EPPING, NH- If Matt Hirschman is going to sweep the two Northeast Race Cars and Parts Tri-Track Open Modified Series events on Wednesday at Star Speedway, he is going to have to beat at least two drivers that weren’t able to race in the July 29 SBM 125 at the Epping, New Hampshire quarter-mile.
Both Ryan Preece and Jon McKennedy were racing elsewhere on that night. McKennedy was in Ohio defending his ISMA Supermodified points lead, while Preece was busy shocking the world by winning the NASCAR Xfinity Series race in Iowa. This time, neither has a conflict and they are looking forward to recording podium finishes as they have previously at Star.
“It will be cool to get back up there,” Preece said
following Wednesday’s NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour event at the Bristol Motor Speedway. “I haven’t been to Star in awhile. I’m excited and definitely looking forward to getting back there, and hitting another Tri-Track race. It’s going to be a lot of work to prepare for, but I’m excited.”
While Preece will be towing in from Connecticut, McKennedy considers Star Speedway is his home track. The Chelmsford, Mass., driver led the most laps the last time he raced a Modified at Star, and he has numerous race wins in many different cars. He will bring his own car for this event, a car that is also a proven winner elsewhere.
This special Wednesday event is a throwback to the 1980’s for Star. During that decade, nationally known drivers such as Richie Evans, Leo Cleary, Jimmy Spencer, Jeff Fuller, Mike McLaughlin and Brian Ross battled against the locals like Bentley Warren, Bobby Gahan, Don MacLaren, Larry Record and Dave Thomas.
The Wednesday, August 23rd “Flamingo Motorsports ’80’s
Throwback 100″ paying $6,000 to the race winner is the third race of four Tri-Track Series events and promises to be the best one yet. The night’s racing will also include the Woody’s Strickly Stocks, Brickyard Road Runners and the L&W Auto Six Shooters.
Modified practice begins at 4:30 PM, with heat races for all four divisions beginning at 7:00 PM immediately followed by a Tri-Track Series Modified B-Main and the four feature events. For more information and a full schedule to be posted, check out the Star Speedway official Facebook page, their web site www.starspeedwaynh.com or www.tritrackmods.com. Adult general admission is just $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and juniors, with kids 10 and under always admitted free of charge.
Will Preece, McKennedy, Les Hinckley, Rowan Pennink or someone else be able to dethrone Matt Hirschman as the Star Speedway superstar? Be there on Wednesday night, on Route 27 in Epping, N.H. to find out.