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The 2018 NASCAR WMT Season Gets Back to the Track at Myrtle Beach

It seems like  the 2017  NASCAR WMT season was just put in the books,  Doug Coby driving the #2 Mayhew Tools LFR chassis Modified notched another championship. Ryan Preece driving the #6 TS Haulers Troyer won the owners championship for Eddie  Partridge, the first time that the owners championship did not belong to the championship drivers car owner.

But that was 5 long months ago.  As the northeast digs out of its its  3rd Nor’easter in 10 days NASCAR WMT teams from New England and all over the east coast have made their way to the state of South Carolina  for the  start the 2018 season at Myrtle Beach Speedway.

30 teams from up and down the east coast have entered the only event in the state of South Carolina,  we will have a final car count later this morning.

We had a chance to talk to three people who will be a big part of the upcoming NASCAR WMT season.

Doug Coby 2017 Champion:

We are ready for the 2018 opener.  2 LFR cars are ready and by the time we get to the Icebreaker at Thompson a 3rd LFR car should be ready giving us a solid stable of cars to look to win a 6th championship.

Mayhew Tools is back for a second season as the primary sponsor of the team and are very happy with the relationship. Mayhew is a 160-year-old company and has used racing the last 2 years for brand awareness and name recognition. Mayhew also likes the TV exposure that the tour gives them and the huge rolling billboard that the hauler for the #2 takes to the track

Doug spoke about last year’s 5th championship. When we asked if he was confident on championship #5 after his early season troubles his answer was if I said yes, I would be lying. He didn’t think he had a shot to continue the championship streak until Stafford in August when he finished second to Ryan Preece.

We asked Doug if he feels the teams that go to Fla. have an advantage In February and why his team does not head south. Doug said that absolutely some of his competitors get a small advantage as they work the bugs out of new equipment, but work commitments keep him up north.

Doug  won his 5th championship in unusual style. 2017 he flipped flopped his successful tracks with tracks he normally did poorly. NHMS and Thompson were not his best tracks in 2017 which is very unusual.  Putting aside the Icebreaker at Thompson where he barely made 1 lap being caught up in a wreck he feels the completion has really stepped up at those tracks closing that gap.

Riverhead which for many years was a thorn in his side including the 2013 when his throttle hung during his time trial run costing him a race and probably a chance at a championship. That changed last year he came away with a 2nd and a 3rd and feels the focus on getting better at Riverhead helped those finishes.

Last year Doug won only 1 race, the first time with that total since 2014, we asked Doug if he felt he could increase that number this year. Doug said they come to the track with the mentality to win each race and this year would be no different so he hopes he can increase that number.

This season Doug will have a few new crew members and crew members doing different jobs than they had in the past. Doug said many of the crew members are also his friends and have been for many years and that helps

Series Director Jimmy Wilson:

We reached out to Jimmy as we get close to opening day to ask his views on the state the tour for 2018.

Fist we asked Jimmy about his outlook for the 2018 season.

We are very pleased with the scheduling for 2018. With the Seekonk race being moved to June 2nd NASCAR has broken up the long stretch during the summer. With the longest road trip for the teams heading to Bristol it gives them a week off at the end of August before the stretch run to the end of the season.

As far as rules for 2018 there are no major rules changes for the upcoming season

Jimmy is also pleased with the young drivers that are coming up in the series, it bodes for a bright future for the tour.

Two things that Jimmy really likes about the 2028 season are the winners purses , point fund and the new crown jewel event at NHMS.

Whelen Engineering Winner of the Race award has increased this year from $500.00 per race to $3,500.00. That will push the winner of most of the races to a minimum of $10,000. The only races below that will be the 2 Riverhead races plus the Thompson mid-week race. When we spoke about the purse money Jimmy always likes to point out the NASCAR pays more than any tour out there. The purse, bonus and point fund the money is second to none of any Modified tour.

Jimmy is also very excited is the Full Throttle weekend Friday September 21st and September 22nd.  The weekend will feature the WMT, K & N East and for the first time Pinty series from Canada. The winner of the Modified feature will take home a minimum of $25,000. With bonus and announced lap monies a driver who dominates the race and leads many laps could win upwards of $40,000 or more.

We asked about the format of the race and the expected tire count that will be needed. He said there will be a 5-minute break at a lap to be determined. As far as the tires, there will be a Hoosier tire test before the Eastern Propane 100 July 21st to determine the needed compound.  Hoosier had some uncharacteristic issues with the right front tires that they want to resolve before the next WMT race at NHMS.

NHMS will be issuing press releases with more information about the race format as the year progresses. Increased access to the cars and drivers that the fans have not enjoyed in the past will be part of the show. Unfortunately, NHMS lost a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup weekend but they are putting a significant effort into making the WMT/Pinty/K & N as great a weekend as any Cup race they have hosted..

Eddie Partridge owner of the TS Haulers #6:

Eddie took 2 cars to Fla. With Ryan Preece but only came back with 1 intact car.

What is the status of the white #6 that left the park at Bronson Speedway?

“The white #6 was not repairable, Troyer is  building us a new one hopefully to be finished by the Icebreaker. The team will run the 2018 season splitting races between the beautiful new black #6 that they shook down at New Smyrna Speedway and the white #6 that will be delivered shortly.

Ed pointed out that while Ryan Preece is still his full-time driver he will have to miss a minimum of 2 races as Ryan continues to race for Joe Gibbs on the Xfnity Tour.

When asked if Ryan could have a shot at the championship Ed responded that  they  have a shot at the owners championship again Ryan and his fill in,  Jimmy Blewett . Jimmy will drive the car today at  Myrtle Beach and at  one race at Riverhead.

Making the task a little tougher this year, at Thompson Ryan will start last at the Icebreaker after racing at Texas in the Xfinity series on that Saturday. With veteran Jimmy Blewett filing in the team should not miss a beat.


Lastly as we start the 2018 season the tour will have a big void. While there is always great optimism as a season starts, this year there is a feeling something is missing. One of the all-time greats TC Ted Christopher will not be in the field. Teds untimely passing last year left us stunned and saddened.  Ted was not only a great driver but a great friend to many.  Ted touched many with his bumper, his humor, his friendship and his hard as nails attitude. Ted will be missed and surely never  forgotten.


Notes: The Myrtle Beach opener March 17th is called the St Patrick’s Day 300 Race. The program will feature Late Models, Chargers, Super Trucks, Mini Stocks and NASCAR WMT Modified division.

The official entry list-

The NBCSN TV schedule is out, Derick Pernesiglio and company will be back covering the NASCAR WMT starting with the opening day Myrtle Beach race. It will be broadcast the following week Wed. March 21  at 6:00PM on tape delay.

Myracenews will be at the track as the gates open Saturday at 9:30AM and give you updates throughout the day. Follow along on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.


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



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

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.