Excitement Has Not Waned as Beers Returns to Seekonk

When Seekonk Speedway’s Open Wheel Wednesday first attempted its 2021 running back on June 30, an anticipated debut at the Massachusetts track was being made by second-generation Pennsylvania driver Austin Beers. Teaming with veteran car owner Bob Horn as a teammate to Joey Cipriano for Speed51.TV Modified Madness, the 18-year-old had quite the task going up against the all-star Tri-Track Open Modified Series field.

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After some initial trouble in his heat race, Beers showed his mettle in one of the two consi races, taking the win, and making the field before darkness overtook the track which had been dealt a electrical failure in town.


“Two months later I’m definetly itching to get back there after my first time on track, getting in the show, and having a good car for the race,” Beers told Speed51.


Despite having to wait with everyone else to race for 100 laps and $10,000; Beers is already greatly motivated from what he has down so far at Seekonk.

It’s amazing, Tri-Track has some of the best competition out there because it’s everyone in the Northeast and some different regions coming together with the best of the best from all these series for one race. Making the show is difficult enough, so you have to be on top of your game. It’s exciting to be a part of it.

Despite not making it to victory lane since the consi win, Beers has been happy with the performances he has had. At least when he has gotten a chance to race, something that one of his Pennsylvania home tracks, Evergreen Raceway has had difficulty with at times.


“I won the race before the last time we went to Seekonk, but nothing since. But, I’ve had some good finishes running on the RoC; we were second to Matt (Hirschman) at Chemung, and stayed ahead of Preece who was third. I’ve been running Evergreen too, but it’s been hard to get a race in there, we’ve had rain after five laps, and last time someone knocked the wall down.”


Beers’ initial impressions of Seekonk are high, though he had expected it to be more like his other home track, Mahoning Valley Speedway.


“It’s a fun track. From what I was told it was like a bigger Mahoning, but it’s still its own beast, it’s different than what I’m used to. It was definitely a learning experience, it showed in the heat race when I was stuck up top. It helped when I got to the bottom in the consi and won that. It’s a great track and I’m glad to be heading back.”


Since Beers qualified in through one of the consi races, he will roll off from the 20th starting spot on Wednesday night. But, that isn’t stopping him from believing that he and the Bob Horn Racing team can shock the world.


“We have a really good group of guys with Bob Horn running the show, everyone helping out with my dad and stuff. We should be good. I hope we can win, we got a good enough group, I don’t see why not.”


-Story by: Connor Sullivan, Speed51 Northeast Correspondent – Twitter: @Connor51CT

-Photo credit: Speed51

Excitement Has Not Waned as Beers Returns to Seekonk