NWAAS: Angelo Belsito and Tom Scully Jr. Ready For Pro Stock Championship Conclusion

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SEEKONK, Mass. — Story by Race Chaser Online New England Correspondent Kyle Souza — Seekonk Speedway photo —

It has been a common trend over the last decade that the Seekonk Speedway Pro Stock championship fight comes down to the final checkered flag of the season.

In 2008, it was Tom Scully Jr. chasing Fred Astle going into the final week of the season by just single digits. He went out and won the 40-lap feature event that night, but Astle finished second and clinched himself the championship by a few positions on the track.

In 2009, it was David Darling and Astle who went into the final night of the season separated by just a few points. Darling ended up making contact with Rob Murphy battling for the lead while in position to win the title and was sidelined, handing Astle the championship. Tom Scully Jr. ended up finishing second that season in the championship chase.

The common trend in those two of many championship chases during the last decade is Tom Scully Jr. He has found himself at the forefront of the title chase going into the final week of the season, mostly due to his consistency and experience winning races on the track. If he can’t score the victory, you can bet he is going to finish as close as he can to the front of the pack and take as many points home with him as possible.

After seventeen races in the 2015 season in the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Pro Stocks, Angelo Belsito and Tom Scully Jr. will be separated by 17 points going into the final Saturday evening.

“I wish we were a little closer in points going into the championship night,” Scully Jr. told Race Chaser Online. “We are going there Saturday looking for the win in the No. 2 Wheelocks NAPA Auto Parts Ford Fusion and hope that will be enough depending on where Angelo (Belsito) finishes to secure the championship.”

Belsito, a sophomore in the division who drives the Belboy’s Trucking No. 8, is in a position he has never been in before. Last year, in his rookie season, Belsito finished eighth in the points standings after missing a double points event. He was able to collect multiple victories and surprised just about everyone in the grandstands.

When Belsito unloaded in 2015, the car was even faster than 2014. He quickly put people on notice winning in the first month of the season and has gone on to be the dominant car in the class for the whole year. His multiple victories, accompanied by consistent top-five runs, have him 17 points to the good in a championship fight he is looking forward to closing out.

“I’m feeling good going into the race. I feel honored to be where I am with such a high level of competitiveness and to be in contention for a championship in my second year is just amazing. I’m gonna treat this weekends race like no other just get through each situation the best I can and just race for it,” Belsito told Race Chaser Online.

While on the track this season, Belsito and Scully Jr. have been around each other a ton. They both are often in the front of the field, hence why they are more then a race ahead of any of their closest challengers in the class.

“Tom’s been one tough competitor. He has got a great car and great bunch of guys and I’m ready to settle this and see who’s going to get the crown. I couldn’t get to where I am without a great bunch of supporters. I got to thank all my sponsors, Belboys Trucking, R.J. Wood INC, A.F. Amorello Construction, DeBoise Inc, and P.T.Watts and all the guys on the crew for help they have gave me to get me here.”

Even though Scully Jr. has struggled recently with the setup under the hood of his NAPA machine, he showed drastic improvement last Saturday evening, running third most of the event and sealing the deal at the end. He only chased Kenny Spencer and Mike Brightman to the stripe, but more importantly beat Belsito by two positions.

“If we can’t win it we had a decent season. Can’t thank my parents enough for giving me the opportunity to have fun every week and my crew/car chief Brian Lambos for dedicating basically all his time. Also the crew Jay D., Jay P., and Scottie for their time and effort.”

The next, and final chapter of the Pro Stock championship chase will come this Saturday evening at the Cement Palace.  Heat racing action begins at 6 p.m., with feature races to follow.

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