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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.

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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