|The driver who bests three of his toughest competitors in the results of the final race (Fastest Four) will earn the right to be the Seekonk Speedway 2022 track champion and Drive For the Cup winner.
The new 2022 season mindset will be simple for everyone involved: Every lap matters. Every race matters. Every position matters.
“Debuting this playoff format is something we are excited about because it’s going to keep fans engaged on every single Friday and Saturday night throughout the season,” David Alburn, Competition Director at Seekonk Speedway, said. “The playoffs are going to create a new, fresh buzz around both the pit area and the grandstands and we won’t know who the champions are until right down to the final laps of the final race. Every race will truly matter in 2022.”
In every major sport, including NASCAR, the NFL and the NBA, there is some sort of playoff format – and that is where the most entertaining games of the season happen. Think of baseball, in that final moment of the World Series, where a strikeout sends fans going crazy. Or in NASCAR, when the driver racing in the final four edges his competitor by two inches to win the championship. Seekonk Speedway is planning to bring that type of excitement right to Massachusetts during the new year.
The regular season will begin on Sunday, May 1 for NASCAR Saturday teams and Friday, May 27 for Fast Friday teams. Concurrent with past years, the regular season format will not change. Drivers will compete in qualifying and feature racing and be awarded the same point totals as previous years. Heat points will be re-introduced for the 2022 season and will count towards the standings, with five points going to the winner, four to second, etc., with fifth earning one point. A point total will be kept for each division, just like before. The season will also still include special event races like the Everett’s Auto Parts Triple Crown Series and extra-distance events. The final weekend of the regular season will be Friday and Saturday, August 26-27
The field will be set across all nine divisions by using the point standings from the regular season. A specific number of top points finishers in each division will enter the playoffs.
PRO STOCKS: 8 cars
LATE MODELS: 8 cars
SPORTSMAN: 8 cars
SPORT TRUCKS: 8 cars
LEGENDS CARS: 8 cars
SPORT 4: 8 cars
PURE STOCK: 8 cars
BANDOLERO BANDITS: 6 cars
BANDOLERO OUTLAWS: 6 cars
All drivers in the playoff format will be seeded based off their points accumulated by the last completed race before Labor Day, with the number 1 seed being the highest points total from all of the regular season races. Two will be second in points, followed by three, and down through the top six or eight, depending on the division. If the final weekend of the regular season happens to have a rainout, the point totals leading into that weekend will be used to set the playoff field.
As part of the August 26-27 weekend, all features will be the Last Chance Wild Card Chance for qualified cars who are outside the top 8 and have attended every week of the season. If a driver meets those criteria and wins that nights feature they will be added to Playoff field as the 9th seed. Different than NASCAR cup series, a win during the season doesn’t lock a driver into the playoffs. Only those drivers who win the feature on the final night of the regular season would be locked in, however, they would need to have run all events during the regular season to be eligible. If there is a rainout on the final night of the regular season, the drivers who won the week before would not be eligible to advance into the playoffs.