The Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing Presented by King Cadillac GMC came to a close at Thompson
Speedway Motorsports Park on Sunday, October 15 capping off another successful year of on-track action at the
raceway known to many as the Big-T. Seven divisions made for a busy final day of the three-day showcase of the finest
racers in New England and beyond with the main event of the evening being the crowning of the 2017 NASCAR Whelen
Modified Tour series champion to help close out the night.
The Whelen Modified Tour’s Sunoco World Series 150 proved to be a historic one with three different drivers earning
honors as for the first time in series history. The race saw a different race winner, tour champion, and owner’s
champion crowned as Timmy Solomito scored a World Series win while Doug Coby secured a fifth Whelen Modified
Series crown and Ryan Preece earned Ed Partridge and TS Motorsports the owner’s title.
Coming into the weekend Doug Coby had history in his sights with a slim 10-point lead over Justin Bonsignore. Six
drivers had a mathematic shot at the title, but Coby was seeking his fourth straight championship, and fifth overall,
after a year of ups and down that saw him only reach victory lane one time. Coby survived two close calls to finish in
the top five, securing the crown that puts him in exclusive company with Richie Evans and Jerry Cook as the only
drivers to win four consecutive titles in the series. Coby is the first to do so in the modern era dating back to 1985.
“We have no quit. It took all we had to do to take care of business,” said Coby after clinching the championship.
“What a tight season it was – This one’s a little different. It’s a split car and owner championship and the #6 car (of TS
Motorsports) had a phenomenal season. They were on point every single race. This is our fifth title with some of these
guys. This one we got the points lead with two races to go. It’s just a different feeling and it’s an amazing job. Our team
just digs deep every time they have to.”
For the first time in series history the owner’s title went to a team that wasn’t hosting the championship driver at the
end of the year. Ed Partridge and TS Motorsports was presented with the owner’s trophy thanks to the efforts of Ryan
Preece, who forwent a full season of driving for the driver’s title to focus on advancing his career in select NASCAR
Xfinity Series events over the course of the season. Preece said he was proud to help bring Partridge a title and end the
season on a high note.
“We had a really solid year and we won a lot of races. When we didn’t win we were consistent. We were really fast
and that’s all you can hope for. I have to thank Ed and Connie (Partridge) for letting me drive this car and work on this
car,” Preece said as he celebrated with the Partridges after the race.
Finally the race winner was Timmy Solomito, who is no stranger to victory lane at the Big-T. Solomito came into the
event knowing he had to win the race and get some help from others in the field to take down Doug Coby for the drivers
championship and while he didn’t win the overall title he made a statement with a pass for the win on the final restart.
Solomito not only won the event in the closing laps, he did so in a backup car after damaging his primary in a practice
incident. Solomito said he was excited to bring his team one more trophy to close out 2017 strong.
“It just goes to show you how great these guys are. We qualified eighth with no laps on the car and put it in victory
lane today. There was a lot of determination after what happened in practice. It was pretty unfortunate, but I’m really
happy for everybody on board,” Solomito said in victory lane.
Before all that, the first champion of the day was crowned in the Sunoco Modified division as Keith Rocco came into the
event with a 12-point lead over Todd Owen. Rocco, seeking his second straight title in the division to add to his already
impressive resume at Thompson, didn’t have the dominant year he enjoyed in 2016 but still rode consistency into the
final race of the season with two victories and five top five finishes prior to Sunday’s finale.
Rocco looked to not only win the title, but the race as well after making it a three-wide battle for the top spot
thirteen laps into the event and taking the lead. However, Rocco’s title hope almost took a major hit in the closing laps
of the race when Chase Dowling got into Keith Rocco on a restart, allowing Rocco’s rival for the title Todd Owen to take
the lead. Owen went on to claim his third win of the season, but Rocco recovered to a third place finish, which was
enough to secure him the division championship. Rocco had a few choice words for Dowling after the event. “There’s a
reason I’ve got more championships than that kid does wins,” Rocco said of Chase Dowling. “(These championships)
keep getting harder and harder and with about two laps to go we had to put our game faces on.”
While he didn’t win the championship, Todd Owen did get a pretty decent consolation prize with a World Series
victory in the Sunoco Modifieds. Owen said he knew he had to win if he was going to contend for the title and his team
did what it had to do. “Hats off to Keith Rocco for winning the championship. We knew we had to do one thing, and that
was to win. We knew anything could happen,” Owen said in victory lane. “It’s been an incredible year here at Thompson.
I’m just happy (to win the race).”
The Sunoco Modifieds were introduced with a special tribute to the late Ted Christopher, who scored in ninety-ninth
overall career victory at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park in a Sunoco Modified only a week before his untimely
passing in September. In addition to the playing of “The Mission” to honor the man simply known to many as TC, Drivers
performed a three-wide tribute lap to honor Christopher and the fans while a flag displaying Christopher’s iconic #13
flew in front of the field and was displayed on the flag pole behind the Thompson Speedway scoreboard for the duration
of the World Series of Speedway Racing’s third and final day of on-track action.
In the Limited Sportsman it seemed like it was a simple path to the title for Shawn Monahan who held a 29-point lead on
Scott Sundeen coming into the event and needed a top fifteen finish to clinch the title despite having no wins on the
season coming into the World Series. Monahan was a model of consistency all year. In six races he had six top fives and
four consecutive runner-up finishes to his record, but had yet to win an event.
When the green flag finally waved Monahan’s journey to a title seemed even more secure when Scott Sundeen was
involved in an early wreck. However Monahan would find his own troubles on track later in the race, putting him outside
the top fifteen while Sundeen worked his way to the top five. Controversy erupted when Monahan’s brother, Diego
Monahan, appeared to purposefully spin Sundeen late in the event despite Shawn Monahan having worked his way to the
top fifteen. Shawn Monahan held on to win the championship with no race victories on the season while his brother
Diego was ejected from the race and disqualified.
Monahan was greeted with boos from the packed crowd at Thompson after he exited his car, something he said
reminded him of the great Ted Christopher, and praised his team for helping him earn a title without having to visit
victory lane. “It was an awesome season,” Monahan said after the event. “We talked to all the guys before we went out
on the race track and in 2017, with all the years I’ve been racing, there’s been peace and harmony in the pit area among
the top five competitors. I wouldn’t have it any other way.” Meanwhile up front Corey Fanning took the victory, but post-
race inspection resulting in his car being disqualified from the event. It was announced that the original runner-up in the
race, Jeff VanPelt, would be credited with the win.
The NEMA Lites were next up and saw a pair of familiar names each vying for a title as Danny Cugini sought his own
championship while Jim Chambers looked to repeat as the champion for the first time. Cugini ran a solid race and
finished strong in the top five to secure his NEMA Lite crown while Ryan Bigelow broke through to claim a dominant
World Series win.
For Cugini it was a hard fought season-long battle filled with consistency and a focus on the big picture. “The car is
in one piece. We haven’t had any wrecks. We didn’t go through any motors this season. The last couple of laps we had a
little smoke coming (into the car) so that made me a little nervous, but it’s nothing we couldn’t get by to finish the race.
The World Series is the biggest night of the year for us and it’s just awesome to be a part of it. I hope we put on a good
show,” said Cugini.
For race winner Ryan Bigelow it was a family affair. His brother, Scott Bigelow, has numerous wins at Thompson,
including at the World Series. Ryan Bigelow said he was proud to finally claim a World Series victory of his own. “It’s
definitely a way to go out on the year. I have to thank my father for doing everything he does to support me. My brother
Paul does all of the chassis work and everything on the racecar and his efforts worked today. This car was on a mission
from the beginning. It was a little tight in the end, but I couldn’t have asked for a better day,” said Bigelow.
The International Supermodified Association (ISMA) brought their biggest and best drivers to Thompson for a 50-lap
feature on the Big-T. That division saw two drivers, Jon McKennedy and Timmy Jedrzejek, contesting for their first
titles coming into the race with McKennedy having the advantage as the event began. While he wouldn’t win the race
itself, McKennedy ran a consistent line and securing a solid top three and his first ISMA title in the process. Timmy
Jedrzejek finished fifth to hold on to the runner-up spot in the season points while last year’s series champion Dave
Shulluck sped his way to a strong race victory in the 50-lap feature, the twenty-second win of his career.
“This car is really good here. It’s been good here for the last three years and we fought through some issues in practice
but the crew worked really hard to get it back together,” Shalluck said in victory lane. “The car was good and I’m glad I
could do this for my guys. It’s a great way to end the season.”
The champion, Jon McKennedy who almost won the title a few years back, said he was proud to finally put together a
whole season and come out on top in the end. “We were close before so I knew going into today we just needed a little
bit of luck and we needed to keep our nose clean. Everything worked out. (My team) worked really hard all season,” said
Closing out the night The Mr. Rooter Pro Truck Series and Street Stocks named feature and series winners after their
events were postponed from the previous night. For the trucks Frank Dumicich, Jr. outran the competition to claim a
title while Jim Boyle took the win and the Street Stocks saw Allen Coates win the race in a truck and Corey Hutchings
score the title.
NASCAR WHELEN MODIFIED SERIES SUNOCO WORLD SERIES 150 TOP-10 FINISH: 1. Timmy Solomito; 2. Chase Dowling;
3. Ron Silk; 4. Rowan Pennink; 5. Doug Coby; 6. Andrew Krause; 7. Woody Pitkat; 8. Dave Sapienza; 9. Jamie Tomaino;
10. Justin Bonsignore
SUNOCO MODIFIED FEATURE TOP-10: 1. Todd Owen (Somers, CT); 2. Chase Dowling (Roxbury, CT); 3. Keith Rocco
(Berin, CT); 4. Steven Kopcik (Newtown, CT); 5. Timmy Jordan (Brooklyn, CT); 6. Woody Pitkat (Sturbridge, MA); 7. Kyle
Elwood (Riverhead, NY); 8. Bert Marvin (Colchester, CT); 9. John Studley Framingham, MA); 10. Ryan Preece (Berlin, CT)
LIMITED SPORTSMAN FEATURE TOP-10: 1. Jeff VanPelt (Pawtucket, RI); 2. Jesse Gleason (Lison, CT); 3. Travis Jurcik
(Chaplin, CT); 4. Larry Barnett (Moosup, CT); 5. Kevin Mason (West Warwick, RI); 6. Brent Gleason (Griswold, CT); 7.
Shawn Monahan (Waterford, CT); 8. Zachery Robinson (Putnam, CT); 9. Jon Porter (East Lyme, CT); 10. Robert Bloxom,
III (Stratford, CT)
NEMA LITES FEATURE TOP-10: 1. Ryan Bigelow (East Hampton, CT); 2. Kyle Hamilton; 3. Chad LaBastie (Uxbridge, MA);
4. Randy Carbal (Kingston, MA); 5. Dan Cugini (Marshfield, MA); 6. Todd Bertrand (Danielson, CT); 7. Jim Chambers
(Atkinson, NH); 8. Paul Cally (Raynham, MA); 9. Meg Cugini (Marshfield, MA); 10. Anthony Payne (Fair Lanw, NJ)
ISMA SUPERMODIFIED FEATURE TOP-10 FINISH: 1. Dave Shulluck, Jr. (Westlake, OH); 2. Chris Perley (Rowley, MA); 3.
Jon McKennedy (Chelmsford, MA); 4. Trent Stephens (Tallmadge, OH); 5. Timmy Jedrzejek (Independence, OH); 6. Dan
Bowes (Epping, NH); 7. Dave Duggan (Milford, NH); 8. Bobby Magner (Oswego, NY); 9. Rich Reid (New London, OH); 10.
Jason Spaulding (Fulton, NY)
Day two of the Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park proved to be a busy
one as a slew of new champions were named in both touring and track divisions as the biggest weekend in New England
racing continued. Six different races were held over the course of the afternoon, each resulting in a champion being
named for their specific series or division as a packed crowd turned out to enjoy and afternoon of non-stop on track
action at the Big-T.
The American Canadian Tour served as the night’s main event crowning a champion with a two-man battle established
coming into the evening’s season finale race. The tour’s 75-lap feature began with a tribute to series founder Tom
Curley in a touching pre-race ceremony featuring a playing of “Donny Boy” on bagpipes. Curley passed away at the age
of 73 earlier this year and before the green flag flew ACT drivers presented a series of four-wide tribute laps in honor of
the man who helped establish their series back in 1986.
The event was highlighted by a points battle between Scott Payea and Dillon Moltz who were separated by only 37
points coming into the event. As fate would have it the two drivers found themselves in the top five in the closing laps
of the event giving Payea enough breathing room to hold on for a title while Moltz settled for the runner-up spot in the
points race. For Payea was his first career title and one that served as vindication after years of coming up short to
past champions in the division.
“We’ve had some great years and the stars aligned this year,” Payea said. “We put so much into this every year and to
finally put it all together is just amazing. It’s so special to us. It’s so tough in this series. We were fortunate enough to
win five races this year and we still had to come into the last race and fight to the end.”
Up front Eddie MacDonald and Woody Pitkat battled it out for a win in the final ACT race of the 2017 campaign. Despite
a strong run in the second half of the event, Pitkat was unable to best MacDonald who had a strong car from start to
finish and survived numerous restarts on route to his first win at Thompson and his second of the season in the ACT
division. “I’m just very excited to finally get a win in a late model here. I’ve been wanting to do that forever,” MacDonald
said in victory lane. “It’s an awesome way to end the season for us. I just want to thank all the fans. We have a good
crowd (at Thompson) today.”
The Northeastern Midget Association (NEMA) drivers were the first to take to the track for their annual Shane
Hammond Memorial 25-lap feature with Randy Cabral securing himself another title in an increasingly impressive
career, cementing himself among the NEMA greats with his sixth series championship in the last nine years. Cabrel
came into the event with a solid 50-point lead over Jim Chambers and raced his way to a third place finish while
Chambers secured a runner-up finish in the final event of the 2017 season.
However while the two championship contenders battled it out it was Cabral’s teammate Todd Bertrand who took home
a dominant win in the feature. Bertrand is a former winner on Ice Breaker weekend at Thompson, including a victory in
the NEMA Lites earlier in the 2017 season, and said winning the World Series race was a highlight of his year. “I’ve been
wanting to win the World Series for the NEMA Midgets for a few years now. We’ve been trying really hard and we’ve
gotten unlucky a couple times on the last lap. I wasn’t going to let this one get away from me,” Cabral said.
After congratulating his teammate on his feature win, 2017 NEMA Midget champion Randy Cabral spoke about his sixth
series title and the legacy he is building in the modern era of the NEMA Midgets. “I’m so excited that Todd won. He’s
been trying for this race for so long. I’m excited for my team and my teammate. I love the World Series. I wish I won the
race, but halfway through the race I realized I had a bigger picture to worry about,” Cabral said. “I have a lot of big
shoes to fill. I’m trying to live up to the names and legacies (of past legends) and what they did – It’s a pretty awesome
Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park is wrapping up in 2017 season this weekend with tie award winning annual
three-day event, the 55th World Series of Speedway Racing. With 18 divisions and numerous champions set to be
crowned over the weekend, the action began on Friday, October 13 with five feature events and the crowning of the first
champion of the weekend named in Thompson’s late model division.
Coming into the event the late models featured a two-man battle as reigning track champion William Wall sought to
dethrone the surprise success story of 2017, Ray Parent, from the top spot on the final day of the season. The two
drivers brought different strategies to the table as their close points battled heated up. Parent, who only needed to
finish twelfth to clinch the title, embraced a more conservative approach while Wall was more aggressive, virtually
needing to win and get help from others in the field to finish the season on top.
The evening started off strong for Wall who won his heat and gained four points on Parent in the process. Wall
continued his aggressive approach in the main event to come home third, but Ray Parent’s conservative strategy
prevailed as he secured a ninth place finish and completed a Cinderella story season that he thought would never come.
“This is my first championship (of any kind) since 1996,” Parent said after the race. “It’s awesome. I’m happy for my
guys – To say you’re a NASCAR champion is something you dream of when you’re a kid. I know it’s late models at
Thompson, but it’s exciting and what a good group of late model drivers Thompson had this year.” Parent’s season
included two victories, starting with a season-opening victory on Ice Breaker weekend, and four additional top ten
finishes on route to his first late model title at Thompson. Wall’s finish was good enough to guarantee him the runner-up
spot in the final points standing.
Meanwhile division regular Matt Lowinski-Loh capped off his season with a statement win in the 25-lap late model
feature. It was Lowinski-Loh’s second victory of the season and one he was proud to cross off his bucket list. “It’s World
Series Weekend. It’s the biggest race around hear,” Lowinski-Loh said. “I can’t thank my team enough and all the
sponsors – It’s a dream come true. I always wanted to win this race. We’re going to go through the car and replace all
the worn parts and hopefully come out even stronger next year and go for a championship.”
The longest event of the first night of World Series weekend was the 60-lap feature of the Granite State Pro Stock
series, a new addition to the Friday night lineup of the annual event. The penultimate race of the series’ 2017 season
saw quite a bit of drama as several title contenders found themselves in trouble early on after a series of on-track
incidents before the halfway point of the event. Barry Gray, who came in third in points, found himself retired from the
race only 15 laps in while the other three drivers at the top of the points standings, Nick Lascuola, Mike O’Sullivan, and
Scott MacMichael, were involved in a lap 18 crash on the front stretch causing different degrees of damage to their
respective vehicles. Lascuola was unable to continue while O’Sullivan and MacMichael continued to set themselves up
as the top contenders to the championship at the season ending event in Waterford.
Meanwhile it was a familiar face out front as Derek Ramstrom held off Derek Griffith for the feature win in a
dominating performance throughout the second half of the feature. Ramstrom and Griffith fought tooth and nail for the
lead early on in the event with Ramstrom taking the lead for good just past the halfway point and storming his way to
the win. A former track division winner at the Big-T, Ranstrom cherished his return to a victory lane he has visited so
many times before.“I love this place. I miss racing hear weekly. I wish they’d bring it back. Every time we come here we’
re a top three car no matter what. I have to give credit to my crew. I grew up right at the Little-T speedway and I’ve
been watching people race here all my life. I love this place,” Ranstrom said after his win. “It was extremely close there
in the beginning. I was just trying to be patient. I mean 60 laps here is kind of long. It doesn’t sound long, but it is at
this place. I maintained a steady pace and at the right time I closed the door and never looked back.”
Closing out the night were the Lite Modifieds in a 20-lap feature that saw a competitive field of drivers each looking
for one more win on the 2017 season. It was a new face, Bryan Narducci, who started up front and finished up front in
dominating fashion leading every lap of the event on route to a victory. The young up-and-comer, a regular at Stafford
Speedway, made his first start at the Big-T, leaving a mark with a dominant win to add to his growing resume on the
local racing circuit.
“The car was pretty good during the day and I had to figure out the track. It was my first time racing here, but we
finally figured it out. We were good in the heat race. We didn’t make any changes and it was real good for the feature,”
Narducci said in victory lane.
The night also included looks at racings past and future. The Senior Tour Auto Racers held a pair of exhibition events
over the course of the night showcasing antique and replica sportsmen and modified cars of racings past while drivers
of the Extreme Racing Experience took to the track for their own exhibition event earlier in the day.
Day two for the World Series of Speedway Racing promises to be an even busier action packed day with eight
different divisions set to take center stage. The Valenti Modified Racing series, the Northeastern Midget Association,
the American Canadian Tour, the Mr. Rooter Pro Truck Series, the New England Pro 4 Modifieds, Street Stocks and the
North East Mini Stock Tour will all be featured over the course of the afternoon and evening while a track champion will
be crowed in the Mini Stocks where Wayne Burroughs, Jr. looks to repeat as champions of the division at the Big-T.
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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-changer.
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, Madison, CT.
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
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