After a long off season, competitors in the 4 Fast Friday classes have been chomping at the bit to get out onto the 1/3 mile oval and compete in front of the fans. They have been off the track for just about a month, since the last open practice session.
The Nick’s Pit Stop Legends have already competed in one event, the season opener on May 6th, with the NELCAR Legends. Matt Pappa took down the win in that event. Will he be back on our Fast Friday opener? SYRA Champions Nick Lascoula and Branden Dion have already set up for the season in the Nick’s Pit Stop Legends. Along with another SYRA graduate, Nick Ladyga, NEMA Champion Randy Cabral, NELCAR Champion Shaun Buffington, and many more, there will be plenty of action for the first season of the Nick’s Pit Stop Legends at Seekonk.
The Pure Stocks will return and continue to keep fans on the edge of their seats. Defending champion Bill Chouinard is set to defend his title, but will have over 25 drivers trying to knock him off of his perch. Randy Moretti finished in the runner up spot in the championship chase in 2011, and is one of the favorites to unseat the two time champion. You can also add in last year’s Rookie of the Year Jesse Melberg to that list, as he was strong in the second half of the season, picking up a pair of wins. Other top runners include Ed Flanagan Jr, Earl Curtin III, Tom Blackwell, Chris Lima, Amy Arsenault, Jamie Salley and a handful of others, and with them, you have a mixture of competitors that will not back down from the challenge.
The Sport4 class is returning, and looking at the roster, should have quite a field of cars. Kyle Pacheco is coming off his first championship run, and will be the driver everyone is gunning for. His lists of chasers include Ed Gould, Richard Sprague, Davis Westgate Jr, Taylor Therrien, Chris Bissell and a handful of rookies. This is one of the fastest growing divisions at Seekonk.
The Seekonk Youth Racing Association is set up for kids between the ages of 10 and 18 to compete in Mini Cup/half scale race cars. These cars are every bit the full size car, in a miniature size. The 750 class is up for grabs after the top two competitors from the championship chase moved on to the Legends. Who will be the driver to beat? Many are talking about Kaitlyn Donovan as the top dog. Her experience alone puts her with the top of the list. Add in Christine Cavallaro, Ashley Kuhn, Tylar Nailor, and Willie Sanchez as the returning veterans to compete with. Rookies include last year’s 600 division champion Curtis Rolando, Austin Blais, Chase Belcher, and Shelby Donovan. All were top runners in the 600 class in 2011.
The 600 class is for the younger/less experienced drivers, and is another growing group. Taylor Bowser, Matt Barboza, Brett and Doug Meservey, and Kiera Carpenter return as the veterans, but will have their hands full with the freshman class.
All divisions have a great mixture of returning drivers and rookies that will make the racing exciting. The green flag drops at 7pm on Friday, June 1, as our Fast Friday series takes off for the summer. Adult admission is just $6.00, while kids 12 and under are FREE. Come on down and join us for some great family fun at affordable prices. For more information, go to seekonkspeedway.com, or find us on Facebook.