LARGE FIELD FULL OF VARIETY SET FOR HIGH BANKS IN NEW HAMPSHIRE
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SEEKONK, Mass. — Two months delayed due to COVID-19, the Tri Track Open Modified Series season hits full speed Sunday at Monadnock Speedway in Winchester, New Hampshire. Celebrating Independence Day weekend, Tri Track will headline a full day of racing at the high-banked oval with a 100-lap feature. More than 30 drivers have already placed their order for tires and are set to compete with a field full of the top stars in Modified racing.
Due to COVID, and per guidance from the state of New Hampshire, Monadnock Speedway will run at 50% capacity for the event in the grandstands. Teams are restricted to just 10 crew members per team and all social distancing and safe health practices will be in place to keep teams, drivers, staff and fans safe. Race fans who can’t make it to the track can purchase the race live on Speed51.com for $24.95. Speed51 will air the entirety of Tri Track qualifying and feature racing, along with the Pro Truck Series.
The purse for Monadnock rises over $40,000 in total prizes, with $6,000 up for grabs to the winner. Heat and consi races will each pay $300 to win courtesy of Pepsi, with the brand-new Pepsi challenge. A contingency program with select additional awards is also up for grabs. None of the purse has changed since prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Following Monadnock, the remainder of the schedule remains in place – with stops at Star Speedway (July 25), Monadnock (August 15) and Seekonk Speedway (August 26 & October 24) still in plans.
“Getting the 2020 season off the ground is something we are excited about,” Wayne Darling, Managing Partner of the Tri Track Open Modified Series, said. “We have a stout field of cars set to compete on Sunday and we thank Monadnock for working with us to reschedule our event to Sunday and give everyone the best chance to see some great Modified racing.”
Former Tri Track champions Ronnie Williams (defending champion) and Matt Hirschman top the list of favorites to compete for the checkered flag on Sunday. Modified stars Chase Dowling, Matt Swanson, Woody Pitkat, Blake Barney, Craig Lutz, Ron Silk and Anthony Nocella are also expected to run for the win. Tri Track veterans Les Hinckley, Richard Savary, Tommy Barrett and Kirk Alexander are also heading to New Hampshire.
The field includes a mix of Tri Track stars, along with regulars from the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, Race of Champions Tour and Modified Racing Series, along with Monadnock Speedway Sportsman Modified division regulars. Brian Robie, current Monadnock weekly points leader, along with Matt Kimball and Ben Byrne have filed entries to compete with Tri Track. Rising Modified stars Joey Cipriano, Calvin Carroll, Derek Robbie, Jacob Perry, Ryan Doucette, Dana DiMatteo, and more, are also expected.
The race will not be one fans want to miss.
There will be no drivers meeting Sunday to avoid creating a large gathering, and race teams have been provided race notes and procedures to follow ahead of entry to the track. The Pro Trucks, Late Model Sportsman, Mini Stocks and Street Stocks will also be in action during the day. Practice begins at 12 p.m., with one session rolling until 12:45 p.m., followed by rotating sessions for the other divisions. Heat races will start at 2 p.m., with feature racing to follow. Tri Track’s feature is the final of the night and estimated to take the green flag at 7 p.m.
For more information on Speed51, visit Speed51.com and follow them on social media. For more information on Monadnock Speedway, visit them at monadnockspeedway.com and follow them on social media. For more information on the Tri Track Open Modified Series, visit tritrackmodifieds.com and follow the series on Facebook, Twitter (@TriTrackNE) and Instagram.