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AUSTIN KOCHENASH LOOKS FOR FIRST CAREER TRI TRACK WIN IN 2021

BY SOUZA MEDIA/KYLE SOUZA

Photo Michael Jaworecki/Myracenews

SEEKONK, Mass. — Austin Kochenash is one of many rising Modified stars who have selected the Tri Track Open Modified Series in 2021. Kochenash, who has been racing since the young age of just six-years-old, is a multiple-time champion in his rise through the ranks of the sport.

He’s raced all across the country, including previously with the Tri Track Series, where he has seven career starts. In 2020, during a shortened season because of COVID-19, Kochenash marked a best finish of eighth at Star Speedway in the annual SBM event. For this year, he looks to attempt to break into the top-five, and hopefully Victory Lane.

“The Tri Track Open Modified Series has probably the toughest competition out of all of the races and series I have ever run,” Kocenhash said. “We are still learning every race out. Not having a manufactured car has added to that learning process, but at the end of last season, I think we got it a lot closer.”

Tri Track confirmed six races for the new season last week, including two stops at Monadnock Speedway (May 1 & August 14), two at Star Speedway (May 22 & July 24) and two at Seekonk Speedway (June 30 & October 23). Kochenash is one of many drivers planning to compete in all six events, where a champion will be crowned at Seekonk as part of the annual Haunted Hundred. Tri Track has built a staple base at some of the regions most historic bullring tracks, where some of the top asphalt drivers in the country come together to thrill race fans.

“The smaller, short-tracks are what I like the most,” Kochenash said. “I feel like racing is better. It takes some factors out, and you have to concentrate more on your setup and tire management. I like all three of the tracks on the schedule because each one is a little bit different.”

Kochenash, a regular on the Race of Champion Modified Tour during this career, finished top-10 in two of the three races he ran with Tri Track last year. He was the youngest driver to compete in and win a Late Model race at Mahoning Valley Speedway at the time. 

“Everyone’s goal on the team is to win, but if we could run top-five consistently, and go from there, that’s my goal,” Kochenash said. “I have to thank Wentz Auto Body, Loikits Oil, Loikits Industrial, Vince with Penske Shocks and my entire team.”

Registration for the 2021 Tri Track Open Modified Series season will open on January 28, where drivers will have the opportunity to either sign-up for a single race, or complete a form for the entire season.

For more information on the Tri Track Open Modified Series, visit TriTrackModifieds.com and follow the series on social media. For more information on Souza Media, visit KyleSouza.com and follow Souza Media on Facebook.

Derrike Cope to Make Final DAYTONA 500 Start with Rick Ware Racing

January 19, 2021 (Mooresville, NC) – Derrike Cope will pilot the No. 15 Rick Ware Racing (RWR) Chevrolet in his final DAYTONA 500 start at Daytona International Speedway. Jacob Companies, a long time sponsor of RWR, will be the primary sponsor on board the No. 15. 

Jacob Companies, a Florida based company, is a multifaceted construction firm with a focus on construction, development and technology services.  Jacob Companies has been a long standing partner in NASCAR, including primary partnership at RWR for the past three years. 

 “I am really looking forward to running this year’s Daytona 500 with Rick Ware Racing,” said Derrike Cope, former 1990 Daytona 500 Champion and StarCom Racing Team Manager. “I have known Rick and his family for a long time and I am excited to have the opportunity to go to Daytona and race for another win! I am excited to have Don Perry with Jacob Company as the primary sponsor as well. I want to thank Mike and Matt Kohler and Bill Woehlemann with StarCom Fiber for making this all possible! I could not be more excited to get back to Daytona!

Derrike Cope has two career NASCAR cup wins, the 1990 Daytona 500 and the 1990 Dover spring race, one XFINITY victory at New Hampshire in 1994, as well as a dozen Winston West victories (now known as the NASCAR K&N Series).  With 722 career starts in NASCAR’s top three series, Cope is eager to get back on the track for one last lick at the Daytona 500.

“We are excited to partner together with Derrike on his final DAYTONA 500 start,” commented team owner Rick Ware. “Derrike is a former DAYTONA 500 Champion, and has had a great career in NASCAR. I look forward to seeing the No. 15 Jacob Companies Chevrolet on track in a couple weeks!”

For more information on Rick Ware Racing, visit www.wareracing.com, or follow along on social media. 

JUKASA MOTOR SPEEDWAY ANNOUNCES PASSING OF CO-FOUNDER KEN HILL

HAGERSVILLE, ON (Jan. 19, 2021) – It is with our deepest sympathy, Jukasa Motor Speedway announces the passing of Co-Founder Ken Hill on January 18, 2021, at the age of 62.


Ken Hill was also a prominent entrepreneur from Six Nations of the Grand River Territory.


It was Ken’s vision for the Speedway that led to the resurrection of the former Cayuga Speedway, that previously hosted many of the world’s best stock car and open-wheel participants, such as Bobby Allison, Dale Earnhardt,Rusty Wallace, Darrel Waltrip and Junior Hanley.


After acquiring the former Cayuga Speedway in 2014, Ken’s goal was to once again become Canada’s premier racing and entertainment facility. By all accounts, Ken fulfilled his vision to the delight of motor racing fans from across North America.


Ken had a true passion for racing, attended most events since the Speedway’s re-opening and frequently took the time to speak with race participants and fans, often thanking them for coming to Jukasa Motor Speedway.


Today and every day Ken will be missed by his Jukasa Motor Speedway family, racing fans and participants. Ken was a true force of nature. His commitment to racing, kindness and generosity will never be forgotten.