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