April 19, 2014 — Blog by Race Chaser New England Correspondent Kyle Souza — Photo courtesy Seekonk Speedway via Action Track Photos — SEEKONK, MA — How much snow can we take here in New England?
After so many plowable snow storms, it’s gotta be just about time to go racing, right? That would be correct. We are now just 14 days away from opening day at the Konk.
After a long hard 2013, Pro Stock champion David Darling will return to defend his title crown in the Pro Stock class, the top tier class at Seekonk. David took various wins during the season and was a top five finisher in all but a few of the weekly events. His Dad, Wayne Darling, a former championship car owner on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and veteran crew cheif Ronnie Pond have a great weekly set up that hooks to Seekonk perfectly.
His competition in 2014 may be the best in recent history. Former champ Freddy Astle will return with a brand new car and positive attitude. Astle, a former six time champion in the division, struggled in 2013 with various car issues, including motor and radiator problems.
The “Rocket” Ryan Vanasse, will also return to the top class with a brand new chassis. He won multiple races last season, and was especially dangerous in the extra distance Phil’s Propane Triple Crown Races that were 75 laps. Ryan’s experience in the Late Models in the past few seasons, along with his numbers last year in Pro Stock, will make him a strong threat.
This season will also mark the return of former track champion Rick “Radical” Martin to full-time Pro Stock competition. After the past handful of seasons of full-time truck competition, Rick has decided to make the move back to the Pro Stocks and chase the championship in 2014. He will certainly be a threat each and every race that the division hits the track, adding his experience to an already-stacked division. Rick is the all-time wins leader at Seekonk, most of them coming behind the wheel of a Pro Stock.
The only brother duo in the division is Kyle and Kevin Casper. Kyle competed with multiple top five runs last season, coming close to a victory on two separate occasions. Kevin, on the other hand, only ran part-time last season and will return for full-time competition this season with his Phil’s Propane-sponsored machine. Both of them have brand new equipment under the hood, so fans and drivers alike should watch out for the brothers in 2014.
And you can never count out the drivers that continue to fight each and every season. Both Tom Scully Jr. and Sr. will return for action, along with Mike Brightman. All three of these drivers are constant threats for victories throughout the season, but most importantly, they rack up the point tally. Each and every one of them finds themselves close to the top of the standings, which matters most at seasons end.
The Pro Stocks will compete in three extra distance races of 75 laps in 2014 as part of the Phil’s Propane Triple Crown Series. The weekly races that the Pro Stocks will run will continue to be the regular 40 lap distance.
2014 is shaping up to be one of the best Pro Stock seasons in recent history, so if you’re in the area, come down to Seekonk and join in on the fun!