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VANASSE WINS SEEKONK PRO STOCKS WHILE BELSITO TAKES CHAMPIONSHIP

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Ryan Vanasse had a good night, working his way to the front with just eight laps gone in the forty-lapper, then gave it up for four midrace laps to Craig Weinstein then running the final 16 at the head of the pack. Dave Darling claimed second from Weinstein with two laps remaining and Kenny Spencer nabbed fourth. Freddy Astle, Jr. then took fifth from Rick Martin on the final circuit.

Belsito, who had been working to stay ahead of Tom Scully, Jr. for much of the latter stages of the season fell two positions behind his opponent, but it was not enough to cost him the championship. It had looked precarious, however, when he spun late in the race and was headed for the restart at the rear. However, it was determined that Scully had assisted on Belsito’s spin and they ended up at the back together.

On the getgo, Dave Hutchins leapt away from the box ahead of Kyle Casper as Mike Brightman claimed third. Weinstein climbed to fourth then fell back to fifth as Kevin Folan faded from the outside pole to tenth by lap four. Darling was charging up from ninth and was sixth. By lap eight, Darling held third behind Casper, who was replacing Hutchins in the lead and Vanasse.

Hutch had spun on lap seven and Casper started inside Vanasse as Weinstein and Darling made up the third row. Casper popped out ahead, but Vanasse began to push the outside while Weinstein and Darling debated third place. Weinstein edged forward on the low side as Vanasse went to the front and Weinstein move Casper back to third. Darling then went past Casper into third. Belsito was consistently running fifth place behind them while Ryan Lineham was in pursuit of Belsito.

Alex Mielnicki spun in front of Hutchins and he piled in getting a lot of front end damage and bursting his radiator, spilling water down the front stretch. On the lap eleven restart, Vanasse and Weinstein faced off once again. Again, Vanasse took the lead on Weinstein and Casper followed. Belsito was working his way under Darling for fourth. Darling went high on the track to pass 7, who did his best to hold him off but Darling claimed the spot.

Now Belsito began to move forward, passing Scully, then Casper into fourth behind Darling. Weinstein was working side-by-side with Vanasse and got his nose past on lap 20. They wound around the track wheel-to-wheel four four laps with Weinstein clinging to the lead, but Lineham spun in turn two. They lined up and were off again. Vanasse had the advantage of the low side of the front while Weinstein was to the outside.

Weinstein edged out but Vanasse held on with 52 behind him. Belsito dropped in front of Martin who had Spencer on his tail. Kyle Casper was outside Scully. Vanasse gaine the front and by lap 25 had a two-car lead over Weinstein and Darling. Belsito was now knocking on Darling’s door.

Weinstein closed up to Vanasse’s bumpr by lap 28. But Jake Vanada went around, sending cars scattering and Lineham to the pits. They again went side-by-side out of the box until Vanasse regained the lead and Weinstein settled in with darling on his bumper. In the exchange, Martin and Spencer had gotten past Belsito, but he quickly moved them back to reassume fourth place. Vanasse was two cars up on the field on lap 32. The field was stretched out and they were running single file until Mielnicki spun down the front stretch .

The lap 37 restart saw the field out of turn two with Vanasse ahead and Darling looking under Weinstein. But Belsito spun in turn four and the field piled in. Davis Silvia stopped in turn four with a blown radiator and Belstio was dragging his rear body metal. He headed to the pits and the crowd was silent as the sensed a quantum change in the contest for the championship. But the word from the Race Director then sent Scully to the rear on the assist, to restart alongside Belsito, ending thoughts of him overtaking the leader from that position.

On the restart, Vanasse continued to lead but Darling got underneath and stole second from Weinstein. Martin jumped to fourth, where Belsito had been running but Spencer elevated from seventh to fifth and then passed Martin for fourth. Astle had been moving up and got by Houlihan for sixth then passed Martin into fifth on the last lap.

Martin claimed sixth, followed by Vanada, Houlihan, Kyle Casper, Folan, Mike Mitchell and Joe Kohler. Scully finished thirteenth, two places ahead of Belsito, but not far enough to overtake his lead in the points chase.

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ESTRELLA CAPTURES SEEKONK LATE MODEL FEATURE AND CHAMPIONSHIP

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Dylan Estrella completed his Late Model season with three consecutive feature wins to claim the championship over reigning champ, Bobby Pelland III. Estrella had chased Pelland most of the season, not moving past until the win streak began.

In the feature, Rob Murphy leapt off the pole as Jeramee Lillie came from the second row to get under Nick Uhrig as Vinny Arrenegado looked under him. Vinny backed out but took a second shot and took over second. Estrella came up from seventh to get past Uhrig and Lillie, then nosed ahead into third in turn three of lap two.

Vinny locked onto Murphy’s bumper as Gerry DeGasparre, Jr. worked under Lillie, who was stuck outside and Mark Hudson was under Charlie Rose. Vinny began to edge below Murphy. Estrella looked under Arrenegado and made contact. He made a miraculous save as Arrenegado moved forward below Murphy. He moved alongside, then pulled ahead in turn three, completing the pass coming out of turn four. Estrella then ducked under Murphy with DeGasparre on Estrella’s tail. They pushed forward, setting Murphy back to fourth and Estrella took on Arrenegado’s lead.

It took him two laps but he was past into the lead and DeGasparre continued underneath to put Arrenegado two down with Murphy on his bumper. But a spin on the backstretch brought caution and Pelland, who had been struggling with his car, ran for the pits.

On the restart, Estrella nosed away from Arrenegado and took control in turn two. DeGasparre tried to follow underneath, but Vinny dropped and shut the door. Austin Blais had come up to harry DeGasparre. Murphy followed with Hudson on his bumper. By lap 23, Estrella was eight cars ahead of his pursuers.

By lap 27, Charlie Rose had come up on Blais but was unable to get by and Murphy hung on his tail with Pelland, Hudson and TJ Moreshead following. The finishing field had been established with three laps remaining and they crossed the final mile of competition strung out in order.

Estrella had the win and the championship. It was his third feature win in a row and his sixth on the season.

Arrenegado hung on to second, ahead of DeGasparre, Blais and Rose. Murphy finished sixth followed by Pelland, Hudson, Moreshead, Uhrig and Lillie.

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.