Seekonk, MA — It took Radical Rick Martin 19 laps to thread his way from his 7th place starting position into the lead at Seekonk Speedway Saturday night, but once into the free air, none of his competitors were able to catch him. This, after battling to second in the Seekonk, Sport Trucks division earlier in the evening. Martin had been close in that event to setting up for a dual win, but was held off by winner Dylan Estrella on the final go-’round.
West Bridgewater’s John Dabrowski leapt off the starting line from his pole position and seemed headed all the way to victory lane with a very fast line. Steve O’Brien, who had been at the outside pole position, suddenly found Somerset’s Kevin Casper underneath him as they entered the backstretch on lap one. The duo began scrapping for second until lap 3, when O’Brien spun coming into the frontstretch, leaving a thick cloud of smoke and initiating a mad scramble to avoid him. He came to rest in front of the starter’s stand with a sudden, short burst of flame under his hood. He re-fired his motor, confirming the fire was un-burnt fuel expending itself. However, it did initiate the evening’s only red flag, which continued while crews cleared debris from the straightaway and spread speedy-dry to mop up spilled fluids. Officials penalized Ray Parent with a trip to the back of the field for initiating Dabrowski’s spin. Casper was able to thread his way around Dabrowski’s outside on lap 9. But the latter dived back underneath to reclaim his lead 2 laps later. Contact in the pack sent Taunton’s Ken Spencer to the sidelines for the evening. Tom Ellis, visiting from North Carolina also took the Ellis Racing 41 to the pits with damage to the driver’s side front. Rob Murphy was in and out of the pits. Fred Astle also left the track, only to return with most of the front bodywork and his driver’s side door missing. His car spent the rest of the evening looking like a modified racer.
On the restart, Dabrowski and Casper came out side-by-side and began a duel for supremacy until lap 9, when Casper finally forged into the lead. Not to be denied, Dabrowski went back under to reclaim the position on the twelfth circuit. By lap 15, Casper was again at the front with Dave Darling putting Dabrowski under attack. By lap 18 he was moving easily with a two-lap lead over Dabrowski. Martin had threaded his way through the pack and ran by into second on the 19th pass and began to chase down Casper.
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