SEEKONK, Mass. — Story by Race Chaser Online New England Correspondent Kyle Souza for Seekonk Speedway — Lester Gray photo —
It doesn’t get any better than that.
The Seekonk Speedway in Seekonk, Mass. opened their 2015 racing season under plentiful sunshine and temperatures that reached close to 70 degrees. The 70th season kick-off at saw four divisions of NASCAR Whelen All American Series action with some exciting racing all around the track.
Tom Scully Jr. came into the afternoon on a mission — to win in honor of an ill family member. His mom is fighting an illness and it was Scully’s mission to score the opening day win in her honor. That he did.
He came from third place in the final half of the 40-lap Pro Stock main event to pull off the Hollywood ending on opening day.
The green flag flew in the Pro Stock feature just after 3:30 local time with Rick Martin on pole and Kyle Casper on the outside of the front row. The order did not stay that way for long, however, as Casper flew around Martin on the outside and drove to the point.
Casper began pulling away from the field by multiple car-lengths, showing he is ready to grab a checkered flag.
Towards the second half of the race, the handling on Casper’s car started to go away, allowing Rick Martin to step up and slide by. Scully Jr. was also in contention, and eventually he used the inside lane to grab the top spot and pull away.
Scully Jr. held off Martin on the final restart and notched the opening victory of the season, taking the points lead away from the track on Sunday.
In the Late Model division, Ray Parent came touring to Seekonk and found himself back in Everett’s Auto Parts Victory Lane with ease.
Parent started from the pole in the 30-lap feature and never looked back, even though a few caution flags slowed the efforts. A late-race charge from Vinnie Arrenegado came up just short, but it was a solid start to the season for him and his stout machine.
The Street Stocks saw Steve Potter lock-up his second career win with a late-race charge.
Craig Pianka brought the field to the green flag and was extremely strong right from the start. Pianka, a veteran of the class, lead the race until just past the halfway point when Potter made his move and grabbed the lead. Potter held off defending Street Stock champion Rey Lovelace to carry the checkers.
The Sports Trucks saw Mike Cavallaro grab his second consecutive Opening Day checkers. Cavallaro took an outside starting spot to the front by leader Mike Duarte and never looked back all the way to the finish.
The Seekonk Speedway will continue the NASCAR Whelen All American Series this coming Saturday night with action starting at 6 PM.