HIRSCHMAN DOMINATES FOR LUCRATIVE TTOMS  OPEN WHEEL WEDNESDAY VICTORY AT SEEKONK SPEEDWAY

HIRSCHMAN DOMINATES FOR LUCRATIVE TTOMS OPEN WHEEL WEDNESDAY VICTORY AT SEEKONK SPEEDWAY

 

 

 

Seekonk, Mass. (June 28, 2017): “Big Money” Matt Hirschman of Northampton, PA, lived up to his nickname on Wednesday night claiming victory in the 100-lap Open Wheel Wednesday Tri-Track Open Modified Series (TTOMS) event and the $10,000 winner’s share. It could be considered an uncharacteristic win for Hirschman. Known to conserve tires for a dash to the checkers in the late stages of an event, Hirschman took the lead early from polesitter Justin Bonsignore and went on to lead the remaining 98 laps.  The victory was Hirschman’s third in the Open Wheel Wednesday event, tying Doug Coby for the most wins in the event’s now 13 year history.

 

Jon McKennedy of Chelmsford, MA, and Rowan Pennink of Huntingdon Valley, PA, scored podium finishes as well. Anthony Nocella of Woburn, MA and Tommy Barrett of Millis, MA, a former winner of this event, completed the top five.

 

This was the first event for the Tri-Track Open Modified Series under the new management.

 

“We would like to thank Seekonk Speedway and the competitors,” said Wayne Darling, Managing Partner of the Tri-Track Open Modified Series. “The show went off without a hitch thanks to the professionalism of all involved. And, we have to thank the fans for coming out to support this event. There was a great crowd on hand and I think our guys put on a great show for them.  Last, but certainly not least, our appreciation to Jim Schaefer and Dick Williams for their continued work to make this series a racer’s race.”

 

A total of 33 teams who regularly compete on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, Race of Champions, Modified Racing Series and a handful of independent runners, vied for one of the 26 starting spots.  Qualifying heat race wins went to Barrett, Nocella, Eric Berndt, and Hirschman. The b-main was won by Richard Savary. Those that failed to qualify included Kyle James, Carl Medeiros Jr., Calvin Carroll, Andy Jankowiak, TJ Bleau, Rob Summers and Karey Stular. The biggest heartbreak had to be for Stular, a Canadian driver, who towed in after several days of travel from Edmonton to compete.

 

After the redraw, Justin Bonsignore and Jon Kievman led the field of 26 Modifieds to green. Hirschman jumped into the second spot to take immediate chase of Bonsignore. Anthony Nocella made in three wide on lap two with Kievman and Eric Berndt. Contact resulted further back in the pack; collecting Coby and Mike Douglas Jr. to bring out the event’s first caution.  Coby and Douglas retired from the event.

 

On the restart Hirschman got the jump on Bonsignore to take over the top spot. Berndt was able to get around, Kievman. Ron Silk went to the outside with Tommy Barrett in tow looking for running room around Kievman; to no avail as the second caution flew for an incident involving former event winner Savary and Blake Barney. Under the caution Kievman went pit-side and did not return.

 

It was more of the same following the lap eight restart with Hirschman taking the lead over Bonsignore.  Berndt settled back into the third position but with heavy pressure from Silk. Silk made the outside groove work to take over third. Berndt continued to back-slide in the outside lane losing positions to Barrett and McKennedy and dragging Nocella back as well.

 

On lap 15, Silk was able to take over second from Bonsignore; bringing Barrett along for the ride. McKennedy and Pennink also made quick work of Bonsignore. Nocella lost the handle on his #92 on lap 20 to bring out the third caution. Contact further back in the field collected Jeff Rocco, Chris Pasteryak, Earl Paules, and Eric Goodale. While Nocella was able to continue unscathed, Rocco’s 13x came off the track on the hook. Pasteryak and Goodale were also out for the night.

 

Hirschman once again grabbed the top spot under green. A heated battle for third position between Barrett, McKennedy and Pennink cooled when the fourth caution flew on lap 21 for a single car spin by Paules.  Back under green, out front Hirschman was chased by Silk. The battle for third was once again heating up. Deeper in the pack, Bonsignore had his hands full with Ryan Preece.

 

Hirschman, Silk and McKennedy enjoyed a three car breakaway at the front as Barrett and Pennink duked it out for fourth. Lap-after-lap Pennink hounded Barrett. Preece had a few car lengths advantage over a renewed battle with Nocella, Bonsignore and now another former event winner, Todd Annarummo.

 

On lap 39 an incident between Dwight Jarvis and Dennis Perry brought out the event’s fifth caution.  Under the caution both Bonsignore and Annarummo ducked into the pits for service. Once again, it was all Hirschman on the restart.  McKennedy was nearly able to grab the second spot from Silk with an inside move but settle back in line in third. He immediately came under fire from Barrett, who ultimately grabbed the third from McKennedy.

 

The sixth and final caution flew on lap 41 for a single car spin by Kurt Vigeant. With Hirschman at the point, Barrett stole second from Silk. Pennink made his way to fourth relegating McKennedy to fifth. On the outside, McKennedy now had to contend with Nocella. A strong battle was brewing with Hinckley and Preece for seventh.  McKennedy cleared Nocella while Silk got back by Barrett.

 

At halfway, Hirschman led Silk, Barrett, Pennink, McKennedy, Nocella, Preece, Hinckley, Barney and Hossfeld inside the top-ten.

 

Just a few laps later, both Pennink and McKennedy were able to get by Barrett.  Hirschman maintained a slight lead over Silk, who had persistent pressure from both Pennink and McKennedy.  Silk appeared to be holding up his rivals; allowing Hirschman to pull away.

 

Pennink dove low and took second from Silk on lap 67.  McKennedy immediately went to work on Silk as well. The two went wheel-to-wheel for several laps before Silk finally relinquished the position. Nocella stormed by Silk, who settled into fifth.

 

During the extended green flag run, the top ten ran in a tight line. Hirschman led Pennink, McKennedy, Nocella, Barrett and Silk. Preece began to apply pressure to Silk, who was struggling to keep his car on the bottom groove. Meanwhile, Hirschman entered lapped traffic. He was able to gain some distance on the field despite the traffic.

 

McKennedy got right on the bumper of Pennink, looking to Pennink’s inside on lap 88 but settled back in line. Nocella ran alone in fourth and Barrett was a comfortable distance in fifth. McKennedy was able to make the pass stick on Pennink on lap 92 to take over the second position. He immediately took chase of leader Hirschman. While cutting down the distance slightly, Hirschman cruised to victory over McKennedy. Pennink, Nocella and Barrett rounded out the top-five.  Sixth through tenth position were secured by Hinckley, Preece, Annarummo, Pitkat and Barney.

 

Next up for the Tri-Track Open Modified Series is the Summer Bash at Star Speedway in Epping, NH, on Saturday July 29. For more information visit tritrackmods.com. Be sure to like the series on Facebook, NorthEast Race Cars Tri Track Open Modified Series or @tritrackmods.

 

TTOMS Feature Race (100 Laps) Official Finish: 1. Matt Hirschman, Northampton, PA (100); 2. Jon McKennedy, Chelmsford, MA (100); 3. Rowan Pennink, Huntington Valley, PA (100); 4. Anthony Nocella, Woburn, MA (100); 5. Tommy Barrett, Millis, MA (100); 6. Les Hinckley, Windsor Locks, CT (100); 7. Ryan Preece, Berlin, CT (100); 8. Todd Annarummo, Swansea, MA (100); 9. Woody Pitkat, Stafford, CT (100); 10. Blake Barney, Lakewood, NJ (100); 11. Ron Silk, Norwalk, CT (100); 12. Eric Berndt, Cromwell, CT (100); 13. Justin Bonsignore, Holtsville, NY (100); 14. Earl Paules, Palmerton, PA (99); 15. Chuck Hossfeld, Ransomville, NY (99); 16. Bobby Santos, Franklin, MA (99); 17. Dennis Perry, Ashaway, RI (81); 18. Kurt Vigeant, Oxford, MA (41); 19. Dwight Jarvis, Ascutney, VT (28); 20. Eric Goodale, Calverton, NY (20); 21. Chris Pasteryak, Lisbon, CT (20); 22. Jeff Rocco, Wallingford, CT (20); 23. Richard Savary, Canton, MA (20); 24. Jon Kievman Deerfield Beach, FL (8); 25. Doug Coby, Milford, CT (2); 26. Michael Douglas Jr., Auburn, NH (2).

STRONG FIELD READY FOR ACTION IN LUCRATIVE OPEN WHEEL WEDNESDAY FOR TTOMS

STRONG FIELD READY FOR ACTION IN LUCRATIVE OPEN WHEEL WEDNESDAY FOR TTOMS

 

Green Flag Flies Tomorrow at Seekonk Speedway

 

Seekonk, Mass. (June 27, 2017): Defending race winner Doug Coby of Milford, CT, leads a contingent of over 45 drivers that will vie for the $10,000 winner’s share during Seekonk Speedway’s Open Wheel Wednesday for the Tri-Track Open Modified Series (TTOMS). In the event’s 13 previous outings there have been nine different winners.

 

Will it be another repeat winner? Or will a first-timer drive away with the big check?

 

Of those previous winners, six will be on hand on Wednesday night including Matt Hirschman, Chris Pasteryak, Todd Annarummo, Tommy Barrett, Richard Savary and, of course, Coby.

 

There will be some pretty stiff competition from drivers seeking their first Open Wheel Wednesday victories. Anthony Nocella has been red-hot this season and looks to pocket the $10K. Hot shoes like Ryan Preece, Ted Christopher, Rowan Pennink, former TTOMS champion Jon McKennedy, Bobby Santos III, Justin Bonsignore, Woody Pitkat and Eric Goodale have to be among the favorites as well.

 

Driving the most-decorated car in Open Wheel Wednesday competition, Les Hinckley, aboard the Wayne Darling–owned #52 cannot be ruled out for a possible victory. A host of ‘outsiders’ like multi-time PA champion Earl Paules or newcomer Blake Barney of NJ certainly have the potential to steal a victory.

 

There are some potential dark horses on the entry list like former Seekonk Speedway Modified winner Steve Masse and 2017 MRS winner Mike Douglas, Jr. Plenty of drivers are capable of taking down the victory at the “Cement Palace”

 

The event promises plenty of excitement with $10,000 on the line and a roster that features some of the best Modified racers in the country in 100-laps of green flag racing.

 

Pit gates open at 10am tomorrow Wednesday, June 28. Grandstands open at 4pm with racing scheduled to go green at 6:30pm. Entry to Seekonk Speedway’s pit area is $35. Grandstand admission is only $25. A rain date has been set for Thursday, June 29

COBY LOOKS TO ADD TO OPEN WHEEL WEDNESDAY WIN TALLY

COBY LOOKS TO ADD TO OPEN WHEEL WEDNESDAY WIN TALLY

 

 

Seekonk, Mass (June 25, 2017): Doug Coby of Milford, CT, the defending race winner, will head to the Tri-Track Open Modified Series (TTOMS) season opener at Seekonk Speedway on Wednesday with a vengeance. Coby is not only looking to defend his title and pocket the $10K winner’s share but also for his first win of the 2017 season.

 

And, Coby’s chances on Wednesday are pretty favorable. He has three wins in just six starts at Open Wheel Wednesday. This, of course, should not come as any surprise as Coby is a four-time and defending NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour (WMT) champion.

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Coby is one of only two drivers to win multiple Open Wheel Wednesday Modified events at Seekonk; joining Matt Hirschman of Northampton, PA (who has two).

 

“Seekonk was always one of my least favorite race tracks,” said Coby. “But when I raced for Wayne [Darling], crew chief Jon McKenna helped me learn the race track. He actually made me understand the track. He literally told me what do to. I owe my success at Seekonk to him.”

 

Piloting the Wayne Darling owned #52, Coby found victory in 2011 and 2013. A car he also drove to a WMT championship.  His most recent win in 2016 came aboard his current ride, the Mike Smeriglio III #2.  The same team has helped Coby secure his last three WMT championships.

 

“Last year was probably my most memorable win here,” said Coby, when asked. “It was unexpected really.”

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“We brought our new LFR car-a car that had never run at Seekonk,” reflected Coby. “The car wasn’t that good when we unloaded. But, we dialed it in during practice, found something in the heat race and turned it into a winning car.”

 

This should come as no surprise either with the talents of both Coby and his champion crew chief Phil Moran.

 

Seekonk Speedway has always been known as a ‘racer’s track”.

 

“What a lot people don’t realize -and you certainly can’t tell from the stands-is that we are really more like half-throttle at Seekonk,” said Coby.  “You’re not using all the cars have to offer as far as horsepower.”

 

Which could also be another reason that Coby, a driver who often shows patience and finesse, has achieved success at Seekonk.

 

“As a driver that is a hard thing to wrap your brain around,” added Coby. “We want to use the horsepower.”

 

In Coby’s estimation the event could be a bit different this year, acknowledging that it could be interesting as “the big bump into turn three was removed”.

 

Like his Modified counterpart Anthony Nocella, Coby will be also be doing double-duty on Open Wheel Wednesday competing in the prestigious Boston Louie Memorial for the Northeastern Midget Association for car owner Tim Bertrand. And, like Nocella, Coby has a couple of Boston Louie wins as well.

 

“There has been a bit of a swap, Randy [Cabral] has been driving the #74 this season, so I will be in the #47,” said Coby. “It is the car that Justin won with at Riverhead.”

 

Practice for the Modifieds and Midgets will begin at 2:30pm this Wednesday, June 28. Pit gates open at 10am with grandstands opening at 4pm. Racing is scheduled to go green at 6:30pm. Entry to Seekonk Speedway’s pit area is $35. Grandstand admission is only $25. Tickets are available online by visiting SeekonkSpeedway.com or by calling the Speedway office at 508.336.9959 Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 5:00pm. A rain date has been set for Thursday, June 29.

 

The event promises plenty of excitement with $10,000 on the line and a roster that features some of the best Modified racers in the country, like Coby, in 100-laps of green flag racing.

 

“There is always a good field of cars that is what makes it fun,” added Coby.

ANTHONY NOCELLA LOOKS TO CASH-IN ON STRONG START TO 2017  WITH TTOMS WIN AT SEEKONK ON JUNE 28

ANTHONY NOCELLA LOOKS TO CASH-IN ON STRONG START TO 2017 WITH TTOMS WIN AT SEEKONK ON JUNE 28

Seekonk, Mass. (June 9, 2017): Anthony Nocella of Woburn, MA, has had a strong start to the 2017 season. He hopes to ride the momentum to a win on Open Wheel Wednesday at Seekonk Speedway on June 28 for the season-opening event for the Tri-Track Open Modified Series (TTOMS).

 

A regular on the Valenti Modified Racing Series, Nocella has posted two podium finishes in the Series’ first two events of 2017 including a win at Stafford Motor Speedway on May 19 and a third-place finish on May 27 at Lee USA Speedway. The versatile driver has also posted a victory on dirt this season in the POWRi Lucas Oil All-star Midget League event at Glen Ridge Motor Sports Park in Fultonville, NY.

 

Noting the lore of Stafford Motor Speedway, Nocella called the win at Stafford the biggest Modified win of this career.

 

“I feel like there is a lot of history there,” said Nocella with a bit of awe. “I have always wanted to win there.  Plus, it is super competitive with guys that run there every week.”

 

He attributes his early season success to experience, preparedness, new team members who help at the shop, new sponsors for 2017 including AirGas and most notably the support of his Dad.

 

“We have been building and now we have good notes from the previous years. We finally have a good set-up under the car when we go to the different [tracks],” said Nocella. “It really started last year. We ended the year with strong finishes.”

 

Not only will Nocella have momentum on his side but the young wheelman has found victory at Seekonk Speedway in a Modified and in NEMA and Ford Focus Midgets.  A victory in the track’s prestigious D. Anthony Venditti Memorial event was also Nocella’s first in a Modified.

 

“I have two wins in the Modified at Seekonk,” added Nocella, “and four or five wins in the Midgets.”

 

Nocella will be doing double duty on Open Wheel Wednesday competing in the prestigious Boston Louie Memorial for the Northeastern Midget Association, which is also on the racing card, for owner Bobby Seymour, who helped Nocella launch his budding career.

 

Off the track, Nocella is a quiet, unassuming young man. Yet, just below the surface lies an intensity and passion that quickly becomes evident on the track. With seven wins in the Modified Racing Series including the two at Seekonk, Nocella undoubtedly will be considered a contender among the strong field vying for the $10K purse.

 

“I feel like we will be fast,” added Nocella dryly. “The car is usually good and fast [at Seekonk]. If we are decent part way through the race, we will have a shot to win.”

 

He was; however, quick to point out the level of competition at this and all the Tri-Track Open Modified Series events.

 

“There will be a lot of good cars. It is going to be tough just getting into the race through the heat races.”

 

The event promises plenty of excitement with $10,000 on the line and a roster that features some of the best Modified racers in the country in 100-laps of green flag racing.

 

And, as Nocella pointed out, “it’s pretty racy even though it is a circle. It’s a two groove track that allows you to race side-by-side.”

 

So, what would Nocella do with the big payday?

 

“We would put it back into the car,” said Nocella. “The purse would definitely help pay the bill to freshen our motors.”

 

Nocella will surely be among the first to arrive at the “Cement Palace” when pit gates open at 10am on Wednesday, June 28. Grandstands open at 4pm with racing scheduled to go green at 6:30pm. Entry to Seekonk Speedway’s pit area is $35. Grandstand admission is only $25. Tickets are available online by visiting SeekonkSpeedway.com or by calling the Speedway office at 508.336.9959 Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 5:00pm. A rain date has been set for Thursday, June 29.