Seekonk, MA — Flyin Fred Astle picked up his fifth win of the season in the Pro Stock 40 lap feature. Rob Murphy led the first lap of the main event before the first caution came out on lap 1 when Jeramee Lillie spun. Dave Hutchins was also involved. Once back underway, it was Taunton’s Ken Spencer getting the jump and setting the pace. Ken opened up a comfortable lead over Murphy, who held on for second until Astle came by at lap 12. Once into second, Fred started to hunt down Spencer.
Points leader Dave Darling was methodically working his way through the traffic after starting 13 in the 17 car field. But as he used the patience that brought him two previous championships, his points lead was disappearing as Astle and Tom Scully Jr raced further up the field.
Bu lap 20, Astle had caught Spencer for the lead, with Scully just moving past Murphy for third. As the two leaders raced, the fans were expecting more fireworks between the two veterans, as they had tangled on the final lap of their qualifier as they crossed the finish line. But the confrontation never culminated, as Astle moved his Wood Frame Structures Chevy underneath Spencer and moved into the lead on lap 23.