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DOUG COBY BANKS $10,000 AT SEEKONK OPEN WHEEL WEDNESDAY

1024-250 11.08.12 AMDoug Coby now has three $10,000 checks signed by Action Track of the East in his career.

Coming into Wednesday June 29, Coby had scored the victory at the annual Open Wheel Wednesday modified event in 2011 and 2013.

Coby grabbed his third trophy from Seekonk Speedway by winning round one of 2016 for the NorthEast Race Cars and Parts Tri Track Open Modified Series Wednesday evening, behind the wheel of his No. 2 Dunleavy Truck and Trailer Repair, LFR Chassis mount.

“I wasn’t even planning on getting out front, I was going to just ride fifth for a lot of the race then those guys gave me the room,” Coby said following his victory.

“Whether I’m going to win or not in the end, I wanted to be in the lead and be in control, I’ve always said that about these open shows. It’s easy for guys to roll up to your bumper here at Seekonk but when they go to pass you they just slide the rear end.”

Coby was slated to go off seventh based on where he finished in his qualifying heat race, but during the redraw on the track prior to the green, he drew a fourth behind the wheel of his No. 2.

He worked inside the top-five for much of the early portion of the race, riding fifth while drivers in front of him tangled for the lead. He started making his move on lap 30 when he slid by Jon McKennedy to fourth. Then, Coby made a move to the bottom, three-wide and quickly jumped to second.

He wheeled his No. 2 to the advantage over the rest of the field on a lap 40 restart and never looked back for the remaining of the event. He held off challenges from McKennedy, Justin Bonsignore and Ron Silk in the final stages and captured his first career win on the Tri Track Open Modified Series.

“This is huge LFR Chassis and all of my team,” Coby said. “It was up in the air what car I was going to come with. This is a great series, Dick Williams, James Schaefer and these guys put a lot of time and money into these shows.”

Silk, who started outside the top-10 behind the wheel of his No. 50, quickly worked this way through the field and was inside the top-five by the time the field hit the halfway point. He was all over the back bumper of Coby in the final laps, but couldn’t find the way around to the big payday.

“Doug did a good job of protecting the bottom like you have to do to win the race,” Silk said. “I could roll the top and get to his right rear, but I was just that much tight that I couldn’t hold him down and get by. It was good hard racing in the front all night and really clean.”

Rowan Pennink drove the Gary Casella owned No. 25 to a third place run and he was followed across the line by Les Hinckley, who piloted a Wayne Darling No. 52. Rounding out the top-five was Matt “Money” Hirschman.

The NorthEast Race Cars and Parts Tri Track Open Modified Series gets back on track at Star Speedway for the SBM coming up on July 30.

For more information, visit www.tritrackopenmodifiedseries.com

Tri Track 100 Feature Finish: Doug Coby, Ron Silk, Rowan Pennink, Les Hinckley, Matt Hirschman, Woody Pitkat, Richard Savary, Eric Berndt, Jon McKennedy, Dwight Jarvis, Dennis Perry, Chris Pasteryak, Keith Rocco, Andy Jankowiak, Todd Szegedy, Andy Seuss, Kirk Alexander, Todd Annarummo, Calvin Carroll, Branden Dion, Anthony Sesely, Dan Meservey Jr., Justin Bonsignore, Jeff Rocco, Carl Mederios Jr., Tommy Barrett

Tri Track B-Main Feature Finish: Carl Mederios Jr., Earl Paules, Mike Holdridge, Troy Talman, Roger Coss, Austin Kochenash, Mike Benevides, Jeff Gallup, Eddie LeClerc, Ken Bouchard, Mike Douglas Jr., Dick Houlihan

Tri Track Consi #2 Finish: Les Hinckley, Branden Dion, Andy Seuss, Earl Paules, Mike Douglas Jr., Jeff Gallup, Dick Houlihan, Troy Talman, Eddie LeClerc

Tri Track Consi #1 Finish: Matt Hirschman, Jeff Rocco, Dennis Perry, Roger Coss, Mike Benevides, Carl Mederios Jr., Mike Holdridge

Heat Race #1: Todd Annarummo, Keith Rocco, Chase Dowling, Woody Pitkat, Austin Kochenash, Eddie LeClerc, Mike Benevides

Heat Race #2: Ron Silk, Doug Coby, Andy Jankowiak, Tommy Barrett, Branden Dion, Dennis Perry, Earl Paules, Andy Seuss

Heat Race #3: Anthony Sesely, Richard Savary, Justin Bonsignore, Kirk Alexander, Jeff Rocco, Les Hinckley, Ken Bouchard, Mike Holdridge

Heat Race #4: Rowan Pennink, Chris Pasteryak, Calvin Carroll, Dwight Jarvis, Dick Houlihan, Matt Hirschman, Mike Douglas Jr., Jeff Gallup

Heat Race #5: Jon McKennedy, Todd Szegedy, Eric Berndt, Dan

Meservey, Roger Coss, Troy Talman, Carl Mederios, Ted Christopher

THE FOLLOWING WERE STARTING LINEUPS ON WEDNESDAY:

 Heat 1

57Rocco-13Dowling

12Annarummo-66Kochenash

52Pitkat-40LeClerc

85Benevides

Heat 2

50Silk-27Jankowiak

8Paules-70Seuss

04-Dion-76Perry

2Coby-44Barrett

Heat 3

47Bouchard-0Holdridge

1Sesely-52Hinckley

28Rocco-21Bonsignore

43Alexander-99Savary

Heat 4

25Pennink-80Houlihan

39Carroll-60Hirschman

28Jarvis-15ctPasteryak

23Douglas-4Gallup

Heat 5

17Coss-29McKennedy

50Mederios-85Szegedy

16Berndt-00Christopher

3Talman-45Meservey

Consi 1

66Kochenash-28Rocco

17Coss-76Perry

60Hirschman-85Benevides

47Bouchard-50Mederios

0Holdridge

Consi 2

04Dion-80 Houlihan

40LeClerc-52Hinckley

3Talman-8Paules

23Douglas-70Seuss

4Gallup

Tri Track 100 Feature Lineup

25Pennink-29McKennedy

12Annarummo-2Coby

99Savary-57Rocco

1Sesely-52Hinckley

15ctPasteryak-85Szegedy

13Dowling-27Jankowiak

21Bonsignore-39Carroll

16Berndt-52Pitkat

44Barrett-43Alexander

28Jarvis-45Meservey

60Hirschman-52Hinckley

28Jarvis-04Dion

76Perry-70Seuss

50Mederios

Tri Track Mods Set For Seekonk 100 Open Wheel Wednesday

SEEKONK, Mass. __

The NorthEast Race Cars Tri Track Open Modified Series (TTOMS) is set to open the season this Wednesday, June 29, at Seekonk Speedway in Seekonk, Massachusetts. It will be the first of what is now four races during the 2016 campaign. The first event that was scheduled for June 11 at Monadnock Speedway was rained out and unfortunately will not be rescheduled.

13509078_10206908398094147_7616927459016325612_nOn Wednesday, $10,000 will be up for grabs to the winner of the 12th annual Open Wheel Wednesday 100 lap feature event. The annual event, that started in 2005, has been won by many different modified veterans. In 2005, it was Donny Lia who captured the checkered flag during a last race dash with Ted Christopher.

Other winners over the years include Matt Hirschman (2008 & 2012), Kirk Alexander (2006), Vinny Annarummo (2007), Chris Pasteryak (2009), Todd Annarummo (2010), Doug Coby (2011 & 2013), Tommy Barrett (2014) and Richard Savary, who is the defending winner behind the wheel of his Alloy Wheel Repair Specialists No. 99.

More than 40 drivers will pack the paddock area hoping to qualify for the big dollar event — but it will not be an easy task. Qualifying heats will begin at 7 p.m. and if drivers are not able to qualify through the heat race rounds, they will have the chance to head into the consolation races. Finally, if drivers can’t find their way through the consi rounds, they will have a chance at winning the B-Main, a 25 lap feature where the winner earns himself a guaranteed spot in the 100 lapper.

13524564_10206908397374129_104938620091109608_nAmong the entered drivers include the two Tri Track Open Modified Series champions, Jon McKennedy and Matt Hirschman. Both are searching for a solid finish to get some points towards the remainder of the season. Modified veterans and former winners of the OWW event Coby, Alexander, Pasteryak, Todd Annarummo, Barrett and Savary will all be hoping to put their name on another trophy and collect another big check.

However, all the others will be chasing their first Tri Track win at Seekonk it’s a stout field of competition coming in. Ted Christopher has entered behind the wheel of the famous Brady No. 00 and Art Barry has prepared a ride for current NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour driver Justin Bonsignore, who will pilot car No. 21.

Others on the entry list include young drivers like Branden Dion and Ryan Kuhn, along with veterans like defending Valenti Modified Racing Series champion Woody Pitkat, Les Hinckley, Ron Silk and NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour defending champion Andy Seuss.

Fans are asked to rise to their feet on lap 44 to honor a veteran Wednesday night. Longtime modified car owner Mario Fiore, who passed away last week, was a championship team owner on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour in 2000 and the racing community lost a legend this past week. On lap 44, fans are asked to stand and hold four fingers up from each hand to make the 44 all around the 1/3 mile oval. Barrett will honor Fiore while changing his car number to 44.

The event will also include two other divisions on the racing card. The NEMA Midgets and NEMA Lites will both compete in 29 lap feature events in the annual Boston Louie Seymour Memorial feature races.

Qualifying heats get underway at 7 p.m., with the consolations, B-main and the 100 lap, $10,000 to win feature event to follow. Admission to the front gate for Wednesday’s show is $25 and the paddock fee is $35.

For more information on the NorthEast Race Cars Tri Track Open Modified Series, fans can visit www.tritrackopenmodifiedseries.com. For more information on Seekonk Speedway, fans can visit www.seekonkspeedway.com

 

QUICK NOTES: Open Wheel Wednesday Tri Track 100 at Seekonk Speedway 

Track Facts:

  1. 1/3 mile oval in Seekonk, Massachusetts
  2. Noted for weekly Friday and Saturday night racing; Saturday under NASCAR banner
  3. Created by the late D. Anthony and Irene Venditti

Race Facts:

  1. 12 lap heat races
  2. 12 lap consolation races
  3. 25 lap B-Main feature
  4. 100 lap A-main feature
  5. $10,000 to win

Event Schedule:

  1. Pit gates open at 10 a.m.
  2. Practice starts at 3:15 p.m. — rotating rounds with all divisions in attendance
  3. Front gates open at 4 p.m.
  4. Heat racing begins at 7 p.m.

Current Entry List:

  1. 0 – Mike Holdridge
  2. 00 – Ted Christopher
  3. 04 – Branden Dion
  4. 1 – Anthony Sesely
  5. 2 – Doug Coby
  6. 3MA – Troy Talman
  7. 4 – Jeff Gallup
  8. 12 – Todd Annarummo
  9. 13 – Chase Dowling
  10. 13 – Steve Masse
  11. 15CT – Chris Pasteryak
  12. 16 – Eric Berndt
  13. 17 – Roger Coss
  14. 21 – Justin Bonsignore
  15. 23 – Mike Douglas Jr.
  16. 24 – Todd Patnode
  17. 25 – Rowan Pennink
  18. 27 – Andy Jankowiak
  19. 28 – Dwight Jarvis
  20. 28 – Jeff Rocco
  21. 29 – Jon McKennedy
  22. 33 – Rob Richardi
  23. 39 – Calvin Carroll
  24. 40 – Eddie LeClerc
  25. 43 – Kirk Alexander
  26. 44 – Tommy Barrett
  27. 45 – Dan Meservey
  28. 47 – Ken Bouchard
  29. 50 – Ron Silk
  30. 50 – Carl Medeiros Jr.
  31. 52 – Woody Pitkat
  32. 52 – Les Hinckley
  33. 55 – Joe Doucette
  34. 57 – Keith Rocco
  35. 60 – Matt Hirschman
  36. 66 – Austin Kochenash
  37. 68 – Johnny Bush
  38. 70 – Andy Seuss
  39. 76 – Dennis Perry
  40. 80 – Dick Houlihan
  41. 85 – Mike Benevides
  42. 85 – Todd Szegedy
  43. 93 – George Sherman
  44. 99 – Richard Savary

Seekonk Speedway Photos

Jeff Rocco, Doug Dunleavy Partner For Seekonk Open Wheel Wednesday Effort

SEEKONK, Mass. ___

When the NorthEast Race Cars and Parts Tri Track Open Modified Series hits the track at Seekonk Speedway next Wednesday night for the annual Open Wheel Wednesday, Jeff Rocco will have a familiar sponsor on the side of his ride.

On Wednesday, Doug Dunleavy confirmed to the Tri Track Series that his company, Dunleavy Truck and Trailer Repair, will be the primary sponsor for Rocco’s efforts towards the annual $10,000 prize at Seekonk.

“We’re going to win this, we’re not messing around,” Dunleavy said. “I’ve already been in the winners circle up there at the $10,000 to win race with Tommy Barrett before. I sponsor Jeff’s Late Model, we talked about this — I told him I had a car to get ready for just a couple of races if he wanted to play once in a while. We just wanna get the chemistry working here.”

Dunleavy mentioned that the deal could extend to some of the other races that the Tri Track Open Modified Series has to offer, especially those at New London-Waterford Speedbowl later in the season. He also confirmed that the car will have a driver for the Seekonk Speedway AnytimeRealty.com 150 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race on Sept. 10 — but that won’t be Rocco.

“Jeff is gonna do some testing for us and we’re gonna have fun,” Dunleavy said. “I’m going to put George Brunnhoelzl in the car for the Whelen Modified Tour race down there in September. It will be wrapped just like the colors of the No. 28 he drives down south, just a little bit of the opposite.”

Jeff Rocco has not only competed at Seekonk behind the wheel of a modified, but also inside the cockpit of a ACT legal Late Model. He showed up at Seekonk late in the 2015 season with his Late Model and stormed right to the front of the pack and battled against some of the top Seekonk talent.

Rocco qualified for the 2015 Open Wheel Wednesday event against a stout field, but didn’t have the finish he wanted. Some bad racing luck forced him to a 21st place finish, three laps behind the leader.

“Seekonk is one of the places I have run the VMRS races a few times and I had a lot of luck there,” Rocco said. “Doug is a strong supporter of modifieds and it’s a great opportunity for me. We’ve put together a good bunch of guys, they are all an all-star bunch, so I hope we can go there and have a podium finish — it will be like a win for us.”

All the action gets underway next Wednesday with practice at 3:15 p.m. for the 100 lap feature. The qualifying rounds go green at 7 p.m. and more than 40 cars will pack the pit area chasing the big prize.

The Tri Track Open Modified Series will compete at Seekonk on June 29, then make a stop at Star Speedway on July 30. Two events at New London-Waterford Speedbowl on Aug. 25 and Oct. 23 will round out the 2016 season.

Due to circumstances past control, the event that was rained out at Monadnock Speedway on June 11 will not be rescheduled.

For more information on the Tri Track Open Modified Series, fans can visit www.tritrackopenmodifiedseries.com