SEEKONK, Mass. -- As Seekonk Speedway opens the month of June this weekend with both Fast Friday and NASCAR Saturday racing, the theme of racing will be Everett’s Auto Parts Triple Crown Series action. With one month in the books for NASCAR Saturday racing, divisions will return to the track for the first time since May 21, while Fast Friday competitors are ready for their second week of the year.
The weekend will include four total Everett’s Auto Parts Triple Crown Series events -including three on Fast Friday and one on NASCAR Saturday. On Friday, both Seekonk Grand Prix Bandolero divisions will take center stage with 15-lap Triple Crown races, while the Helger’s South Coast Power Equipment Pure Stocks will battle for 30-laps. On NASCAR Saturday, Seekonk’s top division, the Pro Stocks, will compete for 60 laps in their Triple Crown event.
Saturday night racing begins at 6 p.m., with grandstand gates opening at 4 p.m. for race fans.
Fast Friday roars to life with the Seekonk Grand Prix Bandolero Bandits and Outlaws part of the show. In the first week of racing on May 27, more than 25 competitors showed up to race between the two divisions, the highest number since the inception of the division. After 15-lap races, Darren Krantz Jr. and Chase Silvia picked up feature wins — with two opposite experience levels between them. Krantz, the defending Bandolero Bandit champion, opened his season in style, while Silvia captured his first career win, establishing as himself as the early-season favorite. Names like Brent Robidoux, Ryan Vanasse Jr., Collin Vanasse, Milania Shilosky, Bradley Strickland and more will look to capture their first wins of the season this week.
In the Helger’s Pure Stocks, five extra laps usually proves to matter. Billy Chouinard, a former division champion, took the win in the first race of the season, but had Jeremy Lambert breathing down his neck in the final laps. The top-10 cars were nose-to-tail for much of the race, and names like two-time champion Greg Perry, Danny Massa, Timmy Ouellette, Ethan Souza and more will be looking to open the Everett’s Triple Crown at the front of the pack in their 30-lap feature.
The Nick’s Pit Stop Legends Cars may have started off with a rough race, but week two could be a different story. Brendon Hammann captured the victory in week one, with Devin Deshaies and Reese Bogue close behind, while names like Mason Tessier, Richie Helger Jr. and others were caught up in a wreck on the first lap. The 25-lap feature could see a variety of challengers at the front, but expect speed to prevail in the final laps.
In the Everett’s Auto Parts Sport 4’s, Crystal Murray captured the checkered flag in their first race, dominating the second half en route to Victory Lane. For Murray, the green No. 38 is going to look to make it two-for-two — while Karlin Levesque, Tyler Duhancik, Taylor Bowser, Henry Lavallee and others will look to take her down.
If the third Pro Stock race of the season is anything like the first two, look out, race fans. Tommy Adams and Mike Brightman are the two feature winners so far, with two of the wildest races in the last decade happening right here in 2022. Dave Darling hasn’t won yet, but the eight-time champion has to be the favorite heading into the extra-distance event. Tom Scully Jr., Ryan Vanasse, Bobby Pelland, Ryan Lineham and others will also be major contenders in their 60-lap event.
The Late Model season has three winners in three races, with Richie Murray, Gerry DeGasparre Jr. and Vinnie Arrenegado taking trophies so far. Jacob Burns, Chase Belcher, Josh Hedges and Mark Jenison are coming in hot behind them, while Paul Lallier and Ryan Flood aren’t far behind after the first three events. The Late Model field could be one where five, six or seven different drivers win before someone repeats.
The Chaz Auto Body Sport Trucks also have three winners in three races, with Mike Cavallaro, Rick Martin and Barry Shaw Jr. opening the year out front. However, Brittany Campbell has been consistent, along with Mike Duarte and Jake Vanada. Will this Saturday’s 25-lap showdown mark a fourth different winner in four weeks?
On the flip side, Helger’s South Coast Power Equipment Sportsman division is the only one with a repeat winner through three weeks. 'Captain Fun’ — Craig Pianka — won on opening day and followed it up with another win in week three. Pianka leads defending division champion Chad Baxter by eight points, with Ed Perry, Doug Benoit and Vinny Pangelinan leading their championship standings early in the season.
Tickets for all Seekonk Speedway events are now available online at SeekonkSpeedway.com. Tickets can be purchased in advance for both general admission in the grandstands and pit passes for all races, including major upcoming races. Seekonk Speedway will have the first of two Monster Truck events on June 19, followed by Open Wheel Wednesday, a $10,000 race for the Open Wheel Modifieds, on Wednesday, June 29. On Saturday, July 2, Seekonk hits the middle of the summer with the Independence Day Thrill Show. Fans can purchase tickets for all of these events and more today.
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