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Monadnock Speedway Northeast Race Cars Tri-Track Open Modified Series Race One

When the Star SBM was run several years ago who knew in 2016 there would be a series like the Tri-Track Open Modified Series.  Race one did not go as well as planned as only 16 cars and a less than full grandstand disappointed many involved. Fast forward to 2016,  people like Dick Williams and the Racing Guys, James Schaefer and Kevin Rice have put their heart and sole into this series which boasts some of the largest car counts of any series, modified or other in New England.

Speaking to James better know as the LImodmaniac  on a regular basis we  know the amount of time he, Dick Williams and others spend beating the bushes for sponsors, race teams and fans. Sponsors like Alloy Race Wheels, Northeast Race Cars and many others including thousands of dollars from the fans themselves. From last fall and to now they have relentlessly spent their time putting together this series.

If you are a fan of modified racing and don’t know about the series you just are not paying attention. Saturday at Monadnock about 40 confirmed entries will take to the 1/ 4 mile  high banks to see who can take home the $5,000.00 first place money.

What makes the event even more special will be the tribute to a great racing legend that passed away over the winter, Ron Bouchard. IMG_0066 (2)The Monadnock race has been named in Ron’s memory and many fans in attendance will be there to saute the former NASCAR modified and Winston Cup driver.  Ron’s brother Ken Bouchard  has entered this  race named for his brother.

Looking over the confirmed entry list there are some well known names that you expect to see at a race as big as this. Matt Hirschman,  and Andy Jankowiak who both had tough calls to make with the IMG_0033ROC racing at Lake Erie,  NASCAR WMT drivers Ron Silk, and Rowan Pennink, plus Andy Seuss, Woody Pitkat  Chris Pasteryak and Justin Bonsignore and many others.

There also  are drivers who may not be the top funded teams but are at the race track every week because of their love of the sport. Drivers like  Karl Fredrickson, who when he finished second or third in a Tri-Track non qualifiers race a couple of years ago and won more money than any other race in his career at Lee Speedway. Mike IMG_0336 (2)Holdridge is back after working his way in to the feature with the B-main win after a couple of early spins in his heat and the consolation race and a never say die attitude. Mike earned one of his biggest paydays at last years Monadnock race.  Also returning to the track this week will be  Tommy Barret who this week confirmed he will be at there Saturday night.

IMG_0639Last years Monadnock  race was a barn burner won by Matt Hirschman after Woody Pitkat and Chris Pasteryak tangled opening the door for Matt.

The Northeast Race Cars Tri-Track Open Modified Series kicks off its season Saturday night at the Monadnock Speedway Winchester NH. with the 100 lap Ron Bouchard Tribute race.

Northeast Race Cars Tri-Track Open Modified Monadnock 100 Entry List:

0 – Mike Holdridge
06 – Les Hinckley
1 – Anthony Sesely
3MA – Troy Talman
4 – Jeff Gallup
7 – Scott MacMichael
9 – Tommy Barrett
11 – Geoff Gernhard
13 – Steve Masse
15CT – Chris Pasteryak
16 – Eric Berndt
17 – Roger Coss
21 – Josh King
21 – Justin Bonsignore
24 – Todd Patnode
25 – Rowan Pennink
27 – Andy Jankowiak
28 – Dwight Jarvis
29 – Jon McKennedy
33 – Rob Richardi Jr.
39 – Calvin Carroll
41 – Karl Fredrickson
43 – Kirk Alexander
50 – Ron Silk
50 – Carl Medeiros Jr.
52 – Pitkat A Woody
55 – Ken Bouchard
58- Sal Accardi Jr
60 – Matt Hirschman
68 – Johnny Bush
70 – Andy Seuss
21/76 – Dennis Perry
84 – Brandee Tree
85 – Michael Benevides
88 – Russ Hersey
92 – Anthony Nocella
93 – George Sherman
99 – Richard Savary

Ron Bouchard 100 Up First For Tri-Track Series in 2016

LONG ISLAND, N.Y. ___

The Northeast Race Cars Tri Track Open Modified Series (TTOMS) is ready to get rolling with the 2016 season on the track, and it will happen this Saturday night, June 11, at Monadnock Speedway.

The 100 lap feature event, paying $5,000 to the winner, will be in honor of the late, great Ron Bouchard.

The 67-year-old who was lost in Dec. of 2015, is a former winner at Talladega in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, as well as a standout in the modified ranks across New England for many decades.

Saturday, just before the qualifying begins, a special presentation will take place in Bouchard’s honor on the front stretch.

All drivers that will attempt to qualify for the Tri-Track 100 will be asked to come trackside in their fire suits to honor the veteran.

The 1/4 mile high-banked oval in Winchester, New Hampshire held a feature race for the Tri-Track Series in June of 2015. It was won by defending champion Matt Hirschman, who leads the list of drivers expected to challenge for the checkers this weekend.

As of Wednesday morning, more than 35 drivers have pre-ordered tires for Saturday’s race.

Other drivers expected to challenge Saturday include former Tri-Track winner Tommy Barrett, who will make his first modified start of the 2016 season. Former series winners Chris Pasteryak, Richard Savary, Ron Silk and former champion Jon McKennedy are also on the updated list.

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour regular Justin Bonsignore will unload behind the wheel of the No. 21 for Art Barry and defending Valenti Modified Racing Series champion Woody Pitkat is expected in the Stebbins Racing No. 52.

 

“Monadnock Speedway is a great race track to see the modifieds in action,” series co-promoter James Schaefer said. “With near 40 cars expected to pack the pit area, it should be an exciting night of action filled racing.”

The tentative event schedule calls for the pit gates to open for teams at 10 a.m. The thunder of the modifieds hits the track at 2 p.m. for the first of two practice sessions — it will last 30 minutes.

The second session will run from 3:45 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. Qualifying action on Saturday begins at 5 p.m. with the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series divisions of Monadnock, followed by the 12 lap heats for the Tri-Track Series.

Admission to the paddock area is $40.00 and admission for adults to the front gate is $25.00. For additional information on the raceday procedures and schedule, teams and fans can visit www.monadnockspeedway.com, or see the full event schedule by clicking here.

This will be the first of five races for the 2016 season. Next up, Seekonk Speedway holds the annual “Open Wheel Wednesday” on June 29, paying $10,000 to the winner. Star Speedway will host the series on July 30 & New London-Waterford Speedbowl will hold two races (Aug. 25 & Oct. 23);

For information on the Tri Track Series, visit us on the web at www.tritrackopenmodifiedseries.com, or contact Dick Williams or James Schaefer.

QUICK FACTS: Ron Bouchard Tribute 100 at Monadnock Speedway

TRACK FACTS:

1  1/4 mile, high-banked oval in Winchester, N.H.

2  Runs weekly as part of NASCAR Whelen All-American Series

RACE FACTS:

1  100 lap feature event

2  Blind draw for heat race lineups

3  12 lap heat races (how many heats will be decided on Saturday)

EVENT SCHEDULE:

1  Pit gates open for modified teams at 10 a.m.

2  TTOMS practice from 2-2:45 & 3:45-4:15

3  TTOMS heat races approx 6 p.m.

4  Ron Bouchard Tribute 100 approx 9 p.m.

TRI-TRACK OPEN MODIFIED SERIES SET TO BEGIN 2016 SEASON ON SATURDAY

    WINCHESTER, NH- The first of five big events for the Northeast Race Cars & Parts Tri-Track Open Modified Series goes green this Saturday night on the high banks of Monadnock Speedway, where an expected field of roughly 40 cars competes for starting positions in the 100-lap Ron Bouchard Tribute race.
    This event was added from the original schedule because series co-founder Dick Williams wanted to pay tribute to the former NASCAR Sprint Cup and Modified great, who lost a battle with cancer last December. Williams came up with the idea in January, and with the blessing of the Bouchard family this event was created.
    “He was one of my best friends in racing for years,” Willams said. “Anybody that knew Ronnie knew that he was the best. When I had the four race tracks I ran he raced all over for me, at all of the tracks. We just got to be friends. Anything you needed- he was there.”

    A special tribute to Bouchard will take place on the Monadnock Speedway frontstretch, beginning at 4:30 PM. Heat races for the Monadnock weekly divisione begin at 5:00 PM, with the Tri-Track Modified heats estimated to begin around 6:00 PM.

Event co-organizer Jim Schaefer has recieved well over 50 entries for teams planning to compete in at least one of the five 2016 events for the Northeast Race Cars & Parts Tri-Track Open Modified Series. As of Sunday, 40 drivers have confirmed their intentions to be at Monadnock this Saturday.

    “It is going to be one heck of a show let me tell you,” Williams excitedly stated. “I don’t think a lot of people are listening to what the fans want. The drivers like time trials because the stars are automatically in, but the fans want to see you race your way in, and that is what they will see on Saturday.”
    With five heat races, two consolation events and a 25-lap B-Main paying $1,000 to win and a minimum of $300 to start, plus Monadnock’s weekly NASCAR racing besides, there will be plenty of reasons for fans to enjoy a full night of racing even before 100-laps of the most exciting and competitive Modified racing in the country begins at approximately 9:00 PM.
IMG_0658  Among the entries confirmed for Monadnock are the first two Alloy Wheels Tri-Track Point Fund Champions, Matt Hirschman and Jon McKennedy, along with early season Monadnock VMRS winner Chris Pasteryak. Alloy Wheel Repair Specialists, along with proceeds from T-shirt and hat sales will again bring a point fund payout to the series as well this season.
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    Those three favorites will be challenged though from near and afar, with Les Hinckley, Rowan Pennink, Ron Silk, Justin Bonsignore, Andy Seuss, Woody Pitkat and the most recent VMRS winner Anthony Nocella are all confirmed entrants.
    Both Tommy Barrett and Steve Masse are set to compete for the first time this season, and both are always a threat to win. Monadnock “locals” Dwight Jarvis, Kirk Alexander, Russ Hersey and Todd Patnode will also be there, along with roughly 25 more drivers from across the northeast, giving it their all for Saturday night’s top IMG_0119prize of $5,000.
    The middle three Northeast Cars & Parts races to come, at Seekonk, Mass., on June 29, Star Speedway in Epping, N.H., on July 30 and at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl on August 25 will each pay the race winner $10,000. The series closes out on October 23, also at New London-Waterford.

    In all an expected $275,000 will be paid out to race teams in this five race series, but more sponsor donations are always welcomed because every dime goes directly into the race event payoff and point fund. Businesses such as Nocella Reclamation & Grading/Nocella Paving and Mike Nocella and the Robert B Our Company through former Modified car owner Chris Our are a big part of this series.

“That is why this series is so special,” Williams noted. “You’ve got all of these sponsors that are involved. Tracks, fans, racers and small businesses with racing ties are all working together. In three years we have raised over a quarter of a million dollars.

    “It’s a lot more work that isn’t seen to run events this way. A lot of sleepless nights when you have something set and you’re trying to make it better and there’s just no end to it. But I’ll tell you it is so much more rewarding, especially when some of these little guys make the race and do well.”
    Any race team who is not yet entered for Saturday’s event must do so by Thursday or they will be forced to pay a late entry fee and start scratch in their qualifying heat race. Teams who have not yet ordered tires are encouraged to contasct Dan at Hoosier Tire East by Thursday as well.
    Saturday’s event will have pit gates opening at 11:00 AM and the main gate opening at 1:00 PM. Two Modified practice sessions begin at at 2:00 PM and 3:45 PM. Admission is $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and college students, $10 for high school students, and children 12 and under $5.
    More information is available at: www.monadnockspeedway.com and for any late-breaking updates visit either the Monadnock Speedway or Northeast Race Cars Tri Track Open Modified Series Facebook pages.