Seekonk Speedway Makes Schedule Adjustments To Due Rainout on ACT night; ACT Spring Green Rescheduled To August 19
SEEKONK, Mass. — Mother Nature didn’t come to play on Saturday night at Seekonk Speedway, forcing track officials to postpone the racing card including the Spring Green 123 for the American-Canadian Tour. The ACT Tour will return to Seekonk for this special event on Saturday, August 19, alongside a full card of racing that will include the Pro Stocks, Sportsman and Sport Trucks.
With the postponement of the ACT Tour event until August 19, all grandstand passes purchased for the June 3 racing card will be honored on August 19 when ACT returns.
Seekonk Speedway has also announced an adjustment in the schedule for the Everett’s Auto Parts Triple Crown Series. Although the first two races in the Triple Crown for all divisions will remain unchanged, the final events for the Pro Stocks and Late Models have been moved to Saturday, August 12. The Sportsman and Trucks Triple Crown finale remains on August 19 as part of Everett’s Auto Parts weekend at the track. The Pro Stock race on August 19 will be a normal 40-lap feature.
“These adjustments to our schedule will just add even more excitement to race night on August 12,” Ed St. Germain of Seekonk Speedway said. “With some of our Late Model contenders racing with the ACT Tour, we will give them the opportunity to do that and leave them off the August 19 schedule. We appreciate everyone working through these types of adjustments with the Speedway.”
-The Scully Memorial 55 for the Pro Stocks has been rescheduled to Saturday, July 15, a night that will also include the prestigious Boston Louie with NEMA Lites and NEMA Midgets along with the Late Models.
Pit passes purchased for the June 3 event will be honored either this Saturday, June 10 or August 19. For those who chose to use them this Saturday, June 10, the track will cover the cost of the added value for the Tour pit pass and make it an even swap. Wristbands must be turned in to receive a new band.
Seekonk Speedway returns to Saturday night short-track racing on Saturday, June 10, with a show headlined by the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Seekonk 150. The Helger’s South Coast Power Equipment Sportsman, Chaz Auto Body Sport Trucks and Late Models will also all compete in the first round of their Everetts Auto parts Triple Crown. All three divisions will have extra laps with the Trucks and Sportsman running 35 and the Late Models running 45.
For more information on Seekonk Speedway and to purchase tickets for upcoming events throughout the 2023 season, visit SeekonkSpeedway.com. Fans are also encouraged to follow the track on social media for the latest news and updates surrounding the Massachusetts third-mile.
Seekonk Speedway Set as Sixth Track to Host Iconic Spring Green This Saturday Night
The American-Canadian Tour returns to Seekonk Speedway on Saturday, June 3rd for the Spring Green as the iconic event celebrates it's 48th edition at it's sixth different hosting track!
Barre, VT -- One of the American-Canadian Tour’s cornerstone events, the iconic Spring Green, rolls off for the 48th time this Saturday night at Seekonk Speedway. Seekonk will serve as the sixth different host for the longtime ACT standard and could prove to be its most spectacular. In recent years, Seekonk has held the most hotly contested events on the circuit with spectacular duels to the finish line but this time an added challenge awaits the ACT stars as new pavement laid down in the corners of ‘The Cement Palace.’ The best of crew chiefs and drivers will have to come out as everyone looks to join the Spring Green wins list and jump forward in the Brookside Equipment Sales Southern New England Triple Crown point standings.
Starting off as the season-opener for the beloved Catamount Stadium in Milton, Vermont throughout the 1970s until the track’s final season in 1987, the Spring Green annually received its lap count based on the year it was held, a tradition continued in 2023. Over the years, the Spring Green has also been held at Sanair Super Speedway in Quebec, New York’s Airborne Speedway, Vermont’s Devil’s Bowl Speedway and, most recently, at New Hampshire’s White Mountain Motorsports Park.
Such icons as Dave Dion, Bobby and Beaver Dragon, Junior Hanley, Brian Hoar and Eddie MacDonald have stood in Spring Green victory lane, but Seekonk is a far different beast. With new pavement in the corners and worn asphalt on the straightaways, the Seekonk regulars may finally have the upper hand. In 17 ACT events since 1983, a Seekonk regular has yet to stand victorious in the winner’s circle but a strong NASCAR Advance Auto Parts weekly Late Model group, headed by 2022 track champion Mark Jenison, are all looking to crack into the wins list as the first.
In order to do so, the locals will have to tackle the likes of D.J. Shaw. The current leader of the ACT point standings, and defending champion, Shaw has made Seekonk his safety after taking a second-place finish in 2021 and a spectacular win over Jacob Burns in 2022 after eleven lead changes. Derek Gluchacki is in desperate need of a strong run after his motor expired at Lee USA Speedway with Jimmy Renfrew Jr., Gabe Brown, Jonathan Bouvrette, Cam Huntress and Jason Corliss all looking to continue their strong momentum.
The American-Canadian Tour returns to action at Seekonk Speedway in Seekonk, Massachusetts for the 48th Spring Green 123 on Saturday, June 3rd. One of Tour’s most iconic events gets its first try at ‘The Action Track of the East’ with the ACT stars going head-to-head with the NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series Late Models in a classic early-summer battle! The Spring Green 123 also serves as Round #2 of the Brookside Equipment Sales Southern New England Triple Crown. The Seekonk Pro Stocks will also be in action for the Scully Memorial 55 plus the Helger’s South Coast Power Equipment Sportsman and the Chaz Auto Body Sport Trucks. Post Time is set for 6:00pm.
For more information, contact the ACT offices at (802) 244-6963, firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.acttour.com. You can also get updates on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram at @ACTTour.
SEEKONK, Mass. — Jacob “Rowdy” Burns had all sorts of struggles in the opening day feature for the Late Models at Seekonk Speedway, but week two was a different story. Burns battled seven-time division champion Gerry DeGasparre Jr. hard for the lead early in the race, and then when DeGasparre had problems, Burns wasn’t going to be denied.
He drove the No. 30 to Victory Lane in dominating fashion in the final laps, as the rising star pulled away from a side-by-side battle between Mark Jenison and Chase Belcher for second in the final circuits. Jenison would get the better of Belcher, with Chase following close behind in third at the end of 30 laps.
Vinnie Arrenegado raced from his eighth-place starting spot after winning on opening day to finish in fourth, while pole sitter Connor Souza hung on for a top-five finish. Luke Lebrun was sixth, followed by Richie Murray, Charlie Rose, Corey Fanning and Kevin Bowe.
The Late Models will return to the track on Saturday, May 20 with another 30-lap feature. For more information on Seekonk Speedway, visit SeekonkSpeedway.com and follow the track on social media for the latest news and updates.
In just his second race back at Seekonk Speedway, Dylan Estrella is already in Victory Lane. The driver of the Everett’s Auto Parts No. 46 Pro Stock held off a fierce charge from former division champion Kenny Spencer and others to win Saturday’s 40-lap feature — the first under the lights event of the Pro Stock season.
Estrella and Spencer traded the lead back and forth for much of the middle portion of the event. It seemed as if whoever was on the outside lane had the advantage on restarts. In the final 15 circuits, Spencer got loose racing under Estrella for the lead going into turn one, and spun off turn two. From there, Estrella would drive off unchallenged in the final stint to rocket to victory.
No stranger to winning at Seekonk in his career, as a graduate of the Seekonk Youth Racing Association, Estrella went touring for a few years, and is now back to compete in Seekonk’s top class. Mark Jenison charged to the front in the second half of the race, finishing second, while Rick Martin also made a late dash to the front to finish in third. Tommy Adams and Bobby Pelland finished the top-five.
Danny Thibeault was sixth, while Spencer, Mike Rotondo, Jerammee Lillie and Tom Scully Jr finished the top-10. The Pro Stocks will return to the track on Saturday, May 20 with another 40-lap feature. For more information on Seekonk Speedway, visit SeekonkSpeedway.com and follow the track on social media for the latest news and updates.
Steve Axon had just about the worst opening day you could have at Seekonk Speedway this year, but he turned it around in a big way on Saturday night. Axon used the outside lane early in the 25-lap feature to pass for the lead and pick up the feature win in the second race of the season for the Helger’s South Coast Power Equipment Sportsman division.
On opening day, Axon had a motor failure under the hood, in a wreck that collected multiple cars due to oil on the track. In week two, after a lot of hard work by the crew to get a new motor under the hood, Axon was the dominant force, as the former division champion was not going to be denied in his quest to victory.
A late caution had plans to mess up the night for Axon, but it worked out for him to get the win, as he drove away on the final green flag stint. Adam Pettey charged through the pack to finish second, with opening day winner Ryan Lineham also working his way through to finish third. Colby Lambert and Chris Gomes followed to finish in the fourth and fifth spots.
Craig Pianka was sixth, followed by Chad Baxter, Doug Benoit, Chris Rioux and Ed Perry.
The Helger’s South Coast Power Equipment Sportsman will return to the track on Saturday, May 20 with another 25-lap feature. For more information on Seekonk Speedway, visit SeekonkSpeedway.com and follow the track on social media for the latest news and updates.
With opening day in the rear-view mirror, Seekonk Speedway will roar to life under the lights for the first time in 2023 this Saturday, May 13. When qualifying racing begins at 6 p.m., drivers will look to keep fans on the edge of their seats like they did for opening day in all four divisions. The Pro Stocks, Helger’s South Coast Power Equipment Sportsman, Late Models and Chaz Auto Body Sport Trucks will all be in action this weekend in regular feature racing.
This weekend also includes the first of two Fast Friday practice sessions on Friday, May 12. All of the Friday night divisions will be eligible to hit the track to get their cars tuned up for opening night on May 26. There will also be another Friday practice on May 19.
In the Pro Stocks, their 40-lap feature on Saturday could be the night former champion Kenny Spencer gets back to Victory Lane. After showing tons of speed in the opening race, Spencer had to go to the rear late after some contact with Dylan Estrella, and didn’t get the finish he was looking for. With the likelihood of him starting near the front in Saturday’s race, Spencer will be one to watch. He will be joined by opening day winner Mike Brightman, Estrella, Radical Rick Martin, Tom Scully Jr. and many others in quest for the checkered flag.
The Late Model division saw maybe the most exciting race of the opening weekend, with Vinnie Arrenegado and Luke Lebrun slugging it out for the top spot on countless restarts. While both finished top-five, they will be tough to beat in week two. Additional front-runners included Richie Murray and Mark Jenison, who joined Arrenegado on the podium and will be looking to get their own trophy this week. Look out for Jacob Burns, Chase Belcher and others to contend in week two during the 30-lap main event.
In the Chaz Auto Body Sport Trucks, Brittany Campbell kicked off her Busch Light Accelerate program in a big way, in Victory Lane on opening day. Will she make it back-to-back to open the year? She will have a tough group of challengers trying to stop her like defending champion Rick Martin, Mike Duarte, Jake Vanada, Mike Cavallaro, Bobby Tripp and fellow Busch Light program driver Amy Arsenault. Martin may not have come out of the gates swinging, but look out for him in week two to try and fix that.
The Helger’s South Coast Power Equipment Sportsman racing was no contest for the win in the feature on opening day, with former champion Ryan Lineham stomping the competition. Now, he has to come from the rear of the field. We will see the true speed and determination in this driver. Others will try to stop him like defending champion Craig Pianka, Chad Baxter, Ed Perry and others in their 25-lap feature.
Seekonk Speedway returns to NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Racing Series Saturday night racing on May 13 at 6 p.m. with four exciting divisions of racing on tap. The gates will open at 4 p.m. for advanced ticket holders and 30-minutes later for those who will purchase tickets during the day of the event. Advance tickets are available online for all Seekonk Speedway events by visiting SeekonkSpeedway.com. Fans are encouraged to also visit the website and social media channels for the latest news and information surrounding Seekonk’s 77th season.
SEEKONK, Mass. — Mike Brightman kicked-off the 2023 season on Sunday at Seekonk Speedway the same way he did 2022 — in Victory Lane. Brightman dashed away from the field to win the opener of the Pro Stock season, scoring victory in the 40-lap feature in dominating fashion.
Early, Brightman passed polesitter Colbey Fournier for the top spot, then had to fend-off Dylan Estrella for much of the middle of the race. Estrella and Brightman raced hard for the top spot, neither giving an inch. Brightman would prevail early, then Estrella spun off turn two later, sending him to the tail of the field.
Dave Darling and Rick Martin battled hard in the final laps, while Brightman drove away to victory. Martin scored second, with Darling in third. Defending division champion Mark Jenison finished fourth and Bobby Pelland was fifth. After post-race inspection, Dick Benoit moved to fifth, as Pelland didn’t pass. Dylan Estrella finished sixth, followed by Tom Scully Jr., Tommy Adams, Colbey Fournier and Mike Mitchell.
The Pro Stocks will return to the track for another 40-lap feature as part of Saturday night NASCAR racing on May 13. For more information on Seekonk Speedway, visit SeekonkSpeedway.com.
SEEKONK, Mass. — Right from early in the day in the opener of the Seekonk Speedway season, it was clear Ryan Lineham was going to be one of the drivers to beat in the Helger’s South Coast Power Equipment Sportsman. Lineham worked from the pole position in his heat race and scored the win, then started from the pole in the feature and led the entire 25 laps to score the season-opening victory.
While Lineham won, the story of the race was a mid-race chaos crash in turn three, collecting many of the front-running cars. When Steve Axon had mechanical problems, many cars were collected including Axon, Chris Gomes, Kyle Casper and others. Once the race went back green, Lineham drove away with the win while Randy Moretti and Adam Pettey were left to battle for second, with Moretti coming out on top.
Pettey finished third, with Craig Pianka and Don Perry finishing the top-five. Chris Rioux wrapped the race sixth, followed by Chad Baxter, Tim Watson, Tyler Almeida and Jimmy “Pepe” Silvia. The Helger’s South Coast Power Equipment Sportsman will return to the track for another 25-lap feature as part of Saturday night NASCAR racing on May 13. For more information on Seekonk Speedway, visit SeekonkSpeedway.com.
SEEKONK, Mass. — As she kicked-off her Busch Light Accelerate Her program in style, Brittany Campbell parked her No. 8 Truck in Victory Lane on Sunday to open the season at Seekonk Speedway. Racing in the Chaz Auto Body Sport Trucks, Campbell raced multiple grooves battling for the lead, but in the final laps, pulled away from the competition.
She had to face the charges of names like Amy Arsenault, Mike Duarte and others. In the end, it was all her at the front driving the Truck right into Victory Lane. Duarte, a former division champion, would settle for second at the finish, followed by defending champion Rick Martin in third. Darryl Church opened the season with a strong run in fourth and Arsenault settled for fifth after some mid-race trouble.
Jake Vanada finished sixth, with Marissa Morgan, Bobby Tripp, Tom Scully III and Manny Dias finishing the top-10.
The Chaz Auto Body Sport Trucks will return to the track for another 25-lap feature as part of Saturday night NASCAR racing on May 13. For more information on Seekonk Speedway, visit SeekonkSpeedway.com.
Two-Day Weekend Includes Return of Classic Car Show & Swap Meet on Saturday; NASCAR Divisions Opening Day on Sunday, May 7
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SEEKONK, Mass. – After a long offseason of quiet around the Seekonk area, Seekonk Speedway will roar to life for the first time for racing action in 2023 this weekend. The 77th season of competition at the Massachusetts third-mile officially begins on Sunday, May 7 with NASCAR Opening Day – including all four Advance Auto Parts Weekly Racing Series divisions.
The Pro Stocks, Late Models, Helger’s South Coast Power Equipment Sportsman and Chaz Auto Body Sport Trucks will compete in qualifying and their first feature races of the season on Sunday beginning at 2 p.m. All of the competitors in the field will be chasing the opening checkered flag of the season, but will also begin their quest towards the second Sunoco Drive For The Cup and the track championships that will come with it.
One day prior on Saturday, May 6, the 12th annual Classic Car Show & Swap Meet returns to Seekonk Speedway in a big way. With entertainment provided by Cruisin Bruce and over five awards on the line for things like Top Three Best of Show, Best Paint, Best Engine and more, race fans will have a free opportunity to walk around the show on the frontstretch parking lot. Admission for cars is $10 per car, with gates opening at 8 a.m. and judging beginning at 10 a.m. All fans and car enthusiasts who attend the show will also have free access to watch NASCAR divisions practice on track from 12-4 p.m. on Saturday.
“It’s going to be a mega weekend of racing with so much going on at Seekonk Speedway that fans will not want to miss it,” Ed St. Germain of Seekonk Speedway said. “With the car show returning, there is going to be a big turnout on Saturday, while the NASCAR drivers make their final tune-ups for Sunday’s racing. Once Sunday begins, drivers are going to be giving everything they have in the tank to grab the first wins of the year. Race season is here and we can’t wait to see everyone at Seekonk Speedway in 2023. Fans should visit SeekonkSpeedway.com for tickets and the latest news.”
As the preseason roster sits, the Pro Stocks have 30 cars registered. With eight-time track champion Dave Darling saying he won’t run a full season, the battle is on for race wins and the chase towards the Sunoco Drive For The Cup championship. Names like defending champion Mark Jenison, Tom Scully Jr., Bobby Pelland, Rick Martin, Colbey Fournier, Mike Brightman, Dylan Estrella, Tommy Adams and others will contest their 10-lap heat races and a 40-lap feature to headline opening day.
In the Late Models, Jenison is also rolling into 2023 as the defending champion, looking to get his double-duty season off with a strong finish. A new car and confidence have former division champion Vinnie Arrenegado excited about the competition for opening day. Names like Gerry DeGasparre Jr., Richie Murray, Josh Hedges, Chase Belcher, Jacob “Rowdy” Burns and others will be ones to watch in their 10-lap heats and 30-lap feature on Sunday.
The Helger’s South Coast Power Equipment Sportsman, known as one of New England’s most exciting divisions, rolls into the season with Craig Pianka looking for back-to-back titles. His path to doing it will be difficult, with 2021 champion Chad Baxter, Ed Perry, Steve Axon, Adam Pettey and many others ready to chase him down, starting on opening day. The Sportsman field, set to be over 20 for the season-opener, will have 10 lap heats and a 25-lap feature.
In the Chaz Auto Body Sport Trucks, Radical Rick Martin looks to pick up where he left off last yea, iin dominating fashion. Driving the No. 14, Martin will do battle against names like Amy Arsenault, Brittany Campbell, Jake Vanada, Mike Duarte, Mike Cavallaro and many others. The Trucks will run 10 lap heats, and a 25-lap feature.
Important times to note for the weekend include the Classic Car Show & Swap Meet gates opening at 8 a.m. on Saturday, while NASCAR pit gates open at 9 a.m. NASCAR division practice will roll from 12-4 p.m., with a short break for burnout drags at 1 p.m.
On Sunday, pit gates open at 9 a.m., while practice begins at 11 a.m. Front grandstands open at 12 p.m. and Pro Stock time trials will begin at 1 p.m. The first green flag for heat races, followed by feature action, is 2 p.m.
New for 2023, Seekonk Speedway fans should be aware that hot coffee will no longer be sold at the concession stands. With the new ticketing system, where fans can buy tickets for all events online at SeekonkSpeedway.com, tickets are cheaper online and there will be a limited number of ticketing agents at the gates on race day. Ticket prices for general admission for NASCAR Saturday normal events including opening day are $18 (unless a special event), but online are $15 plus processing fees. Fans who purchase tickets online will have access to the grandstands 30 minutes before those who purchase at the track and will also pay less.
For more information on Seekonk Speedway, visit SeekonkSpeedway.com and follow the track on social media, where you can get the latest race day updates during events.
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