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JAKE JOHNSON SCORES FIRST MODIFIED WIN AT STAR SPEEDWAY IN SBM 125

PHOTO: Tom Morris Racing Photography


EPPING, N.H. –
In only his fifth start with the Monaco Modified Tri-Track Series, Jake Johnson joined an exclusive club. The nineteen-year-old from Rehoboth, Mass., survived a series of late-race restarts to post his first-ever Tour-type Modified victory in Saturday’s SBM 125 XI at Star Speedway.

Johnson withstood challenges from Woody Pitkat and Max Zachem to earn the win, becoming the fifth different winner of the Epping, N.H. bullring’s signature Modified event.

“It’s a huge win for me,” Johnson said, “but you know, it’s a huge win for everyone.”

Thunder Road winner Chase Dowling started from the front row and swapped the early lead with Johnson before taking control of the event. With points leader and six-time SBM 125 winner Matt Hirschman mired deep in traffic early, Dowling had an opportunity to capitalize in the points. But as Dowling struggled to clear lapped traffic, Johnson made a bold move to take the lead, trapping the Connecticut star behind slower cars for a few laps.

A lap-73 spin slowed the race for the first time, allowing the field to come to the pits. Hirschman emerged tenth, but officials held “Big Money Matt” one lap for a pit infraction, ending the Pennsylvanian’s charge. Matt Galko brought the field to green, keeping Dowling and Johnson at bay for a few laps. But on a lap-80 restart, Galko got stuck in the outside line, dropping through the field as Johnson took the lead back from Dowling.

Zachem and Pitkat emerged as new threats for the podium, swapping second and third, but Johnson got away on the restarts before the two racers could settle into line.

A heated battle just outside the top five ended with a spin with a few laps to go, bunching up the field for one last restart. Zachem lined up alongside Johnson, but Johnson and Pitkat were able to clear Zachem for good as they sprinted to the checkered flag.

Johnson, who made his Modified debut with a third-place finish at Seekonk Speedway in last October’s season-ending Haunted Hundred, capped off his transition to open-wheel racing with the hard-fought win.

Pitkat came up just short of nabbing his first Tri-Track win in seven years, while Zachem had a career night to come home third. Ryan Doucette raced his way to fourth in the final laps, while early leader Dowling could do no better than fifth in the second half of the race.

Anthony Nocella, Dylan Izzo in Bob Horn’s #50, Ronnie Williams, Austin Beers and Les Hinckley rounded out the top ten. 

The Monaco Modified Tri-Track Series will return to the track on Saturday, August 6 at New London-Waterford Speedbowl, for the first race at the coastal Connecticut oval since 2015.

For more information on the Monaco Modified Tri-Track Series, visit MonacoModifieds.com.

Fresh Off Whitcomb 5 Series Win, Sam Rameau Set For Tri-Track Action at Star Speedway

By Souza Media

PHOTO: Tom Morris Racing Photography

For the fourth time this season, Sam Rameau will strap in behind the wheel of the No. 06 for Monaco Modified Tri-Track Series racing this Saturday night. Set to compete in the SBM 125 at Star Speedway, worth $7,500 to win, Rameau will look to make it two straight wins for Rameau Family Motorsports.

Last Friday night, Rameau captured a $5,000 victory at Lee USA Speedway, winning the third round of the Whitcomb 5 Series. So far in the Tri-Track season, Rameau does have one podium finish and would like to carry momentum into Star to score in the 11th annual SBM race.

A total purse of more than $40,000 is on the line for competitors in the Tri-Track special.

“We’ve had a history filled with ups and downs and Star,” Rameau said. “But right now, we have a good package with our cars and we have a lot of confidence going there for the big race. With 125 laps and $7,500 on the line, this is going to be a stout field and a lot of competition for us to race against. We will go there and give it the best effort we can and hope to come out on top.”

The race day schedule for Star Speedway includes practice from 1:30-2:30 p.m., followed by qualifying heats at 4:15 p.m. The drop of the green flag for the SBM 125 is scheduled for around 8 p.m., live on RacingAmerica.TV for those who can’t make it to the track. All tickets for the event will be sold at the gate.

For more information on the Monaco Modified Tri-Track Series, visit MonacoModifieds.com and follow the series on social media. For more information on Sam Rameau and Rameau Family Motorsports, visit SammyRameau.com and follow Rameau Family Motorsports on Facebook.

Matt Galko, Stan Mertz Racing Ready For SBM Classic at Star Speedway

By Souza Media

PHOTO: Tom Morris Racing Photography/Souza Media

WHITINSVILLE, Mass. – For the first time this season, Matt Galko and Stan Mertz Racing will team together to compete at a track not named Stafford Motor Speedway this weekend. Galko will drive the No. 6 Koopman Lumber Tour-Type Modified at Star Speedway in Epping, New Hampshire, on Saturday, July 23, to compete in the Monaco Modified Tri-Track Series SBM 125.

The $7,500 to win race will present some of the top talent in Modified racing, and Galko is ready for the challenge. In his races so far with Stan Mertz Racing in 2022, Galko has led laps and been in contention to win nearly all of them.

The Tri-Track race at Star will be the second race for the team with the series in 2022 – as Woody Pitkat drove the No. 6 to a top-10 finish at Thunder Road Speedbowl in May.

“I’m very excited to get back to work with the team,” Galko said. “We’ve consistently shown speed and I think we will transition that right into Star Speedway. I’ve run well there before in the past and the Stan Mertz Racing No. 6 has always been strong there as well. I think with our experience combined together, we will be a threat for victory.”

The race day schedule for Star includes one practice session from 1:30-2:30 p.m., followed by the start of qualifying heats at 4 p.m. The feature race for the Monaco Modified Tri-Track Series is scheduled to go green around 7:30 p.m., live on RacingAmerica.TV for those who can’t make it to the track. Tickets will be available at the gate for those in the area.

For more information on the Monaco Modified Tri-Track Series, visit MonacoModifieds.com. For more information on Stan Mertz Racing, visit StanMertzRacing.com and follow the team on social media for the latest updates.