NEAR at Seekonk Speedway

Modified Winner Curt Snow


Sportsman Winner Spanky Bancroft













   Paul Jacques 2nd              Modified



     Joe Keefner 3rd             Sportsman



Bob Seward Sr. 2nd          Sportsman




Photos courtesy of Nick Teto, Jennifer Taylor, and RG


A great time was had by all on Saturday, August 10, 2019 as NEAR appeared at the Seekonk Speedway. Our members enjoyed three Sportsman/Modified combined practice sessions, a 10 lap qualifying heat, and a combined 15 lap feature. The staff at Seekonk is second to none and ran a very professional event. Seekonk awarded podium trophies for both the Sportsman and Modified top 3 finishers. Curt Snow in the #110 bested the modifieds, followed by the #8 of Paul Jacques and #76m of Rick MacDowell.  The Sportsman were led by the #15 of Spanky Bancroft, the #69 B of Bob Seward Sr., and the #827 of Joe Keefner. Unfortunately, the Flying 9 of Kevin Weeks practiced, but encountered mechanical issues and could not race the feature. We would like to thank all the members that came out to participate in this very enjoyable and competitive show. The NEAR Hall of Fame Truck was out on the midway and held a kid’s Bike Raffle. There also was a strong showing by the hometown ProNyne Motorsports Museum and the collection of Brad Cohen in the truck’s showcases. Thanks to those that made the event a huge success!







Near Hall of Fame 2019 Class announced

The NEAR Hall of Fame Class for 2019 has been decided. The gentlemen to be honored on Sunday, November 10, 2019 are:

Mike Joy – National Motorsports broadcast legend

Ed Flemke Jr. – Modified Tour driver/Chassis builder

Wayne Dion-Multi -Division driving Champion

Vinny Annarumo – Pro Stock/Modified  Seekonk 7 time Champion

Jack Doyle – Drag Racer, promoter, legend

Brad LaFontaine –  Modified Championship crew chief /chassis fabricator/parts business owner

Ric Mariscal – Founder/conservator of the ProNyne Motorsports Museum in Pawtucket, R.I.

Bob Webber Sr. – Owner of  Star and Hudson Speedways in  N.H.

Congratulations to all those being enshrined into the HOF at Maneely’s Banquet Hall, 65 Rye St.South Windsor, Ct.  Order forms  for tickets are available  lower on this post. 

Please plan on attending this sure to be sold out event.  


Advertising opportunities as well as congratulatory messages are available in The Hall of Fame Book. These are popular keepsakes for all Banquet attendees. Please consider supporting NEAR activities with your message!