SEEKONK, Mass. — In all the years of the Boston Louie Memorial NEMA Midget racing Classic, there has never been a list of talent assembled like the one that will visit Seekonk Speedway this Saturday night, July 15. As the NEMA Midgets and NEMA Lites invade Seekonk for the Boston Louie Memorial events, they join a full night of racing that also includes the Senior Tour Antique Racers and Seekonk’s Pro Stocks and Late Models, both in extra-distance races. All the action begins at 6 p.m.
The NEMA fields are stacked with talent. Leading the list is former NASCAR star Ken Schrader, who will be fresh off the Superstar Racing Experience (SRX) event at Stafford Speedway on Thursday. Schrader has been to Seekonk before, many times, but will be driving the Seymour Racing No. 29 that Jake Trainor drove to Victory Lane during the Open Wheel Wednesday events a few weeks ago. NASCAR Hall of Famer Rusty Wallace and current NASCAR Cup Series driver Ryan Preece are just a few of the drivers who have chimed in to share their good luck wishes to Ken as he visits the third-mile.
“I heard from Bentley Warren and Bob Seymour and they tell me you’re running the Boston Louie race up at Seekonk,” Rusty Wallace said. “That 29 is bad fast and you’re a talented guy and I know you can do it. I’m wishing you all the luck in the world. Go up there and get them buddy.”
“Heard you’re running the Boston Louie,” Preece said. “I know the car you’re driving has been pretty fast this year and I know you’re quite the wheelman. I expect you to go out there and win it.”
On top of Schrader, names like Sammy Swindell and Kody Swanson will also be making the trip to Seekonk. Swindell, a three-time World of Outlaws champion and five-time Chili Bowl Nationals champion, has been to Seekonk before. Swanson, a seven-time USAC Silver Crown Series champion and three-time Little 500 winner in Indianapolis, knows how to get the job done in big races.
Jake Trainor is coming back to Seekonk just a few weeks after winning the NEMA Lite race at Open Wheel Wednesday looking to grab another win. Hot with his Little 500 win in May during Memorial Day weekend against the top Midget talent in the country, Trainor seems to have picked up on Seekonk quickly.
And that’s not all. Oswego Speedway 350 Supermodified champion Chase Locke, at just 17-years-old, will be there Saturday. Former champion Todd Bertrand, who is focusing on the NEMA Lites this year, will also run. PJ Stergios, a successful Midget driver, is going for his Boston Louie NEMA Lite win number five.
Alby Ovitt, a winner in many different cars, is the current points leader in the NEMA Lites and will compete. The USAC Midget guests invading Seekonk will be led by all-time winner Chris Lamb.
Coming off a win at Waterford Speedbowl, current NEMA points leader and former champion Randy Cabral looks to add another Seekonk win to his credit. NEMA Midget former champion Avery Stoehr is looking to repeat his Boston Louie win last year. And three-time NEMA champion John Zych will be going for his second Boston Louie flag.
These names are just some of the top contenders planning to compete in the special events, with more invading the track. The NEMA Lite race will be 50 laps, with the NEMA Midgets race set for 29 laps.
Tickets for Saturday’s Boston Louie night at Seekonk are $15 for adults in advance online at SeekonkSpeedway.com or $18 at the gate on race day. The event also includes the Pro Stocks for the Scully Memorial 55-lap race, the second round of the Everett’s Auto Parts Triple Crown Series for the Late Models and the Senior Tour Antique Racing division. Action begins at 6 p.m. with the first green flag!
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