Seekonk Speedway is pleased to announce that Race Director and former track champion Len Ellis has been honored by NASCAR and Advance Auto Parts for winning a special award. Ellis has been nominated one of the Advance Auto Parts Home Track Heroes for his efforts in short-track racing at Seekonk Speedway.
As part of winning the award, Len’s name will be featured on Ryan Blaney’s No. 12 Ford Mustang in the NASCAR Cup Series event at Texas Motor Speedway in September. Len will also receive a special Advance Auto Parts branded gift bag in the coming weeks.
“This is a major honor for someone who really does deserve it,” David Alburn, General Manager at Seekonk Speedway, said. “Len embodies all of the characteristics you want in someone involved at the track. His dedication to racing for all of these years in many different areas is incredible and we’re happy to have him part of the Seekonk Speedway family.”
As a Wall of Fame member at Seekonk, Len started winning races in the 1970s and has been a major part of the Seekonk Speedway community for many years. Len is the current Race Director for the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series divisions and the Seekonk Youth Racing Bandoleros.
Ellis won two championships as a driver in Seekonk’s Pro Stock division. After driving, Ellis became a winning car owner, then started helping youth through his son, Tommy. Tommy eventually worked his way up and was the champion car chief of NASCAR Cup Series driver Joey Logano in 2022.
Ellis returned to the track an an official in 2015. He began working with Seekonk’s youth (ages 8-16), teaching them the ropes of racing. He serves as their mentor and assists them with learning the track, cars and race craft. He also assists in teaching sportsmanship and how to be a positive member of the community. Often, Seekonk’s youth racers make their mark in the Friday divisions & end up racing on NASCAR Saturdays and on touring series, regionally and nationally. The impact Len Ellis has on our future NASCAR stars at is immeasurable.
Ellis is one of the most genuine people in the pit area - always looking for ways to help the competitors & see the track thrive. He’s often found attending driver fundraisers in the offseason, assisting with setup advice on cars and chatting with everyone at the track before and after the races. He enjoys the aspects of short-track racing Seekonk Speedway has to offer.
Len Ellis is Seekonk Speedway’s home track hero. From driver to official, to mentor, to friend, Ellis is a true Seekonk Speedway community member, and the track would not be where it is today without him.
Seekonk Speedway congratulates Len for this great award and we look forward to having him around the track for many years to come!
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