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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 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 Tri Track Open Modified Series 2018 Schedule

Photo: Michael Jaworecki Myracenews

Seekonk, Mass. (December 28, 2017): Officials have announced the 2018 schedule for the Tri-Track Open Modified Series (TTOMS). Featuring some traditional race events, the 2018 event will also feature a series first. The four race schedule will commence on Memorial Day weekend and conclude with the fun and festive “Haunted Hundred” with plenty of action over the summer months.

“We are really proud of the schedule that we have been able to put together,” said Managing Partner Wayne Darling. “It will feature some of the traditional events that we know will be action-packed, another that will build momentum after last year’s success and a whole new event to create even more excitement.”

The 2018 Tri-Track Open Modified Series season will open with the running of the inaugural Memorial Day 100 at Claremont Speedway on Saturday, May 26, 2018. The 1/3 mile asphalt oval located in Claremont, NH, runs Friday nights weekly and features Tour-Type Modifieds as their headline division.

“We have had strong car counts and we are hoping that the Tri-Track Open Modified Series event will help us build up our fan base as well,” said Claremont Owner & Promoter James Ambrose.

“There is not a bad seat in the house,” added Ambrose, of the aluminum grandstands that are built into the bank. Ambrose and his partners including former competitor Phil Hayes have rehabbed much of the facility since purchasing the race track.

Notable Claremont competitors to make starts with TTOMS in 2017 included track champion Dana Smith, Russ Hersey, Dwight Jarvis, Mike Douglas, Jeffrey Gallup, Nick Salva, Brandee Tree, Brian Robie and emerging talents Sammy Rameau,  Dylan Rock, Cameron Sontag, and TJ Bleau. A strong field will be expected on Memorial Day Weekend.

The prestigious Open Wheel Wednesday 100 at Seekonk Speedway is set for Wednesday, June 27, 2018. Each year this event, with a $10,000 winner’s share on the line, draws the best-of-the-best in Modified racing. Returning to join the Tri Track Open Modified series is the equally as prestigious Boston Louie Seymour Memorial for the Northeast Midget Association (NEMA).

“Seekonk Speedway is excited to have the Tri-Track series be a part of the 15th annual open Wheel Wednesday and to continue the tradition of exciting, big dollar mid-week racing,” said Seekonk Speedway’s Ed St. Germain, Director of Business Development.

Another notable event on the 2018 Tri-Track Open Modified Series schedule is the annual SBM 125 at Star Speedway in Epping, NH, on Saturday, July 28. Strong car counts featuring talent from all over New England including some of the best northern competitors, make for a night of tight racing action at the bullring at Star.

“The status of this race is really what makes weekly short track racing great,” said Star Speedway owner and promoter Bobby Webber, Jr. “It is the commitment from men like my Dad and the dedication of guys like Kevin Rice, Jim Schaefer and Dick Williams. And all the teams that come out and race hard to support an event like this and the people who built it.”

Star Speedway will also hold a practice day on Friday July 27 for all competitors.

The 2018 season will culminate with the fun and excitement of the Halloween –themed Haunted Hundred on Saturday, October 27 at Seekonk Speedway.  No trick, all treats are expected for this event following last year’s success where a strong crowd witnessed one of the best races of the season under picture-perfect conditions.

“We are looking forward to the second annual Haunted Hundred,” added St. Germain. “The management of the Tri-Track Series has been great to work with and their format works great at Seekonk.”

Now that the schedule has been finalized, the big question for the 2018 season will be – can anyone dethrone Matt Hirschman? There will be four great opportunities for competitors to make that happen. With a solid race schedule and the expectation for continued strong fields, the 2018 season will undoubtedly be hotly contested.

“On behalf of Mark Pennink and myself, we want to thank Jim Schaefer and Dick Williams for their unwavering commitment to the series and the sport and to the track promoters for their continued belief in our competitors and the product that we produce,” conclude Darling.

2018 TRI-TRACK OPEN MODIFIED SERIES SCHEDULE

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Inaugural Memorial Day 100

Claremont Speedway

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

15th Annual Open Wheel Wednesday

Seekonk Speedway

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Annual SBM 125

Star Speedway

Saturday, October 27, 2018

2nd Annual Haunted Hundred

Seekonk Speedway