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MATT HIRSCHMAN SCORES FIFTH SBM WIN AT STAR SPEEDWAY

POCKETS $6,000 CHECK WITH DOMINATING PERFORMANCE 

By Kyle Souza  Photo: Michael Jaworecki/Myracenews

EPPING, N.H. — Matt Hirschman wasn’t about to be denied. The Pennsylvania native, who is no stranger to Victory Lane on the Tri Track Open Modified Series circuit, returned to glory on Saturday night at Star Speedway in the ninth annual SBM race. 

But the ride to victory wasn’t one that came without difficulty, especially at the end. Hirschman dominated the beginning, taking the lead on lap 25 and leading through lap 83, before a controlled caution slowed the race. While some elected to stay out, Hirschman worked to pit road for a fresh Hoosier tire, the charge started back to the front from ninth position. He would eventually pass Matt Swanson for the top spot on a restart at lap 112 and never look back. 

It was the fifth win in the prestigious event for Hirschman, who is one of just two drivers to compete in all previous SBM races. The race was 121 laps, in honor of track owner and operator Bobby Webber’s son Tim Webber, who turned 21-years-old the week of the race. 

The purse for the event was over $40,000, a figure that didn’t change post-COVID pandemic. Due to COVID-19, and guidance from the state of New Hampshire, Star Speedway ran at 50% capacity for the event in the grandstands, and sold out. Tri Track and Star officials made sure that all social distancing and safe health practices were in place. 

“I’ve always enjoyed coming here, winning the first time I have ever came here, and having all of this success I’ve had in this SBM race after that,” Hirschman said. “Going back to the original races, it was, and has been, a big deal for us.” 

Swanson, who started 27th after earning a provisional into the race, played a different strategy than Hirschman did, and it almost paid off. Swanson elected not to pit as part of the controlled caution period on lap 83, and took over the lead when most others went down pit road. Swanson led the race from lap 83-112, before Hirschman took control when Swanson spun his tires on the restart.

Swanson would finish second, while Andy Jankowiak, who played a similar strategy and stayed out, finished third. Jankowiak was involved in a wreck on lap 25 with veteran Dave Sapienza, but was able to rebound.

Ronnie Williams started third and finished fourth, and Eric Goodale made his return to the Tri Track Series and rounded out the top five. NASCAR Cup Series regular Ryan Preece was sixth in his return to Modified racing, while Anthony Nocella, Austin Kochenash, Cam McDermott and Ron Silk finished the top-10. 

Earlier in the day, Ron Silk, Matt Hirschman, Andy Shaw and Andy Jankowiak won heat races, while Anthony Nocella and Calvin Carroll earned consi wins. Both heat and consi winners collected $300 courtesy of the Pepsi Challenge. 

Swanson, who passed 25 Modifieds en route to the front, earned a $500 hard charger bonus courtesy of Green Construction. Since pole sitter Austin Kochenash didn’t win the race, courtesy of Superior Refinishing, the next race on the circuit will pay a $600 bonus if the pole sitter wins the race. 

The Tri Track Open Modified Series returns to the track on Saturday, August 15, with the second stop of the season at Monadnock Speedway. 

RESULTS: Tri Track Open Modified Series; Star Speedway; July 25: 

  1. 1. Matt Hirschman 
  1. 2. Matt Swanson 
  1. 3. Andy Jankowiak 
  1. 4. Ronnie Williams 
  1. 5. Eric Goodale 
  1. 6. Ryan Preece 
  1. 7. Anthony Nocella 
  1. 8. Austin Kochenash 
  1. 9. Cam McDermott 
  1. 10. Ron Silk 
  1. 11. Calvin Carroll 
  1. 12. Kurt Vigeant 
  1. 13. Kirk Alexander 
  1. 14. Craig Lutz 
  1. 15. Bryan Narducci 
  1. 16. Devin O’Connell 
  1. 17. Andy Shaw 
  1. 18. Les Rose Jr. 
  1. 19. Dylan Izzo 
  1. 20. Tommy Barrett 
  1. 21. Dave Sapienza 
  1. 22. Richard Savary
  1. 23. Ryan Doucette 
  1. 24. Les Hinckley  
  1. 25. Carl Medeiros Jr. 
  1. 26. Dana DiMatteo 
  1. 27. Josh Cantara 

TRI TRACK OPEN MODIFIED SERIES HEADS TO STAR SPEEDWAY

SBM 121 SET FOR SATURDAY; TALENT-LADEN FIELD SET FOR COMPETITION 

By Kyle Souza 

Photo Tom Morris/Myracenews

SEEKONK, Mass. — The best of the best in Modified racing are heading to Star Speedway chasing a $6,000 winning prize on Saturday night. In the annual SBM 121, names like NASCAR Cup Series star Ryan Preece, Woody Pitkat, Ron Silk, Ronnie Williams, Matt Hirschman, Eric Goodale and Matt Swanson will compete against a field full of talent in the second race of the Tri Track Open Modified Series season. 

The total purse for Star rises over $40,000, with heat and consi races also paying $300 to win courtesy of Pepsi and the Pepsi Challenge.  A contingency program with select additional awards is also up for grabs. None of the purse has changed since prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Due to COVID-19, and guidance from the state of New Hampshire, Star Speedway will run at 50% capacity for the event in the grandstands. Tri Track and Star officials will make sure all social distancing and safe health practices will be in place to keep teams, drivers, staff and fans safe in the pit area. 

On July 5, Craig Lutz used a final lap bump to win the opener of 2020, delayed two months due to COVID-19. Lutz, and the man he bumped in the final corner, Les Hinckley, could be setting up for a rematch to the checkered flag at Star. Hinckley is no stranger to the track, having three second-place efforts in previous SBM events. The talented field will also include a host of Tri Track regulars and additional invaders looking to etch their name in SBM history. 

The 9th annual SBM 121 will be a bit different than all the previous events — it will still take place at the Epping, New Hampshire, oval, but will 121 laps instead of the normal 125. This year’s SBM race is 121 laps in honor of Tim Webber – the son of track promoter Bobby Webber, who is turning 21 during the month of July. In the previous eight, Hirschman has four wins, Jon McKennedy has two, Todd Patnode has one, and so does Silk, the defending winner. Last year, Silk beat Williams and Swanson across the line at the finish. 

Following Star, the remainder of the schedule remains in place – with stops at Monadnock (August 15) and Seekonk Speedway (August 26 & October 24) still in plans. 

“The SBM is one of our favorite events of the year,” Wayne Darling, Managing Partner of the Tri Track Open Modified Series, said. “This field of drivers that will be assembled at Star on Saturday is going to include some of the best in all of Modified racing. We can’t wait to see who earns the checkered flag.” 

Fans are encouraged to purchase their tickets ahead through Venmo (@bwebber19), to make sure they get their seat. There are a limited amount of grandstand tickets remaining. There will be no pre-sales for pit passes.  

Over eight years, 96 drivers have attempted to qualifying for SBM events. Silk, who earned the win last year for Bob Horn, managed to do it from the rear of the field after not qualifying through his heat race. The Norwalk, Connecticut, native has finishes of 4th (2015), 2nd (2018) and 1st (2019) in his last three SBM starts. Hirschman and Josh Cantara are the only two drivers in history to attempt to qualify for all eight previous SBM events. 

It’s hard to forget about Preece, who is returning to his Modified roots on his off weekend from NASCAR Cup Series racing. Preece ran the first four SBM events, finishing inside the top-five three times. He has experience at Star and will practice the car the night before the race to try and get the upper hand. Names like rising Modified star Jacob Perry, former NASCAR National champion Bryan Narducci, Tommy Barrett, Andy Jankowiak, Richard Savary, Anthony Nocella and more are also expected. 

Courtesy of Green Construction, the Hard Charger award will pay $500 to the driver who advances the most positions during the race. Along with the bonuses from Pepsi, there is also another bonus on the line for the driver who starts on the pole. Courtesy of Superior Refinishing and Ted Anderson, if the polesitter wins the race, he will earn an extra $400. If the polesitter doesn’t win, the next stop on the seires at Monadnock on August 15 will $600 to win from the pole. 

Tri Track Open Modified Series teams can practice on Friday from 4-8 p.m. and can sign-up by contacting the track directly since spots are limited. On Saturday morning, the pit area opens for Tri Track teams at 10:45 a.m., while the first practice will go green from 1:15-1:55 p.m. There will be a second practice from 2:15-2:40 p.m., and a scuff session will take place from 3:05-3:15 p.m. Heat races begin for Star divisions at 3:30 p.m., followed by qualifying for the Tri Track Series. 

For more information on the Tri Track Open Modified Series, visit tritrackmodifieds.com and follow the series on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. 

PURSE: TRI TRACK OPEN MODIFIED SERIES AT STAR SPEEDWAY: JULY 25:  
1. $6,000  
2. $3,250  
3. $2,600  
4. $2,200  
5. $1,600  
6. $1,500  
7. $1,400  
8. $1,300  
9. $1,200  
10. $1,190  
11. $1,180  
12. $1,170  
13. $1,160  
14. $1,150  
15. $1,140  
16. $1,130  
17. $1,120  
18. $1,110  
19. $1,000  
20. $1,000  
21. $1,000  
22. $1,000  
23. $1,000  
24. $1,000  
25. $1,000  
26. $1,000 

Tri Track Open Modified Season To BEGIN Sunday at Monadnock

LARGE FIELD FULL OF VARIETY SET FOR HIGH BANKS IN NEW HAMPSHIRE 

BY KYLE SOUZA  PHOTO NOAH WATTS/MYRACENEWS

SEEKONK, Mass. — Two months delayed due to COVID-19, the Tri Track Open Modified Series season hits full speed Sunday at Monadnock Speedway in Winchester, New Hampshire. Celebrating Independence Day weekend, Tri Track will headline a full day of racing at the high-banked oval with a 100-lap feature. More than 30 drivers have already placed their order for tires and are set to compete with a field full of the top stars in Modified racing. 

Due to COVID, and per guidance from the state of New Hampshire, Monadnock Speedway will run at 50% capacity for the event in the grandstands. Teams are restricted to just 10 crew members per team and all social distancing and safe health practices will be in place to keep teams, drivers, staff and fans safe. Race fans who can’t make it to the track can purchase the race live on Speed51.com for $24.95. Speed51 will air the entirety of Tri Track qualifying and feature racing, along with the Pro Truck Series. 

The purse for Monadnock rises over $40,000 in total prizes, with $6,000 up for grabs to the winner. Heat and consi races will each pay $300 to win courtesy of Pepsi, with the brand-new Pepsi challenge. A contingency program with select additional awards is also up for grabs. None of the purse has changed since prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Following Monadnock, the remainder of the schedule remains in place – with stops at Star Speedway (July 25), Monadnock (August 15) and Seekonk Speedway (August 26 & October 24) still in plans. 

“Getting the 2020 season off the ground is something we are excited about,” Wayne Darling, Managing Partner of the Tri Track Open Modified Series, said. “We have a stout field of cars set to compete on Sunday and we thank Monadnock for working with us to reschedule our event to Sunday and give everyone the best chance to see some great Modified racing.” 

Former Tri Track champions Ronnie Williams (defending champion) and Matt Hirschman top the list of favorites to compete for the checkered flag on Sunday. Modified stars Chase Dowling, Matt Swanson, Woody Pitkat, Blake Barney, Craig Lutz, Ron Silk and Anthony Nocella are also expected to run for the win. Tri Track veterans Les Hinckley, Richard Savary, Tommy Barrett and Kirk Alexander are also heading to New Hampshire. 

The field includes a mix of Tri Track stars, along with regulars from the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, Race of Champions Tour and Modified Racing Series, along with Monadnock Speedway Sportsman Modified division regulars. Brian Robie, current Monadnock weekly points leader, along with Matt Kimball and Ben Byrne have filed entries to compete with Tri Track. Rising Modified stars Joey Cipriano, Calvin Carroll, Derek Robbie, Jacob Perry, Ryan Doucette, Dana DiMatteo, and more, are also expected. 

The race will not be one fans want to miss.  

There will be no drivers meeting Sunday to avoid creating a large gathering, and race teams have been provided race notes and procedures to follow ahead of entry to the track. The Pro Trucks, Late Model Sportsman, Mini Stocks and Street Stocks will also be in action during the day. Practice begins at 12 p.m., with one session rolling until 12:45 p.m., followed by rotating sessions for the other divisions. Heat races will start at 2 p.m., with feature racing to follow. Tri Track’s feature is the final of the night and estimated to take the green flag at 7 p.m.  

For more information on Speed51, visit Speed51.com and follow them on social media. For more information on Monadnock Speedway, visit them at monadnockspeedway.com and follow them on social media. For more information on the Tri Track Open Modified Series, visit tritrackmodifieds.com and follow the series on Facebook, Twitter (@TriTrackNE) and Instagram.