Category Archives: Tri Track Open Modified Series


EPPING, NH- It’s back and it is going to be even bigger than in 2014, when the quarter-mile Star Speedway on Route 27 in Epping, New Hampshire held their highest paying race in the track’s long and storied history. It was also one of the best.
    Today an agreement was reached between the Webber family and the Northeast Race Cars Tri-Track Open Modified Series representatives,  Jim Schaefer and Dick Williams to present SBM V on Saturday night, July 30th, and this premiere Tour-Type Modified Open event will now pay a minimum of $10,000 to win!
    SBM IV was a race held in June of 2014 that fans are still talking about to this day. Numerous drivers raced for the lead in the closing laps before Jon McKennedy raced to the victory and a $6,175 payday. Last place in that event paid $1,650 in large part because of race fan donations that in the end made it the highest paying race in Star history. In fact, a 13th place finish in SBM IV paid a whopping $4,141.
    This 2016 version of the SBM 125 comes on the heels of a 2014 event that was dubbed, “One of the top ten best Modified races that I have ever seen,” by the voice of the Modifieds for decades at tracks from Maine to Florida, Ben Dodge. And with a running start on obtaining sponsorship through the Northeast Race Cars Tri-Track Series, it will almost certainly exceed the payoff from the 2014 event because of the expected support from sponsors and race fans alike.
    “I am so excited to see the Modifieds return to Star for SBM V,” said track promoter Bob Webber Jr., who helped finalize the deal just today. “It was difficult not having the SBM last year. Both fans and competitors wanted it so badly, but the scheduling just didn’t work in our favor.

    “Every competing Modified driver that I have seen since that last race has been asking. Fans have been asking, and I have been working to bring the Open Show concept SBM back to where it all started. I am thrilled that we were able to make it happen for 2016, and with a summer date, this will surely be a marquee event of the 2016 season, and not just at Star Speedway.”IMG_1120

Defending race winner Jon McKennedy was eying a different venue for July 30 in 2016, but those plans have changed since he heard the news today. The Chelmsford, Mass., standout considers Star to be his home track.

    “That is the best news I’ve heard all year and the year is almost over,” McKennedy said upon learning of the SBM 125’s return. “To have the SBM at the top of my list of races to run in next season is awesome. Just awesome. I can’t wait to get back there and try to win it for a third time.”
    More details of the 125-lap SBM V, on Saturday night July 30 will be finalized soon and can be found on the track website:, on the Official Star Speedway facebook page, or through the Northeast race Cars Tri-Track Open Modified Series facebook and web pages following the Christmas holiday season.


Open Wheel Wednesday Returns June 29th 2016 Plus The Tri-Track Will Be Back in 2016

 IMG_1777 (2)The First official Northeast Race Cars Tri-Track Open Modified race announcement was made yesturday with the annual Open Wheel Wednesday show returning to Seekonk Speedway June 29th 2016. The Tri-Track Open Modified Series invades Seekonk Speedway competing in the  $10,000 to win 100 lap main event. The open wheel Modifieds will again be joinedIMG_1713 (2) by the annual The Boston Louie NEMA Midget Race with NEMA Lites rounding out the card for the very popular annual Mid Week Show. Last years show featured a big win by Richard Savary over a large  field of modifieds, a great Boston Louie NEMA midget race won by Todd Bertrand and NEMA Lite midgets won by PJ Stergios.  Signup for teams wishing to enter the Tri-Track modified race will start after Jan. 1 2016  and entry forms will be available then. We spoke to Jim Schaefer the Long Island Mod Maniac  today and he confirmed that the Tri-Track Open Modified series will be back in 2016. They are talking to tracks to set the dates for next years races and will be announcing additional dates as they become available.  As always laps will be sold to support the Northeast Race Cars Tri-Track races and you can contact Jim to reserve your laps. The series is looking for additional sponsors for 2016 and if you are interested you can contact Jim or Dick Williams.

Wrenn Announces Retirement

by Jim Snape

After 26 seasons, over 200 starts and 26 wins, including four championships Norm Wrenn of Nashua, NH will no longer thrill race fans with his dynamic driving skills.

After finishing in third place in the 2015 Modified Racing Series final points, Wrenn announced he will not be driving in the future.

“It’s been really great from day one, we didn’t go out to be aggressive, we did it as a sport, we did it to have fun, we did it to relax. The crew with me today is the same crew that started withDSC_1343 me years ago, we really came a long way.

We won 4 championships along the way, one with the Pro Stocks and three with the Pro Four modified’s. And at the end. I wanted to go out being competitive and I think we were more competitive in the modified’s as we ever have been.

But now I’m 55 and been at it for almost 30 years and last year after we won Seekonk. I told everybody, it’s time. I wanted to go out with a win. Now my body’s getting tired and I have a ton of work to do. I’m going to miss it. I love racing.”

The most notable point in Norms racing career was his first ever victory in the Pro Stock at Star Speedway in 1991, a season where he won a second feature and the Pro Stock championship. “And my first modified victory at Seekonk ranks right up there too” he said. “If I didn’t win that race at Seekonk, I might still keep racing. I won’t fade away from racing because my son is driving Pro Fours now and I’ll work with him. And I’ll support the Pro Four division with help and sponsorship.”

Whelen All American series – 62 starts 4 wins.

PASS North super late-model – 10 starts.

GSPSS – 2 starts.

Pro Four modified – 48 starts 21 wins

VMRS – 91 starts 1 win