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Seekonk Speedway Race Program Rained Out for May 13

Seekonk Speedway regrets to inform its Fans and Race Teams that tonight’s Race Program has been canceled due to the impending weather forecast. We look forward to seeing everyone on Saturday, May 20th under Sunny Blue Skies. We will feature the same line up on the 20th of Pro Stocks, Late Models, Sportsman, Trucks, and Spectator Drags. Continue reading ‘Seekonk Speedway Race Program Rained Out for May 13’

A View from Above …with Race Voice

Opening Day 2017
Week one is in the books. If you looked at the weather earlier in the week, you would have had your doubts. It certainly did put a damper on the first day of the weekend. With a total washout on Saturday, teams did not get a chance to practice and get their cars ready. And it sure showed in some instances.

The day started off under sunny skies and we introduced our 2017 Wall of Fame Inductees. Fred Astle Sr, Rollie Lindblad and Nat Chiaventone. These three deserving men will be officially inducted on Saturday, May 27th. Be sure to be on hand to congratulate these fine men.

Let’s take an overall look at the show from opening day. Car counts were up in the Helger’s South Coast Power Equipment Sportsman and in the Everett’s Auto Parts Late Models. 27 cars in each of the divisions had the teams prepared for a battle. They just didn’t anticipate the difficulties that lie ahead.

In qualifying for the Late Models, we saw Fred Bonolowicz hit the turn 2 wall A TON! While the car is most likely a total, his safety gear kept him from any injury. While I am sure he is sore today, he owes a huge thank you to the head and neck restraint company. On an inline post from his son Miles, he said the safety equipment did exactly what it was supposed to do in that instance, and he is glad they made the investment.
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Darling Outduels Vanasse for Opening Day Pro Stock Win

Dave Darling and Ryan Vanasse engaged in a bitter duel over supremacy in the Pro Stock division with the outcome undecided until the closing yards of the 40-lap challenge for Seekonk’s top division. Right on their tails came polesitter Bobby Pelland III, who had initially engaged reigning champion Tom Scully, Jr. until the latter suddenly slowed in turn three of lap six and was caught by Darling, who had been running on his bumper. Scully came loose in turn four and spun to the infield. He pitted for repairs and returned for the restart.

Vanasse, who had been running third, now started on his teammate’s outside shoulder and they debated the lead over the next 27 laps, with Vanasse running the outside and Pelland in command of the low groove. Darling pursued them, constantly on their bumpers as they hacksawed the lead with Radical Rick Martin constantly in his mirror.

But moving up from the middle of the pack were Fast Freddy Astle and Ryan Lineham. Lineham was at Martin’s back on lap seven, moving in from a seventh place start. Astle, who came from ninth, edged past Kenny Spencer and Kevin Casper into sixth place, behind Lineham. They debated the position for three laps, before Astle nosed under Lineham, who got squirrelly, which allowed Astle to charge ahead. At the same time, Vanasse vaulted past Pelland and Darling drove underneath to remain on Vanasse’s bumper.
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Lineham Victorious in Late Model Opener

Ryan Lineham’s season opener met with success after a long duel with Ray Parent that stretched from lap 7 to the finish line and saw Lineham finally take the lead coming out of turn four on lap 28. Parent had held the lead since the outset and Lineham had used every asset he possessed to take the lead.

Lineham had tapped Parent’s bumper in turn two of Lap 28 but Parent made the save. The circled through turn three and Lineham again rubbed his bumper in turn four, heading under the white flag. Parent’s rear moved to the centrifugal force and began to fishtail back and forth, allowing Lineham to go by on the outside. Parent recovered and was able to finish second while Austin Blais deprived Nick Uhrig of third and Uhrig took fourth with 2016 Champ Dylan Estrella on his coattails. Parent later suffered a disqualification after tech inspection, elevating Blais to second, Uhrig to third, Estrella to fourth and Charlie Rose to fifth.

A large field of 25 Late Models took to the oval for the opener and Parent held the pole. Jeramee Lillie was on the outside pole. The race was laced with numerous cautions from an opening lap yellow flag through a total of eight restarts. In the sporadic racing in between, competitors waged a spritely war for superiority.
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Serydynski Picks Up Sportsman Win After Lallier DQ

A pair of past Street Stock champions made the renamed division, now known as Sportsman, an intense duel for 25 laps, ably assisted by several competitors hungry for a win on opening day. Paul Lallier and Scott Serydynski battled it out lap after lap from sitting side-by-side on the front row at the start to finishing 1-2 at the end. The victory went to Lallier, but Serydynski flashed across the stripe on his tail, perhaps setting up a recurring scenario for the 2017 season. Rob Murphy battled up from sixth into third and 2016 title holder Scott Bruneau, despite suffering body damage to the car, pulled in at fourth place. Kid Chaos (Corey Fanning) brawled in for fifth.

Owing to the green track, practically unused since September, and the fact that test and tune sessions were rained out two out of the three scheduled events, the race was fraught with cautions, eight in all. The longest sustained runs were eight laps, two of them between laps 4 and 12 and from lap 17 to the finish. Through it all, Lallier and Serydynski were in their own, private dogfight, with occasional intrusions from Murphy and Tom “The Bomb” Adams.

As polesitter Lallier nosed ahead of outside pole Serydynski, Ed Flanagan got crossed up in turn two and swerved up into the middle of the pack, catching Danny Cabral and Sparky Arsenault. On the lap zero restart, Dick Benoit got sideways and Ryan Flood wound up driving across Cabral’s nose, retiring both cars at the outset with Cabral stopping just inches short of the turn four wall.

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Belcher Takes Sport Trucks Opener

Chase Belcher came away from opening day with a big win on his hands making the victory even sweeter with the knowledge that he’d won over 2016 champ Mike Cavallaro, who had edged him for the championship. Belcher started on the pole, but had to contend with some hard-chargers at the outset, including Josh Hedges, who had opened the season by winning his heat. Barry Shaw also took a hard run, and led the first five circuits before Belcher could reassert himself. Chase took the lead on lap six and was never headed after that.

Cavallaro, who had started seventh, passed Shaw into second on lap seven and spent the rest of the race making Belcher’s life miserable, along with Mike Duarte, who forged into second on laps 13 and 14. If misery it was, Belcher seemed to be romping home in the face of adversity. Cavallaro came home second, a second off the pace, followed by Duarte. David Lougee fought back from an early-race spin which sent him to the rear to finish fourth, just ahead of Ed Perry, who had suffered the same fate.

Shaw surged past Belcher into the lead at the outset and Hedges came around him. Belcher held him off and it was Shaw-Belcher-Hedges. Belcher began looking under Shaw, but it too until lap 5 for him to push his nose in. Shaw and Belcher went wheel-to-wheel and then Belcher grabbed the lead crossing the stripe. Hedges began nosing under Shaw but spun going into turn three.
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Custom Car Show Cancelled for May 6th

Seekonk Speedway regrets to inform that the Custom Car Show has been canceled for Saturday, May 6th due to the weather. Our NASCAR race program is still on schedule for Sunday, May 7th.
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NBCSN to Broadcast Championship Stretch Runs

Showcase for NASCAR K&N Pro East and West and NASCAR Whelen Modified Titles

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 27, 2017) – NASCAR fans are watching Kyle Larson, Joey Logano and Chase Elliott battle in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series week in and week out, and NBCSN will again be the showcase of the next crop of drivers following in their path.

NBC and NASCAR announced today the remainder of the 2017 broadcast schedule, which will capture the championship races for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and West, as well as the newly unified NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.

The next NBCSN broadcast will be Thursday, April 27, and will showcase Harrison Burton’s first NASCAR K&N Pro Series East win at Bristol Motor Speedway from this past Saturday. Burton is the son of former NASCAR driver and current NBC Sports analyst Jeff Burton, and is a member of the current NASCAR Next class.

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Brad Scott Memorial is U.S. Prostock/Super Late Model National Championship Qualifier in June

Seekonk, MA — When the first race of the Phil’s Propane Triple Crown for Prostocks is contested June 17th, at Seekonk (MA) Speedway, the 75-lap race will provide the winner an automatic starting spot for the second annual U.S. Prostock/Super Late Model National Championship race, slated for July 12, paying a cool $10,000 to the winner of the 200-lap Summer Classic.

Race Promoter Gary Sagar has announced the fifth qualifying event on the schedule will remember Brad Scott, a long-time Seekonk race supporter and member of the Scott family of nearby Freetown, MA, who left their mark in racing at Seekonk and Thompson (CT) Speedways in the 1970’s and 80’s.

Cancer claimed Brad’s life 5-years ago. Two-time Seekonk Pro-Stock champion Lenny Ellis played a part in helping create the memorial race and continue the legacy of his long-time friend.
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Seekonk Set for 72nd Season Opening Day May 7

SEEKONK, Mass. — After a long offseason filled with preparation, Seekonk Speedway is set to open their 72nd season of racing on Sunday, May 7. The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Pro Stocks, Late Models, Sportsman and Sports Trucks classes will compete in qualifying and feature racing to start the action-packed 2017 schedule. Although the season is a long one, many drivers will be hoping to start the season with a solid run to collect crucial points.

In the Pro Stocks, Tom Scully Jr. will look to begin his quest at a second straight division championship, but it won’t be an easy task. Last year, Scully captured multiple victories in route to the title and likely will need to do the same thing to capture another. Some of his top challengers include former champions David Darling and Fred Astle, who both look to return to the top of the division this year. Names like Rick Martin, Ryan Lineham, Mike Brightman, Angelo Belsito, Kyle and Kevin Casper and many others are also prepared to challenge for wins.

In the Everett’s Auto Parts Late Models, two-time division champion Dylan Estrella leads the list of favorites coming into the season. Estrella has dominated the division that last few years, winning a handful of times and being a master of consistency in route to the two straight titles. He will return behind the wheel of his Everett’s Auto Parts No. 46, but he has some young talent hoping to hunt him down. Former Nick’s Pit Stop Legends competitor Ryan Kuhn will make a Rookie of the Year run this season and is expected to challenge Estrella for the title come October. Ray Parent, who is a former Late Model winner at Seekonk, is also planning a full-time schedule in the Anytime Realty No. 98. Other names ready to contend include Jake Johnson, Vinny Arrenegado, and former champion Gerry DeGasparre Jr.
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Seekonk Speedway Practice Schedule

Saturday, April 22 – Open Practice for all divisions except for SYRA & Bandoleros. Pits Open at 9 am and pit admission is $20. Rookie practice begins at 11 am and all divisions run 12-5.

Saturday, May 6th – Open Practice for all divisions except for SYRA & Bandoleros. Pits Open at 9 am and pit admission is $20. Rookie practice begins at 11 am and all divisions run 12-5.

Friday, May 12th – Minicups & Bandoleros ONLY. Pits open at 3 pm, Practice from 4 till 7 pm. $20 pit admission.

Wednesday, May 24 – Fast Friday Practice – Pits open at 3 pm, practice runs from 4-7 pm. $20 pit admission.

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Chiavettone Still Rolling Strong at 81

(Apr 5, 2017) SEEKONK, Mass. — Sitting just over a mile from Seekonk Speedway, 81-year-old Nat Chiavettone turns plenty of wrenches on a daily basis. He isn’t working on a chassis setup on a race car, but instead he is turning wrenches on preparing engines that many teams will count on to get them into victory lane at Seekonk Speedway for the NASCAR Whelen All American Series season at the third-mile oval.

Since he was 14 years old, Nat has been turning wrenches on engines of all different kinds. Some have been for oval track racing or drag racing, while others have been for custom cars or anything else that someone brought to the table in front of him.

“I just started working on motors because I was working on the farm when I was a kid,” Nat said. “You had to fix farm equipment so I just did it. It was the thing to do back then.”
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2017 Seekonk Pro Stock Season Preview

Coming into the 2017 Pro Stock season, Tom Scully Jr. is at the top of the list when it comes to championship favorites. Last year, Scully finally was able to capture his first title in a consistent season while he captured some victories along the way. The plans for the West Warwick, R.I. driver are fairly simple — he wants to collect back-to-back crowns in Seekonk’s toughest class. However, it’s not going to be an easy task for the veteran.
With a field of fellow veterans breathing down his neck, Scully will have to be on top of his game for the entire season if he wants to duplicate last year. The list of challengers for him begins with Angelo Belsito, the 2015 division champion that came onto the scene in April of 2014. Since then, Belsito has captured more than a handful of wins and has been the car to beat many Saturday nights at the track. From Auburn, Mass., Belsito, and Scully have been the drivers that have dueled it out for the title the last two years. In 2015, it was Belsito holding him off on the final night of the season. Last year, it was Scully clinching the crown while pulling away from Belsito in the final few weeks.

Hot on their tail, six-time Pro Stock champion Fred Astle is returning to action with Everett’s Auto Parts in his No. 30. Astle, who went to victory lane a few times in 2016, has been one of the top contenders in the division for a few decades. Despite not winning the Track Title in 2016, Astle won the NASCAR State Title narrowing outpacing Scully Jr. His partnership with Everett’s Auto Parts has helped him keep his career alive and he has not lost a step to the young guns the division has to offer. Winning is a must for Astle.

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2017 Everett’s Auto Parts Late Model Season Preview

Entering the 2017 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Everett’s Auto Parts Late Model season at Seekonk, everyone is trying to figure out the way they will beat two-time champion, Dylan Estrella. The North Attleboro, Mass. driver has captured the last two crowns in the division in convincing fashion. In 2015, Estrella did it while driving for Bill Bernard. In 2016, Estrella teamed up with Everett’s Auto Parts while driving for Bernard and picked up right where he left off, winning more times than you can count on one hand.

It’s going to be a difficult task for anyone that wants to take Estrella off the top, but there are a list of challengers that are going to give it their best shot.

Young driver Austin Blais had a successful season last year, finishing inside the top five in the championship standings. Blais captured a few victories in his No. 16 and showed once again that he is on the climb at the Action Track of the East. The former Street Stock winner has come into his own behind the wheel of his No. 16 and will have a brand new paint scheme on board going into this season.

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Garage Pass – Vinny Arrenegado

Vinny Arrenegado has a pretty eventful year ahead of him. From his newly purchased Late Model to him and his wife, Jen, expecting a little girl, Vinny has a lot to be thankful for. I was able to meet up with the Warren, RI native to talk a little bit about this upcoming season and his woes of last season; and here’s what he had to say…

How would you describe your 2016 Season?

Vinny: It wasn’t our best year. We started off with bad luck. We broke a sway bar in the first race. We were fast, but we just had bad luck. We had a lot of flats last season. After a wreck we had to put a whole new snout on the car and the next week we came back and won. We sold the car three quarters of the way through the season. I spotted for Belsito at Waterford and ran a few races here in the #5 Advance Auto Parts Late Model for the Gifford Brothers and Wayne Nunes. Then we bought the car that we now have from Ray Parent. Last season was a slump especially after the year before winning the Crab Memorial, the DAV, and a Triple Crown Race.

Vinny will be back in the Late Models this season rolling out in a brand new #17.

Is there anything new to the car for 2017? What are your expectations for this season?

Vinny: Everything. New car, paint scheme, motor…everything. We built it and put it all together ourselves. This season we just want to have patience and we are hoping that will help the wins come our way.

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Purse Announced for TTOMS Event at Seekonk

Preregistration Deadline Fast Approaching

Seekonk, Mass. (March 27, 2017): The Tri-Track Open Modified Series (TTOMS) and Seekonk Speedway announced jointly the purse for the 14th annual Open Wheel Wednesday scheduled for Wednesday, June 28. The event has become synonymous with the big names in racing as a direct result of the $10,000 payday for the winner.

“Seekonk Speedway is excited to continue its Open Wheel Wednesday $10,000 payday with the Tri-Track Series,” said Ed St. Germain, Director of Business Development for the Speedway. “Our fans love that the big payday brings in top-tier talent and that it has them racing full tilt every lap.”

While the event pays big to the winner, podium finishers collect $3,500 and $2,500 respectively.

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2017 Sportsman Season Preview

The 2017 season will begin a new era at Seekonk Speedway for one Saturday night division. The Street Stocks have been re-named to “Sportsman,” which will surely take a little bit for everyone to remember. However, there is no fear. The racing on the track will still be top notch and the class will be one of the most exciting divisions to watch for any fan in New England.

At the top of the challengers is defending champion Scott Bruneau, who will return behind the wheel of his No. 74 Paquin Insurance Agency, State Line Tree Works, Phil’s Propane machine. Bruneau was at the top of the pack for the 2016 season, visiting victory lane a few times and coming home with consistent finishes week in and week out. Bruneau has been running the division for years and has the crucial experience it takes to be in the right place at the right time, which means a lot in this division. Expect him to be at the front of the pack right from the start of the season and he will be the one to beat for the title.

Bruneau’s list of challengers will begin with Paul Lallier and Scott Serydynski Sr., who will both be contending for wins on a weekly basis. Lallier struggled at times last season, but the former title holder is still one of the top cars on a weekly basis. Serydynski, who is the all-time wins leader in the class, struggled with some bad luck last year but clicked off some of the fastest lap times that the class has seen in recent history. Both drivers know how to get the job done. The contingent of drivers that follows them is one of the toughest in the history of the division. Corey Fanning — who visited victory lane in 2016 — came on strong as one of the fastest cars on a weekly basis. Tommy Adams came into his own with a breakout year last season, visiting victory lane multiple times and showing that he is going to be a contender for the long-run in this division.

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Hinckley Teams with Barry for MTS Races

Les Hinckley, III will be driving for Spearpoint Racing for the inaugural  Exit Realty Modified Touring Series (MTS) season. Hall of Famer car owner Art Barry called to ask about Hinckley’s plans. The opportunity came through a voicemail from Barry Thursday and the deal came together during the follow-up call.

“The guy’s absolutely a legend in racing,” Hinckley said. “The racing community and racing in general has been lucky to have a man like that to have him for as long as we have because he just lives and dies for racing.  … For him to call me and ask me to drive his racecar and to be excited about it the way he is is just its humbling. The list of names that have been in his car for me to be one of ’em it really puts me in check. This is bigger than me and I can’t thank Art enough for thinking highly enough about me to be worthy to drive his race car.”

Barry wants to win one more race before he retires. Barry competed last season on the Northeast Race Cars & Parts Tri-Track Open Modified Series (TTOMS) with Justin Bonsignore.

“I think he’s really good,” Barry said. “He’s a gentleman. He talks to you and he’s very, very good about reasoning things out, working together, and he’s really good on equipment that’s for sure. I’m kind of looking forward to it.”

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Nascar America Launches My Home Track: 50 States in 50 Shows

Series Celebrates Local Race Tracks in Every U.S. State

STAMFORD, Conn. – March 20, 2017 — NASCAR America, NBCSN’s daily motorsports show, is launching a new series My Home Track: 50 States in 50 Shows to highlight and celebrate local race tracks and racing associations in all 50 states across the country.

As part of My Home Track: 50 States in 50 Shows, NASCAR America will cross the country alphabetically from Alabama to Wyoming and showcase an individual track each day. Featuring speedways including Central Arizona Speedway(Casa Grande, AZ), Diamond Park Speedway (Nashville, AR), Ponderosa Speedway (Junction City, KY), Magic Valley Speedway (Twin Falls, ID), Dixie Speedway (Birch Run, MI) and Whynot Motorsports Park (Meridian, MS), My Home Track: 50 States in 50 Shows will shine a spotlight on the heart and soul of the racing community and what the nation’s fascination with speed and stock car racing is built upon.

My Home Track: 50 States in 50 Shows debuts tomorrow, Tuesday, Mar. 21, on NASCAR America at 5:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, with South Alabama Speedway in Kinston, Ala. The series will be featured each day on NASCAR America during the next 50 episodes.

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2017 Seekonk Sport Truck – Season Preview

Seekonk Sport Trucks

The 2016 Seekonk Sports Trucks season was one of the closest and most intense championship battles that the division has seen in years. Mike Cavallaro’s experience behind the wheel and Chase Belcher’s tenacity and never-give-up attitude put fans through a thrilling final few weeks of the season that eventually saw Cavallaro come out with the victory. Going into the 2017 season, it’s going to be tough to beat both of these drivers and they seem to be the two that drivers will need to beat on a weekly basis.
Cavallaro, who has more titles than you can count on one hand, had struggled to find speed for the past few seasons and even struggled early on in 2016. However, when it mattered most, Cavallaro got the setup correct and dominated over the final stretch of the season to capture the title. He will be the one at the top of the pack when the division opens the season in May. Belcher, who came up just short of his second title, is coming back looking to redeem himself. As a competitor for Everett’s Auto Parts, Belcher’s No. 81 truck will be in the front on a weekly basis — you can count on that.
Behind these two drivers come a list of drivers that will be looking to take them off the top. Mike Duarte will enter for another season with his No. 50 and he has been getting a little bit better each year. Duarte has scored a few wins in the last two seasons and has proved that he can run consistently towards the front of the pack. Will he be able to breakthrough and become a true title contender?

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Seekonk Speedway Announces Bonus Filled Late Model Schedule

Triple Crown and Power 5 Races Highlight Schedule

SEEKONK — March 17, 2017 — This year’s Late Model schedule is full of extra money races that is sure to pack the field in the growing division all season long. Dylan Estrella looks for a third straight championship but will be challenged by the like of Austin Blais, Gerry Degasparre, Nick Johnson and the returning Brandon Dion well as a host of up an coming talented drivers like Dan Johnson, Jake Johnson, Ryan Kuhn, Mike Toner Jr and Joey Parker.

“The Late Model division is going to be a great battle all year long,” said David Alburn, Competition Director “The competition for rookie of the year is going to be a lot of fun to watch.”

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Hirschman Looks to Continue Myrtle Beach Success

Matt Hirschman of Northampton, PA discounts his experience at Myrtle Beach (SC) Speedway ahead of Saturday’s NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour opener. He cited teams that privately tested or competed in a 50-lap Modified race last month, where he finished third. Hirschman has three consecutive podiums at Myrtle Beach.

“It’s not gonna be totally foreign to them,” Hirschman said. “But it’s a unique place and having raced there now a few times over the last year and a half certainly helps and we have won a race there which is always a boost of confidence.”

The tire wear at the half-mile oval is well known. Last month’s Modified race demonstrated conservation’s role with part of the field dropping back to preserve tires.

“There are abrasive tracks and then there’s Myrtle Beach. It’s hard to explain but it’s definitely the extreme on that end. It’s really unlike any other track I’ve run at.”

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2017 Garage Pass – Dylan Estrella

Mar 7, 2017 — This week for garage pass I drove out to meet up with Dylan Estrella and his dad, Barry, at their garage in Berkley, MA. Dylan has been going to the shop where his Everett’s Auto Parts Late Model is now garaged since a very young age and surprisingly he wasn’t always into racing. Being one of the most well-known names of the new generation at Seekonk Speedway you would think that racing has always been his number one goal. After a while it grew on him and he has become a force to be reckoned with; numerous wins in numerous divisions and championships to match, Dylan and his entire crew (and family!) are looking forward to showing everyone in 2017 that they are not backing down and are hungrier than ever for another championship.

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Guaranteed Starter Races Added to U.S. Prostock/Super Late Model National Championship Event

Seekonk, Mass. – New England Race Promoter Gary Sagar of Kraze Korlacki Speed Equipment has announced, the addition of two more race venues that will host guaranteed starter races for this summer’s U.S. Pro Stock/Super Late Model National Championship Race, at Seekonk Speedway, Seekonk, MA.

The 2nd annual 200-lap race, on Wednesday, July 12, will pay $10,000 to the winner.

Two popular race facilities in the State of New Hampshire are next on a list to host qualifiers. Red and Judy MacDonald’s Lee USA Speedway, in Lee, will give race teams early on, a chance to lock-in a starting position

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Garage Pass 2017 – Bruneau Motorsports

I didn’t have to go very far for this week’s garage pass; a driver from Tiverton, RI and your 2016 Street Stock Champion, Scott Bruneau. I grew up pretty much right down the street from the Bruneau’s garage and as a kid I remember it not being a garage at all, but more of a “tent city”; they have come a long way from back then and I was excited to be able to interview a driver from my hometown. Though Scott is a man of very few words, between himself and his crew chief Kyle Bowers I got to know how they operate and stay competitive from week to week.

How did you get your start in racing?
Scott: I started coming to the track as a kid in the 80s when my dad was racing and I have been here ever since.

What division do you currently compete in and how would you describe your 2016 season?
Scott is currently in the Sportsman (formerly Street Stock) division and will be back behind the wheel of his #74 this season.
Scott: Last season was real good and real fun. It was very successful and we had a great time being so competitive.

Is there anything new to the car for 2017?
Scott paused for a bit and really couldn’t think of anything other than the body they are still waiting to get for this season.
Kyle: Really the only thing we did do to the car for this season was a new inspection plug on the oil pan because we had to replace it. Other than that the car was so good that we had no reason to change anything else.

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Racing Back on Board as Official Classifieds of Seekonk Speedway for 2017

RacingJunk.Com Continues Partnership with Seekonk Speedway

North Adams, MA –, the world’s largest online motorsports marketplace, is glad to continue its partnership with Seekonk Speedway. This partnership will help spread the word about Seekonk Speedway’s events while providing the speedway’s competitors and fans with’s services. is a subsidiary of It has over 850,000 registered members and connects to more than two million buyers and sellers every month, generating 30 million+ page views.

Seekonk Speedway is a 1/3 mile paved oval speedway which opened May 1, 1946. The track features eight divisions of racing weekly on Friday and Saturday nights. NASCAR takes the stage every Saturday with Pro Stock, Sportsman, Late Model and Sport Truck racing while Fast Fridays feature Pure Stock, Legends, Sport Four and Bandoleros. The Speedway is also famous for its Sunday Thrill Shows, held five times a year, which feature enduros, figure eights and spectator drags along with many other exciting events and big races.

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Seekonk Speedway Announces New Race Directors for Friday & Saturday Night Programs

Ron Manfredo will take over as Race Director for Saturday Night Race programs and Tim Bolduc will assume the Race Director position for Fast Fridays at the historic 1/3 mile track.

SEEKONK, MA; Feb 1, 2017 — Seekonk Speedway is excited to announce the appointment of Ron Manfredo to the position of Race Director for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing on Saturday nights at Seekonk. Tim Bolduc will take over Friday Night Racing and be charged with all racing decisions and rule enforcements for Fast Friday Seekonk Speedway Divisions. The tandem will replace Cory Boudreau who is stepping down from the Seekonk Race Director position for personal reasons.

Ron Manfredo has been involved in auto racing for over five decades in almost every level at Seekonk Speedway. Over time Manfredo has held positions as Pit Steward, Chief Starter, and Race Director. In 2014 Ron was inducted into the Seekonk Speedway Wall of Fame for his contributions to the sport of Stock Car racing. Ron has long been a part of installing a culture at Seekonk of integrity, respect, and passion for racing.

” I’m very excited to get back to the job of race director. I’m looking forward to bringing a better relationship between the racer and the track. I have a few new ideas that I think will work in both directions and look forward to implementing them. I will also be available to the racers at the track office 3 days during the week with Monday being the most important to help resolve any issues the racers may have had the previous week” stated Mr. Manfredo when asked about his new position. Competition Director David Alburn noted that “Ron brings with him a solid reputation and vast amount of knowledge, we look forward to seeing him in race control.”

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New England Auto Racing Hall of Famer Leo Cleary Passes

Word arrived from Florida today that 1999 New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame inductee Leo Cleary has passed away at age-88.

Upon hearing of the news, award-winning Hall of Fame auto racing journalist Pete Zanardi stated the following; “Leo, from Massachusetts, was truly one of New England’s short track pioneers with a career stretching all the way back to the days of early tracks such as Dracut, Groveland, Topsfield, West Peabody, Medford Bowl, Norwood Arena, and Westboro. He raced and won all over the region, and was always in high-demand with the best teams. His era included some of the greatest names in the history of modified racing.”

Arrangements are incomplete at this time. The entire NEAR family extends its sincere condolences to Leo’s family & many friends.

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Seekonk Mourns the Loss of Legendary Driver Leo Cleary

SEEKONK, Mass. — The entire New England racing community lost another icon on Tuesday morning. Leo “The Lion” Cleary, who is a New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame member and a Seekonk Speedway Wall of Fame member, passed away at the age of 88.

In his over 40 years time in racing, Cleary won multiple races and championships at various different tracks in New England. He started his career at Seekonk in 1955 and it continued all the way through the late 1980s, when he won his final championships at the third-mile oval.

Cleary scored the Pro Stock championship in 1986, then was able to capture the title in the Mini Modifieds division a year later in 1987. Not only was Cleary was a four-time champion (also won a title in 1972 & 1979) at Seekonk, but he won a total of 14 championships in his racing career in New England, according to the New England Auto Racers Hall of Fame website.

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Tri-Track Modified Series Opens 2017 Preregistration for Point Fund & Bonus Eligibility

Seekonk, Ma. (January 27, 2017): The Northeast Race Cars & Parts Tri-Track Open Modified Series (TTOMS) has officially opened preregistration for the 2017 season. Race teams looking to compete in the four-race schedule with eligibility for the lucrative point fund and bonus plan must register by April 1, 2017.

TTOMS will host four races including events at Seekonk and Star Speedways and two events at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl with an excess of $30,000 in point fund money up for grabs. The cumulative point fund at the end of the year will be distributed among the top 25 in owners’ points.

“Jim (Schaefer) and Dick (Williams) have worked hard on this series since its inception to build a strong foundation and that includes the point fund,” said managing partner Wayne Darling. “This is a healthy payout for a four-race schedule. And, believe me, Jim is still working hard to build that up.”

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