Seekonk, MA — Nearly 200 race cars and trucks from all over the Northeast turned over 800 green flag laps in a marathon-season ending extravaganza weekend at the annual D. Anthony Venditti Memorial Festival of Racing at the 1/3-mile Bay State oval on Saturday and Sunday, October 7 and 8. When the dust settled, over $50,000 in posted cash awards were distributed in eight different racing divisions.
Swanzey, NH's Russ Hersey blasted past Charlie Rose on the 81st go-around and held off veteran New England ace Dave Dion to win the Miller Lite Battle of the Pro Stocks 100, pocketing $5,475 in posted awards and lap money bonuses. Rose started on the pole and led the first 80 circuits which were slowed by a whopping 18 cautions flags. Tom Scully, Sr. ran second in the initial laps before Bobby Tripp, Dave Dion, and Kenny Spencer moved into the top four.
Hersey, a former track champion at Monadnock Speedway who was making his first Seekonk appearance, started 19th and climbed to sixth in the initial 19 laps. All-time Seekonk Pro Stock win leader "Radical" Rick Martin was forced to pit and restart 23rd after a lap 5 incident, but quickly worked his way back inside the top ten. Martin passed Hersey for fourth on lap 38, but the four-time champion's bid for a win came to an end on lap 41 when Tripp got loose on the backstretch and spun out of second, collecting Martin's Chevrolet in the process.
A myriad of spins and crashes dominated the middle third of the race which saw Rose pacing Hersey, Dion, Todd Annarummo, Dave Hutchins, Tom Scully, Jr., and Mike Brightman and the halfway point. Hersey was kicked back to sixth on a lap 66 restart but gradually reeled in the leaders, picking off Dion after a spirited battle just after Hutchins brought out the final yellow when he slammed the backstretch wall on lap 80.