Category Archives: Modified Racing Series

KEVIN IANNARELLI HEADS TO WISCASSET SPEEDWAY WITH WINNING IN MIND

PHOTO: Tom Morris Racing Photography

By Souza Media/Kyle Souza

SHIRLEY, Mass. — Off a bit of a break behind the wheel, Kevin Iannarelli and the entire No. 27 iRacing.com team are heading back to work this Saturday, July 31, at Wiscasset Speedway in Maine. Iannarelli will compete in the third race of the season for the Modified Racing Series, the Vacationland 100. 

Wiscasset is a tight short track located in Wiscasset, Maine — mostly known for fendered Pro Stock action. But, this Saturday, the stars and cars of the Modified Racing Series are set to invade the oval with $2,500 to win on the line in the open-wheel contest.

Iannarelli would love to drive the iRacing.com, PFC Brakes, Lucas Oil, Access Realty, VTANG machine into Victory Lane and capture his first victory in the series.

“I’m definitely excited to get back to Wiscasset to compete with the Modified Racing Series this weekend,” Iannarelli said. “I ran a few Midget races there in the past, and it’s a great facility that puts on some great side-by-side racing. The track has a very dedicated fanbase. I hope we can go in there and put on a great show for them on Saturday.”

In the first three races of the year for Iannarelli, who works as an Associate Producer full-time at iRacing outside of buckling up behind the wheel, he has one top-five finish, which came last time out at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway. In the other two starts, Iannarelli qualified for the Tri Track Open Modified Series race at Star Speedway on May 22 against a stout field, and pitted early at Monadnock Speedway with the Modified Racing Series but wasn’t able to make it back out before the green flag, failing to finish.

At Beech Ridge, Iannarelli proved the team has the speed under the hood of the LFR Chassis entry and will look to carry some of that momentum into Wiscasset’s tricky track this weekend. 

Pit gates open at 12:30 p.m., with the first green flag for practice laps beginning at 2:10 p.m. The Modified Racing Series will have three different practice sessions during the day, will be second in the heat lineup, and will be the first feature out as part of a full slate of action planned, with multiple local divisions joining the fun. For anyone who can’t make it to the track, the race will be available live to everyone that is a monthly or yearly subscriber to Speed51.TV.

The most crucial part of Iannarelli’s effort is the sponsors, crew, friends and family that support his racing on the track. Sponsors include iRacing.com, Lucas Oil, PFC Brakes, JR Motorsports, VTANG, Access Realty, and more. 

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KEVIN IANNARELLI LOOKS FOR STRONG RUN WITH MODIFIED RACING SERIES AT BEECH RIDGE MOTOR SPEEDWAY

By Souza Media/Kyle Souza

Photo Jamie Webber Photography

SHIRLEY, Mass. — Set for his third racing action of the season, Kevin Iannarelli and the entire No. 27 team will roll into Beech Ridge Motor Speedway for Tour-Type Modified racing this Saturday, June 19. Iannarelli will drive the No. 27 iRacing.com, Lucas Oil, Access Realty, PFC, VTANG machine in competition around one of the toughest tracks in the region.

Beech Ridge Motor Speedway, located in Scarborough, Maine, is a third-mile, flat, asphalt track that hosts weekly racing action through the summer. On Saturday, the rumbling of Modifieds will return with the Modified Racing Series for the only visit of the year for the tour. 

“Beech Ridge is similar to Oxford, I’ve run it with the Pro 4 Modified before and also with the Modified, this will be interesting with a 75-lap format,” Iannarelli said. “The surface is similar to Lee USA Speedway, where you have to be sure to conserve your tires for the end of the race. We will be looking for a top-five finish.”

In his first two starts of the year, Iannarelli competed with the Tri Track Open Modified Series at Star Speedway on May 22, qualifying for the race against stout competition and coming home with a 17th place finish. Iannarelli returned to racing in the first race of the year for the Modified Racing Series at Monadnock Speedway on June 5, but didn’t have the run he was looking for after pitting early, and not making it back out before the green flag.

“We struggled a bit at Star — trying out a bit of new stuff in the setup — it just didn’t work out for us,” he said. “I think we would have had a good top-five car at Monadnock. My travel schedule with work is going to start kicking in again, so we will be focusing on the Modified Racing Series. Looking for strong finishes and just taking it race-by-race.”

Without sponsorship from iRacing.com, Lucas Oil, PFC Brakes, JR Motorsports, VTANG, Access Realty, and others, including his friends and family, Kevin would not be able to compete on the track. For his career, Iannarelli is an Associate Producer at iRacing.com.

Saturday’s schedule at Beech Ridge includes practice from 11:45-12:15 p.m., with a second and final round from 3-3:15 p.m. Modified Racing Series heat races will go green at 4 p.m.and the Welcome To The Beech 75-lap feature is slated for 7:45. Tickets will be available at the track for fans who would like to watch Kevin wheel his car to the front of the field.

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Modified Racing Series set to Return to Claremont Motorsports Park in 2021

Claremont Motorsports Park and The Modified Racing Series are pleased to announce the return of one of New England’s finest modified touring series to the NH oval in 2021. The series and track will join forces for a spectacular fall day of racing that fans won’t want to miss. Labor Day weekend, 2021, the sound of tour type modifieds will once again thunder from Thrasher Road.

“We are thrilled to be able to bring The M.R.S. back to Claremont”, stated track promoter Mike Parks. “Tour type Modifieds were the lifeblood of the speedway for many many years so to bring them back is an honor”. Parks went on to say “Jack (Bateman) and general manager Willie Doucette are bringing the series back to its roots for 2021 and we are excited to be a part of that process”.

As for M.R.S. in 2021, the series wants to get back to being a racer friendly, affordable series that any modified competitor can be competitive in. Thorough technical inspection, cost containment and a return to the series original tracks are all part of this initiative. “We want to be a more affordable New England short track series”, states series general manager Willie Doucette. “Claremont Motorsports Park is the reason the series started and we want to remember the places and people who got this started.” Doucette went on to say, “we want to leave something positive for the next generation of modified racers”.

Bateman and Parks have been in discussion about making this happen for several weeks and one of the discussion points was how to make the racing as exciting as possible. The two agreed that a 75 lap feature was one way to do this so that the driver would race the entire distance. The M.R.S. will use its normal pill draw and heat race qualifying format and all series technical rules and race procedures will be in effect.

The Modified Racing Series will be part of what promises to be a spectacular day of racing at the Thrasher Road speed plant. “We have assembled a fantastic list of divisions for this event”, says Parks. “Between some of our weekly divisions and the touring divisions we have brought in, this is going to be a can’t miss day of racing”.

Other divisions on the card will include the Claremont Motorsports Park Street stocks, Pure Stocks, Six Shooters and the NELCAR Legends cars. If history is any indication Parks and his team will have something up their sleeves for the pure stocks and six shooters and the Legends will race for regional points and more. “This is a big weekend for the speedway and we have some Ideas for our entry level divisions”, said Parks. “We don’t have anything set in stone but we hope to get those teams a little extra glory that weekend”.

The Street Stock race will be the third annual Richard Tetreault memorial 73, co-promoted by Joe Tetreault and his family. This race has turned into a favorite of fans and competitors alike and always caters to ultra-competitive racing. “We are super excited to have this race for the third year in a row”, stated Tetreault, son of the races name sake. “Mike has been great to work with and the competitors have been awesome”. He went on to add, “We are hoping to make this year’s event bigger and better than the last two and have some exciting things in the works.”

All of this action will take place Sunday September 5th with a post time of 5pm. This will be the second night of racing that weekend for the Claremont racetrack as there will be racing Friday night September 3rd starting at the tracks usual post time of 7:30pm. For more information go to www.claremontmotorsportspark.com or www.themodifiedracingseries.com.