Jeff Rocco, Doug Dunleavy Partner For Seekonk Open Wheel Wednesday Effort

SEEKONK, Mass. ___

When the NorthEast Race Cars and Parts Tri Track Open Modified Series hits the track at Seekonk Speedway next Wednesday night for the annual Open Wheel Wednesday, Jeff Rocco will have a familiar sponsor on the side of his ride.

On Wednesday, Doug Dunleavy confirmed to the Tri Track Series that his company, Dunleavy Truck and Trailer Repair, will be the primary sponsor for Rocco’s efforts towards the annual $10,000 prize at Seekonk.

“We’re going to win this, we’re not messing around,” Dunleavy said. “I’ve already been in the winners circle up there at the $10,000 to win race with Tommy Barrett before. I sponsor Jeff’s Late Model, we talked about this — I told him I had a car to get ready for just a couple of races if he wanted to play once in a while. We just wanna get the chemistry working here.”

Dunleavy mentioned that the deal could extend to some of the other races that the Tri Track Open Modified Series has to offer, especially those at New London-Waterford Speedbowl later in the season. He also confirmed that the car will have a driver for the Seekonk Speedway AnytimeRealty.com 150 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race on Sept. 10 — but that won’t be Rocco.

“Jeff is gonna do some testing for us and we’re gonna have fun,” Dunleavy said. “I’m going to put George Brunnhoelzl in the car for the Whelen Modified Tour race down there in September. It will be wrapped just like the colors of the No. 28 he drives down south, just a little bit of the opposite.”

Jeff Rocco has not only competed at Seekonk behind the wheel of a modified, but also inside the cockpit of a ACT legal Late Model. He showed up at Seekonk late in the 2015 season with his Late Model and stormed right to the front of the pack and battled against some of the top Seekonk talent.

Rocco qualified for the 2015 Open Wheel Wednesday event against a stout field, but didn’t have the finish he wanted. Some bad racing luck forced him to a 21st place finish, three laps behind the leader.

“Seekonk is one of the places I have run the VMRS races a few times and I had a lot of luck there,” Rocco said. “Doug is a strong supporter of modifieds and it’s a great opportunity for me. We’ve put together a good bunch of guys, they are all an all-star bunch, so I hope we can go there and have a podium finish — it will be like a win for us.”

All the action gets underway next Wednesday with practice at 3:15 p.m. for the 100 lap feature. The qualifying rounds go green at 7 p.m. and more than 40 cars will pack the pit area chasing the big prize.

The Tri Track Open Modified Series will compete at Seekonk on June 29, then make a stop at Star Speedway on July 30. Two events at New London-Waterford Speedbowl on Aug. 25 and Oct. 23 will round out the 2016 season.

Due to circumstances past control, the event that was rained out at Monadnock Speedway on June 11 will not be rescheduled.

For more information on the Tri Track Open Modified Series, fans can visit www.tritrackopenmodifiedseries.com

The Vintage Motorsports Festival Returns to the Historic Road Course at Thompson Speedway

 

(THOMPSON, CT) – Over 100 vintage sports cars, spanning across nearly a century, will converge on the 1.7-mile road course at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (TSMP) this week, June 23-25, for the 3rd Annual Vintage Motorsports Festival. This event will feature drivers from two of the premier vintage racing clubs in the Northeast, the Vintage Racer Group (VRG) and Vintage Sports Car Club of America (VSCCA), on the historic road course. In its third year of running, the event continues to grow as one of the most anticipated races of the season at Thompson.

This year the featured marque will be Alfa Romeo. This group will be honored with a special Alfa-only race on both Friday and Saturday, featuring a wide range of models from Alfa Romeo’s impressive racing history, including the Alfa Romeo Monza, Giulietta and GTV.

Alfa Romeo car owners are also invited to join in the festivities on Saturday, as one of the featured car corrals for the event. In addition to a special parking area, they will enjoy parade laps around the track at lunchtime on Saturday. The event will also include car corrals for BMW, Porsche, Corvettes and British car owners.

TSMP is thrilled to welcome special guest and former IndyCar driver, Lyn St. James, to the 2016 event. One of the top female drivers to have raced in this country, she has been awarded Rookie of the Year at the Indy 500 and is a winner of the Daytona 24 Hours race. She will be featured as the guest speaker at the Participants’ Dinner on Friday evening, and will also be holding a book signing in the Paddock area on Saturday at 12:30 PM.

The 3-day event will feature a Practice day on Thursday, and Qualifying and Racing all day Friday and Saturday.

In honor of our Armed Forces, U.S. Military, Reserves and National Guard will receive free admission to the Vintage Motorsports Festival.  Veterans will receive a discounted ticket. For more information about the event, please visit www.thompsonspeedway.com or follow us on Twitter or Facebook.

DANNY BOHN TO RACE BRANNICK’S NO. 51 MODIFIED IN WALL STADIUM’S “GARDEN STATE CLASSIC” SATURDAY

Danny head shotWALL, N.J. ~ Young veteran Modified stock car driver Danny Bohn will be returning to his family’s roots at Wall Stadium Speedway once again this Saturday (June 25) as he will drive for Scott Brannick in the North American Construction No. 51 in the 55th running of the “Garden State Classic.” The prestigious 125-lap race offers $5,000 to the winner.

Bohn, the 2014 driving champion at the Bowman Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem, N.C. and four-time Bowman Gray Modified winner in 2015, is no stranger to Wall Stadium’s third mile high banked oval. In fact, his grandfather Parker Bohn and father Eddie Bohn were both driving champions and multi-time feature winners at the track. Danny Bohn, who was raised in New Jersey just miles from Wall Stadium, now lives in Mooresville, N.C.

“My grandfather was a legend at the speedway and my father was also very successful there,” Bohn said. “With all the success that both had at Wall Stadium neither was able to get a win in the Garden State Classic. I want to win this race for my grandfather, my father, Scott Brannick and the team.”

“I’m real happy to be racing for Scott. I raced for him twice at the end of last year and we had a real good time. Scott has a reputation for owning beautiful and very fast equipment. Winning is his goal. He has put together a great team for the Garden State Classic. What more could a driver ask from a car-owner.”

North American Construction in Brick, N.J., Blewett Equipment and Contracting in Howell, N.J., Brice’s NAPA Auto Supply in Freehold, N.J. and JT Motorsports in Howell, N.J will sponsor Bohn’s No. 51 Modified. Bilstein shock absorbers has also joined the team as an associate sponsor for the race. North American Construction Racing will also enter a team car in the race with veteran Ken Woolley, Jr. of Howell at the controls.

“When this opportunity came up for Danny to drive in the Classic I knew it was good for everyone involved,” team owner Brannick said. “Since Rob Ormsbee is available he has come on for this race as our crew chief and Tom Martino Race Engines is our motor sponsor for the weekend. I’m excited to get to the track and to see how we do in the Garden State Classic. We can’t wait for this Saturday.”

 

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