SEEKONK, Mass. — As one of the staple events on the Seekonk Speedway schedule each year, the Pro All Star Series is coming to town this Saturday night, July 29 for another running of the Bay State Classic. The $10,000 to win special event will pin some of Seekonk’s top NASCAR Advance Auto Parts regular Pro Stock drivers against some of the best in the Northeast region for 150 laps and a big prize on the line. The race moves from Wednesday in previous years to the headliner of a Saturday night card this time.
And it’s only one of nine divisions on track this weekend at the Action Track of the East.
PASS contenders like former Seekonk Late Model champion and defending PASS North champion Ryan Kuhn, multiple-time champion Johnny Clark, Gabe Brown, Max Cookson, Trevor Sanborn and DJ Shaw are ready to come to the track. They will be battling against Seekonk regulars and top names like eight-time track champion David Darling, former Late Model champion Vinnie Arrenegado, former Pro Stock champion Angelo Belsito, former Late Model champion and Pro Stock winner Bobby Pelland and more. The main event will conclude not only a full Saturday of racing, but a full weekend of racing as Fast Friday is also on the track on Friday night.
Fast Friday action includes the Seekonk Grand Prix Bandolero Bandits and Outlaws, the Sport 4’s, Helger’s Pure Stocks and the Nick’s Pit Stop Legends, all beginning at 7 p.m. The Saturday night card, on top of PASS, also includes three NASCAR classes - the Late Models, Helger’s Sportsman and Chaz Auto Body Sport Trucks.
As the Sunoco Drive For The Cup in September draws closer on both Friday and Saturday, drivers are looking to qualify for the playoffs for their shot at the championship.
NASCAR Saturday’s Sportsman class victory went to Adam Pettey last week, as he broke the steak of not winning to get the No. 57 to the top. He was chased to the line by Ryan Lineham and Steve Axon, two other names we have seen on the podium often in 2023. Will former champion Chad Baxter or defending champion Craig Pianka get the 25-lap win this week?
In the Late Models, Jacob “Rowdy” Burns found redemption last week, rocketing to the front and picking up the win in the No. 30. He was chased across by Vinnie Arrenegado and Luke LeBrun — two other season winners. As the battle for the Sunoco Drive For the Cup inches closer, the race for the final playoff spot in the Late Models is heating up even more. They will be back on track Saturday night for another 30-lap race.
In the Sport Trucks, Rick Martin may have won last weekend, but it was only his first of the year for the defending champion. Will winning one race open the flood gates to more? Or can Mike Cavallaro, Brittany Campbell, Jake Vanada or someone else win another on their 2023 season? Can someone break into Victory lane for the first time this year in their 25-lap feature? All answers are coming up on Saturday at 6PM.
Fast Friday’s racing has been hot since day one and the Bandolero divisions continue to impress Seekonk fans. Ryan Vanasse Jr. has five wins in seven races in the Outlaws, while the Bandit division has seen a handful of different winners, including Sam Macedo, Mike Hanafin, Parker Davis and Nick Uhrig Jr. Seekonk’s youth racing continues to thrive in this class.
The Sport 4 race last week went to Justin Leduc for the first time in his career. He’s going to try to make it back-to-back, but it won’t be easy with two-time winners Jarrod Freitas and Mikey LeFort, along with defending champion Crystal Murray, Richie Johnson, Henry Lavallee and others going for the checkered themselves in the 25-lap feature.
Round two of the Everett’s Auto Parts Triple Crown Series is on tap for the Nick’s Pit Stop Legends Cars, set for 30 laps. After Isaiah Newcomb won a rather clean and green feature last week, the race to the finish was for second with three different drivers. Is former Seekonk Bandolero champion Richie Helger Jr. heading for his first career win in the Legends this week after three straight top-five finishes? Can Burns get back to the top? Someone else?
The Helger’s Pure Stocks will also be back on track after Mike Henriques broke into Victory Lane last week to mark the fifth different winner so far this season.
Fast Friday tickets are $10 in advance online at SeekonkSpeedway.com, or $13 at the gate on race day. NASCAR Saturday PASS racing tickets are $25 in advance online or $28 on race day for adults, while children ages 6-12 are $12 in advance and kids five and under and parking are free.
Don’t miss racing on the final weekend in July as the month of August draws near at Seekonk Speedway.
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