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TTOMS OPEN WHEEL WEDNESDAY AT SEEKONK TO RONNIE WILLIAMS

Seekonk, Mass (June 26, 2019): It was quite a week for Ellington, CT, driver Ronnie Williams. Riding high after a big win at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sunday, Williams rolled into Seekonk Speedway with momentum and a strong Roscoe Racing team on his side. A short-pit strategy during the Tri-Track Open Modified Series (TTOMS) Open Wheel Wednesday and a potent race car paid off in a big way for Williams.

Tommy Barrett, Jr. of Millis, MA and Matt Swanson of Acton, MA, also scored podium finishes.

Williams short-pitted on lap 43 while other contenders pitted after halfway, thus avoiding some tense moments in the closing stages to make a late race pass for the win and the $10,000.   

Race favorite Matt Hirschman of Northampton, PA, had to settle for a fourth-place finish. Todd Patnode of Swanzey, NH, quietly came home in fifth over early race leader Woody Pitkat of Bellingham, MA. TTOMS newcomer Austin Kochenash of Danielsville, PA, had a strong run all night to come home seventh. Calvin Carroll, of Andover, NJ, Ron Silk of Norwalk, CT, and Jon Keivman of Deerfield Beach, FL, completed the top-ten.  

After a redraw following qualifying, Pitkat led the 27-car field into 100 green flag laps of racing. After a quick side-by-side battle with Kochenash for the top spot, Pitkat edged ahead for the lead. Anthony Sesely of Matwah, NJ, jumped into the fray getting alongside Kochenash while Matt Swanson and Silk were locked in a great battle for fourth.

Swanson began to fade slightly on the outside groove losing spots to Patnode and Mike Holdridge of Madison, CT. By lap 12, Silk had moved into second taking chase of Pitkat.  Silk was the new leader at lap 16.  Just outside of the top ten was Hirschman, Chuck Hossfeld of Ransomville, NY, Keith Rocco of Berlin, CT, and Williams.

Silk continued to lead a freight train that included Pitkat, Sesely, Kochenash and Patnode.  Stafford SK rivals Williams and Rocco were locked in a battle for ninth position. Leader Silk never missed a beat as he entered lapped traffic at lap 30. Holdridge continued to have a strong run in sixth position.

Silk and Pitkat had started to get some distance over third-running Sesely when the caution flew on lap 31 for a single car spin by Geoff Rollins of Groton, MA. Kochenash gave up the fourth spot to head pit side for early service; as did Carroll, Hossfeld, Brian Robie of Sunapee, NH, and Kirk Alexander of W. Swanzey, NH.  

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Back under green once again it was all Silk. Patnode and Swanson looked for running room in the high groove. With the bottom proving to be the preferred line each lost ground to Holdridge and Hirschman.

On lap 37, Hirschman moved past Holdridge and into fourth. Rocco continued to move to the front;  breaking into the top -five on lap 38. The second caution of the event flew on lap 43 for a single-car spin by Carl Medeiros, Jr. of Westport, MA. Under the caution Rob Murphy of Rochester, MA, Williams, Les Hinckley of Windsor Locks, CT, Anthony Nocella of Woburn, MA, Dana DiMatteo, of Farmington, CT and Patnode pitted under the caution period.  

After only a single lap of green flag racing with Silk again at the point, the caution flew again for a solo spinner. The lap 44 restart looked much the same for leader Silk. Hirschman was looking to the outside of Sesely for third with Swanson in tow. Hirschman was able to complete the pass on the outside on lap 47. Hossfeld and Kochenash, who pitted early, were making their way back into contention.

At halfway, Silk continued to show the way over Pitkat, Hirschman, Sesely, Swanson, Rocco, Russ Hersey of Swanzey, NH, Holdridge, Andy Jankowiak of Tonawanda, NY, and Hossfeld inside the top-ten.  The running order and the entire complexion of the race would change shortly after with the event’s fourth caution on lap 55 for an incident involving Alexander and DiMatteo. 

Under the caution most of the frontrunners headed to the pits including Silk, Pitkat, Hirschman, Sesely, Rocco, Hersey and others. The ensuing restart pitted Swanson against Rob Murphy with Jankowiak and Kochenash in the front two rows.

Swanson was the new leader on lap 55. Kochenash was dogged in his pursuit of Murphy for second. Williams and Barrett headed several rows of side-by-side racing deeper in the pack. Earlier front-runners were not making headway back toward the front. Mired in traffic, at lap 65, Silk, Sesely, Hirschman and Rocco were outside of the top-ten in the running order.

While Swanson could not shake Murphy, Williams broke into the top-five before the completion of lap 70.  With 25 laps remaining Swanson led Murphy, Kochenash, Jankowiak, Williams, Barrett, Holdridge, Carroll, Robie and Patnode.

The fifth caution of the event lap at lap 77 when the #50 of Ronnie Silk spun in turn two. The early leader would take the opportunity under the caution period to pit.  A great restart on lap 77 gave Swanson the lead free and clear quickly. Kochenash took over second with Murphy hung up on the outside. Williams moved into third.

William dove to the inside of Kochenash looking for second when the sixth caution flew on lap 80 for an uncharacteristic second spin by Silk with reports of a tire going down.  The now 20-lap shootout was set with Swanson holding the top spot over Kochenash and a charging Williams.

With heavy pressure coming from Williams Kochenash bobbled on the restart; stacking up the field. Sparks were flying inside the top-five and resulted in an accordion effect spin by Hinckley; bringing out the seventh caution.

In the second attempt at the lap 80 restart, Swanson rocketed out to the lead. Williams took advantage of the bottom groove to get by Kochenash for second.  Williams stalked Swanson for the top spot. Kochenash had a small gap in third followed by Murphy and Barrett.

The eighth caution flew when Robie came to rest on the front stretch on lap 85. With 15 laps remaining it was Swanson followed by Williams, Kochenash, Murphy, Barrett, Holdridge, Carroll, Patnode, Hirschman, and Rocco inside the top ten. Sesely, Jankowiak, Hersey, Silk, Pitkat, were next in line.

Swanson was able to gain a slight advantage over Williams on the restart. Over the next five laps, Williams applied heavy pressure to leader Swanson. Lap-after-lap, Williams looked low on Swanson.  Barrett was able to get by Kochenash and into third.  Williams had gotten alongside Swanson in a bid for the lead when a multi-car incident on the backstretch slowed the strong battle for the top spot on lap 90. Through the scuffle Hirschman had made this way into eighth.

The front two rows on the restart were Swanson and Williams, Barrett and Kochenash. Williams laid back on the restart and then immediately ducked low on Swanson in turn one. The two went wheel-to-wheel for a single lap before Williams took over the lead on lap 93. Barret was comfortably in third with Kochenash in fourth. Hirschman was coming after the restart; picking off cars. He was fifth when the tenth and final caution flew on lap 96 for a spin by Rolllins.

Williams was to set the pace for the restart with Barrett to his outside. Barrett stayed alongside Williams for a single lap before ducking behind and settling into second. Over the closing laps, Swanson had his hands full with Hirschman.  Williams flew under the checkers for the win and the $10k payday followed by Barrett. Swanson held on for third over Hirschman. Patnode quietly came home in fifth over early leader Pitkat. Kochenash had a strong run all night to come home seventh. Carroll, Silk and Jon Keivman of Deerfield Beach, FL, completed the top-ten.   

Heat Race wins went to Silk, Swanson and Hirschman. The consolation event went to DiMatteo.

Tri-Track Open Modified Series – OPEN WHEEL WEDNESDAY OFFICIAL RESULTS – June 26, 2019 – Seekonk Speedway (Laps Comp): 1.  Ronnie Williams, Ellington, CT (100); 2. Tommy Barrett, Millis, MA (100); 3.  Matt Swanson, Acton, MA (100); 4.  Matt Hirschman, Northampton, PA (100); 5. Todd Patnode Swanzey, NH (100); 6. Woody Pitkat, Bellingham, MA (100); 7. Austin Kochenash, Danielsville, PA (100); 8. Calvin Carroll Andover, NJ(100); 9. Ron Silk, Norwalk, CT (100); 10. Jon Keivman, Deerfield Beach, FL (100); 11. Rob Murphy, Rochester, MA (100); 12. Anthony Sesely, Matwah, NJ (100); 13. Russ Hersey, Swanzey, NH (100); 14. Keith Rocco, Berlin, CT (100); 15. Mike Holdridge, Madison, CT (100); 16. Les Hinckley, Windsor Locks, CT (100); 17. Colbey Fournier, Berkley, MA (100); 18. Geoff Rollins, Groton, MA (100); 19. Andrew Charron, E. Greenwich, RI (100); 20. Andy Jankowiak, Tonawanda, NY (90); 21. Kurt Vigeant, Oxford, MA (90); 22. Chuck Hossfeld, Ransomville, NY (89); 23. Brian Robie, Sunapee, NH (85); 24. Anthony Nocella, Woburn, MA (60); 25. Kirk Alexander, W. Swanzey, NH  (55); 26. Dana DiMatteo, Farmington, CT (54); 27. 50 Carl Medeiros, Westport, MA (43). DNQ: Matt Galko, Meriden, CT, Donny Hartzel, Hunlock Creek, NJ; Richard Savary, Canton, CT.   

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OPEN WHEEL WEDNESDAY TRADITION CONTINUES WITH TTOMS AT SEEKONK

Seekonk, Mass. (June 23, 2019): This Wednesday, June 26, 2019, the Tri-Track Open Modified Series (TTOMS) presents the fifteenth running of Open Wheel Wednesday at Seekonk Speedway. Keeping with tradition, the event promises a strong field of talented drivers in search of the $10,000 payday in 100-laps of green flag racing. Five past champions including Kirk Alexander, Tommy Barrett, Richard Savary, three-time winner Matt Hirschman and last year’s event winner Ron Silk headline a current entry list that tops 30 cars.

Open Wheel Wednesday also features the prestigious Boston Louie Seymour Memorial for the Northeastern Midget Association (NEMA) along with the NEMA Lites.

Pit gates open at 10am on Wednesday, June 26. Grandstands open at 4pm with racing scheduled to go green at 6:30pm. Entry to Seekonk Speedway’s pit area is $37. Grandstand admission is $27. A rain date has been set for Thursday, June 27.

The lucrative purse includes a $10,000 winner’s share and an impressive $800 to take the green.  Lap leader bonuses and other contingencies make the Tri-Track Open Modified Series and Open Wheel Wednesday event appealing to teams throughout New England, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. 

There will be some pretty stiff competition from drivers seeking their first Open Wheel Wednesday victories like long-time campaigners Les Hinckley, Todd Patnode and Russ Hersey. There could be some ‘home turf’ advantage for Matt Swanson aboard ‘Ole Blue’. Woody Pitkat is still riding high from a Modified Tour victory and Ronnie Williams is knocking on the door of a big win.

After a year-off from OWW competition, perennial Race of Champions hot-shoe Chuck Hossfeld will look to add his name to the winner’s list. There are some potential dark horses on the entry list as well like Keith Rocco and Anthony Sesely.  After the last few weeks, Andy Jankowiak could even be considered a ‘sentimental favorite’ to win on Wednesday.

There are plenty of drivers capable of taking down the victory at the “Cement Palace.”

In the early years, Seekonk Speedway was known for spirited Modified battles that included the likes of legends Carl ‘Bugsy’ Stevens, Ron Bouchard, George Summers, Leo “the Lion” Cleary, George Murray and countless others. Over the years Seekonk became synonymous with action-packed full-fendered racing. In 2005, with the introduction of Open Wheel Wednesday, Seekonk Speedway once again put itself on the map as a great Modified Track. Now under the NASCAR banner, the Vendetti Family, long-tenured owners of the Speedway, host the Whelen Modified Tour annually.  

The Tri-Track Open Modified Series will pay homage to the Speedway’s modified legacy as the family of the late George Summers will act as the event’s grand marshals.  

Summers began his racing career in 1952 and while he raced from Maine to Virginia amassing over two hundred career victories, nearly half came at the bullring, Seekonk Speedway. He is the track’s record holder for “Most Career Wins” with 100. Summers is a member of the New England Auto Racing (NEAR) Hall of Fame, the Seekonk Speedway Wall of Fame, and Living Legends of Auto Racing Hall of Fame in Daytona Beach, FL.

Having gone through variations in race management, now under the banner of the Tri-Track Open Modified Series (TTOMS), the event continues to be among the strongest in short track racing; drawing drivers from throughout the north east.

TRI-TRACK OPEN MODIFIED SERIES-OPEN WHEEL WEDNESDAY 2018 ENTRY LIST as of June 22

Geoff Rollins

Matt Swanson

Matt Galko

Woody Pitkat

Andrew Charron

Kurt Vigeant

Tommy Barrett

Colbey Fournier

Les Hinckley

Chuck Hossfeld

Todd Patnode

Brian Robie

Calvin Carroll

Ronnie Williams

Anthony Sesely

Donny Hartzl

Dan Meservey

Jon Kievman

Ron Silk

Carl Medeiros, Jr.

Keith Rocco

Matt Hirschman

CJ Bolton

Austin Kochenash

Kirk Alexander

Mike Holdridge

Rob Murphy

Russ Hersey

Richard Savary

Dana Dimatteo

Andy Jankowiak

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DOUG COBY DOMINATES FOR THIRD WIN OF SEASON AT SEEKONK

BYKYLE SOUZA NASCAR.COM JUNE 2, 2019

SEEKONK, Mass. — Doug Coby seems to be back in prime form.

The five-time NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion returned to Victory Lane for the third time in the first six races of the season on Saturday at Seekonk Speedway. Coby started from the pole, and although he was passed early by Matt Hirschman, the Milford, Connecticut, driver wasn’t going to be denied.

Doug Coby #2 gets underneath leader Matt Hirschman #60 to take the race lead and go on to victory at Seekonk Speedway June 1st 2019 Michael Jaworecki Myracenews Photo

He dominated the Seekonk 150, scoring his 27th career Whelen Modified Tour win and second at the Massachusetts third-mile.

RACING-REFERENCE: Seekonk 150 Race Results

“I think obviously we are establishing ourselves as a really dominant car at all different size tracks,” Coby said. “We have been on our game and picked up our game everywhere (compared to last year). It’s a long season, and we just need to make sure we keep learning if we are going to be the ones to keep winning races.”

Coby’s dominance was clear throughout the entire day. Although he was fourth in practice, Coby showed the speed under the hood of the No. 2 Mayhew Tools Chevrolet in qualifying, scoring his third Mayhew Tools Dominator Pole Award of the season.

Once the green flag dropped, it was Coby’s race to lose. After he passed Hirschman for the lead on lap 15, the veteran never looked back. Coby now has four top five finishes in six starts at Seekonk.

“I want to start on the front row here anytime I can,” Coby said. “You can just get out front and if you made the right adjustments like we did, and you can get out front, you can ride around out front and wait for every caution. I was running three 50 lap races in my head. At the end of each 50, I was just trying to get the end of the next 50.”

Defending series champion Justin Bonsignore started eighth, but made moves through the front of the field and finished second. After winning the Seekonk 150 last year, Bonsignore found himself chasing Coby in the final laps, but couldn’t quite get the run he needed to get back to Victory Lane.

Craig Lutz was third, scoring his second podium finish of the season. Ron Silk continued his early success with a fourth-place finish, while Timmy Solomito scored his first top five since Riverhead Raceway last September, in fifth. Chris Pasteryak was sixth, followed by Anthony Nocella, Matt Swanson, Patrick Emerling and Andrew Krause.

The Seekonk 150 will air on NBCSN on Wednesday, June 5 at 7 p.m.
The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour returns to the track for the Thompson 125 at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park on Wednesday, June 5.