Seekonk Speedway has a full card of racing scheduled this Saturday, July 1, as Fast Friday takes the week off and the NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series divisions take center stage. Headlined by the $2,000 to win American Racer Pro Stock 75, the night also includes the second round of Everett’s Triple Crown Series action for the Helger’s South Coast Power Sportsman, the Chaz Auto Body Sport Trucks and Late Models.
The Pro Stocks returned to competition for the first time in almost a month on June 24, competing in round one of the Everett’s Triple Crown. David Darling returned to his dominant ways, jumping out front just before halfway and never looking back. Even though he’s running part-time, he’s the favorite again this week as he returns for the $2,000 to win American Racer 75 showdown. Colbey Fournier and Bobby Pelland III joined him on the podium last week — two drivers that have shown early in the season their packages are improved from 2022. Both are expected to win this season. Mike Brightman and Dylan Estrella already have wins, joining Darling, while names like Rick Martin, Tommy Adams, Tom Scully Jr and others would love to get their first of the season in the special event.
American Racer is the tire supplier for Seekonk’s Pro Stocks and Late Models. They have worked tremendously with the track through tire shortages, the COVID pandemic and many other challenges the last few seasons. They are proud to present this special $2,000 to win race with $1,500 on the line for second and $1,100 for third and a full purse throughout the field.
“We’re always excited for this race and appreciate Seekonk Speedway for all of their efforts and having this event on the schedule again this year,” Bill Galloway of American Racer Tires, said. “The Pro Stock division at Seekonk is one of the most competitive in all of New England when it comes to the top divisions. We are looking forward to watching them battle for some extra cash in their extra-distance American Racer 75 race.”
On top of the Pro Stocks, the Sportsman also take center stage with their 35-lap feature in the Triple Crown Series. Back in round one, Steve Axon and Chad Baxter battled side-by-side for many laps to the finish, with Axon inching him out for the win. The division is also coming off one of the most exciting races in the last decade this past weekend, with a four-wide battle on the final lap that saw Colby Lambert come out on top. Jimmy “Pepe” Silvia was back at the top of the division for the first time in many years and names like Adam Pettey, Baxter, Axon and more will be looking to score this Saturday night. Don’t miss the main event for one of the most exciting divisions in all of New England.
The Late Models are all chasing Luke LeBrun through the last two races, as the driver of the No. 27 has won them both. Jacob “Rowdy” Burns and Chase Belcher were on the podium with him last week. Early in the season, LeBrun leads defending champion Mark Jenison by five points, Burns by 12 and Belcher by 16. Vinnie Arrenegado, Corey Fanning, Charlie Rose and others will be back this week for another run.
After a photo finish last week, Brittany Campbell picked up her second win of the season in the Chaz Auto Body Sport Trucks, holding off Mike Duarte in a wild dash to the line. As the championship points continue to update heading for the Sunoco Drive For The Cup, Duarte now leads Campbell by seven points at the top. Duarte, a former champion, has top-five finishes in all events so far this season. This Saturday, the division returns for 25 laps. Look for these two drivers and Rick Martin, Darryl Church, Jake Vanada, Amy Arsenault, Tom Scully III, Bobby Tripp and others in their main event.
Fans should begin watching the point standings entering July. With the end of August right around the corner, when the field will be set for the Sunoco Drive For The Cup in each division, the battle to make the top eight will continue to spice up around the cutoff point.
Tickets for NASCAR Saturday racing at Seekonk Speedway this weekend and for all track events for 2023 are available today at SeekonkSpeedway.com. Fans are encouraged to purchase in advance to skip the lines on race day and also save a few bucks on their ticket pricing.
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SEEKONK, Mass. — Matt Swanson added his name to a historic list on Wednesday night, June 28 at Seekonk Speedway. Swanson picked up his first career Seekonk Modified win and his first Monaco Modified Tri-Track Series win in the Open Wheel Wednesday 100, worth $10,000.
Swanson used a jingle between leaders Sammy Rameau and Jake Johnson to take advantage and grab the top spot on lap 74 and never look back. He pulled away over the final laps, posting his fastest lap of the race on lap 84 en route to the big money victory. Driving for Gary Casella, Swanson added another winner to the list of the Open Wheel Wednesday Modified Madness. Started in 2005, only Doug Coby (three) and Matt Hirschman (five) are multiple time winners of the event.
Austin Beers finished second and Matt Hirschman third. Richard Savary and six-time NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion Doug Coby finished fourth and fifth. Rising star Ryan Doucette, Les Hinckley, Johnson, Joey Cipriano and Woody Pitkat finished in positions six through 10.
The Open Wheel Modifieds joined the 350 SMAC Supermodifieds and NEMA Lites for a full card of racing on Wednesday night.
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SEEKONK, Mass. — Ben Tinker couldn’t have asked for a much better night when the 350 SMAC Supermodifieds invaded Seekonk Speedway on Wednesday night. Racing as part of the annual Open Wheel Wednesday with a 40-lap race, Tinker dominated, leading all of the laps en route to a dominating victory.
After Tinker took control, the race for second was on in the final laps between Brad Babb and Kenny White Jr. With a last-lap pass, Babb was able to get around and finish in the runner-up spot. White was able to finish third, followed by Dave Helliwell and Bobby Timmons III.
The thrills of the small-block supermodifieds racing around the third-mile Seekonk Speedway with lap times just over 11 seconds per circuit thrilled a packed house on Wednesday. The event also included the NEMA Lites and a $10,000 to win Open Wheel Modified madness show.
Scott Watts Sr., Matt Seavey, Paul Buzel, PJ Stergios and John Leonard finished the top-10 spots.
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It’s been quite the year for Jake Trainor so far in 2023. Trainor picked up a big victory during the Little 500 in Indianapolis on Memorial Day weekend and visited Seekonk Speedway for the first time this year during Open Wheel Wednesday on June 28.
After 50 laps, Trainor picked up the victory in the NEMA Lite feature race on a night where the track also hosted Modifieds and Supermodifieds. Trainor passed Paul Scally for the lead on lap 32 and never looked back to pick up the win. Scally followed in second spot, with PJ Stergios wrapping the podium in third.
The race was slowed quickly after Mike Pernisiglio flipped in turn three. The race was also slowed when oil was dropped all around the third-mile and required a lengthy delay. Once the race got going, the field settled out and Trainor took control.
Joey Bailey was fourth and Todd Bertrand rounded out the top-five. Avery Stoehr, Ben Mikitarian, Kyle Valeri, Alby Ovitt and Chase Locke finished the top-10.
The NEMA Lites will return to Seekonk Speedway during a Saturday night showdown on Saturday, July 15 for the NEMA Boston Louie Seymour Memorial along with the NEMA Midgets, Pro Stocks and Late Models. For more information on Seekonk Speedway, visit SeekonkSpeedway.com and follow the track on social media for the latest news and updates.
The rumble and roar of the Modifieds, Midgets and Supermodifieds returns to Seekonk Speedway this Wednesday, June 28 as the annual Open Wheel Wednesday is ready to rock the third-mile.
The track has evaluated the weather forecast and even though the morning hours have a risk for rain, the afternoon hours show clearing and some great weather for a Wednesday night short-track major event. All systems are go for Open Wheel Wednesday on June 28 at Seekonk Speedway!
This special event will include a 100-lap, $10,000 to win Open Modified race, sanctioned again this year by the Monaco Modified Tri-Track Series. It’s the 18th edition of the special event, with Matt Hirschman leading all active drivers into the race with five career wins, and Doug Coby not far behind with three. Hirschman has won the last two Open Wheel Wednesday races and overall, three of the last five. His first victory came back in 2008 and he hasn’t stopped winning since. The Pennsylvania native is just a few weeks off his dominating NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour performance at Seekonk on June 10, where he won the pole, led all the laps and scored the impressive win. If someone is going to pocket $10,000, they will likely need to run through the No. 60.
Coby will be back to chase the crown in the Mayhew Tools No. 10, the second outing of the year for his personal race team. He’s joined by former event winners Kirk Alexander (76), Richard Savary (99), Ron Silk (16) and Ronnie Williams (50) as previous winners of the race entered to compete. As of writing of this story, nearly 30 drivers have entered to compete. Seekonk fans will be familiar with names like Jake Johnson, a two-time Legends Cars Seekonk champion, Chase Dowling, Les Hinckley, Chris Pasteryak and others. The 100-lap race will conclude the night on Open Wheel Wednesday with a full card of racing planned just before it.
The NEMA Lites and 350 SMAC Supermodifieds are also back in town. The NEMA Lites, a division that tours throughout New England during the season, is making their first of two trips to Seekonk coming up in the next few weeks. They will be back for the Saturday, July 15 show as part of the Boston Louie Seymour Memorial Classic night along with a few NASCAR divisions. In their early 2023 season, names like Abby Ovitt, Danny Cugini, Avery Stoehr and others are off to strong starts. The NEMA Lites race is set for 50 laps around the third-mile.
Fans can expect to see Jake Trainor as one of the many NEMA drivers at the track on Wednesday night. At just 18-years-old, Jake Trainor is coming off a major victory in the Little 500 in Indianapolis back on Memorial Day weekend. From Medway, Massachusetts, this local contender is quickly making a name for himself. His Little 500 victory also marked the first triumph in the major event for car owner Matt Seymour.
“This is my second start in a sprint car and my first time at Anderson,” said Trainor in Victory Lane that night. “I just did everything I felt like I could have done to prepare for this race and I still felt like I was underprepared coming into it. don’t even know what to say. I’m so lost for words.”
This rising star will compete in the Seymour Racing No. 29 entry, a car that is no stranger to Victory lane at Seekonk Speedway.
With the SMAC Tour heading back to Seekonk, they will be just about getting their season underway, just like Seekonk, due to Mother Nature. The winged warriors return to the Action Track of the East will produce high-speed racing fans will not want to miss.
Tickets for Open Wheel Wednesday are available in advance online today at SeekonkSpeedway.com. Fans are encouraged to buy their tickets for this and all Seekonk Speedway 2023 events online to save money and avoid lines on race day. Tickets are $35 online in advance or $38 day of, with youth ages 6-12 just $12 in advance or $15 day of. Kids five and under and parking are free at Seekonk Speedway. For those who purchase tickets ahead, gates will open at 4:30PM, for those who buy at the gates, they will open at 5PM.
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SEEKONK, Mass. — Colby Lambert got back to Seekonk Speedway Victory Lane for the first time in many years on Saturday night. Driving the No. 54 in the Helger’s South Coast Power Equipment Sportsman, Lambert came out on top of a thrilling battle that saw the leaders almost four-wide during the final few laps of the race.
Jimmy “Pepe” Silvia returned to the front of the class for the first time in many years, racing hard with Lambert for much of the event, along with Randy Moretti and Adam Pettey. The four drivers swapped the front positions back and forth over the final laps, with Pepe running his famed outside lane keeping the fans on the edge of their seats.
In the final lap, the field crossed the line at the white flag three-wide with Pepe on the outside, Lambert in the middle and Pettey looking to the bottom. When they came around for the checkered, Lambert held them all off for the win, with Silvia in second and Pettey finishing third, marking yet another podium for him. Moretti and former champion Chad Baxter followed in fourth and fifth.
Defending champion Craig Pianka finished sixth, followed by Steve Axon, Tyler Almeida, Don Perry and Crystal Serydynski.
The Helger’s South Coast Power Equipment Sportsman will return to the track for another feature, this time 35 laps in the second round of the Everett’s Auto Parts Triple Crown Series on Saturday, July 1. For more information on Seekonk Speedway, visit SeekonkSpeedway.com and follow the track on social media.
SEEKONK, Mass. — It took Luke LeBrun a while to find Victory Lane in the Late Models at Seekonk Speedway, but now, he’s two-for-two in the last two events. LeBrun used a move in the middle of the race to pass Scott Serydynski Jr. to take the lead, then held off the field on a final restart to score his second consecutive victory.
Jacob Burns and Chase Belcher finished second and third. Burns quickly worked his way from seventh up to third by the time the field hit lap 13, then raced hard for second with LeBrun before LeBrun took the lead. Once LeBrun jumped out front, Burns followed to second, but couldn’t slide around before the end. The run for Belcher was one of his best of the season so far.
Corey Fanning and Charlie Rose finished the top-five. Tyler Tomassi, Mark Jenison, Nathan Tracey, Bill Goodrow and Serydynski finished the top-10 spots.
The Late Models will return to the track for another 30-lap feature on Saturday, July 1, before an off week on July 8 for the Independence Day Thrill Show. For more information on Seekonk Speedway, visit SeekonkSpeedway.com and follow the track on social media.
SEEKONK, Mass. — Dave Darling is back, and back in Victory Lane in the Pro Stocks at Seekonk Speedway. Darling returned yet again on Saturday night and picked up the victory in the first round of the Everett’s Auto Parts Triple Crown for the Pro Stocks, a 60-lap main event. Darling used the outside lane to pass Colbey Fournier for the lead in the middle of the race and never looked back en route to yet another Seekonk win.
Fournier ran for second with Bobby Pelland III in a thrilling battle over the final laps, with Fournier coming out on top at the end. Pelland was third, an impressive run up through the pack for the former Late Model champion.
Rick Martin finished the race fourth with Tom Scully Jr. in fifth. Darrell Stampfl, Dick Benoit, Dylan Estrella, Mark Jenison and Mike Rotondo completed the top-10.
The Pro Stocks will return to the track for another feature, this time 75 laps in the American Racer 75 on Saturday, July 1. For more information on Seekonk Speedway, visit SeekonkSpeedway.com and follow the track on social media.
SEEKONK, Mass. — Brittany Campbell and Mike Duarte ended the second round of the Chaz Auto Body Sport Truck Triple Crown inches apart on Saturday night. Luckily for everyone in attendance, their exciting and close race was for the win in the second round of the Everett’s Auto Parts Triple Crown Series.
Campbell was not in the lead of the race, but took over the top spot after leaders Mike Cavallaro and Bobby Tripp tangled when the field crossed at lap 11.
She led from laps 12 through 32, until a caution went in the air and slowed the race. She restarted on the bottom in the lead and her and Duarte went wheel-to-wheel coming down to the finish. At the line at the white flag, Duarte edged out for the lead. But as they came off turn four to the checkered, Duarte slid back just a bit, and Campbell took full advantage to beat him to the line.
Campbell finished ahead of Duarte by just .005 seconds. Darryl Church was third, followed by Amy Arsenault and Tom Scully III after 35 laps. Lenny Guy, Marissa Morgan, Mike Cavallaro, Rick Martin and Jake Vanada completed the top-10.
The Chaz Auto Body Sport Trucks will return to the track for another feature, this time 25 laps on Saturday, July 1. For more information on Seekonk Speedway, visit SeekonkSpeedway.com and follow the track on social media.
SEEKONK, Mass. — The fourth race of the Helger’s South Coast Power Equipment Pure Stock season finally marked a new winner on Friday night. Danny Massa, who dominated the early stages of last year, became the first driver not named Scott Cestodio to get to the top spot after 25 laps in 2023. Massa started from the pole position and led the entire distance to score the win, holding off Mike Henriques on multiple restarts to accomplish the goal.
Ethan Souza worked his way up from a 10th-place starting spot to finish third in the No. 30, another consistent run to open his season. Behind them, Sam Lincoln was fourth and Timmy Ouellette fifth.
Don Courtemanche, Cestodio, Josh Badach, Gary Conrad and Greg Perry finished the top-10. Cestodio was charging to the front running for second with Henriques in the middle of the race but spun and had to come from the rear to finish in seventh.
The Helger’s South Coast Power Equipment Pure Stocks will return to the track after an off week from competition on Friday, July 7 for another 25-lap feature race. For more information on Seekonk Speedway, visit SeekonkSpeedway.com and follow the track on social media.
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