Seekonk, MA — Windsor Locks, CT’s Les Hinckley overpowered local favorite Vinnie Annarummo on a lap 84 restart and held off the veteran to capture the Airgas 100 for the visiting True Value Modified Racing Series at the 1/3-mile Seekonk Speedway oval on Saturday night, August 18.
Annarummo, 58, of Swansea, MA, started on the outside pole after winning his qualifying heat and blasted off into the lead with Jack Bateman, Jimmy Dolan, Andy Seuss, and Jimmy Kuhn following in the early going. The 24-car field reeled off the first 50 laps in just 10 minutes, with the first of two cautions waving for a single-car spin at lap 56. By this point Hinckley, who started 15th, had made his way to fourth, taking eighth on lap 25 and fifth from ’06 Seekonk winner Louie Mechalides on the 43rd circuit. Hinckley, who won the initial True Value Seekonk event in 2004, took third on the restart and claimed second on lap 62.
Hinckley could alongside Annarummo’s right rear fender in the outside groove but was unable to execute a pass for the lead as the pair navigated lapped traffic and battled one another into the event’s final stages. Richard Savary and Mike Douglas locked horns to bring out the second caution with 84 laps complete, setting up the final restart with Annarummo and Hinckley alongside one another.