After the final round of the regular season was completed on August 26, the field for the second annual Sunoco Drive For The Cup for NASCAR Saturday divisions at Seekonk Speedway has been set for 2023.
All four of the NASCAR divisions will do battle in a four-week playoff format on September 9, 16, 23 and 30 to crown the 2023 track champions. The Pro Stocks, Late Models, Helger’s South Coast Power Equipment Sportsman and Chaz Auto Body Sport Trucks each have eight eligible drivers ready to chase the title in their respective divisions.
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The first round of the playoffs will take place on September 9 and 16. The first two weeks of the playoffs will include a points format to determine who moves to the next round. After the first round, six cars will advance from all divisions.
Feature points will be given to playoff cars with 10 going to the highest finishing playoff car, 9 to the second highest playoff car, 8 to the third, etc., down through the playoff field. At the end of the two weeks in round one, the lowest totals will be eliminated. Heat points will also be included with 5 to win, 4 for second, 3 for third, 2 for fourth and 1 for fifth for Saturday divisions.
Then, the fields will be set for round two on September 23. After round two, two more drivers will be eliminated and the Final Four in each division will be set. The two eliminated on September 23 will be the lowest two playoff cars in the final results on that night.
On September 30, the Final Four will crown the champion with the highest finishing of the four winning the title in their respective divisions.
In the event the final race cannot be completed due to unforeseen circumstances on scheduled dates and rain dates, Seekonk Speedway’s champions will be decided by the highest points total of remaining championship contenders. Throughout the entire playoffs, regular points will be calculated for each race and a tally will remain kept. At the end of the championship night, only the champion will keep their position in the final points (first) and all other drivers in the playoffs will be aligned based on their overall season points. For example, someone who finishes second in the final race of the season in the Final Four may be the second highest finishing playoff car, but have the fifth greatest point total for the season. They will be aligned to fifth in the final standings.
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Bobby Pelland III
Tom Scully Jr
SEEKONK, Mass. — Tom Scully Jr. hadn’t put one ounce of luck together heading into Saturday night this season at Seekonk Speedway. But, after 40 laps in the Pro Stocks, it looks like Scully may have found some just at the right time. Scully passed Tommy Adams for the lead on the outside lane, then drove away in the final laps to win the final race of the regular season.
Adams led early in the race, but it was a restart while second where Scully found his advantage. From there, he never went challenged again. Adams lost the second spot to Colbey Fournier on the final lap, finishing third, while Fournier returned after some time off to finish second.
Dylan Estrella and Dick Benoit finished fourth and fifth. Bobby Pelland, Rick Martin, Mark Jenison, Danny Thibeault and John Studley finished off the top-10 spots.
The Pro Stocks will be back on the track on Saturday, September 9, for round one of the Sunoco Drive For The Cup playoffs. For more information on Seekonk Speedway, visit SeekonkSpeedway.com and follow the track on social media for the latest news and updates.
SEEKONK, Mass. — For the second week in a row, former Helger’s South Coast Power Equipment Sportsman champion Chad Baxter picked up the win at Seekonk Speedway.
But, this time, it was a lot harder than it was the week before. Baxter used the outside lane to hold off his teammate Ryan Lineham to take the feature win.
After 25 laps, and really 10 or 12 battling side-by-side for the lead, Baxter was on top. Lineham worked the bottom for the lead trying everything in the final laps, but had to settle for the runner-up spot. The two put on a classic Sportsman battle around the third-mile.
Steve Axon finished in third, with Adam Pettey and Craig Pianka finishing fourth and fifth. Rob Kohler, Paul Williams, Colby Lambert, Don Perry and Dan Saritelli finished off the top-10.
The Helger’s South Coast Power Equipment Sportsman will be back on the track on Saturday, September 9, for round one of the Sunoco Drive For The Cup playoffs. For more information on Seekonk Speedway, visit SeekonkSpeedway.com and follow the track on social media for the latest news and updates.
SEEKONK, Mass. — Connor Souza picked up his first career Late Model win on Saturday night at Seekonk Speedway. Charging from the middle of the field to the front, Souza held off defending track champion Mark Jenison to score the win after a tight battle in the final laps of the 30-lap feature.
Souza started in the middle of the field, but worked his way to the front rather quickly. He took the lead and then had to turn his attention to holding off a hard-charging Jenison in the final laps. Jenison tried everything, but it wasn’t enough. Jenison would settle for second behind Souza, with Chase Belcher crossing the line third. Belcher pitted during a caution before halfway, then charged through the field to finish in third.
Charlie Rose and Scott Serydynski Jr. finished fourth and fifth. They were followed by Tyler Tomassi, Vinnie Arrenegado, Richard Souliere, Mike Duarte and Kevin Bowe.
The Late Models will be back on the track on Saturday, September 9, for round one of the Sunoco Drive For The Cup playoffs. For more information on Seekonk Speedway, visit SeekonkSpeedway.com and follow the track on social media for the latest news and updates.
SEEKONK, Mass. — After a side-by-side battle that seemed like it lasted most of the Chaz Auto Body Sport Truck feature on Saturday night at Seekonk Speedway, Bobby Tripp crossed the line first on the lap that mattered.
Tripp used the outside lane for the entire second half of the race to battle Mike Duarte for the lead. In the final few laps, both drivers gave it absolutely everything they had. And in the end, in a race that went 25 laps without a yellow flag, Tripp won over Duarte by just .011 seconds at the finish line using the outside lane.
Jake Vanada took a look three-wide a few times to try and grab the lead himself, but couldn’t grab the spot and settled for third. Rick Martin and Brittany Campbell followed in the fourth and fifth spots at the finish.
Mike Cavallaro, Amy Arseanult, Darryl Church, Dane Saritelli and Danny Thibeault rounded out the top-10.
The Chaz Auto Body Sport Trucks will be back on the track on Saturday, September 9, for round one of the Sunoco Drive For The Cup playoffs. For more information on Seekonk Speedway, visit SeekonkSpeedway.com and follow the track on social media for the latest news and updates.
SEEKONK, Mass. — With the rainout of the final Fast Friday of the 2023 regular season, Seekonk Speedway’s playoff fields are now set for Friday night divisions.
During a four-week Sunoco Drive For The Cup in September, Seekonk’s champions will be crowned in the playoff system. The Seekonk Grand Prix Bandolero Bandits and Outlaws, the Sport 4’s, Helger’s South Coast Power Equipment Pure Stocks and Nick’s Pit Stop Legends Cars will all do battle.
Playoff events for Fast Friday divisions will take place on September 8, 15, 22 and 29. Championship night for all five divisions will take place on the 29th, where all five champions will be crowned.
For tickets for all of the Fast Friday playoff events and the NASCAR Saturday playoff events, visit SeekonkSpeedway.com.
The first round of the playoffs will take place on September 8 and 15. The first two weeks of the playoffs will include a points format to determine who moves to the next round. The number of cars in the playoffs is six in both Bandolero divisions and eight in all other classes. After the first round, the Bandolero fields will be trimmed to five and the rest of the divisions will be trimmed to six.
On Fast Friday, feature points will be given to playoff cars with 10 going to the highest finishing playoff car, 9 to the second highest playoff car, 8 to the third, etc., down through the playoff field. At the end of the two weeks in round one, the lowest totals will be eliminated (one in the Bandolero divisions eliminated, two in all other divisions eliminated).
Then, the fields will be set for round two on September 22. The Bandolero divisions will eliminate one more driver to make the final four. The other divisions will eliminate two drivers to make their final four. The top-four playoff drivers in the finishing order of the race at the end of September 22 will advance to the finals.
On September 29, the Final Four will crown the champion with the highest finishing of the four winning the title in their respective divisions.
In the event the final race cannot be completed due to unforeseen circumstances on scheduled dates and rain dates, Seekonk Speedway’s champions will be decided by the highest points total of remaining championship contenders. Throughout the entire playoffs, regular points will be calculated for each race and a tally will remain kept. At the end of the championship night, only the champion will keep their position in the final points (first) and all other drivers in the playoffs will be aligned based on their overall season points.
For example, someone who finishes second in the final race of the season in the Final Four may be the second highest finishing playoff car, but have the fifth greatest point total for the season. They will be aligned to fifth in the final standings.
For tickets for all of the Fast Friday playoff events and the NASCAR Saturday playoff events, visit SeekonkSpeedway.com.
Nicholaus Uhrig Jr.
Ryan Vanasse Jr.
Danny Massa Jr.
Richie Helger Jr
Multiple of the Seekonk Speedway NASCAR Saturday divisions will go right down to the final laps of this weekend’s racing before deciding the eight drivers who will race for the championship next month. As the Sunoco Drive For The Cup draws near, Saturday’s racing action on August 26 includes the final race of the regular season for the Sport Trucks, Late Models, Sportsman and Pro Stocks.
Not only are there a few drivers who can win their way into the playoffs since they competed in every race in the division so far, there are also a few who can point their way into each playoff battle.
Let’s break down each division heading into Saturday.
CHAZ AUTO BODY SPORT TRUCKS
Entering Saturday night, Mike Cavallaro leads Tom Scully III by 35 points in the Chaz Auto Body Sport Trucks for the final spot. In order for Scully to close the gap and advance by points, it’s going to take a lot of work and some bad luck for Cavallaro, or Bob Tripp, who is just 5 points ahead of Cavallaro.
It’s more likely that the field for the Chaz Auto Body Sport Trucks is set: Rick Martin, Jack Vanada, Mike Duarte, Brittany Campbell, Amy Arsenault, Darryl Church, Bob Tripp and Mike Cavallaro.
Tom Scully III, Ethan Heilborn and DJ Thibeault are the three Sport Truck drivers who could win Saturday’s 25-lap race and automatically advance to the playoffs. Will it happen and add a ninth car?
HELGER’S POWER EQUIPMENT SPORTSMAN
Like the Sport Trucks, it’s going to take some luck for someone outside of the top-eight to bust their way into the playoffs in the Helger’s South Coast Power Equipment Sportsman.
The following are mathematically locked in already: Adam Pettey, Craig Pianka, Colby Lambert, Chad Baxter, Steve Axon, Randy Moretti and Ryan Lineham.
In eighth spot right now on the bubble is Don Perry. He holds this position over Tyler Almeida by 29 points. If Almeida is going to get in, he’s going to need a top-three performance and hope that Perry doesn’t finish the race at all, and gets out early, finishing just about last. It’s unlikely, as long as Perry takes the green.
In the Sportsman, Tyler Almeida, Jimmy “Pepe” Silvia and Mark Healy would become a ninth car in the playoffs if they win on Saturday night.
The 30-lap Late Model regular season finale has the look of being absolutely wild. The following drivers are locked into the Sunoco Drive For The Cup: Luke LeBrun, Jacob Burns, Vinnie Arrenegado, Mark Jenison. Behind them it’s all up for grabs for the final four spots.
Charlie Rose sits fifth, just 23 points ahead of the final spot. Chase Belcher follows, 21 ahead. Tyler Tomassi is seventh, 7 points up. And Connor Souza is on the bubble, seven points ahead of the first car out.
Just outside in ninth is Richie Murray, who missed one race during the summer, but enters Saturday with a shot to bust-into the playoffs. Bill Goodrow is just eight points out of the final spot, with Scott Serydynski Jr. just 21 points out.
This division alone is going to go down to the final lap, not only in the feature, but the heat races. Since heats pay 5 points to win, 4 to second, 3 to third, 2 to fourth and 1 for fifth, and the feature pays 50 to win and 2 points less per position throughout the field, look out.
Every lap matters when you want to race for the championship next month. Only Goodrow and Serydynski would automatically advance with a feature win.
5 Charlie Rose - 308 points
6 Chase Belcher - 306 points
7 Tyler Tomassi - 292 points
8 Connor Souza - 285 points
9 Richie Murray - 278 points
10 Bill Goodrow - 277 points
11 Scott Serydynski Jr. 264 points
As long as he takes the green flag Saturday, Mike Rotondo will advance to the playoffs. Dave Darling sits in the eighth and final spot right now, but isn’t planning on racing, so will fall out of contention.
That leaves Dylan Estrella, Mike Brightman, Bobby Pelland III, Mark Jenison, Rick Martin, Dick Benoit, Tom Scully Jr. and Mike Rotondo to battle for the championship.
Otherwise, with a win on Saturday, Darryl Stampfl and Mike Mitchell would advance
The Sunoco Drive For The Cup is coming up in September, but first, it’s time for the final race of the NASCAR Saturday regular season this Saturday, August 26. Be here for high-speed excitement to race for a playoff spot! Visit SeekonkSpeedway.com for tickets and the latest news and information on the track. Racing begins at 6PM.
When the final race of the regular season is complete on Friday, August 25 at Seekonk Speedway for the Fast Friday divisions, the fields for the Sunoco Drive For The Cup will be set. Entering Friday’s racing, there are a few battles that show tight racing at the cutline. Both Bandolero divisions will advance six drivers to the playoffs, while the rest of the Seekonk classes will advance eight.
There is also a chance for drivers who are outside the playoff bubble to advance. If a driver has competed in all of the races in their respective division this season, and they win on Friday night, they will advance and add a car to the playoffs.
Let’s take a look at where each division stands, and which drivers are eligible for the win and you’re in policy, heading to Friday.
The battle for the final spot in the Seekonk Grand Prix Bandolero Bandits appears done. Ryder Aguiar leads Luka Dib by 32 points heading to the final race of the regular season. With only 10 or so Bandolero Bandits on the track every week, unless the car count drastically increases this week, the chances for Dib to advance will be eliminated.
However, he is the only driver in the Bandits who would advance if they grab a feature win. Right now, it looks like Nick Uhrig Jr., Sam Macedo, Parker Davis, Mike Hanafin, Mason Silva and Ryder Aguiar will decide the 2023 track championship in September's Sunoco Drive For The Cup.
Unlike the Bandolero Bandits, the Outlaws will go down to the final laps to decide the final playoff spot. The top-five drivers are all but locked in: Ryan Vanasse Jr., Bryson Robidoux, Andrew Gomes, Brent Robidoux and Collin Vanasse.
Zachary Keith holds the sixth and final spot entering this week by 16 points over Dylan Calabro. That’s a total of eight positions on the track - a gap Calabaro could certainly overcome in a field that is in the double-digits weekly.
If he can’t get in on points, Calabaro is on the list of drivers who can win and get in. He is joined on that list by Mikey LeFort III, Jordan Duquette, Zacarias Kelley and Abbie Badejo.
Is this one division we could see someone sneak in with a seventh entry in the Sunoco Drive For The Cup by winning the final regular season race?
The battle for the Sport 4 playoffs is going right down to the final lap of the regular season. Right now, Daniel Hayes holds the final spot - but is just four points ahead of Justin Leduc for it. Leduc has been coming on strong in the second half of the season, winning during the summer. He will need to beat Hayes by two spots on the track to advance.
Christine Cavallaro is ahead of them in seventh spot, and 22 points ahead of the cutline, 11 positions on the track. She feels comfortable going into the regular season finale.
In this division, Andrew Rittman-McLaughlin and James Sullivan would advance to the playoffs if they win Friday's 25-lap feature.
7 Christine Cavallaro - 392 points
8 Daniel Hayes - 370 points
9 Justin Leduc - 366 points
The only way for a driver currently outside the top-eight in the Helger’s South Coast Power Equipment Pure Stock points is to win and get in, if they are eligible. Greg Perry holds the final spot by 50 points over Don Courtemanche, which is the maximum amount you can gain in one night. Even if Perry didn’t race and Don won, Perry would win the tiebreaker with two feature wins on the season and would advance.
For Courtemanche, his only shot to advance is to score his first career win in Friday’s 25-lap feature. Otherwise, the field is set: Scott Cestodio, Ethan Souza, Danny Massa, Mike Henriques, Sam Lincoln, Jared Cordeira, Timmy Ouellette and Greg Perry.
The Nick’s Pit Stop Legends Cars top-seven drivers entering Friday night are locked in. Jacob Burns, Isaiah Newcomb, Richie Helger Jr., Nicholaus Bulkeley, Mason Tessier, Brendan LaBelle and Josh Parsons are racing for the championship next month.
In the final spot right now is Chase Silvia. He leads over Kevin Davis by 24 points, which is 12 positions on the track. With the car count over 15 weekly, it’s certainly possible for Davis to advance. However, with the consistency Silvia has shown during his rookie season, another solid run this Friday will help him clinch his spot to battle for the title in the Sunoco Drive For The Cup.
In the Nick’s Pit Stop Legends Cars, Stephen Bowden and Jaden Hamilton enter Friday in a situation where if they win the race, they are in the playoffs as a ninth-car.
The finale of the Fast Friday regular season is set for Friday, August 25 at 7 p.m.
In the event of inclement weather, the playoff fields are locked in based on current points. Fans can purchase tickets at SeekonkSpeedway.com, cheaper than the gates on race day and can also skip the lines with online tickets. For more information on Seekonk Speedway, visit the track website and social media channels.
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SEEKONK, Mass. — The final weekend of the regular season is here at Seekonk Speedway, and the fans are not going to want to miss two days of excitement on August 25 and 26. Friday, the Fast Friday divisions will return to the track for the final racing of their regular season, as the fields will be set for September’s Sunoco Drive For The Cup. On NASCAR Saturday, the four divisions will also set their playoff fields in their own final regular season races.
Saturday’s program also includes the Pit Party in the pit area from 4:30-5:30 p.m. and the return of Fans on Parade during intermission after the heat races. Both events are fan favorites and will be back for fans to celebrate the end of the summer, Seekonk Speedway style. Fans are encouraged to attend the pit party and also walk around the track during intermission to support their favorite drivers.
Fast Friday will once again include the Seekonk Grand Prix Bandolero Bandits and Outlaws, Sport 4s, Helger’s South Coast Power Equipment Sportsman and Nick’s Pit Stop Legends Cars. Both Bandolero divisions will leave Friday with six drivers in each division set to advance to the playoffs, while the other three divisions will advance eight.
In the Bandits, the field is rather set, with Luka Dib 32 points behind and unlikely to be able to mount a charge to advance. In the Outlaws, Zachary Keith holds the final spot by 16 points over Dylan Calabro, just 8 positions on the track. Bryson Robidoux, Zachary Keith and Andrew Gomes, the three current drivers inside the Outlaw playoff battle without a feature win this season, will be looking to get some momentum rolling with a win on Friday night.
The Pure Stock title battle field is set on points, with Greg Perry leading Don Courtemanche by a full 50 points for the final spot. However, Courtemanche, who has run all the races this season, is eligible to advance to the playoffs on Friday if he can score his first career win.
The Sport 4 regular season looks like it will also come down to the final laps to decide who will advance. Right now, Daniel Hayes leads Justin Leduc by just four points for the final spot. Leduc has shown more speed than Hayes so far this summer, but it will come down to the final laps. Can Jarrod Freitas grab his fourth win of the season and advance with a ton of momentum? Can Crystal Murray win the final regular season race and continue to prepare for her title defense? Will Henry Lavallee win his first of the year? Or will someone else be on top after 25 laps?
The Legends Cars battle is also nearly settled. Chase Silvia is in the final spot entering Friday and leads by 24 points over Kevin Davis. It’s definitely going to be interesting going down to the wire, as it's only 12 positions on the track between them in points. Can Davis close the ground and make it in?
NASCAR Saturday’s playoff battles are a bit tighter than Friday in most divisions. With Dave Darling not returning in the Pro Stocks in 2023, ninth-place Mike Rotondo will jump into the playoff field over Darling by just starting the feature on Saturday in the No. 48. Although no one else could likely bust their way into the playoffs on points, Bobby Pelland will be looking to bust back into Victory Lane for the third straight week. The driver of the No. 12 is coming off a rocket ship week of winning and also an Everett’s Auto Parts Triple Crown championship and a win the week prior in the Pro Stocks.
The Late Model championship battle to make the Sunoco Drive For The Cup field of eight cars is definitely going to go right down to the final laps. Entering Saturday, Connor Souza holds a lead of just seven points over Richie Murray. However, Tyler Tomassi in sixth is just seven points ahead of Souza himself. Behind Murray, in 10th, is Bill Goodrow, just eight points out of the playoffs. Scott Serydynski Jr. also isn’t far behind in 11th, just 19 back of the cutline. The Late Models will be racing for the checkered flag in their 30-lap Saturday race, but also racing for glory in the playoff battle to advance to the first round.
After a wild Helger’s South Coast Power Equipment Sportsman battle last week that ended with Chad Baxter winning, this week, their playoff field will be set. Don Perry holds the final spot by 29 points over Tyler Almeida and Jimmy Silvia by 42 points. Perry will likely advance to the playoffs as long as he finishes on Saturday. Baxter, Steve Axon, Adam Pettey, Colby Lambert, Randy Moretti and Ryan Lineham are essentially already locked into the playoffs and will be looking to win on Saturday to provide additional momentum.
The Chaz Auto Body Sport Truck playoff battle finds Mike Cavallaro leading Tom Scully III by 35 points. Scully’s best shot to advance to the playoffs will be to win the 25-lap race on Saturday - drivers who have run all the races in their respective division so far - and are not in the top-eight - can win on Saturday and advance. In the Trucks, Scully and 10th place Ethan Heilborn are in position to do that this week.
Fans who wish to join the pit party should make sure they are at the track by 4:30 p.m. Once the pit party clears and heat races are complete, the Fans on Parade will take place, estimated to begin around 7 p.m. Judging will take place and winners will be announced right there in each division, as well as an overall winner for the night. The track will also announce the winners of the Most Popular Driver contest on Saturday night.
Tickets for Fast Friday are just $10 online now at SeekonkSpeedway.com or $13 at the gates on race day. NASCAR Saturday tickets are $15 online in advance or $18 at the track on race day. Parking is always free for both days at Seekonk Speedway. Fans are encouraged to purchase tickets online to save money and skip the lines on race day.
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