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.”
Stay tuned for the release dates of all of the Tri Track Open Modified Series coming soon. We are looking at our three points races plus possibly some Bonus shows…stay tuned Mod fans!
WATERFORD, Conn. –
Matt “Money” Hirschman lived up to his name once again on Sunday night at New London-Waterford Speedbowl.
He took down the victory in the $5,000 to win NorthEast Race Cars Tri Track Open Modified Series feature event and with the win, he locked up the 2016 championship.
“It worked out really well, we had a good starting spot,” Hirschman said. “The car really responded well to the start of the race and that was important because the cars we would have had to contend with had to start further in the back of the pack.”
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.
Keep up to date with all the updates by following the series on Facebook or visiting us on the web at www.tritrackmods.com
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
Masse Rockets To $10K Tri Track Open Mod Win at the Speedbowl
WATERFORD, Conn. —
Steve Masse captured his first career NorthEast Race Cars and Parts Tri Track Open Modified Series checkered flag on Thursday at New London-Waterford Speedbowl, rocketing into victory lane behind the wheel of his No. 13 and collecting the big prize of $10,000.
The Bellingham, Massachusetts driver started in fifth position, but was a threat all night long. He pitted early and took a fresh tire, then drove through the entire field and eventually drove around race leader Richard Savary on a lap 88 restart in order to take down his first ever series win.
“I wasn’t sure what was going to happen there at the end,” Masse said. “The heat cycles killed (Richard) Savary’s tires and I was able to get around him. I got a good restart and was able to stay to the outside of him going into turn one — which is important here at Waterford. It all worked out in my favor.”
Masse had decided he was going to step away from the sport at the start of 2016 and spend time with family and friends, but things changed quickly when June came around. Masse felt that urge to go back onto the track and he elected to return to the Speedbowl on Thursday chasing the glory and the big bucks.
“This is only the third race of the year so it feels really good,” Masse said. “Earlier (this year) I just didn’t feel like racing and I didn’t feel like competing. The fire all of a sudden came back and here I am.”
Richard Savary and Mike Holdridge brought the field of 27 modifieds to the green flag Thursday and Savary took command early. Behind him, Masse made early ground from his fifth place starting spot to second and the two drove away from their challengers — brining Rowan Pennink along with them.
The first caution of the event flew on lap 35, when Tommy Barrett spun his No. 44 at the end of the frontstretch and quickly left the scene without damage. During the yellow, many drivers took advantage of the stoppage and went down pit road — including Masse and Pennink — who gave up top-three runs to make adjustments.
A second caution on lap 35 also slowed the action when Les Hinckley got into the outside wall in turn four, then another yellow flew on lap 49 when Andy Jankowiak spun in turn one. Geoff Gernhard spun on the backstretch on lap 52, drawing a fourth caution of the event while those on the track took advantage and came down pit road. Among those pitting under the caution included Jeff Rocco and Calvin Carroll.
At the lap 52 green, Savary had a tough challenge from Woody Pitkat, who worked the outside and took over the advantage at lap 53. Just as Pitkat got the lead, Dylan Kopec and Carl Mederios Jr. got together and crashed, allowing Pitkat to hold the bottom for the restart on lap 54. Pitkat held the advantage over Savary until lap 60, when Savary took back command with a bottom line move off turn two.
A pileup in turn one drew a caution on lap 61, then before long Eric Berndt spun from the top-10 down the frontstretch on lap 66. Cautions also stopped the race on lap 77 and then on lap 88 twice, but the crucial point of the race came on the restart on lap 88.
Savary, — who had been leading much of the race — was on the bottom for the restart but didn’t get the start he needed to hold the advantage. Masse cleared him from the outside and Savary was left chasing him in the final laps, trying everything he could to get back to the bumper.
“We took the strategy of staying out and not pitting at all because we started on the pole,” Savary said. “It was good racing. We weren’t going to give up the track position it was going to be too hard to come from the back. It just came down to a few yellows and Steve having a better tire than us.”
Sitting third at the conclusion of the 100 lap event was Pitkat, who said post-race that he thought he had something for the top-two if the car didn’t tighten up in the final laps.
Pitkat did lead a few laps in the second half of the race, but ultimately, third was the position of finish for the Stebbins Racing driver.
“I led for a little while there,” Pitkat said. “We just got a little bit tight there in the center in the last 40 laps and it just never went away. I tried to do whatever I could to get it to rotate through the center. I’m just happy for my guys. It’s a good momentum builder for us.”
Matt “Money” Hirschman finished fourth and Ted Christopher came on strong late to round out the top-five. Six through ten was Justin Bonsignore, Tommy Barrett, Eric Goodale, Dennis Perry and Rowan Pennink.
The NorthEast Race Cars Tri Track Open Modified Series returns to action right back at the Speedbowl on Oct. 23 as part of the Bemer’s Big Show weekend, the final race of the 2016 season. Lap sponsorships are available immediately and can be purchased by contacting the series on Facebook or by email.
For more information, fans are encouraged to visit www.tritrackopenmodifiedseries.com.
UNOFFICIAL RESULTS: NorthEast Race Cars Tri Track Open Modified Series; August 25, 2016:
Steve Masse, Richard Savary, Woody Pitkat, Matt Hirschman, Ted Christopher, Justin Bonsignore, Tommy Barrett, Eric Goodale, Dennis Perry, Rowan Pennink, Ron Silk, Andy Jankowiak, Dwight Jarvis, Shawn Thibeault, Mike Holdridge, Dylan Kopec, Geoffrey Genhard, Chris Pasteryak, Jeff Rocco, Calvin Carroll, Roger Coss, Jeff Gallup, Eric Berndt, Todd Annarummo, Troy Talman, Carl Mederios Jr., Les Hinckley