Speedway Speedway Returns To Action With Fast Friday, Saturday Showdown, Including ACT Tour Spring Green 123
SEEKONK, Mass. -- Roaring into the summer, Seekonk Speedway will rocket to the track again this week with both Fast Friday and NASCAR Saturday. Friday night’s program includes five-divisions of exciting racing while Saturday, four divisions will take to the third-mile for competition.
Saturday’s racing includes the Spring Green 123 for the invading American-Canadian Tour, along with the Pro Stock Tom Scully Sr. Memorial 55-lap race, the first round of the Everett’s Auto Parts Triple Crown for the Chaz Auto Body Sport Trucks and the Helger’s South Coast Power Equipment Sportsman. Saturday action begins at 6 p.m., while Friday racing goes green at 7 p.m.
The American-Canadian Tour returns to Seekonk Speedway for their first race since last October’s Haunted Hundred, this time for the historic Spring Green 123. Run at other tracks for years, ACT brings this historic event to the third-mile with their championship battle heating up heading for the summer. Off their Lee event won by Brandon Barker, DJ Shaw, the defending champion and October’s Haunted Hundred winner, leads the points over Gabe Brown and Jimmy Renfrew Jr. A name Seekonk fans will be familiar with, Derek Gluchacki, enters the race fourth as a former Seekonk Late Model and Legends Cars winner. The ACT race will also present an opportunity for Seekonk’s own Late Models to have the night off in their championship racing, but many will also compete in the 123-lap race. Names like Vinnie Arrenegado, Richie Murray, Ryan Vanasse, Jacob “Rowdy” Burns and others will attempt to defend the home turf in the special event.
Saturday’s Pro Stock special is set for 55 laps in the Tom Scully Sr. Memorial Race. Lost last year suddenly, the former Pro Stock frontrunner at Seekonk and father of current Pro Stock regular Tom Scully Jr. was a staple in the track pit area for many years. The extra 15 laps and the overall event Saturday will be the final race on the card. Mike Brightman and Dylan Estrella are the two Pro Stock winners so far in 2023 and both will have a bit of extra time to chase their way through the field. Defending champion Mark Jenison leads the early championship standings by one point over Estrella, two over Rick Martin and eight over Tommy Adams, with Brightman in fifth.
The Chaz Auto Body Sport Trucks will open the 2023 NASCAR Saturday Everett’s Auto Parts Triple Crown Series with a 35-lap feature on Saturday night. Jake Vanada enters the race as the most recent division winner, with Brittany Campbell picking up the victory back on opening day. Both drivers have been strong, but it’s defending champion Rick Martin and Mike Duarte leading the championship standings early. With 10 extra laps out for the feature this week, will a little bit of extra time help someone make their move to win round one of the Triple Crown?
With two races in the Helger’s South Coast Power Equipment Sportsman complete, Ryan Lineham and Adam Pettey are the only two drivers to finish on the podium in both events. Lineham won opening day, and Steve Axon picked up the victory in week two after blowing a motor on opening day. Heading for week three, can one of them return to the top or will Pettey get his first win? Defending champion Craig Pianka, former champion Chad Baxter, Randy Moretti, Chris Rioux and others are also off to a strong start with their 2023 season.
Fast Friday’s season continues on Friday at 7 p.m., with round two of racing for both Seekonk Grand Prix Bandolero divisions, the Everett’s Auto Parts Sport 4’s, Helger’s South Coast Power Equipment Pure Stocks and Nick’s Pit Stop Legends Cars. Both Bandolero divisions will compete in their first of three rounds in the Everett’s Auto Parts Triple Crown Series, with Ryan Vanasse Jr. (Outlaws) and Parker Davis (Bandits) coming off opening night victories last week.
In the Sport 4 division, Jarrod Freitas was the top contender in week one, holding off Mikey LeFort and Henry Lavallee in the final circuits. Defending champion Crystal Murray struggled a bit week one, and will be joined by Taylor Bowser, Richie Johnson and others looking to win in week two.
The first race of the Helger’s South Coast Power Equipment Pure Stock division went to Scott Cestodio, but it was tough down the stretch. Greg Perry got a flat leading late and will be back for week two looking to pounce. Names like Ethan Souza, Mike Henriques Jared Cordeira and Josh Badach are also coming off top-five finishes during race one.
The Nick’s Pit Stop Legends Cars will also be back for their second race of the year, set for 25 laps. After a tough and tumble first race, Brenden LaBelle was the bright spot, pocketing his first career win in a wild finish behind him.
Tickets for all events are available today at SeekonkSpeedway.com — including Fast Friday, NASCAR Saturday, Thrill Shows and major events. Fans are encouraged to purchase ahead and save not only time, but money, as tickets online are a bit cheaper than they will be at the gates, and online ticket holders may enter the grandstands before those who buy at the track on race day.
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