2013 Wall of Fame
Seekonk Speedway is proud of it long heritage and traditions in the sport of Short Track Racing. For almost 70 years the Speedway has been at the forefront of the racing community. In 2013 we are introducing the Seekonk Speedway Wall of Fame in an effort to immortalize some of the Drivers and Crew that have made a profound impact on the Sport and Community in the last several decades. We will induct 5 members in the initial class and 3 members every year going forward. Nominations will be gathered throughout the season and then narrowed down by our WOF committee. Nominees will be introduced at the Banquet and voting will continue to March 1st. Please take a minute to vote for those you feel have helped make our sport and Speedway the best there is.
To be elegible for the Seekonk Wall of Fame you must have made an impact on the racing community and be retired from racing for 3 years if you are a driver.
D. Anthony Venditti: Anthony Venditti was a racing fan who convinced his father to turn the family chicken farm into a ¼ race track. From 1946, when he was the youngest promoter in the country, until his death in 1992, his innovations and ideas transcended the sport of auto racing. He was the National Motorsports Promoter of the Year in 1979, when he introduced the region to the Pro Stocks.
Irene Venditti: Behind every great man is a great woman. This has never been truer than with Mrs. Venditti. It was with her help that her husband was able to create Seekonk Speedway. It was her personal touch that helped make Seekonk Speedway a family. She loved the competitors, and she made sure they knew that. She ran with an iron fist and a tender heart. For over 40 years, she was the behind the scenes backbone.
Carl “Bugsy” Stevens: If there was ever a driver that could capture the eyes of the youth, Bugsy was the man. One of the most versatile drivers to compete at Seekonk, Bugsy won in the modifieds and Pro Stocks, picking up championships in both divisions. One of Seekonk’s all time most popular drivers also picked up championships at other northeast speedways, including 3 National NASCAR Modified C
Ron Bouchard: Ron became Seekonk Speedways first 5 time champion, 4 in the modified ranks. While he only amassed 29 wins, his short Seekonk career made him one of the most successful drivers winning his only Cup race at Talladega Speedway in a thrilling 3 wide finish. He was back at Seekonk only weeks later competing.
Norm Holden: Norm Holden was as tough of a competitor as there was at the Action Track of the East. Norm was a standout in the modified division, winning the B division championship in 1971. His career got a second breath with the Pro Stock division, growing his win total to 28, and becoming the division’s first three-peat champion. Dominating the division for those handful of years, he helped solidify the foothold of the division.
Len Ellis: Len was one of those drivers that things didn’t seem to come very easily. He started winning races in 1976, winning the in LM division. But it was the Pro Stocks where Len felt at home. He started in the division when it began in 1979, and continued there until he retired in the late 2000s. In that time, he became a two time Pro Stock Champion, and won over a dozen races in his career. He continues as a car owner in the Pro Stocks, and continues to campaign for the underdogs.
George Summers: While the lack of records cannot support it, it is believed that George Summers has accrued well over 100 wins in his career at Seekonk, making him the speedways winningest driver. His first win coming in the late
1950s, carrying through until his last win in 1982, the year he retired from competition. In that time span, he picked up the track titles in 1967 and 74. He came out of retirement to win a S.T.A.R. race in the mid 2000’s.
Johnny Mercury: If a photo is worth a thousand words, this man could create a library with his eyes. John spent over 30 years as the photographer at Seekonk Speedway. With one eye looking through the lens and the other looking at the cars coming toward him, there wasn’t a shot he wasn’t willing to take. He would have one foot on the edge of the grass, trying to take that perfect shot. He would continue to point his camera at the cars as he ran the other way when something went wrong.