NWAAS: Lallier Family Battling Amongst Each Other In Seekonk Street Stock Championship Finale

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

It is extremely rare that a family battles out a championship among themselves in racing. Normally, multiple other drivers are in the fight and it comes down to who finishes best on a week-to-week basis.

However, in 2015, the Street Stock championship battle at Seekonk Speedway is about to come down to a father and son who have been the dominant cars all season long.

The NASCAR Division III Street Stock points leader coming into the weekend is Paul Lallier. Lallier, driver of the Chaz Auto Body No. 70 Chevrolet, has been in a championship battle before in the Streeters. He was the 2012 champion at the Action Track of the East and that season he collected many victories in route to the crown.

The consistency in 2015 has propelled him to a 33 point advantage going into the final NASCAR Whelen All American Series feature of the season this Saturday night.  Paul has had to go through lots of wrecks this season, a product of running well and starting towards the back with the way the handicap system works at the Seekonk Speedway. He always seems to find himself in the front of the pack when it matters most and sometimes is able to avoid some carnage on his way there.

A couple of weeks ago, a crash in the heat race sent Paul running back and fourth with his crew to get his car fixed before the feature event started. Luckily, he had all of the parts he needed and got the car out there for the feature and got as many points as he can. That could be the night that people look back at when this championship chase comes to a conclusion.

Even though Paul is well ahead in the title chase, the Street Stocks often have close to a full field of cars, meaning if he stumbles at all, second place will be right up on his doorstep. For him, he finds the second place driver to be a little bit different then just any other driver in action — because it is his own flesh and blood.

Tyler, his son, who also drives a Chaz’s Auto Body Chevrolet, is the 2015 Phil’s Propane Triple Crown Series champion. He picked up his first career victory in the third race of the Triple Crown Series in order to officially clinch that championship.

His season has also been filled with multiple top-five finishes and a ton of top-ten runs. “I think my season has gone very well considering I missed opening day and I am second in the points with a week to go. My worst finish this year is eighth and I have ten top-fives in fifteen weeks of racing,” Tyler told Race Chaser Online.

Lallier especially was excited about winning the Phil’s Triple Crown Series, a goal he set for himself early in the season.

“I won the Triple Crown and my first race in the same night so it was an overwhelming and truly amazing accomplishment. It was something I’ll never forget. I’m trying to finish second in points and finish off the points season with a win this weekend. It’s going to be a tough race as me and Scott Bruneau are racing hard for second in points. I’ve been chasing down the point lead all season and to be where I am right now looking at the final week is just an amazing accomplishment for me and my small but dedicated team.”

As the Lallier’s come out of the same household, Tyler is certain that his Dad is behind him every step of the way with everything that he does.

“I know how proud my dad is of me and I think he’s happier about this season than me. This season would not have happened without the help of Ray Taylor from Taylors Garage. He supplied me with a motor after mine blew up opening day weekend and without that I would have missed more than half the season. Also I can’t thank Charlie at Chazs auto body enough for being so loyal to me and my father throughout the years, as well as Kenny and KJ from Stafford electric who sponsored both cars this season and really came through for us.

Former champion Scott Bruneau comes into the weekend third in the championship standings, with Corey Fanning and Rey Lovelace completing the top five.

The Street Stock championship conclusion will happen just two days from now at Seekonk Speedway. The action starts with heat racing at 6 p.m., followed by feature events.

For more information, fans can visit www.seekonkspeedway.com

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