Frank A. Carpenter, the first winner of the first ever PROSTOCK race has been selected as the Grand Marshall for the 3rd Annual U.S. Pro Stock / Super Late Model National Championship Race, Wednesday July 18th at Seekonk Speedway.
Carpenter, of Oakland Beach, RI, has been a fixture at Seekonk Speedway for decades. As a spectator, competitor, and most recently as the official souvenir guy of the Speedway through his business “inside track”, Frank is well known, liked and respected.
Frank’s driving résumé in addition to the “1st of the 1st” PROSTOCK win on August 2, 1978, includes 31 career wins at Seekonk and Westboro Speedway’s; competing in Street Stocks, Cadets, Late Models, and Prostocks. In 1975 he was crowned the Street Stock Champion at Seekonk & Westboro Speedways. Also, another prestigious PROSTOCK win includes the 100 lap Miller High Life “Road to Charlotte”, qualifier in 1984 at the Cement Palace for the NASCAR Grand National Series.
“I am honored to be selected the Grand Marshall of this exciting event. Seekonk Speedway has been a big part of my life. I love the racing and all the people I have met who I consider my extended family,” opined a humble Frank Carpenter at one of his favorite locations on Oakland Beach.
The PROSTOCKS, are the creation of legendary Hall of Fame, founding Seekonk Speedway promoter, D. Anthony Vendetti. Carpenter’s history making win on August 2, 1978, began this new racing division initially named the “ALL PRO DIVISION”, later in 1979 they became the PROSTOCKS and are also referred to by others as SUPER LATE MODELS.
“With the 40-year anniversary of the birth of the PROSTOCKS, we wanted to give special recognition to the history; what better way than to honor the first winner of the first race where it all began, Seekonk Speedway,” stated race promoter Gary Sagar of Kraze Korlacki Speed Equipment, Inc.
For information on the U.S. Prostock/Super Late Model National Championship Race, please contact race promoter, Gary Sagar at Kraze Korlacki Speed Equipment, INC. 800-252-6830, or [email protected], or find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/KrazeKorlackiSpeedEquipment/ or seekonkspeedway.com, 508-336-9959.
-U.S. Pro Stock Nationals Press Release & Photo