by Kyle Souza
 
It won’t be long before the drop of the first green flag on the 2018 Seekonk Speedway season. On Sunday May 6, four divisions will start their quest for NASCAR Whelen All-American Series points. 
Entering the season, the Seekonk Sportsman drivers are set to thrill fans once again.
Over the past few years, it has been extremely difficult to beat Tiverton, R.I. driver Scott Bruneau on the track. Behind the wheel of his No. 74, Bruneau scored just one victory last season, but was the master of consistency. He finished inside the top 10 in all but one of the 18 races and was inside the top five in 14 of those events.
Going forward, as of now, Bruneau is expected to contend for the championship once again — but next season doesn’t look like it will be a walk in the park for him.
One of the upcoming challengers in the class over the last few years has been Sandwhich, Mass. driver Ryan Flood. He scored wins in two races last year and finished eighth in the championship standings — but has been making strides every week. Look for Flood to be a contender going down the stretch of the season as long as he gets things going in the right direction.
A name like Paul Lallier can’t be overlooked either. The former champion who drives the No. 70 comes to Seekonk from Warwick, R.I. Lallier had an infraction in technical inspection early last season, but still was able to find his way to second in the final points tally. Lallier knows the way around the third-mile and surely will be a threat for many victories in 2018.
As of now, it looks like other contenders for the title could be Sparky Arsenault, Vinny Pangelinan and Jesse Melberg. Sparky is a polished veteran and former champion who finished third last year, but definitely knows his way around. There will also be many others drivers looking to take the checkered flag.
The Sportsman have put on some of the best racing at Seekonk over the last few years, and there is no reason why they won’t do it again in 2018. The intense, two and three-wide racing has thrilled fans for multiple decades — and you can expect it will once again.
The 2018 season will include the normal 25-lap feature events for the division, but will also include five, Propane Plus Power 5 features that will be 30 laps in distance. The Phil’s Propane Triple Crown Series returns, with three, extra distance, 35 lap main events.