SEEKONK, Mass. — Tri Track Open Modified Series officials released two more dates for the 2022 schedule on Tuesday evening, both at Seekonk Speedway in Massachusetts. The third-mile will host the two annual Tri Track events again next season — with the $10,000 to win Open Wheel Wednesday set for Wednesday, June 29 and the Haunted Hundred set to return on Saturday, October 22.
In 2021, Matt Hirschman won the 16th annual Open Wheel Wednesday, becoming the first driver to win the race four times, while Chase Dowling dominated the Haunted Hundred en route to Victory Lane. The Seekonk Haunted Hundred will once again serve as the championship race for Tri Track in 2022.
“Seekonk Speedway is the home of the Tri Track Open Modified Series,” Wayne Darling, Managing Partner of the Tri Track Open Modified Series, said. “We enjoy heading there each year and these two events have become some of the most prestigious — not only in our schedule — but in New England Modified racing. We’re excited to continue to set our dates for the new season.”
“We’re happy to welcome back Tri Track for two more exciting open-wheel modified events for the 2022 season,” Ed St. Germain, Director of Business Development at Seekonk Speedway, said. “The Tri Track Series offers some great racing at the Action Track of the East and history shows the best drivers make their way to Massachusetts for these races. With Open Wheel Wednesday and the Haunted Hundred now set, our 2022 schedule is taking shape.”
For more information on Seekonk Speedway, visit SeekonkSpeedway.com and follow the track on social media for the latest updates. For more information on the Tri Track Open Modified Series, visit TriTrackModifieds.com and follow the series on social media.
MILFORD, Conn. — It was all looking positive for Doug Coby until one corner changed it all on Saturday, October 23 at Seekonk Speedway. Coby, competing in the Tri Track Open Modified Series Haunted Hundred feature, was running second when contact sent the No. 10 Mayhew Tools machine spinning in front of the field.
Unfortunately, with a cloud of smoke, others weren’t able to avoid the stopped Coby, and damaged sidelined the six-time NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion for the rest of the event.
After winning his heat race, collecting $300 as part of the Pepsi Challenge, Coby ran inside the top-three for the duration of the race, prior to the incident. The lap 75 crash resulted in Coby finishing 21st at Seekonk.
“I think we probably would have finished somewhere between second and fourth,” Coby said. “I wouldn’t have been able to replicate Chase Dowling’s (eventual winner) lap times from what he was doing at the end. I feel like when we were at Seekonk in August, Matt Hirschman had us in that position. We were better than most of the field, except for one car. It stinks. I like to go there and be the fastest car, not the second or third fastest car. A lot of guys have gotten really good there. It seems like they have really dialed in their setups to last the whole race. I’m not disappointed with how the car ran, but I am a bit disappointed with how the finish worked out.”
With Seekonk in the rear-view mirror, the 2021 racing schedule for Doug Coby Racing is now complete in the Modified ranks. For more information on Doug Coby Racing, visit DougCobyRacing.com and follow the team on Facebook for the latest updates.
About Mayhew Tools
Founded in 1856, Mayhew Tools is the oldest punch and chisel manufacturer in the United States, growing their extensive professional grade, American made product line to include pry bars, pneumatics, cable ties, and more. In 2020, the company extended their product line to include a complete line of dual drive and socket bits and sets. Serving the Industrial, Automotive, Hardware, and Construction industries, Mayhew’s premium hand tools are sold globally through an extensive distributor network. For more information, contact Mayhew Tools at 800.872.0037 or visit Mayhew.com.
About Doug Coby
Racing for more than 25 years, Doug Coby is a six-time NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion and one of the top short-track drivers to come from the state of Connecticut. Coby is a two-time champion at Stafford Motor Speedway, where he built his resume competing in the Late Models, Pro Stocks and SK Modifieds. Coby won his first tour championship in 2012, and followed it up by scoring four straight titles between 2014-2017, and another in 2019. In 2020, Coby opened his own team — Doug Coby Racing — scoring his first win as owner/driver. In 2021, Coby won the inaugural Superstar Racing Experience (SRX) event at Stafford Motor Speedway, besting top drivers from across a variety of racing disciplines, including Tony Stewart, Bill Elliott and Helio Castroneves.
Rowe Scores ACT Title With Feature Win; Clark Rockets To Seventh PASS North Crown
By Souza Media/Kyle Souza
SEEKONK, Mass. — Chase Dowling started at the front and never relinquished the top spot in a victorious afternoon at Seekonk Speedway on Saturday, October 23. Dowling bested the field in the Tri Track Open Modified Series Haunted Hundred — outlasting 26 of the top Modified drivers in New England to score a $6,000 check in the season-finale.
While Dowling held the checkered flag, Matt Hirschman’s fourth-place finish was enough for him to hoist his sixth Tri Track championship. Hirschman entered the day needing to finish 17th or better to win the crown, but the Pennsylvania veteran did much better than that — charging through the field in the late laps to get to the top-five, where he settled to win the crown. It’s the sixth time in eight years that Hirschman is the series champion.
“We had a great year, won the two biggest races and the championship, which is the cherry on top,” Hirschman said. “To get the championship at the end of the year, it’s a nice accomplishment for the team. We were good at all three tracks and that’s what you need to be able to do this.”
Dowling was originally slated to start fourth in the feature, but a spin of a wheel determined there would be a four-car invert, placing Dowling on the pole, and in control, for the 100-lap feature. He was also honored on Saturday for being the winner of the inaugural Call 811 Before You Dig Modified Challenge, worth $8,111, prior to the race.
Dowling was one of few front-running cars that didn’t pit for a fresh tire during the race, while Ron Silk, who charged to finish second, pitted and raced through the field. Jake Johnson, in his debut in a Tour Modified, fought to third, while Hirschman and Ronnie Williams finished the top-five.
Tommy Catalano charged from the back of the field to a sixth-place finish, securing the Green Construction Management LLC Hard Charger award, worth $500. Max Zachem finished seventh, followed by Richard Savary, Matt Swanson and Dylan Izzo.
Earlier in the day, Doug Coby, Dana DiMatteo, Silk and Dowling won $300 each in heat races as winners of the Pepsi Challenge. Anthony Sesely and Catalano joined them as Pepsi Challenge winners, after scoring the top spot in consi races. Hirschman won $300 in the Jerico Performance Products fast time award — posting the fastest lap in the scuff/qualifying session.
Outside of the headliner, the American-Canadian Tour and Pro All Star Series also joined the Seekonk show to wrap the year in front of a packed house. Ben Rowe defeated DJ Shaw in a final lap dash to seal the win, and the championship, in the ACT 100. In the third Pro All Star Series race of the season at the third-mile, Johnny Clark made it two wins at Seekonk in 2021, storming by Angelo Belsito in the final laps to get the win.
The Tri Track Open Modified Series will release schedule dates for the 2022 season when available. Stay tuned to tritrackmodifieds.com and the series social media channels for the latest updates.
RESULTS: Tri Track Open Modified Series at Seekonk Speedway; October 23, 2021: