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Kyle Casper goes wire-to-wire sportsman race at Seekonk

Pit Row Photos/Seekonk Speedway

It was all Kyle Casper in the Sportsman Division as the pole-sitter ran the entire 25 circuits completely unimpeded.  He had plenty of speed and great handling en-route to the win.  One caution slowed the feature six laps in and Casper again burst away to lead the final 19 circuits.  Adam Pettey made a mad dash after working his way up from mid-pack into third from the restart to finish a close second, followed by Kid Chaos – Corey Fanning, Justin Travis and Tyler Lallier.

Chris Rioux succumbed to the depredations of Justin Travis on lap two, but Travis had to watch Casper draw away from the pack as Chad Baxter was the next past Rioux into third and Austin Erickson followed suit one lap later.

But Pettey was on the move from his tenth-place start.  He was in fifth on lap four and looking to pass Erickson, who was challenging Travis for position.  Fanning was moving as well, shadowing Pettey from eleventh to sixth.

But suddenly, last week’s winner, Scott Bruneau was around in turn four and Steve Axon’s driver’s side door was lying on the asphalt high in the same turn.  Bruneau returned to action, but Axon was out, taking the black flag for damage after 12 laps.

The restart featured Casper and Travis with Pettey and Baxter in row two.  Fanning and Erickson followed, backed up by Tyler Lallier and Ant Kohler, working on a comeback after opening night’s first place was disallowed by a tech infraction.  On the green, Casper departed the group for the lead once again and had a two-car lead the next time across the stripe.  Petty was under Travis into second and then Erickson got under as well.  Fanning ducked below Erickson and took third with sixteen laps remaining.

Pettey began a long chase of the leader, which would continue through the end of the event, and though he could pare down the lead to a half-car, that was about it.  Casper continued to run in the free air, undeterred.  Fanning went after Pettey and the combat eased the pressure on the leader.  More problems for the pursuers as Tyler Lallier arrived to challenge Travis’ hold on fifth force them to defend their positions.  The quartet buzzed around each other like angry hornets.  Lallier actually took enough attention to ease the pressure on Pettey.

Sparky Arsenault and Ant Kohler came up to ease Erickson out of sixth, and then Smokin’ Joe Kohler arrived to challenge his brother for position.  After three laps of Kohler Vs. Kohler, Captain Fun (Craig Pianka) got between Joe and Ant.  The top five, meanwhile, had been in a loose, single-file parade. 

Ant challenged Arsenault and stole sixth, leaving Sparky to Smokin’ Joe’s ministrations.  Joe was able to move past Arsenault and back onto Ant’s bumper with three laps remaining.  On the final circuit, Pianka added to Arsenault woes by stealing eighth.

Casper continued to cruise – all the way under the checkers for a first win on the season.  Pettey was a second back, just ahead of Fanning, Travis and Lallier.

Ant Kohler outlasted Smokin’ Joe for sixth.  Pianka claimed eight, followed by Arsenault, Erickson, Baxter and Bruneau.

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