Archive for April 29th, 2009

Seekonk Speedway Readies for 64th Season Opener

Seekonk, MA — Seekonk Speedway is ready to write another chapter in their deep history of short track racing. On Sunday, May 3, The Action Track of the East will roar back to life, and begin their 64th season at the oldest continuously family run track in the country. The Pro Stocks, Late Models, Seekonk Sport Trucks, Street Stocks and Pure Stocks will all compete on opening day.

On Sunday, May 3, the first green flag of the season will unfurl at 2pm, for a 5 division opening act that will set the tone for the year. The headlining act will once again be the ARC Pro Stocks, which began in 1978 at Seekonk Speedway. They will run a 75 lap main event, with the winner becoming a guaranteed starter in the PASS 150, which will be held on August 15. Reigning 3-time champion Flyin’ Fred Astle will be back to defend his title in the Wood Frame Structures Chevy. His closest competitor, Kid Scully, who missed his first title by a handful of points, will try to knock him off his perch, and take the crown over. Both drivers dominated 2008 with 5 wins each. 2 time title holder Dave Darling is set to get back to the top after coming in third last year. Ken Spencer and Tom Scully Sr. will also try to take the title away. Defending Rookie of the Year The Rocket Ryan Vanasse will attempt to improve on his fourth place finish in points and add to his single feature win total. Add Kyle Casper and The Hammer Jeramee Lille to the mix as they battle for the Rookie Crown, and the Pro Stocks are a can’t miss.
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Former Norwood Arena Champion Billy Schulz Passes at 73

William R. P. Schulz Sr., 73

NORTON – William R. P. Schulz Sr., 73, of Norton, formerly of Mansfield, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 22, 2009 at the Golden Living Center Garden Place in Attleboro.

Born in Mansfield on Aug. 18, 1935, he was a son of the late Walter H. Sr. and Grace L. (Pike) Schulz.

Bill grew up in Mansfield and was educated in Mansfield schools; he later moved to Norton where he had made his home for the past 40 years.

Mr. Schulz was quite proud of his accomplishments as the founder and operator of Country Club Auto Body in Norton. He ran the business for 40 years until recently retiring. Bill began his auto body repair career at the former Vicino Buick in Mansfield and later worked at Rodman Ford. When not repairing cars, he was racing them. Bill’s first love was for auto racing, a hobby that the Schulz family is respectfully known for. He was the proud owner and driver of cars 60, 79 and 3D, and enjoyed winning his first race at Seekonk Speedway and also racing at Norwood Arena Speedway, Thompson Speedway and other tracks along the East Coast. Bill could best be described by those who knew him as a fun loving, easygoing person.
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