ITS PLAYOFF TIME…
Best of luck to everyone who qualified for the 2022 Sunoco Drive for the Cup!
The first round will be The Elite Eight on September 9th and 10th. Drivers will be lined up for the feature race based on their finish in qualifying heats. The first drivers in the lineup will be those who qualified through heat races but are not playoff cars. The playoff contenders will lineup in consecutive rows following the non playoff qualified cars. If the first playoff driver starts fifth, the rest will be sixth, seventh, eighth, etc. This will continue for all three rounds. Playoff driver lineups will be determined by a blind draw for each event. Drawing order will be based on playoff seedings. The highest seed drawing first , then next highest etc. This will remain constant for all three rounds. Nothing from previous rounds will matter when it comes to lineups. All remaining non qualified drivers in the race will line up behind the playoff contenders. This is still going to be a race inside a race. Drivers will still earn money, points, and
value for every single race.
Across all rounds of the playoffs, all of Seekonk’s General Rules and Divisional Rules will still be in effect, including technical inspection. If a driver advances through a round but does not pass inspection, the next driver in line will be added to the next round. In round one, the lap distances will be as follows and are subject to change.
PRO STOCKS: 45 laps
LATE MODELS: 35 laps
SPORTSMAN: 30 laps
SPORT TRUCKS: 30 laps
LEGENDS CARS: 25 laps
PURE STOCKS: 25 laps
SPORT 4: 25 laps
BANDOLERO DIVISIONS: 15 laps
In order to advance to round two, drivers must beat the other competitors that are in the playoffs during the round one race. For example, of the eight total Pro Stocks in round one, only six will move to round two. For all divisions except the Bandolero’s, the top-six finishers in the round one race will advance to round two. In the Bandolero divisions, out of the six eligible drivers, five will advance to round two.
All points are STILL running …the Chase will determine the champion only as the weekly points will determine spots 2-10 for the awards banquet.
SEEKONK, Mass. — When you looked at the starting lineup for the Chaz Auto Body Sport Truck feature on Saturday night, you knew Darryl Church would have a good shot at contending for his first win of the season.
After 25 laps, Church was the clear favorite. He rocketed quickly to the front from pole position and never looked back, leading all 25 circuits to roll to the checkered flag at the third-mile. After a year filled with ups and downs, Church is hitting his stride at the right time heading into the inaugural Seekonk Speedway Drive For The Cup presented by Sunoco Race Fuel.
Rick Martin finished second, charging through the field and closing the gap late, even though he ran out of time. In third, Jake Vanada posted another strong run, locking himself into the playoffs, besting Tom Scully III for the final spot. Mike Cavallaro returned to the top-five in fourth and Mike Duarte was fifth after 25 laps.
Barry Shaw Jr. finished sixth, followed by Amy Arsenault, Brittany Campbell, Ethan Heilborn and Danny Thibeault.
The Chaz Auto Body Sport Trucks will return to the track on Saturday, September 10, for round one of the Drive For The Cup presented by Sunoco Race Fuels, set for 25 laps. For more information on Seekonk Speedway, visit SeekonkSpeedway.com and follow the track on social media for the latest updates.
SEEKONK, Mass. — Chad Baxter and the Helger’s South Coast Power Equipment Sportsman are the perfect combination again in 2022. Baxter started in the middle of the pack again on Saturday night and quickly raced to the front of the 25-lap feature, passing Tyler Almeida for the lead just after halfway and never looking back. It was another win for Baxter, who is the clear favorite to win the title heading into the playoffs.
While Baxter won, Cody Tripp impressed many with a second-place finish, his best career. Randy Moretti followed with a strong run of his own, finishing in third, while Scott Serydysnki Jr. crossed the line fourth and Chris Rioux was awarded fifth after a post-race penalty.
Craig Pianka finished in sixth, followed by Colby Lambert, Ed Perry, Paul Williams and Don Perry.
The Helger’s South Coast Power Equipment Sportsman will return to the track on Saturday, September 10, for round one of the Drive For The Cup presented by Sunoco Race Fuels, set for 25 laps. For more information on Seekonk Speedway, visit SeekonkSpeedway.com and follow the track on social media for the latest updates.
SEEKONK, Mass. — The Late Model division continues to impress. Charlie Rose Jr. made a return to Seekonk Speedway and held off Vinnie Arrenegado and Jacob Burns after a close and classic battle in the final half of Saturday’s 30-lap Late Model feature to score the win.
It originally looked like it was going to be the night for Burns to win his second career race in the Late Models. He jumped out front early and was consistently holding his advantage at the front until a caution just into the second half of the race. Rose used the outside to edge out front for the lead, before a caution flew and it gave him the bottom lane out front. While Rose got by Burns, he had to hold off Arrenegado next, who worked the inside for many of the final 10 laps. They touched, a little bit, but it was another Seekonk clean, classic Late Model feature with Rose coming out on top, not running full-time this season.
Arrenegado crossed second, one week after winning, while Burns finished in third, a strong run. Richie Murray was fourth and Jerammee Lillie completed the top-five. Chase Belcher finished sixth, followed by Reese Bogue, Paul Lallier, Corey Fanning and Bill Goodrow.
The Late Models will return to the track on Saturday, September 10, for round one of the Drive For The Cup presented by Sunoco Race Fuels, set for 30 laps. For more information on Seekonk Speedway, visit SeekonkSpeedway.com and follow the track on social media for the latest updates.
SEEKONK, Mass. — Dave Darling made it look easy again on Saturday night in the Seekonk Speedway Pro Stock division. Driving the familiar No. 52, Darling may have started in the middle of the pack, but it didn’t take him long to get to the front. When a few others got together, including Colbey Fournier and Kenny Spencer racing for the lead, Darling wasn’t going to look back.
He took the top spot, and bested the rest of the field on multiple restarts to roll to a fourth victory of the season, and put momentum back on his side heading for the inaugural Seekonk Drive For The Cup presented by Sunoco Race Fuel. While Darling drove away in the final laps, Tom Scully Jr. held off Tommy Adams in what was a fierce battle for second in the 40-lap feature. Darryl Stampfl crossed the line in fourth, his best run of the season, with Mark Jenison completing the top-five.
Ryan Vanasse was sixth, followed by Ryan Souliere, Bobby Pelland, Tyler Tomassi and Danny Thibeault.
The Pro Stocks will return to the track on Saturday, September 10, for round one of the Drive For The Cup presented by Sunoco Race Fuels, set for 40 laps. For more information on Seekonk Speedway, visit SeekonkSpeedway.com and follow the track on social media for the latest updates.
ONE TO GO: FAST FRIDAY PLAYOFF FIELD WILL BE SET THIS WEEK
By Brady Couto
SEEKONK, Mass. -- We all knew this time of year was coming. There is now, officially, one week left in the regular season at Seekonk Speedway. The race to get into the inaugural Seekonk Speedway Drive For The Cup presented by Sunoco Race Fuels is a left turn away, so let us dissect last week’s action.
With many playoff battles razor-thin, everyone was focused on who was on the bubble. Many focused on the “What-If” possibilities. Let’s recap the racing from Friday, August 19, and where these results affected the points standings.
Seekonk Grand Prix Bandolero Bandits
There aren’t many comparisons between soccer and racing, but one of the few is that it’s good to make an everlasting impression on debut. In soccer, you want to score in your first match. In racing, you want to win your first race at a new track, and Ben Mortibeto did exactly that. The Long Island native took the lead on a restart and did not let up from there. Milania Shilosky finished third and now sits atop the Bandit division courtesy of Darren Krantz not finishing the race. Second place went to Ryan Vanasse Jr. and he only tightened his grip on third place. Along with Krantz, Shilosky, Vanasse Jr., and Collin Vanasse will be in the Drive For The Cup presented by Sunoco Race Fuels. However, it’s going to be a battle for those last two spots.
If you didn’t know already, the Bandoleros have the top 6 drivers get into the playoffs instead of the top 8 in the other divisions. Sam “The Green Hornet” Macedo sits in fifth and barring something extreme, will be racing for the championship trophy. As for that final playoff spot, Nick Uhrig Jr. has a four-point lead over Bryson Robidoux. For Bryson to get into that last playoff spot, he’ll have to finish at least three places ahead of Uhrig. Now, this is not out of the realm of possibility, but with Uhrig’s stretch of good luck and Robidoux lately out of luck, the difference could be finishing on the podium or finishing top-five.
Parker Davis is 20 points out of the playoffs. Unfortunately, his hopes of racing for the championship are slim. Other than that, the Seekonk Grand Prix Bandolero Bandit division has its playoff field set. Will we see a repeat champion in Krantz? Will a new driver dethrone him? Does anyone know? Nope! We’ll all have to wait and see come September.
Seekonk Grand Prix Bandolero Outlaws
If someone were to go to a psychic in March and say that there would be a driver at Seekonk who would be victorious in nine of 12 races run, that person probably would’ve walked out and demanded a refund. Well, if a psychic predicted this, then that psychic deserves a pay raise because that’s exactly what’s happened to Chase Silvia. He now has a total of 592 points, more than any other driver at The Action Track of The East.
Silvia’s in-and-out game worked for him very well and as a result, found himself in Victory Lane (again) last Friday. Behind him, for the second week in a row was Brent Robidoux and in third place was Bradley Strickland. These two are now separated by one place and two points in the standings. Ahead of them is Andrew Gomes with 494 points in second place. The Outlaws are the tightest division across all Fast Friday divisions. Third place through fifth place is separated by four points. Speaking of fifth place, let’s dive into the bottom half of the field.
Robidoux moved his way up to fourth which caused Adam Harrison to take full control of fifth place after a fourth place this past Friday. Joey LeMay fell to sixth place and now finds himself on the playoff bubble with 452 points. Mikey LeFort III still sits seventh in the standings with 442 points.
With LeFort, rookie competitor Bobby Bettencourt III sits in eighth place with 432 points. For LeFort, he’ll have to have a significantly better final race than LeMay in order to compete for the title.
It’s anyone’s guess who will grab that final playoff spot. LeFort could very well win on Friday. However, LeMay could grab a podium, and LeFort could get into an early accident and pick up a DNF. The only thing this Outlaw division promises to be is exciting, and they demonstrate that every Friday night.
Everett’s Auto Parts Sport 4’s
All season, this division has lived up to the phrase “Any Given Friday”. But this week, Crystal Murray found herself in Victory Lane for the third time this season. The No. 38 machine took the lead early and from there on, she completely dominated this race.
Still on top is Crystal Murray with 552 points. Duhancik is right behind her with 542. Like last week, Henry Lavalle, Jarrod Freitas, and Taylor Bowser sit in third, fourth, and fifth place. All will be locked in to compete for the title in September. Stephanie Bruneau climbed to sixth place with 398 points, whereas Daniel Hayes slid to seventh. Plus, we had a new driver enter the playoff picture.
Justin Leduc officially grabbed eighth place this week with a new points total of 350. For the most part, the field is set for the Everett’s Auto Parts Sport 4’s. However, an additional name to watch for is DJ Thibeault. If he can get a good start like he did last week and finish a winner, then things will get a whole lot more interesting.
Helger’s South Coast Power Equipment Pure Stocks
There is never a dull moment in this division. That is said because just when you think Jared Cordeira earns his first career Pure Stock win, he fails post-race inspection and the win is awarded to Sam “Hot Rod” Lincoln. These two battled back and forth all race and really, anyone could’ve won. But in the end, the Yarmouthport native is the winner.
This now ties him with veteran Danny Massa atop the points standings with 524. Behind them is Greg Perry, Mike Henriques, and Jordan Threlfall in the middle of the pack. These gentlemen, along with sixth-placed Jeremy Lambert, will be racing for the title. However, it is unknown who will join them because a new driver has entered the fray.
Mike Rotondo claims seventh place back and in eighth place, we find Ethan Souza with 370 points. Jared Cordeira falls out due to his failed inspection. Souza has a feature win this season and has been one of the more consistent drivers. He’ll have to keep that consistency up if he wants to hold onto that spot and race for the championship.
Nick’s Pit Stop Legends
The leader in this division picked up a much needed confidence booster this past Friday. Devin Deshaies picked up his first win in almost two months and continues to lead the Legends division. Moving up in the standings to second place is Brendon Hammann, who picked up a momentum boost of his own. He swapped places with Reese Bogue, who now sits in fourth while Nick Bulkeley stays in third. These men, along with Isaiah Newcomb, are locked in. While the top six are set, the bottom two are not.
Jake Silvia is hanging on by a thread to seventh place but it looks like he’ll be in the playoffs if all goes well this week. In the final spot, we find Josh Parsons overtaking Brenden LaBelle for eighth place. Parsons won three weeks ago and consistency for him could mean trophy racing next month. Richie Helger Jr. is also only 24 points out. This will be a dogfight between these three for that final spot.
Only one week remains before the playoffs begin, and the battle to get in is getting tougher across all five divisions on Fast Friday.
Come on out and witness for yourself who can lock themselves into the first ever Seekonk Speedway Drive For The Cup presented by Sunoco Race Fuels. The battle continues this Friday, August 19 at 7:00PM.
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BOSTON LOUIE RECAP: MCKENNEDY DAZZLES WITH NEW ENGLAND SUPERMOD WIN; STOEHR & STERGIOS WIN NEMA FEATURES
SEEKONK, Mass. -- The New England Supermodified Series made their inaugural stop at Seekonk Speedway on Wednesday night as part of Boston Louie Seymour Memorial night at the track, and there was no surprise winner when this one was over. After 75 laps, NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour points leader Jon McKennedy took down the feature win, taking the lead just after the halfway point and dominating the final half to score the feature win.
McKennedy is no stranger to racing at Seekonk Speedway. He’s run countless Modified events in the past, and even had some laps in a Supermodified prior to Wednesday night. But this time, there was absolutely no doubting he was the car to beat. Early on, Dan Bowes led the race, pulling away from his challengers. When it was time to roll, McKennedy pulled into the lead, then held off Supermodified standout Ben Seitz and Rob Summers over the final stages of a late restart to visit Victory Lane. While those two followed on the podium, Bowes finished fourth and Dave Duggan completed the top-five.
The NEMA Midgets and NEMA Lites were also at the track Wednesday for the annual Boston Louie Seymour Memorial night. In the 29-lap NEMA feature, Avery Stoehr rocketed to Victory Lane, dominating in a race that looked like it was going to go the entire distance without a caution flag. However, with just a few laps to go, Paul Scally had a mechanical issue and slammed the wall on the frontstretch, setting up a late restart. On this night, no one was stopping Stoehr, so it didn’t matter. He took down the win with Randy Cabral, a multiple-time NEMA champion, and Jim Chambers, finishing the podium. Matt O’Brien and Nathan Byrd followed in fourth and fifth.
In the 50-lap NEMA Lite race — the Stu Murray Cup — PJ Stergios took the lead early and never looked back. In a race that started with 25 cars, the racing was hot and heavy across the entire track. In the final few laps, Stergios was being hounded by Joey Bailey, who tried everything to get around. On the final circuit, Bailey and a lapped car got together, ending his chances. Stergios would celebrate the win over Randy Cabral, Todd Bertrand, Ben Mikitarian and Danny Cugini in the extra-distance event.
Seekonk Speedway will return to racing on Friday, August 26 and Saturday, August 27, as the fields are set for the inaugural Seekonk Speedway Drive For The Cup presented by Sunoco Race Fuel. Tickets are available online today at SeekonkSpeedway.com.
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By Sam Tully
SEEKONK, Mass. -- Saturday, August 20 marked the second-to-last regular season race weekend for the NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Saturday divisions at Seekonk Speedway. That means drivers who are still not quite locked into the playoff chase had two more weeks to get the job done.
While the playoff contenders of three divisions have all but been decided, one division’s last playoff seat still remains very much up for grabs heading into lockdown weekend on Saturday, August 27. Let’s take a look at who is in and who is out going into our regular season finale.
CHAZ’S AUTO BODY SPORT TRUCKS
The contentious battle for the last spot in the playoffs for the Chaz’s Auto Body Sport Truck division has boiled down to two drivers: Tom Scully III and Jake Vanada. The scale seemed to tip in favor of Scully after his breakthrough feature win over one week ago. With just 19 points separating the two going into the weekend, Saturday’s drive was surely an emotional roller coaster for both drivers.
Vanada seemed poised to issue a loud and clear response to the Scully victory, leading several laps early, and with the field behind him spreading out, victory almost seemed certain. Meanwhile, Scully was riding in sixth.
And then everything came undone.
Barry Shaw had a tire cut down after racing hard with Rick Martin and Mike Duarte, bringing out the caution and reracking the field.
With just seven laps to go, Vanada ended up having to contend with four restarts in an effort to take down the win. The first time, he successfully fended off Brittany Campbell and Rick Martin. The second time, he again staved off Martin. When it mattered most, however, Martin edged out Vanada in a green/white/checkered during which the yellow flag flew yet again, for none other than a spinning Tom Scully III.
Disaster of differing proportions had now struck for both bubble drivers. Scully was sent to the back of the 11 remaining lead lap trucks. Vanada now had the challenge of restarting on the outside of Martin at the front, since Martin just edged out Vanada at the completion of the last lap prior to the caution. Scully was left with almost no time to pass any more cars, and even Vanada coming home with a second-place finish would make up almost the entirety of his points deficit to Scully.
The green flag flew for a second green/white/checkered, and Martin was clear ahead of Vanada after just half a lap. With one to go, Vanada had his hands full with Campbell to his inside looking to steal second place from him. Rounding Turn 3 toward the checkered, Vanada ceded second to Campbell and tried sliding in line behind her to lock down third-place and shut the door on Amy Arsenault. The move misfired!
Arsenault and Vanada connected in Turn 4. Their trucks were fused together, sidewinding down the front stretch as Shaw, Mike Cavallaro, and Ethan Heilborn (the youngster’s first-ever top-five) motored on past around the outside. At the line, Vanada edged out Arsenault by a hair, coming home sixth.
This was in turn a huge break for Scully, who came home in tenth.
Points-wise, Vanada made up more than half his 19-point gap to Scully, and will be heading into the regular season finale just eight points behind the eighth and final playoff spot.
It’s unthinkable that this division can get any crazier this coming Saturday, but look for Vanada to give everything he’s got to stay at least four cars ahead of Scully all race long on August 27.
HELGER’S SOUTH COAST POWER EQUIPMENT SPORTSMAN
For the second week in a row, the biggest contributing factor to the battle of the bubble in the Helger’s South Coast Power Equipment Sportsman division has been the absence of Steve Axon. The immediate beneficiary of the driver’s back-to-back absences has been the No. 97 of Tyler Almeida. Almeida, after earning 33 points on Saturday with a heat win and a 12th-place finish, now sits 40 points ahead of Axon going into the regular season finale.
Unless Axon shows up this Saturday, puts in a top-six performance (which he’s more than capable of doing) and Almeida goes on vacation for the weekend, it’s safe to say Almeida is your eighth and final playoff driver. For what it’s worth, even if Axon did attend and bust out the required performance, Almeida could still lock himself in with a “start-and-park”, provided no more than 25 cars take the green for the feature (the largest Sportsman feature field this season was 22 cars on June 19).
Almeida is likely to join Chad Baxter, Craig Pianka, Ed Perry, Doug Benoit, Scott Serydnynski Jr,. Colby Lambert, and Adam Pettey for the Sportsman division’s Drive For The Cup presented by Sunoco Race Fuel.
In similar fashion to the Sportsman, the battle of the bubble has been significantly impacted by the absence of an otherwise fierce competitor in the Late Model Division.
Josh Hedges sat as high as third in the points standings this season, but following a few mid-season absences, Hedges slipped to 58 points below the cutoff; Paul Lallier breathing a sigh of relief being to the good of the large point barrier.
Hedges was on track for the action this past weekend and drove his No. 29 Late Model to a solid seventh-place finish. Compared to Lallier’s tenth, Hedges only made up seven points on Lallier (including heat points: zero for Lallier, one for Hedges.)
With just one week remaining before we lock into playoff mode, Hedges will have to at least win his heat and then drive to a third-place finish or better to catch Lallier - and that could only happen if Lallier earned four points or fewer.
Suffice to say, the odds are looking like Lallier will lock himself into the Late Model division’s Sunoco Fuels Drive for the Cup this Saturday alongside Gerry DeGasparre Jr, Richie Murray, Mark Jenison, Chase Belcher, Vinnie Arrenegado, Jacob Burns and Jeramee Lillie.
The Pro Stock division joins the Sport Trucks as the only other points race that is still arguably up for grabs.
The situation is Rick Martin sits in eighth place ahead of Kenny Spencer by a 30-point margin. Spencer basically needs to find the spark he brought on opening day (finished second), or bring the speed he had two weeks ago early on if he wants any hope of catching Martin.
The margin was much slighter one week ago, as just six points separated the two drivers. On Saturday, gremlins struck Spencer’s No. 0 car yet again, and unfortunately succumbed to an early retirement, finishing scratch on the 15-car field. Martin on the other hand drove to a fourth-place finish, and combined with the result with his runner-up performance in his heat, earned 48 points on the night - double what Spencer was able to bag.
Martin, unlike Spencer, has largely managed to avoid mechanical adversity in his Pro Stock this season, and has subsequently graced the top-five a handful of times. Martin just needs to keep his stride for one more week, and hope that Spencer doesn’t beat him by 15 positions come the checkered flag on Saturday. Fifteen positions is about the entirety of an average Pro Stock field at Seekonk this season.
Should Martin prevail on Saturday, he’ll join Dave Darling, Mike Brightman, Mark Jenison, Colbey Fournier, Bobby Pelland III, Tommy Adams, and Tom Scully Jr., in the Sucono Drive for the Cup starting the second weekend in September.
This Saturday’s bill of racing marks the final chance for the drivers on the outside of the top eight looking in to make miracles happen and keep their playoff hopes alive. While pressures will be running high in at least a couple of the drivers' seats, this weekend is still likely to be the calm before the storm as we shift towards playoff mode come September.
You won’t want to miss this Saturday’s on-track action as 32 of our drivers lock themselves into the first ever Seekonk Speedway Drive For The Cup presented by Sunoco Race Fuel. The regular-season concludes this Saturday, August 27 at 6:00PM.
For tickets and more information on Seekonk Speedway, visit seekonkspeedway.com.
SEEKONK SPEEDWAY FIELDS TO BE SET FOR DRIVE FOR THE CUP PRESENTED BY SUNOCO THIS WEEKEND
SEEKONK, Mass. — This weekend, Seekonk Speedway will set the field for the inaugural Drive For The Cup presented by Sunoco Race Fuel. In nine feature races across Fast Friday and NASCAR Saturday, all of them will help determine the eight drivers that will race for the title (six in the Bandolero divisions) during the month of September.
On Fast Friday, five divisions will hit the track for feature racing, while on NASCAR Saturday, it’s another full card of action at the third-mile, with four races on tap.
Even though some of the playoff fields are set on Fast Friday, drivers are still chasing feature wins this week, and many are hoping to grab a boost of momentum heading into the playoffs. In the Seekonk Grand Prix Bandolero Bandits, the race for eighth is one of the tightest at the track — as Nick Uhrig Jr. leads Bryson Robidoux for the final spot by just six points. While they race for the final playoff spot, names like Krantz, Shilosky, Vanasse, Vanasse Jr., Macedo and others will be looking to get to Victory Lane.
In the Bandolero Outlaw class, the race is also tight. Joey LeMay leads Mikey LeFort III by just 10 points for the final playoff spot. Over the last few weeks, although Chase Silvia has continued his dominance and now has nine feature wins, the competition has been tough. Keep an eye out for Andrew Gomes, Bradley Strickland, Brent Robidoux, Adam Harrison and others over their 15-lap feature this week.
In the Everett’s Auto Parts Sport 4’s, heading into the playoffs, it might be a race between points leader Crystal Murray and Tyler Duhancik. Henry Lavallee, Jarrod Freitas, Taylor Bowser, Stephanie Bruneau, Daniel Hayes and Justin Leduc are ready to contest for the championship as the the final of the eight drivers in this division. Their 25-lap feature on Friday could give someone that shot of momentum.
The Helger’s South Coast Power Equipment Pure Stock races have been rough the last few weeks, but their race for eighth is also close. Ethan Souza jumped into the eighth spot last week when Jared Cordeira won, then got disqualified. Cordeira needs to race his way back in if he wants to race for the title, as he now hits eight points out of the eighth spot. It appears those two drivers will race for the final position. Look out for Sam “Hot Rod” Lincoln to take a victory lap prior to the races starting, after scoring his first career win last week.
Devin Deshaies rocketed to another win last week in the Nick’s Pit Stop Legends Cars, and he will be tough to beat again this week. Josh Parsons leads Brendan LaBelle by just two points for the final playoff spot, with Richie Helger Jr. also not far behind. Both Parsons and LaBelle missed a race earlier in the season and will be looking to beat the other to get into the playoffs this week. Jake Silvia is seventh, and with a strong run will make it in. But, a mistake by Silvia could allow the other two to slide by in the 25-lap feature.
NASCAR Saturday’s playoff battles are a bit more clear. The Pro Stock race for eighth sees Rick Martin ahead of Kenny Spencer by 30 points, which is unlikely to change. Their 40-lap feature this week will be another classic battle between Dave Darling, Mike Brightman, Tom Scully Jr., last week’s winner Tommy Adams and others. Colbey Fournier finished second last week, one spot short of his first win of the season. Can he get there this week?
In the Late Models, their field of eight drivers is set, barring a complete miracle. Paul Lallier holds the final spot by 51 points, meaning he would need to just start the race to make it into the playoffs, unless ninth-place Josh Hedges has a perfect night, and wins his heat and the feature. If you’re up for a bet, put your cards on Lallier making it. Vinnie Arrenegado won their 30-lap race last week, while names like Gerry DeGasparre Jr., Richie Murray, Mark Jenison, Chase Belcher and others will look to win again this week. Can Jeramee Lillie break into the winner’s circle after multiple consistent runs?
Fresh off the Helger’s 50, the Helger’s South Coast Power Equipment Sportsman are back this week for 25 more laps. Chad Baxter is clearly the favorite in this division, winning most of the races in the last two months. Can someone knock him off this week? Tyler Almeida also leads Steve Axon by 40 points in the race for the final playoff spot, which means Axon, like Hedges in the Late Models, will just about need a miracle to make his way in.
The Chaz Auto Body Sport Trucks race for eighth has recent first-time winner Tom Scully III ahead of Jake Vanada by just eight points, which is four spots in the feature. Vanada nearly won his first race of the season last week, but came up just short. Can he win this week and pass Scully to move into the playoffs? Rick Martin picked up his fifth Truck win of the season last week and leads the standings heading for the playoffs with dominance on his side.
Fast Friday racing begins at 7 p.m., while NASCAR Saturday action will hit the track with four divisions at 6 p.m.
Seekonk Speedway’s 2022 season is beginning to wind down, so don’t miss all of the exciting racing action on the track. On Saturday, September 3, the night sky lights up with Fireworks on and off the track during the annual Labor Day Thrill Show. In September, on September 9-10, 17-18 and 23-24, the playoffs begin and the champion will be crowned in all nine Seekonk divisions. Tickets for all events are available at SeekonkSpeedway.com, where fans can purchase and skip the lines on race day. Fans are encouraged to purchase Thrill Show tickets soon, as the event could sellout.
For more information on Seekonk Speedway, visit SeekonkSpeedway.com and follow the track on social media for the latest updates, including from the track on race day.
SEEKONK, Mass. — The winged warriors are heading for the Action Track of the East this Wednesday night. Seekonk Speedway will light up the racing world with a mid-week event on Wednesday, August 24, as the annual Boston Louie Seymour Memorial hits the third-mile with both the NEMA Midgets and NEMA Lites. Joining the card in their inaugural season, the Northeast Supermodified Series, presented by PASS, will also be on the track for 75 laps of exciting racing.
Former NASCAR Cup Series regular Ken Schrader is one of many drivers planning to compete at Seekonk this week. Schrader will be racing in both the NEMA Lites and the Supermodified Series, looking for a double-dip in Victory Lane at the end of the night.
In the NEMA Midgets and NEMA Lites, their championship races will heat up as the season winds down. In the current NEMA Midget points, Avery Stoehr leads multiple-time champion Randy Cabral, who is also a multiple-time Seekonk winner. John Zych, Alan Chambers and Jim Chambers are close behind, and all expected to be major contenders in the 29-lap feature. In the NEMA Lites, Jake Trainor leads the standings over Avery Stoehr, Paul Scally and Joey Bailey. Trainor is not only the defending NEMA Lite Boston Louie Seymour champion and the points leader, but he also scored a victory at Seekonk earlier this year on Open Wheel Wednesday. On that night, Cabral finished second, with rising star Mike Pernesiglio third, and Schrader in fourth spot.
Schrader is no stranger to Seekonk. He competed at the track many years ago and over the last few years has been competing regularly in the NEMA Lite division. Both of the NEMA fields will be filled with drivers from all across the country including Indiana, Pennsylvania and North Carolina. The NEMA divisions will be racing for the Stu Murry Cup on Wednesday. Stu was the former CEO of Wirtgen America, who showed many years of support to help get the Boston Louie Seymour Memorial race where it is today.
The Northeast Supermodified Series field will be headlined by Schrader and current NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour points leader Jon McKennedy, who certainly knows how to get to the front of the field. In the Supermodified race, Schrader will be driving one of Vic Millers cars. The event will showcase some of the top names in the division, as the Supermodifieds bring their big speed and power to Seekonk.
The Supermodified feature will be 75 laps and the field will be set by qualifying heat races.
Calling the action in the booth for the 26th annual Boston Louie events will be Pete Falconi, along with Sirius XM Radio’s Jack Arute and Superstar Racing Experience announcer Allen Bestwick. For the Supermodified Series, Seekonk’s own Kevin Boucher will be in the booth to call all of the action.
Fans attending the event are reminded that no pets are allowed at the Seekonk Speedway, and camping is not allowed on Speedway property.
Following Wednesday, Seekonk Speedway will return to racing on Friday, August 27 and Saturday, August 28, where the playoff fields will be set for the inaugural Drive For The Cup presented by Sunoco Race Fuel. Racing on Friday begins at 7 p.m., and Saturday action rolls at 6 p.m.
For more information on Seekonk Speedway and to purchase tickets for all remaining 2022 events, fans are encouraged to visit SeekonkSpeedway.com and follow the track on social media for the latest updates.
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