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DOWLING GETS IT DONE AT MONADNOCK FOR FIRST TTOMS WIN

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September 15,2019 (Winchester, NH): Chase Dowling of Roxbury, CT, who started deep in the field of the Monadnock 100, capitalized on patience and some late race drama to score the Tri-Track Open Modified Series (TTOMS) victory at Monadnock Speedway on Sunday afternoon. The race was held a day later due to inclement weather but still delivered all the excitement as expected.  

“Today I was more patient in a race car than I have ever been,” said a smiling Dowling from victory lane. “I did not let the race get to me and I knew that we were going to be good at the end.”

Richard Savary of Canton, MA, who qualified through the consi, turned his luck around in 2019 with a solid runner-up finish. Jacob Perry of Pawcatuck, CT, brought out a mid-race caution but recovered to score a podium finish. Matt Galko of Meriden, CT, had a season-high finish of fourth. Hometown favorite Alexander of W. Swanzey, NH, completed the top five.

Tommy Barrett of Millis, MA, Anthony Sesely of Matawan, NJ, Austin Kochenash of Danielsville, PA, Woody Pitkat of Bellingham, MA, and Dylan Izzo of Munroe, CT, completed the top ten.

After the redraw, Ben Byrne from Greenfield, MA, a regular in Monadnock’s Sportsman Modified division, started on the pole of the 26-car field; sharing the front row with Les Hinckley of Windsor Locks, CT. Byrne jumped to the early lead with Hinckley in tow. On lap 13, Hinckley drifted high allowing Ron Silk of Norwalk, CT, and Ronnie Williams of Ellington, CT, to take over second and third, respectively. With 20 laps down, driver settled into a single file run with Byrne still at the point and enjoying a comfortable margin over Silk.

The first caution of the event flew on lap 30 when one of the favorites to win, Todd Patnode of W. Swanzey, NH, stalled on the front stretch. Another local favorite and contender, Russ Hersey of Swanzey, pitted during the caution.

Once back to green, Williams used the bottom groove to pass Silk for second. Pitkat got up alongside Silk to challenge for position as well. He took the spot on lap 36. Dowling was beginning to make his charge to the front.  At the head of the field, Byrne and Williams had extended their lead in a two-car break away.

The bid for the win ended for Williams ended on lap 46 when his car slowed to bring out the second yellow. Under the caution, Cam McDermott of Canterbury, CT, hobbled down pit road with mechanical woes. Several other cars pitted while the leaders elected to stay out.

On the ensuing restart, Pitkat made a bid at the lead but Byrne was able to retain the top spot. At halfway, Byrne was pulling away from the field. The third caution waved on lap 61 for debris on the speedway. During the caution, Williams rejoined the field several laps down while several other drivers took the opportunity to pit. The lead duo of Byrne and Pitkat remained on track as did Joe Kendall from Winchendon, MA.

When racing went back green, Kendall was able to take second away from Pitkat. Deeper in the pack, contact between Matt Swanson of Acton, MA, and Perry saw both cars spinning and the fourth caution flag of the event flying on lap 64.

After only three laps of green flag racing, the fifth caution was displayed when Pitkat spun as a result of a flat tire. At the time of the caution, Byrne was still the leader followed by Kendall, Savary, Galko, Alexander and Silk. Up for the challenge on the restart, Byrne maintained his lead. Savary was able to get by Kendall for second. Having trouble getting going, the sixth caution flew on lap 68 for a spin by Barrett.

The complexion of the race changed on lap 70 when the leader Byrne slowed coming out of turn three to send cars scattering and the caution flying. Under caution, Byrne and Kendall both pitted.

Savary was the new leader when the race went back to green. Alexander took chase in second. Other drivers began making their move toward the front as the laps began to wind down. With 20 laps to go, Hinckley passed for position four; making it Savary, Alexander, Silk, Hinckley and Galko inside the top five.

The eighth caution of the event waved on lap 88 for a spin by Joey Jarvis of Ascutney, VT. On the ensuing restart, Silk and Hinckley made contact. Silk spun in front of the field in turn one to bring out the caution. No other cars were collected. Hinckley pitted with a left front flat as Silk went to the rear of the field. The restart pitted leader Savary against Dowling, who had inherited second as a result of the incident. Dowling wasted no time getting by Savary and into the lead.

With 8 laps left to go, the tenth and final caution occurred on lap 92 when Brian Robie of Sunapee, NH, went around in turn three.  On the final restart of the event, Dowling was able to maintain his lead. Savary would have to settle for second ahead of Perry, Galko and Alexander.

Dowling crossed the start/finish line taking the checkers and capturing the “Monadnock 100” for car owner Jimmy Paige.

“I came in for a pit stop about halfway through and put on a rear tire and made a few adjustments,” stated Dowling. “I knew that we were good.”

“It was an aggressive race at the end with guys giving it their all. That is why these Tri-Track races put on a good show. It is a lot of hard races with a lot of money on the line. And, we all do what we have to do to win.”

Thanks to generous support from Ron Bouchard’s Auto Stores and the Bouchard Family, the family of the late Ricky Miller and Kathy Maffei-Thompson, each competitor who took the green for the Monadnock 100 received $1,100.

Heat race victories went to Patnode, Pitkat and Hinckley. Savary won the consolation race.

Matt Hirschman of Northampton, PA, a two-time TTOMS winner in 2019, was not present for Sunday’s Monadnock 100. Hirschman made the difficult decision to go to Lancaster, NY, for a Race of Champions event. He is in the hunt for the series’ championship as the points’ leader.

The next race for the Tri-Track Open Modified Series will be the Haunted Hundred at Seekonk Speedway on Saturday, October 26, 2019.

Tri-Track Open Modified -Monadnock 100 Official Finish – September 15, 2019 – Monadnock Speedway – Winchester, NH: 1. Chase Dowling, Roxbury, CT; 2. Richard Savary, Canton, MA; 3. Jacob Perry, Pawcatuck, CT; 4. Matt Galko, Meriden, CT; 5. Kirk Alexander, West Swanzey, NH; 6. Tommy Barrett, Millis, MA; 7. Anthony Sesely, Matawan, NJ; 8. Austin Kochenash, Danielsville, PA; 9. Woody Pitkat, Bellingham, MA; 10. Dylan Izzo, Monroe, CT; 11. Les Hinckley, Windsor Locks, CT; 12. Dana Dimatteo, Farmington, CT; 13. Matt Swanson, Acton MA; 14. Ron Silk, Norwalk, CT; 15. Joey Jarvis, Ascutney, VT; 16. Andrew Molleur, Shelton, CT; 17. Calvin Carroll, Andover, NJ; 18. Brian Robie, Sunapee, NH; 19. Ronnie Williams, Ellington, CT; 20. Ben Byrne, Greenfield, MA; 21. Joe Kendall, Winchendon, MA; 22. Cameron Sontag, Sterling, MA; 23. Cam McDermott, Canterbury, CT; 24. Mike Holdridge, Madison, CT; 25. Russ Hersey, Swanzey, NH; 26. Todd Patnode, Swanzey, NH. DNQ: Andrew Charron, East Greenwich, RI; TJ Bleau, Troy, NH; Rob Janovic, Jr., Waterford, CT; Geoff Rollins, Groton, MA; George Sherman, Framingham, MA. 

BATTLE OF THE HOMETOWN HEROES BREWING FOR TTOMS MONADNOCK 100

Seekonk, Mass. (September 12, 2019): This Saturday night, the Tri-Track Open Modified Series (TTOMS) heads to Monadnock Speedway for the running of the Monadnock 100. The facility, now under the ownership of the Wrenn Family, is located in Winchester, NH, just 10 miles, give or take, from the towns of Swanzey – home of three Series’ regulars. These hometown favorites are also clear favorites to win at the quarter mile. Russ Hersey of Swanzey, Kirk Alexander and Todd Patnode, each of West Swanzey, NH, will head to their hometown track looking for victory.  

Each like their chances when the 100-lapper goes green on Saturday night at approximately 9:15pm.

“It is my best opportunity to win a Tri-Track race,” said Hersey. “I’m the most comfortable at this track.”

Patnode, who runs at Monadnock weekly in the track’s NASCAR Sportsman Modified division, is the currently division’s point leader.  He will undoubtedly be looking to add to his win tally.

“I am really looking forward to the race,” said Alexander, who has been plagued with misfortune all year. “I like our chances.”

Practice starts at 2pm. Qualifying for all divisions gets underway at 5pm including 15-lap qualifying heat races for the Modifieds. Features are expected to go green at approximately 6pm. There is a Sunday rain date for the event. 

The similarities of these three drivers does not end with their confidence in their ability to win on Saturday night. Their histories, their prowess and their love for the track are as close as their geographic proximity.

All three drivers cut their teeth on the high banks of Monadnock Speedway.  Alexander took his first laps in a Mini Stock while Hersey and Patnode got their starts in Street Stocks. The three grew up together racing at the track.

“We all started here and graduated through the ranks,” said Hersey. “Each of us has thousands of laps here.”   

Alexander has feature victories in multiple divisions including Mini Stocks, Late Models, Pro Stocks and Modifieds; winning multiple track championships in Pro Stocks and Modifieds. Hersey has wins in Enduros, Street Stocks, Late Models, Pro Stocks and Modifieds; also winning multiple track championships in Pro Stocks and Modifieds. Patnode, too, has wins and championships in multiple divisions and looks to add to the list of titles in 2019.

All three have Tour-Type Modified wins at the speedway as well. 

The most impressive of all the similarities between these three great racers; however, is not reflected in the record books. It may just be in the respect they still have for each other after decades of competition and the context within which it exists.

“I have no problem beating them and they have no problem beating me,” said Alexander, with an air of admiration and friendship.

Over the year’s there has been a perception of a rivalry between these three ultra-competitive drivers but what really exists is a kinship.

“There’s no rivalry between us,” said Hersey, too, with a genuine admiration in his voice. “But we still want to beat each other.”

All this has got to leave one to wonder, is there something in the water in Swanzey, NH?

He doesn’t necessarily drink the rarified water, but Brian Robie does share the same speedway. The addition of Monadnock to the 2019 Tri-Track Open Modified Series schedule was surely a welcome one for Robie of Sunapee, NH, another Series regular.  This season, Robie has run wheel-to-wheel with Patnode in the track’s NASCAR Home Tracks Sportsman Modified division. Familiarity and comfort to the racy high-banked quarter mile could be just what Robie needs to break into TTOMS victory lane.  

While there will be stiff competition from the over 30 drivers registered for the event on Saturday night, the Monadnock 100 could very well come down to one of these talented four drivers.

Adult general admission for a full racing card that also included Young Guns, Pure Stocks, Late Models, Sportsman Modifieds and Late Models is $30. Senior (65+) general admission is $20. General admission tickets for kids ages 11-18 is $10 and kids 10 and under are admitted free. Pit entry is $40.

To learn more, visit TriTrackMods.com, MonadnockSpeedway.com or visit follow both on social media. 

PLENTY OF EXTRAS AT TTOMS MONADNOCK 100 THIS SATURDAY

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Seekonk, Mass. (September 9, 2019): Whether it is racing excitement, sentiment or cold hard cash, the Tri-Track Open Modified Series (TTOMS) always has something extra for fans and competitors alike. Saturday night, September 14 at Monadnock Speedway will be no different. With extra incentives built into an already robust purse, the stout field of Modified competitors will pull out all the stops in pursuit of victory; ramping up the racing action for fans of the series, open-modified racing and Monadnock Speedway.

The winner of the Ron Bouchard’s Auto Store Challenge Cup will be decided on Saturday night. When the checkers fall on Round #2 of the Challenge, the driver with the best overall finish including Round #1 at Claremont Speedway, held earlier this year, will receive the coveted Ron Bouchard’s Auto Stores Challenge Cup trophy and $500 bonus courtesy of James Osterhoudt.

With the support of Ron Bouchard’s Auto Stores, the Bouchard and Miller Families and Kathy Maffei-Thompson, competitors will receive a minimum of $1,100 to take the green flag for the Monadnock 100. Thanks to the continued generosity of the Don Miller and the Miller Family, all Tri-Track Open Modified Series drivers in competition on Saturday night will receive complimentary admission in honor of the late Ricky Miller.

The stacked field of competitors is expected to reach over 30 including the most recent Series winners Matt Hirschman, Ronnie Williams and Ron Silk. Other drivers to watch during the Monadnock 100 include Chase Dowling, Matthew Swanson, Woody Pitkat, Les Hinckley, Tommy Barrett and Richard Savary. Some other notables include a relative newcomer to the Series Austin Kochenash, who showed promise earlier this season, and former SK Modified Champion Rob Janovic, making his first start of 2019. The trio of hometown favorites – Kirk Alexander, Russ Hersey, and Todd Patnode- cannot be counted out.

Pre-race ceremonies on Saturday evening will include a tribute to the late Carl and Treva Merrill. This dynamic duo indelibly changed the face of New England racing.  Carl, an honored Army Air Corps veteran, who, for over 60 years, served in various capacities from flagman to chief steward to race director at several speedways in the Northeast including Thompson and Monadnock Speedways as well as the now defunct Westboro Speedway. He had no greater role than that which he served at Norwood Arena. With his guiding presence in the late 60s and early 70s, Norwood was one of the nation’s best of its time.

Treva was an integral part in Carl’s racing career even taking an active part in the operations of the Speedways from selling tickets to running the souvenir concessions and even selling 50/50 tickets. She was as stalwart supporter of her husband of over 60 years. Carl and Treva passed away in January and May of 2013, respectively.

Paula Bouchard will serve as the Grand Marshall for the event.

Practice gets starts at 2pm. Qualifying for all divisions gets underway at 5pm including 15-lap qualifying heat races for the Modifieds. There is a Sunday rain date for the event. 

Adult general admission for a full racing card that also included Young Guns, Pure Stocks, Late Models, and Sportsman Modifieds is $30. Senior (65+) general admission is $20. General admission tickets for kids ages 11-18 are $10 and kids 10 and under are admitted free. Pit entry is $40.

For more information visit the Tri-Track Open Modified Series at TriTrackMods.com and Monadnock Speedway at MonadnockSpeedway.com

Entry List -Tri-Track Open Modified Series -Monadnock 100

Saturday, Sept 14 Monadnock Speedway
00 – Chase Dowling
02 – Geoff Rollins
04 – Joey Jarvis
04 – Dylan Izzo
3 – Matthew Swanson
3 – Matt Galko
6 – Woody Pitkat
6 – Benjamin Byrne
7 – Andrew Charron
8 – Cam McDermott
12 – Rob Richardi
13 – Cameron Sontag
15 – TJ Bleau
16 – Colbey Fournier
21 – Les Hinckley
24 – Todd Patnode
25 – Brian Robie
25 – Calvin Carroll
25 – Ronnie Williams
27 – Anthony Sesely
35 – Jacob Perry
43 – Tommy Barrett
50S – Ron Silk
50 – Carl Medeiros Jr.
51- Rob Janovic
60 – Matt Hirschman
66 – Austin Kochenash
74 – Manny Dias
76 – Kirk Alexander
82 – Mike Holdridge
88 – Russ Hersey
93 – George Sherman
99 – Richard Savary
176 – Dana Dimatteo