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LUCRATIVE LATE MODEL PURSE ASSURES STRONG SUPPORT OF TTOMS HALLOWEEN WEEKEND EVENT AT SEEKONK

Propane Plus Signs on as LM Race Sponsor

Seekonk, Mass. (September 18, 2018): When the Tri-Track Open Modified Series heads to Seekonk Speedway for the Haunted 100, not only will they be joined by the full-fendered ‘big guns’ of the Pro All Star Series but also a strong field of Late Models.  One of the highest paying Late Model purses of the season will see local favorites from Seekonk’s own Late Model division contend with invaders from throughout the northeast.

“With this purse and the consistency of the ACT rules, this should be one of the strongest fields for a Late Model race in recent years,” said Series Managing Partner, Wayne Darling. “And, if last year’s race is any indication, this year’s 50 lapper for the Late Models is only going to be bigger and better.”

The Late Model rules for the event will be the same as those in effect for Seekonk’s own prestigious D. Anthony Venditi Fall Classic and can be found on the track’s website seekonkspeedway.com.  All ACT legal Late Models are welcome.

“Thanks in part to newly added sponsorship by Propane Plus, the winner of the Late Model race will take home $1,500,” added Darling.

Longtime supporters of New England racing, Propane Plus is a local, family-owned business that has earned a reputation for outstanding service. With combined storage facilities of 180,000 gallons of propane on hand, Propane Plus provides reasonable pricing and trusted service.

Week-in and week-out, the Late Model division is one of the most hotly contested divisions at Seekonk Speedway. Fans of the Haunted Happenings at the Speedway on October 27 should expect much of the same. Seekonk regulars already registered include multi-time track champion Gerry Degasparre, up-and-coming drivers Ryan Kuhn, Bobby Tripp, Chase Belcher, Danny Johnson, as well as veteran campaigner Manny Dias. Follow Tri-Track Open Modified Series on social media for regular updates to divisional entry lists.

Gates open at 11am with racing starting at 1pm on Saturday, October 27. General admission is $27. Children under 12 are admitted free. Pit gates opens at 8am with admission of $37.  The rain date is Sunday, October 28.

To purchase Haunted 100 apparel and to learn more about the Tri-Track Open Modified Series, visit TriTrackMods.com or find the series on Facebook and Twitter.

HAUNTED HUNDRED PRESENTED BY TTOMS PROMISES MORE TREATS THAN TRICKS

Photo Tom Morris

Addition of PASS Northern SLM Championship Event

Seekonk, Mass. (August 26, 2018): With perfect Fall weather, a packed house and outstanding racing, last year’s Haunted Hundred for the Tri-Track Open Modified Series (TTOMS) event at Seekonk Speedway could not have gotten any better. But the Tri-Track Open Modified Series has been working hard to see that they do just that on Saturday, October 27 at Seekonk Speedway. In addition to the hotly contested 100-lap Modified and 50-lap Late Model races, management has joined forces with the Pro-All-Star Series (PASS) to add a 150-lap Super Late Model event to the already stout schedule of short-track racing.

Champions for both the Tri-Track Open Modified Series and the PASS Northern SLM Tour will be crowned on Saturday, October 27 at Seekonk Speedway. Over the next two months the anticipation for this finale event will only continue to build. While the incredibly tight point race for the 2018 TTOMS championship could be considered the highlight going into the race, so, too, will be the chase to the championship for the PASS Series.  Add to that the once- series’ dominator, Matt Hirschman has yet to visit TTOMS victory lane this season and this event will be laden with drama.

The likes of DJ Shaw, Travis Benjamin, Derek Griffith, Ben Rowe and many more will make the trip to the Bay State for the tricks and treats of the Haunted happenings at Seekonk Speedway in Seekonk, MA.

Gates open at 11am with racing starting at 1pm on Saturday, October 27. General admission is $27. Children under 12 are admitted free. Pit gates opens at 8am with admission of $37.  The rain date is Sunday, October 28.

To learn more about the Tri-Track Open Modified Series, visit TriTrackMods.com or find the series on Facebook and Twitter.

SILK SCORES 10K IN SEEKONK TTOMS VICTORY

Seekonk, MA: (June 27, 2018): The traditional Open Wheel Wednesday, unofficially turned Tri-Track Tuesday, saw Ron Silk of Norwalk, CT, claim the victory in Tri-Track Open Modified (TTOMS) Series competition and a cool $10,000 on the eve of Independence Day. The event, which began on Wednesday June 27, was halted after only 22 laps due to rain. Less than a week later, Silk was the class of the field scoring a popular victory aboard the Bob Horn owned #50. Matt Hirschman of Northampton, PA, came home second. Chase Dowling of Roxbury, CT, in relief of Rowan Pennink, who could not return for the conclusion of the race, finished third.

Russ Hersey of Swanzey, NH, recovered from a three-lap deficit to finish fourth. Home track favorite, Todd Annarummo, from Swansea, MA, completed the top five.

After two races of the four-race Tri-Track Series schedule, defending Series champion Matt Hirschman leads the point standings by a mere two points over Silk. The next race for the TTOMS is Saturday, July 28 at Star Speedway in Epping, NH.

Richard Savary led every lap of a caution-filled start to Open Wheel Wednesday before a persistent rain claimed the race at 9:25pm. With a dismal weather forecast for the original rain date of Thursday, track officials set July 3 for the resumption of the race. While nearly a week later when racing resumed, it was much of the same in the early going for Savary.

With the rain delay and the event tire rule, teams could pit during pace laps before the race officially went green. Hirschman, who would have lined up second for the restart, was among those to head pitside.

When the event officially went green again, Savary took the point with Rocco and Silk duking it out for second. Silk was able to take the spot away on lap 23. He immediately went to work on Savary for the lead. Dowling was making moves early; coming from scratch in the field.

The first caution of the night flew on lap 31 for a stalled Ricky Collins. Hersey received the free pass. Hirschman, who was making little progress from deep in the field, pitted once again under the caution. Dowling also headed to the pits.

Silk got alongside Savary on the outside groove on the ensuing restart. The two went wheel-to-wheel for several laps before Silk settled back in line in second. After a single lap, he dove low behind Savary and was able to steal the lead way on lap 35.  Silk was the new leader over Savary, Rocco, Woody Pitkat and Tommy Barrett in the top five.

During the green flag run, Silk was able to get a bit of breathing room over Savary. Annarummo and Sammy Rameau were making headway taking positions away from Barrett.

Silk had nearly a straightaway advantage over Savary as the halfway point of the event approached. Rocco ran in third followed by Pitkat, Annarummo, Rameau, Jon McKennedy, Barrett, Matt Galko and Dan Meservey, Jr. inside the top ten at crossed flags.

The event’s ninth (second of the night) caution flew on lap 57 for a single-car spin by Dana DiMatteo. A number of contenders pitted during the caution period including Silk and Savary. Hersey once again received the free pass to join the remainder of the lead laps car for the ensuing restart.

Pitkat, who had earlier taken a position from Rocco, inherited the lead for the restart. Rocco had his hands full with Annarummo and McKennedy. Annarummo took advantage of the bottom groove to battle his way into second. He immediately put pressure on Pitkat for the lead and was able to take over the top spot on lap 63.

Rocco ran a few cars-lengths back as McKennedy struggled in the outside grove. After quick pit work and a fast race car, Silk was already back in the top-five by lap 65.

Dowling continued his march to the front; taking second from Pitkat, who continued to backslide falling to fourth. Rocco faded to seventh. Early leader Savary would spend much of the second half of the race in an out of the pits.

The third caution of the night came out for a spin by Meservey. For the lap 70 restart, Annarummo was lined up against Dowling. Silk was third beside McKennedy. Derek Ramstrom, Barrett, Hirschman, Colbey Fournier, Rameau and DiMatteo made up the remainder of the top -ten running order when the race went back to green.

Annarummo was able to retain his lead with Silk taking second from Dowling on lap 71. By lap 72, Silk once again was the leader; relegating Annarummo back to second. With Silk at the point, Dowling and Annarummo ran nose to tail. A torrid battle for fourth position involved Ramstrom, McKennedy and Hirschman.

On lap 78, Hirschman got the better of the battle to move into fourth. His charge forward was stalled for a spin by Galko. Fournier was also involved. Silk got a strong restart at lap 79, handily taking back the lead. Hirschman got underneath Annarummo and into third on lap 80.

Silk could not shake Dowling. Hersey, with a strong recovery, was on the outside grove chipping away at the top ten. McKennedy got underneath Ramstrom; taking Hershey along for the ride. Hersey quickly got by McKennedy to join the top-five.

With 10 to go, Silk had a several car-lengths lead over Dowling, who held a similar lead over Hirschman. A distance back was Annarummo. Hersey was able to take fourth from Annarummo on lap 94.

Hirschman was getting racy with Dowling with five laps to go. He tried the low groove to no avail, then the high-side in his effort to get by Dowling for second. This enabled Silk to stretch his advantage. Hersey was also running down the battle for second. Hirschman able to get by Dowling in the closing laps.

Out front it was all Silk who cruised under the checkered flag for the win; becoming the tenth different driver to win the 10K payday of Open Wheel Wednesday. Hirschman settled for second over Dowling, Hersey, and Annarummo inside the top five. Rameau, McKennedy, Pitkat, Savary and DiMatteo made up the top ten.

Several cars withdrew from the event and did not return for the resumption of the race including Jon Kievman, Steve Masse, Anthony Nocella, Les Hinckley and Mike Holdridge, several of which had misfortune on the original night of racing action. Ryan Preece, who had a previous commitment with Joe Gibbs Racing to run the Nationwide Series event in Daytona, was unable to return.

During qualifying on Wednesday, heat race victories went to Rocco, Mike Willis, Jr., Hirschman and Pennink. Preece and Carl Medeiros took down consolation event wins. A total of 39 cars attempted to qualify.

Next up for the Tri-Track Open Modified Series in the SBM 125 at Star Speedway in Epping, NH on Saturday, July 28. For more information visit tritrackmods.com or starspeedwaynh.com.

 Tri-Track Open Modified Series, Seekonk Speedway, Open Wheel Wednesday, June 27/July 3 Official Finishing Order: 1. Ron Silk, Norwalk, CT; 2. Matt Hirschman, Northampton, PA; 3. Chase Dowling, Roxbury, CT; 4. Russ Hersey, N Swanzey, NH; 5.Todd Annarummo, Swansea, MA; 6. Sammy Rameau, Westminster, MA; 7. Jon McKennedy, Chelmsford, MA; 8. Woody Pitkat, Stafford Springs, CT; 9. Richard Savary, Canton, MA; 10. Dana DiMatteo, Farmington, CT; 11. Keith Rocco, Berlin, CT; 12. Matt Galko, Meriden, CT; 13. Tommy Barrett, Millis, MA; 14. Ron Frees, Brick Township, NJ; 15. Mike Willis, Jr., Grantham, NH; 16. Colbey Fournier, Berkley, MA; 17. Derek Ramstrom, Worcester, MA; 18. Dan Meservey, Jr., West Chatham, MA; 19.  Rob Murphy, Rochester, MA; 20. Carl Medeiros, Westport, MA; 21. Ricky Collins, Williams Grove, PA; 22. Ryan Preece, Berlin, CT; 23. Jon Kievman, Deerfield Beach, FL; 24. Steve Masse Bellingham, MA;25. Anthony Nocella, Woburn, MA; 26. Les Hinckley, Windsor Locks, CT; 27. Mike Holdridge, Madison, CT.