SEEKONK, Mass. — Blog by Race Chaser Online New England Correspondent Kyle Souza — www.visitsemass.com photo — Remember way back in April, when the snow will still faing and fans in Seekonk were wondering if this season would ever get started?
Yeah, I do too, as we sit here in the first week of September getting ready for the final three points races of the 2014 season.
For anyone that’s missed the action, the season has had some fantastic racing on the track. Rookie contenders have sat in Victory Lane on various occassions, such as Angelo Belsito picking up his first career Pro Stock win just a few weeks ago. We’ve also seen the veterans of the track come alive, with Dave Darling picking up five Pro Stock wins so far.
The championship standings that were accumulated since way back in May, now are starting to look more and more interesting as the season comes to a close.
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The SYRA 600 has seen Derrick Debbis dominate the divison, picking up more than a handful of feature wins and finishing in the top five in all but two feature events so far. He currently leads the championship standings by 84 points over Mikey Toner Jr, almost a two race gap. Unless a miracle happens in the final three weeks, with the low car counts, give Debbis the 2014 SYRA 600 title.
The SYRA 750 has seen the ladies dominate the men in an interesting clash all season long. Shelby Donavan has five feature wins, including all three of the Phil’s Propane Triple Crown Series double points races that has propelled her to the top of the standings by 20 points, over fellow lady competitor Taylor Bowser.
They both have combined for half of the feature wins this season, an amazing feat we don’t often see in a Seekonk division. With only eight cars in the division weekly, it will be tough for Bowser to close the gap without an issue to Donavan’s car in the final weeks.
The Sport 4 class has seen Devin Miranda start to run away with the championship over the latter stages of the season. Since he is the defending champion, this would be the first time in the history of the division that we would see a multi-time champion.
The other day I spoke with current runner up Tyler Bourdreau, who plans to sell his car as soon as possible.
“We’re running until we sell it,” he said, so it looks like he will be trying to close the gap on Miranda in the final weeks of the season. It currently sits at almost a full race gap, but with the high car counts, this title chase could get better and better as the season winds down.
The Pure Stock title chase is all but into the record books for this season.
Mark Murphy has been the most consistent driver in the division this season and the point standings definitely are showing that. Murphy has one feature win in and the Phil’s Propane Triple Crown Championship under his belt already, but to cap the full title would be a dream come true for this driver. He leads the championship standings by over two full races since Billy Choiunard missed a race this season, so Murphy will just have to show up the next three weeks and he will be champion.
The Nick’s Pit Stop Legend Cars has seen much of the same of this season, with one driver winning all but two feature events.
Nick Lascoula has been on a tear, winning 10 of 12 feature events so far, breaking a record for most feature wins in the division’s history. Lascoula has been driving at Seekonk for only a few seasons and already finds himself 15th on the All-Time track win list, something that some veterans at the track haven’t accomplished yet.
The Saturday divisions have a few championship chases that will be going down to the final Saturday night of the season.
The Sim’s Street Stocks have Ray Lovelace up top the standings by 40 points over Scott Bruneau.
Scott is the defending Street Stock champion, but this season has gone more for wins that consistency, giving Lovelace a slight advantage headed into the final weeks of the season. With the Streets getting almost a full field each week, any slip up by Lovelace will close the gap immediately. Sitting back in third is multi-time winner Austin Blais, for him, it’s about hoping the top two struggle and he shines even more in the final weeks.
The Sports Truck have Rob Murphy continuing complete domination each and every Saturday night. Murphy already has more than a handful of wins this season and I can’t remember the last time he finished outside the top five.
Seven-time champion Mike Cavallaro sits in second spot in the championship standings, poised to make a run at the season title. Unfortunately for Mike, this division also has a low car count as some other divisions do. The action on the track will heat up, including for the feature wins. Watch for a possible first time winner before season’s out, possibly Mike Durate or Dave Lougee.
The Late Model championship chase took a huge hit last week when Dylan Estrella lost his motor in the latter stages of the 50-lap main. Dylan came into the night only a few points behind Bobby Pelland III, but with the race being a double point event, Estrella’s title hopes went down the drain. Pelland comes into this weekend 44 points ahead, meaning Estrella will need a slip up to close the title chase. Gerry DeGaspere Jr has struggled this season and will hope to turn things around in the coming weeks.
The ARC Pro Stocks is the top class at Seekonk and has the top title chase battle coming into the final weeks of the season.
Kenny Spencer has been solid all year long, but an accident last week combined with a win by Dave Darling saw his championship lead dwindle down to 10 points headed for the final few weeks of the season. Spencer is a former Late Model champion, but will have a tough task of holding off Darling in the final weeks. Mike Brightman sits back in third, looking to strike. Watch for Kyle Casper to possibly grab his first win of his career before the season’s out, he has been fast every week.
Join us this weekend at the Action Track of the East as we start to wind down the season!