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SAM RAMEAU GOES BACK-TO-BACK WITH TRI TRACK AT MONADNOCK SPEEDWAY

By Souza Media/Kyle Souza Photo Tom Morris/ Tri Track

WINCHESTER, N.H. — Sam Rameau dominated early, restarted deep in the field after a pit stop, drove to the front, made a pass for the lead, and rolled to Victory Lane. The Westminster, Massachusetts, native, and driver for Rameau Family Motorsports, was victorious in the season-opener for the Tri Track Open Modified Series presented by All Phases Renovations at Monadnock Speedway on Saturday, May 1. 

In the Wonder Casino 100, Rameau made a late pass on Ron Silk to score the $6,000 winning check — besting more than 30 cars that showed up to the Winchester, New Hampshire oval. Silk crossed the line second, with defending series champion Matt Hirschman third. 

Rameau pitted from the lead, along with the rest of the field, during a caution period just after halfway. He restarted outside the top-15 and his chances of winning at that point appeared slim. But the rising Modified talent worked his way to the front.

“I was just going at my own pace early, and we came in and I’m not going to lie, I was really nervous over the radio,” Rameau said. “With 40 laps to go, I said there was no way we were winning the race. The car just rolled the outside great. We all come here for the same reason. It’s really cool. I just really can’t thank my guys enough. They do a great job.”

Two-time NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion Justin Bonsignore and Les Hinckley finished the top-five. Ben Byrne was sixth, followed by Woody Pitkat, Anthony Nocella, NASCAR Cup Series driver Ryan Preece and Joey Cipriano III. 

Devin O’Connell advanced the most positions during the race, scoring the Green Construction, LLC Hard Charger award, worth $500. Earlier in the day, Justin Bonsignore, Woody Pitkat, Earl Paules and Ben Byrne won heat races, scoring $300 each courtesy of Pepsi and the Pepsi Challenge. Anthony Sesely and Brian Robie also scored $300 each from Pepsi with consi race wins.

The Tri Track Open Modified Series returns to the track at Star Speedway in New Hampshire on Saturday, May 22. For more information on the Tri Track Open Modified Series, visit tritrackmodifieds.com and follow the series on social media.

THE FINISH:

  1. Sam Rameau
  2. Ron Silk
  3. Matt Hirschman
  4. Chase Dowling
  5. Les Hinckley
  6. Ben Byrne
  7. Woody Pitkat
  8. Anthony Nocella 
  9. Ryan Preece
  10. Joey Cipriano III
  11. Anthony Sesely
  12. Max Zachem
  13. Devin O’Connell 
  14. Joel Monahan
  15. Chase Dowling
  16. Chris Pasteryak
  17. Kurt Vigeant
  18. Brian Robie 
  19. Doug DiPisa
  20. Richard Savary
  21. Matt Swanson
  22. Matt Kimball
  23. Kirk Alexander
  24. Austin Kochenash
  25. Ronnie Williams
  26. Glen Reen

SAM RAMEAU RETURNS TO MONADNOCK LOOKING TO GO BACK-TO-BACK

By Souza Media/Kyle Souza Photo Tom Morris

WESTMINSTER, Mass. — The last time Sam Rameau competed at Monadnock Speedway, he left carrying a $6,000 check from the Tri Track Open Modified Series. This Saturday, May 1, Rameau returns to the high-banks looking to take home another $6,000 prize in the season-opener for Tri Track — the Wonder Casino 100.

“It’s definitely exciting,” Rameau said, “It’s good to be going back there with confidence, knowing that we have been able to do it there before. There will be a bunch of family and friends at the track, even my friends from school. It’s good to be the hometown kid… most of the people there who will be watching the race watched my dad race there when I was kid and I like to think most will be cheering for me. I love going there. It’s a good atmosphere.”

Rameau is one of more than 35 cars expected to compete in the Tri Track opener, which will include quite the competitive field of Modified talent. In Rameau’s first three races of the 2021 season, he has two top-10 finishes, including a sixth-place effort in the debut of the Outlaw Open Modified Series at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park on April 10. Following Monadnock, the team will begin preparation for the second Tri Track race of the season at Star Speedway on May 22.

Saturday’s Tri Track race day includes practice from 2-3 p.m., followed by qualifying heats at 5 p.m., with consi racing and the feature to follow. The 100-lap race will air to a live audience on Speed51.TV. Live updates from the track can be found on the Rameau Family Motorsports Facebook page.

For more information on Sam Rameau, visit sammyrameau.com and follow Rameau Family Motorsports on Facebook. For more information on Souza Media, follow on Facebook and visit kylesouza.com.

STAN MERTZ RACING TO OPEN 2021 SEASON AT MONADNOCK SPEEDWAY

PHOTO: Dick Ayers Racing Images BY SOUZA MEDIA/KYLE SOUZA

WHITINSVILLE, Mass. — After a long offseason, Stan Mertz Racing will open the 2021 season on Saturday, May 1, at Monadnock Speedway in New Hampshire. With driver Woody Pitkat at the controls, the team is set to compete in the opener of the Tri Track Open Modified Series season. It will be the first of 10 planned races for Stan Mertz Racing this calendar year, and will begin the quest for the championship on the competitive Tri Track circuit.

The team is also coming off a pre-season test session at Seekonk Speedway on April 27.

“The competition at the Tri Track Series this year is going to be at an all-time high,” Pitkat said. “Each year with Stan we have been getting better and better, and he spared nothing over the winter with the motor and the car, recovering from our wreck at Stafford Motor Speedway last year. We had a few gremlins on the test day at Seekonk, but that’s why we went there. We threw some setup stuff at the car and it really woke it up. I’m looking forward to getting going again with the group. We are well prepared — even more prepared than last year.”

Stan Mertz Racing, owned by Stan Mertz, competes in the Tri Track Open Modified Series and Stafford Motor Speedway Open Modified races. Mertz, who started driving himself in the Seekonk Speedway Sport Trucks and Pro 4 Modified division, transferred to the Modified ranks in 2013. In 2015, he decided to turn into a full-time car owner, choosing Pitkat to drive the car. Pitkat, who is second on the Stafford all-time wins list, helped earn the team the Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Sunoco Modified championship in 2015, and has been the driver ever since. Pitkat and Mertz scored their most recent victory in the Twisted Tea Open Modified 80 at Stafford in the summer of 2020 against some of the toughest competition in the region.

Sponsors of the team include Twisted Tea, Truly Hard Seltzer, Axis Engineering Group, Black and White Grille (Spencer, MA), TowBoatUS, Cape Towing & Salvage, J&S Motors, Pomfret Wine & Spirits, Mike Holmes & Son Excavating, Earnest Performance Shocks & Kenneth Blackmer Transport.

The team is also planning to chase the Call Before You Dig Modified Challenge, which has a $8,111 prize to the driver who earns the most points combined between the Tri Track Open Modified Series and Stafford Motor Speedway Open Modified events.

Saturday’s stop at Monadnock Speedway begins with practice from 2-3 p.m., followed by qualifying heat races at 5 p.m. The Wonder Casino 100 for the Tri Track Open Modified Series will follow and can be seen live on Speed51.TV.

For more information on Stan Mertz Racing, follow the team on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and visit stanmertzracing.com