SEEKONK, Mass. —
Friday night at Seekonk Speedway, Ryan Kuhn stunned the fans and all of his competition in the 25 lap Nick’s Pit Stop Legends feature event.
Kuhn started at the tail end of the field in the race, but not because of his points position. He was forced to the rear of the field because he didn’t finish his heat race after being involved in a crash on the frontstretch just two laps into the 8 lap qualifying round.
The team worked hard on the car during the time between the heat and feature just to get it back on the trac. The car was bent in the rear end, bent in the right front and just about everything else had gone wrong. The team fixed the car the best they could and sent Kuhn out there to just ride around and get as many points as he could, since he came into the night inside the top three in the division point standings.
But then, the door opened and Kuhn was all of a sudden charging through the field. He avoided a few accidents here and there in the first half of the race and in the second half, he made his charge to the front.
He got to third on a late restart and when Brandon Martinez got sideways and spun out from the lead, Kuhn got a shot at the outside of the front row on a green-white-checkered restart. He lined up alongside his friend Jake “The Jet” Johnson — the division current points leader — and from there, they say it’s history.
He drove up alongside Johnson with a little bump coming off turn two on the final lap and drove around the 1/3 mile and right into Everett’s Auto Parts victory lane, capturing his fifth win of the season in a competitive Legends class.
“It was a very eventful night,” Kuhn said. “We wrecked out of that heat race and we were struggling to put this car together — we didn’t even think we were going to run the race. Everyone did a great job getting the car together, I’d like to thank all of them.”
Kuhn’s drive through the field put fans on the edge of their seats Friday night as he sliced through traffic, using both the bottom and the top lanes in his voyage to the front of the field. In the end, it was his night to hold the trophy.
“After the early caution, I knew we were up in the pack but I wasn’t sure if we had a chance or not,” Kuhn said. “We drove our way all the way through the pack there. It was a crazy race.”
Behind Kuhn at the finish was Johnson, who got sideways coming through three and four on the final lap but still was able to get the job done and actually open his points lead. With Kuhn crashing out of the heat race, Johnson gained more points on Friday night. He will have 74 point lead over Kuhn going into the final stretch of the season.
Jesse Jakubajtys finished third, charging to the front of the final laps with no front bumper left on the No. 44 after being involved in the same crash at Kuhn in the heat race. Derek Gluchacki finished fourth and Adam Avedisian rounded out the balance of the top-five.
The Nick’s Pit Stop Legends Cars return to action next Friday night, August 13 at Seekonk with a 25 lap feature event.
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Kyle Souza is an aspiring Journalism major at the Roger Williams University in Bristol, R.I. Souza is Race Chaser Online’s New England motorsports insider, covering everything from the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour to the NASCAR Whelen All American Series and the PASS North Super Late Models.
When not writing, Souza works at the Seekonk Speedway as the track’s Friday night public address announcer and press writer, and is also the Media Director for both the Granite State Pro Stock Series and the Tri Track Open Modified Series.
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