Seekonk, MA — On Friday, June 3rd, Seekonk Speedway’s “Fast Fridays” debuted for the 2011 season. Starting the season with a clean slate, some of New England’s top prospects began their chase for the coveted series crowns. The Seekonk Youth Racing Association 600 and 750 classes, entry level mini cup classes entering their tenth season, Sport Fours, Pure Stocks, and the NEMA Lites circuited the Speedway in an exciting season premiere, paving the way for another year of fast and furious Friday nights at ‘The Action Track of the East.”
In the SYRA 600 feature, trouble struck early for the drivers in the front of the pack. Pole sitter Kiera Carpenter surrendered the lead on the first lap to Shelby Donovan. In turn two of the second lap, Somerset rookie Austin Blais made contact with Carpenter, resulting in a spin for the 88 of Carpenter. On the ensuing lap, leader Shelby Donovan spun at the exit of turn four after contact with Chase Belcher. Following the caution, the remainder of the race was settled under calmer conditions. Curtis Rolando, of Newport, Rhode Island, led the remaining sixteen laps and picked up the victory by approximately four seconds over David Lougee, Shelby Donovan, Austin Blais, and Jason Enos II.
The twenty lap SYRA 750 feature began with turmoil in turn two. A fierce battle on the opening laps, which saw pole sitter Christine Cavallaro drop to fifth and Willy Sanchez move from third to first, spelled trouble on the second lap. Running side by side, Branden Dion spun exiting the second turn, collecting Nick Lascuola, Adam Swift, and Kaitlyn Donovan, all of whom suffered only minor cosmetic damage. After the first restart was waved off due to poor formation, Adam Swift would take the lead on the fourth lap from Willy Sanchez. Swift, a native of Fairhaven, Massachusetts, never looked back. As the field jockeyed in his rear view mirror, Swift held his line and held off a late charge from Nick Lascuola to pick up the victory. Branden Dion, Willy Sanchez, and Kaitlyn Donovan rounded off the top five.