After a rough week, all four of our NASCAR Whelen All-American Series divisions were able to put together a rather clean race on Saturday night.
In the Pro Stocks, David Darling showed that two weeks off the top was enough. The driver of the No. 52 rolled to the front just after halfway, passing Ryan Vanasse for the lead on a restart, and he wasn’t going to look back. The last two races saw Darling end with damage, but he wasn’t having it this time. He opened his championship lead with one week to go as he seeks his second straight title. In the feature, I watched Todd Annarummo drive from the back to the front and challenge David in the final laps. He is one of the only drivers in the last two years that has shown speed to compete with Darling, and it’s come with a lot of hard work and track time.
Vinnie Arrenegado was dominate in the Late Model race. I watched the Late Model heat races and saw Vinnie drive away from the field, and I knew he was going to be the car to beat during the 30-lap main event. He got to the front early and much like Darling, he wasn’t going to be denied. Vinnie had the luxury of watching the race go green while he drove away. Ryan Kuhn finished inside the top five and is going to be the favorite to clinch the title next weekend.
The 25-lap Sportsman feature saw a hard battle between three drivers. Corey Fanning led the race early, with Kyle Casper trying to slide around, but it was “Captain Fun” Craig Pianka who was able to defeat both of them. Pianka, who wrecked his car a few weeks ago, looked to be heading for the sidelines for the remainder of the season, but then decided to purchase a ride. Pianka bought a car from Scott Serydynski Sr., and was able to place it in Victory Lane in his second time out there with it.
Bobby Tripp continues to dominate the Seekonk Sports Trucks. On Everett’s Auto Parts night, Tripp, who had already held the checkered flag many times, was the dominant truck again. Tripp opened his points lead and barring a miracle, he’s going to clinch his first track championship in years next week.
As I mention Everett’s, I want to acknowledge them for their support of the track this season. They sponsor a lot of cars in the garage area — including at least one in each division. Their support helps to keep the track going on a weekly basis.
Next Saturday, we crown our champions at Seekonk for the 2018 season. We will have one more race — the Fall Classic — where the Pro Stocks will compete for $5,000 and a 150-lap distance. That is scheduled for Saturday, October 6.