THOMPSON, Conn. – They says you only have to lead one lap, the last one, in a race.
While this is an overused cliché perhaps, Ben Seitz does care after he claimed the ISMA World Series of Racing 50 lapper Sunday at Thompson Int’l Speedway. He passed a formidable foe, Chris Perley, just off four on the white flag lap as Perley, who had had a commanding lead, began to slow as his No. 11 gasped for fuel.
Perley told the Bourne, Mass. driver as he came over to congratulate him, “That’s why it’s a 50 lapper.” The win was Seitz’s third of the season after picking up two victories earlier this year when ISMA traveled to Canada.
“I don’t know what happened to Chris’s car,” Seitz said. “His was just a little bit quicker than ours. I’m just happy one way or another. And, hats off to Chris he had an awesome car. I am really happy to finish the season this way. My sponsors are here and I’ve never won in a super in Connecticut so I’m really happy about that too. It’s my home state as far as race tracks are concerned. I need to thank my sponsor Sam Lorusso and his whole family. They are the ones who put this whole deal together.””
Perley had led the race since lap nine, but settled for second.
“Congratulations to Ben. He ran an awesome race. We ran out of fuel right at the end, but the car ran awesome up until that point,” Perley said.
Alison Cumens started sixth, fought with some tough competition throughout the race, and held on to move into third when Mike Lichty’s No. 84 slowed and pitted on lap 45. It was her ninth top ten of the season and her third podium of 2013. She easily garnered ISMA Rookie of the Year honors.
Lou Cicconi and Mark Sammut completed the top five.