SEEKONK, Mass. — Seekonk Speedway will continue to heat up the summer this weekend, August 19-20, with two days of racing on tap as the inaugural Drive For The Cup presented by Sunoco Race Fuel inches closer. On Fast Friday, there are just two races left to go in each division before the field is set, and this Friday night, all five divisions return to the track. On Saturday, NASCAR racing hits full speed with two extra distance events on Helger’s South Coast Power Equipment night at the races. The Sportsman will run for 50 laps, while the Pro Stocks go the long game with 75 laps in the American Racer Pro Stock 75.
Saturday’s Helger’s night includes one of the longest Sportsman races in the history of the third-mile. With 50 laps on tap, this could be a battle of attrition and a battle of who can survive to the end, both mentally and physically, never mind their cars. The obvious favorite going into the event is Chad Baxter, who continues to dominate the class, picking up another win last week. In the last two months, it’s almost like it’s been Baxter in Victory Lane at the end of every single feature. Names like Craig Pianka, Scott Serydynski Jr., Adam Pettey and others will be looking to take him down.
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American Racer continues to support Seekonk Speedway, especially through the ongoing tire shortage, and this Saturday, they sponsor 75 laps of Pro Stock racing. With Dave Darling coming off two straight wins, this could be the week that someone is able to take him down. Mike Brightman comes to mind, as the driver who won the first extra-distance event of the year. However, names like Tom Scully Jr., Mark Jenison, Ryan Vanasse, Bobby Pelland, Rick Martin and others will also be in competition.
“It’s nice to be able to continue our annual race at Seekonk Speedway,” Bill Galloway of American Racer, Dave Linds Tires, said. “We get to stand out and show our appreciation to the drivers. We have to thank Seekonk Speedway for working with us during these challenging times. I’m looking forward to a great night of racing and look forward to seeing the winner in Victory Lane.”
The Chaz Auto Body Sport Trucks and Late Models will also be in competition Saturday night with regular qualifying and feature action. Recent Sport Truck winner Tom Scully III is on the bubble in the playoff chase, looking to hold off all challengers, while Late Model winner Mark Jenison picked up his first trophy of the year last week. The Sport Trucks have one of the closest races around the bubble in all of Seekonk’s divisions, so their 25-lap feature means more than just who wins the race. The Late Models will hit the track for 30 circuits.
On Fast Friday, all five divisions are back on the track led by the Nick’s Pit Stop Legends Cars. Last week, the Legends Cars weren’t able to take the green flag due to Mother Nature, but this week, they are ready to roll. Names like Devin Dehsaies, Reese Bogue, Brendon Hammann, Isaiah Newcomb, Mason Tessier and others will be chasing the checkered in their 25-lap main event.
Look out for the Helger’s South Coast Power Equipment Pure Stocks, one of Seekonk’s most competitive divisions, as they return to the track for 25 laps of their own. Greg Perry, Mike Henriques, Jordan Threlfall, Danny Massa and others have all already been to Victory Lane so for. This battle for eighth in the playoff bubble sees Mike Rotondo leading Ethan Souza by just eight points.
In the Seekonk Grand Prix Bandolero divisions, last week continued the dominance of Darren Krantz Jr. and Chase Silvia, as they won in their respective divisions, adding to already impressive seasons. In the Bandits, Nick Uhrig Jr. leads Bryson Robidoux by just four points on the bubble cutoff, with Parker Davis only 12 points back. The Outlaw race for the playoffs is also close.
Crystal Murray’s consistency has her at the top of the Everett’s Auto Parts Sport 4 championship race heading to the playoffs, and the race for eighth has already opened up to be all but sealed in their division.
Tickets for all Seekonk Speedway events are available online today at SeekonkSpeedway.com. Upcoming, Fast Friday and NASCAR Saturday racing will take place on August 19-20 and August 26-27. In the middle, on Wednesday, August 24, the Boston Louie Seymour Memorial Classic for the NEMA Midgets and NEMA Lites will compete along with the New England Supermodified Series presented by PASS for a mid-week event. On Saturday, September 3, Seekonk Speedway celebrates Labor Day with another Thrill Show, this time with Fireworks. Fans who purchase tickets ahead will be able to skip the lines at the gates on race day.
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