AUDIO/FEATURE: Seekonk Championship Hits Home for Bobby Pelland III

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CRANSTON, R.I. — Story and audio by Race Chaser Online New England Correspondent Kyle Souza — Francis Venditti photo —

The name Pelland has been in the Seekonk Speedway history books for a long, long time.

The Pellands have won multiple races and championships over the years and have always been a threat in the track’s top classes. The family’s youngster, however, joined the family racing legacy in 2009, when he started running a family owned Street Stock full-time at Seekonk.

Bobby Pelland III and his #11 Streeter ride picked up one win that year and everyone immediately went on watch.  He was clearly a driver on the rise and was ready for the challenges that lay ahead.

When the 2009 regular season came to an end with the Street Stock, Pelland had a ride set up for the annual DAV Fall Classic Late Model feature. His connections with friend Ryan Vanasse and Team V Racing gave him a great opportunity to finish the season with.  He showed up that weekend and immediately turned heads, with practice times among the quickest in the division.  He rolled off in the front for his heat race and finished second, setting the stage for a 4th place starting spot in the main event.  Even though his feature finish that day did not show it, he had a strong and competitive ride in his first Late Model event.

The 2010-2012 seasons for Pelland was an up and down hill.  He was swept up in multiple incidents and came close to winning a few times in the Late Models, but never sealed the deal until a muggy night in July.  Pelland III jumped out front and drove away from multi-time track champion Gerry DeGaspere Jr. and found himself carrying the checkers.  The Victory Lane ceremony was emotional for the Pelland family, a night that family will never forget.

The 2013 season saw Pelland come up short in his championship Late Model quest.  He missed a few races here and there across the way and finished 6th in the standings, but put himself in a prime position headed towards 2014.

His 2014 Pro Stock season had ups and downs, but the main focus was his stellar consistency in the Late Models.  Pelland collected top five finishes in mostly all the races and had a war with Dylan Estrella in the title chase.  When Estrella blew a motor in a September feature, Pelland locked up the crown by just showing up the next few weeks. The amazing consistency and performance by Pelland in 2014 showed he clearly will be a future threat for the Speedway’s Pro Stock division.

For Pelland, the championship hits home after many years of trying.  His efforts over the years to learn the track and racing as a whole have made him a more improved driver. The connection between Ryan Vanasse and the gang at Team V Racing and Pelland is second-to-none.  They bring quality rides to the Speedway each and every week and work extremely hard in the shop.

What does the future hold for Pelland? That question should be answered as soon as the new season kicks off.


Below, listen in as our Kyle Souza spoke with Pelland regarding the 2014 season and possible 2015 racing plans:

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