As part of the 2022 NASCAR Saturday season at Seekonk Speedway, the third-mile track is proud to offer an increased purse structure for all four divisions and a point fund at the end of the season. Between the four divisions, weekly purses rise over $15,000 distributed each Saturday night for a full field of cars, with increases across all four divisions by at least five percent — most times more -- compared to last year.
In the middle of a difficult time in racing economics — including increased tire and fuel costs — along with the increases in daily life costs — Seekonk Speedway is happy to assist teams by increasing the purse to help bring them to the track each week to showcase some of the best racing in New England to race fans.
“We know these are trying times for our race teams and we want to support those drivers and teams who are dedicated to racing at Seekonk Speedway,” David Alburn, Competition Director at Seekonk Speedway, said. “Our race teams are some of the most committed in the entire country and they put on a great show for our dedicated race fans each Saturday night. We are happy to produce purse increases for the season and also excited to pay a point fund at the end of the weekly grind that rewards those who race weekly.”
With the $15,000 number spread across all over divisions, the money throughout the field is some of the best in the 76-year history of Seekonk Speedway. In the Pro Stocks, the purse increased by just over five percent compared to last year on a weekly basis. In the Late Models, the total purse is up over $1,500, while in the Sportsman and Sport Trucks, the total is up over $1,000.
Seekonk Speedway is also excited to welcome $30,000 in point fund payouts into the 2022 season, spread across all four NASCAR divisions. Between payouts from Seekonk and NASCAR directly — the Pro Stock point fund for top-10 finishers will be nearly $15,000. In the Late Models, the point fund is just over $7,000, while the Sportsman and Sport Trucks will see point fund payouts of just over $4,000.
The Pro Stock champion will go home with $5,000, while the Late Model crown-holder will go home with $2,500. The Sportsman champion will collect $1,100 and the Sport Truck champion a smooth $1,000. Don’t forget that Seekonk Speedway is also introducing a new playoff format, the Drive 4 The Cup presented by Sunoco Race Fuels, which will keep drivers engaged throughout the year and fans will not know the champion right until the final laps of the final race of the season.
Full information on purses, and the point fund, is also available online at SeekonkSpeedway.com under the “racing stuff” tab on the all-new website for 2022.
Already set as one of the top weekly Division I purses in New England, a 40-lap Pro Stock feature pays $1,500 to win, $1,000 for second and $800 for third. The total purse throughout the field rises over $8,000. For a race in the Everett’s Auto Parts Triple Crown Series, the total rises over $10,300, and the winner will collect $1,750, while second is $1,200 and third is $900. In the American Racer 75-lap race in August, a $2,000 winning prize will be on the line. Over the course of the entire season, the increased purse for the Pro Stock division includes over $7,000 more in prizes.
The Division II Late Models also have seen an increase for the 2022 season. For a 30-lap feature, the $800 winning prize is set with $500 for second, and $450 for third. The total purse for a 30-lap weekly race is over $5,000. For the 45-lap Everett’s Auto Parts Triple Crown events, the winner will collect $1,000, while second is $700 and third is $600. For the Triple Crown events, the total purse will be over $6,700.
The Helger’s South Coast Power Equipment Sportsman will see a regular 25-lap race pay $375 to win, the highest figure for a weekly show at Seekonk for the Division III class in many years. Second-place pays $250, while third is $200. For a 25-lap race, the total purse is over $1,500. For the Everett’s Triple Crown races, set for 35 laps, the winner will collect $500, while second is $350 and third is $275. The total Triple Crown purse is over $3,400 for the division.
In the Chaz Auto Body Sport Trucks, the division also sees the highest payout compared to recent years in 2022. A weekly, 25-lap race will pay over $2,500 throughout the field, including $350 to win, $250 for second and $200 for third. In the Everett’s Auto Parts Triple Crown Series races, set for 35 laps, the division pays $500 to win, $350 for second and $275 for third, as part of a total purse that rises over $3,400.
On top of NASCAR Saturday, Seekonk will also welcome the Nick Lascuola Racing Summer Showdown for the INEX Legends on Wednesday, July 27 as part of the Bay State Classic, worth $1,000 to win. The Legends Cars will battle alongside the $10,000 to win Pro All Star Series Pro Stock race, with a total top-10 purse of over $2,500 on the line. Second-place will pay $500, third $300, and more throughout the field.
For Thrill Shows, the Powder Puff races pay $150 to win, $100 for second and $75 for third. In the Figure 8 division, races are $200 to win, $150 for second, and $100 for third. In the Troy City Tactical Spectator Drags, races are $200 to win, $150 for second and $100 for third.
“We’re excited to welcome these increased purses into the realm for 2022 and happy to see the commitment from our weekly racing teams,” Ed St. Germain, Director of Business Development at Seekonk Speedway, said. “Our race teams work hard to get to the track each week and we’re happy to reward them for their commitment to Seekonk Speedway, a family-owned and operated business since inception in 1946."
Seekonk Speedway racing returns on Saturday, May 21, for another night of NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Racing Series action including the Pro Stocks, Late Models, Helger’s South Coast Power Equipment Sportsman and Chaz Auto Body Sport Trucks. The Late Models will hit the track for 45 laps in round one of the Everett’s Auto Parts Triple Crown Series.
For more information on all Seekonk Speedway events and to purchase tickets in advance for NASCAR Saturday, Fast Friday and Thrill Show races, visit SeekonkSpeedway.com. Follow the track on social media for the latest updates, including on race day.
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