SEEKONK, Mass. — Story by Race Chaser Online New England Correspondent Kyle Souza — Seekonk Speedway photo —
With only six weeks remaining in the 2015 NASCAR Whelen All American Series Pro Stock season, the point standings have changed once again.
Angelo Belsito, native of Auburn, Massachusetts, took the overall driver’s points lead following Saturday nights 65 lap Phil’s Propane Triple Crown Series feature event.
Belsito, who started 12th in the feature event, was involved in an early race crash that sent him into the pit area to the attention of his team with damage on his Belboy’s Trucking No. 8. With the team trashing on the banged up body, Belsito sat behind the wheel wondering if he would be able to charge back through the field.
Once the green flag flew, and a few more caution flags helped him pass a few cars, Belsito went to work. He used the outside, then the inside, then the outside once again to find himself suddenly inside the top five just after the halfway point.
He moved to the bottom on Dick Houlihan and grabbed fifth spot and then the race was on, with only limited laps remaining. Since the leaders were already way ahead of the field, Belsito was only able to charge to third spot by feature’s end.
He and Mike Brightman were involved in a heated battle coming to the finish, with Belsito edging out by a mere few tenths of a second.
Former points leader Tom Scully Jr. was involved in an incident where he cut a tire, sending him to the pits for a change, but he was not able to make it back through. Even though he lost the driver’s points lead, Scully Jr. was able to clinch the Phil’s Propane Triple Crown Series championship on Saturday evening.
In the updated Pro Stock standings, Belsito leads Tom Scully Jr. by just four points. However, he came into the night trailing the NAPA Auto Parts No. 2 by 14 points.
Updated Top Four Standings:
8 Angelo Belsito — 659 pts
2 Tom Scully Jr. — 655 pts
48 Ryan Lineham — 609 pts
52 David Darling — 603 pts
Six races remain on the 2015 season, with still plenty of action ahead. Scully Jr. will have to play catch up the next couple of weeks and will hope to rebound after some tough weeks. Belsito is the car to beat too this point and has been the fastest car week in and week out all season.
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