Seekonk Speedway receives grant from Barstool Fund to open in 2021

“This will help keep the payroll going and then enough to have a little left over to get the season going,” Alburn said.

SEEKONK, M.A. (WLNE) — Seekonk Speedway is gearing up for its 76th racing season thanks to a little help from the Barstool Fund.

The fund, organized by Barstool Sports founder and president, Dave Portnoy, has raised over $35 million to help keep small businesses across the country alive during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Seekonk Speedway is set to receive $15,000 from the Barstool Fund.

“Just awesome,” said Seekonk Speedway general manager, Dave Alburn, who received a FaceTime call from Portnoy on Saturday.

“It shows a lot of people are interested in really appreciating what the track does and all the memories people have,” said Alburn.

Alburn says the money the Speedway will receive is enough to cover half of its overhead costs for the 2021 season.

“This will help keep the payroll going and then enough to have a little left over to get the season going,” Alburn said.

On a good year, the Seekonk Speedway hosts about 44 races per season and employs over 100 workers. Alburn is hopefully the state of Massachusetts will allow fans to attend races when the season begins in May.

“It’d be tough,” Alburn said of hosting another season without fans, “But it’s not out of the question.”

The speedway held 10 races in 2020, none of which had fans in attendance.

“My business is built around [fans],” Alburn said. “There are no big TV deals I can do like the bigger sports.”

Regardless of fans, the Seekonk Speedway expects to be running races from May-October this year, thanks in large part to the donation from the Barstool Fund.

 

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