SEEKONK, Mass. — Recap by Race Chaser Online New England Correspondent Kyle Souza — Seekonk Speedway photo — After rain moved the annual DAV Fall Classic from Saturday to Sunday, sunny skies filled the Action Track of the East in preparation to wind down the season is spectacular fashion, and spectacular it was — with Derek Ramstrom taking the glory and the big prize by winning the $5,000 Pro Stock event Sunday afternoon.
Just past the halfway mark of the main event Dave Darling was in control, opening up a half-straightaway lead on the rest of the field until another caution bunched the field up. On the ensuing restart, the battle was on between Darling and Rick Martin up front. At this point, things seemed to be setting up with Darling running away and the battle to be for second between multiple drivers.
When a lap 88 caution bunched the field back together, Derek Ramstrom put that theory of battling for second down. He took his #35 to the inside of Darling on lap 94 and they went side-by-side for the final 5 laps of the feature event. Beating, banging, rubbing on one another the two drivers put everything out on the line coming to the checkers. Darling attempted a cross-over move to the bottom coming to the white flag, but that gave Ramstrom just enough power to shut the door and pull a car-length away.
The checkers ultimately went to Ramstrom, with Darling second and Pro Stock track champion Kenny Spencer third.
In Sports Trucks, Rob Murphy had an unreal season in 2014, collecting 8 wins and the track title, but he finished it off with the DAV Fall Classic trophy. A three-wide move in the first 8 laps of the feature saw him pass Bob Rainville and John Robinoux and proceed to pull away out front. One caution put the field back on his bumper, but Murphy quickly opened it up on the ensuing green. Murphy took the checkers, with Chase Belcher coming home a close second.
The Late Models rolled onto the track with high expectations as they prepared for the 50-lap classic. Jeramme Lille started from the outside pole, jumping out to an early advantage before the caution flags started to fly. Multiple yellows slowed the field up during the afternoon but the crucial yellow came when Ryan Vanasse tried a cross-over move in turn four, but ended up spinning off the bumper of Ray Parent. The officials deemed Parent was allowed to stay at the front and he took full advantage on the next restart. Parent drove to the inside of Lille and never looked back Sunday, picking up his second win in his second appearance at Seekonk this season. Lille crossed the line in second, with Vanasse climbing back to finish third.
The Sim’s Street Stocks saw one of the best Fall Classics in their history. The first 15 laps went under the green flag under the control of Scott Serydynski Sr, until the yellow flew for Dan Soloman dropping some gear oil on the back-stretch. When the green flag came back out, John Hanifin lined up to the outside looking to claim his third career DAV Street Stock crown. The two drivers went wheel to wheel for literally the last half of the 30-lap feature, with Serydynski Sr just edging out across the stripe for what looked to be the victory. The post race tech officials deemed otherwise, handing John Hanifin his third career DAV crown. After the DQ, Austin Blais was awarded the second spot.
The Pro 4 Modifieds were also on hand Sunday afternoon for a 25-lap feature. Randy Cabral had run the NEMA event at Waterford earlier in the afternoon, but quickly drove to Seekonk and drove away with the Pro 4 Mod victory.
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