Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park saluted the fans during the track’s penultimate oval season event on
Sunday, September 10, the annual For the Fans Night and 20/20 Sprint Sunoco Modified event. The night featured
giveaways and fan appreciation activities as the spotlight on the track was put squarely on the local drivers and
divisions of Thompson with one final chance to gain points and a win before the season finale in October.
The evenings main event was actually a series of three races, all featuring the drivers of the Sunoco Modified
division looking for points, wins, and a big payday. The Sunoco 20/20 Sprint features two points paying races and a
final 10-lap shootout with the ultimate goal of every driver to finish as high as possible, thus collecting the least
amount of points in the process, with the lowest score after the three events earning one driver a payout and the glory
of being the overall 20/20 Sprint winner. Three different victors were crowned over the course of the evening, starting
with two of the division’s biggest stars each taking home a trophy for winning one of the 20-lap features.
The first feature event was an important one for a local racing legend, Ted Christopher, who started in the top
three and worked his way through traffic and restarts to claim his 99th career victory at Thompson Speedway
Motorsports Park. Christopher said he was proud of the achievement, but admitted he forgot how competitive
Thompson Speedway can be. “It’s like the WWF out there,” Christopher said in victory lane. “It was fun. It’s been a
while since we’ve had a Sunoco win here. We had a really good car today. It’s only the second time I’ve driven it.”
Christopher looked to make the evening a big one for his career as he came within two positions of taking win
number 100 in the second 20-lap segment of the 20/20 Sprint, but it was not meant to be. Despite working his way
through traffic following the inversion of the starting order based on the first feature’s finish, Christopher made
contact with the backstretch wal on a restart which eventually led to hard contact between Christopher and Matt
Gallo taking both drivers out of the remainder of the event. Hoping to defend his 2016 title, Keith Rocco pounced
during the second segment and took his own victory. “It’s tough. It’s pretty much impossible to drive away unless you’
ve got a car that’s about a half second faster,” Rocco said. “On old tires for these races it’s pretty exciting for the
While Christopher and Rocco drove home with trophy’s they were not consistent enough to take the overall 20/20
Sprint win however. That right went to Todd Owen, who sits second in the points behind Keith Rocco and turned a
third place finish in segment two and a pair of second place finishes in the first and final segments into a big payday.
Owen finished second to Troy Talman in the final ten-lap sprint, securing the 20/20 Sprint title to close out the
evening. “It’s the big picture. You had to be there all three races to be in the hunt. My hat’s of to all my guys. We races
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday and we finished second last night with this car and had to change it over. This is really
all for them. I’m just fortunate enough to drive this thing,” Owen said.
Owen will have a chance at a title when the World Series come to Thompson in October. He sits second behind
Rocco with Ryan Preece, Woody Pitkat, and John Studley all also within range of stealing the title from the reigning
champion in October.
The Late Models kicked off the evening with Ray Parent looking to build on his points lead and defending champion
William Wall working to make up ground, but it was a new name that found his way into victory lane at the conclusion
of the 25-lap feature. In his first race back after a work injury sidelined his racing venture Ryan Morgan took the
checkered flag for his first win of the season and first win at Thompson.
After crossing the finish line Morgan said it was an emotional experience to return to the track and win right off
the bat. “it’s been really hard. I go to the race track week in and week out. I live at the race track so it’s great to be
back and driving again and it’s even better to get a win in my first race back. I’ve never won here at Thompson, but I’
ve come close. With the help of my team and my family, that’s how I got here. It’s a team effort,” said Morgan.
With one race left in the upcoming World Series of Racing in October, championship contenders Ray Parent and
William Wall had a pair of impressive runs, but they weren’t able to separate from each other in the points finishing
fourth and sixth respectively in the race. Parent, who drove a special Make-A-Wish themed car for the For The Fans
event, holds the points leads over Wall going into the season finale next month.
The Limited Sportsman 20-lap feature saw the best of the division duke it out for a victory with the championship
still up for grabs. Points leader Shawn Monahan saw early success, but it was his closest competition in the points
Scott Sundeen who drove his way to the front enduring three way battles and an early race caution to take home the
The victory was Sundeen’s first of the year in the division and was an exciting one for the veteran wheelman who
spoke about the tough battle to the front in victory lane. “We had a really good car. They were being rough up front
and I just stuck my nose in and got them with a couple to go,” Sundeen said.
Sundeen closed the gap on Monahan with his victory, but Monahan still holds the top spot going into the World
Series after a strong fourth place run. Brent Gleason, who sits third in points, also enjoyed a great finish with a
second place result followed by Steve Kenneway in third, Monahan, and Ryan Waterman in fifth.
In the Mini Stocks a former champion returned to his winning ways, and just in time too as the season draws to a
close. It has not been an easy year for 2015 division champion Dave Trudeau, but he recovered well and finally found
his way back to victory lane for the first time since the 2017 Icebreaker weekend in April. Trudeau is out of contention
for a title, sitting over a hundred points back from first in eleventh place, but the veteran competitor did not let that
damage his winning spirit as he celebrated a hard fought win in victory lane after holding off Jacob Perry and Nathan
Taylor in a three-wide battle to the finish in the closing laps of the 15-lap feature.
“We definitely didn’t have the fastest car here. The thing was tight. We were wicked loose off the corners. We got
lucky and started up front with a pole,” Trudeau said. Jacob Perry and reigning champion and points leader going into
October Wayne Burroughs finished second and third respectively followed by Eric Bourgeois, who sits a close second
in points, in fourth. Steve Michalski rounded out the top five.
Finally in the Lite Modifieds Glenn Griswold made his way to victory lane. The driver known as “War Horse” sealed
the deal despite a last lap dive bomb move by Chris Viens who spun coming to the checkered flag in turn four.
Thompson has one final weekend in store for race fans as the biggest event of the season, the World Series of
Racing, takes place from October 13 through the 15 with three nights of championship races to decide track
champions and the new titleholder for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Series Tour.
SUNOCO MODIFIED 20/20 SPRINT SEGMENT ONE TOP-10: 1. Ted Christopher (Plainville, CT); 2. Todd Owen (Somers,
CT); 3. Woody Pitkat (Sturbridge, MA); 4. Steve Masse (Bellingham, MA); 5. John Studley (Framingham, MA); 6. Troy
Talman (Oxford, MA); 7. Ryan Preece (Berlin, CT); 8. Nick Salva ( Prospect, CT); 9. Keith Rocco (Berlin, CT); 10. Timmy
Jordan (Brooklyn, CT)
SUNOCO MODIFIED 20/20 SPRINT SEGMENT TWO TOP-10: 1. Keith Rocco (Berlin, CT); 2. Ryan Preece (Berlin, CT); 3.
Todd Owen (Somers, CT); 4. John Studley (Framingham, MA); 5. Woody Pitkat (Sturbridge, MA); 6. Joey Gada
(Uncasville, CT); 7. Andrew Krause (East Brunswick, NJ); 8. Marcello Rufrano (North Haven, CT); 9. Stephan Masse
(Bellingham, MA); 10. Troy Talman (Oxford, MA)
SUNOCO MODIFIED 20/20 SPRINT OVERALL FINISH TOP-10: 1. Todd Owen (Somers, CT); 2. Woody Pitkat (Sturbridge,
MA); 3. John Studley (Framingham, MA); 4. Ryan Preece (Berlin, CT); 5. Keith Rocco (Berlin, CT); 6. Stephan Masse
(Bellingham, MA); 7. Nick Salva (Prospect, CT); 8. Ted Christopher (Plainville, CT); 9. Troy Talman (Oxford, MA); 10.
Joey Gada (Uncasville, CT)
LATE MODEL FINISH TOP-10: 1. Ryan Morgan (Pawcatuk, CT); 2. John Warren (Chicopee, MA); 3. Mathew Lowinski-Loh
(Milford, MA); 4. Ray Parent (Tiverton, RI); 5. Woody Pitkat (Sturbridge, MA); 6. William Wall (Shrewsbury, MA); 7. Paul
Charette (Woodstock, CT); 8. Mark Jenison (Warwick, RI); 9. John Lowinski-Loh (Millville, MA); 10. Ryan Kuhn
LIMITED SPORTSMAN FINISH TOP-10: 1. Scott Sundeen (Sutton, MA); 2. Brent Gleason (Griswold, CT); 3. Steve
Kenneway (Lowell, MA); 4. Shawn Monahan (Waterford, CT); 5. Ryan Waterman (Danielson, CT); 6. Jesse Gleason
(Lisbon, CT); 7. Michael Palin (Dudley, MA); 8. Larry Barnett (Moosup, CT); 9. Kevin Bowe (Smithfield, RI); 10. Corey
MINI STOCK FINISH TOP-10: 1. Dave Trudeau (Mansfield, CT); 2. Jacob Perry (Pawcatuck, CT); 3. Wayne Burroughs, Jr.
(Oakdale, CT); 4. Eric Bourgeois (East Haddam, CT); 5. Steve Michalski (Brooklyn, CT); 6. DJ Trudeau (Mansfield, CT);
7. Douglas Curry (Groton, CT); 8. Mitchell Bombard (Willimantic, CT); 9. Mike Anzalone (Plainfield, CT); 10. Nick Matera
LITE MODIFIEDS FINISH: 1. Glenn Griswold (Vernon, CT); 2. Glenn Korner (Canton, CT); 3. Albert Ouellette (Ellington,
CT); 4. Rick Williams (East Hampton, CT); 5. Chris Viens (Putnam, CT); 6. Chris Correll (Old Lyme, CT); 7. Ed Chicoski
(New Hartford, CT)
First NASCAR Whelen Modified Win Of 2017 Comes at Seekonk
SEEKONK, Mass. (Aug. 26, 2017) – Doug Coby finally found himself back in Victory Lane on Saturday night.
The Milford, Connecticut driver dominated the second half of the Seekonk 150 at Seekonk Speedway and captured his
first win of the 2017 season. He took the lead from Matt Hirschman on lap 63 and led all but one lap in the final stages
en route to the win.
“We just had an awesome car,” Coby said. “My guys made awesome adjustments for the feature. When you can’t pit
for tires, you have to be stout off the truck. You have to know what to do for race. The car was just awesome. I’m
really happy to get Mayhew Tools their first win with us.”
The win was the 23rd career in Whelen Modified Tour action for Coby and his first at the third-mile of Seekonk. The
only blunder for Coby, who started fourth, came at lap 63 when Coby and Hirschman got together battling for the lead.
While Hirschman spun, Coby was able to continue without damage and stayed at the front of the race until the
checkered flag flew. He held off challenges from Ryan Preece and Anthony Nocella in the final dash to the finish on
Coby crossed the line 0.251 seconds ahead of Nocella. Prior to Saturday, Coby had three consecutive second-place
finishes in Whelen Modified Tour competition.
With his third-place finish, Preece took the points lead by two points over Coby. Rowan Pennink is third, three points
back, while Timmy Solomito is fourth, 11 points back. Solomito crashed out while running inside the top five and
Justin Bonsignore was sixth, followed by Hirschman, Max Zachem, Gary McDonald and Wade Cole. Earlier in the day,
Hirschman won his fourth career Coors Light Pole Award.
The Seekonk 150 will air on NBCSN Saturday Sept. 2 at 9:30 p.m.
The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour returns to the track next Saturday night, Sept. 2, at Oswego Speedway in New
At Seekonk Speedway
Lap length: 0.33 miles
(Start position in parentheses)
(4) Doug Coby, Milford, Conn., Chevrolet, 150 laps, 63.688 mph.
(13) Anthony Nocella, Woburn, Mass., Chevrolet, 150.
(2) Ryan Preece, Berlin, Conn., Chevrolet, 150.
(19) Matt Swanson, Acton, Mass., Ford, 150.
(5) Dave Sapienza, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 150.
(15) Justin Bonsignore, Holtsville, NY, Chevrolet, 150.
(1) Matt Hirschman, Northampton, PA, Chevrolet, 150.
(12) Max Zachem, Preston, Conn., Chevrolet, 150.
(25) Gary McDonald, Ronkonkoma, N.Y., Chevrolet, 150.
(22) Wade Cole, Hartland, Conn., Chevrolet, 149.
(8) Rob Summers, Manchester, CT, Chevrolet, 148.
(6) Rowan Pennink, Huntingdon Valley, Pa., Chevrolet, 148.
(11) Craig Lutz, Miller Place, N.Y., Chevrolet, 148.
(17) Eric Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 148.
(14) Ted Christopher, Plainville, Conn., Chevrolet, 146, accident.
(9) Ronnie Williams, Ellington, Conn., Chevrolet, 144.
(23) Melissa Fifield, Wakefield, N.H., Chevrolet, 143.
(21) Manny Dias, Attleboro, Mass., Chevrolet, 142.
(16) Jeff Rocco, Meriden, Conn., Chevrolet, 138, accident.
(24) Walter Sutcliffe Jr., East Haven, Conn., Chevrolet, 125, accident.
(18) Shawn Solomito, Islip, N.Y., Chevrolet, 118, accident.
(7) Timmy Solomito, Islip, N.Y., Ford, 63, accident.
(10) Andrew Krause, Holmdel, N.J., Chevrolet, 63, accident.
(3) Jon McKennedy, Chelmsford, Mass., Chevrolet, 63, accident.
(20) Calvin Carroll, Newton, N.J., Chevrolet, 47, ignition
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.
“Seekonk Speedway is excited to have the Tri-Track series back again for the 14th annual Open Wheel Wednesday
featuring the $10,000 to win main modified event,” said Ed St. Germain, director of business development for Seekonk
Speedway. “We look forward to working with the organizers and helping the series grow in years to come.”
The second race on the schedule is the SBM VI at Star Speedway on Saturday, July 29. This two-groove bullring has
been the site of many great Modified battles. With championship drivers like Jon McKennedy calling Star Speedway
home, the competition is always fierce.
“Since its inception the SBM event has been an important race to us here at Star Speedway,” said owner and promoter
Bobby Webber, Jr. “We are happy that we were able to keep it going strong through the affiliation with the Tri-Track
Open Modified Series over the last few years. My family and I are proud to work with a group that, like us, believes in
the grassroots of racing.”
The Seekonk Speedway races from the first Sunday in May till Columbus Day weekend every year.
D. Anthony Venditti, “The Godfather of New England Auto Racing,” began construction of Seekonk Speedway in 1945.
On May 30, 1946, the gates were opened for the first time. D. Anthony owned, operated, and promoted the Speedway
until his death in 1991. Anthony received the promoter of the year award in 1978. His wife Irene continued till her
passing in 2014, her son Francis, and grandson David continue the tradition of operating the speedway. Know as the
“Action track of the East” Seekonk Speedway has been family owned, operated, and promoted for over 70 consecutive
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Epping, NH, but also of 2017 Tri-Track Open Modified Series (TTOMS) with his win on Saturday night. This victory was a repeat for Hirschman in the
SBM events and his second straight TTOMS win this season. The victory was his fourth in the six-year history of the event.
A caution just past halfway completely changed the complexity of the race that had been dominated by drivers who ultimately would finish outside of
the top – five at the end of the SBM VI. The caution on lap 73, only the second of the event to that point, also set off a rash of cautions that would
shuffle the running order. Hirschman, who had been mired deep in the field, came off pit road third; giving him the track position he needed. Over the
final stages of the event he held off challenges from a host of notable drivers to score the victory.
Rowan Pennink of Huntington Valley, PA, and Josh Cantara of Saco, ME joined Hirschman on the podium. Anthony Nocella of Woburn, MA, and Woody
Pitkat of Stafford, CT, rounded out the top five.
Thanks to the tireless efforts of event founder Kevin Rice, a host of specialty awards were presented on the evening as well.
Steve Masse #13 and Todd Annarummo #12 bring the SBM VI too the green.
After the redraw of heat races finishers, Steve Masse led Todd Annarummo to the green flag. In the opening laps the lead duo was followed by Pitkat.
Earl Paules and Chris Pasteryak were locked in a tight battle for fourth. Pasteryak jumped to the outside groove looking to make the pass on Paules.
He could not make the pass and lost a subsequent position to a charging Richard Savary.
Masse began to distance himself from second-running Annarummo as Savary began to pressure Paules for fourth. Deeper in the field Les Hinckley and
Nocella worked traffic looking to gain track position. Hirschman was up to tenth position from his 14th starting spot on lap 14.
Up front Masse led with a tight pack of three cars that included Annarummo, Pitkat and Savary. Masse entered lapped traffic on lap 25. Pasteryak
began to apply pressure on Paules once again, this time for sixth.
Savary was able to get by Pitkat for third before the first caution of the event flew on lap 30 when Matt Galko came to rest in turn four. Hinckley and
Seuss pitted under caution. Dillon Steuer was the free-pass car.
On the restart, it was more of the same with Masse leading Annarummo, Savary and Pitkat. Pasteryak and Max Zachem were looking racy on the
outside near the tail end of the top ten.
Todd Annarummo #12, Woody Pitkat #52 and Richard Savary #99 fight for position
Savary was all over the back bumper of Annarummo; making the pass stick on lap 38. Masse, again, was able to gain some distance on second.
Pasteryak resumed his assault on Paules. Diving to the inside Pasteryak was able to motor into fifth. Others were able to get by Paules as well;
dropping him back deep into the field.
Savary had run down the leader Masse by lap 50. The lead duo had nearly a straightaway advantage over third-running Annarummo. Taking chase were
Pitkat and Pasteryak. Carl Medeiros, Jr. was running strong in sixth position. Jon Kievman was turning in a strong performance in seventh. Hirschman
still ran in tenth. Barrett, who started scratch on the field, hounded Nocella for position just outside of the top-ten.
At the halfway marker on lap 62 the running order inside the top-ten was Masse, Savary, Annarummo, Pitkat, Pasteryak, Medeiros, Kievman, Pennink,
Zachem, Hirschman, and Andy Jankowiak, who had started 18th. One lap later, Pasteryak got by Pitkat for fourth. He immediately went to work on
Annarummo; taking the third position on lap 70.
The best battle on the field saw Medeiros and Kievman duking it out. Medeiros held the position when Kievman got out of shape; losing several
positions and finally coming to rest after making contact with the tire barrier on the backstretch. The ensuing caution on lap 73 proved to be a game-
Under the caution all but two cars headed to pit road. Only two cars remained on the race track – Galko and Dillon Steuer, who was a lap down.
Pasteryak beat everyone out of the pits followed by Annarummo and Hirschman. Pennink, Masse, Pitkat, Paules, Dwight Jarvis, Cantara, and Zachem
were also among the top cars off pit road. The biggest loser was Savary, who pitted from second but had to restart outside of the top-ten.
Matt Galko in the Rick Kluth #27 and Richard Savary #99 get ready to lead the field back to green.
On the restart, Galko and Pasteryak led the field to the green from the front row on lap 73. Pasteryak hung tight on the outside for a lap before
settling in behind Galko. Hirschman made a bold move diving to the inside of Pasteryak before the caution flew on lap 75 for a spin by Pitkat. Also
collected were Seuss, Paules and Holdridge.
The top three of Galko, Pasteryak and Hirschman ran in a tight pack on the restart. Hirschman grabbed second sliding to the inside of Pasteryak on lap
77. A single lap later he duplicated the move to take over the lead from Galko.
The fourth caution flew on lap 78 for a single car spin by Geoff Gernhardt. On the restart, Masse was making a charge in the outside groove. Masse
and Pasteryak went wheel-to-wheel for a handful of laps before contact sent Pasteryak spinning, the field scattering and the caution flag flying once
again on lap 81. Masse was able to continue. Pasteryak rejoined the field after heading pit side for service.
It was nearly a repeat a lap later. This time with Masse and Galko battling for second but it would be Zachem that got out of shape during the scuffle;
bringing out the sixth caution on lap 82.
Second running Galko went way-wide on the ensuing restart opening the door for a host of cars to get by; falling outside of the top ten.
A series of six cautions flew as the field struggled to get the stretch of laps in the 80s into the record book. The run of cautions involved the likes of
Annarummo, Medeiros, Paules, Savary, Pitkat, Pasteryak, Kievman, Nocella, Zachem, Jarvis and Gallup.
During all the commotion, Hirschman was able to maintain his advantage. When the dust finally settled Pennink and Cantara found themselves in the
top-five and in the thick of the battle. On a single-file restart on lap 87, Hirschman got a great jump over Pennink. The two got away from a battle for
third between Cantara and Hinckley. Pitkat took chase in fifth but not without pressure of his own from Masse. Nocella, who had struggled early, ran
in seventh. Hirschman and Pennink continued to gain distance on Hinckley and Pitkat. Hirschman began to stretch out this lead with 25 laps to go.
The 12th and final caution on the event flew on lap 102 when contact deep in the field collected Gernhardt, Steuer and Annarummo. Under the caution,
Hinckley headed down pit road giving up the fifth position.
Back under green it was all Hirschman. Pennink fell into the clutches of Cantara with Masse dogging Pitkat for fourth. Pennink was able to gain some
breathing room over Cantara but could not make a dent into Hirschman’s lead.
With Hirschman leading Pennink, Cantara, Pitkat and Masse, the driver on the move was Nocella. He dove low on Masse on lap 112 to take over the
fifth position. He immediately began to run down Pitkat in third. With 10 to go Hirschman stretched out his lead on Pennink, who enjoyed a sizeable
lead over Cantara. Nocella was able to take the inside groove away from Pitkat and the position on lap 118.
It was smooth sailing for Hirschman over the final five laps. Cantara cut into the distance to Pennink while Nocella was gaining on Cantara as well.
Nocella was on the back bumper of Cantara as they crossed the checkers. Hirschman, who won the opener at Seekonk, is now two-for-two in Tri-Track
Open Modified Series. Pennink, too, is having a strong season; backing up his third-place finish at the Seekonk opener with a runner-up finish at Star
on Saturday night. A former Star Speedway Modified Champion, Cantara used ‘home track’ advantage to come home third after starting 24th on the
field. It was his second podium finish in SBM competition. Nocella and Pitkat rounded out the top five.
It was a yeoman’s effort for sixth-place finishing Tommy Barrett, Jr., who started scratch on the field, using a provisional to start the event. Masse,
newcomer Brian Robie, Kievman and Zachem rounded out the top ten.
The victory netted Hirschman nearly $7,000 in purse and bonuses.
Heat races winners: Todd Annarummo, Max Zachem, Carl Medeiros, Jr., and Woody Pitkat. The B-Main win went to Dillon Steuer.
Tri-Track Open Modified Series SBM VI Finish-Star Speedway-Saturday, July 29, 2017:
1.Matt Hirschman, Northampton, PA; 2. Rowan Pennink, Huntingdon Valley, PA; 3. Josh Cantara, Saco, ME; 4. Anthony Nocella, Woburn, MA: 5. Woody
Pitkat, Stafford, CT; 6. Tommy Barrett, Millis, MA; 7.Steve Masse, Bellingham, MA; 8. Brian Robie, Sunapee,NH: 9. Jon Kievman, Deerfield Beach, FL:
10. Max Zachem, Preston, CT: 11. Les Hinckley, Windsor Locks, CT: 12. Jeff Gallup, Agawam, MA: 13. Chris Pasteryak, Lisbon, CT: 14. Andy Seuss,
Hampstead, NH; 15. Carl Medeiros Jr. Westport, MA; 16. Dillon Steuer, Bohemia, NY; 17.Dwight Jarvis, Ascutney, VT: 18. Joe Doucette, Framingham,
MA; 19.George Sherman, Framingham, MA; 20. Todd Annarummo, Swansea, MA; 21. Geoff Gernhardt, Salem, CT: 22. Matt Galko, Meriden, CT: 23. Earl
Paules, Palmerton, PA; 24. Richard Savary, Canton, MA; 25. Andy Jankowiak, Tonawanda, NY; 26. Kurt Vigeant, Oxford, MA: 27. Mike Holdridge,
Seekonk Speedway is excited to announce the addition of a new Tri Track Open Modified Series race to be held on October 28th, 2017.
The Race will feature a $6000 first place winners share of the $35,000 purse with great payouts throughout the entire field. The Haunted Hundred will
count towards the Tri Track point fund standings.
“We are grateful to the Venditti Family and Seekonk Speedway for hosting a second race this year,” said Wayne Darling, managing partner of TTOMS.
“Seekonk has always been a great race track for the series. Fourteen years of $10,000 to win modified races has really put the track on the map in the
modified racing world.”
“As I said before…Tri Track has always been about the owners and the drivers,” stated Darling. “We committed to a four-race schedule and we plan to
deliver that to those who support us.”
The four race Tri Track series opened at Seekonk Speedway on June 28th with Matt Hirschman picking up the $10,000 win. The next two races will be
at Star Speedway in Epping, New Hampshire on Saturday July 29th and Wednesday August 23rd. The series will conclude for 2017 at Seekonk on
Saturday October 28th.
The October “ Haunted Hundred “will mark the end of the race season in New England. Race Director Frank Sgambato stated “with the Thompson
World Series, Lee’s Ocktoberfest and Staffords Fall Finale all in the books, all eyes and cars will be at Seekonk for one last run.”
The star-studded roster for the Tri Track series includes the likes of NASCAR Modified Tour champions Ryan Preece, Ted Christopher and Ron Silk,
other former Modified champions Matt Hirschman, Jon McKennedy, Rowan Pennink, and Chris Pasteryak. Perennial favorites who have also registered
include Justin Bonsignore, Bobby Santos III, Woody Pitkat, Eric Goodale, Todd Annarummo, Tommy Barrett, Anthony Nocella, Richard Savary and Andy
The race card for the event will feature the 100 lap Tour Type Modified Open feature, a 50 lap Late Model event and a 30 lap Legends race. The Late
Models will race for $1500 to win while the Legends will compete for a $750 winners share.
“Seekonk Speedway is committed to helping make sure we can get these big shows in when circumstances stack up against their scheduled dates,
Racers commit to supporting us on a weekly basis and for our big races , its only right to show them the respect back and ensure they get to run the
races they have had circled on their schedule” stated Ed St Germain, Director of Business Development for Seekonk Speedway. “The Late Models and
Legends have been two of the best divisions at Seekonk in 2017 so it was an easy move for the Tri Track management to reward them with one more
race at the end of the year”
The Late Models will compete under the rules package used for the Seekonk Fall Classic which aligns with the ACT type Late Model rules. Please see
www.tritrackmods.com for rules info. The Legends will compete under the standard INEX rules package.
Tickets for the event will be $25 at the front gate with kids under 12 free and $35 for pit access. Pits will open at 8am with practice starting at 10am.
The show will have a 1 pm start time. The “Haunted Hundred” will also feature a costume contest for the young and young at heart with each winner
being awarded a gift package from the Seekonk Grand Prix Family Amusement Center.
For more information on Seekonk Speedway, fans can visit www.seekonkspeedway.com
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