry, Jeremy Lambert and Doug Benoit battling hard behind them.
Henriques cruised to the win, followed by Morrissette, Cestodio, Ouellette and Massa. Perry was sixth, with Lambert, Benoit, Justin Menard and Tommy Blackwell finishing the top-10. An off night for Benoit helped Massa close the gap to a tie in the Pure Stock championship standings with one race to go — with Perry 22 points back. Whichever driver, either Benoit or Massa, finishes ahead of the other next week, will win the championship.
The final race of the season for the Helger’s Southcoast Power Equipment Pure Stocks
is next Friday night October 9th, with the first feature of the evening rolling off at 7 p.m.