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TTOMS SET FOR SWEET SEASON FINALE WITH THE HAUNTED HUNDRED AT SEEKONK

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Seekonk, Mass. (October 8, 2019): Ronnie Williams of Ellington, CT, could be on the verge of his second championship in 2019. Williams, the 2019 Stafford Motor Speedway SK® Modified champion, holds a 23-point advantage over defending Series champ Matt Hirschman, of Northampton, PA going into the final race of the season for the Tri-Track Open Modified Series (TTOMS). There are 50-points up for grabs in the Haunted Hundred scheduled for Saturday, October 26 at Seekonk Speedway in Seekonk, MA. 

While winless in TTOMS competition this season, Matt Swanson, of Acton, MA, has ridden consistency into championship contention.  He may be a longshot for the title at 28 points behind Williams; but, not to what is undeniably a hometown crowd at Seekonk Speedway.  There’s reverence for  Ole Blue and Boehler Family Racing, who hail from just down the road in Freetown, MA.  And, the young gun, is certainly not a longshot for a season-ending victory.

Woody Pitkat of Bellingham, MA, sits fourth in the standings with 160 followed by a tie for fifth at 158 points for both Tommy Barrett, of Millis, MA, and Les Hinckley, of Windsor Locks, CT. Calvin Carroll of Andover, NJ (148),  Anthony Sesely, of Matawan, NJ (146), Ron Silk, of Norwalk, CT (141) and Brian Robie of Sunapee, NH ( 139), make up the balance of the top-ten in the points chase heading into the sixth and final race of the TTOMS season.

While points are coveted, the 100-lap main event for the ground pounders will pay $6,000 to win.

In what is quickly becoming a traditional Halloween happening, the Haunted Hundred for the Modifieds will also include the Pro-All-Star Series (PASS) for a 150-lap Super Late Model feature event. The already stout schedule of short-track racing will also include a 50-lap Late Model race paying $2,000 to win.

Grandstands open at 11am on Saturday, October 26 with racing starting at 1pm. General admission is $30. Children under 12 are admitted free.  Pit admission is $40 with gates opening at 8am for morning practice.  A rain date has been set for Sunday, October 27.

Both Williams and Hirschman have posted victories with the Series in 2019. Williams is the most recent TTOMS winner at Seekonk; scoring the victory in the lucrative Open Wheel Wednesday event for car owner Gary Casella back in June. Hirschman is the defending Haunted Hundred winner.

There are definitely a ton of spoilers in the field as well.  Pitkat and Anthony Nocella are fresh off twin 50 wins at Lee USA Speedway and Matt Galko of Meriden, CT, is still riding high from an outstanding showing in his first-ever Modified Tour start at Stafford’s Fall Final. Barrett and Richard Savary of Canton, MA, are both previous winners at the Cement Palace while Silk, Russ Hersey of  Swanzey, NH and Kirk Alexander, of W. Swanzey, NH, all would like to turn their bad luck around during the Haunted Hundred.

There will be an open-practice on Friday, October 25 from 1pm to 5pm. For more information contact Seekonk Speedway at 508.336.9959.

To learn more about the Tri-Track Open Modified Series, visit TriTrackMods.com or find the series on Facebook and Twitter.

DOWLING GETS IT DONE AT MONADNOCK FOR FIRST TTOMS WIN

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September 15,2019 (Winchester, NH): Chase Dowling of Roxbury, CT, who started deep in the field of the Monadnock 100, capitalized on patience and some late race drama to score the Tri-Track Open Modified Series (TTOMS) victory at Monadnock Speedway on Sunday afternoon. The race was held a day later due to inclement weather but still delivered all the excitement as expected.  

“Today I was more patient in a race car than I have ever been,” said a smiling Dowling from victory lane. “I did not let the race get to me and I knew that we were going to be good at the end.”

Richard Savary of Canton, MA, who qualified through the consi, turned his luck around in 2019 with a solid runner-up finish. Jacob Perry of Pawcatuck, CT, brought out a mid-race caution but recovered to score a podium finish. Matt Galko of Meriden, CT, had a season-high finish of fourth. Hometown favorite Alexander of W. Swanzey, NH, completed the top five.

Tommy Barrett of Millis, MA, Anthony Sesely of Matawan, NJ, Austin Kochenash of Danielsville, PA, Woody Pitkat of Bellingham, MA, and Dylan Izzo of Munroe, CT, completed the top ten.

After the redraw, Ben Byrne from Greenfield, MA, a regular in Monadnock’s Sportsman Modified division, started on the pole of the 26-car field; sharing the front row with Les Hinckley of Windsor Locks, CT. Byrne jumped to the early lead with Hinckley in tow. On lap 13, Hinckley drifted high allowing Ron Silk of Norwalk, CT, and Ronnie Williams of Ellington, CT, to take over second and third, respectively. With 20 laps down, driver settled into a single file run with Byrne still at the point and enjoying a comfortable margin over Silk.

The first caution of the event flew on lap 30 when one of the favorites to win, Todd Patnode of W. Swanzey, NH, stalled on the front stretch. Another local favorite and contender, Russ Hersey of Swanzey, pitted during the caution.

Once back to green, Williams used the bottom groove to pass Silk for second. Pitkat got up alongside Silk to challenge for position as well. He took the spot on lap 36. Dowling was beginning to make his charge to the front.  At the head of the field, Byrne and Williams had extended their lead in a two-car break away.

The bid for the win ended for Williams ended on lap 46 when his car slowed to bring out the second yellow. Under the caution, Cam McDermott of Canterbury, CT, hobbled down pit road with mechanical woes. Several other cars pitted while the leaders elected to stay out.

On the ensuing restart, Pitkat made a bid at the lead but Byrne was able to retain the top spot. At halfway, Byrne was pulling away from the field. The third caution waved on lap 61 for debris on the speedway. During the caution, Williams rejoined the field several laps down while several other drivers took the opportunity to pit. The lead duo of Byrne and Pitkat remained on track as did Joe Kendall from Winchendon, MA.

When racing went back green, Kendall was able to take second away from Pitkat. Deeper in the pack, contact between Matt Swanson of Acton, MA, and Perry saw both cars spinning and the fourth caution flag of the event flying on lap 64.

After only three laps of green flag racing, the fifth caution was displayed when Pitkat spun as a result of a flat tire. At the time of the caution, Byrne was still the leader followed by Kendall, Savary, Galko, Alexander and Silk. Up for the challenge on the restart, Byrne maintained his lead. Savary was able to get by Kendall for second. Having trouble getting going, the sixth caution flew on lap 68 for a spin by Barrett.

The complexion of the race changed on lap 70 when the leader Byrne slowed coming out of turn three to send cars scattering and the caution flying. Under caution, Byrne and Kendall both pitted.

Savary was the new leader when the race went back to green. Alexander took chase in second. Other drivers began making their move toward the front as the laps began to wind down. With 20 laps to go, Hinckley passed for position four; making it Savary, Alexander, Silk, Hinckley and Galko inside the top five.

The eighth caution of the event waved on lap 88 for a spin by Joey Jarvis of Ascutney, VT. On the ensuing restart, Silk and Hinckley made contact. Silk spun in front of the field in turn one to bring out the caution. No other cars were collected. Hinckley pitted with a left front flat as Silk went to the rear of the field. The restart pitted leader Savary against Dowling, who had inherited second as a result of the incident. Dowling wasted no time getting by Savary and into the lead.

With 8 laps left to go, the tenth and final caution occurred on lap 92 when Brian Robie of Sunapee, NH, went around in turn three.  On the final restart of the event, Dowling was able to maintain his lead. Savary would have to settle for second ahead of Perry, Galko and Alexander.

Dowling crossed the start/finish line taking the checkers and capturing the “Monadnock 100” for car owner Jimmy Paige.

“I came in for a pit stop about halfway through and put on a rear tire and made a few adjustments,” stated Dowling. “I knew that we were good.”

“It was an aggressive race at the end with guys giving it their all. That is why these Tri-Track races put on a good show. It is a lot of hard races with a lot of money on the line. And, we all do what we have to do to win.”

Thanks to generous support from Ron Bouchard’s Auto Stores and the Bouchard Family, the family of the late Ricky Miller and Kathy Maffei-Thompson, each competitor who took the green for the Monadnock 100 received $1,100.

Heat race victories went to Patnode, Pitkat and Hinckley. Savary won the consolation race.

Matt Hirschman of Northampton, PA, a two-time TTOMS winner in 2019, was not present for Sunday’s Monadnock 100. Hirschman made the difficult decision to go to Lancaster, NY, for a Race of Champions event. He is in the hunt for the series’ championship as the points’ leader.

The next race for the Tri-Track Open Modified Series will be the Haunted Hundred at Seekonk Speedway on Saturday, October 26, 2019.

Tri-Track Open Modified -Monadnock 100 Official Finish – September 15, 2019 – Monadnock Speedway – Winchester, NH: 1. Chase Dowling, Roxbury, CT; 2. Richard Savary, Canton, MA; 3. Jacob Perry, Pawcatuck, CT; 4. Matt Galko, Meriden, CT; 5. Kirk Alexander, West Swanzey, NH; 6. Tommy Barrett, Millis, MA; 7. Anthony Sesely, Matawan, NJ; 8. Austin Kochenash, Danielsville, PA; 9. Woody Pitkat, Bellingham, MA; 10. Dylan Izzo, Monroe, CT; 11. Les Hinckley, Windsor Locks, CT; 12. Dana Dimatteo, Farmington, CT; 13. Matt Swanson, Acton MA; 14. Ron Silk, Norwalk, CT; 15. Joey Jarvis, Ascutney, VT; 16. Andrew Molleur, Shelton, CT; 17. Calvin Carroll, Andover, NJ; 18. Brian Robie, Sunapee, NH; 19. Ronnie Williams, Ellington, CT; 20. Ben Byrne, Greenfield, MA; 21. Joe Kendall, Winchendon, MA; 22. Cameron Sontag, Sterling, MA; 23. Cam McDermott, Canterbury, CT; 24. Mike Holdridge, Madison, CT; 25. Russ Hersey, Swanzey, NH; 26. Todd Patnode, Swanzey, NH. DNQ: Andrew Charron, East Greenwich, RI; TJ Bleau, Troy, NH; Rob Janovic, Jr., Waterford, CT; Geoff Rollins, Groton, MA; George Sherman, Framingham, MA. 

BATTLE OF THE HOMETOWN HEROES BREWING FOR TTOMS MONADNOCK 100

Seekonk, Mass. (September 12, 2019): This Saturday night, the Tri-Track Open Modified Series (TTOMS) heads to Monadnock Speedway for the running of the Monadnock 100. The facility, now under the ownership of the Wrenn Family, is located in Winchester, NH, just 10 miles, give or take, from the towns of Swanzey – home of three Series’ regulars. These hometown favorites are also clear favorites to win at the quarter mile. Russ Hersey of Swanzey, Kirk Alexander and Todd Patnode, each of West Swanzey, NH, will head to their hometown track looking for victory.  

Each like their chances when the 100-lapper goes green on Saturday night at approximately 9:15pm.

“It is my best opportunity to win a Tri-Track race,” said Hersey. “I’m the most comfortable at this track.”

Patnode, who runs at Monadnock weekly in the track’s NASCAR Sportsman Modified division, is the currently division’s point leader.  He will undoubtedly be looking to add to his win tally.

“I am really looking forward to the race,” said Alexander, who has been plagued with misfortune all year. “I like our chances.”

Practice starts at 2pm. Qualifying for all divisions gets underway at 5pm including 15-lap qualifying heat races for the Modifieds. Features are expected to go green at approximately 6pm. There is a Sunday rain date for the event. 

The similarities of these three drivers does not end with their confidence in their ability to win on Saturday night. Their histories, their prowess and their love for the track are as close as their geographic proximity.

All three drivers cut their teeth on the high banks of Monadnock Speedway.  Alexander took his first laps in a Mini Stock while Hersey and Patnode got their starts in Street Stocks. The three grew up together racing at the track.

“We all started here and graduated through the ranks,” said Hersey. “Each of us has thousands of laps here.”   

Alexander has feature victories in multiple divisions including Mini Stocks, Late Models, Pro Stocks and Modifieds; winning multiple track championships in Pro Stocks and Modifieds. Hersey has wins in Enduros, Street Stocks, Late Models, Pro Stocks and Modifieds; also winning multiple track championships in Pro Stocks and Modifieds. Patnode, too, has wins and championships in multiple divisions and looks to add to the list of titles in 2019.

All three have Tour-Type Modified wins at the speedway as well. 

The most impressive of all the similarities between these three great racers; however, is not reflected in the record books. It may just be in the respect they still have for each other after decades of competition and the context within which it exists.

“I have no problem beating them and they have no problem beating me,” said Alexander, with an air of admiration and friendship.

Over the year’s there has been a perception of a rivalry between these three ultra-competitive drivers but what really exists is a kinship.

“There’s no rivalry between us,” said Hersey, too, with a genuine admiration in his voice. “But we still want to beat each other.”

All this has got to leave one to wonder, is there something in the water in Swanzey, NH?

He doesn’t necessarily drink the rarified water, but Brian Robie does share the same speedway. The addition of Monadnock to the 2019 Tri-Track Open Modified Series schedule was surely a welcome one for Robie of Sunapee, NH, another Series regular.  This season, Robie has run wheel-to-wheel with Patnode in the track’s NASCAR Home Tracks Sportsman Modified division. Familiarity and comfort to the racy high-banked quarter mile could be just what Robie needs to break into TTOMS victory lane.  

While there will be stiff competition from the over 30 drivers registered for the event on Saturday night, the Monadnock 100 could very well come down to one of these talented four drivers.

Adult general admission for a full racing card that also included Young Guns, Pure Stocks, Late Models, Sportsman Modifieds and Late Models is $30. Senior (65+) general admission is $20. General admission tickets for kids ages 11-18 is $10 and kids 10 and under are admitted free. Pit entry is $40.

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