Archive for June 12th, 2011

ATQMRA returning to Seekonk Speedway for the first time in 16 years

Seekonk, MA — The last time the American Three Quarter Midget Racing Association competed at Seekonk Speedway, Bill Clinton was the President of the US, Jeff Gordon was winning his first Cup Series title, and Don Adams picked up the win in the 25 lap feature on July 29th, 1995.

On Saturday, June 18, the Three Quarter Midgets will return, with an opportunity to showcase their 51 year history to the fans at The Action Track of the East, in their only trip into New England this summer. While the TQ’s race indoors annually during the winter in RI, this is their only time competing in the open air.

Just a couple of weeks ago, several competitors ventured north to try out the 1/3 mile, and showed the fans in attendance just how quick the Badgers and Spitfires style, open cockpit, open wheel, winged racers are. They were turning laps in the high 11 second range, just about ½ second slower than the NEMA midgets that compete at the famed oval each year.

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Johnny Clark PASS North Winner at Speedway 660 on 6/11

Johnny Clark took command on lap 102 of Saturday night’s PASS 200 and kept Ben Rowe in his mirrors the rest of the way to earn a hard fought victory at New Brunswick Canada’s Speedway 660. Mike Rowe, Jonathan Hicken and Travis Benjamin completed the top five.

Clark is the first driver to score a second victory in the first ten PASS sanctioned super late model races of 2011, and its his second PASS 200 score in a row.

Clark may have controlled the second half of the race but his first 100 laps weren’t easy. His power steering went away twenty five laps in and he struggled to the half way break, but once his steering was restored and his chassis fine tuned the five time PASS North champ took control.

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Rain KO’s the Konk Action

Seekonk, MA — For the first time this season, and the third straight year, the Valenti Modified Racing Series 100 lap event has been cancelled due to rain. With a steady rainfall on Saturday, and a consistent forecast for continuing rainfall, management was forced to pull the plug early.

This was the second cancellation of the weekend, as the second week of Fast Friday action was cancelled the evening before for intermittent showers. While just about each week had rain of some sort, and even cut the action early a couple of times, this was the first cancellation of the season.

Early season action has seen 5 different winners in 5 races for the A.R.C. Pro Stocks. Dave Darling, Scott Dion, Fred Astle Jr, Mike Brightman and rookie Colby Fournier have all carried the checkered flag for the division. 2011 is shaping up to be one of the most competitive years for the Pro Stocks.

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