BOSTON LOUIE RECAP: MCKENNEDY DAZZLES WITH NEW ENGLAND SUPERMOD WIN; STOEHR & STERGIOS WIN NEMA FEATURES
SEEKONK, Mass. -- The New England Supermodified Series made their inaugural stop at Seekonk Speedway on Wednesday night as part of Boston Louie Seymour Memorial night at the track, and there was no surprise winner when this one was over. After 75 laps, NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour points leader Jon McKennedy took down the feature win, taking the lead just after the halfway point and dominating the final half to score the feature win.
McKennedy is no stranger to racing at Seekonk Speedway. He’s run countless Modified events in the past, and even had some laps in a Supermodified prior to Wednesday night. But this time, there was absolutely no doubting he was the car to beat. Early on, Dan Bowes led the race, pulling away from his challengers. When it was time to roll, McKennedy pulled into the lead, then held off Supermodified standout Ben Seitz and Rob Summers over the final stages of a late restart to visit Victory Lane. While those two followed on the podium, Bowes finished fourth and Dave Duggan completed the top-five.
The NEMA Midgets and NEMA Lites were also at the track Wednesday for the annual Boston Louie Seymour Memorial night. In the 29-lap NEMA feature, Avery Stoehr rocketed to Victory Lane, dominating in a race that looked like it was going to go the entire distance without a caution flag. However, with just a few laps to go, Paul Scally had a mechanical issue and slammed the wall on the frontstretch, setting up a late restart. On this night, no one was stopping Stoehr, so it didn’t matter. He took down the win with Randy Cabral, a multiple-time NEMA champion, and Jim Chambers, finishing the podium. Matt O’Brien and Nathan Byrd followed in fourth and fifth.
In the 50-lap NEMA Lite race — the Stu Murray Cup — PJ Stergios took the lead early and never looked back. In a race that started with 25 cars, the racing was hot and heavy across the entire track. In the final few laps, Stergios was being hounded by Joey Bailey, who tried everything to get around. On the final circuit, Bailey and a lapped car got together, ending his chances. Stergios would celebrate the win over Randy Cabral, Todd Bertrand, Ben Mikitarian and Danny Cugini in the extra-distance event.
Seekonk Speedway will return to racing on Friday, August 26 and Saturday, August 27, as the fields are set for the inaugural Seekonk Speedway Drive For The Cup presented by Sunoco Race Fuel. Tickets are available online today at SeekonkSpeedway.com.
For more information on Seekonk Speedway, visit SeekonkSpeedway.com and follow the track on social media for the latest updates.
Seekonk Speedway Features stories on the Stars and Cars that race at Seekonk Speedway