SEEKONK, Mass. — Column by Race Chaser Online New England Correspondent Kyle Souza — Seekonk Speedway photo —
The Seekonk Speedway (Mass.) has already started releasing some pieces of their 2016 racing schedule and some of those pieces have been pleasantly surprising.
A return appearance by the American Canadian Tour (ACT) to Seekonk for the first time since 2007 will occur on Saturday, July 16, showcasing some of the top Seekonk drivers up against some of the top Late Model competitors across the Northeast.
The ACT Tour has not been at Seekonk in 2007, but we have seen before that the Seekonk regulars can tear it up with the “big boys.” In 2007, Kevin Casper ran inside the top ten for much of the 100 lap feature in his Phil’s Propane ride and in 2006, Ryan Vanasse finished inside the top five behind the wheel of his Team V Racing machine.
It should be no secret that the Late Model division at Seekonk was dominated by Dylan Estrella last season — but his challengers were not too shabby either. Defending champion Bobby Pelland III was always right there and collected a few wins, while Vinny Arrenegado put his name on the map in the class as well — scoring two 50-lap feature wins, including the season ending D.A.V. Fall Classic, the biggest race of the season for the division.
And how can it be forgotten that Gerry DeGaspere Jr. is a former seven-time track champion in the division? Even though his last two seasons have not been up to par for his standards, things could drastically change going into next year.
The point is: all of these drivers, plus many others, will have a chance to run in the front and possibly take the hardware to the hometown garage on that Saturday evening in August.
Not only will the ACT Tour gang be in town, but there will be a U.S. Pro Stock National Championship race on Tuesday, July 12, which will also showcase a battle of Seekonk regulars against invading stars. It’s been seen in the past few years at the D.A.V. Fall Classic that the regulars are not too shabby when it comes to extra distance.
David Darling put on a show at the 2015 edition of the 100 lap affair and held off names including Mike Rowe and Derek Ramstrom, two invading PASS North stars, to score the win.
However, we have also seen in the past decade that when PASS stars appear, they are pretty close to right on the money with setup.
Think about it…
We will have Belsito, Darling, Astle, Houlihan, Lineham, Casper and more of the top Seekonk weekly drivers tearing it up with Rowe, Ramstrom, Shaw and some more top drivers on a touring series that has some top notch equipment.
Man, now that is going to be something to watch.
So thank you, Seekonk Speedway. Thank you for providing race fans with some extremely intense racing over the past couple of seasons and thank you for creating some magic going into 2016 that already has everyone looking forward to April.
Oh yeah… and there’s more….
Buckle up race fans….
An announcement that will be coming from the track during the next week could create more excitement than all of these combined.
But why spoil the surprise? You’ll just have to wait and see what’s coming out of the “Action Track of the East!”
For more information, visit www.seekonkspeedway.com.
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About the Writer
Kyle Souza is an aspiring Journalism major at the Roger Williams University in Bristol, R.I. Souza is Race Chaser Online’s New England motorsports insider, covering everything from the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour to the NASCAR Whelen All American Series and the PASS North Super Late Models.
When not writing, Souza works at the Seekonk Speedway as the track’s Friday night public address announcer and press writer, and is also the Media Director for the Tri Track Open Modified Series, managed by Dick Williams and the ‘Long Island Mod Maniac,’ James Schaefer.
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