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HAUNTED HUNDRED TO HIRSCHMAN IN TTOMS COMPETITION AT SEEKONK

Photo By Tom Morris

Lineman & Gluchacki Win in Support Divisions

Seekonk, MA (October 28, 2017):  With sparks flying, Matt Hirschman of Northampton, PA, made a clean sweep of the 2017 season in Tri-Track Open Modified Series (TTOMS) competition; winning the Haunted Hundred at Seekonk Speedway on Saturday, October 28, 2017.  Hirschman took home $6,000 for the win plus the ‘bounty bonus’ of $1,500. Having already secured the championship for the series, the win was the capper to a dominating season; where Hirschman went 4-0.

While Hirschman dominated all season, he did not do so during the Haunted Hundred. At the end, Hirschman earned the victory over hard-charging Anthony Nocella from Woburn, MA, and Rowan Pennink of Huntingdon Valley, PA. Richard Savary and Les Hinckley rounded out the top five.

A wild finish in the Late Model Haunted 50 found Seekonk speedway’s 2017 Late Model champion Ryan Lineman of Coventry, RI in victory lane. Tommy Adams of E. Providence, RI, Dan Johnson, Rehoboth, MA, Ryan Morgan, Ledyard Center, CT; and Jake Johnson of Rehoboth, MA, completed the top five. Derek Gluchacki of North Dartmouth, MA, took home top honors in the Legends cars.  Complete race reports for the Late Model and Legends is available on SeekonkSpeedway.com.

Under picture-perfect weather conditions, Ron Silk led the field to green for the start of the Haunted Hundred. Silk jumped out to the early lead with Steve Masse in tow. The remainder of the field went two-by-two in the opening laps. After heat race qualifying, Matt Hirschman was mired mid-pack in the 14th position.

The lead duo drove away from a heated battle between Tommy Barrett and Pennink. Derek Ramstrom and Nocella went wheel-to-wheel followed by a tight pack that also included Russ Hersey and Ryan Preece. Barrett finally freed himself of Pennink but not before Silk and Masse had amassed a half straightaway lead over the rest of the pack.  Pennink and Nocella began to fade on the outside groove losing positions to Ramstrom, Hersey and Pitkat. Ramstrom began to work over Barrett for third.

The first caution of the event flew on lap 15 when Pitkat spun with a flat right rear tire. The top-five at the time of the caution was Silk, Masse, Ramstrom, Hersey and Barrett.  Hirschman was not making much progress during the opening laps.

On the ensuing restart, Silk was able to retain his lead. Looking racy after the restart, Masse made a bid for the lead; diving low coming out of turn four. The two made contact. Masse was unable to save it; losing the handle and spinning in front of the entire field to bring out the second caution on lap 17. A number of good cars were collected including Vinnie Annarummo, Bobby Santos, Keith Rocco and others.  Annarummo and Santos were not able to rejoin the competition. Preece, Nocella and Savary pitted under caution.

Silk had to contend with Hersey on the restart on lap 17. Hirschman now ran in eighth. A great launch by Silk gave him the lead once again. Ramstrom capitalized from the bottom groove to grab second from Hersey. Hersey was able to duck in line into third but was not content to settle. Jumping to the inside of Ramstrom, he was able to take the spot away once gain.  Pennink ran in fourth ahead of Barrett who was getting heavy pressure from Jonny Kievman.

A lap late, Pennink got around Ramstrom to run in third. Kievman stormed by Barrett taking Matt Galko along for the ride.

Hersey looked low on Silk coming out of turn four, making the pass stick to become the new leader on lap 29. Barrett continued to backslide losing positions to Galko and Hirschman. Pitkat, after changing a tire, ran ninth.

A single car spin for Richard Savary had the caution flying. A lap 29 restart attempt was called back with a warning issued to Silk. On the second attempt, the lead duo went wheel-to- wheel. Silk stayed to the outside for a single lap before settling into second behind Hersey.

Hersey was not getting any breathing room over Silk. Pennink, in third, was dogged by Kievman. Hirschman broke into the top five grabbing a position from Ramstrom when back under green. With the top eight running single-file, the best battle on the field was for ninth between Pitkat holding off the charges of Galko, Hinckley and Max Zachem.

Galko slid up the track moving Pitkat and opening up the door for both Zachem and Hinckley. After scuffling for positions, Hinckley ran ahead of Zachem, now Nocella, Galko, and Pitkat. Chris Pasteryak was joining the fray. Recovering nicely from earlier incidents, Masse and Savary found themselves knocking on the door of the top-ten.

Hersey had run out to a sizeable lead as the race hit the halfway marker. Silk ran in second over Pennink, Kievman and Hirschman inside the top-five. Positions fifth through tenth at halfway were Ramstrom, Pasteryak, Hinckley, Nocella and Zachem.

Just as Hirschman was putting the pressure on Kievman, a spin by Preece brought out the fourth caution at lap 55. Under the caution front runners Ramstrom and Silk headed to pit road for service. On the lap 55 restart, Hersey was able to maintain his lead over Pennink.

A few laps later Hirschman, who had made his way up to third, was able to take second from Pennink. He immediately took chase of leader Hersey.  Kievman, stuck on the outside groove, was shuffled back; giving up positions to Pasteryak, Nocella, Savary, and Hinckley.

Upfront Hersey was able to maintain a two car-length advantage over Hirschman. Nocella and Savary were able to get by Pasteryak before the fifth caution flew on lap 67 for an incident with Preece and Blake Barney.  Pasteryak lost ground in the shuffle as well. Pitkat was penalized for the contact with Preece. On the lap 67 restart, Hersey had to contend with Hirschman for the lead.

After a bit of contact, with the two bumping wheels, Hersey was able to regain the lead. Hirschman hunted Hersey for the lead – first looking high for an advantage and then low – but to no avail. At lap 75, Hersey was hanging on over Hirschman with Pennink, Nocella and Barrett inside the top-five. Savary, Hinckley, Rocco, Masse and Andrew Krause made up the top-ten with 25 laps to go in the Haunted Hundred.

The battle for the lead ramped up once again on lap 78 with Hirschman diving low looking for running room underneath the leader. Hersey was able to fend off the advances once again. Hirschman continued to dog Hersey for the lead. Nocella meanwhile was able to slip by Pennink for third.

The sixth caution of the event flew on lap 90 when Blake Barney slowed; setting up a 10-lap dash to the checkers. Hersey had been retaining a single car length before the caution flew. The yellow however would prove to be the undoing for Hersey.

On the lap 90 restart, the lead duo went side-by-side for the lead. Nocella looked to make it three-wide for the lead as Hersey drifted up. With the opening, Nocella dove low. The two made contact that sent Hersey spinning into the infield. No other cars were collected.

Hirschman was the new leader for the second attempt at a lap 90 restart. Nocella was lined up to his outside with Pennink and Savary in row two for the restart.  Hirschman easily took the top spot; maintaining a single car length advantage over Nocella. Hinckley, who had moved into fourth over Savary, pursued Pennink.

With three laps to go, Nocella gave it his all in pursuit of the victory and the $1,500 bounty to beat Hirschman. The two made contact on lap 98 with Hirschman keeping the lead. Sparks flew from contact between the two coming out of turn four on lap 99. Hirschman stood his ground, withstood the onslaught and went on to win the Haunted Hundred. After a valiant and exciting effort, Nocella had to settle for second. Pennink hung on for a podium finish. Hinckley and Savary completed the top-five at the checkers.

Earlier in the month, officials of the Tri-Track Open Modified Series had announced a bounty on Hirschman. Any competitor who could dethrone Hirschman in the Haunted Hundred would receive a $1,500 bonus.  If Hirschman out-dueled the competition yet again, he would take home the $1,500 bonus.

The $1,500 bounty bonus was added to Hirschman’s winners share; making his total take for the event to $7,500.

The victory was the fourth in four starts of the 2017 TTOMS season for Hirschman. He won both events at Seekonk and both events at Star Speedway.

October 28, 2017: TTOMS Official Finishing- Haunted Hundred – Seekonk Speedway: 1. Matt Hirschman, Northampton, PA; 2. Anthony Nocella, Woburn, MA; 3. Rowan Pennink, Huntingdon Valley, PA; 4. Richard Savary, Canton, MA; 5. Les Hinckley, Windsor Locks, CT; 6. Steve Masse, Bellingham, MA; 7. Andrew Krause, Holmdel, NJ; 8. Keith Rocco, Wallingford, CT; 9. Ron Frees, Brick Township, NJ; 10. Chris Pasteryak, Lisbon, CT; 11. Colbey Fournier, Berkley, MA, 12. Max Zachem, Preston, CT; 13. Derek Ramstrom, West Boylston, MA; 14. Woody Pitkat, Stafford Springs, CT; 15. Jon Kievman, Deerfield Beach, FL; 16. Matt Galko, Meriden, CT; 17. Ron Silk, Norwalk, CT; 18. Russ Hersey, Swanzey, NH, 19. Tommy Barrett, Millis, MA; 20. Kirk Alexander, W. Swanzey, NH, 21. Ryan Preece, Berlin, CT; 22. Ryan Vanasse, Warwick, RI; 23. Blake Barney, Lakewood, NJ; 24. Vinnie Annarummo, Swansea, MA; 25. Bobby Santos, Franklin, Ma; 26. Kurt Vigeant, Oxford, MA.

DNQ: Mike Holdridge, Madison, CT; Rich Parker, Forked River, NJ; Nick Salva, Cheshire, CT; Rob Richardi, Taunton, MA; Cam Sontag, Sterling, MA; Karey Stular, Ardrossan, AB, Canada; Ryan Doucette, Framingham, MA; Sal Accardi Jr., Deer Park, NY; Andy Jankowiak, Tonawanda, NY; Walt Sutcliffe, Panacea, FL; George Sherman Framingham, MA.

PLENTY OF DARK HORSES IN TTOMS HAUNTED HUNDRED ROSTER

Photo Michael Jaworecki Myracenews

Action set for this Saturday, October 28 at Seekonk Speedway

Seekonk, Mass. (October 25, 2017):  The domination of the Tri-Track Open Modifies Series (TTOMS) by Matt Hirschman has been well-documented. There has even been a bounty placed on “Big Money”. Among the 41 drivers that are currently pre-registered for the event lie a few dark horses.

Of course, there are plenty of heavy-hitters ready to compete like Ryan Preece, Rowan Pennink, Bobby Santos, Woody Pitkat, Ron Silk, Keith Rocco and Anthony Nocella. The roster also includes a host of former Modified series winners –  Les Hinckley, Tommy Barrett, Steve Masse and Russ Hersey.  Ready to contend for the win are also a handful of ‘underdogs’.

For the Seekonk faithful, it may seem strange that Vinnie “Who” Annarummo is considered a dark horse to win Saturday’s race. With six track championships to his credit at the “Cement Palace”, the 68 year old driver from Swansea, MA, could be a contender. A former Modified winner at Seekonk with the Modified Racing Series, the elder Annarummo last raced a Modified at Open Wheel Wednesday at Seekonk back in 2015 for car owner Dick Ceravolo. He finished seventh in that last outing. But, according to his son, Todd, a regular with the Tri-Track Series, Vinnie has practiced the family cars regularly over the last two years.

“He’s still fast,” said Todd.

Annarummo simply stepped away from racing because of hearing problems. In what must have been a difficult decision for a veteran driver, he decided that his inability to hear his spotter made it dangerous and uncomfortable.

“This summer he ended up getting some new hearing aids,” added Todd.  “He went and tested and he could hear better than ever.”

When this Haunted Hundred was announced the plan from the Annarummo camp was to run two cars-one for each of the former Seekonk Modified winners.  But after a late season sale, only one car remained.

“So, he’s going to give it another shot,” said Todd. “He can drive the track like very few can. If we didn’t think he would be competitive he wouldn’t be doing it.

Fully anticipating a strong run by his father, Todd added “Plus, it will give him some material to beat me up with over the winter when he does do well”.

In addition to helping his father, Todd will have the opportunity to cheer on his young children who will undoubtedly be wearing costumes for the track’s Halloween costume contest.

Getting in the spirit of the Halloween-themed Haunted Hundred is another competitor who could be considered a longshot.

“We are going [to Seekonk] with evil intentions to kick everyone’s butt,” said Jon Kievman, aka Jonny Kay.

While new to Modified racing in the Northeast, Kievman is no stranger to racing and certainly no stranger to winning. Starting his career at the age of 30, Jonny Kay found success in the Late Model and Super Model ranks; winning races and champions in his home state of Florida.

After 20 years of racing and years of ribbing from his father, Kievman made the change to tour-type Modifieds in 2008.

“I got a bit bored,” said Jonny Kay. “I decided it was either time to retire or find some other avenue in racing where I could have some fun. I decided to try ‘real race cars’ as my Dad always called the Modifieds. ”

Unfortunately, his father passed away in 2008 and never saw him race a Modified.

At the ripe-old age of 56, after joining the ranks of the Modifieds, Kievman has found his place to have fun. He just may be having the time of his life.  Surrounded by his beautiful wife and a dedicated and supportive crew, including crew chief PJ Fearns, Kievman is also finding success.

“We are running premium races against the cream of the crop in the Tri-Track series and while we would like to be winning every race-that is the goal for every race-we are running well,” added Kievman, although admittedly their finishes have not indicated how well they have performed.

“I’m not satisfied with the results, but I am with the progress,” said Kievman.

Progress that could just find Jonny Kay and crew in victory lane at Saturday’s Haunted Hundred at Seekonk Speedway.

Other drivers to watch out for on Saturday include the likes of Richard Savary and Chris Pasteryak. These two drivers are perennial winners who have been relatively quiet so far in 2017. Max Zachem fresh off a hiatus due to health concerns is hungry to get back to action and even hungrier for a win.  Pro Stock ace Derek Ramstrom and the ageless Kirk Alexander should also be among the contenders.

Pit gates will open at 8am at Seekonk Speedway on Saturday, October 28. Grandstands will open at 11am with racing starting at 1pm. Pit admission is $35. Adult general admission is $25 and children 12 and under are admitted free.  Also on the racing card is a 50-lap main event for Late Models and a 30 lapper for the INEX Legends. Building on a Seekonk Speedway Halloween tradition, prizes will be awarded for the best costumes. Children and adults alike are invited to participate in the costume contest. The rain date for the Haunted Hundred is Sunday, October 29.

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.

BOUNTY PLACED ON UNBEATABLE HIRSCHMAN FOR TTOMS HAUNTED HUNDRED AT SEEKONK

Seekonk, Mass (October 21, 2017): Officials of the Tri-Track Open Modified Series (TTOMS) have announced a bounty on Matt Hirschman of Northampton, PA, in the upcoming Haunted Hundred at Seekonk Speedway on Saturday, October 28.  Hirschman is undefeated in TTOMS competition thus far in 2017; scoring victories in the lucrative Open Wheel Wednesday and SBM IV events at Seekonk and Star Speedways respectively as well as the most recent event at Star.  Any competitor who dethrones Hirschman will receive a $1,500 bonus (should Hirschman also be on the lead lap).  If Hirschman out-duels the competition yet again, he will take home the $1,500 bonus.

There are plenty of contenders who can earn themselves the $1,500 bounty.  The likes of newly crowned champions Anthony Nocella, the 2017 Modified Racing Series (MRS) Champion, and Jon McKennedy, 2017 International Supermodified Series (ISMA) Champion, top the list of red-hot competitors.  Ryan Preece, Rowan Pennink, Woody Pitkat, Ron Silk and Tommy Barrett have to be among the favorite drivers having filed early entries for the Haunted Hundred.

After securing the pole at the Modified Tour event during World Series Weekend at Thompson, Chase Dowling will undoubtedly take a shot at Hirschman for the victory and the bounty.  Fresh off his win in the MRS finale at Lee USA Speedway, Russ Hersey will be looking to put his prowess at the Cement Palace to the test.  Hersey is a former Pro Stock winner of the prestigious D. Anthony Venditti Memorial.

You can never count out the likes of the hometown heroes Vinnie Annarummo and Ryan Vanesse.  Dark horses to score the bounty include Chris Pasteryak, Derek Ramstrom, Jon Kievman and Richard Savary.

A total of 34 teams have filed entries thus far for the Haunted Hundred.

Pit gates will open at 8am on Saturday, October 28. Grandstands will open at 11am with racing starting at 1pm. Pit admission is $35. Adult general admission is $25 and children 12 and under are admitted free.  Also on the racing card is a 50-lap main event for Late Models and a 30 lapper for the INEX Legends. Building on a Seekonk Speedway Halloween tradition, prizes will be awarded for the best costumes. Children and adults alike are invited to participate in the costume contest. The rain date for the Haunted Hundred is Sunday, October 29.

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.