It’s Phil’s Propane Triple Crown Series season at Seekonk.
The three-race, extra distance set of races for just about all of our divisions is possible because of Phil’s Propane in Tiverton, Rhode Island. We all have to thank Phil for his dedication to the sport and the support of everyone at the track he provides.
This Saturday, the Late Models took center stage with their 50 lap opener in the series, and it was Vinnie Arrenegado who was carrying the checkered flag when it was over. Vinnie struggled with some mechanical gremlins in the first few weeks, but there was no struggling this time. That car was on rails all night, and he celebrated his deserved win in Victory Lane.
The Sports Truck feature went down to the wire, but it was Barry Shaw Jr. taking his second win of the season driving the No. 85 for Everett’s Auto Parts truck. Shaw has been a top three truck all year, and is going to be a major threat to score the title going forward down the summer stretch. How about Mike Belanger, scoring his second straight podium finish, driving for David Simpson. Another strong run for ‘Big Time’ driving the No. 32.
A post-race disqualification of winner Justin Travis stripped the Helger’s Southcoast Power Equipment Sportsman victory right from his hands, giving it to Chad Baxter, who finished second in the race. Baxter might have struggled the first few weeks driving the No. 0 with Richard Sprague, but, he was on point Saturday night. He put himself in the right position, and with a little bit of help, he was holding the checkered flag for the first time.
And finally, in the Pro Stocks, I don’t see anyone who is going to be able to run with David Darling on consistent basis. The defending champion started deep in the field and easily worked his way through the pack, minus a slight incident where he went through the grass in turn four. Once he got to the lead, he was gone. Darling continues to dominate, and some offseason rules changes certainly haven’t done much to slow him down. Kevin Casper mounted a late charge for a second-place finish, showing speed in his No. 88 Phil’s Propane ride.