LATE MODEL TRIPLE CROWN HEADLINES NASCAR RACING AT SEEKONK SPEEDWAY THIS SATURDAY
With two races in the books on NASCAR Saturday, Seekonk Speedway will roar back to life this Saturday, May 21 for the third racing night of the season and the final for teams in the month of May. Beginning at 6PM, the Everett’s Auto Parts Triple Crown Series continues — this time with the Late Models for 45-laps — along with the Pro Stocks, Helger’s South Coast Power Equipment Sportsman and Chaz Auto Body Sport Trucks.
Advance tickets for the event are available online at SeekonkSpeedway.com, and will also be available at the track on race day. Tickets are $15 for adults.
Through two weeks, the Late Model field is chasing sophomore contender Richie Murray, who picked up his first career win on opening day and finished third in race two after starting 11th. Murray will be a strong contender to come from the rear in the first extra-distance event of the season, but will have stout competition. Gerry DeGasparre Jr. picked up the victory in the second race of the year and will be looking to make it back-to-back. Names like Vinnie Arrenegado Jr., Chase Belcher and Josh Hedges are also off to fast starts — with Hedges posting top-five finishes in the first two events. The extra-distance affair will see plenty of positions change from the drop of the green through lap 45.
After not racing last week due to Mother Nature, the Pro Stocks are back for their second race of the season. Dave Darling may have eight titles and may be the favorite going into the year, but the division looks to be shaping up to give him a run for his money. Mike Brightman won the opening day 40-lap feature and last week, in the two heat races, Tom Scully Jr. and Tommy Adams were at the top of their game. Adams, a former Late Model champion, is going to be tough to beat, along with Scully, Darling, Ryan Vanasse, Bobby Pelland, Rick Martin, Brightman and many more. The Pro Stocks are set for another 40-lap feature on Saturday night.
The Chaz Auto Body Sport Truck division rolls into their third race of the year with two different winners in the first two, but a lot of consistency inside the top-five. Mike Cavallaro and Barry Shaw Jr. have already been to Victory Lane, but names like Rick Martin, Brittany Campbell and Mike Duarte haven’t been far behind. Duarte has been on the podium in both races so far this season. Jake Vanada and Amy Arsenault have also shown plenty of speed in the first few weeks of competition.
Two weeks into the Helger’s South Coast Power Equipment Sportsman season, there are two different winners, but tons of drivers who are hungry to get their first checkered flag of the year. Names like Steve Axon and defending champion Chad Baxter come to mind as drivers who are going to be tough to beat in their 25-lap feature this Saturday night. After dominating the division last year, Baxter struggled in week two after a wreck and will need to rebound this week. Look out for former Fast Friday Pure Stock champion Doug Benoit, who was strong last week, to try and contend for the win himself, along with Sparky Arsenault, who led countless laps a week ago.
NASCAR Saturday night racing at Seekonk Speedway on Saturday, May 21 will begin with the drop of the first green flag at 6 p.m. General admission gates will open at 4 p.m.
On Saturday, May 28, NASCAR Saturday teams will have the week off for the Memorial Day Thrill Show, and will return to action on Saturday, June 5.
For more information on Seekonk Speedway including to purchase tickets and learn more about the 2022 track schedule, visit SeekonkSpeedway.com and follow the track on social media for the latest updates.
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