Seekonk, MA — In preparation for its 63rd annual season, the 1/3-mile Seekonk Speedway oval will hold its first of three open practice sessions on Saturday, April 5. The Route 6 facility, the oldest family-owned and operated short track in the country, will be open for safety inspections and hot laps for the weekly Pro Stock, Late Model, Sport Truck, Street Stock divisions, the Fast Friday Series’ Pure Stocks and Seekonk Youth Racing Association classes, and competitors from various touring series’, clubs, and other tracks.
The speedway’s pit gates and pit ticket booths will open at 9 AM. A mandatory rookie meeting will begin at 11 AM, to be followed by practice time for all rookie competitors and each represented division. Safety inspections and tire sales will be ongoing throughout the day. “We would expect that each division could easily get in five or six rounds of practice throughout the day,” Race Director and Assistant Manager David Alburn explains. “Practice will run until approximately 5 PM, giving all drivers a generous amount of seat time. We will also be meeting with Pro Stock and Late Model competitors to discuss the tire rule for 2008.”
Free grandstand admission will be offered to race fans from 11 AM to 5 PM as well, with full concession stand service being offered throughout the day. Racing fuel and parts service suppliers will also be in attendance. Rain date for the event is April 12. Additional practice dates have been slated for April 19 and May 3. Pit admission for the test and tune dates is $20. The first green flag of the season will wave on Sunday afternoon, May 4, with the visiting Northeastern Midget Association and new NEMA Lites classes joining Seekonk’s Pro Stock, Late Model, Sport Truck, and Street Stock divisions. Adult grandstand admission tickets for the inaugural show of the season are priced at $17. “As with our 2007 Opening Day program, the amount of practice time on Opening Day will be very limited, and so we are urging our competitors to take advantage of these pre-season practice sessions,” Alburn stresses.
Over 150 teams have already registered to compete in 2008. Season ticket packages for grandstand general admission and pit area access are available for purchase online and through the speedway office. Saturday night racing begins on May 10 at 6 PM with grandstand tickets remaining just $12. Children 12 and under are admitted free. For more information on the upcoming 2008 season, please visit online at www.seekonkspeedway.com or contact the track office directly at (508)-336-9959.
Sources: Todd Baptista/Seekonk Speedway PR