Hirschman Wins Open Wheel Wednesday at Seekonk For A Fifth Time; Helliwell Wins 350 SMAC While Trainor Captures NEMA Lites Trophy
SEEKONK, Mass. – Matt “Big Money” Hirschman lived up to his name once again on Wednesday night, June 29, capturing the top $10,000 prize and winning his fifth Open Wheel Wednesday title at Seekonk Speedway in Massachusetts. Competing in the third round of the Monaco Modified Tri-Track Series season, Hirschman passed Woody Pitkat for the lead on lap 31 and never looked back, rolling to his second Tri-Track win of the season in three series events.
Hirschman’s fifth Open Wheel Wednesday victory came in the 17th running of the race. He’s the only driver to have passed the three win mark in the prestigious event. The Pennsylvania native opened what will be a busy week – as he will now move to Stafford Motor Speedway to compete with the Superstar Racing Experience (SRX) Series on Saturday, July 2, against top stars from across multiple racing disciplines.
The Seekonk action aired to a live audience on FloRacing.TV, and was also presented in front of a packed Massachusetts grandstand.
“I’ve been at almost all of these events and this is the first time we went back-to-back winning it,” Hirschman said. “There are so many variables that always play into this race. Tonight we had just the night we needed – a good clean night and we were able to keep the car out front. I never really left the bottom all night. We’ve been on a good run of success leading into Saturday at Stafford – hopefully we can keep it going.”
While Hirschman sealed another Seekonk win, Kyle Bonsignore charged through the field in the second half of the race and captured an impressive second-place finish. Driving the No. 07 for Justin Albernaz, Bonsignore worked his way to second, but couldn’t make a run at Hirschman. Even still, it was a good run for the 07 team – especially since they just got the car together for the first time in the last two weeks – after struggling to gain the parts they needed for much of the beginning of the season.
Anthony Nocella finished third, while young guns Matt Swanson and Austin Beers finished the top-five in the 100-lap event. Woody Pitkat was sixth, followed by Matt Kimball, Ronnie Williams, Tommy Barrett and Jake Johnson. Thirty-two cars attempted to qualify for the $10,000 winning prize.
In support division racing, Dave Helliwell captured the victory in the 350 S.M.A.C Supermodifieds, dominating their 40-lap feature. After mentioning in Victory Lane that the team struggled all day in practice, there was no struggling in the caution-free race for Helliwell. He charged to the front, took the lead, and drove into the Seekonk sunset, capturing his first Seekonk victory in his first start at the third-mile.
In the 50-lap NEMA Lite feature race, Jake Trainor rolled to the win after passing Randy Cabral in lapped traffic. The race was slowed by a few cautions early, but Trainor took advantage of a lapped car, took the lead, and drove away at the finish. Cabral, a multiple-time Seekonk winner, would settle for second. The NEMA Lites will be back at Seekonk for the annual Boston Louie Seymour Classic on Wednesday, August 24.
Seekonk Speedway will return to action on Saturday, July 2 with the Independence Day Thrill Show. For more information on Seekonk Speedway, and tickets to all events, visit SeekonkSpeedway.com.
Big $10,000 Prize on the Line at Seekonk Speedways Open Wheel Wednesday
Tour Modifieds, 350 Super Modifieds and NEMA Lites highlight this Wednesday Night Show
SEEKONK, Mass. – For the third time this season, the Monaco Modified Tri-Track Series is ready to light up the track this Wednesday, June 29, at Seekonk Speedway. The 17th annual Open Wheel Wednesday will mark the third of seven events on the 2022 Tri-Track calendar, and the first of two at the Massachusetts third-mile oval.
And this one has $10,000 on the line to the winner.
The entry list, just over 30 cars, is stacked with talent. Former Open Wheel Wednesday winners in the field include Matt Hirschman (four), Doug Coby (three), Tommy Barrett, Chris Pasteryak, Richard Savary, Ronnie Williams, Kirk Alexander and Ron Silk.
Hirschman also leads the series point standings after two races, sitting just four points up on Chase Dowling. Hirschman and Dowling split the first two races of the season – with Hirschman winning on the high-banks of Monadnock on April 30 and Dowling winning the inaugural Granite City 100 at Thunder Road Speedbowl on Memorial Day weekend. Dowling won the Haunted Hundred to end the 2021 season at Seekonk.
Hirschman and Coby both are no strangers to Victory Lane – and both come into Seekonk with momentum on their side. Hirschman is a proven winner, already capturing double-digit Modified wins this season across multiple divisions and tracks. Coby has two NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour wins with Tommy Baldwin Racing this season, and will return to the seat of his own No. 10 for Wednesday’s special event coming off top-10 finishes in all four of his starts with Baldwin on the Tour in 2022.
Silk, set to return to the seat for Bob Horn, who he won Open Wheel Wednesday with in 2019, is expected to be a major contender. Savary and Stephen Kopcik have teamed together for 2022 and have shown speed, specifically at Monadnock in the season-opener. Williams and team owner Gary Casella always seem to get to the front when the big money is on the line, while Pasteryak will look to get back to Seekonk’s Victory Lane for the first time in just about 10 years.
Kirk Alexander impressed many at Thunder Road, leading laps and contending for the win. Barrett, driving for the Davini family, will look to turn his season around at a track where he knows how to get to the front.
Outside of the above names, the entry list also includes winners and champions from across New England.
Multiple-time Stafford Motor Speedway winner Woody Pitkat, who recently won the Bud Light Open Modified 80 at Stafford earlier this month, has committed to the remainder of the Tri-Track schedule with team owner Doug Dunleavy, and their quest for the front begins on Wednesday night. Young gun Austin Beers will sit behind the wheel of the No. 3 Boehler Racing entry, while Sam Rameau, Kyle Bonsignore, Max Zachem, Brian Robie, Austin Kochenash, Matt Swanson and Anthony Nocella are also expected to compete.
There will be a little bit of hometown flavor in the field – as Jake Johnson – a two-time Seekonk Legends Cars champion – and Rob Murphy – a former track Sport Truck winner – will both attempt to qualify into the 100-lap event.
With just over 30 cars registered, the race will be on in qualifying to make the starting lineup. Heat races will begin at 6:30 p.m.
Joining the Monaco Modified Tri-Track Series will be two special divisions. The 350 SMAC Supermodifieds will make their second appearance at Seekonk Speedway, while the NEMA Lites are also back on track for a 50-lap special.
Through five races of their 2022 season, Jake Trainor leads the NEMA Lite point standings over Avery Stoehr, Dylan Coutu and Joey Bailey. With the division set to compete in 50 fast laps around the third-mile, fans won’t want to blink much – as this division flies around the Action Track of the East. In the only other 350 SMAC Supermodifieds event at Seekonk, Jeffrey Battle went to Victory Lane last year. As the division hits the midway point in their year, Scott Watts Sr. leads James Witkum in their championship battle.
Tickets for the 17th annual Open Wheel Wednesday are available online today at SeekonkSpeedway.com and will also be available at the track on the day of the race. Fans and teams are both encouraged to buy passes online in order to avoid the lines on race day.
Racing action will begin at 6 p.m. with qualifying rounds for the NEMA Lites, followed by opening ceremonies and qualifying for the Monaco Modified Tri-Track Series and 350 SMAC Supermodifieds. The features will begin around 7 p.m. with the NEMA Lites, 350 SMAC and Monaco Modified Tri-Track Series rounding out a full Wednesday card. For those fans who won’t be able to make it to the track, FloRacing.TV will air all of the racing live from the Massachusetts third-mile.
For more information on Seekonk Speedway, visit SeekonkSpeedway.com.
SEEKONK SPEEDWAY OFFERS DIGITAL PASSES TO SKIP THE LINES FOR PIT AREA, GRANDSTANDS
Seekonk Speedway would like to make fans, teams and competitors aware of the opportunties available to them with online digital passes for entry to the track this season. Through SeekonkSpeedway.com, fans can purchase grandstand admission passes online and put them into their Apple Wallet or print them at home, where they can use them to get in at the track on race day.
The same goes for teams, drivers and crew members in the pit area.
Pit passes are available in advance on the ticketing platform for purchase. The process is simple: patrons should go online to SeekonkSpeedway.com, click on tickets, and create an account through the software. Once the account has been created, purchase pit passes for respective events you are going to be attending. Upon completing purchase, a link will be sent to your email address with the passes. When opening the link, be sure to add them to your Apple Wallet, or print them at home, to bring with you on race day. This includes for pit passes.
Fans or teams that complete this step will be able to skip the lines on race day and avoid delays getting into the track.
This also works for teams who would like to purchase passes for their entire team or a few crew members. Upon purchasing the passes, you are able to forward them into someone else’s email address name and they will be able to access them for themselves.
This is especially important for Touring Series shows such as the Pro All Star Series or Tri-Track Open Modified Series. Drivers and car owners can purchase passes for themselves and their crew and send them to the respective parties. In order to purchase pit passes on race day for anyone other than just one person, all parties must be there at the time to sign and collect their pit passes. No lists will be created for crew members who are coming at a later time.
Seekonk Speedway does appreciate your understanding in this evolution into the digital age. Anyone with questions is encouraged to call the office at 508-336-9559 and ask for Dawn for assistance. You can also visit SeekonkSpeedway.com today to collect tickets for all events during the season and find the latest information on the track.
SEEKONK, Mass. -- Johnny Clark and Seekonk Speedway seem to be the perfect fit lately. Clark picked up his third Pro All Star Series (PASS) win in four Seekonk races on Saturday night, dominating the final half of the 150-lap race to take the impressive victory.
Early in the race, two former Seekonk track champions — Angelo Belsito and Nick Lascuola — seemed to be in contention for the win. Belsito led much of the middle stages of the race but spun off turn four and had to go to the rear. Clark battled Eddie MacDonald hard for the lead with 50 laps to go, but he was not going to be denied. Clark rolled to the win, holding off Belsito — who charged all the way back through the field to finish in second. MacDonald, who had a flat tire late, charged back through himself to finish in third.
Wayne Halliwell Jr. and Gabe Brown finished the top-five. Ryan Kuhn was sixth, followed by Brandon Barker, Garrett Hall, Ben Ashline and Derek Gluchacki.
The Seekonk Speedway Pro Stock division will return to the track on Saturday, July 9. The NASCAR Saturday divisions will be off on July 2. For more information on Seekonk Speedway, visit SeekonkSpeedway.com and follow the track on social media.
SEEKONK, Mass. -- Two weeks ago, Chad Baxter got the car back that he had dominated with at Seekonk Speedway in 2021. Two races in, he has two victories with it in 2022.
Baxter made a late move to pass Randy Moretti for the lead on Saturday, June 25, picking up the victory in the 25-lap main event, as the defending champion is back in prime form.
Moretti led most of the race, but a caution in the final laps slowed the action and the battle was on up front. Moretti spun the tires just a bit from the lead, and Baxter, who had charged from 10th all the way to the outside of the front row, took full advantage, taking the lead. Baxter would hang on for the win, besting Ed Perry and Adam Petty at the finish. Kyle Casper crossed the line fourth, while Ryan Lineham was behind him, rounding out the top-five.
Doug Benoit finished sixth, followed by Moretti, Scott Serydysnki Jr., Tyler Almeida and Craig Pianka.
The Helger’s South Coast Power Equipment Sportsman will return to the track on Saturday, July 9. The NASCAR Saturday divisions will be off on July 2. For more information on Seekonk Speedway, visit SeekonkSpeedway.com and follow the track on social media.
SEEKONK, Mass. -- Derek Gluchacki continued a hot start to his 2022 Late Model season across New England at Seekonk Speedway on Saturday night. Gluchacki wheeled the No. 03 to the front, picking up the win in the second round of the Everett’s Auto Parts Triple Crown Series, a 45-lap main event. Gluchacki took the lead from Mark Jenison and Richie Murray in the middle of the race and never looked back.
While Gluchacki won, the race between himself, Jenison and Murray was one of the best in recent memory. The three drivers ran three-wide for at least two full laps, with Murray rim riding around the top, Jenison in the middle and Gluchacki on the bottom. They barely touched — if at all — and everyone made it though to finish on the podium. Gluchacki won, followed by Murray and Jenison at the finish.
Gerry DeGasparre Jr. rebounded from a rough race to finish fourth, followed by Paul Lallier in fifth. Vinnie Arrenegado was sixth, while Chase Belcher, Luke Lebrun, Kevin Bowe and Josh Hedges rounded out the top-10.
The Late Models will return to the track on Saturday, July 9. The NASCAR Saturday divisions will be off on July 2. For more information on Seekonk Speedway, visit SeekonkSpeedway.com and follow the track on social media.
SEEKONK, Mass. -- Through the first month and a half of the Chaz Auto Body Sport Truck season, Brittany Campbell has been a dominant force at the front of the field. After countless podium runs to open the Seekonk Speedway season, Campbell finally broke into Victory Lane on Saturday, June 25 — ending a full night of racing with the checkered flag in her hand.
Campbell chased the back bumper of Amy Arsenault for much of the main event — but when all of the marbles were on the line — Campbell wasn’t going to be denied. She worked the inside of Arsenault a few times, and eventually the two made contact, with Arsenault spinning in turn three. Campbell restarted out front and drove away, holding off Jake Vanada in the final few laps to take down the victory.
Vanada finished second, while Mike Cavallaro drove to the front and finished the podium in third. Mike Duarte was fourth, and Darryl Church finished the top-five. Rick Martin finished sixth, followed by Barry Shaw, Tom Scully III, Marissa Morgan and Danny Thibeault.
The Chaz Auto Body Sport Trucks will return to the track on Saturday, July 9. The NASCAR Saturday divisions will be off on July 2. For more information on Seekonk Speedway, visit SeekonkSpeedway.com and follow the track on social media.
SEEKONK, Mass. — There is nothing quite like winning a race for the first time. Just ask Jarrod Freitas, who drove the No. 04 into Victory Lane on Friday, June 24 in the Seekonk Speedway Everett’s Auto Parts Sport 4 division. After wrecking his car at another track last year, he was offered a ride by Jaden Hamilton, and has taken full advantage this year.
Freitas took the lead away from his challengers early in the 25-lap race and wasn’t going to be denied in the second half. He held off the hard charges of Matt Pion first, then had to fend-off two-time winner and points leader Crystal Murray, who eventually finished in second. Tyler Duhancik rebounded from a tough first few weeks, scoring a much needed third-place finish.
Karlin Levesque, the winner the week before, and Jeremy Palmer finished the top-five. Taylor Bowser finished sixth, followed by Justin Leduc, Jacob Budznya, Christine Cavallaro and Stephanie Bruneau.
The Everett’s Auto Parts Sport 4’s will return to the track on Friday, July 8. The Fast Friday divisions will be off on July 1. For more information on Seekonk Speedway, visit SeekonkSpeedway.com and follow the track on social media.
SEEKONK, Mass. -- For the third time in five races in the Nick’s Pit Stop Legends Cars, Devin Deshaies was celebrating in Victory Lane on Friday, June 24. Deshaies made the pass on teammate Jacob “Rowdy” Burns just before the halfway point, and had to hold off Burns, Nicholaus Bulkeley and others over the final half to take down another feature win.
With a new combination this year, Deshaies has been impressive with the B&M Maintenance team, driving for Nick Lascuola Racing. Bulkeley put together his best career run, contending for the win late, to join Deshaies at the front in second spot at the finish. Brendan LaBelle posted his best career finish, scoring a podium run for the first time in third, charging through the field in the final half.
Mason Tessier wasn’t far behind, finishing fourth after running up front for the whole race. Burns and Brendon Hammann both fell victim to losing their bumpers during the race, which cost them a strong finish.
The Nick’s Pit Stop Legends will return to the track on Friday, July 8. The Fast Friday divisions will be off on July 1. For more information on Seekonk Speedway, visit SeekonkSpeedway.com and follow the track on social media.
SEEKONK, Mass. — Danny Massa wanted to win last week, badly. This week, he found redemption. The driver of the No. 41 in the Helger’s South Coast Power Equipment Pure Stocks rocketed to the lead just before the halfway point in the 30-lap Everett’s Auto Parts Triple Crown Series race and held on to pick up the win. While doing it, Massa held three fingers out the window coming to the checkered flag, honoring the late Tom Scully Sr. while rolling into Victory Lane.
Behind Massa -- the race was hot and heavy — with some intense side-by-side racing. Timmy Ouellette did everything he could, fighting with a loose car, to hang on for a strong podium run after a tough start to the season. Sam Lincoln joined him on the podium this week, after a little assistance from former Pure Stock champion Doug Benoit during the week.
Two-time season winner Greg Perry, Nick Brightman, Billy Chouinard, Ethan Souza, Austin Flanagan, Matthew Talbot and others all ran around the top-10 at the finish, posting strong runs in the extra-distance event.
The Helger’s South Coast Power Equipment Pure Stocks will return to the track on Friday, July 8, for a 25-lap feature. The Fast Friday divisions will be off on July 1. For more information on Seekonk Speedway, visit SeekonkSpeedway.com and follow the track on social media.
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