Perfection, that is what Kyle Dessouza, of Providence, RI, opened up the third night of NASCAR Nite at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway with. Dessouza led all 50-laps of the Pro Series feature event en-route to his first career NASCAR Nite victory.
Dessouza started on the pole and paced the 24-car field to the green flag. After battling for the lead with 17 year-old rookie John Peters, of Westbrook, Dessouza was able to clear Peters coming out of the fourth turn. Dessouza opened up a sizable lead over Peters until a caution on lap 12 bunched the field back together.
On the restart, Dessouza chose the inside line on the leaders lane choice and it proved successful as he was able to clear Peters by the first turn. As Dessouza led the field, veterans Steve Carrier, of Saco and Oakland’s Mike Landry were able to move their way inside the top three.
By the halfway mark, hard charger and rookie Mike Fowler, of Scarborough was able to march his way into the fifth position after starting outside of the top ten.
A late race caution on lap 38, set up for a 12 lap shootout between Dessouza, and Carrier. Dessouza and Carrier were side-by-side for three laps until Dessouza was able to edge Carrier going into the first turn. Dessouza led the remaining nine laps of the feature event to claim his first victory of the 2014 season. For Dessouza, it was a great rebound and momentum shift after struggling the first couple of weeks with mechanical issues.
Current points leader Corey Bubar, of Windham, was able to to claim a top-ten finish after starting in 19th position.
Racing resumes next Saturday June 14th, at 7pm with more NASCAR Whelen All-American Series action featuring the Pro Series, Wildcats and a special 125-lap Sport Series feature event.
Top Five Finishes:
1. Kyle Dessouza, E Providence, RI
2. Steve Carrier, Saco
3. Mike Landry, Oakland
4. Kelly Moore, Scarborough
5. Jacob Dore, Sanford
1. Garret Hall, Scarborough
2. Sally Gheradi, Gorham
3. Clyde Hennessey, Windham
4. Bobby Nadeau, Hollis
5. Dave Langlais, Springvale
1. Brian Caswell, Waterboro
2. Jon Brill, Bridgton
3. David Vaughn, Naples
4. Cole Watson, Naples
5. Chaz Briggs, Westbrook
-Beech Ridge Motor Speedway Press Release. Photo Credit: Beech Ridge Motor Speedway Facebook