SEEKONK, Mass. -- Get ready for a Saturday night showdown at Seekonk Speedway.
For the first of two times in 2022, the Pro All Star Series (PASS) Pro Stocks will invade the third-mile this Saturday, June 25, with a 150-lap race, worth $3,500 to win. The race will pin Seekonk Speedway track regulars — who will have this week off — against the likes of former PASS champions and some of the best in touring series racing from around New England. The race will serve as a tune-up for the upcoming $10,000 to win Bay State Classic at Seekonk on Wednesday, July 27, which is also a PASS race.
On the PASS front, Eddie MacDonald leads the championship standings over DJ Shaw, Joey Pole and Ryan Kuhn through the opening portion of their season, and all four contenders are expected to compete Saturday. If past history says anything, all four of them could pick up the checkered flag. Many of them are former Seekonk winners, and Kuhn, a former track Late Model champion, certainly knows his way around the third-mile.
Kuhn is one of at least 10 former Seekonk Speedway champions entered to race Saturday. He’s joined by eight-time Pro Stock champion Dave Darling, who is the current Pro Stock points leader as part of NASCAR Saturday, chasing a record ninth title in 2022. Darling leads Mike Brightman by three points in his quest for the Seekonk title, but will look to fend-off the best of PASS this weekend. Former two-time track Late Model champion Dylan Estrella will also make his first appearance of the season in the field, driving the Everett’s Auto Parts No. 46. Estrella has been touring this season and the hometown experience may help him get to the front of the field at his home track.
Tom Scully Jr., coming off the most emotional win of his career last week, is also entered for the 150-lap event. Scully is a former PASS winner at Seekonk and has proven he can defend the home turf. Angelo Belsito, a former Seekonk Pro Stock champion himself, is coming off a PASS podium at Seekonk last October. Look out for names like Jake Johnson — a former two-time Seekonk Legends Cars champion and current NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour regular — Jake Matheson, Kevin Casper and Bobby Pelland will also be in the field. Matheson is a former Seekonk Legends Cars champion, while Casper (Sport Trucks) and Pelland (Late Models) also have track titles in their history of accolades.
On the PASS front, names like Johnny Clark, who won the $10,000 Bay State Classic and Haunted Hundred at Seekonk last year, will have to fight-off Ben Rowe, Brian Whalley, Wayne Helliwell Jr and others. Defending Seekonk Late Model champion Vinnie Arrenegado will also make his Pro Stock debut in the PASS race, stepping up and competing in double-duty with a total of almost 200 laps planned.
“It should be an action-packed race,” Ed St. Germain, Director of Business Development at Seekonk Speedway, said. “PASS, the top Pro Stock touring series in the Northeast, continues to showcase some of the best racing in the country, and here at Seekonk, we have a strong contingent of drivers ready to battle them for the gold."
Saturday night racing will also include the second round of the Everett’s Auto Parts Triple Crown Series for the Late Models, 45 laps, a 25-lap feature for the Helger’s South Coast Power Equipment Sportsman and 25 laps for the Chaz Auto Body Sport Trucks. The order for the night will run with the Late Models first, followed by the Sportsman, PASS Pro Stocks and Sport Trucks as part of a full night of action. Tickets for NASCAR Saturday are available today at SeekonkSpeedway.com and are just $25 for adults to watch this special event. All pit passes can also be purchased in advance online.
For more information on the Pro All Star Series, visit ProAllStarSeries.com. For more information on Seekonk Speedway, including tickets for all 2022 events, visit SeekonkSpeedway.com and follow the track on Facebook for the latest updates and news.
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