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SEEKONK SPEEDWAY ANNOUNCES EIGHT-RACE IRACING ROAD TRIP TOUR

STORY & PHOTOS BY: Kyle Souza/Seekonk Speedway

SEEKONK, Mass. — With COVID-19 delaying action on the track at Seekonk Speedway, competitors competed in the inaugural Seekonk iRacing event last weekend.  Building off the success, Seekonk is now proud to announce an eight-race iRacing Seekonk Road Trip Tour for the 2020 season. All eight races will be broadcasted live on Speed51.com — one of the top platforms covering short-track racing in the country. The schedule begins on Thursday, April 9, and ends on Thursday, Oct. 21 — as all eight races will be mid-week specials on Thursday nights — most leading into a major event on the third-mile in real-life as part of Seekonk’s 75th anniversary season. The entire schedule will be run with fixed Super Late Model setups on iRacing, with 150-lap distances, and will bring drivers to some of the most historic short-tracks in the country. The broadcast for each event is slated to begin at 7:30 p.m. on Speed51.

“Seekonk Speedway is excited to be able to help our racers and fans occupy the time with some exciting virtual racing, its very cool to see racers from all eight classes at Seekonk compete on common ground,” Ed St. Germain, Seekonk’s Director of Business Development, said. “Although not a substitute for being at the track, we feel that iRacing is a great platform for racers to work on their skills. Putting together a competitive series just makes it real competition and more fun for all.”

On Thursday, April 9, drivers will compete at Lanier National Speedway in the Bunny Hop V150. It will be followed by the second stop on tour on Thursday, April 30, at Southern National Motorsports Park, a high-banked track in North Carolina, with the Seekonk Southern V150. The Memorial V150 takes place at Irwindale Speedway (Outer Track) on May 21, while the Gamblers V150 at The Bullring at Las Vegas is set for Thursday, June 25. 

In the middle of the summer, Seekonk takes competition to Five Flags Speedway, the home of the real-life Snowball Derby, to compete in the SnoFlakes in July V150 on Thursday, July 23. Following that, on Thursday, August 20, drivers will compete in the Virginia is for Racers 150 at South Boston Speedway, while the final two stops bring competitors towards the championship fight. The Fall Classic V150 at Oxford Plains Speedway is slated for September 17, while the Spooktacular V150 will crown the champion at Myrtle Beach Speedway on Thursday, October 21. A full, detailed schedule is below.

All qualifying for the events will take place in advance of feature race night. For the first race at Lanier, qualifying will take place on Wednesday, April 8. Qualifying dates will be determined a week in advance of each event, but should be the night before each feature. Each event will take the top 25 or 26 qualifiers to the grid for 150 laps, depending on the track. A full qualifying format to set the field for each event will be released a week prior.

“Working with all of our competitors and crew members has already been a pleasure in the short time since we started the races,” Kyle Souza, Seekonk’s News Manager and iRacing Event Coordinator, said. “Giving our race teams a chance to compete together at some of the nation’s top short-tracks is going to be something no one will want to miss. Sit back, relax, and step away from quarantine early in our season, before we get back to the track. Once we do, this will be a great mid-week break.” 

Drivers compete in the Seekonk 250 last weekend on iRacing. (Seekonk Speedway)

Drivers that are competing in Seekonk iRacing events must fit the below description in some way in order to be eligible to qualify. Race Control reserves the right to deny any application. 

-2020 Seekonk registered and paid drivers

-2019 Seekonk registered and paid drivers (until June 24)

-Seekonk Speedway race staff

-Immediate crew members on weekly race cars at Seekonk (owners, crew chiefs, spotters, mechanic, etc.)

*After June 24, any drivers that will compete in league competition need to be either registered and paid for 2020 or part of the immediate crew members group of those registered for 2020.*

Driver registrations will be $10 per event, and that cost will go towards administrative and broadcasting fees to get the events completed. Drivers must sign up for each event — not for the series overall. Any drivers who competed in the first iRacing event will be eligible to enter for all future events, while additional drivers are welcome to file an entry for approval. Registration for the Bunny Hop V150 at Lanier is now available and will close on Sunday night, April 5, at 9PM. No late registrations will be accepted. 

Drivers compete in the Seekonk 250 last weekend on iRacing. (Seekonk Speedway)

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Seekonk Speedway is currently seeking marketing supporters to provide a contingency prize program for the entire Road Trip Tour. Please contact Ed St. Germain at 617-515-5199 or Kyle Souza at 508-642-2033 for more information about contingency programs. A full rulebook for the series has been released and is available on the iRacing page of the track website. For more information on Seekonk Speedway, visit www.seekonkspeedway.com, and follow the track on Facebook. 

2020 Seekonk Speedway Schedule

75th ANNIVERSARY TO INCLUDE MIX OF MID-WEEK SPECTACULARS, WEEKLY RACING SLATE & SPECIAL EVENTS 
By Kyle Souza 


SEEKONK, Mass. — The 75th anniversary season of racing at Seekonk Speedway is going to be one to remember. The return of a staple Wednesday night show is joined by two new mid-week events, Fast Friday and NASCAR Saturday weekly racing, and multiple special events that have been part of Seekonk’s schedule for decades, helping to fill a packed season for 2020. 


Seekonk’s goal while celebrating this historic landmark in Massachusetts short-track racing is to trace back to racing roots created throughout the last seven decades – bringing in multiple staple touring series divisions, like Modifieds, Supermodifieds, and fendered Late Models – to join a stable base of weekly racing, including the Pro Stocks, a division started in 1978, and seven other weekly classes. As part of NASCAR Saturday, fans will be treated to extra-distance races worth extra cash, while also having the opportunity to visit the track with mid-week events that are sure to draw cars from across the country, and Canada. 


Outside of Open Wheel Wednesday (July 1 — Tri Track Open Modified Series, NEMA Lite Dave Steele Memorial & 350 Supers), two other events, spread between July and August, will help headline the schedule. Wednesday, July 29, will be the innagural  Bay State Classic, as the Pro All Star Series returns to Seekonk for a 150-lap feature, while the American Canadian Tour also joins the show for a 100-lap race – bringing some of New England’s top fender talent to Seekonk in the middle of the summer. On Wednesday, August 12, the ISMA Supermodifieds headline a night for 100 laps, while the Boston Louie Seymour Classic for the NEMA Lites and NEMA Midgets joins the show. 


Outside of these marquee events, there will be 16 Fast Friday nights, 17 NASCAR Saturday nights and five Thrill Shows throughout the season, which begins in May, and cumulates in October. The 2020 season will also include extra distance events for each of the NASCAR and Fast Friday divisions, including the return of the Phil’s Propane Triple Crown Series, and the debut of a Diamond Anniversary slate of events. 


“We wanted to put together a schedule that fans would remember the 75th anniversary season,” Ed St. Germain, Director of Business Development for Seekonk Speedway, said. “In addition to our eight-action packed weekly divisions on Friday and Saturday nights, fans get tour races with PASS, ACT, Tri Track, NWMT, ISMA, NEMA and more. Bonus races and big shows are happening all summer long at the Action Track of the East, thanks to our great sponsors, fans and race teams. I would also like to thank the Venditti family for keeping short track racing alive and thriving in Southern New England!”


The NASCAR program begins on Sunday, May 3, with the Pro Stocks, Everett’s Auto Parts Late Models, Helger’s Southcoast Power Equipment Sportsman and Sport Trucks running five extra laps, and the Troy City Tactical Spectator Drags opening their own 10-event schedule. 


The Fast Friday schedule opens on Friday, May 29, with the Nick’s Pit Stop Legends, Helger’s Southcoast Power Equipment Pure Stocks, Sport 4 and Seekonk Grand Prix Bandolero Bandit, and Outlaw divisions set for action. They will compete throughout the summer, with their championship battles concluding on September 18. 


NASCAR Saturday championship battles will take on a new look for 2020. The Pro Stock championship will end on Saturday, September 19, while the Late Models, Sportsman and Sport Trucks will see their title holder crowned as part of the D.A.V. Fall Classic on September 26. The Phil’s Propane Triple Crown Series returns for three special events in each division on both nights. This is a three-race series that includes extra laps, extra cash and its own championship points bracket-style battle. For 2020, the bracket championship format will move to Friday night as well. All Phil’s champions will be crowned during Phil’s Propane weekend, August 21 & 22. 
Phil’s Propane Triple Crown Series Races: 

  • Pro Stocks: June 13, July 25, August 22 
  • Late Models: June 6, July 11, August 22 
  • Sportsman: May 30, June 27, August 22 
  • Sport Trucks: May 16, June 20, August 22 
  • Pure Stocks: June 19, July 17, August 21 
  • Legends: June 26, July 31, August 21 
  • Sport 4: June 12, July 24, August 21 
  • Bandolero: June 5, July 10, August 21 

New for 2020, Seekonk will also celebrate their 75th anniversary season with Diamond Anniversary races in all Saturday night divisions, adding extra purse money, and extra laps, for all classes. These races will be proudly presented by Everett’s Auto Parts in the Pro Stock and Late Models, and Helger’s Southcoast Power Equipment in the Sportsman and Sport Trucks. 
Pro Stocks and Late Models will have three events, while the Sportsman and Sport Trucks will have one each, all slated for 50 laps. Although the Pro Stocks and Late Models are no strangers to this distance, it will be a trek into unknown waters for drivers in the Sportsman and Trucks, which will surely provide storylines for fans to follow. 

  • Pro Stock: 50 laps, $1750 to win, June 27, July 25 & August 15 
  • Late Model: 50 laps, $1000 to win, June 20, July 18, August 15 
  • Sportsman: 50 laps, $600 to win, August 8 
  • Sport Trucks: 50 laps, $550 to win, July 18 

The Power 5 races also return for Saturday night, with five extra laps planned for each division on select nights.  


Modified events include the return of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour for a 175-lap race on June 6, helping to celebrate their 36th season of racing, along with the two annual Tri Track Open Modified Series shows: Wednesday, July 1, as part of Open Wheel Wednesday, and Saturday, October 24, with the third annual Haunted Hundred. The Haunted Hundred will wrap the overall season, with the Pro All Star Series and Late Models also scheduled. 
Fans will have the opportunity to watch thrills and spills during Thrill Shows at the third-mile five times, starting with the annual Memorial Day event on Saturday, May 23. The Independence Day event hits the nation’s birthday next year, on Saturday, July 4, while August 1 marks the return of Monster Trucks. The season wraps with the Labor Day show on September 5, and the October 12 finale. 


The weekly divisions season ends on September 26, with the Granite State Pro Stock Series returning for the second straight year to headline the DAV Fall Classic with a 100-lap main. The Late Models, Sportsman and Sport Trucks will join them. Although Pro Stock points will end the weekly before, track regulars will join the touring class like they did in 2019. 


Prior to the beginning of the season, teams will have three opportunities to practice leading into opening day: April 18, April 25, and May 2. The season will also include Wednesday night practice sessions throughout the summer, with the exact schedule to be announced. 


Other special event nights for the season include: 

  • Military Night: May 16 
  • Wall of Fame Night: June 13 
  • Youth Sports Night/Schools Out & SYSCO Boston: June 20 
  • INEX Bandolero National Qualifier: July 10 
  • Senior Tour Auto Racers: July 11 
  • Pit Party Autographs & Solar Therapeutics: July 18 
  • Shriner’s Night & Trike Races: July 25 
  • INEX Legend Qualifier: July 31 
  • New England Antique Auto Racers & Southcoast Power Equipment Night: August 8 
  • Fans On Parade & Everett’s Fan Appreciation: August 15 
  • Kids Back to School Blast: August 29 
  • Scout Night: September 12 
  • Fast Friday Championship Night: September 18 
  • NASCAR Pro Stock Championship Night: September 19 
  • DAV Fall Classic (Championship Event For Late Models, Sportsman, Trucks): September 26 

Adding to a list of countless sponsors for 2020, the following will return: Everett’s Auto Parts, Phil’s Propane, Helger’s Southcoast Power Equipment, Pepsi, Miller/Coors, Seekonk Grand Prix, SYSCO, Farnum Fence, Shriners, Troy City Tactical, Chaz Auto Body, Bristol Toyota, First Ford, Elmwood Dodge, PLP Sealcoating, KC’s Classic Burger Bar, Chick Fil A, WCTK Cat Country 98.1, Four Town Farms, Fear Town and American Racer. 
Sponsorship packages for the 2020 season are available by contacting the office at 508-336-9959. 
The schedule for the 2020 season is subject to change. Please visit seekonkspeedway.com for the latest updates throughout the offseason and follow the track on social media. As a note, tickets for the 2018 banquet, scheduled for Saturday, January 18, at the Venus De Milo in Swansea, Massachusetts, are currently available.

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour 2020 Schedule Announced

NASCAR PRESS RELEASE  NOVEMBER 5, 2019

Photo Michael Jaworecki/Myracenews

New Venues, Traditional Dates For 2020

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The debut of a new showcase track, the highly-anticipated return to an Virginia venue, and a strong slate of premier northeast short tracks make the 2020 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour schedule one of the most anticipated in recent years. 

Three new tracks will be on the schedule: 

The tour will make its furthest trip west with the debut of Iowa Speedway. The “Fastest Short Track on the Planet” will host NASCAR’s only open-wheel division on Friday, July 31. The Whelen Modified Tour slate will also add returns to Martinsville Speedway and Jennerstown Speedway. 

“The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour is coming off an exciting year in which we saw Doug Coby continue his historic championship run and we saw the level of competition and number of competitors increase,” said Brandon Thompson, NASCAR managing director, touring series. “We are excited about the mix of high-profile national series tracks that will showcase the great racing on the Modified tour, and the strong short tracks that have been the backbone of Modified racing.” 

Martinsville, Virginia’s famous half-mile, is steeped in NASCAR Modified history. The modified division first raced at Martinsville in 1960 and was part of the original tour schedule in 1985. The Maxpro Window Films 200 will run on Friday, May 8 as part of the spring Cup Series weekend. 

Jennerstown, a .522-mile oval in western Pennsylvania, will feature the tour on Saturday May 23. The track has held 14 tour races over the years, with the late Ted Christopher being the last to visit Victory Lane in 2006.  

The Whelen Modified Tour will open the season with a return trip to Virginia’s South Boston Speedway on Saturday, March 21. Connecticut will serve as the traditional opening of racing in New England with the 46th Annual Icebreaker weekend at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park on Sunday, April 5, followed by the NAPA Spring Sizzler weekend at Stafford Motor Speedway on Sunday, April 26. 

The season will conclude with the 48th annual NAPA Fall Final weekend at Stafford on Sunday, Sept. 27, and the 58th annual Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing at Thompson on Sunday, Oct. 11. 

New Hampshire Motor Speedway will again feature a 100-lap showcase on Saturday, July 18. The Whelen Modified Tour will also return with the 200-lap main event for the track’s Full Throttle Fall Weekend on Saturday, Sept. 12. 

Other schedule highlights include:  

  • In addition to Jennerstown, the tour will make the trip to western New York to be part of Oswego Speedway’s 64th Annual Budweiser International Classic on Saturday, Sept. 5. 
  • Riverhead Raceway, a staple of the Whelen Modified Tour, will host two events. The first will be on Saturday, June 20, with a return trip to Long Island on Saturday, Sept. 19. 
  • A pair of bullrings will factor into the championship picture: Massachusetts’ Seekonk Speedway will bring the tour to town on Saturday, June 6, while New Jersey’s Wall Stadium Speedway will run on Saturday, July 11. 

The complete NBCSN schedule, including broadcast times, will be released at a later date. 

2020 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Schedule  

DATE TRACK CITY 
Saturday, March 21 South Boston Speedway South Boston, Va. 
Sunday, April 5 Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Thompson, Conn. 
Sunday, April 26 Stafford Motor Speedway Stafford, Conn. 
Friday, May 8 Martinsville Speedway Martinsville, Va. 
Saturday, May 23 Jennerstown Speedway Jennerstown, Pa. 
Saturday, June 6 Seekonk Speedway Seekonk, Mass. 
Saturday, June 20 Riverhead Raceway Riverhead, N.Y. 
Saturday, July 11 Wall Stadium Speedway Wall, N.J. 
Saturday, July 18 New Hampshire Motor Speedway Loudon, N.H. 
Friday, July 31 Iowa Speedway Newton, Iowa 
Friday, Aug. 7 Stafford Motor Speedway Stafford, Conn. 
Wednesday, Aug. 19 Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Thompson. Conn. 
Saturday, Sept. 5 Oswego Speedway Oswego, N.Y. 
Saturday, Sept. 12 New Hampshire Motor Speedway Loudon, N.H. 
Saturday, Sept. 19 Riverhead Raceway Riverhead, N.Y. 
Sunday, Sept. 27 Stafford Motor Speedway Stafford, Conn. 
Sunday, Oct. 11 Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Thompson. Conn.