Seekonk Speedway Opens Month of August With Tripleheader Weekend August 6-8
By Souza Media/Kyle Souza
SEEKONK, Mass. — The month of August opens at Seekonk Speedway in style this weekend, with three days of racing set for Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Friday is another round of Fast Friday, while NASCAR Saturday returns, then the Monster Trucks are back on Sunday for a special event.
Friday’s action includes five feature events — headlined by the Nick’s Pit Stop Legends Cars — as Luke LeBrun looks to add another checkered flag to his season. LeBrun has won all but one Friday night Legends feature, with Mason Tessier the only other driver to visit Victory Lane. Tessier has been consistently inside the top-10 in all events, and while LeBrun leads the points by four, Tessier isn’t far behind. Devin Deshaies is third in the standings, as the former Seekonk Youth Racing Association champion looks for his first Legends Cars win, with names like Josh Parsons, Brendon Hammann, Giovanni Ruggerio, Reese Bogue and Reagan Parent all looking for their first wins of the year in this week’s 25-lap feature.
Greg Perry’s consistency in the Helger’s South Coast Power Equipment Pure Stocks has been paying off, as the former champion leads the updated standings by four over Joey Morrissette heading for the final two months. Morrissette grabbed his first career feature win in the middle of the season and will look to grab the points lead back in the 25-lap feature on Friday, August 6. Danny Massa, who has three wins already this year, is third, only 12 points from the lead, tied with Timmy Ouellette, another winner in 2021.
Female contender Crystal Murray leads the charge in the Everett’s Auto Parts Sport 4 division, holding a 16-point advantage over two-time winner Tim Bolger. Dave Simpson Jr is third, while Mikey LeFort, who has been to Victory Lane this year, is fourth, and Tyler Duhancik in fifth. The Sport 4 division continues to showcase some of the youth talent the track offers, combined with rising stars and a few veterans, sprinkled in the middle. Their 25-lap feature on Friday will be another one to watch.
The two Seekonk Grand Prix Bandolero divisions — the Bandits and the Outlaws — will return to the track with two drivers looking to make it four in a row. Sam Macedo (Bandits) and Nick Chaber Jr (Outlaws) are rolling in with three straight wins, but both of them don’t lead their respective championship battles. In the Bandits, it’s Darren Krantz Jr who shows the way with three wins, while Richie Helger Jr. leads in the Outlaw division with one victory and all top-five finishes. Don’t miss the next generation of Seekonk Speedway stars get back to work this week.
Fast Friday racing begins at 7 p.m. on August 6, with tickets available online in advance at seekonktickets.net, or at the track on race day. Adult tickets are $10 per person, with kids 12 and under free.
NASCAR Saturday roars back to life on August 7, with the New England Antique Auto Racers (NEAR) coming back to town for their first and only visit of the year. NEAR gives race fans a look back into the past, with some of the top Modifieds and stock cars from previous years on hand for what should be a classic throwback night.
The entire Saturday program this week will be sponsored by Helger’s South Coast Power Equipment, located in Wesport, MA. Offering you the latest and greatest in power equipment products, Helger’s gives you the best prices. Give them a call at 774-264-9950 for more information.
The Pro Stocks are back on the track, and Dave Darling is back chasing another feature win. In search of his eighth championship this year, which would be a record at the third-mile, Darling leads by 30 points in the title battle over rising star Ryan Kuhn, who has been on the podium multiple times, but is yet to win. Names like Dylan Estrella, Ryan Lineham, and Ryan Vanasse will look for their first wins of the year, while Tom Scully Jr. and Rick Martin will look to add to their 2021 totals and keep Darling off the top.
In the Everett’s Auto Parts Late Models, Vinnie Arrenegado Jr. leads Gerry DeGasparre Jr. by just two points, with Josh Hedges in third, 22 points back. All three drivers have been to Victory Lane, and it looks like the three of them are going to decide the title over the final two months of the season. Their next 30-lap battle is coming up this Saturday.
Chad Baxter may have more than a few wins in the Helger’s South Coast Power Equipment Sportsman, but Corey Fanning isn’t far behind. Although the 2019 champion doesn’t have a win yet this year, Fanning is only 22 points back in the championship battle, becoming a consistent driver so far this year. Ed Perry is third, only 28 back, with Craig Pianka a distant fourth, looking to rebound from a few rough rides. The Sportsman are back this week for another 25-lap feature.
In the Chaz Auto Body Sport Trucks, Barry Shaw Jr’s hot start has cooled off, as Rick Martin and Mike Cavallaro have recently been to Victory Lane, and Mike Duarte is knocking on the door of getting back to the winner’s circle. Watch for those four to battle Amy Arsenault, Brittany Campbell, Lenny Guy and more in their 25-lap contest.
NASCAR Saturday tickets are $15 per adult, with children ages 6-12 set at $5, and those five and under free. Racing begins at 6 p.m., with a full slate of action set for Helger’s South Coast Power Equipment night at the races.
Sunday, the Monster Trucks return to Seekonk Speedway for their only trip of the year, with freestyle races and top trucks strutting their stuff. You can feel the power of Monster Trucks up close at the Action Track of the East! Check out the Troy City Tactical Spectator Drags as they compete in a summer showdown AND their first-ever Spectator Drag Summer Shootout where they will compete in multi lap races! Gates open at 11:30 a.m., with showtime beginning at 2 p.m.
Sunday’s Monster Truck Meltdown tickets are $20 per adult, with children ages 6-12 set for $10, and ages five and under free.