SEEKONK, Mass. — Story by Race Chaser Online New England Correspondent Kyle Souza — Seekonk Speedway/Lester Gray photo —
With only six weeks remaining including this weekend at the Seekonk Speedway, the championship battles of both Friday and Saturday night racing are extremely close from top to bottom.
Leading off, the premier NASCAR Whelen All American Series Pro Stock division has Angelo Belstio holding off Tom Scully Jr. by a mere four points. Scully Jr. has struggled over the past few weeks while Belsito has excelled, winning two of three feature events. Both drivers have some of the best crew chiefs in the Pro Stock pit area and there cars are usually setup extremely well before they even hit the track.
Ryan Lineham, David Darling and Dick Houlihan round out the top five and are still somewhat in striking distance, but they will need the top two to stumble. You never know with the Pro Stocks, anything can happen.
In the NASCAR Late Model Division, Bobby Pelland III opened up his point lead with his victory last weekend. Pelland currently holds a 15 point advantage over Tiverton, Rhode Island veteran Charlie Rose Jr. Both drivers have sat in Victory Lane this season and both have run consistently inside the top five. The decision could be made during the two extra distance 50 lap features coming up, one of them this weekend.
Dylan Estrella is only 25 points back in third spot with seven-time champion Gerry DeGaspere Jr. 55 points back in fourth. Seemingly, those four drivers are the only realistic title holders we will see barring a huge change.
The Street Stocks have seen lots of dominance from Paul Lallier this season and the point standings show that. Paul will hold a 41 point lead going into the week, with his closest challenger being former champion Scott Bruneau Sr. Look out for defending champion Rey Lovelace who sits third and can strike at anytime in the final weeks. For the Streeters, the championship could be decided in the double points finale of the Phil’s Propane Triple Crown Series.
The Sports Trucks have the closest battle in the top five in any of our divisions in 2015. David Lougee holds a 14 point lead over Chase Belcher following his victory last weekend, but Belcher’s teammate Rob Murphy, our defending champion, is only 16 points back in third. Former multi-time champion Mike Cavallaro in fourth and John Paiva in fifth sit only 30 and 85 points back. Could something change in the final weeks?
The Fast Friday Legend Cars have Jordan Lamothe at the top of the standings. He has been on a tear so far in 2015, picking up multiple victories and now holding the point lead with Jesse Melberg and Brandon Martinez breathing down his neck. We will have a first time Legends champion in 2015 for sure.
The SYRA classes have some tight battles as well. In the SYRA 600, Karlin Levesque holds a slim advantage over Marissa Morgan and last weeks winner Luke LeBrun, while in the SYRA 750, Eric LeBrun holds the lead after his second place finish a week ago. Even after missing a feature, Taylor Bowser is right in striking distance only 28 points behind in fourth.
The Sport 4 and Pure Stock titles have a little bit wider of a gap. David Westgate, the 2015 Phil’s Propane Triple Crown Series champion, holds more than a race lead in the Sport 4 class and looks to be well on his way to the title. In the Pure Stocks, Amy Arsenault leads and looks to become the second ever female champion this Speedway has seen in history.
So there you have it… Make your pick now fans.. Who are the 70th season champions here at the Seekonk Speedway?