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.
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