PREVIEW: Friday, Saturday Racing Heats Up This Weekend at Seekonk Speedway
By Souza Media, Kyle Souza
SEEKONK, Mass. — Seekonk Speedway’s hot summer stretch begins to hit high gear this weekend, as both Fast Friday and NASCAR Saturday night showdown divisions will hit the track for two straight nights of racing at the Massachusetts third-mile.
After two weeks of rain, it looks like Mother Nature may finally play nice with the Friday night drivers, as they get set to open their portion of the 75th anniversary season in style. The stars of youth racing in the Seekonk Grand Prix Bandolero Bandit, and Outlaw divisions will be joined by the Sport 4’s, Helger’s South Coast Power Equipment Pure Stocks and Nick’s Pit Stop Legends to open the season with a post-time of 7 p.m.
Look for names like Collin and Ryan Vanasse Jr., Darren Krantz, Richie Helger Jr., Brent Robidoux, Stephen Bowden, Joel Newcomb, Mike Hanafin and more in the Bandolero classes. In the Sport 4’s, Mikey LeFort looks to begin his quest for another title, while Greg Perry and Danny Massa enter a new era for the Pure Stocks — with a new racing tire — as two of the title favorites. The Nick’s Pit Stop Legends Cars title chase is wide open — with names like Luke LeBrun, Josh Parsons, Brendon Hammann, Giovanni Ruggerio and Mason Tessier expected to be among some of the challengers.
Both the Seekonk Grand Prix Bandolero divisions and the Sport 4 classes will compete in round one of their Phil’s Propane Triple Crown Series events. The Bandolero races will remain at the 15-lap distance, while the Sport 4 class is set for 30 laps as part of the three-race series.
NASCAR Saturday night racing includes round two of the Phil’s Propane Triple Crown Series for the Chaz Auto Body Sport Trucks, and the second Power 5 race of the season for the Helger’s South Coast Power Equipment Sportsman class. Post-time on Saturday is 6 p.m. for qualifying races.
Barry Shaw Jr. enters the race having won four races out of the first five in the Sport Trucks, including round one of the Phil’s Propane Triple Crown Series. Look for names like Brittany Campbell, Amy Arsenault, Rick Martin, Mike Duarte, Lenny Sousa and more to attempt to score the victory and take the trophy away from Shaw’s dominance.
The Helger’s South Coast Power Equipment Sportsman Power 5 race will be another test to see if anyone can stop the early-season domination of Chad Baxter. Similar to Shaw, Baxter has victories in four out of the first five races, and finished top-five in the other. He’s opening his early season points lead, but look for Joe Kohler, Corey Fanning, Craig Pianka, Chris Gomes, Sparky Arsenault, Kyle Casper and others to try and slow him down.
With five different winners in the first five weeks of the season, the Everett’s Auto Parts Late Models return looking to see if there will be a sixth. So far, Vinny Arrenegado Jr., Gerry DeGasparre Jr., Josh Hedges, Ryan Lineham and Tommy Adams have been to victory lane. All five of those drivers will look to become the first multiple-time winner, while names like Chase Belcher, Mark Hudson, Charlie Rose, Richie Murray, Ryan Flood, Bobby Tripp and others are looking to become the sixth winner in six events.
David Darling’s stranglehold on the Pro Stock division continues, as the seven-time champion holds an impressive four victories in the first five weeks. Darling will look to come from the rear of the field again, but will be challenged by Ryan Kuhn, Dylan Estrella, Rick Martin, Tom Scully Jr., Kenny Spencer and the rest of the Pro Stock field.
Tickets are available now at seekonktickets.net but also will be available at the track on race day. Fast Friday tickets are $10 for adults while NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Saturday night tickets are $15 for adults. For full ticket information, visit seekonktickets.net. For more race day information, visit seekonkspeedway.com. Follow the track on social media for the latest updates.