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Willis Wins First Valenti Modified Series Race At Claremont

Claremont, NH. – Who says home field advantage doesn’t apply in short track racing. It did for Mike Willis Jr Friday night, as the Grantham New Hampshire driver, notched his first Valenti Modified Racing Series victory at Claremont Motorsports Park, Claremont, NH.

Willis previously won at Claremont in a Tri-Track Series event. The VMRS win    

Willis has been chasing the last four seasons. It finally came together in front of the hometown crowd.

“ It’s always good to win here and I love coming to this track I really want to win at another track to show we can win besides home but I’ll take what I can get.” said a smiling Willis.

Willis added, “the car was great and I was thinking on lap-40 the cautions not coming out thinking we’re not going to have a good car at the end – it was starting to get real good though getting better and better and when it was go time it was there.”

The victory was bittersweet for the family team headed up by Denis Hardy after a rough outing the week before at Monadnock.  Willis reasoned, “after last week some things not my fault- something’s definitely my fault.. this week we were pretty distraught and not racing this week at all and Dad said we’re committed and we’re going. We worked hard all week … the crew worked hard.

Willis started on the pole in the Spirit of Alaska/Maurice Enterprise/Legacy Landscaping # 83 thanks to winning his heat race, and led the opening seven laps when Kirk Alexander took the lead briefly. .Claremont’s Jeff Murray, making his first start this season, took command on lap-10 and led for 70-laps when Willis slipped by on the outside and pulled away from the field.

Willis was followed by a persistent Woody Pitkat, of Bellingham, MA, who finished second followed by Matt Swanson, of Acton, MA in the Gary Casella #25 who made a late race charge.  Sunapee NH’s Brian Robie checkered fourth, with Kirk Alexander, of W. Swanzey, NH.

Murray, Mike Douglas Jr, CJ Bolton, Donnie Lashua, Dylan Rock, and Cam Sontag

rounded out the field of eleven starters.

Willis joins Chase Dowling, Jeff Gallup, and Ronnie Williams as first time series winners

Only two minor caution flags were displayed on laps 49 & 51. The race was completed in 28 minutes.

The next event for the Valenti Modified Racing Series is Saturday June 22, and Sunday June 23, at the 3rd annual New England Short Track Showdown at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. 

HIRSCHMAN RETURNS TO HIS WINNING WAYS IN TTOMS OPENER AT CLAREMONT

Claremont, NH (May 26, 2019): In what may be considered uncharacteristic fashion, Matt Hirschman of Northampton, PA took the lead just past halfway of the Ron Bouchard’s Auto Sales 100 for the Tri-Track Open Modified Series (TTOMS) season opener at Claremont Motorsports Park. Under picture-perfect conditions Hirschman bested a full-field that included runner-up Les Hinckley of Windsor Locks, CT, and emerging hot-shoe Ronnie Williams of Ellington, CT.

Heat races and consolation events set the 26-car field for the first leg of the Ron Bouchard’s Auto Stores Challenge Cup.  In total 34 cars attempted to qualify for the night’s event. After the redraw, Andy Jankowiak of Tonawanda, NY, and Ron Silk of Norwalk, CT, led the field to green. A bauble on the start for Jankowiak opened the door for defending race champion Mike Willis of Grantham, NH to make it three-wide with Silk and into the lead.

Todd Patnode of Swanzey, NH, handily made his way into third. The top three cars began to distance themselves slightly from fourth running Jankowiak. Matt Swanson of Acton, MA, in Ole Blue, was getting pressure in fifth from Anthon Sesely of Matawah, NJ.

The battle for the lead was heating up at lap 10 between Willis and Silk. Russ Hersey of Swanzey, NH, began to pressure Sesely for fifth. The first caution of the event flew on lap 13 for a two-car incident that involved Geoff Rollins of Groton, MA, and Carl Medeiros of Westport, MA.

On the restart, Willis was once again able to jump out to the lead over Silk.  Contact between the lead duo had Willis sideways; both were able to continue. Jankowiak spun amid the tussle to bring out the second caution again on lap 13.

Willis was back in command on the restart with Silk glued to his back bumper. Hersey was up to fourth and Sesely had his hands full with Hirschman and Sammy Rameau of Westminster, MA. Over the next few laps Silk was getting racy for the lead with Willis. Silk was the new leader at lap 20. 

With the top ten cars running nose to tail the best battle on the speedway was for eighth between Williams in the Roscoe Racing #25 and Hinckley, who was piloting the SPAFCO #21 for Art & Kenny Barry. At lap 30, a brewing battle for third place between Patnode and Hersey was slowed when Medeiros slowed on the front stretch to bring out the third caution.  Under yellow, Sesely gave up fifth position to head to pit road for service.

For the ensuing restart on lap 30, Silk and Willis made up the front row with Patnode, Hersey and Hirschman completing the top-five. Rameau, Williams, Hinckley, Matt Galko of Meriden, CT, and hometown favorite Bucky Demers of Cornish, NH, made up the top-ten.

Hirschman made his way past Hersey to take over fourth position on the restart behind Silk, Willis and Patnode. Hersey continued to backslide slightly; losing a position to Rameau as well. Contenders Woody Pitkat, of Stafford Springs, in the Stan Mertz #6, Kirk Alexander of W. Swanzey, NH, in the Perry Family entry and Tommy Barrett of Millis, MA, aboard the #43, were mired deep in the field.

Under green Silk was able to gain some distance over Willis while Hinckley was providing pressure to Hersey for sixth. As Silk continued to extend his lead, the top five was Willis, Patnode, Hirschman and Rameau.

At halfway, the top-five remained the same with Hinckley, Demers, Hersey, Williams and Joey Jarvis of Ascutney, VT, occupying the top-ten. The complexion of the race would change dramatically with the unfurling of the event’s fourth caution flew on lap 56 for a spin by Hersey.

Under yellow, all cars headed to pit road for service except Willis, Sesely and Jankowiak; the latter two had pitted previously. Hirschman won the battle off pit road to rejoin the field in fourth followed by Rameau, Silk, Hinckley, Williams, Richard Savary of Canton, MA, and Brian Robie of Sunapee, NH.

Willis jump out to the lead with Sesely falling in line in second, Jankowiak lost third position to Matt Hirschman on lap 57. Silk was hooked up in the outside groove in search for the lead once again.

Silk was gaining ground on the outside when the battle erupted with Silk, Rameau and Hinckley. The result found Silk hard into the outside wall on the front stretch to bring out the fifth caution on lap 61. Other cars collected included potential winners Robie, Patnode, Alexander and Jarvis. Robie, Patnode and Jarvis were able to continue. Rameau was penalized to the rear of the field.

Under the caution, the leader Willis ducked onto pit road for service.  After leading many laps of the event, he would ultimately not challenge for the win. 

On the lap 61 restart Hirschman was able to rocket by Sesely for the lead. He immediately ran out to a multiple car length advantage. Hinckley battled Jankowiak on the outside for third. Williams was making a charge back to the front; moving into the top-five on lap 66.  Brad Babb of Windham, ME, was having a great run; just outside of the top-five.

Hinckley moved into second position on lap 69 while a great battle was emerging for third between Sesely, Jankowiak and Williams. Swanson and Hersey were on the move as well.

Hirschman had a half-straightaway advantage over Hinckley with 25 laps to go. Jankowiak and Williams got by Sesely relegating him fifth. Williams immediately went to work on Jankowiak. Babb exited the speedway under green on lap 81 while running sixth.

Hersey had recovered nicely; knocking on the door of the top-five with less than 20 to go and looking for more.  Willis lurked outside the top 10 with only 15 laps remaining.

Hinckley could not cut into Hirschman’s lead as the laps wound down. Hersey took fifth from Sesely on lap 89; leaving Sesely to defend against Swanson.  With Hirschman handily out front, the best battle on the track continued to be for third between Jankowiak and Williams.  Williams took the spot way with five laps remaining.

Hirschman had stretched his lead over the final few laps and cruised to the victory over Hinckley, Williams, Jankowiak and Hersey.  Swanson, Sesely, Barrett, Calvin Carroll of Andover, NJ, and Robie completed the top-ten.

During qualifying, heat race victories went to Hirschman, Sesely, Carroll and Swanson. Consolation race winners were Dana Smith, Sunapee, NH and Colbey Fournier of Berkley, MA.

Tri-Track Open Modified Series-Official Finish-Ron Bouchard’s Auto Sales 100-Claremont Motorsports Park, Claremont, NH: 1. Matt Hirschman, Northampton, PA; 2. Les Hinckley, Windsor Locks, CT; 3. Ronnie Williams, Ellington, CT; 4. Andy Jankowiak, Tonowanda, NY; 5. Russ Hersey, Swanzey, NH; 6. Matt Swanson, Acton, MA; 7. Anthony Sesely, Matawah, NJ; 8. Tommy Barrett, Millis, MA; 9. Calvin Carroll, Andover, NJ; 10. Brian Robie, Sunapee, NH; 11. Joey Jarvis, Ascutney, VT; 12. Sammy Rameau, Westminster, MA; 13. Dana Smith, Sunapee, NH; 14. Woody Pitkat, Stafford Springs, CT; 15. Bucky Demers, Cornish, NH; 16. Mike Willis, Grantham, NH; 17. Richard Savary, Canton, MA; 18. Todd Patnode, Swanzey, NH; 19. Colbey Fournier, Berkley, MA; 20. Geoff Rollins, Groton, MA; 21. Brad Babb, Windham, ME; 22. Carl Medeiros, Westport, MA; 23. Ron Silk, Norwalk, CT; 24. Kirk Alexander, W. Swanzey, NH; 25. Mike Holdridge, Madison, CT; 26. Matt Galko, Meriden, CT. DNQ: Scott Adams, Lake Ariel, PA;  CJ Bolton, Weare, NH; Josh Cantara, Sanford, ME;  Andrew Charron, E. Greenwich, RI; Cameron Sontag, Sterling, MA; Chris Risdale, Rochester, NY; Kurt Vigeant, Oxford, MA. Scratch: Todd Owen, Somers, CT.

TTOMS OPENER ON TAP THIS WEEKEND AT CLAREMONT

Great Ticket Deal Available for Race Fans

Seekonk, Mass. (May 23, 2019): The Tri-Track Open Modified Series (TTOMS) 2019 season kicks off this Sunday, May 26, with a visit to the granite state for the running of the second annual Ron Bouchard’s Auto Stores 100 at Claremont Speedway in Claremont, NH.  A strong field of cars is expected on a full-night of racing that also includes the track’s Late Models, Street Stocks, Six Shooters, and Pure Stocks.  

Hometown favorite Mike Willis, Jr. of Grantham, NH, seeks to repeat in the Ron Bouchard’s Auto Stores 100 while Matt Hirschman of Northampton, PA, looks to start his Series title defense off with a win. The likes of Ron Silk, Woody Pitkat and Andy Jankowiak hope to continue their winning ways this season at Claremont.

The large 2018 TTOM field gets ready to roll off for 100 laps May 26th 2018 Michael Jaworecki Myracenews Photo

And, while winning is on the top of everyone’s mind, the significance of Memorial Day Weekend is not lost on Series’ competitors or officials.

“Together with our competitors, the Tri-Track Series aims to put on the best race event, but the meaning of this weekend is important to us all,” said Jim Schaefer, Series co-founder. “We do so knowing full-well that the sacrifices made by past, present and future generations of servicemen and women make this possible.”

Racing gets underway with qualifying at 5:00pm and features at approximately 7:30pm.

Thanks to a cooperative effort between Monadnock and Claremont Speedways, a special promotion will allow race fans to see all the action at a great savings.  Grandstand admission tickets purchased for Monadnock on Saturday, May 25 will allow ticketholders FREE admission to Claremont on Sunday simply by showing their speedway ticket stub. 

Regular general admission for the night’s event is $25 for adults and $5 for kid ages 6-12. Children ages 5 and under are free.  Pit entry with a NASCAR license if $35 and $40 without.  Through the combined efforts of Claremont Speedway, Tri -Track management and Don Miller, all TTOMS drivers and pre-registered owners will receive free paddock admission.

Grandstands open at 1:30pm in time for rotating practice for all divisions. Following practice and qualifying will be consolation races for the Modifieds. An autograph session will be held for TTOMS drivers in the turn four hospitality area at 4:15Ppm. Feature races will begin at 7:30pm and may include a B-Main for the Modifieds.

The event is round one of the Ron Bouchard’s Auto Stores Challenge Cup. Round two is set for Saturday, September 14 at Monadnock Speedway.  The team with the highest point total following the two events will be awarded what will undoubtedly become one of the most coveted honors in Modified racing – Ron Bouchard’s Auto Stores Challenge Cup.

The purse for the Ron Bouchard’s Auto Stores 100 is over $50,000 with $7,000 to win, $1,200 to start and at least $500 to non-qualifiers.   The race winner will also receive a one-of-a-kind trophy presented by long-time TTOMS supporter Wayne Coat and crafted by Richard Brooks’ Buzzi Memorials in Waterford, CT.

“We hope winning this race Sunday at Claremont Motorsports Park, will mean something extra special, knowing that Dick Williams has spent so much time over the winter securing funds for the race,” added Schaefer, “and that the winner will always have this unique trophy placed somewhere special to remember the day.”

To learn more about the Tri-Track Open Modified Series, visit tritrackmods.com or follow the series on Facebook and Twitter. For more information on the speedway visit ClaremontMotorsportsPark.com.

The Ron Bouchard’s Auto Stores 100 is the first of a six-race schedule for the series that includes dates at Star, Seekonk, Oxford Plains and Monadnock Speedways.

Tri-Track Open Modified Series-Claremont 100- Entry List (as of May 23, 2019)

0 – Andy Jankowiak

02 – Geoff Rollins

04 – Joey Jarvis

06 – Sam Rameau

1 – Chris Ridsdale

3 – Matthew Swanson

3 – Matt Galko

6 – Woody Pitkat

7 – Andrew Charron

7 – Kurt Vigeant

10 – Bobby Jones

13 – Cameron Sontag

14 – Dana Smith

16 – Colbey Fournier

21 – Les Hinckley

24 – Todd Patnode

25 – Brian Robie

25 – Calvin Carroll

25 – Ronnie Williams

26 – Bucky Demers

27 – Anthony Sesely

28 – Kreig Heroth¶

39 – Scott Adams

43 – Tommy Barrett

50S – Ron Silk

50 – Carl Medeiros Jr.

60 – Matt Hirschman

63 – CJ Bolton

71 – Brad Babb

76 – Kirk Alexander

81 – Todd Owen

81ME – Josh Cantara

82 – Mike Holdridge

83 – Mike Willis

88 – Russ Hersey

99 – Richard Savary

176 – Dana Dimatteo