SEEKONK, Mass. – Seekonk Speedway announced today the full schedule of events for the 2022 season at the Massachusetts third-mile oval. The season includes 18 NASCAR Saturday events, 16 Fast Friday weekly series races, three Wednesday night specials, the return of Thrill Shows, Monster Trucks, and much more.
The action all begins on Sunday, May 1 at 2 p.m., when Seekonk’s NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series Pro Stocks, Late Models, Sportsman and Sport Trucks compete on opening day for the 76th season of competition. The Fast Friday season opens on Friday, May 27, with five divisions of action including Seekonk’s youth racing Bandolero action. From the first weekend in May through the end of October, the track will host more than 45 events to showcase short-track racing.
The Fast Friday weekly series begins on Friday, May 27 and concludes on September 23, while the Saturday showdowns begin on May 1 and conclude on September 24. The Pro Stocks, Late Models, Sportsman and Sport Trucks will continue to headline Saturday action, while the Legends Cars, Pure Stocks, Sport 4’s and Bandolero divisions return on Fast Friday.
Seekonk Seekonk will debut a playoff format for the 2022 racing season across both Fast Friday and NASCAR Saturday competition. As part of the new way to crown champions across all nine divisions, competitors will race in three weeks of playoff action in September, headlined by D. Anthony Venditti Fall Classic championship weekend on September 23-24, where champions will be crowned.
The driver who bests three of his toughest competitors in the results of the final race of the season will earn the right to be the Seekonk Speedway 2021 track and Drive For The Cup champion.
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. The Fastest Four weekend is going to be memorable.”
Outside of weekly racing, the Triple Crown Series returns, and new for 2022, will be sponsored by Everett’s Auto Parts. The three-race series for all nine of Seekonk’s divisions will take place throughout the season and will conclude as part of a two-day special event weekend on August 5 and 6, where all of the Triple Crown champions will be honored.
Seekonk will continue to use the “Chase” format where the final race of the Triple Crown will be a four-way battle to see who can beat the others and win the crown. Seekonk Speedway wishes to thank Phil’s Propane for their support of the Triple Crown Series for nearly a decade to make it what it is today and the track is happy to have Everett’s on board as the new sponsor of this special series. The Triple Crown Series will begin on NASCAR Saturday on May 7 and Fast Friday on June 3. From there, most every weekly night leading into the August finale will have at least one Triple Crown race each night.
“Roy Andrade and his team at Everett’s Auto Parts continue to step up to give back to the racers of Seekonk Speedway,” Ed St. Germain, Director of Business Development at Seekonk Speedway, said. “We’re appreciative to him and his team for coming on board in a big way again in 2022. Our sponsor lineup at Seekonk Speedway includes the best businesses in the area and the best in short-track racing.”
Headlining the special event category are three Wednesday races – including the return of the $10,000 to win Open Wheel Wednesday on June 29, the second annual $10,000 to win Bay State Summer Classic for the Pro All Series Series on July 27 and the return of the Boston Louie Classic on Wednesday, August 24.
The Open Wheel Wednesday spectacular will once again be headlined by the Tri Track Open Modified Series, and will also include the 350 SMAC Supermodifieds and the NEMA Lites. In July, the top Pro Stock drivers from Seekonk will compete against the top in the region for the big prize in the 150-lap event, while the PASS Modifieds and Legends Cars help to complete the card. In August, the newly formed New England Big-Block Super Modified Series, led by the team at PASS, will debut at Seekonk, joined by the special events for the NEMA Midgets and NEMA Lites, honoring the late Boston Louie.