Seekonk Speedway has a long history of racing in Eastern Massachusetts since it opened in 1946, but the racing division with the most history there is Midget racing; the class Seekonk was designed primarily to host in its early years. In 1996, the Seymour racing family created what has now become a staple for Midget racing not just in the Northeast, but all across the land; named for the family’s patriarch “Boston” Louie Seymour.
Now a quarter-century later, the race is the flagship event every year for the Northeastern Midget Association (NEMA) Midgets and Lites. After a year’s pause for COVID-19 in 2020, this great event is back this Wednesday, June 9 at Seekonk, now with a great new addition, the ISMA Supermodifieds which return to ‘The Cement Palace’ for the first time in 10 years.
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“We started 25 years ago when my dad passed away and a friend of his Earl Grant was a promoter back then and I remember him telling me at the wake that we got to get a race going for Boston, that’s what he would love the most. So we did, thought we were only going to do one or two, and 25 years later with all the support from his friends we still got it going on,” said Boston Louie’s son Bobby Seymour.
The hype around this race is the highest it’s been in some time, not just for the return of the Supermodifieds, but also the drivers they are bringing in.
“I think it’s going to be one of the best ever, and that’s partly because of the addition of the ISMA Supermodifieds with all of their stars. We have Otto Siterly coming from Oswego, he’s a seven-time champion there. Bobby Santos is coming with the Supermodified of Jeff Wes from Indianapolis. You got the locals; Chris Perley has multiple ISMA championships. Mike Ordway Jr. is coming with Clyde Booth’s car, and then we got Jon McKennedy who’s won the last four ISMA races.”
Not to be outdone, NEMA is also sporting some impressive entries with a couple of drivers even running double-duty between the Midgets and Supermods.
“We’re going to have 45 to 50 Midgets on hand with NEMA and the NEMA Lites. Randy Cabral is a six or seven-time champion, Todd Bertrand last year’s champion, Ben Seitz who is doing double duty in the Bertrand Midget and Howie Lane’s Supermod. We got Anthony Nocellla who is doing double duty with my son Matt in the Lites and he’s running Howie Lane’s other Super.”
This year’s event is even dipping into the talent pool of Late Model racing in the Southeast.
“At the last minute, we did a deal with Jake Garcia who ran a Boston Louie race when he was 11 or 12 years old. I heard he wanted to come up, so we got him a car. When you have guys coming from all over the country to participate, it’s just the greatest thing.”
The 2021 Boston Louie Memorial will even have a driver on hand that won many race’s driving for legendary car owner and racer himself.
“One more guy that’s coming, Kenny Schrader is going to run the 50-lap Lite race. That was my dad’s favorite driver, that was the guy that made Boston Louie a Hall-of-Famer. He won three Copper Classics in the Silver Crown cars and just had a great career with Kenny as his driver. Kenny is driving for my cousin, it’s a first-class machine, and I think he’s one of the favorites to win it. I know my dad would love to see Kenny win it, but you never know with this great competition.”
Of course, the event wouldn’t be what it is without Seekonk itself.
“Through all my years and all the tracks I’ve been to; this track is 45 minutes from home, and believe me there is no better track to have this event at. It’s always three-wide, there’s never a dull moment. I don’t care if it’s Supers, Midgets, or Modifieds; this is the track to run this event at. We’re privileged to run at Seekonk over the years.”
Seekonk Speedway will be open at full capacity this week, but for the rest of you across the land, see the Boston Louie Memorial live on Speed51.TV this Wednesday, June 9 at 6:30pm ET with your Speed51 monthly or yearly subscription.
-Story by: Connor Sullivan, Speed51 Northeast Correspondent – Twitter: @Connor51CT
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