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.
NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Points Leader Scores Second Win of 2018
SEEKONK, Mass. — Justin Bonsignore has quickly proven that he is going to be the man to beat during the 2018 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season.
The Holtsville, New York, driver scored his second win of the young season on Saturday at Seekonk Speedway, holding off a late charge from rising star Chase Dowling in the final circuits at the third-mile Massachusetts oval.
The victory was the 14th career for Bonsignore in Whelen Modified Tour competition, and his second of the 2018 season behind the wheel of the No. 51 Phoenix Communications Chevrolet for Kenneth Massa Motorsports.
“It was a great day, we came off the truck first in practice, got my first pole in a long time, and we had a really good car,” Bonsignore said. “I just can’t thank everyone enough. This is a total team effort, and I am just the lucky guy that gets to drive this car right now.”
Bonsignore’s run to the victory may have seemed easy at first glance, strictly because he started from the pole and ended up carrying the checkered flag at the end of the 150-lap distance. However, a fierce battle with Matt Hirschman put Bonsignore’s equipment to the test in the second half of the race.
The two modified veterans swapped the lead back and forth multiple times throughout the race, but on lap 127, Hirschman was able to edge out at the front of the field at lap 127, but on the next lap, Bonsignore took the lead, and never looked back.
RACING-REFERENCE: Justin Bonsignore
In the midst of the battle between Bonsignore and Hirschman, Dowling made a late charge through the field after starting 13th, and was locked on the back bumper of Bonsignore’s car in the final laps. He finished second, scoring his fourth consecutive top 10 finish to open the season.
Bonsignore led a race-high 100 laps, while Hirschman was at the point for 50 circuits. They were the only two drivers who led the race, and both of them started on the front row.
“When I had the lead, I was just a little bit tight,” Hirschman, who finished third, said. “It was a good night. We are always in contention to win. Just not quite (there).”
Rowan Pennink finished fourth, while Ron Silk was fifth. Ronnie Williams was sixth, followed by Timmy Solomito, Tommy Catalano, Dave Sapienza and Craig Lutz.
Bonsignore leads Dowling by seven points in the championship standings, while Lutz is 19 points back.
The Seekonk 150 will air on NBCSN on Wednesday, June 6, at 7 p.m. ET.
The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour returns to the track at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park on Wednesday, June 13.
NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour-Seekonk 150 Results
At Seekonk Speedway
Lap length: 0.33 miles
(Start position in parentheses)
- (1) Justin Bonsignore, Holtsville, NY, Chevrolet, 150 laps, 62.902 mph.
- (13) Chase Dowling, Roxbury, Conn., Chevrolet, 150.
- (2) Matt Hirschman, Northampton, PA, Chevrolet, 150.
- (4) Rowan Pennink, Huntingdon Valley, Pa., Chevrolet, 150.
- (8) Ron Silk, Norwalk, CT, Chevrolet, 150.
- (7) Ronnie Williams, Ellington, Conn., Chevrolet, 150.
- (17) Timmy Solomito, Islip, N.Y., Ford, 150.
- (21) Tommy Catalano, Ontario, N.Y., Chevrolet, 150.
- (9) Dave Sapienza, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 150.
- (14) Craig Lutz, Miller Place, N.Y., Chevrolet, 150.
- (18) Rob Summers, Manchester, CT, Chevrolet, 150.
- (12) Doug Coby, Milford, Conn., Chevrolet, 150.
- (6) Andrew Krause, Holmdel, N.J., Toyota, 150.
- (22) Blake Barney, Lakewood, N.J., Chevrolet, 150.
- (11) Chris Pasteryak, Lisbon, Conn., Chevrolet, 150.
- (30) Ken Heagy, Calverton, N.Y., Chevrolet, 150.
- (27) Gary Putnam, Vernon, Conn., Chevrolet, 150.
- (23) Gary McDonald, Ronkonkoma, N.Y., Chevrolet, 150.
- (10) Eric Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 150.
- (3) Anthony Nocella, Woburn, Mass., Chevrolet, 148.
- (25) Joe Degracia, Nutley, N.J., Chevrolet, 146.
- (28) Melissa Fifield, Wakefield, N.H., Chevrolet, 135.
- (24) Wade Cole, Hartland, Conn., Chevrolet, 116, parked.
- (16) Calvin Carroll, Newton, N.J., Chevrolet, 106.
- (5) Jon McKennedy, Chelmsford, Mass., Chevrolet, 80, power steering.
- (26) Woody Pitkat, Stafford, Conn., Chevrolet, 48, ignition.
- (15) Ryan Preece, Berlin, Conn., Chevrolet, 41, engine.
- (19) Jeff Rocco, Meriden, Conn., Chevrolet, 40, brakes.
- (29) Kyle Ellwood, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 40, suspension.
- (20) Matt Swanson, Acton, Mass., Ford, 40, accident.
- (31) Walter Sutcliffe Jr., East Haven, Conn., Chevrolet, 0, did not start.
Time of Race: 0 hours 47 minutes 13 seconds
Margin of Victory: 0.299 seconds
Fastest Qualifier: J.Bonsignore (99.623 mph, 11.925 seconds)
Caution Flags: 7 for 39 laps.
Lead Changes: 6 among 2 drivers.
Lap Leaders: J. Bonsignore 1-48; M. Hirschman 49-76; J. Bonsignore 77; M. Hirschman 78-98; J. Bonsignore 99-126; M. Hirschman 127; J. Bonsignore 128-150.
Standings: 1. J. Bonsignore, 171; 2. C. Dowling, 164; 3. C. Lutz, 152; 4. T. Solomito, 139; 5. R. Summers, 137; 6. J. McKennedy, 129; 7. D. Coby, 125; 8. R. Pennink, 123; 9. R. Williams, 116; 10. C. Pasteryak, 114.