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OPEN WHEEL WEDNESDAY TRADITION CONTINUES WITH TTOMS AT SEEKONK

Seekonk, Mass. (June 23, 2019): This Wednesday, June 26, 2019, the Tri-Track Open Modified Series (TTOMS) presents the fifteenth running of Open Wheel Wednesday at Seekonk Speedway. Keeping with tradition, the event promises a strong field of talented drivers in search of the $10,000 payday in 100-laps of green flag racing. Five past champions including Kirk Alexander, Tommy Barrett, Richard Savary, three-time winner Matt Hirschman and last year’s event winner Ron Silk headline a current entry list that tops 30 cars.

Open Wheel Wednesday also features the prestigious Boston Louie Seymour Memorial for the Northeastern Midget Association (NEMA) along with the NEMA Lites.

Pit gates open at 10am on Wednesday, June 26. Grandstands open at 4pm with racing scheduled to go green at 6:30pm. Entry to Seekonk Speedway’s pit area is $37. Grandstand admission is $27. A rain date has been set for Thursday, June 27.

The lucrative purse includes a $10,000 winner’s share and an impressive $800 to take the green.  Lap leader bonuses and other contingencies make the Tri-Track Open Modified Series and Open Wheel Wednesday event appealing to teams throughout New England, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. 

There will be some pretty stiff competition from drivers seeking their first Open Wheel Wednesday victories like long-time campaigners Les Hinckley, Todd Patnode and Russ Hersey. There could be some ‘home turf’ advantage for Matt Swanson aboard ‘Ole Blue’. Woody Pitkat is still riding high from a Modified Tour victory and Ronnie Williams is knocking on the door of a big win.

After a year-off from OWW competition, perennial Race of Champions hot-shoe Chuck Hossfeld will look to add his name to the winner’s list. There are some potential dark horses on the entry list as well like Keith Rocco and Anthony Sesely.  After the last few weeks, Andy Jankowiak could even be considered a ‘sentimental favorite’ to win on Wednesday.

There are plenty of drivers capable of taking down the victory at the “Cement Palace.”

In the early years, Seekonk Speedway was known for spirited Modified battles that included the likes of legends Carl ‘Bugsy’ Stevens, Ron Bouchard, George Summers, Leo “the Lion” Cleary, George Murray and countless others. Over the years Seekonk became synonymous with action-packed full-fendered racing. In 2005, with the introduction of Open Wheel Wednesday, Seekonk Speedway once again put itself on the map as a great Modified Track. Now under the NASCAR banner, the Vendetti Family, long-tenured owners of the Speedway, host the Whelen Modified Tour annually.  

The Tri-Track Open Modified Series will pay homage to the Speedway’s modified legacy as the family of the late George Summers will act as the event’s grand marshals.  

Summers began his racing career in 1952 and while he raced from Maine to Virginia amassing over two hundred career victories, nearly half came at the bullring, Seekonk Speedway. He is the track’s record holder for “Most Career Wins” with 100. Summers is a member of the New England Auto Racing (NEAR) Hall of Fame, the Seekonk Speedway Wall of Fame, and Living Legends of Auto Racing Hall of Fame in Daytona Beach, FL.

Having gone through variations in race management, now under the banner of the Tri-Track Open Modified Series (TTOMS), the event continues to be among the strongest in short track racing; drawing drivers from throughout the north east.

TRI-TRACK OPEN MODIFIED SERIES-OPEN WHEEL WEDNESDAY 2018 ENTRY LIST as of June 22

Geoff Rollins

Matt Swanson

Matt Galko

Woody Pitkat

Andrew Charron

Kurt Vigeant

Tommy Barrett

Colbey Fournier

Les Hinckley

Chuck Hossfeld

Todd Patnode

Brian Robie

Calvin Carroll

Ronnie Williams

Anthony Sesely

Donny Hartzl

Dan Meservey

Jon Kievman

Ron Silk

Carl Medeiros, Jr.

Keith Rocco

Matt Hirschman

CJ Bolton

Austin Kochenash

Kirk Alexander

Mike Holdridge

Rob Murphy

Russ Hersey

Richard Savary

Dana Dimatteo

Andy Jankowiak

Tom Morris Myracenews Photo

DOUG COBY DOMINATES FOR THIRD WIN OF SEASON AT SEEKONK

BYKYLE SOUZA NASCAR.COM JUNE 2, 2019

SEEKONK, Mass. — Doug Coby seems to be back in prime form.

The five-time NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion returned to Victory Lane for the third time in the first six races of the season on Saturday at Seekonk Speedway. Coby started from the pole, and although he was passed early by Matt Hirschman, the Milford, Connecticut, driver wasn’t going to be denied.

Doug Coby #2 gets underneath leader Matt Hirschman #60 to take the race lead and go on to victory at Seekonk Speedway June 1st 2019 Michael Jaworecki Myracenews Photo

He dominated the Seekonk 150, scoring his 27th career Whelen Modified Tour win and second at the Massachusetts third-mile.

RACING-REFERENCE: Seekonk 150 Race Results

“I think obviously we are establishing ourselves as a really dominant car at all different size tracks,” Coby said. “We have been on our game and picked up our game everywhere (compared to last year). It’s a long season, and we just need to make sure we keep learning if we are going to be the ones to keep winning races.”

Coby’s dominance was clear throughout the entire day. Although he was fourth in practice, Coby showed the speed under the hood of the No. 2 Mayhew Tools Chevrolet in qualifying, scoring his third Mayhew Tools Dominator Pole Award of the season.

Once the green flag dropped, it was Coby’s race to lose. After he passed Hirschman for the lead on lap 15, the veteran never looked back. Coby now has four top five finishes in six starts at Seekonk.

“I want to start on the front row here anytime I can,” Coby said. “You can just get out front and if you made the right adjustments like we did, and you can get out front, you can ride around out front and wait for every caution. I was running three 50 lap races in my head. At the end of each 50, I was just trying to get the end of the next 50.”

Defending series champion Justin Bonsignore started eighth, but made moves through the front of the field and finished second. After winning the Seekonk 150 last year, Bonsignore found himself chasing Coby in the final laps, but couldn’t quite get the run he needed to get back to Victory Lane.

Craig Lutz was third, scoring his second podium finish of the season. Ron Silk continued his early success with a fourth-place finish, while Timmy Solomito scored his first top five since Riverhead Raceway last September, in fifth. Chris Pasteryak was sixth, followed by Anthony Nocella, Matt Swanson, Patrick Emerling and Andrew Krause.

The Seekonk 150 will air on NBCSN on Wednesday, June 5 at 7 p.m.
The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour returns to the track for the Thompson 125 at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park on Wednesday, June 5.

Seekonk NASCAR WMT 150 Entry list as of 5/28/2019

Nbr Driver Owner Car Crew Chief Sponsor
1 01   Melissa Fifield   Kenneth Fifield Chevrolet   Jesse Prince   Crowells Towing
2 1   Jeff Rocco   Eddie Harvey Chevrolet   Eddie Harvey   Monster Energy
3 2   Doug Coby   Mike Smeriglio III Chevrolet   Phil Moran   Mayhew Tools / AJ Romano Construction
4 3   Matt Swanson   Jan Boehler Chevrolet   Greg Fournier   Cape Cod Copper / USNE Inc. / WOW Media
5 06   Sam Rameau   Randy Rameau Chevrolet   Daniel Stebbins   Racechoice.com
6 07   Patrick Emerling   Jennifer Emerling Chevrolet   Jan Leaty   Sahlens
7 14   Blake Barney   Richard Barney Chevrolet   Robert Barney   Atlantic Sprinkler
8 16   Timmy Solomito   Eric Sanderson Ford   Stanley Szaban   RB Enterprise
9 18   Ken Heagy   Robert Pollifrone Ford   Desmond Gorman   Buoy One Seafood Restaurant
10 20   Max Zachem   Bruce Bachta Chevrolet   Max Zachem   BB Motorsports / MPZ Trucking LLC
11 21   Jimmy Blewett   Joseph Bertuccio Chevrolet   Joseph Bertuccio   Gershow Recycling / Blewett Scrap
12 23   TBA   Jason Sechrist Chevrolet   Jason Sechrist   JM Montesanto AutoBody
13 24   Andrew Krause   Diane Krause Toyota   John Cooke   Supreme Manufacturing
14 25   Calvin Carroll   Joe Carroll Chevrolet   Joe Carroll   Power With Prestige / Cruising With Betty
15 33   Wade Cole   Wade Cole Ford   Richard Rodenbaugh   Performance Engines / 1812 Auto Body
16 34   J.B. Fortin   Nicole Fortin Chevrolet   Jason Blatz   Johns Tree Removal
17 36   Burt Myers   Judy Thilberg Chevrolet   Tommy Grasso   Sapienza Racing
18 38   Kyle Ellwood   Linda Rodenbaugh Chevrolet   Robert Bourne   Performance Engines
19 45   Timmy Catalano   Dave Catalano Chevrolet   Zach Reissner   Catalano Motorsports
20 46   Craig Lutz   Russell Goodale Chevrolet   Douglas Ogiejko   Riverhead Building Supply
21 51   Justin Bonsignore   Kenneth Massa Chevrolet   Ryan Stone   Phoenix Communications Inc.
22 54   Tommy Catalano   Amy Catalano Chevrolet   Dave Catalano   Catalano Motorsports
23 58   Eric Goodale   Edgar Goodale Chevrolet   Jason Shephard   GAF Roofing
24 60   Matt Hirschman   Roy Hall Chevrolet   Matt Hirschman   PeeDee Motorsports
25 64   Rob Summers   Mike Murphy Chevrolet   Steve Lemay   Dell Electric / Luminre Electric
26 75   Chris Pasteryak   Charles Pasteryak Chevrolet   Cam McDermott   Dawleys Collision
27 77   Gary Putnam   Mike Curb Chevrolet   Teddy Musgrave Jr.   Curb Records
28 78   Walter Sutcliffe, Jr.   Steven Sutcliffe Chevrolet   Kevin Anderson   Last Minute Racing
29 82   Woody Pitkat   Danny Watts Jr. Chevrolet   Jarod Zeltmann   Horton Avenue Materials
30 85   Ron Silk   Kevin Stuart Chevrolet   Kenny Stuart   Stuarts Automotive
31 92   Anthony Nocella   Anthony Nocella Chevrolet   Steve Murphy   Nocella Paving
32 99   Chase Dowling   Cheryl Tomaino Chevrolet   George Ratajczak   S&S
Vehicles withdrawn from the event are highlighted in green.