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Seekonk Speedway Has Packed 2021 Schedule

By Souza Media/Kyle Souza / Photo: Seekonk Speedway

SEEKONK, Mass. — Seekonk Speedway is looking ahead to a fresh, exciting 2021 season. On December 3rd, the Massachusetts third-mile announced the full schedule of events for 2021 — one that will mark the 75th anniversary of full-time racing. Seekonk Speedway looks forward to welcoming fans back to the grandstands safely, as the recent vaccine announcements for COVID-19 are welcomed news and talks continue with the state of Massachusetts.

Multiple major events headline the 2021 schedule — including the ISMA Supermodified and Boston Louie NEMA Midget and NEMA Lite Races (June 9), the annual $10,000 to win Open Wheel Wednesday headlined by the Tri Track Open Modified Series (June 30), the inaugural $10,000 to win Bay State Summer Classic with the PASS Pro Stocks (July 28), the annual DAV Fall Classic (September 24-25) and the Haunted Hundred, headlined by Tri Track (October 23).

The slate includes 18 Saturday Night Showdowns — showcasing Seekonk’s premiere Pro Stocks, Everett’s Auto Parts Late Models, Helger’s South Coast Power Equipment Sportsman and Chaz Auto Body Sport Trucks. It will also see the return of the Fast Friday Series — with 16 events for the Nick’s Pit Stop Legends Cars, Helger’s Pure Stocks, Sport 4’s and Seekonk Grand Prix Bandoleros. Seekonk is pleased to welcome back all divisions and their sponsors, while adding Chaz Auto Body to the team of division sponsors.

With COVID-19 shutting down Saturday night competition and Thrill Shows in 2020, and only Fast Friday drivers hitting the track due to regulations from the state of Massachusetts to stop the spread of the virus, it’s only fitting that the 75th anniversary be celebrated in 2021. Seekonk’s Fast Friday classes ran a 10-race slate in front of no spectators in 2020, however, they continued to showcase youth talent and some of the best racing Seekonk offers through the track’s YouTube channel.

“Our schedule includes a bit of something for everyone who is a race fan in the region.” Ed St. Germain, Director of Business Development at Seekonk Speedway, said. “We’re excited for all of our special events, but above all, we can’t wait to welcome back our great fans and get our premiere Saturday night divisions back on the track in 2021.”

The season opens with two Test & tune sessions on April 10 and 24, while opening weekend returns on Saturday and Sunday, May 1-2. Saturday will include the Classic Car Show & Swap Meet fans have come to love, with burn out drags and race practice. On Sunday, May 2, the engines fire in a race competition for the first time with the Pro Stocks, Late Models, Sportsman, Trucks and Spectator Drags. The season rolls from this starting point in May all the way through October, with more than 45 events planned.

Of the touring divisions included, two of them will visit Seekonk more than once — with the prestigious Tri Track Open Modified Series bringing their top Modified talent for Open Wheel Wednesday (June 30) and the Haunted Hundred (October 23). Both races have a large purse and always attract the best Modified talent in the region. New for 2021, the American Canadian Tour (ACT) will also join the Haunted Hundred, along with the return of the Pro All Star Series (PASS) Super Late Models. All three races as part of the season-finale will be 100 laps, matching the Haunted “Hundred” name.

PASS, New England’s premier touring Super Late Model division, will return to Seekonk for three events overall in 2021 — including the big $10,000 to win race on Wednesday, July 28. PASS will also help headline the two races that will close the season — the annual Fall Classic, with a 150 lapper on September 25, and the Haunted Hundred.

The track welcomes back five Thrill Shows to the schedule — with a show for Memorial Day (May 29), Independence Day (July 3), Mid-Summer Spectacular (July 31), Labor Day (September 4) and the Pumpkin Smash (October 9). Note that all Thrill Shows are on Saturday night’s — giving weekly competitors the night off. There will also be a special event on Sunday, August 8 — headlined by the return of Monster Trucks and the first ever Spectator Drag race — where drivers will double up and actually race for multiple laps together on the track, instead of just in a one-on-one format.

As part of the weekly slate, track champions will be crowned in all nine divisions.  Championship battles for all divisions except the Pro Stocks will include as part of the DAV Fall Classic weekend on September 24 and 25, as the Fall Classic returns to a two-day race format, with a practice session on Thursday night, September 23. The Pro Stock title battle wraps on Saturday, September 18, on Ocean State Oil Night, allowing drivers to compete with PASS at the Fall Classic.

The Phil’s Propane Triple Crown Series returns after a year off due to COVID, with a three-race, extra distance, set of races for all of Seekonk’s divisions. The Pro Stock Triple Crown Series races will be 60 laps, while the Late Models will shift to 45 laps. The Sportsman and Sport Trucks remain at 35, while the Pure Stocks, Sport 4’s and Legends Cars are set for 30. As always, the Seekonk Grand Prix Bandolero division runs 15 laps for all of their events, but will also crown a Triple Crown champion.

Phil’s Propane Triple Crown Series Dates:

  • Pro Stocks: June 5, July 16, August 21
  • Late Models: May 22, June 26, August 21
  • Sportsman: May 15, June 19, August 21
  • Sport Trucks: May 8, June 12, August 21
  • Legends Cars: June 25, July 30, August 20
  • Pure Stocks: June 18, July 16, August 20
  • Sport 4: June 11, July 23, August 20
  • Bandolero: June 4, July 9, August 20

The Everett’s Auto Parts Diamond Races are on the schedule, with three special events for the Pro Stocks and the Late Models. All of these races will be 50 laps for both divisions, including a night where both classes run the 50’s on Saturday, August 14.

Everett’s Auto Parts Diamond Race Dates:

  • Pro Stocks: June 26, July 24, August 14
  • Late Models: June 19, July 17, August 14

The Troy City Tactical Spectator Drag Series is back, with drivers set to compete in a 10-race series starting on May 2 and ending on October 9. In the middle, drivers will thrill fans in front of both Saturday night crowds and Thrill Show fans.

The Power 5 Series will return for Helger’s Southcoast Power Equipment Sportsman, with five races set for 30 laps instead of 25, with a bit of extra purse money on the line courtesy of Helger’s. Sponsorship is available for Power 5 races for the remainder of Seekonk’s Saturday night divisions.

The schedule also includes the special returns of Military Night, Youth Sports Night, the STAR and NEAR Antique Racer divisions, R.I. Shriners Night (with Trike Races), Fans on Parade, Scout Night, the Pit Party, Phil’s Propane night, Helger’s Southcoast Power Equipment night and the annual Fan Appreciation night sponsored by Everett’s Auto Parts.

Seekonk looks forward to welcoming back a long list of supporters for the 2021 season, and can’t thank those who stepped up in 2020 enough. See below for a full list of 2021 sponsors to this point:

  • Everetts Auto Parts, Helger’s Southcoast Power Equipment, Phil’s Propane, Ocean State Oil, Solar Theraputics, PEPSI,  T. Moreshead Landscaping, Sunoco Race Fuels, American Racer, Elmwood Dodge, Bristol Toyota, First Ford, Troy City Tactical, Shriners Childrens Hospital, Roger Williams Zoo, Precision Harley Davidison, Columbus Energies, Chick Fil A, Seekonk Grand Prix, Chaz Auto Body, Nick Lascuola Racing, Lambert Brothers Racing, Spring Villa Memory Care, Viper Graphics, Nick’s Pit Stop, Nat’s Racing Engines, KC’s Burger Bar, Miller Brewing, Coors Light, WCTK Cat Country, Four Town Farms

The full schedule is subject to change.

Seekonk Speedway will release additional updates about the 2021 season when available. For more information, follow the track on all social media channels and visit  Please stay tuned for ticket release dates for advanced purchase.

Riverhead Raceway Names Top Rookies from the 2020 Season

Riverhead Raceway recently announced its 2020 Rookie of the Year winners. With no annual banquet due to indoor dining restrictions the track will present the awards at the track next season after the second spring practice.

The Riverhead Raceway 2020 Rookies of the Year

  1. Tour Modifieds– Justin Brown #24. In a season the saw 27 Tour Modified drivers garner points Justin just missed the top 10 with a 11th place finish and 395 Points.
Tour Modified Rookie of the year Justin Brown #21

2. Late Models– Brandon Turbush #21. Brandon finished in the top 10 with a 9th place finish and 205 Points. The highlight of his season was setting fast time and a second place finish in the 40 lap feature on September 12th.

Late Model Rookie of the year Brandon Turbush# 21

3. Crate Modifieds- Richie Davidowitz #25. Richie not only won Rookie of the year honors but captured the championship in a growing Crate Modified division by just four points over Owen Grennan.

Crate Modified Rookie of the year and champion Richie Davidowitz #25

4. Super Pro Trucks– Max Handley #66. Racing against his brother Jack Handley came into his own and finished in 6th place 60 points behind the 2020 champion Jack.

Super Pro Truck Champion Max Handley #66

5. Figure 8’s– Chris Elliot #3 With one of the toughest divisions to succeed turning left and right each lap Chris hung in there all season to finish in 7th place in points.

Figure 8 Rookie of the year Chris Elliot #03

6. INEX Legends– Anthony Colandro Jr #45. In a division that brought 30 plus cars each week and 45 cars scored points Anthony finished the season an impressive 13th place.

INEX Legends Rookie of the Year Anthony Colandro #45

Opening day and the entire Riverhead Raceway schedule should be announced over the next few months. A new crop of rookies awaits their first season and a chance to be named Rooke of the Year. 2021 will also see the debut of the bandoleros at the track. A new low cost division for younger drivers to be introduced to short track racing.

Man on a Mission: Preece Wins Islip 300 at Riverhead

By Kyle Souza / Photo: My Race News

RIVERHEAD, N.Y. — Ryan Preece drove to the front, pitted, then drove to the front again when it mattered most. 

The Berlin, Connecticut, native, who now lives down south competing in the NASCAR Cup Series for JTG Daughtery Racing, won the 4th annual Islip 300 at Riverhead Raceway on Saturday night. The win gave the driver of the No. 6 TS Haulers Modified a check of $7,000  — his second win in the prestigious event in just four years. He outran one of the most talented Modified fields Riverhead has seen in years — with a mix of track regulars, Whelen Modified Tour drivers, Connecticut SK Modified champions and more.

Preece has been running Modifieds part-time on top of his Cup schedule. He rode inside the top-five for the first 195 laps, before pitting for fresh tires under a caution — while leader Justin Bonsignore elected to stay out. Preece charged back through the field, took the lead back, and drove away from the field in the final laps.

The Islip 300, a race that stems from the old Islip Speedway history, has become the top Modified race of the season at the New York bullring. 

Craig Lutz finished second, while NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion Bonsignore, Kyle Soper and track champion Tom Rogers Jr. rounded out the top-five.

Bonsignore and Lutz pitted for tires on lap 219, and a late flurry of cautions briefly slowed their chances to get back to the front. Lutz got through to second and was just five car lengths behind Preece, but lost ground in the final stages, and finished 1.95 seconds back. Rogers Jr. celebrated his fifth NASCAR Modified championship at Riverhead prior to the drop of the green flag.

Soper, the 2019 winner of the Islip 300, led the field to the green and led much of the first third of the race. Once he slid back, it was McKennedy, Preece and Bonsignore who paced most — dicing inside the top-five. Early exits from the race included Eric Goodale, Ronnie Williams and 2017 race winner Dillon Steuer. 

Bonsignore, who sealed his second Whelen Modified Tour title at Thompson in October, swept the two tour races at Riverhead last year — but the tour didn’t race at Riverhead due to COVID in 2020.

Track regulars John Fortin Sr., Roger Turbush and John Beatty finished sixth through eighth, while Keith Rocco and Matt Galko finished the top 10. Rocco, who earned his fourth career SK Modified championship at Stafford Motor Speedway this season, is now the NASCAR all-time leader for the most Division I track championships. 

Riverhead Raceway’s 2020 season has now concluded — two months later than a normal year due to COVID-19. The finale of the season aired live on RiverheadRaceway.TV.

RESULTS: Islip 300, Riverhead Raceway, November 14:

  1. Ryan Preece
  2. Craig Lutz
  3. Justin Bonsignore
  4. Kyle Soper
  5. Tom Rogers Jr.
  6. John Fortin Sr.
  7. Roger Turbush
  8. John Beatty
  9. Keith Rocco
  10. Matt Galko
  11. Max Zachem
  12. Michael Rutoski
  13. Ed Brunnhoelzl III
  14. Jon McKennedy
  15. Dave Sapienza
  16. Artie Pedersen III
  17. Justin Brown
  18. Matthew Brode
  19. Dave Brigati
  20. Chris Young
  21. John Fortin Jr.
  22. CJ Lehmann
  23. Dylan Slepian
  24. Anthony Bello
  25. Dillon Steuer
  26. Ronnie Williams
  27. Eric Goodale
  28. Jimmy Rennick Jr.
  29. Brian Webber