SEEKONK, Mass. — Story by Race Chaser Online New England Correspondent Kyle Souza — Ed Martin photo —
Talk about an emotional roller coaster.
Tom Scully Jr. came into this past weekend’s action at Seekonk Speedway on a mission — to score a win for his mother.
Scully Jr. ran inside the top five all day on Sunday afternoon after rolling off to the green flag in third as part of Seekonk Speedway’s season opening 70th season spectacular.
He made a late-race move to the inside of Rick Martin to take the lead, then held Martin’s hard fight off on a late-race restart to carry the first checkered flag of Seekonk’s 70th season for the Pro Stocks.
Scully was one of three leaders on the afternoon, a group that also included Kyle Casper and Rick Martin.
For Scully Jr., not only was the win a solid start to the season, it was the most emotional win of his career. His mom was diagnosed with an illness during the offseason and Scully Jr. put everything out on the line to score the win in her honor.
“Early in the race I thought I was actually a little better than Rick but I tried the outside and had no grip,” Scully said post-race. “The last restart we had a great battle and I came out on top.”
Scully Jr. arguably drives his car harder then anyone else in the division. His tenacity on the track is among the best at the Speedway.
On Sunday, Scully put his best foot forward against some of the tracks best in a thrilling battle. His mom, Debra, was clearly emotional post-race but was excited to have her son start the season in such a strong way — on top.
The Scully family is one of the longest running families to be in competition at Seekonk. Tom Scully Sr. has won multiple races in the track’s premiere Pro Stock division as well. They are some of the best in the paddock area each and every weekend.
Not only for the Scully family, but for everyone at the track on Sunday afternoon, the win was one of the best in recent memory.