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TRI TRACK OPEN MODIFIED SERIES ANNOUNCES 2020 SCHEDULE

SIX-RACE SLATE INCLUDES FOUR DIFFERENT TRACKS

By Kyle Souza

SEEKONK, Mass. — Tri Track Open Modified Series officials announced a six-race schedule for the 2020 season on Tuesday, with races spreading across four different tracks, and two states in New England. 

The schedule includes a mix of staple events — like Seekonk Speedway’s Open Wheel Wednesday and Star Speedway’s SBM 125 — along two trips to Monadnock Speedway, a return visit to Claremont Speedway and a championship finale Haunted Hundred back at Seekonk, in what has quickly become a compelling day of racing. 

Tri Track Open Modified Series managing partners Wayne Darling and Ed Bennett worked together with series officials and tracks across the region to provide a schedule for some of the top modified race teams in the country to compete for sizeable purses. The two partners are looking forward to leading the series forward with a firm base already in place. 

“I appreciate the tremendous amount of time Wayne put in, working with the tracks juggling their schedules and other touring series schedules to come up with the Tri Track schedule for 2020,” Ed Bennett, Managing Partner of the Tri Track Open Modified Series, said. 

The schedule opens in Winchester, New Hampshire, on Saturday, May 2, when the series visits Monadnock Speedway for a 100-lap event. In a September visit to the high-banks last year, Chase Dowling was victorious — his first of two straight wins to end the season. The track produces side-by-side racing throughout the field with its tight corners.

For the second straight year, Tri Track visits Claremont Speedway in Claremont, New Hampshire, for a 100-lap special on Memorial Day weekend. The Sunday, May 24, main event will put drivers to the test at a track where home track experience has proven to win out before, when Mike Willis Jr. won his first Tri Track event in 2018. Last year, it was Matt Hirschman scoring his first of two wins in what was the season opener. 

Tradition continues at Seekonk Speedway on Wednesday, July 1, as Tri Track headlines the 16th annual Open Wheel Wednesday at the Massachusetts oval with $10,000 up for grabs. Past champions of the event include Hirschman and Ron Silk, two drivers that are well-recognized as some of the top modified drivers in the region. New for 2020, Tri Track will be joined by the NEMA Lites, for their Dave Steele Memorial Classic, and the 350 Supers, making their first appearance at Seekonk. It should create quite the night of open-wheel racing for race fans. 

Star Speedway, a quarter-mile oval in Epping, New Hampshire, is well-known for their SBM 125, and the series once again spearheads the event for 2020. In eight previous prestigious events, just four drivers have been to victory lane – with Hirschman leading the list as a four-time winner. Last year, it was Silk who held the checkered flag at ‘The Place To Race.’ 

The high-banks of Monadnock welcome the series for the second time on Saturday, August 15, before the champion is crowned at Seekonk for the third straight year.  

The popular Haunted Hundred is scheduled Saturday, October 24, putting a seal on the New England racing season. A chaotic 2019 finish saw Hirschman and Silk tangle racing for the lead in the final corner, with Chase Dowling driving by to win, and Ronnie Williams hoisting the title. The Haunted Hundred also includes the championship event for the Pro All Star Series, and a Late Model Showdown. 

Additional information regarding support divisions at each track will be available soon, along with pre-registration and further updates. Follow the series via social media on Facebook, Twitter, and our new Instagram page, to find out more. 

2020 TRI TRACK OPEN MODIFIED SERIES SCHEDULE:

Sat. May 2: Monadnock Speedway, Winchester, N.H. 

Sun. May 24: Claremont Speedway, Claremont, N.H. 

Wed. July 1: Seekonk Speedway, Seekonk, Mass. 

Sat. July 25: Star Speedway, Epping, N.H. 

Sat. August 15: Monadnock Speedway, Winchester, N.H. 

Sat. October 24: Seekonk Speedway, Seekonk, Mass. 

American-Canadian Tour Added to Full Throttle Fall Weekend

American-Canadian Tour and Granite State Legends Cars add three more races to Full Throttle Fall Weekend with the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and ARCA Menards Series East, September 11-12, 2020.

LOUDON, N.H. – Three more short track races have been added to New Hampshire Motor Speedway’s Full Throttle Fall Weekend, September 11-12, 2020. The fresh new lineup will include the American-Canadian Tour and Granite State Legend Cars along with the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and ARCA Menards Series East and will crown four season champions during the two-day event.

“New England race fans spoke, and we listened,” said David McGrath, executive vice president and general manager of New Hampshire Motor Speedway. “Full Throttle Fall Weekend is now bigger and better with five heart-pounding short track races in two days. They won’t want to miss this high energy, thrilling race lineup!”

The American-Canadian Tour is no stranger to “The Magic Mile,” making nine appearances from 2009-2016 and making it’s homecoming on Saturday, September 12. The 75-lap feature is the final race of the Tour’s season championship and will hit the 1.058-mile oval at 4:00 p.m. capping off the day’s races. 

Prior to the ACT race, the ARCA Menards Series East will take on a 125-lap event at 2:30 p.m., which will also mark the final race of the series championship season. The weekend’s main event, the Musket 200 presented by Whelen, is the longest mileage race on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour beginning at 12:05 p.m. rounding out the day’s races on “The Magic Mile.”

The Granite State Legend Cars will also crown two champions at Full Throttle Fall Weekend with a 30-lap Oval Series race on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. on the 0.25-mile mini oval in turns one and two and a 20-lap Road Course Series event on the 0.95-mile modified road course on Friday at 5 p.m.

All Saturday ticket holders will have access to a free autograph session with all the drivers from the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, ARCA Menards Series East and American-Canadian Tour at 10:15 a.m. Pit passes for the speedway will allow access into the garages, on pit road and the racetrack with front-stage access for Saturday’s pre-race ceremonies, including driver introductions. Free and premium parking will be available along with various camping options.

Single-day tickets and upgrades for Full Throttle Fall Weekend are on sale now.

For ticket information for all events at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, including the November 28, 2019-January 5, 2020 Gift of Lights presented by Eastern Propane & Oil, the June 13-20, 2020 Motorcycle Week at NHMS, the July 17-19, 2020 Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 race weekend and the September 11-12, 2020 Full Throttle Fall Weekend visit the speedway website at NHMS.com or call Fan Relations at (603) 783-4931.

Willis Crowned 2019 Champion at MRS Banquet

Thompson, CT.   Modified Racing Series closed out its season Sunday afternoon as the 2019 Series Champion, Mike Willis Jr, of Grantham, NH, was lauded for his accomplishment on winning his first ever series title.

The Thompson Speedway Clubhouse played host to this year’s banquet.

Team Willis as they are known, headed by Mike Willis Sr, crew chief Dennis Harty and spotter Brandon Wilkinson, were consistent all season and were at or near the top of the point standings throughout the campaign.  

Willis Jr, the 2013 Rookie of the Year, was a contender for the title a year ago.

He notched his first MRS win at hometown track Claremont Speedway back in June.  

Maurice Enterprises and Spirit of Alaska provided sponsorship for the Willis team.

Long-time car owner Gary Casella was lauded for winning the 2019 Car- Owner title.

With driver Ronnie Williams and crew chief Steve “Mully” Mullens, the Roscoe Racing team found victory lane on three occasions including New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

The top-14 drivers and car owners were recognized and thanked for their support.

Sunoco Racing Fuel and Hoosier Racing Tires Jackets were presented to Willis

Each year specialty awards are presented. This year recipients included:

Above & Beyond: Daryl Poprosky

Dedication: Chris Bolton

Mechanic of the Year:  Steve Mullens

Most Improved: Dylan Rock

Rookie of the Year: Brian Robie

Sportsmanship: George Sherman

The schedule has not been released as yet. Beech Ridge Motor Speedway and Star Speedway as previously announced are scheduled. At present Jack Bateman and newly named general manager Bill Doucette, are speaking with several tracks.