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BRUNEAU CAPTURES SEEKONK STREET STOCK FEATURE, PAUL LALLIER TAKES CHAMPIONSHIP

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Scott Bruneau had a mathematical chance to overtake Paul Lallier for the championship as did Tyler Lallier. Bruneau did everything possible to capture the crown, including winning the year-ending feature but the elder Lallier drove to a fifth place finish, putting the question out of reach to his pursuers to come home with his second Street Stock championship.

Bruneau battled through an often rowdy, often hostile field before coming to the front with four laps remaining. Coming off a restart, he took the lead over Steve Axon and held him off for a half-second margin of victory. Chris Rioux chased him across the line, followed by Lallier and the surging Corey Fanning who had been running eleventh with four laps to go.

Craig Pianka took the lead off the pole as Anthony Kohler was edged out of second by Adam Dion. Axon moved forward from his fifth place start to take Kohler out of third going into lap four. Lallier popped into fifth for a lap but Fanning moved past him and Mike Mitchell fell in behind in seventh place.

Thomas Adams spun in turn four and created a miracle to keep his spinning car off the outside wall. This brought a lap seven restart with Adam Dion and Pianka facing off. Dion got out by a nose but they were door-to-door at the flagstand. Dion finally took the front in turn four. Fanning went to third. Ray Lovelace, Tyler Lallier and Axon got into a three-wide and Axon went around starting a huge scramble to avoid. Vinny Pangelinan was collected and ended his night in the pits. Ray Negley came away with his door dented in. Joe Melberg visited the pits and returned.

Pianka mosed away from Dion on the green but again they went door to door as Dion heated it up. Mitchell, Kohler and Rioux then went three wide over fourth. Mitchell came out in third, behind Dion. Kohler was fifth, behind Pianka. Tyler then got past Kohler into fifth and Lovelace took sixth. But Melberg spun out of turn two to bring the caution. He was pushed to the pits but returned for the restart.

Fanning and Mitchell battled for the front on the green, going wheel-to-wheel until fanning nosed out of turn three. But Mitchell came back in turn four to get a fender ahead. He had a half car lead in turn turn thirteen when Lovelace spun in turn four.

Mitchell and Fanning again challenged for the lead but Adams spun in turn four and they lined up again. It took two attempts to resume lap fifteen, and Tony Oliviera, Negley and Ed Flanagan, Jr. were lost for the evening. Mitchell assumed the lead over fanning while Pianka and Tyler battled over third. Dion was working under Paul for fifth.

Mitchell had a one car lead on lap 19 followed by Fanning, Pianka, the resurgent Bruneau, while Dion was under Tyler. Tyler got into Dion who got sideways and brought the caution. Dion made for the pits while Tyler went to the rear for the assist. This time Mitchell got out by a nose on lap 20 and had a solid lead one lap later. Fanning nosed under and made contact, sending Mitchell around. Fanning was called for the assist.

Bruneau and Pianka lined up on the front. Bruneau grabbed the front with a surge out of the box. Axon jumped past Pianka into second. Rioux and Paul Lallier followed with a 3-wide cropping up between Jeremy Walker, Lovelace and Pianka. It stayed three wide into the following lap when Adams spun in turn two.

Axon and Bruneau whipsawed the lead for a lap until Walker and Ryan Flood got together, their body metal locking them up. It took several minutes to free them and reset the field.

The lap 23 restart saw Axon nose out and Bruneau come back and they hacksawed back and forth before Bruneau could get to the lead and finally lead Axon across the stripe. Paul Lallier brushed the frontstretch wall going under the white flag but kept it running and straight.

Chris Rioux finished third, ahead of Lovelace and Lallier. Sixth went to Fanning, followed by Tyler Lallier, Dion, Melberg, Mitchell and Walker.

BELCHER WINS FEATURE AND SEEKONK CHAMPIONSHIP IN SPORT TRUCKS

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Chase Belcher came into the evening two points up on the championship chase and the confrontation with Rob Murphy for the final race of the season was immense. Belcher was starting outside on the third row; Murphy was on his left and an epic confrontation was promised. Instead, Murphy tangled twice with David Lougee and both were gone just four laps into the race.

Belcher had the championship at that point. He claimed the lead on the restart and battled Mike Cavallaro and Ed Gannon to the finish, coming back to the front when Gannon suffered a solo spin with two laps remaining. Belcher pulled away from Mike Duarte, who shared the front on the restart and held off Cavallaro to the finish for a win and the championship.

Lenny Guy kicked things off from the pole after original polesitter Mike Lopes false started and had to go to the rear. The full race restart saw Lenny pull away from Ed Perry with a push from Murphy who was behind him. Belcher leapt into second with Perry and Murphy in a three-wide with him. Murphy had to get out of the three-wide to avoid contact with the wall and, as the three-wide broke down, Lougee got into the back of Murphy who went around with a flat front tire. Lougee made for the pits as did Murphy.

Guy grabbed the lead on the restart with Belcher on his bumper. Belcher then ran under Guy and grabbed the lead out of turn four. Murphy, coming from the rear looked under Mike Lopes and the made contact in turn two. Perry looped and collected it before the caution flew. He headed for the pits, then elected to stay ontrack for the duration and caution flew.

Belcher and Guy again lined up with Cavallaro and Gannon behind them. Belcher took the lead and Cavallaro went under Guy. Gannon also passed Lenny as Duarte got by Perry into fifth. Belcher went to a two-car lead but Murphy and Lougee got together in turn four. An angry Murphy climbed out of his truck and started toward Lougee, who pulled away into the pits. Both competitors were parked for the night, leaving Cavallaro the only competitor with a mathematical chance of catching Belcher.

They lined up on the front and went side-by-side on the green as Guy was working under Gannon and Duarte was debating with Perry. Cavallaro elected to battle Belcher from the outside. They ran through a full lap with Belcher just one five thousandths of a second ahead at the stripe. As they continued to runk Belcher gained a nose on Cavallaro as Gannon held third.

Cavallaro settled onto Belcher’s bumper and Gannon grabbed third out of turn two before Shawn DeMello spun in turn four. Again Belcher and Cavallaro pulled up to the front and went door-to-door again until Belcher nosed ahead. Gannon ran up to Belchers tailgate as Perry gave chase.

By lap 12, Gannon had passed Cavallaro into second just as John Robidoux spun but was able to recover and continue. Duarte was working under Cavallaro for position and as Gannon went to Belcher’s high side, Duarte was leading Cavallaro, Perry, Guy and Bob Rainville. Gannon nosed out and continued to edge his way past Belcher.

Gannon continued to hold the front as the laps wore down. Belcher held second, ahead of Duarte, Cavallaro, Perry and Guy. And Gannon ran out to a four-car lead on lap 20. The field stretched out and was running pace laps through lap 24. With the white flag flying, Gannon – the leader – got into a solo spin right at the starting line.

Belcher again had the pole for the restart and catapulted away from Duarte. Cavallaro got under Duarte and into second. Belcher, however, was in command and ran to the checkers with Cavallaro second, followed by Duarte, Perry and Guy. Rookie Dan Johnson was sixth, just ahead of Rainville while DeMello claimed eighth. Bill Schoeler was followed by Rick Albarenez, Gannon and Lopes.

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CHAMPIONS TO BE CROWNED AT WALL STADIUM SATURDAY

wallstadium_239129296WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ Driving championships for all six auto racing divisions are still up for grabs and will be determined this Saturday evening (Sept. 26) as Wall Stadium Speedway presents “Champions Night.” Grandstand seating will open at 5:00 p.m. with qualifying beginning at 5:30 p.m. and main event action to follow. Fans are urged to bring banners for their favorite drivers and teams as the evening will also feature “Banner Night” judging.

In the Downs Ford Modified ranks Jackson’s Steven Reed is at the top of the point rankings as he seeks his first ever crown. Still, Reed’s brother in law, ten-time track champion Chas Okerson of Freehold and Howell’s Eric Mauriello are within striking distance.

Defending champion Kevin Davison of Howell, Manchester’s Shanon Mongeau and Holmdel’s Andrew Krause are at the top of the Snap-on Sportsman chase going into Saturday’s double point 25-lapper. Brick’s Joe Mongeau and Union’s Joey Helberg lead the O’Shea Auto Repair Factory Stock points going into the night’s 25-lap headliner.

The Green Flag Driving Experience Legend Cars find defending champ Brian Spencer of Edison and Howell’s Robert French locked in a battle for the title with one 25-lap race remaining. In the Green Monster Insulation 4 Cylinder Stocks Ronnie Mullen and Jason Lane, both of Brick, and Wall’s TJ Graves are the top point drivers going into Saturday’s 25-lap point finale.

Anthony Crimaldi of Port Monmouth leads the Elite Maintenance Limited Late Model points with former champs Howie Conk of Jackson and Brian Doyle of Ronkonkoma, N.Y. close behind with just one regular season 25-lapper remaining.

In addition to the regular divisions the Over 40 Legends will compete in an exhibition race and the beautifully restored cars of the Garden State Vintage Stock Car Club will also be on hand on Saturday.

Saturday’s schedule will see the competitor pit area open at 1:00 p.m. Regular practice will start at 3:30 p.m., while spectator seating will open at 5:00 p.m. Qualifying starts at 5:30 p.m. with main events to follow. In the event of rain on September 26 an October 3 rain date will be put into effect.

Once the Saturday night season has concluded an “Auto Racing Flea Market” is scheduled for Saturday October 10, the “Spooky Spectacular” is set for Saturday October 24 and the annual “Turkey Derby” will be presented on Friday, Saturday and Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend.

Wall Stadium Speedway is located on Route 34 in Wall Township, N.J., just one mile north of Garden State Parkway exit 98 and Interstate 195 exit 35B. More information can be obtained by visiting www.wallspeedway.com. The speedway hotline number is 732-681-6400 and email address is CKMotorsports@aol.com.