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 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.
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.