SEEKONK, Mass. – Seekonk Speedway announced today a jam-packed 2023 schedule of events as the track gets ready for the 77th season of operation in Massachusetts. The season will begin with the traditional Sunday afternoon opening day on May 7, and conclude with the smashing of pumpkins during a Thrill Show on October 14.
Both Fast Fridays and Saturday Night Showdowns will return to Seekonk Speedway in 2023, and so will the Sunoco Drive For The Cup to decide the track champions. After a year of success, the Sunoco Drive For The Cup will open up to four weeks for the new year. The opening rounds of the playoffs will take place on September 8-9, while the second round will take place on September 15-16 and round three is set for September 22-23. The championship events for both nights are set for September 29 and 30 as part of D. Anthony Venditti Fall Classic weekend.
The four-week playoff format will see the same amount of drivers involved, but with a new twist. At the beginning of the playoffs, drivers will be seeded based on where they finished in the regular season points, ending before Labor Day, and the first two weeks of the playoffs will have a points format to advance to the final two rounds. Stay tuned for more info on the playoff updates coming soon. Seekonk Speedway is happy to welcome back Sunoco Race Fuels, a perfect sponsor for this special event series.
The Fast Friday program will continue to include the Legends Cars, Sport 4’s, Pure Stocks and both the Seekonk Grand Prix Bandolero Bandits and Outlaws. Saturday night showdown competition will again include the Pro Stocks, Late Models, Sportsman and Sport Trucks. Fast Friday will feature a 17-week schedule with opening night on Friday, May 26, the day before the Memorial Day Thrill Show.
The Everett’s Auto Parts Triple Crown Series also returns for 2023 for all nine of Seekonk’s divisions. Everett’s Auto Parts, located in Brockton, Mass., continues to be a major supporter of successful short-track racing at the Action Track of the East. The series will include three races for all divisions with extra laps and glory involved in nearly every division (Bandolero lap counts remain at 15). All nine Everett’s Triple Crown champions will be crowned as part of Everett’s weekend on August 18 and 19.
Major Saturday night events include the American-Canadian Tour returning to Seekonk for their first in-season event in several years on Saturday, June 3, with the Spring Green 123. The special extra-distance event means the track Late Models will have the night off, but many contenders will elect to compete with ACT in the extra-distance race. The Spring Green moves to Seekonk after four years at White Mountain Motorsports Park. The event has been held all but a few years since 1974.
The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour is back at Seekonk Speedway for the first time since 2019 on Saturday, July 10, set for a 150-lap feature race. Check out the nations premier Modified Tour for a guaranteed night of great racing including names like Justin Bonsignore, Ron Silk, defending champion Jon McKennedy and more.
Open Wheel Wednesday returns for yet another season, headlined by the Monaco Modified Tri-Track Series on Wednesday, June 28, with a $10,000 main event. The 350 SMAC Supermodifieds and the NEMA Lites will also join the card for Seekonk’s only planned mid-week event of the racing season.
The American Racer USA Pro Stock Classic is set for Saturday, July 1 – a 75-lap special.
New for 2023, two shows that were on a Wednesday night last season will move to Saturday night. The Boston Louie Seymour Memorial Classic for the NEMA Midgets and NEMA Lites will join the Saturday, July 15 card, along with the Pro Stocks and Late Models. The Sportsman and Sport Trucks will have this week off.
The $10,000 to win Bay State Classic Pro All Star Series (PASS) Pro Stock special event will move to a Saturday night, July 29. The race will continue to pin Seekonk’s top weekly Pro Stock regulars against some of the best invaders in the area.
Thrill Shows are back again for 2023 in a big way. The annual Memorial Day event kicks-off the festivities on Saturday, May 27, while the Independence Day Thrill Show will take place on Saturday, July 8. The Midsummer Thrill Show and Great American Trailer race is set for August 5, while the Labor Day Fireworks show will take place on September 2. The Pumpkin Smash will wrap the season on October 14. In the middle, the mighty Monster Trucks are back at Seekonk Speedway on Sunday, June 18 and Sunday, August 13.
The thrills and spills of the Monster Trucks are back TWICE at Seekonk Speedway in 2023. Come check out some of the top trucks in the country battling for bragging rights through the infield jumps of Seekonk Speedway. You can feel the power & hear the roar of Monster Trucks at your favorite family fun summer venue in Massachusetts. Crushstation, Stinger & more are coming back to The Action Track of the East paired up with a special Spectator Drag Shootout.
The Spectator Drags are also back on track with a ten event schedule, including all Thrill Shows, Monster Truck Shows and select Saturday night showdowns. There were over 120 competitors in last year’s events with more expected this year for exciting door to door racing on the third-mile oval.
The Speedway will honor all Military members with complimentary admission on Saturday Night May 20 and will host First Responders Night on September 9.
Additional notes about the 2023 schedule include:
Open practice for all divisions (except Bandolero) on April 22
Bandolero-only practice sessions on April 23 and May 21
Military Night May 20th
First Responders Night September 9th
Scully Memorial Pro Stock Race
Racing with Rusty experience dates of April 3, July 3 and September 1
Shriners Night and Trike races July 22nd
Providence Bruins Fans Night August 26th
Fans on Parade and the Pit Party on Saturday, August 26 (final night of the regular season)
Youth Sports Night June 17th
Scout Night June 24th
Tickets for Seekonk Speedway’s 2023 season have already gone on sale for many events. Flex tickets are available for Fast Friday and Saturday night showdown events, allowing fans to purchase tickets now and pick the race day they attend in 2023. Flex tickets are valid for regular priced Friday and Saturday night events only. Prices listed on schedule are for online tickets only, all tickets purchased the day of the event at the track will be priced separately and will be $3 more than online tickets. Tickets for the return of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and all Thrill Shows are also available.
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