Category Archives: Tri Track Open Modified Series

MATT HIRSCHMAN SCORES FIFTH SBM WIN AT STAR SPEEDWAY

POCKETS $6,000 CHECK WITH DOMINATING PERFORMANCE 

By Kyle Souza  Photo: Michael Jaworecki/Myracenews

EPPING, N.H. — Matt Hirschman wasn’t about to be denied. The Pennsylvania native, who is no stranger to Victory Lane on the Tri Track Open Modified Series circuit, returned to glory on Saturday night at Star Speedway in the ninth annual SBM race. 

But the ride to victory wasn’t one that came without difficulty, especially at the end. Hirschman dominated the beginning, taking the lead on lap 25 and leading through lap 83, before a controlled caution slowed the race. While some elected to stay out, Hirschman worked to pit road for a fresh Hoosier tire, the charge started back to the front from ninth position. He would eventually pass Matt Swanson for the top spot on a restart at lap 112 and never look back. 

It was the fifth win in the prestigious event for Hirschman, who is one of just two drivers to compete in all previous SBM races. The race was 121 laps, in honor of track owner and operator Bobby Webber’s son Tim Webber, who turned 21-years-old the week of the race. 

The purse for the event was over $40,000, a figure that didn’t change post-COVID pandemic. Due to COVID-19, and guidance from the state of New Hampshire, Star Speedway ran at 50% capacity for the event in the grandstands, and sold out. Tri Track and Star officials made sure that all social distancing and safe health practices were in place. 

“I’ve always enjoyed coming here, winning the first time I have ever came here, and having all of this success I’ve had in this SBM race after that,” Hirschman said. “Going back to the original races, it was, and has been, a big deal for us.” 

Swanson, who started 27th after earning a provisional into the race, played a different strategy than Hirschman did, and it almost paid off. Swanson elected not to pit as part of the controlled caution period on lap 83, and took over the lead when most others went down pit road. Swanson led the race from lap 83-112, before Hirschman took control when Swanson spun his tires on the restart.

Swanson would finish second, while Andy Jankowiak, who played a similar strategy and stayed out, finished third. Jankowiak was involved in a wreck on lap 25 with veteran Dave Sapienza, but was able to rebound.

Ronnie Williams started third and finished fourth, and Eric Goodale made his return to the Tri Track Series and rounded out the top five. NASCAR Cup Series regular Ryan Preece was sixth in his return to Modified racing, while Anthony Nocella, Austin Kochenash, Cam McDermott and Ron Silk finished the top-10. 

Earlier in the day, Ron Silk, Matt Hirschman, Andy Shaw and Andy Jankowiak won heat races, while Anthony Nocella and Calvin Carroll earned consi wins. Both heat and consi winners collected $300 courtesy of the Pepsi Challenge. 

Swanson, who passed 25 Modifieds en route to the front, earned a $500 hard charger bonus courtesy of Green Construction. Since pole sitter Austin Kochenash didn’t win the race, courtesy of Superior Refinishing, the next race on the circuit will pay a $600 bonus if the pole sitter wins the race. 

The Tri Track Open Modified Series returns to the track on Saturday, August 15, with the second stop of the season at Monadnock Speedway. 

RESULTS: Tri Track Open Modified Series; Star Speedway; July 25: 

  1. 1. Matt Hirschman 
  1. 2. Matt Swanson 
  1. 3. Andy Jankowiak 
  1. 4. Ronnie Williams 
  1. 5. Eric Goodale 
  1. 6. Ryan Preece 
  1. 7. Anthony Nocella 
  1. 8. Austin Kochenash 
  1. 9. Cam McDermott 
  1. 10. Ron Silk 
  1. 11. Calvin Carroll 
  1. 12. Kurt Vigeant 
  1. 13. Kirk Alexander 
  1. 14. Craig Lutz 
  1. 15. Bryan Narducci 
  1. 16. Devin O’Connell 
  1. 17. Andy Shaw 
  1. 18. Les Rose Jr. 
  1. 19. Dylan Izzo 
  1. 20. Tommy Barrett 
  1. 21. Dave Sapienza 
  1. 22. Richard Savary
  1. 23. Ryan Doucette 
  1. 24. Les Hinckley  
  1. 25. Carl Medeiros Jr. 
  1. 26. Dana DiMatteo 
  1. 27. Josh Cantara 

TRI TRACK OPEN MODIFIED SERIES HEADS TO STAR SPEEDWAY

SBM 121 SET FOR SATURDAY; TALENT-LADEN FIELD SET FOR COMPETITION 

By Kyle Souza 

Photo Tom Morris/Myracenews

SEEKONK, Mass. — The best of the best in Modified racing are heading to Star Speedway chasing a $6,000 winning prize on Saturday night. In the annual SBM 121, names like NASCAR Cup Series star Ryan Preece, Woody Pitkat, Ron Silk, Ronnie Williams, Matt Hirschman, Eric Goodale and Matt Swanson will compete against a field full of talent in the second race of the Tri Track Open Modified Series season. 

The total purse for Star rises over $40,000, with heat and consi races also paying $300 to win courtesy of Pepsi and the Pepsi Challenge.  A contingency program with select additional awards is also up for grabs. None of the purse has changed since prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Due to COVID-19, and guidance from the state of New Hampshire, Star Speedway will run at 50% capacity for the event in the grandstands. Tri Track and Star officials will make sure all social distancing and safe health practices will be in place to keep teams, drivers, staff and fans safe in the pit area. 

On July 5, Craig Lutz used a final lap bump to win the opener of 2020, delayed two months due to COVID-19. Lutz, and the man he bumped in the final corner, Les Hinckley, could be setting up for a rematch to the checkered flag at Star. Hinckley is no stranger to the track, having three second-place efforts in previous SBM events. The talented field will also include a host of Tri Track regulars and additional invaders looking to etch their name in SBM history. 

The 9th annual SBM 121 will be a bit different than all the previous events — it will still take place at the Epping, New Hampshire, oval, but will 121 laps instead of the normal 125. This year’s SBM race is 121 laps in honor of Tim Webber – the son of track promoter Bobby Webber, who is turning 21 during the month of July. In the previous eight, Hirschman has four wins, Jon McKennedy has two, Todd Patnode has one, and so does Silk, the defending winner. Last year, Silk beat Williams and Swanson across the line at the finish. 

Following Star, the remainder of the schedule remains in place – with stops at Monadnock (August 15) and Seekonk Speedway (August 26 & October 24) still in plans. 

“The SBM is one of our favorite events of the year,” Wayne Darling, Managing Partner of the Tri Track Open Modified Series, said. “This field of drivers that will be assembled at Star on Saturday is going to include some of the best in all of Modified racing. We can’t wait to see who earns the checkered flag.” 

Fans are encouraged to purchase their tickets ahead through Venmo (@bwebber19), to make sure they get their seat. There are a limited amount of grandstand tickets remaining. There will be no pre-sales for pit passes.  

Over eight years, 96 drivers have attempted to qualifying for SBM events. Silk, who earned the win last year for Bob Horn, managed to do it from the rear of the field after not qualifying through his heat race. The Norwalk, Connecticut, native has finishes of 4th (2015), 2nd (2018) and 1st (2019) in his last three SBM starts. Hirschman and Josh Cantara are the only two drivers in history to attempt to qualify for all eight previous SBM events. 

It’s hard to forget about Preece, who is returning to his Modified roots on his off weekend from NASCAR Cup Series racing. Preece ran the first four SBM events, finishing inside the top-five three times. He has experience at Star and will practice the car the night before the race to try and get the upper hand. Names like rising Modified star Jacob Perry, former NASCAR National champion Bryan Narducci, Tommy Barrett, Andy Jankowiak, Richard Savary, Anthony Nocella and more are also expected. 

Courtesy of Green Construction, the Hard Charger award will pay $500 to the driver who advances the most positions during the race. Along with the bonuses from Pepsi, there is also another bonus on the line for the driver who starts on the pole. Courtesy of Superior Refinishing and Ted Anderson, if the polesitter wins the race, he will earn an extra $400. If the polesitter doesn’t win, the next stop on the seires at Monadnock on August 15 will $600 to win from the pole. 

Tri Track Open Modified Series teams can practice on Friday from 4-8 p.m. and can sign-up by contacting the track directly since spots are limited. On Saturday morning, the pit area opens for Tri Track teams at 10:45 a.m., while the first practice will go green from 1:15-1:55 p.m. There will be a second practice from 2:15-2:40 p.m., and a scuff session will take place from 3:05-3:15 p.m. Heat races begin for Star divisions at 3:30 p.m., followed by qualifying for the Tri Track Series. 

For more information on the Tri Track Open Modified Series, visit tritrackmodifieds.com and follow the series on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. 

PURSE: TRI TRACK OPEN MODIFIED SERIES AT STAR SPEEDWAY: JULY 25:  
1. $6,000  
2. $3,250  
3. $2,600  
4. $2,200  
5. $1,600  
6. $1,500  
7. $1,400  
8. $1,300  
9. $1,200  
10. $1,190  
11. $1,180  
12. $1,170  
13. $1,160  
14. $1,150  
15. $1,140  
16. $1,130  
17. $1,120  
18. $1,110  
19. $1,000  
20. $1,000  
21. $1,000  
22. $1,000  
23. $1,000  
24. $1,000  
25. $1,000  
26. $1,000 

RYAN PREECE TO COMPETE WITH TRI TRACK OPEN MODIFIED SERIES AT STAR SPEEDWAY

NASCAR CUP SERIES DRIVER SET FOR ANNUAL SBM 121 

By Kyle Souza

SEEKONK, Mass. — Ryan Preece, who drives for JTG Daughtery Racing in the NASCAR Cup Series, is making a return to his Modified roots this weekend. The Connecticut native, who has since moved down south chasing his dream of racing at the Cup level, is set to compete with the Tri Track Open Modified Series at Star Speedway on Saturday, July 25. 

Preece is a former competitor with the series, a former NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion, and multiple-time winner in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. His best career finish with JTG is a third-place effort at Talladega. He has 59 career starts in NASCAR’s top level. 

But he’s coming back to his roots to compete for his modified fans. 

“This was a good opportunity to hit the reset button,” Preece said. “Obviously there has been a lot of misfortune and a lot of things in 2020 that have been out of everyone’s control. This will be a good way to go somewhere, and race, and hit the reset button and get some moment built for us with the Cup car.” 

Preece, who has run the SBM at Star before, is no stranger to the tight, banked corners of the Epping, New Hampshire oval, and is looking forward to returning to compete with a field full of talent for TS Haulers, and Eddie and Connie Partridge.

“I remember the first SBM race,” Preece said. “I enjoy racing at Star. It’s something I’m looking forward to doing — I think it’s going to be exciting… the fans will want to see it.” 

Bobby Webber, the owner and operator of Star Speedway, was excited to find out Preece would be attending the annual SBM.  

“Ryan Preece being at the SBM 121 is huge for us,” Webber said. “I’ve always gotten along well with Ryan and his Dad. They were one of the original supporters of Kevin Rice and the SBM format. To have an off weekend for the NASCAR Cup Series, and have Ryan come support my family, Star Speedway and the Tri Track Open Modified Series, it means a lot to all of us.” 

This year’s SBM race is 121 laps instead of 125 – in honor of Tim Webber – the son of track promoter Bobby Webber, who is turning 21 during the month of July. 

Preece isn’t the only major name chasing the check on Saturday. Names like season-opening Monadnock winner Craig Lutz, defending series champion Ronnie Williams, former champion Matt Hirschman, veteran Les Hinckley and defending SBM winner Ron Silk are just a few of the top contenders expected. Names like Anthony Nocella, Tommy Barrett and Woody Pitkat have also entered. A full list of competitors who have pre-ordered tires will be released later in the week. 

“We look forward to adding Ryan to a stout list of drivers set for Star Speedway this weekend,” Wayne Darling, Managing Partner of the Tri Track Open Modified Series, said. “Ryan has quite the track record of success in Modifieds and we are sure he will be a major threat for the $6,000 check on Saturday night.” 

Due to restrictions from COVID-19 and the state of New Hampshire, Star Speedway is limited to 50% grandstand capacity for the race. Fans are encouraged to purchase their tickets ahead through Venmo (@bwebber19) to make sure they get their seat. There will be no pre-sales for pit passes.  

Tri Track teams who have registered for the entire season are good to go, while teams who need to register for just one event can do it on the website. Teams must also pre-order tires with Dan at Hoosier Tire East by calling 860-646-9646 as soon as possible. 

Tri Track Open Modified Series teams can practice on Friday from 4-8 p.m. and can sign-up by contacting the track directly, since spots are limited. On Saturday morning, the pit area opens for Tri Track teams at 10:45 a.m., while the first practice will go green from 1:15-1:55 p.m. There will be a second practice from 2:15-2:40 p.m., and a scuff session will take place from 3:05-3:15 p.m. Heat races begin for Star divisions at 3:30 p.m., followed by qualifying for the Tri Track Series. The feature is estimated to take the green flag around 7 p.m.

For more information on the Tri Track Open Modified Series, visit tritrackmodifieds.com and follow the series on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.