Propane Plus Signs on as LM Race Sponsor


Seekonk, Mass.(September 18, 2018): When the Tri-Track Open Modified Series heads to Seekonk Speedway for the Haunted 100, not only will they be joined by the full-fendered ‘big guns’ of the Pro All Star Series but also a strong field of Late Models.  One of the highest paying Late Model purses of the season will see local favorites from Seekonk’s own Late Model division contend with invaders from throughout the northeast.


“With this purse and the consistency of the ACT rules, this should be one of the strongest fields for a Late Model race in recent years,” said Series Managing Partner, Wayne Darling. “And, if last year’s race is any indication, this year’s 50 lapper for the Late Models is only going to be bigger and better.”


The Late Model rules for the event will be the same as those in effect for Seekonk’s own prestigious D. Anthony Venditi Fall Classic and can be found on the track’s website All ACT legal Late Models are welcome.


“Thanks in part to newly added sponsorship by Propane Plus, the winner of the Late Model race will take home $1,500,” added Darling.


Longtime supporters of New England racing, Propane Plus is a local, family-owned business that has earned a reputation for outstanding service. With combined storage facilities of 180,000 gallons of propane on hand, Propane Plus provides reasonable pricing and trusted service.


Week-in and week-out, the Late Model division is one of the most hotly contested divisions at Seekonk Speedway. Fans of the Haunted Happenings at the Speedway on October 27 should expect much of the same. Seekonk regulars already registered include multi-time track champion Gerry Degasparre, up-and-coming drivers Ryan Kuhn, Bobby Tripp, Chase Belcher, Danny Johnson, as well as veteran campaigner Manny Dias. Follow Tri-Track Open Modified Series on social media for regular updates to divisional entry lists.


Gates open at 11am with racing starting at 1pm on Saturday, October 27. General admission is $27. Children under 12 are admitted free. Pit gates opens at 8am with admission of $37.  The rain date is Sunday, October 28.


To purchase Haunted 100 apparel and to learn more about the Tri-Track Open Modified Series, visit or find the series on Facebook and Twitter.




Seekonk, Ma. (January 2, 2017): With all the pieces falling into place for another successful 2017 season, the Northeast Racecars Tri-Track Open Modified Series announced a three-year agreement with Hoosier Tires East (HTE) of Manchester, CT, keeping the series on Hoosier Racing Tires.


“The teams will receive the same level of service they have come to expect from Dan Anderson and everyone at Hoosier Tires East and the performance from what we believe is a superior product,” said Wayne Darling, Managing Partner of the Tri-Track Open Modified Series.


Hoosier Tires has been the gold-standard for asphalt modified tires for nearly a decade. Known for the superior quality and durability, Hoosier Racing Tires have provided consistency for racers.


“We are glad to be able to continue this deal,” said Rob Summers of Hoosier Tires East. “The success of the Modifieds is not only important to our business but to our family and our racing family too. This is a great series for the Modified racers to come to enjoy racing.”


Hoosier Tires East has been servicing the Tri-Track Open Modified Series since its inception in 2014.

The tire compounds will remain unchanged for the series in 2017.


Hoosier Tires East will provide trackside service at the events at Star Speedway and New London Waterford Speedbowl. They will provide support to the management of Seekonk Speedway during the 14th annual Open Wheel Wednesday featuring the $10,000 to win main modified event.



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.

“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 series finishes up with two events at the New London Waterford Speedbowl including Wednesday August 23 and Sunday, October 22, 2017 as part of the Bemer’s Big Show. Another ultra-competitive quarter-mile speedway, the events at the New London Waterford Speedbowl draw the best-of-the best in Modified competition. Championship drivers dot the entry lists for the TTOMS events at the Speedbowl last season including the likes of hometown favorite Chris Pasteryak, Ryan Preece, Ronnie Silk, perennial Waterford and SK Modified Champion Keith Rocco, Woody Pitkat, and Rowan Pennink. “Big Money” Matt Hirschman and Steve Masse split wins at the Speedbowl in 2016.

“Car counts were strong at each of the events held in 2016,” added Darling. “With basically the same schedule and a focus on improving the program operationally, we firmly anticipate that it will be equally, if not stronger, in 2017.”


Seekonk, Ma. (November 22, 2016): The Tri-Track Open Modified Series formally announced this week the expansion of its operation. Founding partners Dick Williams and Jim Schaefer have joined forces with Wayne Darling of Seekonk, Ma. and Mark Pennink of Huntingdon Valley, Pa. The operational group is already well into plans for the 2017 season with a number of additional announcements expected in the coming weeks.


“The series just got too big for us to handle on our own,” said Schaefer, who joined Williams in creating the series.


As long-time team car owners, Darling and Pennink bring not only a ‘racer’s perspective’ to the series but also much-needed resources to the already successful NorthEast Race Cars Tri-Track Open Modified series.


Back in 2014, the uncertainty of some of Modified racing’s more prolific open (non-sanctioned) events sparked the duo to take action. Williams and Schaefer stepped in with passion and determination to build the NorthEast Race Cars Tri-Track Open Modified Series. Now, some three years later, that same resolve has prompted the two to seek additional help.


“Dick and Jim built this thing from the ground up,” said Darling. “It’s our time now to step up alongside them to build on the solid foundation – to make the series stronger. To turn it into the professional series we know it can be.”


The caliber of the teams that have supported the series since its inception along with the backing of the foundational race tracks will go a long way toward helping the Tri-Track Open Modified Series achieve those goals.


“We really want to do what is right for the competitors,” added Schaefer. “We really think this is it.”


Championship racers have anchored the, on average, 40-car rosters dating back to 2014 with the likes of Doug Coby, Matt Hirschman, John McKennedy, Keith Rocco, Chris Pasteryak, Woody Pitkat and others. Series champions have include McKennedy (‘14) and Hirschman (’15 & ‘16).


The inaugural season of NorthEast Race Cars Tri-Track Open Modified Series saw the races at Lee USA and Star Speedways in Lee and Epping, N.H., respectively as well as Seekonk Speedway in Ma. In 2015, the series traveled back to Lee and Seekonk adding Monadnock Speedway in Winchester, N.H. and New London-Waterford Speedbowl; where they held two events. In 2016, the schedule once again included Star, Seekonk and two at Waterford dates. An event scheduled at Monadnock was cancelled due to rain.


While the name of the series is more representative of the point system than the scheduling, the Tri-Track Open Modified Series 2017 event schedule is shaping up to be a great one for both racers and fans alike.


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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.”
He started in fifth position, but quickly worked his way into the lead, sliding by Mike Holdridge to the front of the pack at lap 21. From there, it was basically clear sailing for the driver of the No. 60.

The field was brought to Rich Keator’s green flag by Jeff Gallup and Holdridge on the front row. Early on it was Holdridge showing the way.
The first caution flag came down just after the halfway point on lap 41, when Gallup spun on the frontstretch. And shortly after green, Woody Pitkat and Dwight Jarvis made contact in turn three and Pitkat went hard into the wall, drawing a second yellow flag.

Another quick caution slowed the race for a spin by Dennis Perry in turn two on lap 43 and then a final caution came out when Keith Rocco spun in turn two.
The remainder of the race saw Hirschman hold off Les Hinckley and Ron Silk in the final few laps in order to capture the crown. Hinckley was able to finish second, but came up one spot short of the win.
Silk, who won a 35 lap qualifying race worth $3,000 earlier in the day, was able to come home in third spot after starting back in 22nd. Though he didn’t come away with the big win in the 65 lapper, he was still pleased with the effort the team put forth.

Holdridge was able to hang on for a fourth place finish, while Richard Savary captured a fifth place finish.
Rowan Pennink stormed through the field in the second half of the race to finish fifth, while Steve Masse, Ryan Preece, Andy Jankowiak and Rob Summers finished the top 10.
With Hirschman’s victory, he was crowned the champion of the Tri Track Open Modified Series for the second straight year.
“The Tri Track Seires has been the best thing for modified racing in a long time,” Hirschman said. “We have been fortunate enough to win a race at least in every single year. Two years in a row now we win the championship, it’s a great little bonus.”
The Tri Track Open Modified Series would like to announce that the series will return for the 2017 calendar season. At this point, it is not certain exactly where or how many races will take place.
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Matt Hirschman, Les Hinckley, Ron Silk, Mike Holdridge, Richard Savary, Rowan Pennink, Steve Masse, Ryan Preece, Andy Jankowiak, Rob Summers, Ted Christopher, Keith Rocco, Eric Berndt, Justin Bonsignore, John Keivman, Chris Pasteryak, Dan Meservey, Dennis Perry, Ron Frees, Jeff Gallup, Tommy Barrett, Dwight Jarvis, Woody Pitkat, Matt Swanson, Dave Salzarulo, Todd Annarummo