Seekonk Speedways 2016 Phil’s Propane Triple Crown Series Dates Announced

SEEKONK, Mass. — The divisions that compete weekly as part of the NASCAR Whelen All American Series and Fast Friday at Seekonk Speedway have more than 15 races during the course of the season.

Though each race is exciting, arguably, the three most exciting battles have come in the Phil’s Propane Triple Crown Series events in the past three seasons.

With the excitement still flowing from last years three intense battles, Seekonk is proud to announce the dates that will come along with the return of the Phil’s Propane Triple Crown Series to the Action Track of the East for 2016.

The following dates have been assigned to each division for the 2016 season:

Pro Stocks: June 28, July 23, August 27

Late Models: June 11, July 9, August 6

Street Stocks: June 4, July 16, August 20

Sports Trucks: May 28, June 25, July 30

INEX Legends: June 17, July 22, August 19

Pure Stocks: June 24, July 29, August 26

Sport 4: June 10, July 15, August 12

SYRA: July 8, August 5, September 2

The format for the 2016 series will be the same as it was in 2015. Below is a breakdown of each round:

Round One: Triple Crown Opener

All drivers start in contention for the Triple Crown championship.
Following the checkered flag in race one, the top seven finishers will advance to round two, eliminating all others from contention.
Round Two: Lucky Seven

The second Triple Crown feature will whittle the field down even further, with the winners of the first two races automatically advancing to the final round.
The remaining two spots in the “Final Four” will be awarded to the highest two non-winners in Triple Crown points after the first two races.
Round Three: Final Four

The four eligible drivers will conclude the Triple Crown Series championship fight with the highest finishing of the four winning the title.
The driver will be honored track-side following the feature event.
In the past, multiple driver’s have had the honor of being crowned the Phil’s Propane Triple Crown Series champions. In 2015, Tom Scully Jr., driver of the NAPA Auto Parts No. 2 Pro Stock, collected the top Phil’s crown, taking home a trophy and a check for $1,000. Nick Uring, John Paiva and Tyler Lallier collected the crowns in the Late Models, Sports Trucks and Street Stocks.

On Fast Friday, Amy Arsenault won the Phil’s crown in the Pure Stocks, while T.J. Thompson took the Nick’s Pit Stop Legend Cars honor. Karlin Levesque, David Westgate and Taylor Bowser won the title in the SYRA 600, Sport 4 and SYRA 750 classes.

The Triple Crown Series had and will continue to have an impact on the overall Seekonk point standings in the past three seasons, with race winners receiving double (100) points instead of the normal 50 point winner’s payout.

Phil’s Propane, is a propane company that services more than 5,000 residential, commercial and industrial accounts covering all of Newport and Bristol Counties in Massachusetts and also services other areas in the Northeast. The company also is a proud sponsor of Kevin Casper and the Phil’s Propane #88 powered Pro Stock at Seekonk.



VERNON, NY- Prior to the 2015 season, Utica-Rome Speedway management combined the Pro Stock and Pure Stock classes to create the Pro Street division.  With car counts dipping in both during the previous seasons, the idea was come up a set of rules to allow both types of cars to compete in one stronger division.  For the most part, it was a success as the car counts improved as the season wore on and the competition remained as exciting as ever.
As we prepare for the 2016 season, track owners Bill Shea and Kim Shea hope to expand on that success with some changes that will the popular 602 crate powered cars to be competitive with the traditional open motor cars.  Many of these ideas were discussed at an early November rules meeting with drivers and again at the National Parts Peddler Trade Show.
For 2016, the Pro Stock division at the Utica-Rome Speedway will follow the DIRTcar rulebook except for a few exceptions.  All cars must have a post-race weight of 3,000 lbs. except for rear coil spring cars, which must weigh 3,150 lbs.  All cars must utilize the MSD 8727ct rev box with crate powered cars set at 6,000 rpm.  Open motor powered cars will be set at 6,700 rpm.  All cars in the Pro Stock division will be on the same tire, which will be the Hoosier D60 with the 11/87-15 or 11/90-15 sizes allowed.  A variation of this rule package was used at Fonda Speedway this past season with much success.
Any questions concerning these rules, please contact tech inspector Bernie Lukas at (315) 271-3068.
The complete rule book will soon be available at as well as any off season news as we prepare for the 2016 season opener on Sunday April 17.  To contact the speedway office, please call (315)829-4557.


Earl Paules is 2015 Mahoning Valley Speedway Modified champion

(Palmerton, PA 12-1-15) Earl Paules knows a thing or two about winning championships, especially at Lehighton’s Mahoning Valley Speedway. The 50 year old veteran racer from Palmerton notched his second Modified title and fifth overall in the past four years at the paved ¼-mile oval.

And, although he knows all about what it takes to win championships, Paules admits that this one was hard-earned from start to finish.

In what was considered one of the closest battles ever for the coveted Modified crown, five drivers, Paules, Austin Kochenash, Eric Beers, Kris Graver and Don Wagner all went toe-to-toe into the last point race as legitimate contenders.

“It was pretty cool, especially for how close it was between the first five guys. It was probably the toughest five-way battle ever at Mahoning Valley that I can remember. In other years they would be wrapping up Modified titles with two weeks to go. But man-o-man it was back and forth,” said Paules, who also has three consecutive Late Model championships (2012-14).

“I was worried about the 22 car (Wagner) then he fell off. Then I was worried about the 45 car (Beers) but he had some bad nights near the end and all of a sudden out of nowhere came Austin (Kochenash) and then (Kris) Graver was real strong in those final weeks,” he continued.

“Donny Wagner is a great guy to be around both on and off the race track. With Eric Beers you’re not going to get a better guy to race alongside of. He’s raced from New Hampshire and all the way down to Florida. It’s fun to race with him. Kris Graver is another guy that no doubt you can race with side-by-side all day long.

“I really like Austin, he’s a good kid and the future of the sport. He’s a young pistol and is always on the gas from lap one to how ever many laps there is. The kid can drive a race car.”

Looking back, the year actually began awful for the driver known as “The Hurricane”. When the checkered flag fell on the 2015 season opener on April 11, Wagner won the 125-lap feature and would go on to lead the points for the next three months. Paules was nowhere in sight that first night, taking a dismal 22nd place finish, thanks to a dead battery.

As a point racer Paules knows when you’re going after a title a bad race or two is evident. But, if you’re going to have one of those nights, the earlier in the season the better. One week later he was not only back in the limelight, winning the feature, it also began his march to the top of the standings.

“I think about what I need to do in March and we try to stick to that all summer long,” said Paules.

“I told my guys we have to get more wins but if we get six wins and don’t get the championship, our year in my opinion is a flop.”

Paules had two wins, which was fewer than Kochenash, Beers and Graver, but by racing wisely to consistent top-5 and top-10 finishes it enabled him to bring home the big prize.

“It’s so hard to win out there, especially when you’re coming from deep to mid-pack each week. There is just so many good drivers who can win at Mahoning Valley. We had 11 different winners this season and that says it right there,” noted Paules.

“Sure we want to win more but at the same time you have to stay focused on the big picture.”

Paules has always relied on the horsepower that comes from respected engine builder Bob Bruneau of Bristol, Conn. However, after winning his first Modified title in 2012, he then purchased a brand new 2013 Race Works Chassis but never was able to get the car to handle to his liking. He had only one win in the previous two seasons with the car. Frustrated, he then brought out a tried and true machine, a 1990 version of the Race Works and was back in top form.

“There was two wasted years there that we changed and tried different things. We actually parked that car just past halfway in 2014 and when we brought out the old car we made it all the way up to second in final points,” said Paules.

“The 1990 car was always my favorite car. It was Dick Barney’s car and you always had the best drivers in there. Tony Siscone, John Blewett III and Billy Pauch. It had over 70 wins on it before I bought it. Race Works are amazing cars.”

The championships and wins have put Paules in rare company among those who compete on the pavement tracks of eastern Pennsylvania. He has near 80 career feature wins on blacktop which ranks him second only to Brian DeFebo.

“We won five championship in four years at the same race track and we’re proud of that. But you never think that you’re that good because after the banquet is over and done with we now have to try harder then what we did last year to do it again and that’s where I’m at,” explained Paules.

“I’m working harder at it. We already have one car done for next year and we’ve started on the second car and we hope to have that one done by Christmas. So we’re working that much harder to be that much better or at least stay equal to where we are now. I’m 50 years old now and I don’t want these young kids or anyone to beat me.”

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