Seekonk, MA — Robert Pelland III erased a long season of disappointment when he crossed the finish line .282 seconds ahead of Gerry DeGasparre, Jr. for his first win of the his Late Model career. Pelland has been top five most of the season with a number of second places. He’s rushed off to grand leads only to see them evaporate with the waving of the caution flag. He’s often seen teammate Ryan Vanasse get by for the win. This evening, it all came together for Pelland as he claimed the lead on the first circuit, then held off DeGasparre for 28 laps enroute to the victory. As 6-race winner Vanasse moved in behind DeGasparre, the sense that a repetition of the past was in the works. But the gods of racing smiled on Pelland this evening, and he held off all challengers through to the checkers.
Ron Barboza and Lillie had been the front row, but on the start, Bill Bernard had tried under the polesitter, made contact with Barboza and both looped. Dylan Estrella, starting outside Bernard on the second row, was collected and had the left rear tire come completely off the rim. He went to the pits, but returned.
Now Lillie and Tyler Thompson were the front row for the complete race restart, as the field had not finished lap one before the caution. Pelland and DeGasparre lurked in the second row. Pelland immediately went under Lillie, leaving Thompson on the outside of a three wide. Thompson dropped off the top and Pelland went to the lead with Lillie on his tail. DeGasparre also went under Lille and gained the second spot as Vanasse came up behind Lillie for fourth on the fifth lap. Three laps later, he was into third, and the trio at the front began motoring wildly around the oval, watching each other like angry dogs, afraid to make a move that would jeopardize, but hungry for the prizes of the race.
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#12 – Bobby Pelland, III