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Pay-Per-View Video Stream Announced for Seekonk’s Open Wheel Wednesday

June 23rd, 2017

Concord, N.C. — For the first time in the event’s history, the 14th annual Open Wheel Wednesday at the “Cement Palace” of Seekonk Speedway (MA) will air live on Speed51 TV, the video arm of Speed51.com, on Wednesday, June 28th.

The Open Wheel Wednesday event is one of the biggest events of the year at the Seekonk Speedway bullring. It features a $10,00-to-win Tour-type Modified feature for the Tri Track Open Modified Series and the NEMA Boston Louie Memorial Midget race, as well as a feature for the NEMA Lites division.

“We feel that our Open Wheel Wednesday Modified race being paired up with the Tri Track Open Modified Series and the NEMA Boston Louie race makes it one of the premier events in short track racing throughout the country,” said Ed St. Germain, the marketing and advertising director at Seekonk Speedway. “We’re very excited to pair up with Speed51.com to be able to bring that to everybody.”

The Open Wheel Wednesday race usually draws some of the best Modified racers around and this year is no exception. The pre-entry list as of today is 47 cars deep and includes many past champions and race winners from throughout New England and New York. Early entires include Ted Christopher, Ryan Preece, Eric Goodale, Matt Hirschman, Jon McKennedy and many more.

Last year’s race winner, and four-time NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion, Doug Coby will be in attendance. Coby has three wins at the Seekonk Speedway Open Wheel Wednesday Annual Modified race. He went to victory lane in the 2011, 2013 and 2016 editions of the race.

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2013 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion Ryan Preece is entered, as is 2008 NWMT champion Ted Christopher. 2014 Tri Track Open Modified Series champion Jon McKennedy will be racing, as will two-time Tri Track Open Modified Series champion, “Big Money” Matt Hirschman.

Race fans can watch all three features from the “Cement Palace” for the low price of $24.99, which is the same as the cost of a grandstand ticket. The video stream has a 150-mile blackout radius around the Seekonk, MA area. Fans can purchase their Speed51 TV pay-per-view package by clicking here.

The Open Wheel Wednesday show isn’t the only event at Seekonk that will be broadcast live on Speed51.com. The Granite State Pro Stock Series rolls into Seekonk on Saturday, June 24th for the first time in series history. That event can be seen live as part of the Summer Thunder TV series presented by PFC Brakes, which is available for premium members of the Speed51 Video Network for $7.99 a month or $59.99 a year. To become a premium member on the Speed51 Network, click here.

About Speed51.com

Since 2001, Speed51.com has been the source for short track news, behind-the-scenes stories, in-depth race coverage and live video broadcasts of short track events throughout North America, from NASCAR’s Touring Divisions (Modifieds & K&N Pro Series), to Dirt Modifieds and numerous forms of Late Model & Modified racing. Speed51 TV, the live video broadcasting arm of Speed51.com, airs live video productions of short track events on both pavement and dirt. Speed51 TV also produces race broadcasts for network television. The Speed51 Video Network carries highlights, interviews and features from short track racing around the country on Speed51.com.

Snake Bit Pollard Looks for Redemption at The Rattler

March 23rd, 2017

SENOIA, Ga. — Bubba Pollard has his wheelman hands ready for double duty at South Alabama Speedway this weekend. The Senoia, Georgia driver will compete in both the Baby Rattler on Saturday and The Rattler 250 on Sunday.

“I’ve ran both of these races there the past few years, so I’ve gotten pretty used to jumping back and forth between the two cars,” Pollard said. “It’s a fun weekend, especially when you are successful, and definitely a race I look forward to every year.” Success is something Pollard has seen plenty of on the Pro Late Model side, winning the event back to back in 2014 and 2015. Pollard almost solidified the hat trick one year ago, but was involved in a wreck while leading coming to the checkered flag.

“Last year was a bad deal,” Pollard stated. “I was really disappointed in how that went down, but I’ve put it behind me. We always have a strong car for the Baby Rattler and I’m expecting to compete for the win again this year.” While the 30 year-old driver has held the baby rattler in Victory Lane, he always seems to be snake bit in the Rattler 250. Over the past three year he has suffered a plethora of problems, from crashes to engine issues, and does not own a finish above 20th.

“We’ve had strong cars for The Rattler, but it just seems like something always goes wrong,” Pollard commented. “I’m excited to bring my new Senneker car to South Alabama and see what we have for everyone and if we can turn our luck around.” Both Super Late Models and Pro Late Models will be on track Friday for practice. Pollard will qualify and race in the Baby Rattler, as well as qualify for the Rattler 250 on Saturday, March 18. The Rattler 250 will be held on Sunday, March 19. Pollard fans can watch the Rattler 250 live on Speed51.com starting at 2:00 p.m. CST.

For more information on Bubba Pollard, visit www.bubbapollard.com, follow him on Twitter, @BubbaPollard26 and “Like” his Facebook fan page, Bubba Pollard Racing.

Coby Invades & Captures NEMA’s Boston Louie Memorial; Chambers Conquers Lites

July 5th, 2016

Reigning NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Champion and current points leader, Doug Coby, beat back Jeff Abold on two late race restarts to take NEMA’s prestigious 19th annual Boston Louie Seymour Memorial last Wednesday at the Seekonk Speedway. In the Lites, Jim Chambers came from the sixth position to take down a dominant win over Indiana’s USAC standout, Kyle Hamilton.

In NEMA action, the night started with rally style group time trials, with Randy Cabral taking down fast time honors in his Bertrand Motorsports #47 machine, at 11.13 seconds. In heat race action, Todd Bertrand and Doug
Coby took down heat race wins in their Bertrand Motorsports team cars.

In the feature, Bertrand jumped out into the lead early from his pole starting position, as he and Anthony Nocella in the Seymour Enterprises #4 brought the field to the green. After a quick restart on lap four, Bertrand appeared to have a comfortable lead, holding Nocella and Coby at bay for the first ten laps. As the leaders approached lapped traffic, Bertrand’s #39 started to get loose, and Nocella was able to close the gap. On lap fourteen, Nocella drove under Bertrand, who began to fade, and brought Coby along with him. Nocella would continue to lead, but Coby would close the distance to his back bumper by lap 21, when the caution flew for Bertrand.

Nocella got the jump on a lap 21 restart, but the field was quickly brought back to yellow. On the next restart, Nocella’s car appeared not to fire, and the field bunched up, with Cabral and John Zych Jr. being the victims. Zych Jr. went off on the hook, and Cabral was able to keep moving with a bent front bumper. Nocella’s car was pushed to the pits, running low on fuel. After a quick pit stop, Nocella was back on the track and Coby at the point.

Coby would line up against Jeff Abold in the Abold/Seymour #29. Coby, controlling the pace, brought the field to a slow restart, and Abold would go early, causing starter Craig Merriman to call back the start. On the next restart, Coby would get the jump, and go on to take down his second Boston Louie win, the fourth in a row for Bertrand Motorsports. Randy Cabral would charge to second spot getting by Abold in the late stages, making it a one two finish for the Bertrand’s. Abold would end up third, followed by Jim Chambers, Seth Carlson, Doug Cleveland, Bethany Stoehr, John Zych, Avery Stoehr and Todd Bertrand.

“I’m so happy to take down the win for this team. They worked on this car until 4AM last night after it got destroyed at Riverhead a few weeks ago. The car was awesome, and to take down the win in the biggest race of the year for this club is a great honor,” said Coby.

In Lites action, Jim Chambers started in the sixth spot. Quickly, Chambers rolled around the outside line at the 1/3 mile track, and found himself quickly in the second spot. A multi feature winner this year, Chambers quickly took command in the feature event.

Further back in the field, Indiana’s Kyle Hamilton, a USAC standout, was working his way through the field. The first restart duel between Chambers and Hamilton would come on lap fifteen. Chambers brought down the field to the green and got a great jump off of turn four. The field would quickly be brought back to caution two laps later, and Chambers would once again get the jump on Hamilton.

Two more restarts would bunch up the field, with Chambers getting the jump each time. The restarts proved advantageous for Matt Swanson in the Seymour 29, and Randy Cabral in the Cabral #35. In the final laps, Swanson would climb into a podium seat, with Cabral coming home fourth. Behind them it was PJ Stergios, Chad Labastie, Christopher Lamb, Dennis Potter, Anthony Payne and Jessica Bean.

“On Wednesday I didn’t think we even had a shot to win, it’s definitely not one of our best tracks, and didn’t have great speed all day long. I started in 6th place and new my best shot was to try to get out front and try to stay there. The outside line went and I quickly got to second, as I was catching the leader I realized that the car was actually really good and balanced. Once we had the lead and the cautions kept coming it was going to come down to my restarts and hitting my marks. Inside 5 to go we started catching lap traffic, I never saw but heard someone to my outside so It was time to stand on it and get by lap traffic and quick as I could. It is such an honor to get my first Boston Louie win and to win on a national televised event – I can’t even describe it because it is still so unreal to me,” said an excited Chambers.

NEMA President Stoehr Reflects on 2015

December 8th, 2015

As John Zych Jr. and Anthony Payne are celebrating their 2015 NEMA driver’s championships, NEMA President Russ Stoehr is reflecting on a very successful Northeastern Midget Association season. It was a year that highlighted a diverse
group of winners across both venues, and 13 events.

Highlights on the season included 2 wins by back to back NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion Doug Coby, one on opening day at Chemung and one at Waterford, respectively. Jim Chambers took down his first ever NEMA victory at the Twin State Speedway, and Joey Payne returned to NEMA victory lane after a two year hiatus at Monadnock Speedway after a hard fought victory over John Zych. Champion, Zych captured three wins, coming at Thompson Speedway, Oswego and Evans Mills, and Randy Cabral captured wins at Star Speedway and Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. Todd Bertrand performed a “wing dance” after winning the Speed Sport TV, Boston Louis Memorial at Seekonk Speedway, and Seth Carlson took down an impressive Wings & Wheels win at the New-London Waterford Speedbowl. Alan Chambers took down Rookie honors.

In the Lites division, young star Anthony Payne bested the wiley veteran, Randy Cabral for the season championship. Scott Bigelow captured his second consecutive owner’s championship. On the racing front, many highlights included Meg Cugini’s first ever career win, and PJ Stergios’ repeat win at the Boston Louis Memorial. Jim Cataldo took down Rookie honors.

President, Stoehr, has already been very busy working on the 2016 schedule for the group as a whole. “Building on the momentum that was created over the last few years – in 2016, we are forging some important strategic partnerships with several facilities that are committed to both the NEMA brand and short track racing in general and are working on multiple dates at Waterford, Thompson, Star Speedway,” he said.

And those facilities felt the same about NEMA.

“Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park enjoyed our expanded relationship with NEMA and the NEMA Lites in 2015. Both divisions were professionally organized and provided some ultra competitive racing on our 5/8 mile oval. Congratulations to John Zych and Anthony Payne as well as all other teams on their achievements this season. We look forward to seeing NEMA again in 2016,” said TSMP General Manager, Josh Vanada.

“We can see that NEMA is on the up swing, and we want to partner with divisions that can both bring us consistent car count, and put on a great show,” said Star Speedway Promoter, Bobby Webber Jr. “We are excited to have NEMA return, and are looking forward to some great races over the year to come.”

“NEMA is very excited to have secured multiple dates at all of these facilities for 2016,” Said NEMA President, Stoehr. “Between both divisions, we will have over 12 races at these facilities, – Waterford, Thompson and Star, in 2016.”

Stoehr recognizes the stereotype that had been cast over midget racing in the Northeast over the last fifteen years, and is working hard to educate racers who are interested in midget racing on both affordability and reliability. “We had many races go green to checkered this year, and ninety percent of our cars finish the race in both classes,” he said. “That’s a lot different than midget racing fifteen years ago.” “We have a tire rule that we actively police to keep costs down, and most teams are running engines between fifteen and twenty races before rebuilds in NEMA and multiple seasons in the Lites. There are teams who have run the same engine eight seasons in the LItes with no rebuilds!,” he went on to say.

“If you look at the race cars that are winning – most are older cars that teams have refurbished over the years. John Zych Jr.’s Drinan car was built in 1999, and its the same car he has been running for the last six seasons. These cars exist in garages – with engines, and often times can be purchased for under $15,000. Many of the Lites cars are fifteen year old cars that have been passed down through the years, and there are teams running in front who have less than a $10,000 total investment in their program. I’m not sure of a place where you can go this fast, put on a great race, and run for that price,” he said. “The other nice thing is that midget racing is one of the only places where a father & son/daughter team can compete without having an army of a crew to work on the car. The Club is great about helping people out and providing assistance at the track. The Zych family is a great example – most races its just the two of them at the race track,” Stoehr went on to say.

There are also changes being implemented in the Lites division to bring parody to the engine rules. “We decided as a Board that the Honda engine package was not the right decision for the Club, so we have decided to put a moratorium on those going forward. We have a solid set of rules for the Focus engines, and are looking forward to having the premier division on the East Coast for that engine package going forward,” he said.

Stoehr is also excited about adding new venues to the docket for 2016. “We have added a big Memorial Day weekend event to the schedule at Riverhead, and will be hosting a memorial race for Allan Cantor. That’s a place we have wanted to go back to for a long time, and really appreciate the Partridge family giving us a shot to put on a show there,” he said. Stoehr is also negotiating the schedule, which will be published in mid December, with a number of other venues.

With a very interesting schedule taking shape, a growing list of car owners, and costs & reliability well under control there is no doubt that the Northeastern Midget Association is on the upswing headed into 2016.

Seekonk Speedway Aligns With NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Returns To Massachusetts

February 18th, 2015

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR and Seekonk Speedway revealed today in a press announcement that the famed Massachusetts oval will celebrate its 70th season of auto racing in 2015 by joining the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series weekly racing program.

The announcement reunited two longstanding entities of the auto racing world. Seekonk, which opened in 1946 – two years prior to NASCAR’s inaugural season – was previously aligned with the sanctioning body from 2000-05.

Seekonk President Francis Venditti, son of the track’s founder, the late D. Anthony Venditti, expressed his anticipation of the new alliance during today’s announcement.

“There’s a lot of history [at Seekonk Speedway], and this is an important effort to keep that history alive,” said Seekonk Speedway President Francis Venditti. “We want to build our fanbase and our sponsor base. We have a great team here and we want to build on that and create a lasting and enduring relationship with NASCAR that is going to be notable.”

Known as the “Action Track of the East,” the .333-mile asphalt oval is located in Seekonk, just across the border from Providence, Rhode Island.

Established in 1982, the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series is NASCAR’s national championship program for weekly short track auto racing. Competitors at more than 50 paved and dirt tracks throughout North America vie for track, state and province, and overall series championships in Divisions I-V.

Seekonk’s reigning track titlist out of the pro stock feature division, Kenny Spencer, met with the media at today’s announcement. The Taunton, Massachusetts, competitor expressed excitement about his home track becoming a NASCAR Home Track.

“I’m very happy that NASCAR has come aboard, so hopefully we can go out and win it again,” Spencer said. “The NASCAR name is everything in racing. That’s why we love to see the NASCAR name on the car. We’re pretty excited to see it back at Seekonk Speedway.”

Also on hand at today’s festivities was North Dartmouth, Massachusetts, driver Len Ellis, who knows what it means to earn a NASCAR championship at Seekonk. He was the track’s 2001 titlist during the previous NASCAR era, and has extremely fond memories of the celebration at the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Awards that year.

“That was probably the greatest moment other than the birth of my kids – I can honestly say that,” Ellis said. “When I went down there in 2001 everything was top shelf, and you understand why these people strive to do what they do.

“I’m overwhelmed by the fact that NASCAR is coming back, and I hope they’re back for a while.”

Seekonk’s opening day of NASCAR-sanctioned competition will be Sunday, May 3 and the regular Saturday night program kicks in on May 9. Pro stocks will be designated NASCAR Division I at Seekonk while the late models will be Division II, street stocks Division III and sport trucks Division IV.

Not only will the pro stock champion earn distinction as a NASCAR champion in 2015, but they will also become the first NASCAR Massachusetts state champion since Stan Greger in 1981. Top drivers were recognized by regions instead of states during Seekonk’s previous NASCAR association.

“The northeast has a dedicated NASCAR following, and the addition of Seekonk Speedway to the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series weekly racing program further strengthens that bond,” said George Silbermann, NASCAR’s vice president for regional and touring series. “We are also extremely excited to expand our Southern New England presence into the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, which has deep NASCAR roots.”

Connecticut-based Whelen Engineering is the series’ title sponsor. Whelen Engineering is a leading manufacturer of automotive, aviation, industrial and emergency vehicle lighting. NASCAR tracks and pace cars across North America and Europe are among the many showcases for Whelen products.

For more information on Seekonk Speedway, please visit seekonkspeedway.com.