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Matt Hirschman Star Speedway June 29th 2017 Photo: Michael Jaworecki Myracenews

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

Ryan Preece Photo: Michael Jaworecki Myracenews

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.

Richie Evans at Star 1984 Photo: Cynthia Tebbetts

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

Bentley Warren 1984 Photo: Cynthia Tebbetts

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 or 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.


Patrick Emerling Conquers “Thunder Valley”

First NASCAR Whelen Modified Win Comes On Bristol High-Banks

 BRISTOL, Tenn. (Aug. 16, 2017) – Patrick Emerling swept his way to Victory Lane with a near-perfect performance at Bristol Motor Speedway on Wednesday.

The Orchard Park, New York, driver was fastest in practice, won the Coors Light Pole Award and proceeded to lead 148 of the 150 laps en route to his first career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour victory.

“It’s just a dream come true,” said Emerling following the win at the historic track dubbed ‘Thunder Valley.’ “It’s incredible. We only run a handful of the Whelen Tour races and to come down here and win practice, catch the pole and lead every single lap, it’s an incredible feeling for us as a team.”

The win for the 24-year-old came in his 78th career start and just his third of 2017. He held off challenges from Chase Dowling and Justin Bonsignore on restarts in the first half of the race, then held off four-time tour champion Doug Coby in the dash to the finish.

He crossed the line 1.239 seconds ahead of Coby. Prior to Wednesday, Emerling’s best career finish was a second at New Hampshire in 2015.

For Coby, the second-place finish was the third straight in Whelen Modified Tour competition and it helped him claw back towards the top of the championships standings.

Timmy Solomito, who was caught up in a Lap 68 accident, came home 15th to maintain a two-point edge on Rowan Pennink. Ryan Preece finished fifth and is nine points behind Solomito, while Coby is 17 points back.

Justin Bonsignore finished third and is 19 points out of first. Chase Dowling and Preece rounded out the top five at Bristol.

Andy Seuss was sixth, followed by Pennink, Ronnie Williams, Bobby Santos and Matt Swanson.

The Bush’s Beans 150 will air on NBCSN Saturday August 26 at 3 p.m. ET.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Modified Tour returns to the track at Seekonk Speedway on Saturday August 26, with the running of the Seekonk 150.


NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour-Bush’s Beans 150 Results


At Bristol Motor

Bristol TN

Lap length: 0.53 miles

(Start position in parentheses)

  1. (1) Patrick Emerling, Orchard Park, NY, Chevrolet, 150 laps, 69.924 mph.
  2. (9) Doug Coby, Milford, Conn., Chevrolet, 150.
  3. (4) Justin Bonsignore, Holtsville, NY, Chevrolet, 150.
  4. (2) Chase Dowling, Roxbury, Conn., Chevrolet, 150.
  5. (7) Ryan Preece, Berlin, Conn., Chevrolet, 150.
  6. (14) Andy Seuss, Hampstead, N.H., Chevrolet, 150.
  7. (19) Rowan Pennink, Huntingdon Valley, Pa., Chevrolet, 150.
  8. (3) Ronnie Williams, Ellington, Conn., Chevrolet, 150.
  9. (6) Bobby Santos, Franklin, Mass., Chevrolet, 150.
  10. (12) Matt Swanson, Acton, Mass., Ford, 150.
  11. (20) Kyle Ebersole, Hummelstown, PA., Chevrolet, 149.
  12. (21) Bryan Dauzat, Alexandria, La., Chevrolet, 147.
  13. (25) Wade Cole, Hartland, Conn., Chevrolet, 124.
  14. (24) Walter Sutcliffe Jr., East Haven, Conn., Chevrolet, 123.
  15. (8) Timmy Solomito, Islip, N.Y., Ford, 112.
  16. (5) Eric Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 107, mechanical.
  17. (16) Craig Lutz, Miller Place, N.Y., Chevrolet, 94, mechanical.
  18. (22) Jeremy Gerstner, Wesley Chapel, Fla., Chevrolet, 91, accident.
  19. (13) Kyle Bonsignore, Bay Shore, N.Y., Chevrolet, 66, mechanical.
  20. (10) Dave Sapienza, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 59, rear end.
  21. (23) Melissa Fifield, Wakefield, N.H., Chevrolet, 58, handling.
  22. (15) Ted Christopher, Plainville, Conn., Chevrolet, 21, engine.
  23. (11) Austin Pickens, Windermere, Fla., Chevrolet, 8, accident.
  24. (18) Calvin Carroll, Newton, N.J., Chevrolet, 8, accident.
  25. (17) Rob Summers, Manchester, CT, Chevrolet, 8, accident.
  26. (26) Burt Myers, Walnut Cove, N.C., Chevrolet, 0, ignition.

Race Statistics

Time of Race: 1 hour 8 minutes 13 seconds

Margin of Victory: 1.239 seconds

Fastest Qualifier: P.Emerling (131.432 mph, 14.517 seconds)

Caution Flags: 5 for 44 laps.

Lead Changes: 4 among 2 drivers.

Lap Leaders: P. Emerling 1-66; J. Bonsignore 67; P. Emerling 68-72; J. Bonsignore 73; P.

Emerling 74-150.

Standings: 1. T. Solomito, 380; 2. R. Pennink, 378; 3. R. Preece, 371; 4. D. Coby, 363;

  1. J. Bonsignore, 361; 6. E. Goodale, 349; 7. D. Sapienza, 313; 8. M. Swanson, 308; 9. M.

Zachem, 301; 10. R. Summers, 294.


Seekonk, Mass. (August 12, 2017): Officials from the NorthEast Race Cars Tri-Track Open Modified Series (TTOMS) announced recently the addition of Flamingo Motorsports of Palmer, MA, as the title sponsor for the August Classic at Star Speedway in Epping, NH, on Wednesday, August 23. This ‘throw-back’ mid-week show at Star Speedway is reminiscent of the days of the Yankee All Star League.

The Flamingo Motorsports 100 -lap main event for the Tri-Track Open Modified Series will pay $6,000 to winner and $1,000 to take the green flag.  A strong field of cars is expected at the New Hampshire bullring. Following practice, racing will get underway at 6:00 pm.

Located in Palmer, Mass., Flamingo Motorsports specializes in ATV, watercraft, and utility vehicle products and services; providing sales and financing as well as exceptional service by certified technicians authorized by Can-Am, Ski-Doo, Sea-Doo, BRP, Kawasaki, and Karavan.  They offer regular specials and an online warehouse. Visit for complete details.

“We are thankful for Eric [Sanderson] and Flamingo Motorsports for coming on to support this race,” said TTOMS managing partner Wayne Darling. “Eric is well-respected in our sport and his backing of the August Classic continues to bring prominence to our series and the well-deserving competitors.”

Owner Eric Sanderson is a longtime supporter of short track racing in the Northeast. He is not only a championship car owner on the Modified Tour; but also, as sponsorship to a host of short track racers locally and now a strong corporate supporter of the Tri-Track Open Modified Series

With a stated mission to offer the latest in parts and products at the best prices, and with unparalleled service, Flamingo Motorsports pledges to make every experience both beneficial and enjoyable. It is a philosophy shared by the teams and officials of the Tri-Track Open Modified Series to the fans, host tracks and each other.

Additional details on the night’s events will be forthcoming by visiting or by follow the track on Facebook. To learn more about the Tri-Track Modified Series, log on to or find the series on Facebook.