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TRI TRACK OPEN MODIFIED SERIES CONFIRMS SIX 2021 DATES

STAPLE EVENTS, RETURNS TO BULLRING TRACKS HEADLINE NEW SEASON SLATE

BY SOUZA MEDIA/KYLE SOUZA

PHOTO MICHAEL JAWORECKI/MYRACENEWS

SEEKONK, Mass. — Tri Track Open Modified Series officials confirmed on Tuesday six dates for the 2021 season. The series will compete at three different tracks in two different New England states, headlined by multiple staple events and the anticipated return to Massachusetts.

Fans can expect a return to Monadnock Speedway (twice), two stops at Star Speedway, including the 10th annual SBM, and two stops at Seekonk Speedway — including the prestigious $10,000 to win Open Wheel Wednesday and the fan-favorite Haunted Hundred.

The season begins back on the high-banks of Monadnock, in Winchester, New Hampshire, with a 100-lap feature on Saturday, May 1. The date will be part of Monadnock’s opening Spring Dash weekend, which will also include their NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Racing Series divisions and the Granite State Pro Stock Series. Tri Track will visit Monadnock for a second time on Saturday, August 14, joined again by Monadnock’s weekly divisions. The track has been a regular circuit on the Tri Track schedule — one that places series regulars against the weekly competitors, which often come close to Victory Lane. Craig Lutz and Sam Rameau won events at Monadnock in a COVID-19 shortened 2020 season. 

On May 22, 2021, Tri Track will return to Star Speedway in Epping, New Hampshire, for the first of two dates on the 2021 calendar. Star has also been well-known for the annual SBM event, which returns for the 10th annual feature spectacular on Saturday, July 24. Two dates at Star in the midst of their packed schedule will give race fans a chance to watch Modifieds tear up the quarter-mile again. Matt Hirschman, a five-time and defending Tri Track champion, went to Victory Lane at Star last year.

With two dates, the return to Massachusetts and Seekonk Speedway is highly anticipated by the series, teams, drivers and fans. Seekonk will host the annual $10,000 to win Open Wheel Wednesday event on Wednesday, June 30, and also host the Haunted Hundred on Saturday, October 23. 

Joining Open Wheel Wednesday will be the 350 S.M.A.C. Supermodifieds and NEMA Lites, giving fans a mid-week chance to watch one of the top Modified races of the year. As part of the Haunted Hundred — for the first time — all three races during the day will be 100 laps. Tri Track headlines the action, crowning the 2021 champion, while the stars of the Pro All Star Series (PASS) and American Canadian Tour (ACT) will also compete in their championship events during the season-finale, which will also end the 75th year of full-time racing at Seekonk in style.

The 2021 schedule is subject to change due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Registration for the 2021 season will open on January 28, to be completed by drivers and teams through the Tri Track website. More information will be released closer to that date. For more information on the Tri Track Open Modified Series, visit TriTrackModifieds.com and follow the series on social media.

Star Speedway Announces Full 2021 Schedule of Events

EPPING, N.H. — Star Speedway’s 2021 schedule includes multiple major events, a full slate of weekly racing series divisions ready to race for a championship and the thrills and spills of staple shows to begin and end the season.

Fans will get a taste of Supermodifieds, Late Models, Modifieds, Midgets, Super Late Models, Trucks, Street Stocks and more over the course of more than 22 events of racing from April through October. 

The schedule is headlined by two events for the Tri Track Open Modified Series (May 29 and July 24), including a new Memorial Day weekend show and the 10th annual SBM Classic in July. The 56th annual Star Classic returns, with a three-day show from September 17-19, while there are countless other special events including memorial races and extra-distance shows planned. The Granite State Pro Stock Series is back at Star for two dates — May 8 and a new Sunday special as part of the Star Classic weekend, September 19.

Continuing tradition, the season begins with the Spring Bunny Brawl on April 24, and ends with the two-day Howler weekend, October 23-24. Star will give teams, drivers and fans one week off each month during the season, with off nights scheduled for May 22, June 12, July 17, August 28 and September 4.

The J&S Paving 350 Supermodifieds will continue to honor some of the best of the past at Star Speedway, with six special events as part of their 10-race schedule for 2021. A champion will be crowned on September 11. Major memorial events planned include the inaugural Dennis McKennedy Memorial race as part of the Star Classic:

  • Bob Webber Sr. Memorial (May 15)
  • Jen Garland Memorial (June 19)
  • Krupski Cup (June 26)
  • Marco Turcotte Memorial (July 24)
  • Jim Belfiore Memorial (August 14)
  • Dennis McKennedy Memorial at Star Classic (September 18)

The Ken Izzett Construction Late Models are back with their own nine-race slate, headlined by an Independence Day weekend special on July 3, a 75-lapper, and a 100 lap feature on August 21. The Late Models will also return to the Star Classic, this year as part of a Friday slate. The Late Model champion will be crowned on September 11. 

The MLM Diagnostic Fast 40 series return for the Woody’s Street Stocks as part of the division’s 16-race schedule. There will be four races in the 40 lap series (April 24, May 29, June 26 & August 7), while the season will begin at the Bunny Brawl and end with the title battle on September 26. The Street Stocks will continue to run their 50-lap race to end the season at the Howler, October 23.

The EXIT Realty Pro Truck Series rumbles into the New Hampshire oval for two dates of their own, slated for events on August 7 and Star Classic Sunday, September 19. The North East Mini Stock Tour returns to Star three times — including dates on June 5, August 7 and September 26. The annual NEMST 4 Cylinder Nationals main event will be run during their September date, moved from Classic weekend.

Two Wild And Whacky Wednesday night races are set for June 23 and August 4, with both nights showcasing 4 and 6/8 Cylinder enduro races. The Six Shooters join the June show, while the August race is headlined by the Mia’s Jewelry Boutique Slingshots and spectator one-on-one drag races. NELCAR returns to Star with their Legends Cars division in 2021, with dates on May 8 and Saturday, September 18. 

The three-day Star Classic will honor the late Bobby Webber Sr., beginning on Friday, September 17, headlined by a 100-lap race for the Modified Racing Series, joined by the Late Models, Pure Stocks and Slingshots. On Saturday, the day full of winged warriors is back with the ISMA 125, Dennis McKennedy 350 Supermodified memorial, NEMA Midgets, NEMA Lites and NELCAR Legends Cars. On Sunday, the weekend ends with a 100-lapper for the Granite State Pro Stock Series, races for the EXIT Trucks, Classic Lites, Street Stocks and Six Shooters.

The Six Shooters will run 13 races, headlined by the Don & Aline Coster Memorial (July 10) and the Liz Paradise Memorial (October 23). The Slingshots are set for 14 battles of their own, with a 40-lap special scheduled for part of the August 4 show. There are 13 races for the Pure Stocks, races for the Classic Lites, and multiple enduro races for the 4, 6 and 8 cylinders. 

The track will hold two swap meets — one to start the season on April 17, from 7-4 p.m., and one in the fall, a two-day special on October 30-31 from 6:30-3:30 p.m.

The 2021 schedule is subject to change due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information visit Star Speedway at StarSpeedwayNH.com and follow the track on social media.

Nocella Rolls To Modified Racing Series Win At Star

(Epping, NH)-  Former Modified Racing Series Champion Anthony Nocella, unsure if  his car would be ready to compete, surprisingly rolled into Star Speedway on Sunday morning and ended up winning the 100-lap MRS race at the Epping, NH, race track.

The win was the 15th MRS victory for the 28-year old driver from Woburn, Mass.

Nocella started the race 13th in a 23-car field. He took the lead on a lap-71 restart from pole-sitter Kevin Iannarelli who was the car to beat until Nocella made his presence known.

Ayer, Mass, hot-shoe Matt Swanson, started 18th and after making his way to the front finished runner-up.

Ronnie Williams of Ellington, CT, involved in a 5-car skirmish on lap-71, worked his way back through the field to finish third, Matt Kimball, making his first MRS start was fourth, and Iannarelli fifth.

Donnie Lashua, Ryan Doucette, Jacob Perry, Max Zachem, and Kurt Vigeant rounded out the top-10.

New England Race Fuel heat winners were Iannarelli, Lashua, and CJ Bolton.

Race Summary:
Star Speedway
Epping, NH.

Race# 3
September 20, 2020
Entrants: 23
Distance: 100-laps
Lap Leaders: Iannarelli, Nocella

Cautions: (3) Laps 15, 70, 71
Race Time 37:59:106

Unofficial Order of Finish: (1) Nocella, (2)Swanson, (3)Williams, (4) Kimball, (5) Iannarelli, (6) Lashua, (7) Doucette, (8) Perry, 9 (Zachem,(10)Vigeant 

(11)Medeiros, (12) Bolton, (13) Shaw (14) Ricci, (15) McCormack, (16) Alexander, ( (17) Douglas, (18) Meservey, (19) Sontag, (20) Sherman, (21) Zentek, (22), Fournier