FF: Martinez Notches First Legends Victory; Marvin, Bowser, Bradstreet and Kun Grab Fast Friday Wins at Seekonk

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SEEKONK, Mass. — official track press release by Race Chaser Online New England Correspondent Kyle Souza — Seekonk Speedway photo —

Anthony Marvin Claims Second SYRA 600 Feature Win of 2015

Rookie contenders Ava Chouinard and Zachary Martinez brought the field of twelve SYRA 600 drivers to the green flag on Fast Friday and the action was hot and heavy right from the start of the feature.

The intense drivers went three-wide in turn one with Luke LeBrun, who started sixth in the pack, moving up to the third groove and into the top spot heading into turn three. Not only was there three-wide battling up front, but throughout the field drivers were battling hard not even one lap in and it caused some chaos. Turn three on lap one saw a multi-car crash including points leader Karlin Levesque, Corey Charette, Evan Marchand and Martinez, who took a hard hit.

Once the accident was cleaned up and drivers doubled back up for the restart, Chouinard and new challenger Trenton Goodrow took the front two spots but not for long, since Marissa Morgan spun in turn three drawing the second caution of the event before a lap had been put on the scoreboard. Green flag flew once again just after a short cleanup and Trenton Goodrow was able to clear to the top of the field on lap one and set sail away.

Goodrow, native of Carver, Massachusetts is a rookie contender in the SYRA 600 but did not show it early on, using the outside lane with success easily. LeBrun was able to clear a tough group of challengers by lap five and get to second and start chase — but the third yellow of the feature flew on lap five for contact sending Chouinard spinning in turn four. After leading the opening laps she dropped back through to fifth spot and was spun, but came out of the incident with damage that sent her pitside for the remainder of the evening.

The caution was not what Goodrow wanted to see, but he quickly regrouped and lead the field back to the green with fifteen laps remaining and LeBrun up to the outside front row. The two drivers went into turn one leaning on each and other and ended up getting sideways losing a whole bunch of positions, handing the lead over to Connecticut native Anthony Marvin.

After the contact, LeBrun and Goodrow dropped outside of the top five but were not done on their chase back to the front. They settled in fifth and sixth at the halfway point of the twenty lap feature event. Marvin lead the field across the stripe for the crossed flags with Scott Serydynski Jr. second and points leader Levesque third, way ahead of the rest of the field.

With only five laps remaining, Marvin held a three car length advantage over his closest challengers but that would be as close as they would get. The contact between LeBrun and Goodrow would prove to be the crucial point of the event, handing Martin his second victory of the 2015 season at the Action Track of the East.

Marvin was chased across the line by Serydynski Jr. in second and Levesque in third spot. Trenton Goodrow, Luke LeBrun, Marissa Morgan, Ella Sprague, Ava Chouinard, Alex Lille and Zachary Martinez completed the top ten spots.

GILBERT BRADSTREET TAKES SPORT 4 VICTORY

After the SYRA 600 feature went checkers, the Sport 4’s took to the Action Track of the East. The five-dollar sunglass guy Glen Leduc and sophomore contender Matt Smith brought the field of fifteen drivers to the emerald flag on Fast Friday and they drove down into turn one side-by-side. Smith struggled in the first two laps and ended up spinning up in turn four to draw the first yellow just two laps into the event.

He got his machine re-fired and settled in at the tail end of the field but Leduc had a new challenger this time, with Emily Sprague on the outside. Sprague, who celebrated getting married earlier this season off the track, found herself running strong early on after a run with the Northeast Mini Stock Tour last week here at Seekonk. She was able to slide down in second for a bit, but contact between Sprague and Henry Lavallee sent both cars to the tail end of the field.

Once the field got under green once again after the second caution, John Lineberger spun in turn two but luckily got his machine re-fired and got going before the yellow flag was flown. Before long, Lineberger spun once again in turn four — but again got back going and settled himself into the tail end of the field just before Gil Bradstreet took the lead on lap seven from Mike Glad. Bradstreet, who had struggled over the last few weeks getting through traffic took the point and absolutely drove away.

When Bradstreet jumped out front, Glad backed up to a battle for second spot with the points leader Dave Westgate and it was hot and heavy the whole time. They were closely chased by David Simpson and Mikey LeFort who battled just inside the top five trying to close the gap to the front.

Multiple time feature winner in 2015 Raymond Herman Sr. was working the outside lane on lap nine trying to get into the top five, but with cars in front of him side-by-side the third groove was the only option. Herman gave every effort he had to get to the front of the field before halfway but settled for sixth at lap ten.

At the halfway point, for the second straight week, Dylan Cabral went off the pace in the No. 19 and was kicked back to the rear of the field. Cabral, who was the second driver in points coming into Fast Friday, lost some crucial points and a ton of positions with the struggles.

While Bradstreet continued to drive away from his challengers on lap 15, a three-wide battle ensued in the top five with Glad trying to hold off everyone in site. Mikey LeFort, driver of the Inex Vapors No. 13 Sport 4 found his stride on Friday for the first time this season, running inside the top five and trying to make ground. Glad held off everyone in his sites for as long as he could, cutting left and right and throwing some impressive blocks. The final charge from Westgate allowed him to slide by, though he ran out of time to get to the front of the pack.

Bradstreet took TTM Motorsports to Everett’s Auto Parts Victory Lane for the first time in 2015 and was emotional post-race, handing the trophy to his daughter, who was celebrating a birthday on Friday. Westgate finished second with Glad third, TTM Motorsports driver LeFort and NAPA Auto Parts driver Raymond Herman completed the top five spots. David Simpson finished sixth, with Christine Cavallaro, Glen Leduc, Henry Lavallee and Emily Sprague finishing the top ten.

BOWSER DRIVES AWAY WITH SYRA 750 FEATURE WIN

For Taunton, Massachusetts driver Taylor Bowser, the 2015 season has been full of ups and downs. She missed a feature race earlier in the season to celebrate her High School Prom and with that is a little behind the eight ball in the championship chase — but her car is not. Bowser, driver of the EZ Access Door Systems No. 07, found herself carrying the checkered flag once again on Fast Friday, her third of the season.

Cassie Meservey brought the field to the green flag carrying a new sponsor, Mr. Pink companies, a wellness drink that is distributed across the Eastern part of Massachusetts. Proudly showing off her new sponsor with a brand new pink body, Meservey lead the first few laps over Matt Barboza. While those drivers leaned on each other trying to get the lead away, Bowser took her No. 07 to the third groove, something she has done many times in 2015. However, this time, her SYRA ride got sideways and she was forced to settle back in on the outside lane behind Barboza.

A look three-wide by Shea Kulpa was orginally taken away, but she was not going quietly. A slip by Meservey opened the inside and gave Kulpa the lead, with Bowser working back to the third lane, giving a four-wide battle for the top spot on lap three. Even though Kulpa had the lead for one lap, the power under the hood of Bowser propelled her into the lead on lap four, when Kulpa spun in turn three drawing caution.

The accident involved Kulpa, Meservey and Barboza — all of which had minimal damage and were able to return to action without going into the pit area. Once the green flag flew on lap four, the race was pretty much set and done. Bowser, who restarted on the pole, drove by new challenger Mikey Toner Jr. and took the lead for what would be the winning pass on Friday evening.

Toner Jr. settled into second spot just in front of previous week winner Eric LeBrun and the top three drivers pulled away from the rest of the field before lap eight went onto the scoreboard. While Bowser opened her gap to more then two seconds over Toner Jr., LeBrun tried everything he could to get up to the outside of the Toner Painting ride, to not avail at first.

However, just after the halfway point, a side-by-side battle began with Toner Jr. on the bottom and LeBrun on the outside. The two drivers did touch once or twice, but raced respectfully and clean and brought their battle right down to the wire without incident. Behind them, a three car battle for fourth spot including Meservey, Kulpa and Barboza.

Taylor Bowser drove off turn number four at lap twenty and watched the checkered flag drop down over her for the third time on the 2015 season, over four seconds ahead of the rest of the SYRA 750 field. LeBrun was able to edge out Toner Jr. for second at the end of the feature, with Cassie Meservey, carrying her new sponsor, finishing fourth. Matt Barboza finished fifth, Kulpa sixth and Taunton, Massachusetts native Tim Ouelette rounded out the seven car field.

ANDREW KUN WINS FEATURE, AMY ARSENAULT CLAIMS PURE STOCK TRIPLE CROWN WIN

For the driver of the Gerry’s General Maintenance No. 88 Andrew Kun, Friday night’s events turned into a dream night. Kun, who rolled off just inside the top ten for the feature event, came through the pack with some impressive moves in order to score his second Pure Stock victory of the season.

The green flag flew for the Phil’s Propane Triple Crown Series finale 30 lap main event with Lenny Sousa and Keri Lynn Manfredo on the front row, the same way they lined up for the heat race earlier in the night. Much like the qualifying event, Sousa was able to clear with Manfredo settling in second, but they would soon be back side-by-side.

The first caution of the event flew on lap two when Triple Crown contender Amy Arsenault spun in turn four after some contact with Tommy Blackwell. Even though she was able to continue with no damage, she was stuck in the back for the final 28 laps that laid ahead.

The restart saw Sousa clear to the lead with Manfredo second, but Jamie Burch was fighting the outside extremely hard and gaining ground quickly on the frontrunners. Chad Baxter made his presence known in the front on lap six, when he dove three-wide to the inside and put Manfredo in the middle.

The second caution of the event flew on lap seven closing the field right back up to the bumper of the No. 31 of Sousa.

With the new restart order set, Sousa now was challenged by Burch on the outside. Burch, who normally enjoys driving his car loose around the 1/3 mile oval, was just a little bit too loose on Friday night. He burned up his right rear tire a little bit and went backwards, allowing Andrew Kun to start making his move. Kun rolled onto the bottom side and grabbed third, looking for second, just before the third caution flew for a spin by Emily Brightman.

The ensuing green saw Kun grab second on the bottom and eventually move around Sousa into the top spot. Sousa, who attempted to settle into second, ended up spun in turn three after contact with Mark Murphy. Both drivers ended up going to the tail end of the field after the incident.

After the field went back green, Kun was able to take control of the field. Danny Massa Jr. and previous week feature winner Colby Lambert then went to work in the battle for second, with Arsenault, who had come all the way from the tail, riding in fourth spot. A final caution on lap 24 gave Massa, Arsenault and Lambert one last shot to get by the No. 88, but it just was not going to happen.

Kun notched his second victory of the season on Fast Friday. Amy Arsenault, driver of the Chaz Auto Body No. 9, clinched the Phil’s Propane Triple Crown Series championship along the way with her second place finish. A drive from the back to the front clinched her the Triple Crown title in impressive fashion.

MARTINEZ NOTCHES FIRST LEGENDS FEATURE, SPECIAL QUALIFIER

What a time to grab your first career victory in the Nick’s Pit Stop Legend Cars. Brandon Martinez, also known around the track as “Batman,” found himself carrying the checkers for the first time in his career, a win that has been a long time coming.

The event was a special one for the Legends, with the winner being named a guaranteed starter in the 50 lap “Battle of the Sound” feature at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl in October.

Ryan Kuhn and Matt Carpenter brought the field over twenty Nick’s Pit Stop Legend Cars to the green flag with some side-by-side action kicking things off right away. Not only were they double-wide for the lead, they were double-wide throughout the top twelve for the first three circuits around the Action Track of the East.

The double-wide action ended quickly on lap three, when Chris Robbins hit the outside wall extremely hard in turn four drawing the first caution. Contact from behind sent Robbins over the right rear tire of Jesse Melberg and right front first into the wall, ending his night before it really even got started.

When the qualifier went back under the green flag, Kuhn went back to the lead and was closely chased by Raymond Parent Jr. in the battle for the race lead. Parent was able to clear Carpenter and grab second spot before long, but struggles started for Parent Jr. when he looked up and saw his number posted for a black flag. A front bumper hanging sent him pitside from second, ending his chances of winning his first career Legends race.

The halfway point came around on lap 13 and the battle for the lead had five drivers involved. Martinez came from the middle of the field to the back bumper of Kuhn extremely quickly and went to work trying to get by him in the final ten laps. All of a sudden, much like the heat qualifying event earlier in the night, Kuhn’s car became extremely ill-handling.

Martinez moved into the lead on lap 18 and set sail away, followed by Jordan Lamothe, multiple-time feature winner in 2015. The two drivers drove away from Kuhn, who was gobbled up by Jake Johnson and Melberg before long. The struggles for Kuhn over the last few weeks just continued over the feature’s final ten laps, going from the lead outside the top five quickly.

Lamothe lost a tad bit of ground to Martinez right at the start of the run, but quickly moved up towards him before long. With three laps to go, Lamothe had closed to within a car length of the leader and took a look to the inside lane, trying for another feature win.

The look to the inside coming to the two lap to go signal got Lamothe a little sideways and allowed Johnson to make a move by Lamothe and clear to second spot. While those drivers battled for positions two and three, Martinez scooted away and notched his first career victory in fine fashion. The qualifier victory and spot in the Battle of the Sound feature event capped a great night for the driver of the No. 12.

Johnson finished second on Friday, his best career feature finish in his rookie season. Lamothe finished third, Melberg fourth and Kuhn completed the top five positions.

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