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STACKED ROSTERS FOR TTOMS HAUNTED HAPPENINGS AT SEEKONK TO FEATURE NEW FACES & OLD FAVORITES

Photo Noah Watts/Myracenews

Seekonk, Mass. (October 24, 2019): A stacked field of series regulars will be joined by some new faces when the Tri-Track Open Modified Series (TTOMS) heads to Seekonk Speedway in Seekonk, MA, this Saturday, October 26 for the 2019 season finale. The Haunted Hundred will see the chase to the championship come down to Ronnie Williams of Ellington, CT, and Matt Hirschman of Northampton, PA. Ron Silk of Norwalk, CT, looks to end the season on a high-note with a victory and Matt Swanson of Acton, MA, will be looking for his first series win. Newcomers to the series like veteran George Brunnhoelzl III of Mooresville, NC, and young gun Joey Cipriano of Waterbury, CT will look to score an upset.

Featuring the 100-lap main event for the ground pounders, this event has quickly become a Halloween tradition. Joining the $6,000 to win Haunted Hundred for the Modifieds is the Pro-All-Star Series (PASS) for a 150-lap Super Late Model feature event and a 50-lap Late Model race paying $2,000 to win.

Grandstands open at 11am on Saturday, October 26 with racing starting at 1pm. General admission is $30. Children under 12 are admitted free.  Pit admission is $40 with gates opening at 8am for morning practice.  A rain date has been set for Sunday, October 27.

Four-time NASCAR Southern Modified Tour champion, Brunnhoelzl of Mooresville, NC, a Long Island native, is no stranger to the bullrings of the northeast. He ran three Modified tour races in 2019 for car owner Ed Harvey. But, this will be the successful Modified veterans first start at the track they call the cement palace.  

Fresh off his first foray into Whelen Modified Tour racing in 2019, Cipriano is making his first TTOMS start at Seekonk on Saturday. Cipriano, too, made three Modified Tour starts this year. The young driver has logged many laps at Stafford Speedway having competed successfully in the SK Lite and SK Modified divisions. Cipriano has also competed in Stafford’s Open 80 Modified races this season.

Fellow Stafford Motor Speedway regular Keith Rocco of Berlin, CT, will be making only his second TTOMS start of 2019. The first was in the Open Wheel Wednesday event, also held at Seekonk Speedway; where he finished fourteenth.

Rocco scored his seventh SK Modified championship earlier this month during Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park’s World Series of Speedway Racing. Rocco is also a three-time Stafford SK Modified® Champion and former SK Champion at the Waterford Speedbowl. He was the 2010 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series National® Champion.  Among his accomplishments in Tour –type Modified competition are wins in the Valenti Modified Racing Series including two at Stafford. Rocco also has starts at Seekonk Speedway in a Late Model.

The car count expected for the Haunted Hundred is expected to exceed 35 entries.  Other notables include Woody Pitkat, Tommy Barrett, Andy Jankowiak, Les Hinckley, Brian Robie, Anthony Sesely, Austin Kochenash, Chris Pasteryak, Kirk Alexander, Russ Hersey and Richard Savary.

Pitkat will be pulling double-duty on Saturday, piloting both a Modified and a Late Model. He will be joined by a strong line-up of young up-and-comers like Ryan Kuhn, Derek Gluckacki, and Tyler Tomassi and cagey veterans like Charlie Rose, Jr. Mark Jenison, Ryan Lineham, Gerry DeGasparre and others.

The Late Model rules for the event will be the same as those in effect for Seekonk’s own prestigious D. Anthony Venditti Fall Classic and can be found on the track’s website seekonkspeedway.com.  All ACT legal Late Models are all welcome.

Late model registration is available race day or online by visiting http://tritrackmods.com/registration/

Full entry lists for both the Modifieds and Late Models can be found on the Tri-Track Open Modified Series Facebook page.

There will be an open-practice on Friday, October 25 from 1pm to 5pm. For more information contact Seekonk Speedway at 508.336.9959.

To learn more about the Tri-Track Open Modified Series, visit TriTrackMods.com or find the series on Facebook and Twitter.

BIG PAYDAY FOR LATE MODELS BRINGS BIG NAMES TO SEEKONK

Friendly Foes DeGasparre and Rose among Favorites

Seekonk, Mass. (October 17, 2019): While the ‘big’ event on Saturday, October 26 at Seekonk Speedway is the Haunted Hundred for the Tri-Track Open Modified Series (TTOMS), the big payday for the 50-lap Late Model main event will also draw big names. One of the highest paying Late Model purses of the season will see local favorites from Seekonk’s own Late Model division contend with invaders from throughout the northeast.

Two notables that will vie for the lucrative victory are Gerry DeGasparre, Jr. of Pawtucket, RI, and Charlie Rose, Jr., of Tiverton, RI. Ryan Lineham of Hope Valley, RI, the 2017 Late Model Triple Crown Champion, Paul Newcomb of Plymouth, MA, Jason Larivee, Jr., of West Greenwich, RI, Ryan Kuhn of E. Bridgewater, MA, Tyler Tomassi of West Greenwich, RI, Derek Gluchacki of N. Dartmouth, MA, Alan King, and Russell Lambert are also among the early entries for the Late Model 50 as part of the TTOMS ‘Haunted’ event.

“This is huge for the Late Model division,” said DeGasparre. “We have never run for that kind of money before.” 

The Late Model rules for the event will be the same as those in effect for Seekonk’s own prestigious D. Anthony Venditi Fall Classic and can be found on the track’s website seekonkspeedway.com.  All ACT legal Late Models are all welcome.

Online registration is available by visiting http://tritrackmods.com/registration/

Veteran drivers DeGasparre and Rose have been close friends for over 20 years; each having grown up at Seekonk Speedway. And, while DeGasparre remained at Seekonk to amass history-making statistics in the Late Model division, Rose traveled to Star Speedway in Epping, NH, for much of his career; winning races and securing championships.

They call him the mayor. Whether, it’s his outgoing personality or his driving resume, DeGasparre has earned the reputation. The seven-time Late Model Champion has amassed over 50 wins at Seekonk Speedway. In contrast, Rose is reserved but equally as passionate about racing. He is a three-time Pro Stock champion at Star.  At Seekonk, Rose has over 20 feature victories; scoring wins in the Pro Stock, Late Model and Sport Truck divisions.

Each would like to cap off the 2019 season with a win in the lucrative Halloween happening.

“We had an awesome season,” said DeGasparre. “This was the first year with a new Distance car and the results were immediate and consistent. We ended the regular season with a bunch of runner-up finishes and we were only getting stronger.”

If that trend continues, DeGasparre could be tough to beat on Saturday, October 26.

“Winning this race would be among the highlights of my career,” added DeGasparre. “There’s prestige in winning an extra-distance race with big money on the line and it will undoubtedly be a packed house. And, I want to win for Wayne [Darling]. What he does for racing is just huge.”

Darling is the managing partner of the Tri-Track Open Modified Series. Once a car owner, Darling has been an ardent supporter of short track racing and it’s racers for decades.

Rose, who is still hungry following the 2019 season, could be his strongest competition. Splitting his time between his two home tracks of Seekonk and Star during 2019, securing multiple wins along the way, Rose took a few weeks off late in the season. He hopes to cap off the season with a victory in the Haunted 50.

“I haven’t raced enough in 2019,” said Rose. “I just want to race and to win. It’s all about winning. That’s why we do this.”

Both believe that they have as good a shot as anyone to win this race.

“You can’t take anything for granted in this sport,” added Rose. “Every race is special. Every win is special. You just never know when you are going to win again.”

DeGasparre competes with the help of Douglas NAPA-Buzzard’s Bay, Triple G Scaffolding, Achin’s Garage, Simple Signs and his own Gerry’s General Maintenance. Rose’s efforts are supported by several local businesses including South Coast Power Equipment, Simpson’s Auto Care, Woody’s Carpentry, B&M Maintenance and Simple Signs.

Veterans of the sport, both have crew members that are hardworking, dedicated and loyal. Each has team members that have been with them for 20 plus years. Both drivers credit much of their success to the love and support of their families. Should they win, they will do so in front of not only ardent fans but also their families.

Never bet against two racers who have as much success or passion for the sport as DeGasparre and Rose.

Grandstands open at 11am on Saturday, October 26 with racing starting at 1pm. General admission is $30. Children under 12 are admitted free.  Pit admission is $40 with gates opening at 8am for morning practice.  A rain date has been set for Sunday, October 27.

The full racing card will include the Haunted Hundred for the Tri-Track Open Modified Series, the Pro-All-Star Series (PASS) for a 150-lap Super Late Model feature event and 50-laps for the Late Models.

There will be an open-practice on Friday, October 25 from 1pm to 5pm. For more information contact Seekonk Speedway at 508.336.9959.

To learn more about the Tri-Track Open Modified Series, visit TriTrackMods.com or find the series on Facebook and Twitter. 

TTOMS SET FOR SWEET SEASON FINALE WITH THE HAUNTED HUNDRED AT SEEKONK

Photo Noah Watts/Myracenews

Seekonk, Mass. (October 8, 2019): Ronnie Williams of Ellington, CT, could be on the verge of his second championship in 2019. Williams, the 2019 Stafford Motor Speedway SK® Modified champion, holds a 23-point advantage over defending Series champ Matt Hirschman, of Northampton, PA going into the final race of the season for the Tri-Track Open Modified Series (TTOMS). There are 50-points up for grabs in the Haunted Hundred scheduled for Saturday, October 26 at Seekonk Speedway in Seekonk, MA. 

While winless in TTOMS competition this season, Matt Swanson, of Acton, MA, has ridden consistency into championship contention.  He may be a longshot for the title at 28 points behind Williams; but, not to what is undeniably a hometown crowd at Seekonk Speedway.  There’s reverence for  Ole Blue and Boehler Family Racing, who hail from just down the road in Freetown, MA.  And, the young gun, is certainly not a longshot for a season-ending victory.

Woody Pitkat of Bellingham, MA, sits fourth in the standings with 160 followed by a tie for fifth at 158 points for both Tommy Barrett, of Millis, MA, and Les Hinckley, of Windsor Locks, CT. Calvin Carroll of Andover, NJ (148),  Anthony Sesely, of Matawan, NJ (146), Ron Silk, of Norwalk, CT (141) and Brian Robie of Sunapee, NH ( 139), make up the balance of the top-ten in the points chase heading into the sixth and final race of the TTOMS season.

While points are coveted, the 100-lap main event for the ground pounders will pay $6,000 to win.

In what is quickly becoming a traditional Halloween happening, the Haunted Hundred for the Modifieds will also include the Pro-All-Star Series (PASS) for a 150-lap Super Late Model feature event. The already stout schedule of short-track racing will also include a 50-lap Late Model race paying $2,000 to win.

Grandstands open at 11am on Saturday, October 26 with racing starting at 1pm. General admission is $30. Children under 12 are admitted free.  Pit admission is $40 with gates opening at 8am for morning practice.  A rain date has been set for Sunday, October 27.

Both Williams and Hirschman have posted victories with the Series in 2019. Williams is the most recent TTOMS winner at Seekonk; scoring the victory in the lucrative Open Wheel Wednesday event for car owner Gary Casella back in June. Hirschman is the defending Haunted Hundred winner.

There are definitely a ton of spoilers in the field as well.  Pitkat and Anthony Nocella are fresh off twin 50 wins at Lee USA Speedway and Matt Galko of Meriden, CT, is still riding high from an outstanding showing in his first-ever Modified Tour start at Stafford’s Fall Final. Barrett and Richard Savary of Canton, MA, are both previous winners at the Cement Palace while Silk, Russ Hersey of  Swanzey, NH and Kirk Alexander, of W. Swanzey, NH, all would like to turn their bad luck around during the Haunted Hundred.

There will be an open-practice on Friday, October 25 from 1pm to 5pm. For more information contact Seekonk Speedway at 508.336.9959.

To learn more about the Tri-Track Open Modified Series, visit TriTrackMods.com or find the series on Facebook and Twitter.