SEEKONK, Mass. — While the sun went down, the action heated up on Wednesday night at Seekonk Speedway for a mid-week, open-wheel special. The ISMA Supermodifieds returned to the third-mile for the first time in a decade, and Jon McKennedy rolled to a dominating victory, while the NEMA Midgets and NEMA Lites also hit the track. Jake Trainor won the 50-lap Lite special and Paul Scally etched his name in the record books as a NEMA winner in their 29-lap Boston Louie Seymour Memorial feature.
By Souza Media/Kyle Souza
McKennedy may have won the feature race — but it was Ben Seitz who posted a lap of 10.251 seconds in time trials— setting a new Seekonk track record. Once the green flag dropped for the feature race, McKennedy worked his way from his starting position — outside the top-five — to the front, and drove away with the win. McKennedy took the lead on lap 46 and almost never relinquished the top spot — but had to fend-off Seitz on a restart inside the final 10 laps, as the two veterans drove side-by-side and thrilled fans to the finish. McKennedy crossed 1.049 seconds ahead of Seitz, with Chris Perley, a former Seekonk ISMA winner, wrapping the podium in a race that took just over 30 minutes to complete 100 laps.
In the NEMA Midget 29-lap Boston Louie Seymour Memorial feature, Paul Scally of Raynham dominated the race and drove into victory lane — elated to have conquered Seekonk’s tricky track. Scally, who was ecstatic in Victory Lane — could be heard screaming inside the car before he even shut the motor at the start/finish line. He had to hold off Randy Cabral of Kingston, Avery Stoehr, of Lakeville open-wheel modified star Chase Dowling, and Alan Chambers for the finish. NEMA produced another classic race at the Massachusetts third-mile, setting up for a 50-lap performance from the NEMA Lites that didn’t disappoint.
Former NASCAR Cup Series great Ken Schrader invaded Seekonk to compete in the NEMA Lite feature, and he almost stole the win away from Jake Trainor in the final few feet. But, it was Trainor, who mentioned that the victory was the best moment in his career to date, who held the checkered flag at the finish. Schrader came up just one spot short — literally two or three car lengths from victory – but was also pleased with his run. Joey Bailey was third, followed by PJ Stergios and Richie Coy.
Seekonk Speedway returns to racing on Friday, June 11, and Saturday, June 12, with Fast Friday’s season-opener and the return of NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Racing Series action. Tickets are available at seekonktickets.net and can also be purchased at the track.
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