Brendon Hammann went all the way to the rear, and ended at the front.
The driver of the No. 7 in the Nick’s Pit Stop Legends Cars at Seekonk Speedway opened the 2022 season with a wreck in turn three on lap one, went to the rear, then drove back through the pack and ended up in Victory Lane after a wild 25-lap race.
Hammann wasn’t going to be denied, and neither was Devin Deshaies, who also worked from the rear of the field back into the front, finishing second in his first ride in the No. 88 machine. Reese Bogue ran inside the top-five for most of the race, even leading laps, and finished third.
Jacob “Rowdy” Burns took a night off from his NASCAR Saturday Late Model to break out the Legend Car and finish fourth, while Brandon Tiezzi finished the top-five. Isaiah Newcomb was sixth, followed by Josh Parsons, Jake Silvia, Ty LeClerc and Branden LaBelle.
The Nick’s Pit Stop Legends Cars division will return to the track on Friday, June 3 for another 25-lap feature. For more information on Seekonk Speedway, visit SeekonkSpeedway.com and follow the track on social media for the latest updates.
Opening night, back to Victory Lane for Billy Chouinard.
The former champion picked up the Helger’s South Coast Power Equipment Pure Stock victory on opening night of Fast Friday, leading all 25 laps from the pole position. Chouinard may have been in the lead for the whole race, but it wasn’t easy — especially over the final few laps.
Jeremy Lambert closed right to the back bumper as the field crossed with seven laps to go, and stayed right there over the final laps. When the field came off turn four for the checkered, there might have been a bit of contact, but it was Chouinard hanging on for the win over Lambert and Jim Reilly, who opened the year with a strong third-place effort.
Mike Rotondo opened the season with an impressive fourth-place, while Danny Massa rounded out the top-five after 25 laps. Jordan Threlfall was sixth, followed by Mike Henriques, Timmy Ouellette, Sam Lincoln and Jared Cordeira.
The Helger’s South Coast Power Equipment Pure Stock division will return to the track on Friday, June 3 for another 25-lap feature. For more information on Seekonk Speedway, visit SeekonkSpeedway.com and follow the track on social media for the latest updates.
After starting fifth, Crystal Murray wasn’t going to be denied in the Everett’s Auto Parts Sport 4 division on opening night at Seekonk Speedway. Murray rolled to second quickly, then chased the back bumper of the No. 48 of Tyler Duhancik into the final laps.
On a restart inside the final 10 circuits, Murray used the outside lane to pass Duhancik for the lead, then Duhancik went spinning off turn four one lap later, and Murray was clear sailing from there. The driver of the green No. 38 rolled to Victory Lane to open the 2022 season, while Karlin Levesque chased her across the line, finishing second. Levesque ran inside the top-five for the duration of the race, and came home with a solid finish to open the year.
Christian Herman finished third, followed by Henry Lavallee and Jarrod Freitas. Duhancik would come back from the rear to finish sixth, followed by Taylor Bowser, Daniel Hayes, Christine Cavallaro and Stephanie Bruneau.
The Everett’s Auto Parts Sport 4 division will return to the track on Friday, June 3 for another 25-lap feature. For more information on Seekonk Speedway, visit SeekonkSpeedway.com and follow the track on social media for the latest updates.
It was a race filled with new faces at the front of the field in the Seekonk Grand Prix Bandolero Outlaw field at Seekonk Speedway on opening night. Early, it was Nathan Rioux pacing the field in his Rookie debut, looking like he might have a chance to capture the win in his first start.
But, when the checkered flag went into the air, it wasn’t Rioux at the top — but instead — it was one of the stapled veterans of the division — Chase Silvia — who was on top. With Silvia running some events last year, and a ton of drivers entering the division with little to no laps in the Bandolero Outlaws, Silvia was one of the few polished veterans in the field and took full advantage.
He took the lead on lap nine and never looked back, posting his fastest lap of the feature at the white flag, and holding off Andrew Gomes to take the win. Gomes, who made a four-wide move in the second half of the race to get himself there, finished second, while Bradley Strickland opened the season with a podium in third.
Joey Lemay and Rioux finished the top-five. Mikey LeFort III was sixth, followed by Dylan Calabro, Bobby Bettencourt III, Jordan Duquette and Leo Rossi.
The Seekonk Grand Prix Bandolero Outlaw division will return to the track on Friday, June 3 for another 15-lap feature. For more information on Seekonk Speedway, visit SeekonkSpeedway.com and follow the track on social media for the latest updates.
Darren Krantz Jr. opened the 2022 season just about right where he finished last year in the Seekonk Grand Prix Bandolero Bandits at Seekonk Speedway. Krantz got to the lead early in the 15-lap feature, and didn’t let anyone challenge him once he got there, rocketing to victory in the first race of the season.
Krantz, who dominated the division last year, is off to quite the impressive start in his look to repeat. He was closely challenged over the final laps by Milania Shilosky, who posted the fastest time in time trials, but Shilosky had to settle for second when the checkered flag went into the wind.
Behind her, it was a Vanasse family affair inside the top-five. Collin Vanasse had some speed behind the wheel of his No. 78, finishing third, while Ryan Vanasse Jr. chased him across the line, finishing fourth. Sam Macedo, the man they nickname the “Green Hornet,” opened the season in his return to Seekonk with a top-five finish.
Mike Hanafin was sixth, followed by Bryson Robidoux, RJ Murphy and Allya DeSomma.
The Seekonk Grand Prix Bandolero Bandit division will return to the track on Friday, June 3 for another 15-lap feature. For more information on Seekonk Speedway, visit SeekonkSpeedway.com and follow the track on social media for the latest updates.
With the defending champion who dominated the division moving on, the Nick’s Pit Stop Legends Cars field at Seekonk Speedway for 2022 has a long list of challengers looking to contend for the championship. The new season may be one of the most competitive in the history of the Seekonk’s INEX Legends Cars class, with a mix of veterans, rising stars, and Rookie of the Year contenders ready to roll.
Picking a favorite? Almost impossible. But at the top of the list is runner-up in the point standings last year, Mason Tessier, and new B&M Maintenance driver, Devin Deshaies. Tessier only picked up one win during the 2021 season, but was a threat, inside the top-five most of the weeks, and is driving for Helger’s South Coast Power Equipment Racing along with Richie Helger Jr. this year. Deshaies is going to pilot the same car Luke Lebrun drove last year, back under the Nick Lascuola Racing banner, and he will be a threat to win, and win often.
Behind them, names Brenden LaBelle, Reese Bogue, Brendon Hammann, Josh Parsons and Jacob “Rowdy” Burns are some more to watch. LaBelle and Bogue are both graduates of the Seekonk Youth Racing Association and are going to be contenders to get to Victory Lane for the first time in the Legends Cars in 2022. LaBelle will be running full-time to contend for the title, while Bogue may run select events, while also running in the Late Models on NASCAR Saturday.
Hammann and Parsons are some of the more polished veterans in the Legends Cars at Seekonk, both with multiple feature wins to their credit, including last year. Hammann drives for his family-owned team, while Parsons is part of the Nick Lascuola Racing group and planning to be a major threat for the championship. Rowdy Burns, who also competes in the NASCAR Saturday Late Models, is a Legends Cars winner and one of the more exciting drivers to watch on the track.
Names like Isaiah Newcomb, Brody Monahan, Ty LeClerc, Jake Silvia and Ethan Avellar should also be ones to watch. Newcomb is no stranger to Seekonk, winning the championship in the Bandolero division in 2020, and will be back full-time in a Legend Car in 2022. Monahan, moving over to Seekonk this year, will be looking to make a name for himself. LeClerc is inside the Nick Lascuola Racing stable, ready to battle for another year, and Silvia, who had speed last year, will be looking to break into Victory Lane. Ethan Avellar is looking to continue to gain momentum and increase his confidence during the season.
A few more drivers are also going to be moving up from the Seekonk Grand Prix Bandolero division into the Nick’s Pit Stop Legends Cars. Look out for Nick Chaber Jr, Jase Mongeon, Nicholaus Bulkeley and defending Bandolero Outlaw champion Richie Helger Jr to be contenders. Helger, who dominated the Bandolero divisions for the last two years and finally won the title last year, has been quick in the pre-season practice rounds and should be a contender to grab his first win, maybe quickly.
Additional names to watch include Kevin Logan Davis, Christian Schulz, Brandon Tiezzi, Jimmy “Pepe” Silvia, Cainen Schulz, Matt Carpenter, Ben Amado, Mike Floyd, Wade Oemcke, Andrew Carpenter and others, who will also be planning to compete.
The Legends Cars division is also known for a few drivers we didn’t expect sneaking their way into contention at the front of the field, so be on the lookout for it in 2022!
The Nick’s Pit Stop Legends Cars season begins on Friday, May 27 with a 25-lap feature and will roll through Friday, September 23, where the champion will be crowned. Tickets for all Seekonk Speedway Fast Friday, NASCAR Saturday and Thrill Show events are available today at SeekonkSpeedway.com. Fans are encouraged to follow the track on social media for the latest updates and information.
The Helger’s South Coast Power Equipment Pure Stock field will showcase one of the most stacked fields in Seekonk Speedway history in 2022. As a growing division that started over a decade ago, the Pure Stocks continue to be the place for drivers who want to make one final step on Fast Friday before they move to NASCAR Saturday. The division includes the likes of many veterans, including some former champions and race winners, and rising stars, who are looking to make a name for themselves in a competitive class.
Last year, veteran Greg Perry picked up his second career championship, besting Danny Massa over the final stretch of the season to visit championship glory. Entering 2022, those two drivers are at the top of the list of favorites. Perry, as a two-time champion, is going to be tough to beat. He has the experience, the drive to succeed and the championship glory and history to be there at the end. Massa, who won multiple races early last year, may have fallen off late — but don’t let that fool you. He wants to prove he can become a champion and will look to use the 2022 season to do it.
As Seekonk introduces the playoff system in 2022 — the Drive 4 For The Cup — including three races in September, where the field will be cut from 8 drivers, to 6 drivers, to 4 drivers for the final race — who will be the one to become champion? In that final championship race, the driver that bests the other three in the feature will be the champion. The question is: who will make it there to battle for it? This is going to be different, but fun for everyone to watch.
Behind Perry and Massa, multiple frontrunners from the end of last year are going to be tough to beat. Names like Jeremy Lambert, Ethan Souza, Timmy Ouellette and Jim Reilly should be on the list to watch.
Lambert is a former division winner, while Souza, who has been working with former Pro Stock champion Fred Astle Jr., showed a ton of speed and visited Victory Lane in his first few races during the 2021 season. Timmy Ouellette, who graduated from the Seekonk Youth Racing Association, won the Everett’s Triple Crown title last year, and wants the overall championship. Jim Reilly, who graduated from the Troy City Tactical Spectator Drags into the Fast Friday division lineup, picked up his first career win late last season and should be a threat to contend for the title in 2022.
Additional names to watch include Justin Menard, Mike Henriques, Bill Chouinard, Mike Rotondo, Justin Rioux, Jared Cordeira, Emily Brightman, Austin Flanagan, Sam Lincoln, Matt Talbot, Rob Hendrickson and Alice Benoit.
Picking out just a few, Flanagan moved from the Sport 4 division to the Pure Stocks late last season and was progressively getting better. Brightman, who is inside the same family as Pro Stock winner Mike Brightman, is looking to get her stability and contend for top-fives this season. Lincoln, Talbot and Hendrickson all have experience and will look to elevate themselves to become a feature winner this year. The additional drivers in the list are also ones to watch going into the new season.
How about names like Joe Gardner, Gary Conrad, Nick Brightman, Harold Holdsworth, Matthew Desrosiers and Josh Badach? Will any one of them contend for feature wins? Will someone else come onto the scene and contend to grab the checkered flag during the 2022 season? The Pure Stock division is known for one or two drivers each year to capture their first career win, if not more.
The Helger’s South Coast Power Equipment Pure Stock season begins on Friday, May 27 with a 25-lap feature and will roll through Friday, September 23, where the champion will be crowned. Tickets for all Seekonk Speedway Fast Friday, NASCAR Saturday and Thrill Show events are available today at SeekonkSpeedway.com. Fans are encouraged to follow the track on social media for the latest updates and information.
Even though she left early during the 2021 season to finish some of her education, Crystal Murray is coming back with a vengeance in 2022 in the Sport 4 division on Fast Friday. When the season begins on Friday, May 27, the driver of the No. 38 will be looking to capture the checkered flag, and it’s expected she will be a top contender throughout what will be another busy year for the division.
With a few of the drivers who contended for the title last year not planning to run full-time, the division should be open to some additional challengers, both for feature wins, and the battle for the championship. As Seekonk introduces the playoff system — the Drive 4 For The Cup — including three races in September, where the field will be cut from 8 drivers, to 6 drivers, to 4 drivers for the final race — who will be the one to become champion? In that final championship race, the driver that bests the other three in the feature will be the champion. The question is: who will make it there?
Murray, who comes from a family with a steep history of winning, is no stranger to Victory Lane herself. She won multiple in a row in 2021, and could go on a similar role when the green flag drops this season. But who might be right on her bumper? Names like Karlin Levesque, Tyler Duhancik and Henry Lavallee are probably a few to watch.
All three are former winners in the division, with Levesque and Duhancik picking up feature wins last year. Levesque, in the familiar red No. 44, always has the speed to run inside the top-five, and has become consistent. Duhancik may have had a few mechanical failures along the way the last two years, but has come a long way behind the wheel and is always a threat to run at the front. Lavallee, who hasn’t won in many years, seemed to find his groove at the end of last year and should be ready to pounce come opening night.
Mikey LeFort and Dave Simpson Jr. both contended for the title on the final night last year, but it’s unclear how many races they are planning on running, with LeFort focusing on his son in the Bandolero division and Simpson registering to compete in a Chaz Auto Body Sport Truck on NASCAR Saturday at some point this year. If they do race in the Sport 4 class, look out for them to get to Victory Lane quickly.
Names like Samantha Mattera, Taylor Bowser, Daniel Hayes, Stephanie Bruneau, Christine Cavallaro and DJ Thibeault are also some of the registered competitors for the season. Mattera is a former winner, and the Boss Lady always seems to be in contention with speed when she hits the track. Bowser may have struggled last year, but she’s not going to let that slow her down in her road to try to make victory lane.
Look for newcomers to also enter the division looking to make their own mark. Names like Jacob Budzyna, Justin Leduc, James Sullivan, Ronald Gajdowski, Andrew Rittman-McLaughlin and Billman DeCosta should all be learning the ropes right from the first green flag.
The Everett’s Auto Parts Sport 4 season begins on Friday, May 27 with a 25-lap feature and will roll through Friday, September 23, where the champion will be crowned. Tickets for all Seekonk Speedway Fast Friday, NASCAR Saturday and Thrill Show events are available today at SeekonkSpeedway.com. Fans are encouraged to follow the track on social media for the latest updates and information.
SEEKONK, Mass. -- For the first time in 2022, Seekonk Speedway will have double the racing action in the same weekend this Friday and Saturday night. On Friday, the Fast Friday season roars to life for the first time, with five divisions of racing, while on Saturday, the track kicks-off the summer Seekonk Speedway style with the Memorial Day Thrill Show.
Tickets for both events are available in advance at SeekonkSpeedway.com and will also be available at the track on race day. Tickets for Fast Friday are just $10 for adults, with kids 12 and under free. Tickets for the Memorial Day Thrill Show are $25 for adults, kids 6-12 are $12 and kids 5 and under, and parking, are free.
“This is a big weekend for us, as we begin the summer with one of the biggest shows of the year on Saturday, and kick-off the Fast Friday season on Friday to get it all started,” Ed St. Germain, Director of Business Development for Seekonk Speedway, said. “Our Fast Friday continues to showcase the upcoming youth racers that are going to be future NASCAR Saturday stars, and we’re excited to see them hit the track for the first time this year. The Memorial Day Thrill Show includes the thrills and spills fans are looking for and should be an excellent day of action.”
On Friday, the Seekonk Grand Prix Bandolero Bandits and Outlaws, Everett’s Auto Parts Sport 4’s, Helger’s South Coast Power Equipment Sportsman and Nick’s Pit Stop Legends Cars will all begin their seasons.
In the Seekonk Grand Prix Bandolero divisions, both classes showcase the true youth of Seekonk Speedway, with drivers aged from 8 through 14. Some of the top NASCAR Saturday champions have come from the Fast Friday Seekonk Youth Racing Association program, so keep your eye on these rising stars. Names like Brent Robidoux, Darren Krantz, Adam Harrison, Ryan Vanasse Jr., Collin Vanasse, Sam Macedo, Mike Hanafin, Mikey LeFort III and Bradley Strickland are just a few of the names to watch across both classes.
The Everett’s Auto Parts Sport 4 season should kick-off with a bang for 25-laps, as this may be the one Seekonk division with the most unknowns. As Mikey LeFort plans to step away from full-time racing in the division, the battle for the championship is wide open. Names like Crystal Murray, Karlin Levesque and Tyler Duhancik are some of the registered drivers who should be contenders for the crown. The Sport 4 class showcases some of Seekonk’s rising stars, but also a few veterans who maintain their place in the division due to the affordability.
The Nick’s Pit Stop Legends Cars season is shaping up to be one of the best yet, with a full field of cars expected to open the season. With defending champion Luke Lebrun moving on to Late Model action, the title battle may swing into the hands of another Nick Lascuola Racing ride. Devin Deshaies is taking over the car Lebrun drove last year, and should be a threat right from the first green flag. But look for names like defending Seekonk Grand Prix Bandolero Outlaw champion Richie Helger Jr., Brenden LaBelle, Mason Tessier, Jake Silvia, Josh Parsons, Brendon Hammann and more to become threats during the season.
The Helger’s South Coast Power Equipment Pure Stocks continue to run through their veteran leaders. Defending and now two-time champion Greg Perry, Danny Massa, Timmy Ouellette and Jeremy Lambert have to be at the front of the pack when it comes to challengers. But don’t look past names like Ethan Souza, Austin Flanagan, Rob Hendrickson, Matthew Talbot, Justin Menard, Jim Reilly, Mike Rotondo and more when it comes to battling for the crown at the end of the season. Beginning on Friday, they want to chase trophies on a weekly basis in their 25-lap events.
On Saturday, those Thrill Show spills and thrills return with the Troy City Tactical Spectator Drags, Car & Truck Enduro races, Car & Truck Enduro Drags, Crazy Figure 8 Races, Powder Puff action and the Insane Chain race. With gates opening at 2:30 p.m. and racing beginning at 5 p.m., fans are not going to want to miss this special event. Celebrate the kick-off to the summer season at Seekonk in style by watching the crashing and smashing of a Thrill Show.
Fast Friday racing begins at 7 p.m. with the Seekonk Grand Prix Bandolero Bandits and Outlaws, Everett’s Auto Parts Sport 4’s, Helger’s South Coast Power Equipment Pure Stocks and Nick’s Pit Stop Legends Cars. Saturday’s action begins at 5 p.m.
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With some of the top contenders from the 2021 season moving on, the Seekonk Grand Prix Bandolero Outlaw field will welcome a new set of challengers to race for the title this year. Names like Brent Robidoux and Adam Harrison, two of the more polished veterans of the class, will be some of the favorites to win the crown, joined by Bradley Strickland, Mikey LeFort III, Joey Lemay and more.
As Seekonk introduces the playoff system — the Drive 4 For The Cup — including three races in September, where the field will be cut from 6 drivers, to 5 drivers, to 4 drivers for the final race — who will be the one to become champion? In that final championship race, the driver that bests the other three in the feature will be the champion. The question is: who will make it there?
Robidoux and Harrison do seem to be the favorites. Robidoux went to Victory Lane twice last year, including in the season-finale, and has come into his own in a difficult division behind the wheel of the No. 25. Harrison, who may not win as much as he would like, is known as “Hollywood” and was in the top-five more often than not when you look at the results from the end of the 2021 season. Both of these drivers should win, often.
Behind them, the list of contenders is a close and tough to pick through. Even though defending division champion Richie Helger Jr. is registered to race, he isn’t necessarily planning on running the full schedule, as of now. However, the Helger’s South Coast Power Equipment Racing team isn’t going to be giving up. They have Mikey LeFort III, moving up to the Outlaws from the Bandits for 2022, and newcomer Bobby Bettencourt III, both planning to race.
LeFort didn’t win in the Bandits, but was consistently improving and has some of the highest confidence in the division. Bettencourt, who comes from a racing family that includes Bobby Bettencourt, a very successful Sportsman driver in his day, will be looking to learn and soak up the experience with hopes of contending for his first win.
Other returning contenders to the class include Joey Lemay, a multiple-time winner, Andrew Gomes and Dylan Calabro. These three rising stars will be looking to fend-off the charges of those above, and those who are entering the class for the first time this season looking to make their own mark.
Names like Jordan Duquette, son of former Late Model and Sportsman competitor Frank Duquette, Leo Rossi and Abbie Badejo are also planning to compete. All of them have been part of the pre-season practice sessions and will be looking to gain their own experience and contend to visit Victory Lane.
The Seekonk Grand Prix Bandolero Outlaw season begins on Friday, May 27 with a 15-lap feature and will roll through Friday, September 23, where the champion will be crowned. Tickets for all Seekonk Speedway Fast Friday, NASCAR Saturday and Thrill Show events are available today at SeekonkSpeedway.com. Fans are encouraged to follow the track on social media for the latest updates and information.
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