Seekonk A.R.C. Divisions
In the mid 1970’s, D Anthony Venditti was already looking for a lower cost alternative to the already expensive open wheel Modifieds that ruled the northeast. After a trip to the mid-west, D Anthony had his future. Beginning in 1978, the All Pro division raced with the Cadet division with a flag waving from the trunk to differentiate the two alike looking cars. In 1979, they became their own division, with a name change to the widely known Pro Stock later that season. In 1980, the Modifieds were ousted and the Pro Stocks were the headlining division. After the modifieds returned for 3 more seasons, in 1984, the Pro Stocks became, and have remained the premier division of the A.R.C.
The cars were stock built race cars, not that different to our current Street Stock division, where many of the components had to remain stock on the car. Over the years, the cars got away from the stock steel bodies used in the early days and went to the more readily available fiberglass bodies, which were being shaped like many of the road vehicles. This continues to be the body choice used by just about all of the competitors.
While the exterior appearance continues to look much like the cars on the road, underneath the body lays a custom built race car. With a full tubular chassis and protective roll cage, this machine was not meant for the street. They are powered by a spec GM crate engine with over 400 Horsepower, which is designed to help keep the cost down. With the cost of a complete, ready to race crate engine, the cost is under $10,000, while competitors were spending over 3 times that amount to compete. This has allowed the competitors to continue to compete, while keeping costs down.
The tires are a 10” wide slick American Racing tire. These tires are designed to help with the cost of competition while keeping everyone on the same playing field. Each tire manufactured is made from the same compound so there is no advantage from one competitor to another. This keeps the drivers on their toes and their crew chiefs working hard to find the balance needed.
Over the past 30 plus years, many tracks have brought the Pro Stock class into their speedways; some have re-named them Super Late Models, while keeping the same principal. At Seekonk, the Pro Stock is alive and well, and will continue to honor the memory and vision of D Anthony Venditti.
This second tier division has been competing since the early 1980s, and has had a few name changes over their lifetime. Originally started out as the Charger class, this was a stepping stone division with an eye toward the Pro Stocks. It was started as competitors in the Pro Stock division upgraded their inventory with new rule changes and additional competitive equipment.
They may look like the Pro Stocks in many ways, including the bodies and basic chassis and cage design, there are many differences between them. Like their big brothers, they also run a GM Spec Crate engine, with subtle differences. The tires are a GoodYear slick at 8” wide, This keeps the cars racing at a speed which is about 1 second slower than the Pro Stocks, about 13.5 seconds per lap.
In 2010, management allowed the American Canadian Tour cars to compete weekly with the Late Models, thus increasing the opportunity for competitors from other speedways to try to conquer the 1/3 mile oval without having to change their cars over to conform to Seekonk rules. In the 30 years of the Late Models, there have been only 2 outsiders to win an event at Seekonk, proving that experience at The Action Track of the East is paramount to success there.
The Street Stock class at Seekonk originated in 1971 for one season, returned in 1974 through 1980, and weekly since 1985. This class is designed for the racer who has a very limited budget. The chassis on these machines are a stock chassis, such as Camaro, mid-1980’s GM cars such as the Grand Prix and Monte Carlos, which are the most common cars out on the track. The modifications allowed are minimal, mostly for safety, and some for competition.
The cars run on a 6” tire manufactured by American Racer. It is not uncommon for these competitors to be on the edge of out of control, all while driving down Rt. 6. Two and three wide racing is the norm in the Street Stocks, while the drivers learn how to control their cars, and the crews learn the basics of the setup and fine tuning of a race car.
This is an entry level division for our A.R.C. competition which races weekly n Saturday throughout the spring and summer. Many competitors have used this class to move into the Late Models and Pro Stock ranks. The experience learned here can give you many opportunities to show your skills in many areas.
With the growing interest in truck racing, Seekonk Speedway decided to do something just a little different. In 1995, Seekonk Speedway introduced the Sport Truck division. The difference from what people were watching on TV was the downsized version of trucks being used. Using a stock frame and body, four-cylinder engines was the mandate. Minimal modifications were allowed, mostly for safety, to allow the fans to watch some great racing. Many of the competitors for the first few seasons were drivers that moved up from the defunct Formula Four division. They compete on Hoosier racing tires, which allows the 4 cylinder and V8 engines to run competitively on the speedway.
Many drivers have used this division as a stepping stone from the Seekonk Youth Racing Association, while others have settled into the division as a cost alternative to the higher priced Pro Stocks and Late Models. Ford Ranger, Chevrolet S-10, Nissan Frontier, and Toyota Tacoma trucks are the most popular choice for the competitors.
Trying to get new people into the sport can be a frustrating thing for a speedway when there is no entry level class designed for the entry level. What started out as an Enduro class, the Pure Stocks have become that class. Using a stock, rear wheel drive, V8 engine car, you can go racing. The only modifications allowed are for safety, such as a racing seat, a 5 point harness for the driver, a fuel cell instead of the conventional gas tank and a basic roll cage around the driver. The complete drivetrain and suspension must be stock for the make, model and year of the vehicle. Mid 1980 Chevrolet Monte Carlo, Buick Regal, Oldsmobile Cutlass, Pontiac Grand Prix and Chevy Camaro have been the biggest influx of machines used. This is the type of car that just about anyone can afford, and with drivers eligible for competition at the age of 15, it is a great way for the youngsters to get their feet wet behind the wheel, even before getting your license. This division headlines our Fast Friday night of action. Entry level racing with the competition of the professionals at an affordable price.
The basics of this division mirror the Pure Stocks, in that it is an entry level class of racing using a stock car. Utilizing a 4 cylinder engine, the focus of this class is geared for the generation used to the buzz of a front wheel drive 4 cylinder car. The rules are restricted so no modifications can be made for a competitive advantage. This class is still in its infancy and still building its legacy. This class is also part of Seekonk Speedways Fast Fridays.
SYRA ( Seekonk Youth Racing Association)
It’s easy to get involved in SYRA racing. SYRA racing at Seekonk Speedway offers you a chance to get behind the wheel on a 1/3-mile oval race track. The best thing to do is check out this website and then go visit the Seekonk Speedway track. The quickest way to learn at the track is to talk to the SYRA racers. These are the drivers you will race with every week in and week out, if you decide to start racing. You’ll find that most are very friendly and would welcome you into the sport. As an “entry level” class, you’ll find that there are a lot of “newbie’s” in the pits and they’ll be glad to welcome you into the sport.
Established in 2001 Francis Venditti introduced Seekonk Youth Racing Association Division at the Seekonk Speedway. The Seekonk Speedway is a 1/3-mile oval Racetrack in Seekonk, MA.
SYRA allows youth to get behind the wheel at Seekonk Speedway a 1/3-mile oval race track in Seekonk, MA.
This is an entry level division for youths using real (1/2 size scales of Winston Cup NASCAR cars)
SYRA is a Special Division that allows youth an opportunity to experience the full thrill of being on a real Race Track. This is real Racing in real Race cars. These cars are spec, 1/2-size scales of NASCAR cars.
As an official entry level Divisions for youths, SYRA offers:
· SYRA 600 Division: Driver ages between 10 and 14.
· SYRA 750 Division: Driver ages between 14 and 18 and younger drivers with more experience.
This Division is dedicated to allowing youth a unique opportunity and we are pleased to do so. We are also dedicated to maintaining a safe enlivenment for all participants. Including a beginner seminar and full sets of Rules that are strictly enforced.
A closer look at the difference between the two Divisions:
1. SYRA 600 Division: SYRA 600 cars do use a special size Carburetor with a restrictor ( Plate) to limit speed requirement for SYRA 600 Division cars.
2. SYRA 750 Division: SYRA 750 cars do use a different special size Carburetor restrictor ( Plate) to limit speed requirement for SYRA 750 Division cars