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Matt Hirschman Looks To Steal Spotlight At Seekonk

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Returns To “Cement Palace”

 We’re past Memorial Day weekend, which means the unofficial start of the summer swing for racing is set to get underway. The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East runs its sixth of 14 race events on the 2018 championship schedule this weekend at the three-quarter mile Memphis International Raceway Saturday evening. The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour heads to Massachusetts to the third-mile Seekonk Speedway Saturday night.

NASCAR WHELEN MODIFIED TOUR at SEEKONK

WHAT TO WATCH FOR

After getting the month of May off, the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour is back in action with the tour’s third consecutive trip to “The Cement Palace” and ninth overall.

While the focus will be on the championship chase, Matt Hirschman is looking to steal the spotlight. The Northampton, Pennsylvania, driver, won the pole and led 62 laps last year before finishing fourth.  While he’s still looking for his first tour win since 2008, he started the year strong by winning the tour-type Modified title at the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at Florida’s New Smyrna Speedway and finishing third in the tour opener at South Carolina’s Myrtle Beach Speedway.

Four-time defending tour champion Doug Coby is looking to get his season on track. He’s seventh in points and the defending race winner, and showed last year not to count him out too early. Coby has three top fives in four starts at Seekonk.

Justin Bonsignore holds a one-point lead on Chase Dowling, and has a pair of top 10s in two events.

RACING-REFERENCE: Previous Whelen Modified Tour races at Seekonk | Whelen Modified Tour drivers’ career stats at Seekonk

RACE FACTS

RACE SEEKONK 150
PLACE Seekonk (Mass.) Speedway
DATE Saturday, June 2
TIME 8 p.m. ET
TELEVISION NBCSN, Wednesday, June 6 – 7 p.m. ET
TRACK LAYOUT .333-mile oval
2017 WINNER Doug Coby
2017 POLE Matt Hirschman
EVENT SCHEDULE Saturday — Garage opens: 12:15 a.m. PT; Final Practice: 2:30-3:50 p.m.; Group qualifying: 5:30 p.m.; Seekonk 150: 8 p.m.
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CREW CHIEF HANDOUT: The maximum starting field is 28 cars, including provisionals.

Qualifying groups will be determined by each vehicle’s overall fastest single lap from the official practice sessions.

The first 22 cars will secure starting positions based on group qualifying session. The remaining six spots will be awarded through the provisional process.

Each group qualifying session will be five (5) minutes in duration and the fastest single lap speed of each vehicle will determine starting positions 1st through 22nd. Adjustments or repairs may not be made on a vehicle after the vehicle enters the track to begin the qualifying session. Vehicles may not
return to the track or make any further qualifying laps unless directed to do so by a NASCAR Official or in the event of a caution. If a vehicle returns to pit road, the vehicle’s qualifying attempt is complete.

The Seekonk 150 will 150 laps (49.99 miles). Maximum of three (3) crew members permitted over the wall at any time during the event. Teams may only change one (1) tire on a single pit stop. Teams will be permitted to swap/move tire locations.

The maximum tire allotment available for this event is eight (8) tires per team. Four (4) tires used for qualifying must be used to begin the race. The tire change rule is zero (0).

Seekonk To Crown PASS Champion in October Pro All Star Series North Added To Haunted Hundred Schedule

By: Kyle Souza, for Seekonk Speedway

SEEKONK, Mass. – For the first time since 2012, Pro All Star Series Super Late Models will return to the “Cement Palace” of Seekonk Speedway in 2018.

A 150-lap main event has been scheduled for Saturday, October 27, adding to an already impressive lineup of racing that includes the Tri Track Open Modified Series and Late Models at the Massachusetts oval. The race will also be the finale for the PASS schedule, which means the 2018 series champion will be crowned following the checkered flag.

“We’re really excited to get to work with Wayne Darling of the Tri Track Open Modified Series,” Tom Mayberry, the president of PASS said. “And, we are happy to return to the “Cement Palace” to crown the 2018 PASS North champion.”

Seekonk runs Super Late Models on a weekly basis as part of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series, and in some of the most recent PASS action at Seekonk, drivers that run weekly seem to have put together a stout effort. In 2009, Tom Scully Jr., held off champion Ben Rowe en route to the win in the 150-lap affair, while in 2010, defending Seekonk Pro Stock champion David Darling won the race, holding off Trevor Sanborn. In 2011, Johnny Clark found his way into Victory Lane, while DJ Shaw won the most recent event in 2012.

For Darling, who captured the 2017 Seekonk Pro Stock title in dominating fashion, the opportunity to race against PASS drivers provides him and other local competitors a chance to defend the home turf.

“I think it’s pretty important (to defend our home turf),” Darling said. “Our cars are a lot closer to their cars now, — over the last few years the rule changes have made our cars more competitive with them.”

Among the outsiders coming in with the PASS on that Saturday afternoon will be Derek Griffith, who has already seen his fair share of success at the third-mile. In 2016, Griffith came off turn four battling for the lead on the final lap of the SLM Nationals, but came up just short in the end. Last year, he charged through the field in the second half of the 200-lap SLM Nationals feature, capturing the checkered flag and a smooth $10,000 paycheck with it.

“When they brought this up to us looking for some ideas, I was all for it,” Griffith said. “I think my worst finish there is third, so we have a great record. I’m looking forward to going back, especially as the championship race. To close out the year at a place we know we are really strong, we are going to go in pretty confident.”

As the addition to the Tri Track Open Modified Series “Haunted Hundred”, a race which will crown the Tri Track champion, PASS provides another opportunity for fans to see multiple different styles of cars in the same day. With the open-wheel modifieds, full-fendered SLM’s and Late Models, fans will have the chance to witness the finale of the New England racing season. The Tri Track race is scheduled for 100 laps, while the Late Models will run 60, and the PASS will run 150 circuits.

“It’s the last race of the year to decide two championships,” Wayne Darling, Managing Partner of the Tri Track Series said. “It’s a Pro Stock and a Modified show, and both of them are ending their points races. It’s a step in the right direction to make our show even better for the fans.”

For more information on Seekonk Speedway, fans can visit the track website, www.seekonkspeedway.com. For more information on the Pro All Star Series, including their entire 2018 racing schedule, fans can visit www.proallstarseries.com.

Additional details, including the event schedule for the day, will be released at a later date.

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