SEEKONK, Mass. – Randy Cabral beat back a last-lap challenge from teammate Doug Coby to capture the 25-lap Northeastern Midget Ass’n feature at Seekonk Speedway’s Open Wheel Madness Wednesday night.
It was the 14th straight year Cabral has won at least one feature but few, if any, of his 36 career wins were closer. Coby’s late rally fell .163 of a second short.
Two laps remained when NASCAR Modified standout Coby, looking for a second straight Seekonk NEMA win in the Bertrand No. 74, took second from Lou Cicconi (Cantor No. 7ny) through three and four. Going down the back chute on the final circuit Cabral and Coby were side-by-side. They were still that way coming off four, Cabral (Bertrand) needing an extra effort to prevail.
Cicconi held on for third with Greg Steer (Stoehr No. 26b) fourth and rookie Jim Chambers (Chambers No. 21) fifth, the latter continuing to impress.
Cabral, who led throughout, believes Coby might have actually had a slight edge out of four heading for the checker.
“I could see his wing,” said Cabral. “I saw the orange and I knew it wasn’t Cicconi.”
He jumped on the throttle and moved up the track.
“Randy did kind of push me around a little bit,” Coby said in victory lane, jokingly adding “protecting the lead” was not a move unfamiliar to a modified driver.