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Open Wheel Wednesday to Stream Live on Speed51.com

Concord, N.C. — One of the most highly-anticipated Tour-type Modified races of the season will be streamed to a worldwide audience on Wednesday, June 27. The annual Open Wheel Wednesday event for the Tri-Track Open Modified Series and NEMA Midgets at Seekonk Speedway (MA) will air via a live pay-per-view broadcast on Speed51.com.
Race fans will be able to watch qualifying action, consolation races and feature races by purchasing a pay-per-view video ticket for $24.99.
“Seekonk Speedway is excited to continue their broadcast partnership with the best short track source going,” said Seekonk Speedway Director of Business Development, Ed St. Germain. “Speed51.com offers great coverage and an awesome opportunity for those who can’t be here at the track to watch the race live.”
Open Wheel Wednesday is an event known for attracting a diverse field that includes some of the biggest names in Modified racing. The current entry list for the Tri-Track Open Modified Series $10,000-to-win main event includes the names of nearly 40 Modified drivers
“Big Money” Matt Hirschman enters the race as the defending winner, but will be challenged by the likes of Ryan Preece, Chase Dowling, Rowan Pennink Ronnie Silk, Tommy Barrett, Woody Pitkat and more.
“This race has truly become one of the top five races of the year for Tour-type Modified fans,” said Speed51.com Editor Brandon Paul. “The race attracts big names from a variety of touring series such as the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, Valenti Modified Racing Series, Race of Champions and more. There’s a reason the crowd is gigantic at this race every year, and that’s because it’s a can’t-miss race for Modified fans.”
In addition to broadcasting the Tri-Track Open Modified Series portion of the event, the live broadcast will also shine a spotlight on the 22nd Annual Boston Louie Memorial for the NEMA Midgets and NEMA Lites.
Speed51.com live video stream will be a one-camera broadcast with audio from the track’s public address system. Announcers Kevin Boucher, John Spence, Sr. and Pete Falconi will be on the call for the highly-anticipated event.
The video stream will feature a 100-mile blackout radius around the Seekonk, Massachusetts area.
Live video tickets for the event will go on sale Monday night at 5 p.m. ET and will be available for purchase throughout the event.

OL’ BOY CUP 60 TO MARK HISTORIC MILESTONE FOR LANCASTER SPEEDWAY & RoC MODIFIED SERIES NEXT WEEK

Fourth edition of Ol’ Boy Cup to be 250th race for RoC Series; 50th at Lancaster
 
LANCASTER, N.Y. (June 20, 2018) – History will be made when the green flag waves at Lancaster National Speedway on Thursday, June 28 for the fourth annual Ol’ Boy Cup 60 Bill Colton Memorial presented by Thermal Foams. It will mark the 250th race in the history of the Race of Champions (RoC) Modified Series as well as the 50th time the RoC Series will compete at Lancaster.
This year’s edition of the Ol’ Boy Cup will take place just four days shy of the 24th anniversary of the first-ever RoC race held at Lancaster on July 2, 1994. That event, the NYS 150, was just the third race in the history of the series originally known as the New York State Modified Series. Modified legend Rick Fuller of Auburn, MA won the inaugural NYS 150 for his second career victory at Lancaster.
The series was created, in part, by former Lancaster National Speedway owner, Alex Friesen, to help promote a schedule of races in conjunction with the Race of Champions. Friesen and partners purchased the Race of Champions from the Gerber family in 1994 and moved it to the Oswego Speedway. Only Oswego has hosted more RoC Series events than Lancaster with 56 races contested at the “Steel Palace”.
The New York State Modified Series eventually changed its name to the Race of Champions Modified Series as it began to branch out into other areas of the Northeast. The series was purchased by Joe Skotnicki in 2015. Lancaster National Speedway has become the cornerstone facility of the RoC Modified Series, cementing its place as the home of Modified racing in Western New York. In 2018, Lancaster made its strongest commitment to date with the RoC Series by agreeing to host five races.
The list of drivers to win the 48 races that came after that night in 1994 is a who’s who of WNY Modified racing from the last 24 years. The “Hotshoe” Chuck Hossfeld of Ransomville, N.Y. leads all drivers with nine career RoC Modified wins at Lancaster, including the inaugural Ol’ Boy Cup 60 in 2015. Hossfeld enters this year’s event second in the RoC Modified Series point standings, and is coming off a huge win in the Joe Reilly Sportsman Summer Slam last Saturday.
Second on the RoC all-time win list is Sege Fidanza, the winningest driver in the history of Lancaster Speedway, with seven feature victories. Six of “Super” Sege’s win came from 1995-1999, with his final RoC victory at Lancaster coming in 2005.
Tied for third place all-time are two of the top active Modified drivers in the Northeast, Matt Hirschman and Patrick Emerling. Both drivers have six career wins, and the pair have combined to win 10 of the last 16 RoC races at Lancaster. Hirschman’s first RoC Series win at Lancaster came in June 2007, and four have come in the U.S. Open 125. Emerling racked up four RoC wins in 2016 when he swept all four races at Lancaster that year. He opened the 2018 season with a win in the Queen City Clash 75 on May 12.
Last season Tyler Rypkema of Owego, N.Y. became the 19th driver to win a RoC Modified event at Lancaster when he held off Chuck Hossfeld to win the Ol’ Boy Cup. Rypkema will defend his title next Thursday against a stacked field of competitors.
Grandstands gates will open at 5 p.m. on Thursday, June 28 for the Ol’ Boy Cup with racing starting at 7 p.m. The Race of Champions Super Stocks, Advance Auto Parts Street Stocks and Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinders will also be in action. Adult general admission tickets are $22, kids 12-17 are $10 and children 11 and under are free.

 

PHOTO: DEFENDING OL BOY CUP WINNER TYLER RYPKEMA (32) RACES AUSTIN KOCHENASH (66) & PATRICK EMERLING (07) ON MAY 12 (PAULA THOMPSON PHOTO)

TALENT RUNS DEEP AT TTOMS OPEN WHEEL WEDNESDAY AT SEEKONK

Annual 10K to Win 100-Lap Modified Race Set for June 27

Seekonk, Mass. (June 20, 2018): Seekonk Speedway has been family owned, operated, and promoted for over 70 consecutive years by the Venditti Family. Maybe more so than any other track in the northeast, Seekonk is also known for their legendary racing families.  The likes of the Astles, Berghmans and Bouchards have won races and championships at Massachusetts’ only remaining race track. On the track’s regular Saturday nights ‘newer’ family names have emerged like Johnson, Pelland, Tripp, Vanasse, and, of course,  Annarummo.

On Wednesday, June 27, Todd Annarummo, who has returned to his racing roots in the Pro Stocks, will jump back aboard a Modified in search of another victory at Open Wheel Wednesday for the Tri-Track Open Modified Series (TTOMS).  Todd and his Seekonk ‘Wall of Fame’ father Vinnie are the only father-son duo to win Open Wheel Wednesday Modified honors.

Open Wheel Wednesday features 100 laps of green flag racing for the tour-type Modifieds with the winner earning $10,000. As part of the racing action, both the NEMA Midgets and the NEMA Lights go 29 laps in honor of Boston Louis Seymour.  Grandstands open at 4pm.  Fans are invited to participate in an autograph session on the midway at 5:30pm with all drivers in competition on Wednesday night.

While Seekonk Speedway is steeped in family legacy, racing runs deep with the Tri-Track Open Modified Series as well.  And, all that talent will be on display during 100 laps of green flag tour-type modified racing at the ‘Cement Palace’ on Wednesday, June 27.

While approaching legendary status himself, defending Open Wheel Wednesday and TTOMS champion Matt Hirschman is the son of Tony, who is considered by many to be Modified racing royalty.  Ryan Preece, who is a serious threat to win the 10K payday, is a third generation driver. He is the grandson of NEAR Hall of Famer Bobby Judkins.

With one of the most prolific family racing histories in the field, Andy Jankowiak is in search of his first victory in Tri-Track Open Modified Series competition next Wednesday night. His racing roots date back to his grandfather and include his much-heralded mother, father and uncle.  Mother Debby holds a place in history as one of only two female drivers to score a feature win at Dunn Tire Raceway Park (formerly known as Lancaster Speedway).

Andy’s father Tony was a local Modified hero in New York in the ‘80s before a tragic accident at Stafford took his life.  A dedicated racer, Andy’s Uncle Tommy Druar, would go out in search of new racing adventures and had earned the nickname “the Travelin’ Man”.  He, too, was taken too soon in a crash at Lancaster in 1989.

Making the long-haul from Tonawanda, NY to regularly complete in TTOMS competition, Jankowiak could also be considered “the Travelin’ Man”. He is also among the sentimental favorites to win on Wednesday night.

Young Blake Barney drives for his grandfather Dick Barney, a legendary car owner who fielded cars for Hall of Famers Tony Siscone and Reggie Ruggiero.  Jeff Gallup is the son of Richie, a standout at the now defunct Riverside Park Speedway.  A host of others like Mike Holdridge, Colbey Fournier, Dan Meservey, Sammy Rameau, Les Rose and more have followed in their father’s footsteps.

With the racing pedigree of the current and future stars of TTOMS, a track with a rich history and a prestigious racing event, Wednesday, June 27 is sure to make for a legendary night of racing.

The roster of nearly 40 preregistered drivers also includes Chase Dowling, Les Hinckley, Tommy Barrett, Stephen Masse, Rowan Pennink, Derek Ramstrom, Ronnie Silk, Woody Pitkat, Russ Hersey, Anthony Nocella, Richard Savary and others.  A complete list can be found by following Tri-Track Open Modified Series on Facebook.

Qualifying gets underway at 6:30pm with heat races for all divisions followed by a pair of Modified b-mains (if necessary). Feature racing will commence immediately following qualifying. General admission is $27 and pit admission is $37. A rain date has been set for Thursday, June 28.

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. To learn more about the Tri-Track Modified Series, visit tritrackmods.com.