Granite State Pro Stock Series – Seekonk Speedway (MA) – 6/24/17

Featured photo credit: Nicholas Teto

Last updated: June 25, 2017 at 14:07 pm
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David Darling is presented his Summer Thunder TV plaque from Speed51.com Editor Brandon Paul. (Nicholas Teto photo)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What Won the Race: Dave Darling took the lead early and pulled away from Tom Scully, Jr. late to win the inaugural GSPSS race at Seekonk.

 

The Finish: 

1 52 David Darling
2 2 Tom Scully, Jr.
3 14B Travis Benjamin
4 8 Angelo Belsito
5 43 Devin O’Connell
6 7 Cory Casagrande
7 08 Mike O’Sullivan
8 96 Wyatt Alexander
9 48 Larry Gelinas
10 14M Rick Martin
11 12 Robert Pelland
12 72 Scott MacMichael
13 39 Nick Lascuola
14 40 Mike Mitchell
15 29 Barry Gray
16 1 Kyle Casagrande
17 99 Billy Joerres
18 21 Josh King
19 90 Craig Weinstein
20 87 Jeff Baril
21 23 Glenn Martel

 

The Skinny: Polesitter Robert Pelland jumped out to the early lead, but with the assistance of some early-race cautions David Darling was able to work his way to the front and take over the lead. From there, Tom Scully, Jr. challenged Darling on a few restarts, but never had enough to get by the No. 52.

 

Winning Quote: “Luckily we didn’t really have anyone on our bumper really pressuring us.  The restarts I had to get going.  I was just trying not to burn the right front off because it was pretty tight.” – Dave Darling

 

Winning Crew Chief: Jeff Belyea

 

Winning Chassis: Distance

 

Winning Shocks: ARS Shocks

 

Winning Engine: Chevy Crate

 

On the Move: Travis Benjamin started 12th and drove to the third position, a gain of nine spots.

 

Biggest Loser: Robert Pelland III started from the pole and slipped to an 11th-place finish, a loss of 10 positions.

 

Pre-Feature Notebook: 

-Two-time Oxford 250 winner Travis Benjamin is here tonight driving Matt Frahm’s No. 14 car.

-Another Oxford 250 winner, Larry Gelinas, is also in the field.

-Tonight’s race can be seen live on Speed51.com’s Summer Thunder TV.

 

Starting Lineup:

Pos. # Driver
1 12 Robert Pelland
2 7 Cory Casagrande
3 8 Angelo Belsito
4 08 Mike O’Sullivan
5 52 Dave Darling
6 2 Tom Scully, Jr.
7 72 Scott MacMichael
8 43 Devin O’Connell
9 90 Craig Weinstein
10 14M Rick Martin
11 39 Nick Lascuola
12 14B Travis Benjamin
13 1 Kyle Casagrande
14 99 Billy Joerres
15 48 Larry Gelinas
16 23 Glenn Martel
17 96 Wyatt Alexander
18 40 Mike Mitchell
19 21 Josh King
20 87 Jeff Baril
21 29 Barry Gray

 

Heat Race Results:

Heat 1

1 12 Bobby Pelland
2 08 Mike O’Sullivan
3 72 Scott MacMichael
4 14M Rick Martin
5 1 Kyle Casagrande
6 23 Glenn Martel
7 21 Josh King

 

Heat 2

1 7 Cory Casagrande
2 52 Dave Darling
3 43 Devin O’Connell
4 39 Nick Lascuola
5 99 Billy Joerres
6 96 Wyatt Alexander
7 87 Jeff Baril

 

Heat 3

1 8 Angelo Belsito
2 2 Tom Scully, Jr.
3 90 Craig Weinstein
4 14 Travis Benjamin
5 48 Larry Gelinas
6 40 Mike Mitchell
7 29 Barry Gray

 

Heat Race Lineups:

Heat 1

1 08 Mike O’Sullivan
2 12 Robert Pelland
3 1 Kyle Casagrande
4 72 Scott MacMichael
5 21 Josh King
6 23 Glenn Martel
7 14M Rick Martin

 

Heat 2

1 43 Devin O’Connell
2 96 Wyatt Alexander
3 7 Cory Casagrande
4 52 Dave Darling
5 39 Nick Lascuola
6 99 Billy Joerres
7 87 Jeff Baril

 

Heat 3

1 8 Angelo Belsito
2 29 Barry Gray
3 2 Tom Scully, Jr.
4 90 Craig Weinstein
5 40 Mike Mitchell
6 14B Travis Benjamin
7 48 Larry Gelinas

 

Car Count: 21 Granite State Pro Stocks

 

Entry List: 

# Driver
1 Kyle Casagrande
2 Tom Scully, Jr.
7 Cory Casagrande
08 Mike O’Sullivan
8 Angelo Belsito
12 Robert Pelland
14B Travis Benjamin
14M Rick Martin
21 Josh King
23 Glenn Martel
29 Barry Gray
39 Nick Lascuola
40 Mike Mitchell
43 Devin O’Connell
48 Larry Gelinas
52 Dave Darling
72 Scott MacMichael
87 Jeff Baril
90 Craig Weinstein
96 Wyatt Alexander
99 Billy Joerres

 

Qualifying Format: Three 12-lap qualifying heats will qualify three drivers each to the invert. The winner of the first heat will draw an invert of one to nine.

 

Event Schedule: 

 

Who to Watch For: Travis Benjamin is here tonight and will be tough to beat. Home track favorite David Darling will also be a threat.

 

Title Fight: Scott MacMichael leads Mike Mitchell by two points in the championship standings.

 

The Track: Seekonk Speedway is a 1/3-mile paved oval nicknamed “The Cement Palace.”

 

Weather: It’s a warm day in Seekonk, Massachusetts with temperatures in the mid 80s.

 

Next Series Race: The Granite State Pro Stock Series will visit “The Magic Mile” of New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday, July 1.

 

Speed Central: Granite State Pro Stock Series at Seekonk