Tessier Captures $2,000 Prize in NLR Summer Showdown 35; Bowie Dominates in PASS Modifieds 40
SEEKONK, Mass. — Ryan Kuhn waited a long time for his first Pro Stock win, but it happened in one of the biggest races of the season. Kuhn, a former Seekonk Speedway Late Model champion, captured the $10,000 winning prize in the second annual Bay State Classic at Seekonk Speedway on Wednesday — besting Dave Darling and Jake Johnson — two more homegrown Seekonk competitors — to win the prize in the 150-lap race.
Kuhn started from the pole position, but the chase to Victory Lane wasn’t easy for the Massachusetts racer. Kuhn had to hold off the challenges of Darling, the defending and eight-time track champion, over the course of nearly the whole race. On a restart with just under 40 laps to go, Darling passed Kuhn for the top spot when Kuhn’s shifter locked up, but Kuhn wasn’t going to be denied.
He caught Darling, slid to the inside, and passed him for the lead, driving away in the final laps to the win. Darling would settle for second, while Johnson charged through the field in the final laps, passing DJ Shaw late, to finish in third. Kuhn extended his PASS North championship lead with the win, and made the Seekonk hometown faithful proud, along with the rest of the top three.
In the Nick Lascuola Racing Summer Showdown 35 for the Legends Cars, Mason Tessier scored his third Seekonk win of the season, but this one was for $2,000. Tessier jumped out front from pole position and ran the duration of the race essentially unchallenged by his competition. Behind him, Devin Deshaies finished in the runner-up spot after 35 laps and Josh Parsons competed the podium.
Zach Bowie dominated the 40-lap PASS Modified feature, taking the top spot on lap eight and never looking back in the clean and green event. Behind him, Dan Brown finished in the second spot and Garrett Lamb finished in third. Ryan Ripley, who won the inaugural PASS Modified visit to Seekonk in 2021, finished 10th after moving his way up to fourth before a late-race caution.
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