Seekonk, MA — The D. A. V. Memorial is now history for the 1999 season. It took two weeks to get it into the record books with a rain delay forcing the cancellation of the race last Sunday. This Sunday Mother Nature allowed us the courtesy of a beautiful day as it should always be when there is a race scheduled.
The Pro Stock 100 lapper was a great race with only minor flaws. The biggest disappointment of the day came when race leader Fred Astle was taken out by a lapped car. Prior to that happening, Fred was leading with his car owner Rick Martin running second while Larry Gelinas ran third. The race was a very exciting one as Gelinas worked Martin over time and again, trying him in the inside, then moving to the outside, back underneath him again and so on lap after lap. The fans went wild as Gelinas would bring the nose of the car under Rick’s door, they would go wheel to wheel and just when you thought that Gelinas had him, Radical Rick would once again bounce back. When the caution came out for Astle it moved his car owner up into the lead with Gelinas starting on the outside. Again, the duo went at it for several laps and with the white flag in the air it Gelinas made his move but he just wasn’t strong enough to hold off the home track ( four time) track Champion Radical Rick Martin. Larry Gelinas had set a new record here at Seekonk in time trials just a week ago when he went 12.337.
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Race Recap-OCTOBER 17, 1999
Ricky Rolfe, Steve Berry Jr., and Dusty Glidden were the big winners in the 4th annual Little Guy 100’s at Oxford Plains Speedway. Rolfe was the dominant car in the 100 lap Late Model Stock Car finale. He took the lead from Corey Morgan on lap 39 and never looked back. And nobody was fast enough to even consider a candidate to the high flying Rolfe. Richie Dearborn started on the pole and led the first two laps, and then it was Corey Morgan’s turn to led the 36 car field. He looked like he might have something for the duration, but within the next ten laps Rolfe showed his hand to the field and it was only a matter of time. And time went away quickly for Morgan who eventually fell out with engine trouble. Tracy Gordon, making his first ever start in a LMSC type car showed why he a former OPS Pro Stock Champion and multiple race winner with NASCAR’s Busch North Series. He drove Mike Pond’s entry to a runner-up finish, although no match for Rolfe. Kevin Kimball was a quick entry and finished the race third, while never in a position to contend for the top two spots. Oxford LMSC champion for 1999 Dennis Spencer Jr. was fourth after being in a position at one time to contend for the runner-up finish. Spencer Robbins rounded out the top five.
Steve Berry started the 100 lap Limited Sportsman division event in the 12th position and quickly worked his way through the field to take the lead from Tommy Ricker on lap 17. And four caution flags later he was still the fastest car on the 3/8 mile speedway and a winner in the October growing classic for the first time. Ricker led lap one and then again on lap nine before simply being out charged by Berry. Ron Smith led laps five through eight. Dave Langlais followed the front runner and got a chance to start on his flank for the final 50 laps for the restarts, but was not able to muster the run. Chris Smith, Tony Vance and Donnie Morse were the next three across the line at the finish.
Dusty Glidden was quick and just let other people make mistakes to win the Strictly Stock segment. Contenders David Haseltine, Kurt Hewins, and Shane Green all were at or near the front and all fell out of the running for a varitey of reasons. Glidden led the final six laps to score his biggest win of his short career. Mark Bowie was about the only contender through the entire race and he was second at the end. Jeff Merrill made the race on a OPS points provisional and finished third. Guy Childs and Chris Coolidge rounded out the top five.
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