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Seekonk Speedway Story – Results 7-17-20

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SCOTT CESTODIO COMES OUT ON TOP OF PURE STOCK THRILLER

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By: Souza Media

A returning champion and a driver looking to finally score his first Pure Stock win. Scott Cestodio and Joey Morrissette battled hard for the victory in the Helger’s Southcoast Power Equipment Pure Stock feature as part of the Fast Friday opener, with Cestodio coming out on top of a brawl in the final laps. In his first full-time season back after years away, Cestodio made an early point that he would be the favorite.

The Fast Friday season kicked off without any spectators in attendance due to restrictions from the state of Massachusetts due to COVID-19. All social distancing protocols were followed and all patrons followed guidance from an Executive Order in the state of Massachusetts surrounding face coverings.

Emily Brightman and Max Bergstrom led the Pure Stock field to the green, with Brightman leading the first lap, but Morrissette, who started third, quickly took the lead on lap two. Morrissette would pace the field for much of the distance, but couldn’t quite hold on for the checkered flag. Cestodio, who started seventh, quickly worked his way into the top five, and took the No. 01 to the outside lane to draw his way to the front.

Cestodio would pass for second on lap eight, then lead lap nine, but fall back to second for lap 10. He would cut to the bottom behind Morrissette on lap 16, and took the advantage by the time the field hit the line for lap 17. The two drivers would use their bumpers, moving each other up the track, while trying to inch to the finish. Morrissette would get the lead back on lap 21, while Cestodio got right up on the bumper.

On the final lap, a slight tap sent Morrissette up the track, and Cestodio to the bottom entering the final corner. Morrissette would attempt to get in behind Cestodio coming into the middle of turn three, but contact from behind sent him spinning. Cestodio would cross the line the victor, followed by defending champion Greg Perry, Danny Massa, Doug Benoit and Bergstrom.

Timmy Ouellette was sixth, followed by Mike Henriques, Jeremy Lambert, Morrissette and Justin Menard. The Pure Stocks return to the third-mile oval on Friday July 24th, for the second race of the 2020 season, with the first feature of the evening rolling out at 7 p.m.

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MANUEL EDGES OUT FROM LATE TUSSLE WITH LEFORT FOR SPORT 4 WIN

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By: Souza Media

Coming to the checkered flag, it was a flashback to the last two years in the Sport 4 division. AJ Manuel and Mikey Lefort, who tied for the championship in the division last year — with Lefort earning the crown — were side-by-side coming to the finish line in the opener of the 2020 Fast Friday season.

In a photo finish, Manuel edged Lefort to win, further proving that the two were going to be major threats again this year. The two started near the front, never relinquished their spots, and were there coming to the line to decide it.

The Fast Friday season kicked off without any spectators in attendance due to restrictions from the state of Massachusetts due to COVID-19. All social distancing protocols were followed by track staff and race teams alike.

Tyler Duhancik started from pole position, with Lefort to the outside, but it didn’t take long for Lefort to take control. The driver of the No. 13 would lead the first lap, and lead the 23 that followed. But not the last one. Lefort took off early, while Manuel worked his way from his sixth place starting position to the front. Manuel would pass Duhancik for second on lap 11, after slight contact between the two entering turn one allowed Lefort to open his advantage to a straightaway.

However, two cautions in the final laps allowed the field to close in. Manuel would work the top on the first restart, but Lefort would edge ahead. On the second one, it was a different story. Manuel hung on the back bumper of Lefort, looking to make a move, and when the field crossed for the white flag, Manuel was there. A slight tap to the back bumper off turn two got Lefort sideways, while Manuel worked the outside and drew even down the backstretch.

Off turn four, the two fought tooth-and-nail to the line, with Manuel edging ahead by .003 seconds at the finish. Lefort was second, followed by Crystal Murray, who started fifth and finished third. Duhancik was fourth at the finish. Karlin Levesque was sixth, followed by Dave Simpson Jr., David Westgate, Tyler Almeida and Henry Lavalle.

The Sport 4’s return to the third-mile oval on Friday July 24th, for the second race of the 2020 season, with the first feature of the evening rolling out at 7 p.m.

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OEMCKE COMES OUT VICTORIOUS IN LEGENDS BRAWL

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By Souza Media

Wade Oemcke came to Seekonk Speedway just once before Friday night. In his return to the third-mile, he somehow came away with the checkered flag. Oemcke survived a wild, crash-filled opener for the Nick’s Pit Stop Legends Cars to score his first career win at Seekonk in the 25-lap brawl.

The Fast Friday season kicked off without any spectators in attendance due to restrictions from the state of Massachusetts due to COVID-19. All social distancing protocols were followed and all patrons followed guidance from an Executive Order in the state of Massachusetts surrounding face coverings.

The Legends feature was all kinds of crazy. But the final few laps tell the whole story. Former division champion Jake Johnson, in his return to the class, was the dominant car. Johnson started fifth, and slowly worked his way to the front, passing Reagan Parent for the top spot on lap 9. The middle portion of the race was slowed by countless cautions, giving Johnson and Parent the chance to do battle on multiple restarts.

The final restart was the one that decided it all. Johnson would start on the pole, with Parent on the outside, and when they came up to speed, Parent immediately started planning his move. He got under Johnson, took the top spot down the backstretch, while Johnson tried to find a way back by. There was some contact, and in the final half a lap, the real chaos took place.

Parent led the field into turn three, followed by Jordan Churchill and Johnson, who were in a heated battle for second. Johnson sent it deep into turn three, making contact with Parent, while it sent Parent, Churchill, Johnson and others spinning. While countless drivers got sideways, it was Oemcke who somehow advanced through the carnage to score the win. It was just his fourth time behind the wheel of a Legend Car and he ended up in Victory Lane.

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BOGUE FINDS HIS GROOVE TO SCORE OUTLAW WIN IN OPENER

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By Souza Media

SEEKONK, Mass. — A new division, but no change in result for “smiling” Reese Bogue. The reigning Seekonk Grand Prix Bandolero Bandit champion moved up to the Outlaw division for the 2020 season, and started his quest for a championship with another checkered flag in the opener of Fast Friday. The familiar green No. 4 was at the front of the field for much of the distance.

The Fast Friday season kicked off without any spectators in attendance due to restrictions from the state of Massachusetts due to COVID-19. All social distancing protocols were followed by track staff and race teams alike.

Samantha Dell and Brandon LaBelle led the field to green for the start of the 15-lap feature. After leading the first lap, contact with another car sent Dell spinning into the infield, hurting her chances early. After a lap two restart, Bogue made quick work of his competitors, moving from his 7th place starting spot to the lead by lap three, making it clear he wasn’t going to be denied.

Bogue began to distance himself from the pack, until a lap nine crash exiting turn two collected Nick Rose’s No. 88, the 12 of PJ Evans, and the 28 of Dell, slowing the race. At the green, Bogue took off back out front, while Nick Chaber Jr. made his presence felt in second, where he would eventually finish. Giovanni Ruggerio, who started at the tail, would finish third. Isaiah Newcomb was fourth, after making a late pass, while Stephen Bowden rounded out the top five.

Joey Lemay, Nicholaus Bulkeley, Aubrey Keller, Brenden LaBelle and Olivia Dardinkski finished the top 10.

The Seekonk Grand Prix Bandeleros return to the third-mile oval on Friday July 24th, for the second race of the 2020 season, with the first feature of the evening rolling out at 7 p.m.

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BRODY MONAHAN IS CLASS OF FIELD IN BANDELERO BANDITS

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By Souza Media

Coming from a family with deep championship roots, Brody Monahan knows his way to Victory Lane. Friday, in the opener of the 2020 Fast Friday season at Seekonk Speedway, Monahan proved it yet again. The Waterford, Connecticut, native slid by Collin Vanasse on lap six and never looked back to win the opener in the Seekonk Grand Prix Bandolero Bandit division.

The Fast Friday season kicked off without any spectators in attendance due to restrictions from the state of Massachusetts. All social distancing protocols were followed and all patrons followed guidance from an Executive Order in the state of Massachusetts surrounding face coverings.

Cousins Collin and Ryan Vanasse Jr. led the Bandit field to the opening green flag of the season, one month delayed due to COVID-19. The race was slowed only two times, both early cautions for single car incidents. Collin Vanasse jumped out to the early lead, with third-place starter Rich Helger Jr. sliding into second, Vanasse went on to lead the first six laps. Monahan would charge to second early, followed closely by Darren Krantz Jr. The two drivers would move to the bottom on Collin Vanasse at lap seven and take the top two spots.

From there on out, Monahan was in charge, holding off Krantz for the remaining nine laps. Monahan added another win to his resume, while Krantz earned a second in his first Seekonk start. Collin Vanasse was third, followed by Vanesse Jr. and Ethan Dion. Richie Helger Jr. was sixth, while Adam Harrison, Nick Uring Jr., Milania Shilosky and Mike Hanafin finished the top 10.

The Seekonk Grand Prix Bandeleros return to the third-mile oval on Friday July 24th, for the second race of the 2020 season, with the first feature of the evening rolling out at 7 p.m.

By Souza Media