LEGEND CARS, SPORT 4 & SPORT TRUCK TRIPLE CROWNS HEADLINE BUSY WEEKEND AT SEEKONK SPEEDWAY, JUNE 10-11
By Souza Media
SEEKONK, Mass. -- The Action Track of the East will roar back to life this Friday and Saturday, June 10 and 11, with two nights of racing in Massachusetts. On Fast Friday, the Everett’s Auto Parts Sport 4’s and Nick’s Pit Stop Legends Cars will both take center stage, with round one of their Everett’s Triple Crown, while on NASCAR Saturday, the Chaz Auto Body Sport Trucks will move into their second round of the Everett’s Triple Crown. On top of that, a full card of racing on both nights includes five total divisions on Friday and four more on Saturday.
Tickets for both nights, and all Seekonk Speedway 2022 events, are available now by visiting SeekonkSpeedway.com.
In the Nick’s Pit Stop Legends Cars, the battle of the top of the division has been going through three drivers to open the year: Brendon Hammann, Devin Deshaies and Reese Bogue. The three of them have finished inside the top-three in both races so far, with Hammann and Deshaies visiting Victory Lane as the winner. Will Bogue be able to capture the gold in the extra-distance 30-lap event this Friday? Or will someone like Mason Tessier, Brenden LaBelle, Richie Helger Jr, Ty LeClerc or someone else hold the crown?
Crystal Murray has dominated the opening stages of the Everett’s Auto Parts Sport 4 season, capturing two victories behind the wheel of her No. 38 in the first two events. Will she be able to make it three-for-three on Friday? She’s going to have quite the group of challengers trying to stop her. Names like Karlin Levesque, Henry Lavallee and Tyler Duhancik are off to hot starts, along with Jarrod Freitas, who has been impressive in the first few weeks. Rumors are swirling that former division champions Mikey LeFort and AJ Manuel may also rocket to the track on Friday to compete in the first round of the Everett’s Triple Crown Series, set for 30 laps.
The Helger’s South Coast Power Equipment Pure Stocks are also off to a hot start -with Greg Perry and Billy Chouinard opening the year with feature wins. Jeremy Lambert has been strong and come up just short, and Friday’s 25-lap feature could be the time for him to hold the flag. Look out for Danny Massa, Mike Rotondo, Timmy Ouellette, Ethan Souza and others to be contenders this Friday night.
Both of the Seekonk Grand Prix Bandolero divisions have seen clean racing in their first two races of the year in the Seekonk Youth Racing Association. Darren Krantz Jr., the defending champion of the Bandolero Bandits, has two wins in two weeks, while Milania Shilosky, Ryan Vanasse Jr., and Collin Vanasse haven’t been far behind in that class. In the Bandolero Outlaws, Chase Silvia has also pocketed two wins, while Andrew Gomes and Bradley Strickland have been close behind. Look out for Brent Robidoux to potentially turn his season around this week in the Outlaws with a strong run.
NASCAR Saturday’s Chaz Auto Body Sport Truck 35-lap race, the second of three in the Everett’s Triple Crown, will help set the Final Four field for the Triple Crown finale in August. Entering the night, Barry Shaw Jr. is the only driver locked into the finale of the Triple Crown, coming off a victory in the first round. The Triple Crown standings see Rick Martin, Mike Duarte and Mike Cavallaro in position to join him in the finals, but names like Brittany Campbell, Jake Vanada and Lenny Guy aren’t going to give it up. Amy Arsenault, Tom Scully III and Daryl Church may need a win to get into the final round, but all three are capable. Whichever driver wins on Saturday will join Shaw in the final round, while the other two spots will be filled with the competitors who earn the most combined points in the two Triple Crown events.
Four races and four winners so far in the Late Models, with Jacob “Rowdy” Burns becoming the latest to get the job done last Saturday. Seven-time division champion Gerry DeGasparre Jr. leads Vinnie Arrenegado, Burns and Richie Murray in the early championship standings, as the top five cars are separated by just 13 points after four weeks. With eight drivers entering the first round of the playoffs later in the year, Ryan Flood holds a 23-point lead on ninth-place Reese Bogue in that battle right now, and seems to be pulling away.
Through four Helger’s South Coast Power Equipment Sportsman races, the Purple Passion has been the car out front. Craig Pianka has put together a mix of luck and extreme speed to win three of four events, while defending champion Chad Baxter, who had an unbelievable year in 2021, hasn’t won yet. Steve Axon has been close multiple times, and so has former Fast Friday Pure Stock champion Doug Benoit. Look for those drivers to attempt to defeat Ed Perry, who's had arguably some of the top speed of the year, in their 25-lap feature on Saturday night.
And in the Pro Stocks, Mike Brightman has two of three wins in his pocket, rocketing to the front early and holding off eight-time champion Dave Darling to accomplish the winning task last week in the 60-lap feature. This week, Brightman may be going to start towards the rear, but look out for the former Late Model champion. Can Dave Darling win his first race of the year? Will Rick Martin accomplish Seekonk career win number 102? Will Tom Scully Jr., Ryan Lineham, Ryan Vanasse or Bobby Pelland get back to Victory Lane? Those names and more will all be searching for the gold in their 40-lap race this weekend.
Friday racing begins at 7 p.m., while NASCAR Saturday competition takes the green flag at 6 p.m.
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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