DAV Fall Classic – Seekonk Speedway (MA) – 10/7/17

Last updated: October 9, 2017 at 13:58 pm
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Your podium, David Darling, Ryan Vanasse, and Derek Griffith. (Speed51.com photo)

Your podium, David Darling, Ryan Vanasse, and Derek Griffith. (Speed51.com photo)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What Won the Race: After regaining the lead after a pit stop for fresh rubber, David Darling held off Ryan Vanasse on multiple restarts in the closing laps, while also battling a sputtering engine, to win the DAV Fall Classic 150.

 

The Finish: 

1 52 Dave Darling 150
2 11 Ryan Vanasse 150
3 12G Derek Griffith 150
4 14B Travis Benjamin 150
5 39 Nick Lascuola 150
6 12 Bobby Pelland 150
7 17MA Eddie MacDonald 150
8 27NH Wayne Helliwell, Jr. 150
9 46 Jake Vanada 150
10 03 Joe Squeglia 150
11 00 Jimmy Renfrew, Jr. 150
12 43 Devin O’Connell 150
13 2 Tom Scully, Jr. 150
14 48 Larry Gelinas 149
15 41 Dick Houlihan 147
16 30 Fred Astle 140
17 17 Kevin Folan 114
18 27 Mike Brightman 111
19 14 Rick Martin 92
20 36 Dave Silva 74
21 9 Tommy Barrett 65
22 5 Phil Meaney 61

 

The Skinny: David Darling led from the pole early on, but was caught by Joe Squeglia around halfway. Darling pitted for a fresh tire with around 40 to go, and immediatly stormed back to the lead within a few laps. Ryan Vanasse pitted after Darling and caught Darling in the closing laps with the help of multiple yellows. Despite Darling picking up skip in the engine, Darling held on for the DAV victory, his 10th win overall at Seekonk in 2017.

 

Winning Quote: “I don’t know if this thing is on six or seven cylinders, but definitely not all eight. I was doing everything I could to keep Ryan behind me, luckily it worked out.” – David Darling

 

On the Move: After a poor heat race draw to start the day, Derek Griffith picked his way from 13th to finish 3rd.

 

Biggest Loser: Fred Astle looked strong in the early laps after starting 5th, but soon had problems finishing 16th, 10 laps down.

 

 Notebook: 

-Derek Griffith led the first and third practice sessions.

– 2017 Seekonk Pro Stock champion David Darling led the second session.

 

Starting Lineup:

1 52 Dave Darling
2 11 Ryan Vanasse
3 39 Nick Lascuola
4 03 Joe Squeglia
5 30 Fred Astle
6 14B Travis Benjamin
7 17MA Eddie MacDonald
8 2 Tom Scully, Jr.
9 27NH Wayne Helliwell, Jr.
10 27 Mike Brightman
11 14 Rick Martin
12 00 Jimmy Renfrew, Jr.
13 12G Derek Griffith
14 12 Bobby Pelland
15 17 Kevin Folan
16 43 Devin O’Connell
17 48 Larry Gelinas
18 9 Tommy Barrett
19 36 Dave Silva
20 46 Jake Vanada
21 5 Phil Meaney
22 41 Dick Houlihan

 

 

Heat Race Results:

Heat One

1 03 Joe Squeglia
2 52 Dave Darling
2 17MA Eddie MacDonald
4 27 Mike Brightman
5 12G Derek Griffith
6 43 Devin O’Connell
7 36 Dave Silva

 

Heat Two

1 39 Nick Lascuola
2 30 Fred Astle
3 2 Tom Scully, Jr.
4 14 Rick Martin
5 12 Bobby Pelland
6 48 Larry Gelinas
7 46 Jake Vanada

 

Heat Three

1 11 Ryan Vanasse
2 14B Travis Benjamin
3 27NH Wayne Helliwell, Jr.
4 00 Jimmy Renfrew, Jr.
5 17 Kevin Folan
6 9 Tommy Barrett
7 41 Dick Houlihan
8 5 Phil Meaney

 

 

Heat Race Lineups:

Heat One

1 03 Joe Squeglia
2 27 Mike Brightman
2 17 Eddie MacDonald
4 36 Dave Silva
5 52 Dave Darling
6 12G Derek Griffith
7 43 Devin O’Connell

 

Heat Two

1 30 Fred Astle
2 39 Nick Lascuola
3 2 Tom Scully, Jr.
4 46 Jake Vanada
5 14 Rick Martin
6 48 Larry Gelinas
7 12 Bobby Pelland

 

Heat Three

1 14B Travis Benjamin
2 5 Phil Meaney
3 27NH Wayne Helliwell, Jr.
4 00 Jimmy Renfrew, Jr.
5 11 Ryan Vanasse
6 9 Tommy Barrett
7 41 Dick Houlihan
8 17 Kevin Folan

 

Car Count: 22 Pro Stocks

 

Entry List: 

00 Jimmy Renfrew, Jr.
03 Joe Squeglia
2 Tom Scully, Jr.
5 Phil Meaney
9 Tommy Barrett
11 Ryan Vanasse
12 Bobby Pelland III
12G Derek Griffith
14 Rick Martin
14B Travis Benjamin
17 Kevin Folan
17MA Eddie MacDonald
27 Mike Brightman
27NH Wayne Helliwell, Jr.
30 Fred Astle
36 Dave Silva
39 Nick Lascuola
41 Dick Houlihan
43 Devin O’Connell
46 Jake Vanada
48 Larry Gelinas
52 Dave Darling

 

Qualifying Format: Three heats set the feature lineup.

 

Event Schedule: Heats 2pm, Features: 3pm

 

Who to Watch For: David Darling, Tom Scully, Jr., Derek Griffith, Travis Benjamin, Wayne Helliwell, Jr.

 

The Track: Seekonk Speedway (1/3 mile bullring); Seekonk, MA

 

Weather: Warm and sunny

 

 

 

Speed Central: DAV Fall Classic at Seekonk Speedway (MA)