Craig Weinstein, who has a significant history in Seekonk Pro Stocks, changed divisions and won his first-ever Late Model event on the second try, Saturday night. His win came at the expense of second-runner Ryan Lineham. Rounding out the top five came Tom-the-Bomb Adams, Vinnie Arrenegado and Gerry DeGasparre, Jr.
Tyler Tomassi kicked things off in his new paint scheme with Weinstein on the outside pole. Craig quickly took the lead as Tomassi got loose coming out of the box and slewed a bit. He recovered and held on to second with Adams, Ryan Souliere and Lineham giving chase. Next time around, Lineham dived under and had Souliere’s spot on the next lap. He settled in behind Adams.
By lap six, Weinstein had a four-car lead but Duarte spun out of turn four and DeGasparre went sideways trying to duck but could not avoid making contact.
Weinstein and Tomassi lined up for the restart and Weinstein inched ahead coming away from the box. Adams tried to nose in under Tomassi, then succeeded. He had the position going down the backstretch in lap six. Lineham followed as did Souliere.
Now it was DeGasparre’s turn to ease Tomassi back a spot.
All the action was good news to Weinstein, who waltzed out to a half-straightaway lead. Adams had Lineham all over his bumper followed by Souliere, DeGasparre and Tomassi. Further back, Mark Hudson and Mark Jenison were battling side-by-side. The field by now was running single file.
Lineham now nosed under Adams but The Bomb shut the door. By lap nine, Weinstein was continuing to prosper by the action behind him and sported a lead nearly as long as the straight.
The single-file field remained in running order over the next four laps with Lineham still looking under Adams. Vinnie Arrenegado ducked under DeGasparre, looking for fifth and had the spot going into lap 12. Tomassi continued to pursue DeGasparre while keeping ahead of Mike Mitchell and Scott Serydynski.
Lineham was unceasing in his pressure on Adams. Arrenegado came up onto Lineham’s bumper, and the field made several circuits unchanged. With five to go, Weinstein continued to lead a giant step ahead of the pack. Adams, Lineham and Arrenegado were running nose-to-tail, waiting for somebody to make a mistake.
But Jeremy Lambert spun out of turn two on lap 24. The restart would see Weinstein and Adams side-by-side with Lineham and Arrenegado behind them. DeGasparre and Souliere were in row three.
Weinstein was away on the break and Lineham took a good look under Adams, dived in and onto Weinstein’s bumper, passing under Adams. Adams dropped in and acquired Arrenegado on his bumper.
With four laps remaining, DeGasparre was under Arrenegado. They went through lap 27 battling but on the following circuit, Mitchell, Hudson and Paul Newcomb tangled on the backstretch. This brought out a red flag and emergency crews responded. Drivers were OK, but Newcomb took an ambulance ride to the pits for observation.
The restart was a green-white-checkered affair with Weinstein entertaining Lineham at the front, followed by Adams and Arrenegado, then DeGasparre and Tomassi.
Weinstein retrieved his lead and Lineham acquired Adams underneath for some wheel-to-wheel running. Lineham had second coming under the white flag. One lap later, Weinstein had his first late-model win to add to one from his time in Pro Stocks.
Sixth went to Jenison followed by Serydynski, Nick Uhrig, and Bobby Tripp. Keith Caruso was just out of the top ten in eleventh and then Colby Lambert, making his first start of the season.
Tomassi took a spin crossing the finishing line, setting the field into chaos. Cars bounced and gyrated everywhere around the flagstand. At the end, Bobby Tripp sat just beyond the line with a good deal of damage to his nose. Serydynski was in the infield in turn one after bouncing off the wall in a very hard sideswipe. He had to go out in a two-wrecker hammock. Dan Johnson sat on the track just beyond him with a good deal of rear-end damage.