By Souza Media
SEEKONK, Mass. -- Everett’s Auto Parts Triple Crown Series events and the first of two visits by the Pro All Star Series (PASS) Pro Stocks will headline a full card of racing this weekend at Seekonk Speedway, June 24 and 25. Both Fast Friday and NASCAR Saturday will be back on the track — with eight of Seekonk’s weekly divisions — excluding the Pro Stocks — set to battle in qualifying and feature racing.
On Fast Friday, the Everett’s Auto Parts Triple Crown Series hits round two for the Seekonk Grand Prix Bandolero Bandits and Outlaws and the Helger’s South Coast Power Equipment Pure Stocks. They will be joined by the Everett’s Auto Parts Sport 4’s and Nick’s Pit Stop Legends Cars on Friday. On Saturday, NASCAR divisions hit the track, including round two of the Everett’s Triple Crown for the Late Models, set for 45 laps, and the Helger’s South Coast Power Equipment Sportsman and Chaz Auto Body Sport Trucks. The 150-lap PASS Pro Stock special will pin invading contenders against the Seekonk Speedway weekly competitors for a special event.
Saturday’s PASS feature will mix names like Dave Darling, Tom Scully Jr., Bobby Pelland and others against the likes of Johnny Clark, Ben Rowe, Joey Pole, Angelo Belsito and others. PASS will also be back at Seekonk Speedway for a $10,000 to win mid-week event at the end of July as part of the Bay State Classic -meaning this event will be a major test and tune for some of the competitors. Through the early portion of the PASS season, Eddie MacDonald and DJ Shaw lead the championship standings, while Pole and Ryan Kuhn are close behind. As of publication of this story, there are at least 10 former Seekonk Speedway champions scheduled to compete in the race — including Kuhn, Darling, Scully, Dylan Estrella, Belsito, Jake Johnson, Vinnie Arrenegado, Jake Matheson, Kevin Casper, Pelland and more. Fans will not want to miss this extra-distance event as the headliner of Saturday.
The Everett’s Auto Parts Triple Series second round for the Late Models, set for 45 laps, may end up with the first two-time winner of the season for the competition division. Through six races, six different drivers have been to victory lane — including Richie Murray, Gerry DeGasparre Jr., Jacob “Rowdy” Burns, Vinnie Arrenegado, Chase Belcher and Paul Lallier. In round one of the Triple Crown Series back on May 21, Arrenegado went to the winner’s circle, locking himself into the Triple Crown finals for August. Look for one of these six drivers to win Saturday — but don’t count out Jeramme Lillie, Ryan Flood, Mark Jenison and Josh Hedges from making their own run to the front.
Last week, with his championship car back on the track for the first time in 2022, Chad Baxter ran away with the Helger’s South Coast Power Equipment Sportsman race win in their second round of the Everett’s Triple Crown. This week, Baxter will have to come from the back of the pack in the stout field — racing against names like Craig Pianka, Ed Perry, Doug Benoit and Steve Axon with hopes of getting to Victory Lane. Benoit and Tyler Almeida have been two of the early-season surprises in the Sportsman, both looking for their first career wins.
For the first time this year on Saturday, a lineup shake-up will see the Late Models run the first feature, followed by the Helger’s South Coast Power Equipment Sportsman, PASS and the Chaz Auto Body Sport Trucks, who will wrap the night with their 25-lap feature. Through six weeks, former track champion Mike Cavallaro holds a small three point lead over recent winner Barry Shaw, who became just the second driver to grab two wins last week. Brittany Campbell, Rick Martin and Mike Duarte finish the top-five in the current point standings. Campbell, Jake Vanada and Amy Arsenault are the only three drivers who have run consistently at the front of the field and not been to Victory Lane so far this season.
Friday’s second round of the Everett’s Auto Parts Triple Crown for the Pure Stocks could see Danny Massa celebrate in Victory Lane for the first time in 2022. It’s clear Massa has the speed to get the job done under the hood of the No. 41, just hasn’t quite been able to get there in the first four weeks. Defending and two-time champion Greg Perry may have two wins, but it’s Jeremy Lambert and Massa leading the standings over Jordan Threlfall. The top-five in the current Pure Stock points standings only has one winner inside it --
Lambert — who went to Victory Lane two weeks ago.
Both Seekonk Grand Prix Bandolero divisions are chasing one dominant force. In the Bandits, it’s Darren Krantz Jr., who won the first three races, and finished second last week, who is off to an impressive start. Behind him, Milania Shiloskly, last weeks winner, isn’t far behind, along with Ryan Vanasse Jr. Those three drivers have been on the podium at the end of three of the four races together, with Vanasse being the only of the three to finish off the podium, once, in week one. In the Bandolero Outlaw division, Chase Silvia has three victories in four weeks, while Brent Robdioux was able to sneak one out in week three. Look for Andrew Gomes, Joey LeMay and Bradley Strickland to be major contenders to get their first checkered flag of the season this week.
The Everett’s Auto Parts Sport 4 division seems to run through Crystal Murray. She has two victories on the season, but podium finishes in every single race so far. Henry Lavallee may be in contention for his first win of the season in their 25-lap feature on Friday, after multiple weeks in a row of finishing on the podium. Karlin Levesque is coming off his first win of the season, but will be challenged by Tyler Duhancik, Jarrod Freitas and Taylor Bowser, who are seeking their own checkered flag.
Devin Deshaies and Brendon Hammann have split the first four races of the Nick’s Pit Stop Legends Cars season, but names like Reese Bogue, Brendan LaBelle, Isaiah Newcomb, Mason Tessier and others haven’t been far behind. Look for Josh Parsons and Rookie of the Year contender Richie Helger Jr. to try and turn their seasons around this week and get to the front of the field.
Fast Friday grandstand admission opens at 5:30PM, while racing begins at 7PM. On NASCAR Saturday, grandstands open at 4PM and racing will take the green flag at 6PM.
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 host 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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