Seitz Returns to His Winning Ways at Seekonk
Seekonk, MA: Ben Seitz of Monument Beach, MA came
from deep in the field to win the 25-lap Northeastern Midget Association main event at
Seekonk Speedway on Saturday night. The 2004 series champion had worked his way to third
by lap 5 behind early race leader Shane Hammond and Bobby Santos III. On lap eight, Seitz
took the lead and never looked back. Randy Cabral charged late in the race but ran out of
laps to make any serious bid on the leader. Rookie sensation Mike Keeler of Danbury, CT
continues to impress with his second straight podium finish.
It feels great to be in victory lane again, said Seitz. This was fun
tonight. It was good to race with Bobby (Santos) again and it is always exciting to race
with Randy (Cabral). I think we all are going to have to watch out for Mike (Keeler) he is
really coming on strong. There are so many great competitors in this division that it
makes the win all that much sweeter.
Shane Hammond jumped out to the early lead from his outside pole starting position with
Bobby Santos III taking chase. Santos, who has successfully made the transition to USAC
Midget and Sprint car racing, was making a rare NEMA appearance driving the Helping Hands
#2 in relief of Chris Perley, who had previous race commitments with ISMA.
The first caution of the event flew when pole sitter Andy Shlatz spun his Rafferty Fine
Grating #22. On the restart on lap six, Santos was able to maintain the lead for a pair of
laps before Seitz made his move. Seitz put his Cape Cod Aggregates #17 out in front on lap
eight and set sail for the victory. Randy Cabral made good use of the restart as well
making a three-wide move in the outside groove overtaking both Pete Pernesiglio and Ed
Breault to move from sixth position to third.
An incident involving Barry Kittredge and Glenn Cabral brought out the second caution of
the event. On the restart it continued to be Seitz, Santos, Cabral and Hammond. Keeler had
moved into the top-five by this point with Joey Payne lurking in sixth.
After a quick side-by-side battle between Seitz and Santos on the restart, Santos settled
back into second behind Seitz. Santos immediately had his hands full as Cabral looked to
take away the second spot. Before the third and final caution flew for a spin by Mike
Ordway, Jr., the runner-up spot belonged to Cabral.
On the single file restart, Seitz took off from the rest of the pack to post his second
win of the season. Cabral drove the Seymour #29 to a second place finish with Keeler
taking over third in the final laps. Santos settled for fourth ahead of Joey Payne. In his
first start of the 2005 season, Jeff Horn came home sixth. Ed Breault, Hammond,
Pernesiglio, and Doug Cleveland rounded out the top-ten.
My car owner Peter Valeri gave me a great car as usual, continued Seitz,
And I I really have to thank Cape Cod Aggregates for all their support.
Seitz will look to make it two in a row in 2005 and Randy Cabral seeks to repeat in the
Thompson Classic 25 when the Club returns to action on June 30, 2005 at Thompson
International Speedway in Thompson, CT. For more information on the event at Thompson that
will also feature an Independence Day fireworks spectacular, visit www.thompsonspeedway.com.
Finishing Order - 6/18/05
||Bobby Santos III
||E. Bridgewater, MA
||Lake Grove, NY
||Dix Hills, NY
||Mike Ordway Jr.
Cod Aggregates "Hard Charger" - Randy Cabral