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Purse Announced for TTOMS Event at Seekonk

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Seekonk, Mass. (March 27, 2017): The Tri-Track Open Modified Series (TTOMS) and Seekonk Speedway announced jointly the purse for the 14th annual Open Wheel Wednesday scheduled for Wednesday, June 28. The event has become synonymous with the big names in racing as a direct result of the $10,000 payday for the winner.

“Seekonk Speedway is excited to continue its Open Wheel Wednesday $10,000 payday with the Tri-Track Series,” said Ed St. Germain, Director of Business Development for the Speedway. “Our fans love that the big payday brings in top-tier talent and that it has them racing full tilt every lap.”

While the event pays big to the winner, podium finishers collect $3,500 and $2,500 respectively.

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Hirschman Looks to Continue Myrtle Beach Success

Matt Hirschman of Northampton, PA discounts his experience at Myrtle Beach (SC) Speedway ahead of Saturday’s NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour opener. He cited teams that privately tested or competed in a 50-lap Modified race last month, where he finished third. Hirschman has three consecutive podiums at Myrtle Beach.

“It’s not gonna be totally foreign to them,” Hirschman said. “But it’s a unique place and having raced there now a few times over the last year and a half certainly helps and we have won a race there which is always a boost of confidence.”

The tire wear at the half-mile oval is well known. Last month’s Modified race demonstrated conservation’s role with part of the field dropping back to preserve tires.

“There are abrasive tracks and then there’s Myrtle Beach. It’s hard to explain but it’s definitely the extreme on that end. It’s really unlike any other track I’ve run at.”

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Jonathan McKennedy Awarded “Premier Touring Series Driver of the Year” at Northeast Motorsports Expo

Augusta, Maine – At this past weekend’s 29th Annual Northeast Motorsports Expo, open wheel Modified standout Jonathan McKennedy was awarded the “Premier Touring Series Driver of the Year”.

Sponsored by Mainely Motorsports Television, ( and its popular Host Steve Perry, the honor is a tell-tale of top-Series driver results from the past season.

Host Steve Perry explained, “The Premier Touring Series Driver of the Year” is a comparison of best season to best season of all our top New England drivers from ACT, MRS, NASCAR, and PASS competition.

“During the 2016 season,” continued Perry, “this driver stood out above all the rest.

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Tri-Track Open Modified Series Releases 2017 Schedule

Seekonk, Ma. (December 13, 2016): The Northeast Race Cars Tri-Track Open Modified Series (TTOMS) announced today the 2017 schedule of events. The now traditional four-race schedule is a combination of mid-week and weekend shows that kicks-off at Seekonk Speedway in Seekonk, Ma. followed by a stop at Star Speedway in Epping, N.H. and culminates with a pair of races at the New London Waterford Speedbowl in Connecticut.

“The schedule was a strong one to begin with,” said Wayne Darling, managing partner. “The goal simply was to ccontinue doing what works. The partnerships that we enjoy with these three race track is, in large part, why this format has been successful in the past.”

The TTOMS season will commence on June 28 at Seekonk Speedway with the running of Open Wheel Wednesday. This popular event has attracted the biggest names in racing including the newly crowned NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion Doug Coby, who was last year’s winner of the event. It was his third Open Wheel Wednesday victory.
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Matt Hirschman Banks $5,000 & Scores Tri Track Championship at New London-Waterford Speedbowl

WATERFORD, Conn. — Matt “Money” Hirschman lived up to his name once again on Sunday night at New London-Waterford Speedbowl.

He took down the victory in the $5,000 to win NorthEast Race Cars Tri-Track Open Modified Series feature event and with the win, he locked up the 2016 championship.

“It worked out really well, we had a good starting spot,” Hirschman said. “The car really responded well to the start of the race and that was important because the cars we would have had to contend with had to start further in the back of the pack.”
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Granite State Pro Stocks To Finish 2016 at New London-Waterford Speedbowl

WALPOLE, N.H. — After an enduring season of racing across the New England region, the Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS) is set to crown the 2016 champion this Saturday, Oct. 22., at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl.

The 3/8 mile Shoreline oval will play host to the Super Late Model Series in a 75 lap main event that will decide a championship battle that currently has two veterans at the top.

Belchertown, Mass. driver Barry Gray holds a 26 point advantage over Conway, N.H. native D.J. Shaw, who was also recently crowned the PASS champion for 2016. Gray has little experience at the Speedbowl, but is hoping to seal the deal in his No. 29. Though he is not a GSPSS champion, Gray has won championships in racing before.

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Doug Coby Banks $10,000 at Seekonk Open Wheel Wednesday

SEEKONK, MA — Doug Coby now has three $10,000 checks signed by Action Track of the East in his career.

Coming into Wednesday, June 29, Coby had scored the victory at the annual Open Wheel Wednesday modified event in 2011 and 2013.

Coby grabbed his third trophy from Seekonk Speedway by winning round one of 2016 for the NorthEast Race Cars and Parts Tri-Track Open Modified Series Wednesday evening, behind the wheel of his No. 2 Dunleavy Truck and Trailer Repair, LFR Chassis mount.

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Tri Track Series Pre-Entry List Released

LONG ISLAND, N.Y. — Though the official start of the 2016 NorthEast Race Cars Tri-Track Open Modified Series (TTOMS) season will not come until June, the entry list is already packed with top talent from across the Northeast.

Fifty-three drivers have officially pre-entered for the 2016 season, which allows each of them to be eligible for the points championship fund, along with extra incentives that will be announced a later date.

Among the first fifty-three entries includes NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour defending champion Doug Coby (32), who is joined by some of the drivers that plagued him in the 2015 Whelen Tour standings. Timmy Solomito (66) and Justin Bonsignore (21) have all filed entries, as has 2015 Valenti Modified Racing Series champion and Whelen Tour front-runner Woody Pitkat (52).

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Rowan Pennink Solidifies Busy 2016 Season

Rowan Pennink will be competing for as many as four different race teams in 2016, in his quest for several different modified championships this upcoming season.

The Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania driver will kick of the season in two new rides for 2016. Rowan will be taking over the driving duties for one the most legendary teams in modified racing, the Boehler Racing Enterprises-Ole’ Blue #3. Rowan will compete full-time in 2016 on NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour beginning at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park at the annual Icebreaker event in April. Also occurring at Thompson Speedway, Rowan will return to full-time Sunoco Modified competition in the seat of another car rich in tradition, the Dickie Ceravolo owned #16 machine for 2016.

In addition to his new NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and Thompson Sunoco Modified teams, Pennink will return to two of his most familiar rides in 2016 as well. Rowan and his #99 Hitchcock Pool Water team will look to defend their 2015 Stafford Speedway SK Modified championship by returning full-time to Stafford in 2016. Rowan will also return to Gary Casella’s, Roscoe Racing #25, for a full slate of Tri-Track Open Modified Series events, as well as a limited number of Valenti Modified Racing Series dates with the team that earned the 2013 series championship.

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Seekonk Speedway Announces Dates for 2016 schedule

Seekonk Speedway is excited to announce its 2016 schedule. The schedule will feature 21 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series events beginning with Opening Day on May 1st. NWAAS events will follow on every Saturday through September 24 except for July 2nd for the mid-season break. Seekonk NWAAS divisions Pro Stocks, Late Models, Street Stocks and Sport Trucks will all be battling their way to get into Everett’s Auto Parts Victory lane in 2016.

Opening Weekend will feature the final test and tune session on Saturday, April 30 as well as the 6th annual Classic Car Show & Go featuring many of the best classic show cars around and drags on the track. The season officially opens on Sunday, May 1st with Pro Stocks, Late Models, Street Stocks and Sport Trucks all beginning their drive for the championship.

Saturday Nights at Seekonk will also feature appearances from the following regional Touring series: NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour (Sept 10), American-Canadian Tour (July 16), Valenti Modified Racing Series (June 4) New England Antique Racers ( Aug 13), Senior Tour Auto Racers ( July 9). Gates will open at 4 pm with the racing program starting at 6 pm. Ticket prices will remain unchanged at $14 for adults for regular NWAAS Saturdays with kids under 12 free.

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TTOMS Announces 2 New London-Waterford Races

LONG ISLAND, N.Y. The Tri-Track Open Modified Series (TTOMS) announced two more dates for their 2016 schedule on Friday morning, with a double return to the New London-Waterford Speedbowl in Connecticut on tap for the organization.

The Speedbowl will host the first of the two races on Thursday night Aug. 25, with $10,000 up for grabs to the winner of the 100 lap feature. A second event will be on Sunday, Oct. 23 as part of the 2nd annual “Bemer’s Big Show.”

“I think the most important thing is that there a such a wide variety of all the touring divisions that come together, it’s the ultimate race of talent and the guys that put the show on care so much about the drivers and the teams. We’re really excited to have Tri-Track back again,” said Speedbowl General Manager Shawn Monahan. “There were a few dates other series had so we weren’t able to go with the original plan and with potential construction going on, it was too risky to do an April race like I had talked about with Dick Williams. We decided to go with the Thursday night [in August] and as for the October date, that October show is going to be a knockout deal.”

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Tri Track Headed to Star Speedway in 2016

LONG ISLAND, N.Y. — The Tri Track Open Modified Series (TTOMS) announced the return of Star Speedway in Epping, N.H. to their schedule in 2016 with one event set for July 30.

Star joins Seekonk Speedway (June 29) as currently-confirmed event dates for 2016, though more dates will be coming in the near future. The race will be the fifth running of the SBM 125 and the second under the Tri Track banner.

The event will pay a minimum of $10,000 to the feature winner.
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Tri Track Series Set To Conclude 2015 At Waterford

WATERFORD, Conn. — The Northeast Race Cars and Parts Tri Track Open Modified Series will conclude their 2015 season as part of the inaugural Bemer’s Super Bowl at New London-Waterford Speedbowl on Sunday afternoon, Oct. 25.

The event will be a non-points affair for the ground-pounding tour-type Modifieds.

The series saw four intense points races in 2015 at Lee USA Speedway, Monadnock Speedway, Seekonk Speedway and New London-Waterford, with four different feature winners. The 2015 series champion was “Money” Matt Hirschman, who won at Monadnock and locked up the championship crown with a third place finish at the Speedbowl in September.

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New Format for October 25 at New London-Waterford

All the marbles will be on the line at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl when the Northeast Race Cars and Parts Tri-Track Open Modified Series concludes an action packed weekend on October 25.

Unlike the four races prior in 2015, the series season finale will be a non-points event. At the Speedbowl in September, Matt Hirschman was crowned the 2015 Tri Track Series champion after finishing on the podium in the Dunleavy’s 100.

This event will also hold a completely different format than any of the other four races this season. There will be no short distance heat races followed up by consolation races and a B-main feature. Instead, this event will be started with two 35 lap “qualifying feature’s” that will determine who will advance into the big show.

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NEAR Honors Tri-Track Series Duo

Dick Williams and Jim Schaefer, principals behind the successful Tri-Track Series, will share the 2015 New England Antique Racers’  Frank Maratta Award. The presentations, giving in recognition of their outstanding contribution and support of auto racing, will be part of the agenda at the New England Auto Racers Hall of Fame 18th induction banquet Sunday, Nov. 8 at Maneeley’s in South Windsor, CT.

Over the past two seasons, the Tri-Track Series has paid out over $400,000. The eight races have attracted an average car count of 40, including the top Modified teams from New England and New York.  Lee, Star, Seekonk, Monadnock and Waterford have hosted Tri-Track events.

Ticket information for the banquet will soon be available on the New England Antique Racers website (

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Ron Silk Scores Speedbowl Win; Hirschman Notches Championship

WATERFORD, Conn. — Sunday afternoon at New London-Waterford Speedbowl, modified racing fans were treated to an exciting day of racing where over forty cars packed the pit area.

When it was all set and done, Ron Silk took the No. 50 machine into Northeast Race Cars and Parts Tri Track victory lane. It was his first ever win on the series in the midst of a deal that came together in the last few weeks.

“I went down to their shop last week and put a seat in and we got it all ready. It was really a last-minute deal,” Silk mentioned during post-race celebrations. He found himself just missing out on the redraw on Sunday, forcing him to begin his quest to victory outside the top ten.

After originally scheduled to roll off 9th, Ted Christopher found himself leading the field of twenty-eight modifieds to the green flag following a redraw on the track just before the motors came to life.

He jumped out front early on with New London-Waterford Speedbowl SK Modified regular Keith Rocco and NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour points contender Woody Pitkat quickly in tow from the bottom lane. Outside polesitter Eric Berndt, driving for Cerevalo Motorsports, dropped back on the initial start with what appeared to be an ill-handling car.

The first caution flag of the event flew on lap two when Dennis Perry spun his No. 6 into the wet infield down the frontstretch, but he was able to regain traction and continue at the tail end of the field. On the restart, Christopher went back to the point with Rocco second, but it was Doug Coby who made the biggest move. He charged from seventh into the top five and then charged by Berndt to fourth.

While everyone got single file in the front, Christopher approached lapped car Rich Parker on lap eighteen and had to avoid hitting the back bumper in turn three. Tony Hanbury, who was a guaranteed starter because of his Race of Champions Tour victory last month, spun in turn two drawing the second caution on lap twenty.

Rocco took his No. 68 into the pits under the caution finding a broken rocker arm that ended his day. He was joined in the pit area by Steve Masse and Berndt, who pitted for adjustments on ill-handling machines.

Even though the green flag flew quickly, Parker and Rob Summers spun in turn three drawing the caution for the third time. Christopher continued his quest for victory by going back to the lead on the lap 22 restart, but a fourth caution came down when Jeff Gallup, Perry, and Kurt Vigeant spun in turn two. Todd Annarummo, series points leader coming into the event, elected to take his Luff Industries No. 12 into the pit area under the caution and was followed by Andy Suess, Berndt, and Zane Zeiner.

A restart saw the field get single file, attempting to get into a rhythm until another caution flew for Zeiner, who had a flat tire in turn four. Matt “Money” Hirschman was forced to pit from sixth spot with a flat tire on that caution and he was joined by Masse and Annarummo, who continued to struggle.

Richard Savary made a move into second on the next restart, but Doug Coby was one step quicker. He slid under Savary and grabbed the second position from him on lap 36, just before a caution for a single car incident with Vigeant. Points contenders Patnode, Pasteryak and Hirschman all elected to come down the pit lane under the caution and barely made it back out for the restart that ended up changing the complexion of the event.

Coby tried the outside of Christopher going into turn one, but contact between the two sent Coby up the track and to a stop, drawing the caution once again, the seventh one of the afternoon. Race control deemed that Coby would be penalized one lap for an intentional caution, ending his chances.

Once the field got to the halfway point, Les Hinckley started making his move towards the front. Hinckley, who missed races this season with a back surgery, got under Pitkat on lap 43 when the two ended up making contact. Hinckley pulled off an impressive save, sliding through turn three and cutting the wheel back to the right and only losing a few positions.

The points championship chase took a hit when Annarummo made contact with Coby on the frontstretch. His No. 12 machine ended up front first into the wall and banged the car up, ending his chances of becoming champion.

Silk, the eventual winner, pitted on the lap 51 caution and set himself up for a charge. He restarted in the back when the race went green and Christopher rolled his way back to the lead. A ninth caution flag flew on lap 69 when Carl Mederios Jr. spun in turn two. The next three laps included three cautions, the most important of which changed the battle at the front of the field.

Christopher threw it in hard under Masse in the battle for the lead, got loose and spun down to the infield in turn four. That gave Masse the lead, who took it right down to the wire with Silk. A restart with nineteen laps to go saw Silk drive deeper then Masse into one and slide by. He drove into the sunset and scored his first win on the Northeast Race Cars and Parts Tri-Track Open Modified Series.

“My car was great on restarts all day, both top and bottom,” Silk said. “I knew if I could stay even with him and pin him down going into the corner we had a shot. This is a great series and there is a lot of money that has been raised for the racers. I am kind of speechless. I didn’t think we would have a shot to win; it feels great.”

Behind Silk and Masse was Matt Hirschman in third. With the third place finish, Hirschman found himself carrying the 2015 Northeast Race Cars and Parts Tri-Track Series championship. His best two finishes included a win at Monadnock Speedway in June and the third on Sunday afternoon.

“I did this in two cars, it’s a nice accomplishment for everyone here,” Hirschman said. “This year hasn’t been getting me any breaks or going my way and this is a nice token. I’ve always liked the open shows where you bring guys from all over the place. We do a lot more traveling up in New York state but it is nice to make a few trips to this area and I look forward to it.”

Unofficially, Hirschman won the championship by five points of Annarummo, with Woody Pitkat in third spot.

The series now has a month off, before concluding the season with a non-points event at the Speedbowl on October 25. For more information, visit

Race Results; Tri-Track Open Modified Series; New London-Waterford Speedbowl September 13:

  1. Ron Silk
  2. Steve Masse
  3. Matt Hirschman
  4. Ryan Preece
  5. Les Hinckley
  6. Andy Jankowiak
  7. Norman Wrenn
  8. Ted Christopher
  9. Chris Pasteryak
  10. Woody Pitkat
  11. Mike Holdridge
  12. Richard Savary
  13. Eric Berndt
  14. Carl Medeiros Jr.
  15. Andy Suess
  16. Johnny Kay
  17. Jeff Gallup
  18. Zane Zeiner
  19. Rich Parker
  20. Kurt Vigeant
  21. Anthony Nocella
  22. Todd Annarummo
  23. Doug Coby
  24. Todd Patnode
  25. Rob Summers
  26. Dennis Perry
  27. Keith Rocco
  28. Tony Hanbury

QUALIFYING RESULTS REPORT; New London-Waterford Speedbowl Sunday, September 13:

Heat One: Hometown Boy Notches Victory

Keith Rocco took his No. 68 modified to victory in the first qualifying heat on Sunday afternoon. The New London-Waterford Speedbowl regular started from the pole position and lead all twelve laps in route to victory.

Steve Masse finished second, with Ron Silk and Mike Holdridge completing the qualified cars through the first heat. Just missing out from making the big show through the heats were Carl Mederios Jr., Andy Jankowiak, George Sherman and Brian Chapin.

Heat Two: NASCAR Whelen Tour Star Coby Qualifies

Rich Parker and Zane Zeiner started heat two with a spin in turn one. Once the qualifier went back under green, Anthony Nocella smashed the first turn wall and drew the second yellow without a lap going up on the board. He ended up with extensive damage to the right front of his Nocella Paving No. 92.

The green flag flew for the third time and this time the field got one lap clicked up on the board before Zeiner spun in turn one and Norman Wrenn spun to avoid, ending up with a flat left front tire.

Doug Coby, driver of the Dunleavy Truck and Trailer Repair took the lead on the restart, but another caution slowed the field when Zeiner ended up riding the side of Brian McCarthy on the backstretch.

The final ten laps of the heat event saw Coby drive away with the victory, giving himself a guaranteed starting spot in the feature event. Todd Patnode, Jeff Gallup and Rich Parker were on the only cars trailing him to the checkers due to the carnage early on. All four drivers locked a position in the 100 lap event.

Heat Three: Berndt Impresses In No. 16

Kurt Vigeant and Eddie Leclerc brought heat three to the emerald flag and Leclerc backed up on the top all the way to the tail end of the field by lap three. A debris caution slowed the field on lap three, but the track quickly squared the issue away and the field went green.

Vigeant went back to the lead and Eric Berndt found himself on his tail. The No. 16, driven by Berndt found himself leading on lap seven and never looked back. He scored the victory in heat three, with Vigeant second, point leader Todd Annarummo third and Dennis Perry fourth, the final qualified car.

Chris Pasteryak, Rob Richardi, Andy Suess and Leclerc failed to qualify through the third heat event.

Heat Four: Seekonk Winner Savary Locks His Spot In Feature

Johnny Kay and Richard Savary brought the fourth heat to green and Kay was quick off the start, clearing Savary. Ryan Preece quickly made his presence known grabbing third and chasing down the top two while Jimmy Dolan was hanging on for dear life in fourth.

That ended quickly for Dolan, who ended up spinning in turn two drawing the first caution. Once the race went back green, Savary took the lead from Kay and was followed by Ted Christopher, who moved into second spot.

Savary held on for victory, with Christopher second, Preece third and Kay finishing the qualified cars. Rob Summers, Dan Meservey, Mike Benevides and Dolan completed the eight-car field in round four.

Heat Five: Monadnock Winner Hirschman Wins Final Heat Race

Mike Douglas Jr. spun to draw the first caution in heat five on lap one with Matt “Money” Hirschman leading the charge. Tony Hanbury spun in turn two to draw the second caution, this time on lap two.

Once the race got going, Hirschman was committed to scoring the victory. He was followed by Woody Pitkat in second at the end of the heat and Hanbury grabbed the final qualified position.

Consi One: Zeiner Rebounds From Heat Misfortune To Qualify With Win

Carl Mederios Jr. lead the first of two consi events to the green at the Speedbowl on Sunday afternoon. Even though Mederios Jr. was able to jump out and lead lap one, Zane Zeiner quickly grabbed the lead from him on lap three and pulled the No. 50ma by four car-lengths before long.

With only three cars making the move up into the big show, the battle for that position at halfway was undoubtedly the place to keep an eye. Just as Dan Meservey Jr. looked to make a charge to the inside of Joe Doucette, the caution flew for a spin by Andy Jankowiak in turn three. Even though it appeared the caution would be quick, it was found that Jankowiak’s No. 27 hit fluid all through the first and second turn down the backstretch, making it a long caution.

Even though the consi went green, it was quickly brought back to yellow when Dan Meservey spun in turn four on the restart. The ensuing green flag saw Zeiner go back to the point and eventually hold on to score the victory in the first consi event. Andy Suess and Carl Mederios Jr. closely followed, locking down the qualified positions. Jankowiak, Doucette, and multiple others were forced to head to the B-main feature to attempt to qualify.

Consi Two: Pasteryak Qualifies With Victory

Chris Pasteryak, the winner at Lee USA Speedway earlier this season, found himself leading the consi to the green flag. At lap five, the first caution flew when Jimmy Dolan and Brian McCarthy ended up together in turn one.

At the halfway point of the second consi event, Norman Wrenn found himself sliding by Rob Richardi and into a qualified position. When the final laps clicked off, Pasteryak advanced with his victory followed by Rob Summers and Norman Wrenn.

Ballard Trucks 25 B-Main:

Recent Southern modified standout Andy Jankowiak lead the Ballard Trucks 25 lap B-main feature to the green flag with Rob Richardi and Joe Doucette quickly fighting for second.

The race quickly moved to the halfway point without incident on the track, with lots of single file battling. The final laps saw Jankowiak drive away even more from his challengers, scoring the win and electing to advance to the feature event. Even though Jankowiak began the afternoon with a broken rocker arm, he rebounded and scored a huge win to advance.

Doucette, Richardi, Mike Douglas Jr. and Mike Benevides completed the top five, all failing to qualify.

Sources: Kyle Souza/NorthEast Race Cars Tri-Track Open Modified Series PR

Coby Piloting MSR No. 2 in Dunleavy’s Truck and Trailer Repair 100

WATERFORD, CT — Two-time NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion Doug Coby is entered in today’s Dunleavy’s Truck and Trailer Repair 100 sporting the colors of event sponsor Doug Dunleavy. The $5,000 to win event has 40 Modifieds in attendance.

“We’re excited that he did this,” Coby said. “It’s awesome to have another good paying open show and we’re happy to support his race with his team and hopefully come out of here with a good finish. I think we got a winning car, but we’ll just have to see how that goes.”

The Milford, CT driver has wins at the historic 1/3-mile oval in SK Modifieds, the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, and the Valenti Modified Racing Series. Coby won his first NEMA race at New London-Waterford yesterday in the Bertrand No. 74.

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Seekonk Speedway Up Next for Tri Track Series

LONG ISLAND, NY — With two races into the record books on the 2015 Northeast Race Cars and Parts Tri Track Open Modified Series, race three is quickly on the horizon.

The Seekonk Speedway in Seekonk, Massachusetts is ready to host to the series for round three on Wednesday evening. Some of the best drivers in the Northeast will be in competition for a $10,000 payday.

The battle grounds of the Action Track of the East have seen some of the best Modified racing in the Northeast in the last decade.

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History to be Made Saturday at Monadnock Speedway

WINCHESTER, NH- Back in time, New Hampshire’s Monadnock Speedway played host to both weekly and special event Tour-Type Modified racing. The history is memorable, with the likes of Jerry Marquis, Reggie Ruggiero, Mike Stefanik and dozens more very talented drivers who have raced at the high-banked quarter mile known for exciting Modified racing.

In recent years, Monadnock has hosted some weekly racing, the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, and Valenti Modified Racing Series events, but none have brought all of these teams together for one event, and none have brought the race winner a minimum $5,000 payday.

This payoff to the race winner could double by the end of 100 green flag laps this Saturday night, June 13. If attendance exceeds 3,000 adults, including pits and grandstand the winners share will double. Any additional lap money or bonuses would push the winners share beyond that.

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NWMT: Rocco to Drive Spring Sizzler for Our

Keith Rocco of Wallingford, CT will drive the No. 22 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour car for Chris Our in the NAPA Spring Sizzler at Stafford (CT) Motor Speedway this weekend. Driver Tommy Barrett, Jr. was suspended for violating the team’s “Code of Conduct policy.

“I think it should be a  good run,” Rocco said. “Stafford’s definitely one of my better tracks and Brad (Lafontaine) and Northeast Race Cars and Bill Colton at Troyer Chassis, they’ve got the best stuff out there right now and hopefully we can showcase it.”

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Lee USA Speedway Season Preview

Lee (NH) USA Speedway will host the postponed Governor’s Cup 150 American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Model race on Sunday. It will also be the opening event for the North East Mini Stock Tour and Northeast Classic Lites. Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. won the season opener at Oxford (ME) Plains Speedway Sunday.

“We start off with the ACT Tour, do the Bullring Bash,” Promoter Joe Bassett said. “Go into our season opener with no specials that night and then the very next week we start off with the (Mr. Rooter) New England Truck Series and then every single week up until our championship night. We have a special every week.”

With all the touring divisions coming into town, they wanted to make it an event every week. Every week the fan would come into Lee and see something new.

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Richardi Plans VMRS Run with New Spafco

Rob Richardi will enter his sophomore Valenti Modified Racing Series (VMRS) season with a new Spafco Modified. He is working with former NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion crew chief John McKenna, who is preparing Les Hinckley’s car at Wayne Darling’s shop in Seekonk, MA. “I could never turn down help from one of the best crew chiefs around,” Richardi said.

Richardi was a crew member on Darling’s NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour team as a rear tire carrier in 2013 and a front tire carrier last year. Richardi will miss going over the wall during pit stops.

His goal is to make as many races as possible, including the season opener at Monadnock on May 2. He is also planning to race the Northeast Auto Car and Parts Tri-Track Open Modified Series. Richardi and his brother Dave will run some New England Pro 4 Modified races.

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Monadnock Speedway Season Preview

VMRS Season Opener May 2

Winchester, NH — Nine divisions will participate in the Monadnock Speedway season opener on May 2. The 100 lap Valenti Modified Racing Series race is the first time since 2006 that the quarter-mile oval opened their season. Rowan Pennink is the defending race winner. Kirk Alexander, the all-time winningest VMRS driver and a fan favorite, will return full-time to the Valenti Modified Racing Series.

The Valenti Modifieds will visit Monadnock two more times. The series will be back on July 4 for Fireworks night featuring the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series divisions and a huge fireworks display. The final appearance is Saturday August 22 for the Victor Johnson Memorial presented by Swanzey Oil.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will make their annual appearance on Saturday July 25. Justin Bonsignore led the final 26 laps of last year’s O’Reilly Auto Parts 200 to score back to back wins. The tour returned since July 2010. The program will begin at 4:00 PM.

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New Look for Our Motorsports

TB222015Tommy Barrett, Jr. of Millis, MA will be sporting new colors this season on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. The No. 22 car is black with red numbers and a silver stripe. The car will also have chrome bars and wheels. Barrett said Saturday that his car may be switching to yellow numerals for the Icebreaker.

The team selected the TA2 chassis from Troyer Race Cars of Rochester, NY. The new chassis was assembled at Northeast Race Cars and Parts in Pascoag, RI. It has performed well thus far in competition. Ryan Preece won four times in six races to claim the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing championship at New Smyrna (FL) Speedway. Eric Goodale won at New Smyrna and his first NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour race at Caraway (NC) Speedway.

“He (Crew Chief Brad Lafontaine) thinks this is the way to go and it’s probably going to be,” Barrett said. He’s usually right.”

“I can’t say enough about the talent that there,” Our said. “I’m very fortunate to be teamed up with Brad and be a house car out of there and then have Troyer with the new car. When we called to try a new car, Troyer made sure we had one right away.”

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Tri-Track Open Modified Series Returns

The Tri-Track Modified Series will make a return for the second season. Jim Schaefer known to many fans as the Long Island Mod Maniac and Dick Williams from The Racing Guys. Schaefer is a man who is passionate about the Modifieds and goes to Modified races all over the place. The Tri-Track Modified Series became an idea about three years ago during the summer. “A lot of the old racers that I used to race with or raced for me back a few years ago, I ran four different racetracks, so I had a lot of ties with these older fellas,” Williams said. “Now their sons and some of them are still racing. They said ‘Wouldn’t it be nice like we used to do.”

Dick Williams went around and talked to numerous teams and the teams told Dick Williams that wanted him to get Jim Schaefer. After these two guys met everything took off. They had a lot of the same ideas. They wanted to help the racers.

“The big key was when we sat down with some of these tracks, we told them you could pay 10 thousand,” Williams said. “You could pay 20 thousand. That is not the answer to this. The answer is you have a lot of little guys that stay home because they cannot afford to come and buy five tires. Don’t make the show and then go home with tires they can’t use anywhere else. We can create a B race. They all said ‘we can’t do that. We can’t afford it.’ Jim (Schaefer) and I looked at one another and said we’ll take care of that if you let us do certain things.”

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49 Cars Enter Tri-Track Open Modified Series

The Tri-Track Open Series has continued its growth in 2015. The entry list hit 49 cars today, with the roster representing  drivers who will run every race for the point fund or “at least the check is in the mail,” according to Jim Schaefer.

The second annual open competition series has expanded to four races this year: May 17 at Lee (NH) USA Speedway, June 13 at Monadnock (NH) Speedway and July 1 at Seekonk (MA) Speedway. A fourth nonpoints race at New London-Waterford (CT) Speedbowl will run on September 13.

“It’s been an amazing show of support,” Schaefer said. “(The) big thing is for fans to come and throw down 25/35 for pits. (The races are) paying big money. The only way to not lose our shirts is for fans to come.”

The inaugural season held races at Lee USA (Matt Hirschman), Star (Jon McKennedy) and Seekonk (Tommy Barrett, Jr.). McKennedy claimed the overall championship.
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NWMT: Nocella to Compete for Sunoco ROY

Anthony Nocella of Woburn, MA will move to the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour full-time in the KLM Motorsports No. 64. 

“(I) want to thank Mike Murphy and Ron both for offering me the ride and having the confidence in me,” Nocella said. “So hopefully we’ll run good with them and it’s definitely a big opportunity for me. … It’s something that we can go out and have some good strong runs and get top tens and fives and hopefully better than that. Maybe get the Rookie of the Year, which would be a big deal.”

“I was pretty excited when I got the call to be able to go and try to run that. Pretty tough competition I’d say and I was excited that they thought that I’d be able to do it and giving me the opportunity. … Mike Murphy there and Ron both seem pretty excited and I thought it was a real great opportunity to be able to go out try to run.”

Mike Murphy’s car has been driven by Ron Yuhas, Jr. recently. He was injured last September at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Yuhas posted on Facebook that he is still recovering from his injuries and thankful for the support. The Groton, CT driver has raced for Murphy since 2011 in the Fast Track Electric/Hughes Motors car.

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‘Alexander the Great’ Returns

The Valenti Modified Racing Series announced last weekend that Kirk Alexander will return full-time. The winningest driver (31) in series history and three-time champion dominated the formative years of the Canaan, NH series.

Alexander raced regularly with the series from the inaugural season (2004) until 2008. The three seasons he raced full-time (2004-05, 2007) resulted in championships. Alexander considers missing the Waterford race pivotal to losing the 2008 crown. He launched his title defense with three wins.

“If I probably would have attended Waterford, I probably would have had another championship,” Alexander said. “So we’re going to go back and see how it goes. If things are going well, we’re going to keep going, so I imagine they will be. I missed racing with everybody, miss the comradery with everybody and I get along with a lot of the officials.”

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Spencer Davis to Pilot Hillbilly Modified

Hillbilly Racing Owner David Hill said Monday that Spencer Davis will return to the Coors 21 Means 21 No. 79. The team will pursue a full slate between the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour. The schedule includes a pair of doubleheader weekends at Langley (VA) and Thompson (CT) in April, and Hickory (NC) and Stafford (CT) in October. Hill plans to have a hauler at both venues and would use another driver to qualify the car at the Whelen Modified Tour races.

Hill estimates a lofty goal of a schedule of races in the “mid 30s.” They will run a partial schedule in the KOMA Unwind Modified Madness Series. The team is working to run the Tri-Track Open Modified Series as well. Davis will return to Lee USA for the Bullring Bash 100. “We’re trying to put plans in place to do the other two (at Monadnock and Seekonk),” Hill said.

The team has a brand new car from NorthEast Race Cars and Brad Lafontaine. Although Troyer has some new designs for 2015, Hill did not purchase one.

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Tri-Track Open Modified Series Returns

It’s official. The Tri-Track Open Modified Series presented by The Long Island Modified Maniac and The Racing Guys is back for a second year.

The inaugural year for the Tri-Track Series saw fantastic racing action at Lee USA Speedway, Star Speedway and Seekonk Speedway that only Tour Modifieds can deliver. The expectation is that race fans in New England can expect more of the same this year, but with a different race track thrown into the mix.

The first race will once again be at Lee USA Speedway in Lee, New Hampshire, but this year it will be on May 17th. The second race will be at the high-banked bullring of Monadnock Speedway in Winchester, NH on June 13th, and the final race will once again be on “Open-Wheel Wednesday” at Seekonk Speedway in Seekonk, Massachusetts on July 1st. Each race will see a feature of 100 laps as well as a Last Chance Race.

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