SEEKONK, Mass. — Story by Race Chaser Online New England Correspondent Kyle Souza — Seekonk Speedway photo —
Based on the current weather, it is hard to believe race cars will be on the track in one short month in New England.
The Seekonk Speedway is gearing up for a historic 70th season and the event schedule is jam packed with action right from the start.
The Speedway will return to weekly NASCAR All American Series racing, under the NASCAR banner. The Pro Stocks will be titled as the Division I class, the Late Models as the Division II class, the Street Stocks as the Division III and the Sports Trucks as the Division IV.
“We are so very excited to be back under the NASCAR banner,” said Seekonk Marketing Director Taylor Therrien. “A lot has changed in both the NWAAS and at the track since the last time we were NASCAR sanctioned. Again, it was a perfect timing and great opportunity for the track. We’ve been super busy, but we’re loving every second.”
Friday nights will be headlined by the Nick’s Pit Stop Legend Cars as the premier division each week. Nick Lascoula dominated the 2014 season, but has moved on to the Pro Stocks for the upcoming season, opening the door for a new driver to carry the championship crown.
Legends will be joined by the Pure Stock, Sport 4 and SYRA 600 and 750 classes each and every week for a low cost of $7 at the front gate for fans in attendance. As always, children 12 years and under are free.
The Fast Friday series will NOT be affected by the new NASCAR announcement.
NASCAR Super Saturday action each week will be headlined by the Pro Stocks, who come back as the premier division for another season. The Late Models, Street Stocks and Sport Trucks will also be in action during the 2014 season on Saturday’s.
Each division except the Late Models (who will run every week), has their respective nights off during the season when a touring series comes into town. Fans can see Saturday night action for just $14 entry at the front gate, with children 12 years and under free.
As always, the track will be occasionally joined by a touring series to spice up the action:
Touring Series Schedule 2015:
- North East Street Stock Tour: Saturday, May 30
- Valenti Modified Racing Series: Saturday, June 6
- STAR Antique Racers: Saturday, July 11
- North East Mini Stock Tour: Saturday, Aug. 15
“Racing is a support sport. You need support from everyone in the community to help our sport grow and make people excited,” Therrien said.
The first points race in the history of the North East Street Stock Tour will be held at Seekonk on May 30. The track is clearly estatic about the chance to hold this event.
“This opportunity happened to come up at the right time for both the NESST and Seekonk Speedway,” Therrien said. “We try to focus and grow not only our own divisions but the sport in general. Being able to host the first inaugural points race for any new tour is a big deal. $750 to win for a Street Stock division is also a big deal. Overall it’s going to be fun and a historical event for a historical year for Seekonk.”
Along with the weekly racing and touring divisions, many special night’s have been planned for fans that are in attendance this season:
Special Fan Event Night’s 2015:
- Little League Baseball Night/All Military Members Free Admission: Saturday, May 16
- 2015 WPRO Wall of Fame Inductions: Saturday, May 30
- Pit Party/AAA Night: Saturday, June 13
- Xpress Sweeping Night: Saturday, June 20
- Shriners Night: Saturday, June 27
- Sysco Boston Night: Saturday, July 18
- Phil’s Propane Night : Saturday, August 8
- Robertson’s Auto Parts Night: Saturday, August 22
“Special event nights, or sponsor nights, give us and the businesses or organizations that we work with the opportunity to interact directly with the racing community,” Therrien said. “It gives these businesses time to showcase their appreciation for the sport where it matters; at the track. Those businesses support our track and our sport so providing them with a featured night at the Speedway is our way of thanking them.”
For the third straight season, the track has also joined forced with Phil’s Propane in Tiverton, Rhode Island to create the Phil’s Propane Triple Crown Series. This year, the championship crown for the racing in the series will be decided in an elimination format, very similar to what NASCAR has adapted.
The schedule for the Triple Crown Series:
- Pro Stocks (June 20, July 18, August 8)
- Late Models (June 13, July 11, August 29)
- Street Stocks (June 6, July 25, August 22)
- Sports Trucks (May 30, June 27, August 1)
- Pure Stocks (June 19, July 24, August 21)
- Nick’s Pit Stop Legends (June 12, July 17, August 14)
- Sport 4 (June 5, July 10, August 7)
- SYRA Divisions (June 26, July 31, August 28)
The 11th annual Open Wheel Wednesday will take place on Wednesday night, July 1. The event fielded a large car count in 2014 and brings along a check of $10,000 ready to be awarded to the winner. It will also be the final leg of the Tri Track Open Modified Series.
Amongst other events, the season will close out with the annual D.A.V. Fall Classic on Saturday October 4.
For the second straight season, fans will be able to see some of the best Pro Stocks drivers in New England duel it out for a $5,000 prize to the winner. Last year, PASS North tour regular Derek Ramstrom took home the victory.
For more off-season information on the Seekonk Speedway, visit www.seekonkspeedway.com.