Category Archives: Tri Track Open Modified Series

JUDKINS TO BE HONORED AT TTOMS OXFORD 100

Seekonk, MA (August 22, 2019): While the Tri-Track Open Modified Series (TTOMS) is resolutely focused on securing a bright future for Modified racing by providing a strong platform for competition and entertainment, they have never forgotten those that forged the foundation of short track racing in New England. As an ongoing nod to the legends, series founders and officials often dedicate events to luminaries of the sport. This weekend, amid the excitement of the Oxford 250, as part of the Oxford 100 for the TTOMS on Saturday, August 24, the late Bob Judkins will be honored.

“You can’t do what we do to promote racing and forget those who paved the way,” said Series founder Jim Schaefer. “Without great racers and car owner, track owners and operators of the past, we would not have the ability to put on good races, great races, with this generation. It’s truly an honor for me and Dick [Williams] to recognize these legends and connect with their families.”

On Saturday, August 24, 2019, TTOMS will make its debut at 3/8-mile Oxford Plains Speedway in Oxford, ME, for the running of the Oxford Plains 100. As part of the TTOMS festivities, two of Judkins’ famed 2Xs Modifieds will be on display at Oxford Plains Speedway.  Bob’s daughter Tanya Judkins Griffin will serve as the Grand Marshall for the event. The race winner of the Oxford 100 will be presented a beautiful plaque in remembrance of Bob Judkins.

Racing legends are often known for their racing prowess behind the wheel, their keen eye for talent as an owner, sometimes even their tempers but not many are recognized for starting a ‘revolution.’  Bob Judkins; however, was ‘that guy’. After fielding cars for a host of New England Antique Racers Hall of Famers the likes of Rene Charland, Gene Bergin and Ed Flemke, Sr. and notable characters like Mario ‘Fats’ Caruso and Kenny Shoemaker, he debuted a controversial Pinto body on his soon to be famous 2x Modified in 1971. It caused quite a stir and ultimately started what was called the “Pinto Revolution”.

Before, during and after, Bob Judkins was a winner. He scored victories and won championships for over five decades with legends like Flemke, Ron Bouchard, Reggie Ruggiero, Brett Bodine, Jerry Marquis and Dave Caruso.  Jason Boyd brought many accolades to the Judkins storied history at Orlando Speedworld and New Smyrna Speedway. His legacy lives on with his beloved grandson Ryan Preece.

A Hall of Famer himself, Judkins was a proud Army veteran. He passed away at the age of 83 on October 25, 2018.

Pit gates open at 9am on Saturday, August 24. Grandstands open at 10:30am for a full-day of practice from 10:30 to approximately 4:00pm followed by an evening of great racing action that also includes Street Stocks, Vintage racers, Classic Lites, Legends and ACT Late Models. Heat races are scheduled to go green at 4:30pm followed immediately by feature racing.

Pit admission on Saturday is $40. Grandstand admission is $30 for adults. Juniors, ages 6-12, are $15. Oxford’s traditional Family 4 Pack (2 Adults & 2 juniors) will be available for $65. Skybox seats are also available for $50 for adults and $25 for juniors.

For more information on the Tri-Track Open Modified Series, log on to tritrackmods.com or find the series on Facebook and Twitter.

TTOMS HEADS TO OPS AS PART OF PRESTIGIOUS 250 WEEKEND

Photo :Laura Marie/Passingbird

Seekonk, Mass (August 13, 2019): On Saturday, August 24, 2019, the Tri-Track Open Modified Series (TTOMS) will make its debut at 3/8-mile Oxford Plains Speedway (OPS) in Oxford, ME, for the running of the Oxford Plains 100. Known for its short straights and wide, sweeping turns, the open-wheel action at OPS on the eve of the Oxford 250 promises to be intense with a stacked field of talented modified competitors scheduled to compete.

“We are really excited to be running at Oxford Plains Speedway,” said Series managing partner, Wayne Darling, “and honored to have been invited by Tom Mayberry and his team to run on Oxford 250 weekend. We know that the Tri-Track drivers and teams will put on a show worthy of this weekend.”

Pit gates open at 9am on Saturday, August 24. Grandstands open at 10:30am for a full-day of practice from 10:30 to approximately 4:00pm followed by an evening of great racing action that also includes Street Stocks, Vintage racers, Classic Lites, Legends and ACT Late Models. Heat races are scheduled to go green at 4:30pm followed immediately by feature racing.

Pit admission on Saturday is $40. Grandstand admission is $30 for adults. Juniors, ages 6-12, are $15. Oxford’s traditional Family 4 Pack (2 Adults & 2 juniors) will be available for $65. Skyboxes seats are also available for $50 for adults and $25 for juniors.

The first three races of the TTOMS series have been nothing short of outstanding with heated battles right down to the wire. Series standouts Matt Hirschman of Northampton, PA, Ronnie Williams of Ellington, CT, and Ron Silk of Norwalk, CT, have each posted impressive victories.

And while the action will be much the same, the man standing in victory lane may be different. Despite being the first visit by the Tri-Track Open Modified Series, a number of competitors have competed at Oxford. The Modified Racing Series competed at the facility for many years.  With OPS experience and modified wins to their credit Anthony Nocella of Berlin, MA, Andy Shaw of Center Conway, NH,  and Kirk Alexander of W. Swanzey, NH could be considered favorites to win on August 24.

Nocella won in 2016 when the Modified Racing Series last visited the historic oval; Alexander in 2007. Shaw has a number of starts at the track in both full-fendered and open wheel racers; winning several races in the Pro All Star Series (PASS) Modifieds.

Hirschman, Williams, Silk, of course, can’t be counted out. Matt Swanson, with back-to-back podium finishes in TTOMS competition and Andy Jankowiak, with a string of strong finishes in various Modifieds series this summer, are both poised and ready for a Series victory.

 Other contenders include Woody Pitkat, Tommy Barrett, Les Hinckley, Russ Hersey, and Richard Savary. The stout entry list is dotted with great talent from up and down the east coast and includes the likes of   Geoff Rollins, Joey Jarvis, Jacob Dore,  Matt Galko, Jeff Gallup, Andrew Charron, Kurt Vigeant, Colbey Fournier, Brian Robie, Calvin Carroll, Anthony Sesely, Bill Dixon, Jon Kievman, Carl Medeiros Jr., CJ Bolton and Brad Babb.  

For more information on the Tri-Track Open Modified Series, log on to tritrackmods.com or find the series on Facebook and Twitter. 

SWANSON SEEKS FIRST TTOMS WIN AT HOME TRACK

SBM 125 Set for Star on July 27

Seekonk, Mass. (July 21, 2019): Before Matt Swanson began making a name for himself aboard the legendary Ole Blue in Modified competition he was a regular at Star Speedway. On Saturday, July 27, the Acton, MA, driver hopes to turn that familiarity into victory during the Tri-Track Open Modified Series SBM 125.  Swanson will go head-to-head for the win with a full-field of Modifieds that will also include the likes of red-hot Ronnie Williams, Ron Silk, Matt Hirschman, and many more.

“I haven’t really raced there in a while,” said Swanson, of Star Speedway. “The last time I ran there was in a NEMA Lite and before that in Bobby Webber’s 350 Super. I’m hoping it all comes back to me.”

If it does, it could mean a return to his winning ways. Swanson was the Modified track championship at Star Speedway in 2014.

Saturday’s start will be only Swanson’s second SBM race start.

The SBM VIII presented by the Tri-Track Open Modified Series will feature a 125 lap main event for the Modifieds. The full night of racing also includes Late Models, Street Stocks, Six Shooters and Legends. Racing will get underway at 4:20pm with qualifying for all divisions followed immediately by feature racing. Grandstands open at 11am and admission is $22 for adults and $20 for seniors. A junior ticket for kids ages 11-16 will be available for $15 Kids under 10 are admitted free.  Pit admission is $45.

“If this race is anything like the last two we’ve had, which we certainly expect it will be, especially at Star, the fans are in for a great night of side-by-side racing,” said Series co-founder, Jim Schaefer.  “I think I look forward to this race as much as a fan as I do a promoter-maybe more so.”

With some of the most recent Modified event winners and hottest drivers scheduled to compete in the TTOMS event at Star Speedway, the SBM 125 will undoubtedly provide fans with exciting racing action from the drop of the green through all 125 green flag laps of competition.

“It’s a racy little race track,” added Swanson.

And, Swanson is one of those drivers that is hot right now. He’s fresh off a competitive fifth-place finish at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. He finished third in the most recent TTOMS event at Seekonk back on June 26 and in the Bud Light Open Modified 80 on July 12 at Stafford Motor Speedway the young gun finished second.

“All this success is because of the teams I get to drive for,” said Swanson. “I am fortunate enough to drive for not only owners but crews that put their heart and soul into preparing these race cars. It’s a real confidence booster when you know that every time you get behind the wheel, you have a solid chance of winning.”

The respect is clearly mutual. The young driver has been in high-regard starting from a very young age. Racing now for legendary car owners the Boehlers, he has also done so throughout his career for the likes of the renowned Seymour family.  Much of his early modified success came aboard cars owned by the popular and successful owner in NH racing circles the late Marco Turcotte. He’s even wheeled a racer for Star Speedway promoter, Bobby Webber, Jr.

Swanson began his career quarter midget racing at facilities like Little ‘T’ located at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. Coming up through the ranks, his focus has always been on open wheel racing; piloting everything from micro-sprints, NEMA midgets and SK lights before progressing to tour-type Modifieds. Swanson earned the Modified track championship at Star Speedway in 2014. The same year he made his Tri-Track Series debut.

Since then, Swanson has competed regularly with the Tri-Track Series as well as the Modified Racing Series and the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.  In 2016, at just 16 years of age, Swanson was the Tour’s Rookie of the Year in 2016.

Swanson believes that he would not have the opportunities he has today without the support of the Webber Family.

“The Webbers gave me the opportunity to race a modified at such a young age. Not many other guys get a chance like that,” said Swanson. “They let me run in a division with high-powered cars that let me get such important experience. I wouldn’t be where I am today without them.”  

That respect, too, is mutual.

“Matt was always one of Dad’s favorites,” said Bobby Webber, Jr., Star Speedway owner, of his late father. “‘We watched Matt grow up at Star. He’s a great kid with a great family. His father John and I have been friends for about 30 years.

It could probably be said that John and Bobby grew up in racing together too.  Swanson is definitely a sentimental favorite for the Webber Family this weekend.

While a win is the ultimate goal, a win at Star Speedway would undoubtedly be special to Swanson and his family as well.  The goal for Swanson and his team is to keep the good momentum from the last several races going.

Admittedly, Swanson hopes that the “Ole Blue” used by BRE Racing in Tri-Track competition, will be as racy as the Tour car was in the Modified Tour race.

“We were good as soon as we unloaded at Loudon,” said Swanson. “I’m hoping that same holds true this weekend too.” 

And, while debate swirls around chassis builders in Modified racing today, there is no doubt that Swanson will strap into a truly unique and original home built Modified when he looks for a victory on Saturday night at Star Speedway.

Interestingly enough, the car which is maintained by the dedicated crew of Greg Fournier, John McKenna, Scott Richards and others, is older than its driver.

Showing wisdom quite possibly beyond his age, Swanson is quick to recognize the efforts of Larry Westgate and his company All-Phases Renovations.

“Larry’s support has allowed us to put a good schedule together that includes not only the 18 races of the Modified Tour but also the six Tri-Track events,” said Swanson. “This is helping us get stronger as a team. We are learning more about each other and the guys are learning more about what I like in the car.”

With a momentum, a ‘home track’ advantage, and a flattened learning curve, a win for Matt Swanson and BRE Racing in the SBM VIII presented by the Tri-Track Open Modified Series at Star Speedway could be the first of many.

All the action gets underway when Swanson and the Tri-Track Open Modified Series rolls into Star Speedway in Epping, NH, on Saturday, July 27. Practice starts at 1:00pm. Racing gets underway with heats for weekly divisions at 4:20pm followed by heat race action for the Tri-Track Mods. Features for all divisions, including the 125 laps of ground-pounding Modified excitement, will roll-off immediately following qualifying activities. More information can be found at StarSpeedwayNH.com.

The Tri-Track Open Modified Series is proud to be a part of the Star Speedway family. For more information on the Tri-Track Open Modified Series, log on to tritrackmods.com or find the series on Facebook and Twitter.