SEEKONK, Mass. — Story by Race Chaser Online New England Correspondent Kyle Souza — Seekonk Speedway photo —
The long and storied history of the Seekonk Speedway is ready to rock and roll into in 2015. Track officials released the Speedway schedule to the public on Monday and multiple events will headline the track’s historic 70th season.
The 2015 racing season at Seekonk will open up in April beginning with three “Test and Tune” sessions on April 4, April 18 and May 2 in preparation for the upcoming season. The sessions give drivers from all around New England including the Seekonk weekly divisions and outside touring series a chance to test their setups and knock the offseason dust out of their rides before Opening Day.
The Opening Day Kickoff Classic will be held on Sunday afternoon May 3 beginning at 2 P.M. The four weekly Seekonk divisions will be on hand to open their season in front of a packed house. The Pro Stocks, Late Models, Street Stocks and Sports Truck will all compete in qualifying heats and feature events. The Pro Stocks return as the track’s premiere division for another season and will also have time trials as part of the opener.
Highlight events on the 2015 schedule include touring series visits from the North East Street Stock Tour (May 30), Valenti Modified Racing Series (June 6) and the North East Mini Stock Tour (August 15). The VMRS will return to Seekonk for the 11th consecutive season and the North East Mini Stock Tour will join the action for the third time in history. The Street Stock Tour will hit Seekonk for the first time ever. Local weekly Seekonk Street Stocks are expected to compete with the Street Stock Tour, while Seekonk Sports Trucks are expected to compete with the Mini Stocks.
Other touring series that will join the Speedway’s events in 2015 include the STAR Antique racers and the NEMA Midgets and NEMA Lights.
The month of July will mark the longest regular season Pro Stock feature in the last decade. A night sponsored by Everett’s Auto Parts will see the Pro Stocks compete in the Everett’s Auto Parts 100. Outsiders are expected to attend, with the winner receiving $3,000 for taking the checkered flag first.
The annual Open Wheel Wednesday show will return for the 11th season in a row with $10,000 up for grabs to the winner of the open modified 100-lap feature. The race will also be the third and final event as part of the Tri Track Open Modified Series for 2015.
The speedway will also continue the Phil’s Propane Triple Crown Series for a third straight season, with backing from Phil’s Propane in Tiverton, Rhode Island. The series will be an elimination-style format, much like the system NASCAR has adapted to in the past few seasons. Each division on both Friday and Saturday nights will have three extra distance races as part of the series.
For more information on offseason news at Seekonk Speedway, visit www.seekonkspeedway.com.
To view the complete 2015 Seekonk Speedway schedule, click here.