SEEKONK, Mass. — Story by Race Chaser Online New England Correspondent Kyle Souza — Seekonk Speedway photo —
Back in November, the Seekonk Speedway ran a survey on their Facebook page asking fans what they wanted to see at the track for the 2016 season. The options included the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, the American Canadian Tour and multiple other touring series — and now, with the release of the schedule, it is clear what the results were.
For the first time in the past decade, the track has loaded the schedule with a solid mix of touring series and weekly racing divisions and racing at Seekonk in 2016 should be some of the best the track has seen in years.
The season will begin on Sunday May 1, with the opener for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series four weekly track divisions. The Division I Pro Stocks will take center stage with a 40 lap feature, joined by the Late Models, Street Stocks, Sports Trucks and the Spectator Drags. The first Saturday night battle is scheduled for May 7, when Little League players from across the region will receive free admission into the track if they wear their baseball gear.
After the second Spectator Drag event joins the action on May 14, the track will hold the Color Me Rad 5k run and a race in the same day on May 21. The run will be held at the back of the track in the morning, while racing will begin at 6 p.m. — the regular time for Seekonk. Action will include the Pro Stocks, Street Stocks and Sports Trucks, along with a special 30 lap Legend Cars season opening feature. That night will also see Leo Cleary and Dave Humphrey be inducted into the Seekonk Speedway WPRO Wall of Fame.
May will conclude on the 30th with round one of the Phil’s Propane Triple Crown Series for the Sports Trucks, scheduled for 35 laps, along with the Pro Stocks, Late Models and Street Stocks. The first and only appearance by the Valenti Modified Racing Series (VMRS) will be on Saturday June 4 — giving the Pro Stocks the night off. The Street Stocks will have their turn that night with round one of the Phil’s Propane Triple Crown Series scheduled for 35 laps.
The first of two on track “Pit Party” will be on June 11, where the Late Models will run a 50 lap feature for their first round in the Phil’s Series, scheduled for double points, as all Triple Crown races. The finale of the first round of the Phil’s Series will be held on June 18, when the Pro Stocks take the track for 75 laps. It will also be the Brad Scott Memorial race for the Pro Stocks — giving driver’s extra incentive to carry the checkered flag.
The Shriner’s will join Seekonk’s weekly action on June 25, bringing with them the annual clowns that are always up on the midway. That night, along with the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series action, children will have the chance to compete in the trike races on track in between the heat and the feature racing.
Wednesday June 29 will conclude the month of June at the 1/3 mile oval with a bang. The 12th annual “Open Wheel Wednesday” will be headlined by a 100 lap, $10,000 to win feature for the Tri Track Open Modified Series (TTOMS) and will also include the NEMA Midgets and NEMA Lites for their annual Boston Louie Seymour Memorial 29 lap feature events.
After a week off to celebrate the Independence Day holiday, the track will hold the annual Mike Marfeo Jr. Memorial 50 lap Late Model main event on July 9, which will also be round two of the Phil’s Series for the Late Model gang. The Senior Tour Auto Racers will also be on hand that evening. From there, it will only be three days before the track holds another event — and this one could be the biggest yet.
A U.S. Pro Stock National Championship race will be held on Tuesday July 12, with $10,000 up for grabs for the winner. The event will showcase some of the best Pro Stock drivers that run Seekonk competing against the Pro All Star Series (PASS) Tour invaders, among other drivers that are expected. Action that night will begin at 6 p.m. with the Pro 4 Modifieds also joining in on the action.
That week will continue on Saturday July 16 with what will be round two of the American Canadian Tour (ACT) Southern New England Series when the ACT Tour driver’s invade Seekonk for a 150 lap main event. The regular Late Models and Pro Stocks will have the night off that Saturday — so the Nick’s Pit Stop Legends will join the Saturday action for a 25 lap feature.
July will conclude with two NASCAR Whelen All-American Series nights including round two of the Phil’s Series for the Pro Stocks on July 23 and the series finale for the Sports Trucks on July 30. That will propel the track into Aug., where on the 6th the Late Models conclude their Phil’s Series with the third 50 lap feature of the season. The following week, on Aug. 13, the Late Models will once again compete in a 50 lap feature — this time in the Crab Manchester Memorial event.
Fans on Parade highlights action on Aug. 20, while on Aug. 27 the Pro Stocks will wrap up their Phil’s Series with a special 65 lap feature event on “Scout Night.” The second “Pit Party”of the season will kick-off Sept. on the 3rd, while the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour hits the Action Track of the East for the first time since 2005 on Sept. 10. The point championships for Saturday night NASCAR divisions will conclude on Saturday Sept. 23, with regularly scheduled featured events.
Unless there is extra distance event scheduled, the Pro Stocks will hold 40 lap races, the Late Models will have 30 lap races and the Street Stocks and Sports Trucks will hold 25 lap feature events — all under the NASCAR sanction.
Fans can see the entire grid version of the 2016 schedule by clicking here.
For more information on Seekonk Speedway, fans are encouraged to 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 the Tri Track Open Modified Series, managed by Dick Williams and the ‘Long Island Mod Maniac,’ James Schaefer.
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