SEEKONK, Mass. – Seekonk Speedway is always trying to find ways to give back to their dedicated racers.
And now, officials have found yet another way to provide teams with more incentives to race throughout the upcoming season. Entering a new year, the purse for each of the NASCAR Whelen All American Series divisions has once again been bumped up, which will draw drivers from across New England to compete at the third-mile. With the added cash on the line each week, drivers will be itching to take the green flag in competition for NASCAR points and won’t want to miss the opportunity to race for a hefty check.
The Phil’s Propane Triple Crown series is back featuring 3 extra distance and extra cash races for all divisions at the Speedway plus a chance to win the much sought after Triple Crown Championship and the Bonus that goes with it.
The newly formed Power Five series is now active in all NASCAR divisions at Seekonk Speedway with Tomassi Law Associates kicking in an extra $1000 per race with the Top Five finishers each receiving a $200 bonus. The late Models will see the same bump in their Power Five Series while the Sportsman, sponsored bySouth Coast Power Equipment, and the Trucks will each get $500 per Power Five race to be split amongst the top five finishers. Check out SeekonkSpeedway.com for full details on scheduling.
“Seekonk Speedway is excited to be able to get more money into the hands of our racers,” Ed St. German, the Director of Business Development for Seekonk Speedway said. “We are especially thankful for great sponsors like Phil’s Propane, Everett’s Auto Parts, South Coast Power Equipment, Tomassi Law Associates Propane Plus and many more for making this possible and allowing us to create these great programs.”
In the Late Models — Seekonk’s Division II class — the winner will collect an extra $100 in a weekly 30-lap feature, making it $700 to win. During the three Phil’s Propane Triple Crown Series 50-lap main events, Late Model drivers will be seeking an $800 first place prize, while in the Propane Plus Power 5 events, the winner will collect $900. Although the winner’s purse has definitely increased, drivers that finish throughout the entire field will also feel the effects of the adjustment.
Late Model teams both inside, and outside, the top 10 will see their winnings rise. In fact, all 24 positions in the field will see an upgrade – bumping the total purse up by nearly $1,000 per week.
In the Sportsman division, the winner will be seeking $300 with the checkered flag, adjusted from $225 last season. Much like the Late Models, the entire field of Sportsman will feel the effects of the changes – and the total purse increases by nearly $400. Sportsman teams will be chasing a $350 first-place prize in the Phil’s Propane races and a $400 winner’s award in the Power 5 feature races, which are some of the highest winner’s totals for weekly Sportsman in the entire New England region.
“The goal is to provide top level racing for the fans, and that works better when your race teams have more money to be able to compete every week,” St. Germain said.
The Pro Stocks, who were already one of the top paying Division I classes in New England, have also seen their purse increase. Although the top of the field won’t see more cash, the middle of the field has been adjusted in hopes of allowing more teams to compete on a weekly basis.
“We are constantly looking for ways to help the racers compete,” Seekonk Speedway’s General Manager David Alburn said. “Raising the purses when we can will help drivers stay on the track, and hopefully compete in a full season. They will put on a great show for our fans.”
In the Seekonk Sports Trucks, drivers will be chasing nearly $300 in added prizes throughout the season, including the Phil’s Propane Triple Crown Series and Power 5 events. The 25-lap features will now pay $275 for the winner, $200 for second place and $150 for third.
Each of the four divisions gets their season underway on May 6 as part of Seekonk’s opening weekend. The Pro Stocks, Late Models, Sportsman and Sports Trucks will all compete in Power 5 races to get the season underway.