SEEKONK, Mass. – Seekonk Speedway Rookie of the Year contenders will have yet another bonus to chase throughout the 2018 NASCAR Whelen All American Series season. Adding to an already impressive contingency list and increased purse for the new racing season, all four Saturday classes will have extra cash on the line in the active rookie battle.


Seekonk has once again partnered with Columbus Energies and VP Race Fuels to create the “Columbus Energies Rookie of the Year, powered by VP Race Fuel,” award for each of the NASCAR Saturday night divisions. Cash bonuses on the line include $500 for the Pro Stocks, $400 for the Late Models and $300 for both the Seekonk Sports Trucks and Sportsman divisions. The $500 bonus in the Pro Stocks will come along with the NASCAR bonus the drivers are provided with at the end of each season.


“Seekonk is excited to reward our Rookie of the Year contenders with a great bonus at the end of the season, in addition to the prestige of winning the award,” Ed St. Germain, Seekonk’s Director of Business Development, said. “It’s great to see the hard work and dedication of our racers rewarded by supporters of racing, like Columbus Energies and VP Race Fuels.”


In the Pro Stocks, the Rookie of the Year battle will come down to multiple different drivers this season. One of them is Dylan Estrella, a former two-time Late Model champion making the jump to the Pro Stocks.


“It’s great to see Columbus and VP Race Fuels jump on board and give the rookies a little bit of extra cash to race for,” Estrella said. “For us, it means we just have to work that much harder to make sure we are consistent throughout the season, and we keep the car in one piece, so we get the best finish possible. The 2018 rookie class is going to be one of the toughest in recent memory; there is a stout list of competition for this year, so it won’t be easy. Hopefully we can best all of the other drivers and win this crown.”


For Columbus Energies, the opportunity to sponsor the Rookie of the Year battle provides a look into the future of Seekonk Speedway. In all four NASCAR classes, the battle will likely come down to the final few weeks of the season.


“We’re proud to team up with Seekonk Speedway to help promote the prestigious rookie of the year award starting this year,” Jay Macedonia of Columbus Energies said. “We hope it creates a lot of positive exposure for each divisions newcomers and leads to some exciting battles on the track.”




Seekonk’s 2018 racing season got underway last Saturday, with an Open Practice session that ran from 12-5 p.m. On Sunday May 6, the engines roar on the track in racing conditions for the first time, with all four NASCAR Saturday classes running five extra laps to open the season as part of the Power Five Series.


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