Ryan Kuhn Retains Victory From Saturday’s Late Model Feature
SEEKONK, Mass. – With action on the track heating up for the summer months, fans who attended Saturday night’s action were treated to a thrilling finish during the Late Model feature at Seekonk Speedway.
Over the final few laps, Charlie Rose found himself trying to hold off Ryan Kuhn and defending champion Ryan Lineham to capture the victory in the 35-lap feature. When they crossed for the white flag, Kuhn was on the bumper of Rose, with Lineham working the outside lane.
When they hit the middle of the backstretch on the last lap, Kuhn took a look under Rose, got under him, and the two made some contact. While Rose went up the track and tried to corral his No. 7, he went into the outside wall, and Kuhn and Lineham crossed the line first and second. Rose was able to cross the line and finish fourth.
After review, Seekonk Race Director Ron Manfredo has determined that the finish will remain as it was when the drivers crossed the line, with Kuhn winning his second straight event, followed by Lineham and Tommy Adams, who captured his best career finish, a third.
After reviewing the tape, Manfredo determined that Kuhn did not run down lower than the berm, or into the grass, in order to pass Rose, therefore, Manfredo has determined that the wreck was a racing accident. Although there definitely was contact between the two, it wasn’t deemed intentional, but instead, comes down to being a racing accident with two drivers fighting to capture the victory.
Therefore, there will be no penalty assessed. Kuhn wins the 35-lap feature, with Lineham second, Adams third, Rose fourth and Gerry DeGaspere Jr. rounding out the top five.
The Late Models return to action on Saturday, July 28.