his team worked long into the night to change engines and switch their car to TVMRS specs.
“We had a disappointing run at Loudon,” said Seuss. “We were fast there and then blew the motor. “
Dolan brought the cars around the track to start the 100 lap race and set the pace early. He led the field until Lou Mechalides in the #40 car passed him for the lead on lap 11. He never looked back from there.
BIG LOU WINS AT SEEKONK by Denise DuPont
Rain Delayed TVMRS Event Goes to Mechalides
When the True Value Modified Racing Series returned to Seekonk Speedway (MA) Saturday night for their rain-delayed feature from August 19th, it was a pretty straightforward affair.
The postponed Airgas 100 had its line-up already set thanks to heat races that took place nearly a month ago, the race ran quickly, as fans and teams were on the road before the clock struck nine and Lou Mechalides took over the lead early and dominated the race in the #40 car.
Jimmy Dolan started on the pole. Bobby Grigas, who had qualified the #09 car to start in tenth position, was not present due to wrist injuries sustained during practice at Canaan earlier this month. The #9nh of Peter Jarvis, which had been on the bubble for Seekonk race, was able to start the race in Grigas’ absence
Not absent was Andy Seuss, who ran the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour event at New Hampshire on the afternoon before. Seuss blew an engine at NHIS, but
The field comes to the green, led by Jimmy Dolan's #69.
There were eight cautions of the nigh, starting on lap 33 when Dale Evonsion (#35) tapped the bumper of Ed Dauchenhausen (#48) and both cars spun in turn two. The yellow flag was thrown for caution two on the lap 33 restart when the #3 car of Jeramee Lillie spun entering turn two.
The trouble spot for the TVMRS was again turn two when Vinnie Who (Annarummo) (#12) and Tony Ricci (#4) tangled together on lap 47 bringing out caution number three.
Mechalides continued to lead the pack around the track counting down the laps. Caution number four occurred on
Track owner Irene Vendetti (L) joins Lou Mechalides in victory lane at Seekonk. (Jim DuPont Photos)
lap 61 when Dale Evonsion’s car spun in turn one. Seuss, who was continued to be plagued with car problems, pitted and came out to restart in the rear of the field. Cars barely got going and the #3 car of Lillie stopped in turn one brining out caution five on lap 63.
Everyone managed to race another eight laps until Dave Roys in the #79 car spun just after turn four and brought out caution number six. Les Hinckley had just moved up to position number two as his car continued to get stronger.
Evonsion was just not having a good night. His car spun on the back stretch again on lap 90 to bring out caution number seven. He got back around to restart the race and even though his night was plagued with car handling issues he managed to finish the race in twelfth position.
Rob Goodenough brought out the last caution of the night when something broke in the front left of his car as he approached turn one. Rob had been in the top ten running but his night came to an end when wreckers had to tow the 01 car to the infield on lap 93.
Mighty Lou led the cars around the track to restart in single file and go onward to win the race. Lou recently completed the TVMRS Thompson Modified Madness race as the runner-up. This was Lou’s first win this year after taking over the ride in the #40 car half-way through the season.
“It was a good run and we had a good time,” said Mechalides. “Once I got in front I wanted to save the car
and tires. I drove it easy so I did not beat up the right rear and still be good at the end.”
With three races to go series leader Dwight Jarvis has a 28 point lead over Jimmy Kuhn.
The next TVMRS event planned at Seekonk Speedway will be October 7th and 8th for the DAV Memorial Race weekend. The next TVMS race will be next weekend, Sunday, September 24th at Lee Speedway.
Speed51.com will have more from the Seekonk event coming up with our leftovers later this week.