SEEKONK, Mass. — Story by Race Chaser Online New England Correspondent Kyle Souza — Seekonk Speedway photo —
Despite the fact that he was only competing in his second career 100 lap Pro Stock feature, “The Beast” found himself up top again at Seekonk Speedway on Saturday night.
Angelo Belsito used a late-race move to slide by points leader Tom Scully Jr. en route to victory in the Everett’s Auto Parts 100 lap main event for the Pro Stocks at Seekonk, part of the weekly NASCAR Whelen All American Series.
Belsito, who started seventh in the 20-car field, worked his way up into the top three before lap 20 clicked up on the scoreboard. His Belboy’s Trucking No. 8 ride then proceeded to slide by Ryan Vanasse on lap 31.
Now up to second, Belsito moved to the top groove and made easy work of Mike Brightman, grabbing the lead. Even though he had a stout car in the first half of the event, the car seemed to get better the longer it went.
Meanwhile, in the middle of the pack, Scully Jr. and David Darling got together on lap 45, but Scully Jr. slid through the grass sideways and kept right on going, losing only a few positions along with it. That would prove to be the move of the race and could very well end up being the save of the season for the NAPA No. 2 team.
Right at the halfway point of the feature the first caution flew, when Nick Lascuola and Mike Mitchell crashed hard on the frontstretch. For Mitchell, the night was full of ups and downs on Saturday. He had just won the 35 lap Phil’s Propane Triple Crown Series Street Stock race minutes before climbing into his Pro Stock. Even though both drivers escaped the wreck without injury, the cars were extremely damaged.
A quick caution for a spin by Jake Vanada and Bob Hussey slowed the action again, but then the battle was on at the front of the pack.
Scully Jr. found himself at the point when he passed Belsito on the outside on lap 64, but was not able to seal the deal when it mattered most. Belsito closed in on the No. 2 in the late laps of the 100 lapper, when both cars had used up their equipment and were sliding trying to hang on.
A pass on lap 90, with ten laps to go, proved to be the winning move on Saturday evening. Belsito decided it was time to go and moved to the inside and took the lead with ease, running away to the victory in the end.
Following the top two across the line was David Darling in third, Brightman fourth and Ryan Vanasse completing the top five. Veterans Dick Houlihan and Fred Astle finished sixth and seventh, with Kevin Casper, Kyle Casper and Vanada rounding out the top ten spots.
The Pro Stocks return for a 40 lap feature on Saturday night, Aug. 1 after having two extra distance races in a row.
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