GLEN THOMAS CONQUERS NORTHEAST MINI STOCKS
Glen Thomas did what no other Northeast Mini Stock driver could do since the season’s opener back in April at Lee USA Speedway: he denied Toby Wells a win. Until Seekonk, Wells was on a tear, taking every trophy available to the NEMS drivers with no hostages taken. Finally, after a bounty of $250.00 was offered to anybody who could knock Wells off the top, Glen Thomas broke through the barrier, outrunning Wells over 40 laps with just a half-second margin. Wells rocketed in for second and Tim Collins made it for third, as the Mini Stock Tour had the crowd in the palm of its hand.
Joe Baxter sailed in for fourth. But fifth went to Seekonk’s own Darryl Church who showed up with his Seekonk Sports Truck to challenge the beasts of the tour. And with his four cylinder power plant, he grabbed a big fifth place – not to mention winning his heat race.
A field of 27 made the show and 25 hit the oval for the feature. And from the moment the green dropped, the thrill was on. Church jumped off the outside, beating polesitter Pete Zakarite to the stripe and leading the first two laps before Thomas stormed up to steal the front. They went wheel-to-wheel before Thomas grabbed the front in turn four of lap two. Church clung to second as Zakarite held fourth, ahead of Derek Douglas and Richard Sprague who was working under Shaun Waites, Sr.