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Buffington Dominates Nelcar in Seekonk
The Amsoil Nelcar Legends Tour traveled to Seekonk Speedway in Seekonk, Massachusetts for the first time in over a decade and the first time the Legends Cars had ran there in six years. The small and rough track offered a unique challenge to the small and tough to drive Legends Cars and their drivers. With a lightning storm lingering in the distance and rain in the area, the teams ran through their three practices and the 21 Legends Cars took to the track for their heat races.
The heat races were lined up by practice times and it was Shaun Buffington on the pole for the first heat race with his teammate Tom Gray on the outside. On the start, Buffington jumped out to the race lead with the 56 of Evan Beaulieu moving around Gray into the second spot. As Buffington pulled away, Gray was able to regain the second spot from Beaulieu. With two laps to go, the 6 of Joey Parker made contact with the 33 of Alan Smith, sending Smith into a spin in turn three. On the restart, Buffington jumped to the lead with Beaulieu once again moving to second and in his tire tracks. At the finish though, Buffington took the win with Beaulieu finishing second and Gray rounding out the top three.
The 3 of Nick Ladyga paced the second heat race with the 13 of Carl Blandina on his outside. Ladyga took the early race lead with the 399 of defending series champion Bob Weymouth working his way into the second spot. While Ladyga drove away from the field, there was plenty of fierce battling behind him that made for some very exciting for the Seekonk fans. At the finish, Ladyga was able to get the heat win with Weymouth finishing second and the 30 of Ed Field finishing third.
For the 30 lap feature event, Buffington was ready to continue his dominance in Nelcar whenever he makes an appearance. When the green flag flew, a problem with the front end of point leader Evan Beaulieu’s racecar took him out of contention before the field even made it through turn two and brought out the first caution flag. With the next restart, Buffington was able to get back out to the race lead, but not without dealing with Ladyga closely behind. The field ran a hard race while Buffington started getting into lapped traffic while Ladyga started to close in.
With just a handful of laps left, Blandina got into the back of Gray, resulting in Gray spinning with the 12 of Scott Haag, the 10 of Ed Getty and the 87 of Anthony Pagliarulo involved as well, ending both Getty’s and Pagliarulo’s nights. On the following and final restart, Buffington was able to hold off the challenges of Ladyga and Weymouth and take the win. Ladyga was second while Weymouth held off the 83 of Troy Talman for third. After going to his backup car after the heat race, Ed Field rounded out the top five.
With the problems in the feature race, Beaulieu gave up the points lead to Weymouth, who now leads by just six points over Beaulieu and 24 points over series president Terry Kirk. Next weekend, Buffington will look to reign superior once again at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on May 14th. Many drivers will be looking to take the checkers from him though, and the only way you can see some of the most intense racing in New England is by being at NHMS, racing starts at 5 PM! For more news, info and how you can get into a Legends Car, visit Nelcar.net.