The racing was hotter than the summer air, and the emotions were even hotter Saturday night at Seekonk Speedway (MA). As the clock neared midnight at the “Cement Palace” the emotion at the track reached its peak when Brad Babb and Eddie MacDonald collided in turn one with just two laps remaining in the 150-lap American-Canadian Tour event.
Babb and Scott Payea were battling side by side for the win with just three laps remaining when Eddie MacDonald made it a three-wide battle into turn three. MacDonald, who made his way to Seekonk via helicopter after racing at New Hampshire Motor Speedway earlier in the day, made contact with the left rear of Babb’s No. 15. Both drivers got sideways, lost ground to Payea and sustained some damage.
Payea handled a green-white-checkered finish with ease and took his second ACT win of 2016. While Payea celebrated, both Babb and MacDonald shared their thoughts on what happened.
“It was kind of tough to lose that one, but everyone knew that we were here and I think I got my point across, he probably won’t ever win another race I’m in,” Babb told Speed51.com powered by JEGS. “There wasn’t a hole there and he just blew it in, moving me out of the way. If he had been there and hit me in the door, that’s one thing. But I didn’t run the 37 high and he just moved me out of the way. Whatever, it happens, it’s racing. Like I said I think he got my point.”
MacDonald had a slightly different perspective of the incident that ended his night.
“The 15 (Babb) was worried too much about the car on the outside of him and kept trying to drive him up a little bit and left a hole coming off of two, so I snuck it in there and had him pretty much side by side there going into turn three,” said MacDonald. “It seemed like he just cut down on us. I don’t know, he must’ve thought that I dove it in there. When you’re up beside someone coming down the backstretch, you got to give them the lane. He’ll learn one of these days that you got to give up some here and there.”
While there is no previous animosity between the two, MacDonald was not surprised by the second half of the incident in turn one.
“Not really from him,” he said. “He’s kind of immature on that end of things, it’s too bad, but that’s the way he races and he probably won’t be in the car long if he keeps doing that.”
While Babb started up front in the race, MacDonald started last in 30th position after arriving just in time for the feature via helicopter after competing in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East event at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
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-By Connor Sullivan, Speed51.com State Editor (CT, MA, Long Island) – Twitter: @Connor51CT
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