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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.

TTOMS READIES FOR TALENT-LADEN THRILLER AT SEEKONK SPEEDWAY

Haunted Hundred Set for October 28

The racing community simply loves this time of the year with the fanfare of title chases and big year-end races. With Stafford’s Fall Finale, Lee’s Oktoberfest and Seekonk’s D. Anthony Vendetti Memorial in the books, a couple of outstanding events still remain on the schedule including the prestigious Thompson World Series of Speedway Racing. With over three weeks and other season-ending events still set to run, 26 teams have already filed entries for the Tri-Track Open Modified Series (TTOMS) Haunted 100 at Seekonk Speedway.

While children are counting down the days until Halloween, race fans are counting down the days to the Haunted Hundred at Seekonk Speedway. Racers are hoping to be counting the winner’s purse of $6,000.

Matt Hirschman’s prowess has been well-documented throughout the season with his domination of the Tri-Track Open Modified Series and Evergreen Raceway Park and his success with the Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series and other local tracks in the Northeast. While Hirschman has been undefeated in TTOMS competition this season, his fellow competitors have quite impressive accolades themselves during the 2017 season.

Among the stout roster of drivers already entered for the Haunted Hundred are winners from every Modified racing series in the northeast.

The likes of Ryan Preece of Berlin, CT, and Rowan Pennink of Huntingdon Valley, PA, have found victory in the ultra-competitive NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. Pennink also has a Modified Racing Series (MRS) victory to his credit in 2017. Of course, Preece has also racked up a win in the NASCAR XFINITY Series for Joe Gibbs Racing. He has been victorious on the Modified Touring Series (MTS) this season as well.

Other TTOMS regulars with MRS wins include Woody Pitkat of Stafford, CT and Anthony Nocella of Woburn, MA.  With four MRS victories so far this season, Nocella has already wrapped up the series championship with one race to go. He is also a past winner at Seekonk Speedway and will be considered one of the favorites in the Haunted Hundred.

Jon McKennedy of Chelmsford, MA, scored a victory during 2017 in MTS competition at Stafford Speedway. The talented young driver is also the International Supermodified Association (ISMA) point leader going into the final race at Thompson next weekend. McKennedy was disappointed with his runner-up finish in the TTOMS Open Wheel Wednesday race at Seekonk in June and will be looking for redemption.

Other notable drivers having filed entries for the Haunted Hundred include Calvin Carroll of Andover, NJ and Andy Jankowiak of Tonawanda, NY. Carroll is the leader in the Sunoco Rookie of the Year Standings for the Whelen Modified Tour. Jankowiak has duked it out with the likes of Hirschman all year in the Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Tour. Back on September 24, Jankowiak bested not only Hirschman but a full-field of strong competitors to capture the series victory in the U.S. Open 125 at Lancaster National Speedway. With multiple feature wins with the Race of Champions this season, Jankowiak hopes to ride the wave of success to Seekonk.

The current roster – which will undoubtedly grow over the next few weeks – features drivers representative of eight states and Canada. In fact, from Alberta Canada, Karey Stular of Ardrossan, has got be the sentimental favorite and a favorite among his fellow competitors.

On Saturday, October 28 when the Tri-Track Open Modified Series takes to the track for the final time in 2017 at the Seekonk Speedway, the roster will include a tremendous amount of talent; not only of the winners from the four modified touring series but many up-and-comers as well.

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.