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SEEKONK & BEECH RIDGE RACE TRACKS ADDED TO QUALIFIER LIST

SEEKONK, MA. – Add Seekonk Speedway, Seekonk, MA, & Beech Ridge Motor Speedway, Scarborough, ME, to the list of host tracks for guaranteed starters events for this summer’s 3rd Annual, 200 – Lap U.S. Prostock/Super Late Model National Championship Race, Wednesday, July 18th at the Seekonk facility.

On Saturday June 9, Seekonk will host a 65-lap Pro Stock race, which is part of their “Wall of Fame Inductee” ceremony. On June 23rd, Beech Ridge will host a 125-lap race for their Pro Series, a popular event at the famed Maine oval. Both race winners will secure a guaranteed starting position for the rich and prestigious race that has become popular for both competitors and fans alike.

“I would like to thank both tracks for their continued support in hosting these two race events as guaranteed starters to our 200 Lap Race,” said promoter Gary Sagar of Kraze Korlacki Speed Equipment.  There are five opportunities for competitors to secure a guaranteed starting position from an expected large field of Prostock/Super Late Model teams trying to qualify for our event which pays $10,000 to the winner,” opined Sagar. The tracks and dates are:

GUARANTEED STARTER RACE EVENTS

  1. Seekonk Speedway- Saturday June 9
  2. Beech Ridge Motor Speedway- Saturday June 23
  3. New Hampshire Motor Speedway- Sunday June 24 -Granite State Prostock Series
  4. Wiscasset Speedway- Saturday June 30
  5. Lee USA Speedway- Friday July 6 -Granite State Prostock Series

For information on this years event, including any comments you may have, please contact Gary Sagar at gary@krazespeedequipment.net; 800-252-6830 or Seekonk Speedway- www.seekonkspeedway.com  508-336-9959

Seekonk Speedway Increases Saturday Night NASCAR Purses

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.

The 2018 NASCAR WMT Season Gets Back to the Track at Myrtle Beach

It seems like  the 2017  NASCAR WMT season was just put in the books,  Doug Coby driving the #2 Mayhew Tools LFR chassis Modified notched another championship. Ryan Preece driving the #6 TS Haulers Troyer won the owners championship for Eddie  Partridge, the first time that the owners championship did not belong to the championship drivers car owner.

But that was 5 long months ago.  As the northeast digs out of its its  3rd Nor’easter in 10 days NASCAR WMT teams from New England and all over the east coast have made their way to the state of South Carolina  for the  start the 2018 season at Myrtle Beach Speedway.

30 teams from up and down the east coast have entered the only event in the state of South Carolina,  we will have a final car count later this morning.

We had a chance to talk to three people who will be a big part of the upcoming NASCAR WMT season.

Doug Coby 2017 Champion:

We are ready for the 2018 opener.  2 LFR cars are ready and by the time we get to the Icebreaker at Thompson a 3rd LFR car should be ready giving us a solid stable of cars to look to win a 6th championship.

Mayhew Tools is back for a second season as the primary sponsor of the team and are very happy with the relationship. Mayhew is a 160-year-old company and has used racing the last 2 years for brand awareness and name recognition. Mayhew also likes the TV exposure that the tour gives them and the huge rolling billboard that the hauler for the #2 takes to the track

Doug spoke about last year’s 5th championship. When we asked if he was confident on championship #5 after his early season troubles his answer was if I said yes, I would be lying. He didn’t think he had a shot to continue the championship streak until Stafford in August when he finished second to Ryan Preece.

We asked Doug if he feels the teams that go to Fla. have an advantage In February and why his team does not head south. Doug said that absolutely some of his competitors get a small advantage as they work the bugs out of new equipment, but work commitments keep him up north.

Doug  won his 5th championship in unusual style. 2017 he flipped flopped his successful tracks with tracks he normally did poorly. NHMS and Thompson were not his best tracks in 2017 which is very unusual.  Putting aside the Icebreaker at Thompson where he barely made 1 lap being caught up in a wreck he feels the completion has really stepped up at those tracks closing that gap.

Riverhead which for many years was a thorn in his side including the 2013 when his throttle hung during his time trial run costing him a race and probably a chance at a championship. That changed last year he came away with a 2nd and a 3rd and feels the focus on getting better at Riverhead helped those finishes.

Last year Doug won only 1 race, the first time with that total since 2014, we asked Doug if he felt he could increase that number this year. Doug said they come to the track with the mentality to win each race and this year would be no different so he hopes he can increase that number.

This season Doug will have a few new crew members and crew members doing different jobs than they had in the past. Doug said many of the crew members are also his friends and have been for many years and that helps

Series Director Jimmy Wilson:

We reached out to Jimmy as we get close to opening day to ask his views on the state the tour for 2018.

Fist we asked Jimmy about his outlook for the 2018 season.

We are very pleased with the scheduling for 2018. With the Seekonk race being moved to June 2nd NASCAR has broken up the long stretch during the summer. With the longest road trip for the teams heading to Bristol it gives them a week off at the end of August before the stretch run to the end of the season.

As far as rules for 2018 there are no major rules changes for the upcoming season

Jimmy is also pleased with the young drivers that are coming up in the series, it bodes for a bright future for the tour.

Two things that Jimmy really likes about the 2028 season are the winners purses , point fund and the new crown jewel event at NHMS.

Whelen Engineering Winner of the Race award has increased this year from $500.00 per race to $3,500.00. That will push the winner of most of the races to a minimum of $10,000. The only races below that will be the 2 Riverhead races plus the Thompson mid-week race. When we spoke about the purse money Jimmy always likes to point out the NASCAR pays more than any tour out there. The purse, bonus and point fund the money is second to none of any Modified tour.

Jimmy is also very excited is the Full Throttle weekend Friday September 21st and September 22nd.  The weekend will feature the WMT, K & N East and for the first time Pinty series from Canada. The winner of the Modified feature will take home a minimum of $25,000. With bonus and announced lap monies a driver who dominates the race and leads many laps could win upwards of $30,000 or more.

We asked about the format of the race and the expected tire count that will be needed. He said there will be a 5-minute break at a lap to be determined. As far as the tires, there will be a Hoosier tire test before the Eastern Propane 100 July 21st to determine the needed compound.  Hoosier had some uncharacteristic issues with the right front tires that they want to resolve before the next WMT race at NHMS.

NHMS will be issuing press releases with more information about the race format as the year progresses. Increased access to the cars and drivers that the fans have not enjoyed in the past will be part of the show. Unfortunately, NHMS lost a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup weekend but they are putting a significant effort into making the WMT/Pinty/K & N as great a weekend as any Cup race they have hosted..

Eddie Partridge owner of the TS Haulers #6:

Eddie took 2 cars to Fla. With Ryan Preece but only came back with 1 intact car.

What is the status of the white #6 that left the park at Bronson Speedway?

“The white #6 was not repairable, Troyer is  building us a new one hopefully to be finished by the Icebreaker. The team will run the 2018 season splitting races between the beautiful new black #6 that they shook down at New Smyrna Speedway and the white #6 that will be delivered shortly.

Ed pointed out that while Ryan Preece is still his full-time driver he will have to miss a minimum of 2 races as Ryan continues to race for Joe Gibbs on the Xfnity Tour.

When asked if Ryan could have a shot at the championship Ed responded that  they  have a shot at the owners championship again Ryan and his fill in,  Jimmy Blewett . Jimmy will drive the car today at  Myrtle Beach and at  one race at Riverhead.

Making the task a little tougher this year, at Thompson Ryan will start last at the Icebreaker after racing at Texas in the Xfinity series on that Saturday. With veteran Jimmy Blewett filing in the team should not miss a beat.

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Lastly as we start the 2018 season the tour will have a big void. While there is always great optimism as a season starts, this year there is a feeling something is missing. One of the all-time greats TC Ted Christopher will not be in the field. Teds untimely passing last year left us stunned and saddened.  Ted was not only a great driver but a great friend to many.  Ted touched many with his bumper, his humor, his friendship and his hard as nails attitude. Ted will be missed and surely never  forgotten.

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Notes: The Myrtle Beach opener March 17th is called the St Patrick’s Day 300 Race. The program will feature Late Models, Chargers, Super Trucks, Mini Stocks and NASCAR WMT Modified division.

The official entry list-http://racing-reference.info/entrylist/2018-01/N/E

The NBCSN TV schedule is out, Derick Pernesiglio and company will be back covering the NASCAR WMT starting with the opening day Myrtle Beach race. It will be broadcast the following week Wed. March 21  at 6:00PM on tape delay.

Myracenews will be at the track as the gates open Saturday at 9:30AM and give you updates throughout the day. Follow along on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.