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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. 

DOWLING CAPITALIZES ON WILD FINISH TO SCORE TTOMS VICTORY AT SEEKONK; WILLIAMS CROWNED SERIES CHAMPION

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Rookie Gluchacki Cashes in For LM Win; Hopkins PASS Winner

Seekonk, Mass. (October 26, 2019):  Like any good Halloween haul, there was a mixed bag following the second annual Haunted Hundred for the Tri-Track Open Modified Series (TTOMS) at Seekonk Speedway on Saturday. Chase Dowling of Roxbury, CT, received the biggest treat with the victory in the Modified main event while Ron Silk, Matt Hirschman and Matt Swanson tasted disappointment. Ronnie Williams of Ellington, CT, was the big winner scoring the 2019 Series championship.

In companion races Derek Gluchacki of N. Dartmouth, MA, took down his first career late Model win at Seekonk Speedway in spectacular fashion. Mike Hopkins, of Herman, ME, was victorious in Pro All Star Series (PASS) North competition with DJ Shaw of Center Conway, NH, winning his second straight Series championship.

Coming from fourth to the lead exiting the last corner on a wild final lap, Chase Dowling secured his second straight TTOMS victory. Despite damage to his ride and a dismal finish, Williams was able to secure the championship. The controversial finish that involved leaders Ron Silk and Matt Hirschman and collected Matt Swanson could not overshadow the victory celebrations.  

Woody Pitkat and Matt Galko led the 29-car field to green for the Haunted Hundred. Pitkat edged out to the early lead with Chris Pasteryak taking over second.  The lead trio of Pitkat, Pasteryak and Galko immediately ran out to a three-car breakaway over fourth running Les Hinckley. Hirschman ran in fifth, just two spots ahead of point leader Williams.  Silk began his methodical march toward the front; quickly making his way into the top ten.

Williams got alongside Hirschman on lap 15; to no avail as Hirschman was able to use the outside groove to his advantage to retain the position. On lap 19, Hirschman was able to get by Hinckley for fourth. The top three was enjoying a sizeable but now shrinking advantage over Hirschman.

Kirk Alexander spun on the backstretch on lap 20 to bring out the event’s first caution. Andy Jankowiak was also collected. Both were able to continue. Under the caution, leader Pitkat stalled in turn four. He could not re-fire and was pushed to the pit area. A handful of cars including Keith Rocco and Richard Savary headed pit side for service; relinquishing top-ten positions in the running order.

 Pasteryak inherited the lead for the restart following Pitkat’s misfortunate. He got a great restart to easily retain the lead. Hirschman got a run on Galko on the inside to take second. Williams was able to get around Hinckley on lap 25 and Galko a lap later. Pasteryak continued to lead the championship contending duo.

Swanson had been meticulously working his way through the field and into contention before lap 30. Swanson drove by Hinckley on lap 31 and into the top-four. He immediately went to work on Williams. Silk and Dowling were making their presence known as well.

Pasteryak continued to carry a slight advantage over Hirschman in second. Williams, Swanson, Hinckley, Silk, Dowling and Cam McDermott ran nose to tail. The second caution of the event flew on lap 44 when Joey Mucciacciaro came to a halt in turn four.  Under the caution, several cars headed to pit road including leader Pasteryak, Silk, Dowling and others. Also under the caution, Seekonk regular Rob Murphy, who was having a strong performance, saw his solid run end on lap 44; requiring a push into the pit area. Pitkat returned to the field many laps down.

The restart saw Hirschman and Williams side-by-side on the front row. Hirschman was able to take the lead with Williams jumping in line behind. Swanson and Hinckley ran third and fourth. By virtue of pit strategy, Russ Hersey, who started scratch on the field, now ran inside the top-five.

Third caution flew on lap 48 when the machine of Derek Robbie came to a stop on the racetrack. Just two laps shy of halfway, the field went back to green with Hirschman and Williams once again showing the way.

A skirmish deep in the field shuffled the running order at lap 53 but kept the track green. The caution would fly; however, a pair of laps later as Joey Cipriano came to rest trying to exit the speedway. Cipriano, making his TTOMS debut, was also having a solid run before being sidelined. Under the caution, Hinckley relinquished his top-five position to head to pit road for service.

The lap 55 restart was much of the same for Hirschman and Williams. Hersey was able to make the top groove work for a few laps getting alongside Swanson. He eventually had to settle back in line in the fourth spot. Hirschman continued to lead Williams, Swanson, Hersey, Savary and Silk.

On lap 64, Silk got by Savary and into the top-five for the first time all day. Any further progress was slowed when the fifth caution of the event flew for a single-car spin by Calvin Carol.

Hirschman was once again up for the challenge on the ensuing restart. Swanson got inside Williams to take over second. Silk took fourth from Hersey. Tommy Barrett had worked his way into sixth position. Rocco and Dowling were working their way back into contention following their earlier pitstops.  Both got by Savary and now ran eighth and ninth, respectively. Pasteryak was back inside the top-ten with 20 laps to go.

Hirschman had several car lengths over Swanson with Williams getting heaving pressure from Silk for third. Hersey ran comfortably in fifth.  The sixth caution of the event flew for a spin by earlier leader Pasteryak on lap 85.

Hirschman now had the hungry Swanson lined up to his outside for the restart with 15 laps remaining in the Haunted Hundred. Williams, Silk, Hersey, Rocco, Savary, Anthony Sesely and Hinckley completed the top-ten for the restart.

Hirschman got the advantage with Swanson slowing slightly to get behind the leader in hopes of making the cross-over move.  The 27x of Derek Robbie slowed on the speedway to bring out the caution to thwart Swanson’s bid.

Swanson got a great restart to get up alongside Hirschman but once again had to settle back in line. Silk was a bit more successful in the outside groove; getting by Williams and into third. The eighth caution of the event saw Hersey go spinning on lap 87; ending his bid for a strong finish.

Silk now restarted third behind Hirschman. Hirschman resumed the lead and Silk got by Swanson to grab second. Silk was glued to the back bumper of Hirschman. He was beginning to apply pressure to Hirschman for the lead when the ninth caution flew on lap 90 for an incident that involved Sesely and Hinckley.

On the restart with 10 laps to go it was Hirschman, Silk, Swanson, Williams, Dowling, Barrett, Rocco, Savary, Jankowiak and Austin Kochenash inside the top ten. Silk was alongside Hirschman on the restart but could not muster a real challenge. Swanson took advantage of a third-place restart position to, in turn, challenge Silk for the runner up spot. Both Dowling and Rocco edged ahead of Williams.

Undaunted, Silk got back by Swanson and immediately ran down Hirschman. Exiting turn two on the white flag lap, Silk got underneath Hirschman to take the lead. After settling in line briefly, Hirschman dove low and into the grass in an effort to make the cross-over coming out of four toward the waving checkers. With sparks flying, the two made contact. Swanson was collected. Dowling and Rocco were able to miss the melee as Williams, who ended up across the line backwards, was also collected.

Hirschman was able to continue and drive under the checkers ahead of Dowling; however, TTOMS officials issued an immediate disqualification to Hirschman giving Dowling the win. Rocco came home second followed by an exuberant Jankowiak. Barrett and Galko completed the top five.

Swanson was able to salvage a sixth-place finish over Savary. An eventful day ended with Pasteryak posting an eighth-place finish over Dylan Izzo, who started deep in the field by provisional. Michael Gervais rounded out the top-ten when the dust settled on the Haunted Hundred.

Earlier in the day, modified heat race victories went to Robbie, Williams, Galko and Dowling. Consolation races went to Robie and Sesely.

The Tri-Track Open Modified Series community is keeping Mike Holdridge in their thoughts as the veteran campaigner was taken to the hospital following a scary incident in the consolation rounds.

In full-fendered action, Mike Hopkins won the companion Pro All Star Series 150. Seekonk Speedway’s own Ryan Kuhn finished second followed by Reid Lanphear. DJ Shaw was crowned the PASS Northeast champion. Visit ProAllStarSeries.com for a complete race report.

Rookie Derek Gluchacki displayed some veteran moves in taking down the victory in the $2,000 to win 50-lap Late Model event. It was a bold three-wide pass for the lead that got the teenager his first Late Model victory at his home track.

Rey Lovelace led the 26-car field to green for the start of the 50-lapper but quickly relinquished the top spot to Ryan Lineham. He continued to backslide giving way to Vinnie Arrenagado and Charlie Rose. Arrenagado immediately applied heavy pressure to Lineham. The two went door-to-door for several laps, before Arrenagado settled back in line.

Kuhn, doing double-duty on the day, had been shuffled back on the opening lap; falling as far back as tenth from his second starting position. He recovered quickly fighting his way back to fourth position before the first caution of the event flew on lap 13 for pole sitter Lovelace.

On the restart, Lineham was able to take the lead once again over Arrenagado. Kuhn continued his march to the front taking third from Rose. A three-car battle for fifth between Gluchacki, Mark Jenison and Ryan Morgan saw three-wide racing. Gluchacki came out of the fray with the position. A brewing battle between Gluchacki and Rose cooled when the second caution flew on lap 18 for a multi-car incident that involved Jerrame Lillie, Nick Uhrig and Mark Hudson.

Behind a side-by-side battle for the lead between Lineham and Arrenagado on the restart was a three- wide spar for third featuring Rose, Kuhn and none other than Gluchacki. Before things could get sorted out, the caution waved again on lap 18 for Uhrig and Lillie. After a failed attempt at a restart, Lineham was able to retain his lead once back under green. Arrenagado and Kuhn were locked into a heated battle for second; allowing Gluchacki to join the fray. Rose ran in fifth.

Gluchacki was making it difficult on Arrenagado, who was working over leader Lineham. The hungry young driver peeked inside a couple of times looking to make it three-wide for the lead. Less than a lap later Gluchacki was able to take second from Arrenagado. A single-car incident on lap 27 brought out the fourth caution.

On the restart, with Lineham still on the point and Arrenagado in second, Gluchacki, from third, dove underneath Lineham making it three-wide for the lead. He settled back in line before, trying the move once again on lap 29. 

Arrenagado backed out letting Gluchacki and Lineham fight for the lead. Lineham lost the lead to Gluchacki on lap 30; bringing Arrenagado along for the ride. Rose and Kuhn continued to battle door to door for fourth. Kuhn took over the pot on lap 33. Stuck on the outside, Rose continued to slip back.

Up front Gluchacki began to stretch his advantage slightly over Arrenagado. Kuhn had reeled in Lineham. He got alongside Lineham on ap 38 and took the spot a lap later. Morgan had worked his way into the top five. Late in the race, Gerry DeGasparre had quietly moved into contention with less than 10 laps to go.

The fifth and final caution of the event flew on lap 44; setting up a late race dash to the checkers. Gluchacki and Arrenagado were wheel-to-wheel several laps. At the stripe, each time it was Arrenagado by mere feet. The heated battle for the lead allowed Kuhn to join the fight.

Arrenagado and Gluchacki made contact heading out of turn four on the final lap. The contact caused Arrenagado to get out of shape just enough to allow Gluchacki to edge ahead for the win coming under the checkered flag. Kuhn capped off a solid day with another podium finish.  Morgan and DeGasparre Jr. rounded out the top five. Paul Lineham, Rose, Tommy Adams and Uhrig completed the top-ten in the Late Model main event.

Tri-Track Open Modified Series -Haunted Hundred -October 26, 2019, Seekonk Speedway. Official Finishing Order:  1. Chase Dowling, Roxbury, CT; 2. Keith Rocco, Berlin, CT; 3. Andy Jankowiak, Tonawanda, NY; 4. Tommy Barrett, Millis, MA; 5. Matt Galko, Meriden, CT; 6. Matt Swanson, Acton, MA; 7. Richard Savary, Canton, MA; 8. Chris Pasteryak, Lisbon, CT; 9. Dylan Izzo, Monroe, CT; 10. Michael Gervais, Wolcott, CT; 11. Jon Kievman, Deerfield Beach, FL; 12. Calvin Carroll, Andover, NJ; 13. Kirk Alexander, W. Swanzey, NH; 14. Austin Kochenash, Danielsville, PA; 15. Cam McDermott, Canterbury, CT; 16. Les Hinckley, Windsor Locks, CT; 17. Anthony Sesely, Matawah, NJ; 18. Russ Hersey, Swanzey, NH; 19. Geoff Rollins, Groton, MA; 20. Ronnie Williams, Ellington, CT; 21. Ron Silk, Norwalk, CT;  22. Joey Cipriano, Waterbury, CT; 23. Brian Robie, Sunapee, NH; 24. Woody Pitkat, Bellingham, MA; 25. Derek Robbie, Bellingham, MA; 26. Dana DiMatteo, Farmington, CT;  27. Rob Murphy, Rochester, MA; 28. Joey Mucciaccaro, Wolcott, CT. DQ: Matt Hirschman, Northampton, PA. DNQ: Andrew Charron, W. Greenwich, RI; Colbey Fournier, Berkley, MA; George Brunnhoelzl, III, Mooresville, NC; Carl Medeiros, Jr., Westport, MA; Ryan Doucette, Framingham, MA; Les Rose, Southbridge, MA; Andy Shaw, Center Conway, NH; Mike Holdridge, Madison, CT; George Sherman, Framingham, MA. 

TTOM -October 26, 2019, Seekonk Speedway- Late Model. Official Finishing Order: 1. Derek Gluchacki, N. Dartmouth, MA; 2. Vincent Arrenagado, Warren, RI; 3. Ryan Kuhn, E. Bridgewater, MA; 4. Ryan Morgan, N. Franklin, CT; 5. Gerry DeGasparre Jr., Pawtucket, RI; 6. Paul Newcomb, Plymouth, MA; 7. Ryan Lineham, Coventry, RI; 8. Charlie Rose, Tiverton, RI; 9. Tommy Adams, E. Providence, RI; 10. Nick Uhrig, Warwick, RI; 11. Joshua Hedges, New Bedford, MA; 12. Mark Jenison, Warwick, RI; 13. Tyler Tomassi, W. Greenwich, RI; 14. Woody Pitkat, Bellingham, MA; 15. Mike Benevides, Westerly, RI; 16. Jason Larivee, Jr., W. Greenwich, RI; 17. Jeramme Lillie, W. Warwick, RI; 18. Mike Duarte, Dighton, MA;  19. Brendon Hammann, N. Smithfield, RI; 20. Dane Saritelli, E. Providence, RI; 21. Allan King, Jr., Hampton, CT; 22. Rey Lovelace, Coventry, RI;  23. Denny Stampfl , Norwood, MA; 24. Mark Hudson, Norton, MA. DNS: Dylan Cabral, Richmond, RI; Stephen Potter, Warwick, RI. 

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

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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.