SEEKONK, Mass. — Story by Race Chaser Online New England Correspondent Kyle Souza — Michael Ivins/Getty Images for NASCAR photo —
After Ron Silk scored the victory at New London-Waterford Speedbowl on May 14, the competitors of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour had some time off — but that time is up.
Friday, they return to action at Stafford Motor Speedway for the 26th annual TSI Harley-Davidson 125 around the 1/2 mile oval. The Valenti Modified Racing Series (VMRS) also returns to action this weekend — at Seekonk Speedway on Saturday.
Those are just two of the top races across New England for this coming weekend.
Now, look below, and see the rest in this weeks edition of “The Week Ahead” on Race Chaser Online….
NWMT Back On Track At Stafford
The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour hits the 1/2 mile Stafford Motor Speedway on Friday for their second event there in 2016. Back in April, Doug Coby drove his Dunleavy Truck and Trailer Repair No. 2 LFR Chassis modified into victory lane at the Spring Sizzler. He dominated that race — leaving everyone in the dust in the second half of the event and carrying the checkered flag easily.
It was one of the most dominant looking performances in a while on a competitive modified tour, but this weekend, expect his competition to step their game up. Speedbowl winner Ron Silk comes off his first victory with new team owner Danny Watts and will be chasing his second straight victory.
Many others like Bobby Santos, and Max Zachem, who finished a career-best second at Waterford and is third in the point standings, will also be in action chasing a win. Don’t forget about Timmy Solomito, who scored his first career win at the Thompson IceBreaker weekend in April, or Justin Bonsignore, who has started 2016 strong.
Joining the tour in action on Friday will be the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series divisions. The SK Modifieds, Late Models, Limited Late Models, SK Modifieds and DARE Stocks will all compete in feature racing. There will be no qualifying for the Stafford divisions — the field will be set by the handicapped points system.
Whelen Modified Tour time trials will start the action at 6 p.m., followed by the feature races for the Stafford divisions. The TSI 125 is scheduled as the final feature of the night at approximately 9:15 p.m.
Fans can see the full schedule by clicking here.
Valenti Modifieds Visit Seekonk Speedway
For the first and only time during the 2016 season, the Valenti Modified Racing Series (VMRS) will visit the “Action Track of the East” on Saturday night for a 100 lap feature event. The series always produces thrilling racing around the 1/3 mile oval. Former winners of the event include Todd and Vinny Annarummo, Kirk Alexander and Chris Pasteryak, among others.
It will be the fourth race of the season for the VMRS division. Pasteryak won to open the season at Monadnock, while Rowan Pennink took the Gary Casella No. 25 to victory lane at Stafford. At the most recent event, Jon McKennedy rolled into the winners circle at Speedway 51.
Three of the four weekly Seekonk divisions will also be on the racing card Saturday night. The Street Stocks will compete in the first of three Phil’s Propane Triple Crown Series events, scheduled for 30 laps. The feature is a double points event that will bring out the best in the drivers.
The Sports Trucks and Everett’s Auto Parts Late Models will also be racing. The Trucks will compete in a 25 lap feature and the Late Models in a 30 lap event.
Fans can get more information by visiting the tracks website at www.seekonkspeedway.com or visiting them on Facebook.
GSPSS Race Three at Lee USA
It’s time for race three of the season for the Granite State Pro Stock Series. They started their season with Jacob Dore scoring the checkers at White Mt. Motorsports Park and followed that up last weekend when Mike O’Sullivan took the checkered flag at Monadnock Speedway.
Race three will be run on Friday night at Lee USA Speedway in Lee, New Hampshire. Series reigning champion Derek Griffith will return to GSPSS action, joining DJ Shaw, who was the runner-up last weekend. 2012 series champion Bobby Cabral has entered to make his first start of the 2016 season on Friday.
The Pure Stocks, Ironman, Hobby Stocks, Late Model Sportsman and Supermodifieds will join the GSPSS as part of the racing card. All of those divisions are part of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series. Qualifying action begins at 7 p.m.
Whelen Military Night; Late Model 20/20 Sprint at Thompson
Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park returns to action Wednesday night with a special Military night, allowing all active duty, National Guard and reserve members into the front gate with free admission. The night will also be headlined by the Late Model division, in their special 20/20 feature event — made up of three segments.
The first and second segment are made up of 20 laps and the third and final segment is 10 laps. The winner takes home a total of $1,000, but also locks themselves into the American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Southern New England TripleHeader race three at the World Series in October.
The SK Modifieds, Limited Sportsman and Mini Stocks will also be in action on Wednesday evening. The racing begins with qualifying heats at 6:30 p.m., with features to immediately follow. The estimated end time of the nights racing action is 9:30 p.m., according to the track.
Fans can see the entire schedule for the night by clicking here.
Pro 4 Mods, NEMA & NEMST at New London-Waterford Speedbowl
The New London-Waterford Speedbowl will be packed full of fans and teams on Saturday night. The Pro 4 Modifieds, Northeastern Midget Association (NEMA) and NorthEast Mini Stock Tour (NEMST) will all compete along with the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series divisions.
The NEMA Midgets come off a race at Riverhead Raceway last weekend, won by former series champion and veteran Randy Cabral. NEMST comes off Justin Trombley’s feature win at Speedway 95 a few weeks ago and the Pro 4 Modifieds saw Robin Berghman take the most recent race at Star Speedway.
The SK Modifieds, coming off a victory by Tyler Chadwick last weekend, will return to action for a 35 lap feature. The SK Light Modifieds, Late Models and Limited Sportsman are also part of the racing card.
Fast Friday Kick-Off at Seekonk
The 2016 Fast Friday Series goes green on Friday night at Seekonk Speedway.
The Nick’s Pit Stop Legends headline the action, ready for their second race of the season. In the season-opener, Jake “The Jet” Johnson came off turn four running third, but ended up sitting in victory lane after Nick Lascuola and TJ Thompson got together in the final corner.
The Sport 4 division comes off their opening race at the Memorial Day Thrill Show, where Mike Belanger took the checkers in his No. 59. He will search his second straight victory behind the wheel of his Arrow Realty Group ride.
The Seekonk Youth Racing Association (SYRA) and Pure Stocks also join the racing card to officially run their first races of the year. The SYRA 600 has plenty of new faces chasing their first career track victory.
The qualifying racing begins at 7 p.m., with feature races to immediately follow.
ACT Stops at Devil’s Bowl Speedway
On Saturday June 4, the American-Canadian Tour (ACT) finds themselves hitting the Devil’s Bowl Speedway. The most recent series event was at New London-Waterford Speedbowl, where Joey Polewarczyk Jr. took the checkers after holding off Eddie MacDonald and Scott Payea.
The updated drivers point standings have MacDonald at the top of the leaderboard over Nick Sweet and Payea. They will all look to score the checkered flag at Devil’s Bowl. The Sportsman Modifieds, Renegades and Mini Stocks will also join the racing card.
There is plenty of racing across the New England racing scene this week! Get out and support your local home track.
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 both the Granite State Pro Stock Series and the Tri Track Open Modified Series.
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