WATCH LIVE: Bay State Summer Classic at Seekonk
Two Bay State drivers, one with over two decades experience, the other just two decades old, are each looking for a major career mark on Wednesday night.
Hailing from Rowley, MA; Eddie MacDonald has race wins that span the Northeast over his long career. Surprisingly, ‘The Outlaw’ has run so few races at Seekonk you can make a count of them on both your hands. Likewise, 2021 has not been a particularly busy year for MacDonald, who is hoping that a fresh racecar may be the ticket to winning this week.
“We haven’t raced a lot in the last month, so it’s going to be good to get going, and we’re looking for a good run. I haven’t raced a whole lot at Seekonk either, but I’ve always liked it. It’s a tough little place, but it’s a fun place to race,” MacDonald told Speed51.
Interestingly, Eddie Mac is still looking for his first Seekonk win in any racecar.
I ran a couple of Busch North races, a few Late Model races, and some PASS and Pro Stock races there. I think I got about ten there. It’s a unique track, I’m expecting the local guys to have a good run, and all the PASS regulars are tough wherever they go. – Eddie MacDonald
A first Seekonk win may just be what MacDonald is looking for with his personal racing schedule heating up to end the summer; culminating with the Oxford 250 at Oxford Plains Speedway in Maine in just one month’s time.
“We got a couple of big paying races coming up in the next month. It’s great to have a bunch of races with a large payout in the Northeast, got the Oxford 250 coming up too.”
Still consideredto be one of the new kids on the block, East Bridgewater’s Ryan Kuhn has already put his name on the list of Seekonk winners and champions. Winning the 2018 track Late Model title, Kuhn has also put in time in Seekonk’s Pro Stock division. But, his main focus has been on becoming the next Northeast touring star.
After an engine failure back in April, Kuhn has had only one PASS start since, that coming earlier in July at Oxford. With a full shakedown race now behind him, Kuhn is eager to finally take his first PASS victory, and with Wednesday being the first of three PASS races at Seekonk in 2021, Kuhn is confident this is the season he can reach that goal.
“It’s going to be a huge race, hopefully we can get it done and take home the big check. We’re going to be using the PASS car, I think it ran well at Oxford and we had a better car than what the finish showed. It was a Top 5 car, it was just bad luck that killed it,” said Kuhn.
Any of the three PASS races at Seekonk are some of the better shots that we have. It’s a hometown game, we got a lot of laps there, I’m glad to be back on bump-stops at Seekonk, and we can put it in victory lane. – Ryan Kuhn
What Kuhn is referencing is the key rules difference between PASS SLM rules and Seekonk’s Pro Stock rules. PASS cars run bump-stops with a ride height rule and Seekonk does not. It is this rules difference, with Kuhn’s time at Seekonk and on the PASS North tour that has him eyeing victory at ‘The Action Track of the East’.
“Seekonk is a completely different track to anything else in the Northeast. But the hometown guys that run weekly, they don’t run the bump-stops. It’s going to be a transition for them to go from running without them to running with bump-stops and a ride height rule. I feel like with our time running PASS with all the laps at Seekonk gives us something.”
All that aside, the 2021 Kulwicki Driver Development Program class member is also excited for both he and his fellow racers to show what they can do when $10,000 are on the line on a Wednesday night.
“That’s the fun part about this one, is I’ve only run two Wednesday night races ever. One was in a Legend and the other was when they ran the $10,000-to-win Pro Stock / Super Late Model Nationals at Seekonk. Running on a Wednesday, big crowd there, everyone watching on Speed51, it’s awesome. I love racing mid-week and getting the day off from work.”
See the Bay State Summer Classic, with the PASS Super Late Models, PASS Modifieds, and INEX Legend Cars live Pay-Per-View broadcast on Speed51.TV this Wednesday, July 28 at 6:30pm ET.
-Story by: Connor Sullivan, Speed51 Northeast Correspondent – Twitter: @Connor51CT
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