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The Tri Track Open Modified Series 2018 Schedule

Photo: Michael Jaworecki Myracenews

Seekonk, Mass. (December 28, 2017): Officials have announced the 2018 schedule for the Tri-Track Open Modified Series (TTOMS). Featuring some traditional race events, the 2018 event will also feature a series first. The four race schedule will commence on Memorial Day weekend and conclude with the fun and festive “Haunted Hundred” with plenty of action over the summer months.

“We are really proud of the schedule that we have been able to put together,” said Managing Partner Wayne Darling. “It will feature some of the traditional events that we know will be action-packed, another that will build momentum after last year’s success and a whole new event to create even more excitement.”

The 2018 Tri-Track Open Modified Series season will open with the running of the inaugural Memorial Day 100 at Claremont Speedway on Saturday, May 26, 2018. The 1/3 mile asphalt oval located in Claremont, NH, runs Friday nights weekly and features Tour-Type Modifieds as their headline division.

“We have had strong car counts and we are hoping that the Tri-Track Open Modified Series event will help us build up our fan base as well,” said Claremont Owner & Promoter James Ambrose.

“There is not a bad seat in the house,” added Ambrose, of the aluminum grandstands that are built into the bank. Ambrose and his partners including former competitor Phil Hayes have rehabbed much of the facility since purchasing the race track.

Notable Claremont competitors to make starts with TTOMS in 2017 included track champion Dana Smith, Russ Hersey, Dwight Jarvis, Mike Douglas, Jeffrey Gallup, Nick Salva, Brandee Tree, Brian Robie and emerging talents Sammy Rameau,  Dylan Rock, Cameron Sontag, and TJ Bleau. A strong field will be expected on Memorial Day Weekend.

The prestigious Open Wheel Wednesday 100 at Seekonk Speedway is set for Wednesday, June 27, 2018. Each year this event, with a $10,000 winner’s share on the line, draws the best-of-the-best in Modified racing. Returning to join the Tri Track Open Modified series is the equally as prestigious Boston Louie Seymour Memorial for the Northeast Midget Association (NEMA).

“Seekonk Speedway is excited to have the Tri-Track series be a part of the 15th annual open Wheel Wednesday and to continue the tradition of exciting, big dollar mid-week racing,” said Seekonk Speedway’s Ed St. Germain, Director of Business Development.

Another notable event on the 2018 Tri-Track Open Modified Series schedule is the annual SBM 125 at Star Speedway in Epping, NH, on Saturday, July 28. Strong car counts featuring talent from all over New England including some of the best northern competitors, make for a night of tight racing action at the bullring at Star.

“The status of this race is really what makes weekly short track racing great,” said Star Speedway owner and promoter Bobby Webber, Jr. “It is the commitment from men like my Dad and the dedication of guys like Kevin Rice, Jim Schaefer and Dick Williams. And all the teams that come out and race hard to support an event like this and the people who built it.”

Star Speedway will also hold a practice day on Friday July 27 for all competitors.

The 2018 season will culminate with the fun and excitement of the Halloween –themed Haunted Hundred on Saturday, October 27 at Seekonk Speedway.  No trick, all treats are expected for this event following last year’s success where a strong crowd witnessed one of the best races of the season under picture-perfect conditions.

“We are looking forward to the second annual Haunted Hundred,” added St. Germain. “The management of the Tri-Track Series has been great to work with and their format works great at Seekonk.”

Now that the schedule has been finalized, the big question for the 2018 season will be – can anyone dethrone Matt Hirschman? There will be four great opportunities for competitors to make that happen. With a solid race schedule and the expectation for continued strong fields, the 2018 season will undoubtedly be hotly contested.

“On behalf of Mark Pennink and myself, we want to thank Jim Schaefer and Dick Williams for their unwavering commitment to the series and the sport and to the track promoters for their continued belief in our competitors and the product that we produce,” conclude Darling.


Saturday, May 26, 2018

Inaugural Memorial Day 100

Claremont Speedway

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

15th Annual Open Wheel Wednesday

Seekonk Speedway

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Annual SBM 125

Star Speedway

Saturday, October 27, 2018

2nd Annual Haunted Hundred

Seekonk Speedway


Tri Track Open Modified Bonus Money at Claremont Sept 8th

The Racing Guys invite tour type Modifieds who have raced in the Tri-Track Open Modified Series in 2016/2017 to race at Claremont Speedway on Friday, Sept. 8, 2017 for the “Daddy’s Pizza” twin 30 lap features.
In addition to their racing purse, bonus money will be awarded to the top 5 Tri Track Open Modified Series drivers.
 Bonus money – to TTOMS drivers
1st- 350
2nd – 250
3rd – 200
4th – 150
5th – 100
In addition to the money a trophy will be presented to the highest finishing TTOMS driver
I addition to the bonus monies come help us honor long time Modified driver Dwight Jarvis on this night, Friday, Sept. 8

Dana Smith Wins Claremont Modified Feature.

Claremont Speedway, Claremont, N.H. 1/3 mile, Saturday August 26,2017
   At the Claremont Speedway in the race against cancer, competing race teams raised a total of  15,500 dollars for the Friends of Norris Cotton Cancer Center at Darthmouth-Hitchcock.
   In the Casella modified 35 lap feature Sunapee NH resident Dana Smith over came adversity early in the day with his regular ride and brought out his backup car to end up in the winners circle.
Smith started from the pole but the win wasn’t an easy one as he had to fight off challenges of Brian Robie (Charlestown NH) for the first thirteen laps until Jeff Murray (Claremont NH) took over the number one spot for a hand full of laps. Smith roared back after a late caution but Murray applied major pressure getting to the outside of Smith after a lap 27 restart. The two raced side by side until Smith prevailed and went on to the win with Murray settling for the runner up spot.
  Smith said, “We got lucky on that one, I dont like cautions when I’m out front, but Jeff passed me there, he had the car to beat tonight. So after that caution I had to protect the bottom, but my car was getting tight and kept washing up in the turns, I was trying to keep it on the bottom. It was a good race, Jeff ran me clean even tho he was faster than me, I appreciate that.
With our Claremont car I didn’t think we lost the motor but it started smoking in practice, so we ran home and got this one. (tour type mod.) We didn’t get any practice on it, we just threw together real quick and just hoped for the best and we got lucky, real lucky.”
   Driving a smooth and consistent race Dylan Rock (Enfield NH) in the Jack’s Racing Engines sponsored #47 was the hard charger of the event starting from the 8th place and took over third with only a hand full of laps to go to finish on the podium.
   Chris Bolton, Nick Salva, Todd Patnode, Brian Robie and Brandee Tree rounded out the top eight.
   In the T-Bird Mini Mart Wild Cats, Zack Lynn (Claremont NH) bested a potent field to take down the victory with Kodi Sabins (Winsor VT) second and Kyle Currier (Charlestown NH) rounding out the top three.
   Kenny Thompson (Alstead NH) took over the lead on a lap 14 restart in the Pepsi Limited Sportsman feature and led Joe Tetreault (Enfield NH) and David Greenslit (Claremont NH) across the finish line for his third win of the year.
   In the highly contested R.E.Hinkley Super Streets, points leader Ricky Bly (Sunapee NH) wasted no time charging to the front and taking over the lead from Dylan Bodreau (Claremont NH) on a three wide pass on lap seven. Jack McClay (Claremont NH) chased Bly to the checkereds with Bodreau a close third.
by Jim Snape
photos by Crystal Snape