DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (October 27, 1999) - Officials for the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing have announced that Seekonk (Mass.) Speedway will join the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series for 2000, the nation's premier short track racing series.
Seekonk (Mass.) Speedway is a .375-mile semi-banked asphalt oval located in Southern Massachusetts, near Providence, R.I. The Pro Stocks will compete as the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series feature division while the Sportsman race in the Exide ShorTrack Series each Saturday night.
"Seekonk Speedway is one of the most historic racing facilities in the country," stated Tom Deery, NASCAR vice president, Weekly Racing Series. "It is a facility that was built from the ground up by the Venditti family, the same family that runs the operation today. We are very enthusiastic about their presence in the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series."Seekonk Speedway was opened in 1946, founded by D. Anthony Venditti, who constructed the facility behind the family's farm. Through the years Seekonk has grown into one of the nation's premier short tracks and earned the nickname "The Concrete Palace" due to expansive use of concrete to construct the facility in 1946. Seekonk is currently under the guidance of Frances Venditti, son of Seekonk Speedway founder, D. Anthony Venditti.
"We are very excited about joining the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series," said Venditti. "We feel that the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series program will enhance our program. We believe that this is a win-win situation for everyone and that it will benefit both NASCAR and our speedway."Seekonk Speedway becomes the only NASCAR sanctioned facility in Massachusetts.
The NASCAR Weekly Racing Series is the premier short track racing series in the country. Thousands of short track racers compete every weekend from May to September, at nearly 100 selected short tracks, both dirt and asphalt, throughout the country. Those short tracks are divided into 10 geographic regions, with the Series providing competitors with local, regional, and national recognition and a $1.423 million point fund.
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