By Souza Media/Kyle Souza
SEEKONK, Mass. — For the first time in many months, Seekonk Speedway’s top division will return to extra-distance racing this Saturday, September 11. As part of a special First Responders and Scout Night at the track, the Pro Stocks will take center stage with the American Racer 75-lap race — worth $2,000 to win — and $1,500 for second.
As the whole country continues to deal with the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic, Seekonk Speedway scaled back on extra-distance racing at the beginning of the summer due to the national tire shortage. With the help of a few Seekonk staff members — including Race Director Lenny Ellis, Competition Director David Alburn and Kim Randall — Seekonk did not have to cancel any events due to the shortage all year, unlike some other tracks.
Now, by limiting the amount of tires drivers could purchase during the summer, and running regular 40-lap races, Seekonk is happy to introduce the 75-lap feature into the show. Dave Darling is looking to seal an eighth championship in the Pro Stocks, and with two weeks left, his extra-distance success in the past is on everyone’s mind. All of the drivers are excited for a few extra laps, with four new tires on their cars. Names like Ryan Kuhn, Ryan Lineham, Rick Martin, Tom Scully Jr. and more will be among the favorites for the big check.
Bill Galloway, the President of American Racer New England, has been a big part of the successful fight through the summer.
“It was a difficult year for sure, but we’ve had a lot of help from a lot of people,” Galloway said. “Lenny Ellis at Seekonk has been a big help, keeping track of the tire counts and car counts, and now we have enough tires to get us through the Seekonk season. It’s been the same for everyone in a lot of places across the country, and it’s a world-wide issue. Our factory has been running 24/7 to make this happen.”
Galloway, who will be in attendance with his team on Saturday for the special event, is thrilled to have the American Racer 75 be the return of extra-distance action.
“Definitely very excited to have this race in our name,” Galloway said. “We are proud to be there and be a part of it. We can’t thank Seekonk Speedway enough for working with us through these difficult times this year.”
The American Racer Pro Stock 75 is part of a doubleheader weekend at Seekonk Speedway on Friday, September 10 and Saturday, September 11. Fast Friday roars on to start the weekend, followed by the return of NASCAR Saturday stars on First Responders Night at the track, honoring those lost in the 9/11 tragedies in New York City 20 years ago.
“What American Racer has done to help us make it through this year has been incredible,” Ed St. Germain, Seekonk’s Director of Business Development, said. “We can’t thank them enough for all of their help and we look forward to some exciting Pro Stock action on Saturday as the end of the season draws closer.”
The Pro Stocks will be joined by the Everett’s Auto Parts Late Models, Helger’s South Coast Power Equipment Sportsman and Chaz Auto Body Sport Trucks. Saturday racing begins at 6 p.m., and tickets will be available at the gate. On Friday, September 10, Fast Friday roars back with three weeks of racing left in the season for the Nick’s Pit Stop Legends Cars, Helger’s South Coast Power Equipment Pure Stocks, Everett’s Auto Parts Sport 4’s and Seekonk Grand Prix Bandolero divisions.
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