SEEKONK, Mass. — Seekonk Speedway has announced their full schedule of race dates for the 2017 season, set to be the 72nd year of racing at the third-mile oval.
Opening Day is slated for Sunday, May 7, with the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Pro Stocks, Late Models, Street Stocks and Sport Trucks taking center stage to open the season.
On May 13, May 20, May 27 and June 3, four consecutive Saturdays of NASCAR Whelen All-American Series action will take place.
The first touring series stop at Seekonk in 2017 will be the newly-formed Modified Touring Series, with a 100 lap feature race slated for June 10. Instead of the Pro Stocks taking the night off like they have in the past, they will compete in their regular 40 lap feature race that night. The Late Models instead will have the night off and the Sports Trucks and Street Stocks will join in on the racing action.
After a week of NASCAR Whelen All-American Series action on June 17, the Granite State Pro Stocks Series will make their inaugural stop at Seekonk on June 24 with a 100 lap main event. The feature will be an intense battle between the Seekonk Super Late Models regulars and the stars of the GSPSS.
Just four days after the inaugural GSPSS stop, the Tri Track Modifieds will invade Seekonk for a 100 lap feature race on June 28, as part of the annual Open Wheel Wednesday $10,000 to win night. The NEMA Midgets and NEMA Lites will also join the racing with their annual Boston Louie Seymour Memorial Classic feature races.
The month of July will begin with NASCAR action on July 8 after a week off for Independence Day, but will continue the mid-week main events with the second annual 200-lap Super Late Model Nationals on July 12, worth $10,000 to win for drivers from across the country. The Pro 4 Modifieds and U.S. Legend Cars are slated to join the action on that night.
Just a few days later, the American Canadian Tour will make a stop at the ‘Cement Palace’ for the second straight year, with the stars of the Late Model series competing in a 150 lap feature race. The Pro Stocks and Late Models will both have the night off when the ACT comes in.
On July 22, the Mr. Rooter New England Truck Series will invade Seekonk for a 55 lap feature race, joining the NASCAR racing card. The month of July ends with a regular night of NASCAR action as the point championship chases begin to heat up.
On Saturday Aug. 5, the North East Mini Stock Tour returns to Seekonk after not visiting the track during the 2016 season. August will also include racing on both Aug. 12 and 19 before the month concludes with the ground-pounders of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. In a 150 lap race, the modified warriors will tour the third-mile oval in front of a packed house for the second straight season.
The championship stretch will include four races in the month of September, each of them highlighting the stars of the weekly divisions as they fight for championship glory. On Sept. 23, NASCAR championship night will take place.
The Saturday night season concludes on Oct. 7, with the D.A.V. Fall Classic 150 for the Pro Stocks, a 50 lap feature for the Late Models and the Sport Trucks and Street Stocks joining in.
Seekonk will also hold their annual Fast Friday slate in 2017, running from June 2 through Sept. 29. The Legend Cars, Pure Stocks, Sport Fours, Bandoleros and Mini Cups will all compete in weekly racing action over the course of four months.
They will crown the Friday night champions on Sept. 22, followed by the Fast Friday portion of the D.A.V. Fall Classic on Sept. 29. Something different from recent years is that the Fall Classic will be two separate weekends for the Friday and Saturday racing divisions.
Five Thrill Shows will also take place over the season, set for May 28, July 1, Aug. 6, Sept. 3 and Oct. 14.
The Phil’s Propane Triple Crown Series will also return for the 2017 season, along with the on-track pit party. Those dates will be released at a later time.
A full, detailed look at the 2017 schedule will be released in early December. For more information, visit www.seekonkspeedway.com.
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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