SEEKONK, Mass. — As the Seekonk Speedway continues to piece together the 2017 racing schedule, a new touring series has been added to the racing calendar for next season.
The Mr. Rooter New England Truck Series will make a stop at the third-mile oval on Saturday July 22, joining the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Pro Stocks, Late Models and Street Stocks in Saturday night action.
The truck series is based out of North Andover, Mass. and has run races in New York, Connecticut and New Hampshire in the past. This will be the first ever Massachusetts stop for the touring series, one that is growing in popularity.
In a 55 lap race around the ‘Action Track of the East’, the first 50 laps run will see caution laps counted. However, the final five circuits of the race will be only green flag laps. With a winner’s purse of $1,000 up for grabs, the series uses three practice sessions to set the field for racing. The fastest time out of the three warmups will be used to help set the lineups.
“I have been traveling to Seekonk Speedway for over 30 years with my family, there is no better place to take a family to see a race,” Marshall Hurley, the Competition Director of the NETS said. “No one could be happier to see our trucks racing at a track that has always been on my summer schedule as a fan.”
In 2016, the series ran nine races and had five different winners visit victory lane. Bert Ouellette scored the win at the Spring Sizzler at Stafford Motor Speedway to start the season, then went on and captured victories at New London-Waterford Speedbowl, Monadnock Speedway and a second win at Stafford in the Fall Final.
Other winners included Dan Turbush, Dave Koenig, Andy Lindeman and Gerald Giordano Jr. — who won the season finale at Bemer’s Big Show at New London-Waterford Speedbowl.
They also introduced a “chase” format that saw Andy Lindeman collect his seventh championship in the division.
They will continue with the same format for the 2017 season, with the final race of their season deciding the champion. Seekonk will play a crucial role in the championship fight since the race will be required of any driver who wishes to run for the championship.
“I truly enjoy tracks with a history,” Dave Koenig said. “Seekonk Speedway has a great history dating back to the 1940s. To race in of our events there is an honor.”
Seekonk is honored to bring in the series and hopes that it grows into a strong relationship for years to come.
“Seekonk Speedway looks forward to bringing this series to the track this summer,” Ed St. Germain of Seekonk Speedway said. “Their drivers always put on a great show and we know our fans will appreciate their tour. Marshall has been great to work with in getting things set up and we look forward to working with him for years to come. ”
CREDIT: Seekonk Speedway