SEEKONK, Mass. – Seekonk Speedway is pleased to announce that Chaz Auto Body Sport Truck NASCAR Saturday driver Amy Arsenault has been selected to be part of the Busch Light Accelerate Her program for the 2023 racing season. As part of the program, Woman in Motorsports North America is teaming with Busch Light to support females who are chasing a career in NASCAR, including short-track racing. The group has combined to form a points system that will be used during the season to calculate and reward females with the largest sums of points at the end of the year with monetary awards.
Last year, Busch Light committed to spending $10 million over 2022, 2023 and 2024 to elevate women in the sport. Their main objectives, per their press release: “to provide more funding, track time, media exposure, and training to prospective female NASCAR racers aged 21 or older.”
Arsenault fits the brand perfectly – right here at your local NASCAR Home Track. As part of the NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Racing Series in the Division IV Sport Trucks, Arsenault has been to Victory Lane multiple times driving the No. 9, and advanced into the round of six last year in the inaugural Sunoco Drive For The Cup championship battle. For 2023, she’s looking forward to returning to the track to compete for wins at a high level. Being selected to the Woman in Motorsports Busch Light Accelerate Her program only gives her additional drive and confidence behind the wheel.
“I got a random call in January asking me a bunch of questions and I figured I was too old for the program and forgot about it,” Arsenault said. “In February, I got another call, followed by a request for stats and then by March I received the email and a contract welcoming me to the program. I was pretty shocked and emotional and the first thing I did was cry and then text and call my family. These are the people that have supported me for the last 18 years that I have been racing and most importantly, the people that have encouraged me in the last year to keep dreaming big.”
Arsenault’s history at Seekonk Speedway has deep roots, as she began her racing in the Fast Friday Pure Stock division. Her father, Robert “Sparky” Arsenault is a multiple-time Sportsman champion at Seekonk Speedway. Amy has been racing in the Sport Trucks for multiple seasons. She’s joined in that division by Brittany Campbell, another successful feature winner. Seekonk Speedway has multiple female champions in track history.
The points system for the 2023 season, created by the Woman in Motorsports North America, rewards women drivers based on their merit and race results during the year. The system includes factors like race length, size of the fields, level of competition and cost of competing in their class. Amy will begin accumulating points during NASCAR Opening Day at Seekonk Speedway on Sunday, May 7, through September 30 on championship night. The top three finishers in the series will be rewarded with $125,000, $50,000 and $25,000, respectively.
“It’s a huge deal,” Arsenault said. “I would have never dreamed of being considered, never mind being sought out and contracted. Racing has always just been something fun that I could do with my dad – so the thought of it coming this far is cool. My dad and brother were always successful at racing and I have consistently been trying to keep up. I am excited for the chance to get some exposure for Seekonk Speedway, bring awareness to female racers and for the chance to earn the funds to part towards my racing. I am also hoping that this exposure may help bring some new sponsors on board to help fund the season.”
The Chaz Auto Body Sport Trucks will join the Pro Stocks, Late Models and Helger’s South Coast Power Equipment Sportsman for Seekonk’s 77th opening day on Sunday, May 7. The entire month of May includes action-packed racing on every weekend – including the annual Car Show & Go on Saturday, May 6, one day before NASCAR Opening Day. Two NASCAR Saturday showdowns on May 13 & 20, Fast Friday opening night on May 26 and the Memorial Day Thrill Show on May 27 will wrap a full month to open the year.
New for 2023, Seekonk Speedway fans should be aware that hot coffee will no longer be sold at the concession stands. With the new ticketing system, where fans can buy tickets for all events online at SeekonkSpeedway.com, tickets are cheaper online and there will be a limited number of ticketing agents at the gates on race day. Ticket prices for general admission for NASCAR Saturday normal events are $18 (unless a special event), but online are $15 plus processing fees. Fans who purchase tickets online will have access to the grandstands 30 minutes before those who purchase at the track and will also pay less.
Fans can purchase tickets for all May events and all races at the Seekonk Speedway in 2023 by visiting SeekonkSpeedway.com. For more information on the track, fans are encouraged to visit SeekonkSpeedway.com and follow the track on social media for the latest updates.
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