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Seekonk, Mass. (September 12, 2019): This Saturday night, the Tri-Track Open Modified Series (TTOMS) heads to Monadnock Speedway for the running of the Monadnock 100. The facility, now under the ownership of the Wrenn Family, is located in Winchester, NH, just 10 miles, give or take, from the towns of Swanzey – home of three Series’ regulars. These hometown favorites are also clear favorites to win at the quarter mile. Russ Hersey of Swanzey, Kirk Alexander and Todd Patnode, each of West Swanzey, NH, will head to their hometown track looking for victory.  

Each like their chances when the 100-lapper goes green on Saturday night at approximately 9:15pm.

“It is my best opportunity to win a Tri-Track race,” said Hersey. “I’m the most comfortable at this track.”

Patnode, who runs at Monadnock weekly in the track’s NASCAR Sportsman Modified division, is the currently division’s point leader.  He will undoubtedly be looking to add to his win tally.

“I am really looking forward to the race,” said Alexander, who has been plagued with misfortune all year. “I like our chances.”

Practice starts at 2pm. Qualifying for all divisions gets underway at 5pm including 15-lap qualifying heat races for the Modifieds. Features are expected to go green at approximately 6pm. There is a Sunday rain date for the event. 

The similarities of these three drivers does not end with their confidence in their ability to win on Saturday night. Their histories, their prowess and their love for the track are as close as their geographic proximity.

All three drivers cut their teeth on the high banks of Monadnock Speedway.  Alexander took his first laps in a Mini Stock while Hersey and Patnode got their starts in Street Stocks. The three grew up together racing at the track.

“We all started here and graduated through the ranks,” said Hersey. “Each of us has thousands of laps here.”   

Alexander has feature victories in multiple divisions including Mini Stocks, Late Models, Pro Stocks and Modifieds; winning multiple track championships in Pro Stocks and Modifieds. Hersey has wins in Enduros, Street Stocks, Late Models, Pro Stocks and Modifieds; also winning multiple track championships in Pro Stocks and Modifieds. Patnode, too, has wins and championships in multiple divisions and looks to add to the list of titles in 2019.

All three have Tour-Type Modified wins at the speedway as well. 

The most impressive of all the similarities between these three great racers; however, is not reflected in the record books. It may just be in the respect they still have for each other after decades of competition and the context within which it exists.

“I have no problem beating them and they have no problem beating me,” said Alexander, with an air of admiration and friendship.

Over the year’s there has been a perception of a rivalry between these three ultra-competitive drivers but what really exists is a kinship.

“There’s no rivalry between us,” said Hersey, too, with a genuine admiration in his voice. “But we still want to beat each other.”

All this has got to leave one to wonder, is there something in the water in Swanzey, NH?

He doesn’t necessarily drink the rarified water, but Brian Robie does share the same speedway. The addition of Monadnock to the 2019 Tri-Track Open Modified Series schedule was surely a welcome one for Robie of Sunapee, NH, another Series regular.  This season, Robie has run wheel-to-wheel with Patnode in the track’s NASCAR Home Tracks Sportsman Modified division. Familiarity and comfort to the racy high-banked quarter mile could be just what Robie needs to break into TTOMS victory lane.  

While there will be stiff competition from the over 30 drivers registered for the event on Saturday night, the Monadnock 100 could very well come down to one of these talented four drivers.

Adult general admission for a full racing card that also included Young Guns, Pure Stocks, Late Models, Sportsman Modifieds and Late Models is $30. Senior (65+) general admission is $20. General admission tickets for kids ages 11-18 is $10 and kids 10 and under are admitted free. Pit entry is $40.

To learn more, visit TriTrackMods.com, MonadnockSpeedway.com or visit follow both on social media. 


Photo Michael Jaworecki/Myracenews

Seekonk, Mass. (September 9, 2019): Whether it is racing excitement, sentiment or cold hard cash, the Tri-Track Open Modified Series (TTOMS) always has something extra for fans and competitors alike. Saturday night, September 14 at Monadnock Speedway will be no different. With extra incentives built into an already robust purse, the stout field of Modified competitors will pull out all the stops in pursuit of victory; ramping up the racing action for fans of the series, open-modified racing and Monadnock Speedway.

The winner of the Ron Bouchard’s Auto Store Challenge Cup will be decided on Saturday night. When the checkers fall on Round #2 of the Challenge, the driver with the best overall finish including Round #1 at Claremont Speedway, held earlier this year, will receive the coveted Ron Bouchard’s Auto Stores Challenge Cup trophy and $500 bonus courtesy of James Osterhoudt.

With the support of Ron Bouchard’s Auto Stores, the Bouchard and Miller Families and Kathy Maffei-Thompson, competitors will receive a minimum of $1,100 to take the green flag for the Monadnock 100. Thanks to the continued generosity of the Don Miller and the Miller Family, all Tri-Track Open Modified Series drivers in competition on Saturday night will receive complimentary admission in honor of the late Ricky Miller.

The stacked field of competitors is expected to reach over 30 including the most recent Series winners Matt Hirschman, Ronnie Williams and Ron Silk. Other drivers to watch during the Monadnock 100 include Chase Dowling, Matthew Swanson, Woody Pitkat, Les Hinckley, Tommy Barrett and Richard Savary. Some other notables include a relative newcomer to the Series Austin Kochenash, who showed promise earlier this season, and former SK Modified Champion Rob Janovic, making his first start of 2019. The trio of hometown favorites – Kirk Alexander, Russ Hersey, and Todd Patnode- cannot be counted out.

Pre-race ceremonies on Saturday evening will include a tribute to the late Carl and Treva Merrill. This dynamic duo indelibly changed the face of New England racing.  Carl, an honored Army Air Corps veteran, who, for over 60 years, served in various capacities from flagman to chief steward to race director at several speedways in the Northeast including Thompson and Monadnock Speedways as well as the now defunct Westboro Speedway. He had no greater role than that which he served at Norwood Arena. With his guiding presence in the late 60s and early 70s, Norwood was one of the nation’s best of its time.

Treva was an integral part in Carl’s racing career even taking an active part in the operations of the Speedways from selling tickets to running the souvenir concessions and even selling 50/50 tickets. She was as stalwart supporter of her husband of over 60 years. Carl and Treva passed away in January and May of 2013, respectively.

Paula Bouchard will serve as the Grand Marshall for the event.

Practice gets starts at 2pm. Qualifying for all divisions gets underway at 5pm including 15-lap qualifying heat races for the Modifieds. There is a Sunday rain date for the event. 

Adult general admission for a full racing card that also included Young Guns, Pure Stocks, Late Models, and Sportsman Modifieds is $30. Senior (65+) general admission is $20. General admission tickets for kids ages 11-18 are $10 and kids 10 and under are admitted free. Pit entry is $40.

For more information visit the Tri-Track Open Modified Series at TriTrackMods.com and Monadnock Speedway at MonadnockSpeedway.com

Entry List -Tri-Track Open Modified Series -Monadnock 100

Saturday, Sept 14 Monadnock Speedway
00 – Chase Dowling
02 – Geoff Rollins
04 – Joey Jarvis
04 – Dylan Izzo
3 – Matthew Swanson
3 – Matt Galko
6 – Woody Pitkat
6 – Benjamin Byrne
7 – Andrew Charron
8 – Cam McDermott
12 – Rob Richardi
13 – Cameron Sontag
15 – TJ Bleau
16 – Colbey Fournier
21 – Les Hinckley
24 – Todd Patnode
25 – Brian Robie
25 – Calvin Carroll
25 – Ronnie Williams
27 – Anthony Sesely
35 – Jacob Perry
43 – Tommy Barrett
50S – Ron Silk
50 – Carl Medeiros Jr.
51- Rob Janovic
60 – Matt Hirschman
66 – Austin Kochenash
74 – Manny Dias
76 – Kirk Alexander
82 – Mike Holdridge
88 – Russ Hersey
93 – George Sherman
99 – Richard Savary
176 – Dana Dimatteo

JBH 150 at Monadnock Speedway up Next for GSPSS

(Tom Morris/GSPSS photo)

After a long summer break, The Granite State Pro Stock Series gets back to action with one of its biggest events of the season. The JBH 150, at Monadnock Speedway in Winchester NH, is the series annual tribute to one of its founders, John “Boy” Hoyt.

   This event has turned into one of the most anticipated events of the season for the fans, series staff and the competitors. The Wrenn family has stepped up and turned this into a showcase event going 150 green flag laps, paying $3000 to win and $300 to start.

   In 2011 Hoyt and Mike Parks teamed up to run a one off event for pro stock style cars. The event, held at Claremont Motorsports Park, was a huge success and lead to the first GSPSS season the following year.

   “Without Hoyt’s hard work and dedication the series would never have gotten to the point it’s at today” said series co-founder Mike Parks, “and for this reason we celebrate him with this event”. Parks then added “He was a good friend, person and a true racers racer.”

   In the 2018 edition of this event, Devin O’Connell picked up the win holding off a hard charging Todd Stone and Mike O’Sullivan. The win, O’Connells second of the season, helped propel him to the 2018 series championship. O’Connell comes into the 2019 event trying to defend his championship but looking up at the top spot at the midway point of the season.

   For 2019 there are two visits to the high banked quarter mile Monadnock Speedway scheduled. Round one was dominated by Mike O’Sullivan who not only won the race but set fast time in the Crazy Horse Race for the pole and won his heat race. O’Sullivan has multiple Monadnock wins on his resume and knows a repeat of his spring performance will not be easy.

   Joey Doiron comes into the event holding down the lead in the series point standings. Doiron competed in the recently held Motor Mountain Masters at Jennerstown Speedway, during which he got something in his eye and was forced to withdraw early. Doiron hopes the eye is recovered in time for the JBH 150 so he can continue the championship fight.

   Todd Stone comes to Monadnock off a victory in the Jennerstown event and looks to ride the momentum to his second career GSPSS win. 2019 has been a bit of a struggle for the Middlebury VT driver as his team has tried to work the bugs out of a brand new Port City Race Car. With his big win in PA Stone hopes that momentum is on his side.

   In 2019 Jimmy Renfrew Jr has been one of the northeast’s hottest drivers. Podium finishes in street stocks and ACT style late models have come with ease in this year, but a second GSPSS victory has eluded the young driver. He hopes that the JBH 150 can be his breakout pro stock event for 2019.

   Other notables on the entry list include former Monadnock champion and many time winner Barry Gray as well as 2017 JBH winner Josh King. Both former regulars at the Winchester oval have had their struggles this season. They look for a home town advantage to help turn around their seasons and get them back running up front. King currently sits fifth in the point standings but would like to pick up his first podium finish in 2019.

   Rookie competitor Jake Matheson looks to make his series return at Monadnock. His team was forced to make a trip to NC for chassis repairs after a grinding wreck in the Lee event and didn’t have their car ready to go to Hudson. Matheson finished solidly in the top ten the first time the series visited Monadnock and is looking for his first top five finish in a full sized car.

   Racing at Monadnock Speedway will kick off at 5:00 on Saturday August 17 with the Crazy Horse Racing race for the pole followed by heat races and the 150 lap feature event. For more information check out Monadnock Speedway at www.monadnockspeedway.com or the Granite State Pro Stock Series at www.gspss.com or on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.