By Souza Media/Kyle Souza
EPPING, N.H. -- Jon McKennedy charged by Chris Pasteryak on a restart with 35 laps to go and never looked back en route to his second career Tri Track Open Modified Series presented by All Phases Renovations win on Saturday at Star Speedway.
The Chelmsford, Massachusetts, driver broke a streak of bad luck to open his 2021 racing season with the checkered flag. McKennedy was involved in a wreck in April at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park and destroyed a brand new car. The team immediately placed an order for a new ride, and they debuted it in Victory Lane with one of the most competitive fields Tri Track has seen at Star in many years.
The race was the second of six on the Tri Track calendar for this season -- named the Prelude To SBM X -- setting the stage for a big 10th annual spectacular when Tri Track returns to Star Speedway on July 24.
“Just off to a really bad start this year, tore up a lot of equipment, it seemed like we had a monkey on our back,” McKennedy said. “It feels so great to get a Modified win here at Star Speedway again. Great race, great competition. It feels great. Great to be back home at Star.”
Matt Swanson was second and Pasteryak third.
In a race that saw varying pit strategies throughout the field, Chase Dowling took the lead early and looked to have the dominant car. While McKennedy, Swanson and Pasteryak elected to pit early, Dowling tried the opposite strategy -- pit late and hoped to make his way through the field. It didn’t work out for the Roxbury, Connecticut, native, who finished 15th.
McKennedy failed to finish his qualifying race after contact and had to qualify for the race through a consi round. He started deep in the 28-car field, and drove his way to the victory. McKennedy also collected a $500 bonus courtesy of Green Construction Management LLC for being the Hard Charger of the race and gaining the most positions from start to finish.
A pair of No. 16 entries -- Anthony Sesely and Ron Silk -- finished the top-five in the feature. Cam McDermott was sixth, collecting a $500 bonus courtesy of Rameau Family Motorsports, while Ronnie Williams, Woody Pitkat, Les Hinckley and Anthony Nocella finished the top-10.
Matt Hirschman, who finished 13th after suffering from a vibration, collected the Jerico Performance Products Fast Lap of the Race award, worth $300. Max Zachem, Tommy Barrett, Pasteryak, Williams and Hirschman won qualifying heat races (Hirschman also won the consi), worth $300 each as part of the Pepsi Challenge.
“We had the car to do it but the driver left a little bit on the table,” Boehler Racing driver Matt Swanson said. “Three second-place finishes here in a row, we are bound to get one. I just can’t thank all of my BRE guys and my sponsors enough. They brought a winning race car to the track today.”
The Tri Track Open Modified Series returns to the track on Wednesday, June 30 at Seekonk Speedway for the annual $10,000 to win Open Wheel Wednesday.
For more information on the Tri Track Open Modified Series, visit TriTrackModifieds.com.
By Souza Media/Kyle Souza
SEEKONK, Mass. -- A large field of Modifieds is expected when the Tri Track Open Modified Series presented by All Phases Renovations rolls to Star Speedway this Saturday, May 22. Race two of six in the Tri Track season brings competitors to one of New Hampshire’s most difficult ovals -- a place that has seen a mix of veterans and rising stars go to Victory Lane in Tri Track competition.
Saturday’s Prelude To SBM X 100-lap contest is the first of two Tri Track races at the oval in 2021. The second event will be the prestigious SBM X on Saturday, July 24.
The entry list is stacked with drivers who plan on chasing the $6,000 winning prize, as part of a purse that rises over $40,000. Matt Hirschman, who is a multiple-time Star winner, leads the list in his quest for a sixth Tri Track championship this year. He’s joined by Monadnock winner Sam Rameau -- who leads the early standings -- Ron Silk, Justin Bonsignore, Jon McKennedy, Les Hinckley, Ronnie Williams, Woody Pitkat, Chase Dowling, Chris Pasteryak, Anthony Nocella and more. As of Thursday, May 20, more than 30 cars have already pre-ordered their Hoosier Racing tires.
Off a strong run at Monadnock, Rameau looks to open the season with back-to-back wins driving the family-owned No. 06.
“Star is a fun track but we need some work there,” Rameau said. “We need to improve. The last time we went there we went in blindfolded… but my crew chief Russ Hersey has plenty of experience there, so we’re looking forward to going back. I want to win the Tri Track championship this year. Even if it doesn’t go our way on Saturday, we need every position and every point possible.”
Hirschman looks to notch his first win of the year at a track where he is comfortable, while Hinckley and Bonsignore look for their first career Tri Track checkered flags. The list of talent continues to rise in the competitive series.
The Star 100 will also mark the third race of the season for the Call 811 Before You Dig Modified Challenge -- a separate championship that is a combination between the six Tri Track events and the four Stafford Motor Speedway Open Modified shows. Drivers earn points to finish inside the top-10, with 10 to the winner, 9 for second, etc. The driver with the highest total between the 10 events is the winner. Currently, NASCAR Cup Series star Ryan Preece leads the standings by one point over Sam Rameau, MIke Christopher Jr., and Anthony Nocella, who are all tied for second.
Four different contingency awards are on the line for competitors to chase during the day. As part of the Pepsi Challenge, drivers that win a heat or consi race will receive a $300 bonus. Courtesy of Jerico Performance Products, the driver who posts the fastest lap in each feature race will receive a $300 bonus. Green Construction Management LLC has also posted a Hard Charger award, worth $500 to the driver that advances the most positions during the race. And finally, for the Star event only, Rameau Family Motorsports has posted a $500 award to the sixth-place finisher in the feature event.
The schedule for race day includes just one practice session from 11:50-12:50 p.m. for teams to dial in their rides. Heat races are expected to begin at 2:30 p.m., with the feature to follow. The Star Speedway Late Models, Street Stocks, Six Shooters and Slingshots are also scheduled to compete.
Tickets are $25 for adults in general admission, with seniors and juniors (11-16) set at $20. Kids 10 and under are free into the grandstands. For those who can’t make it to the track, the race will air live on Speed51.TV.
For more information on Star Speedway, visit StarSpeedwayNH.com. For more information on the Tri Track Open Modified Series, visit TriTrackModifieds.com and follow the series on social media.
By Souza Media/Kyle Souza
SEEKONK, Mass. -- Wheeling the No. 3 “Ole Blue” machine, that is well-known in the Modified community, Matt Swanson will look to break into Victory Lane with the Tri Track Open Modified Series presented by All Phases Renovations next Saturday, May 22, at Star Speedway.
As a former Modified track champion at Star in 2014, Swanson knows his way around the New Hampshire oval. And, he’s been connected with the Webber family -- the owners of the track -- for many years. Still winless behind the wheel of the No. 3 for Boehler Racing, Swanson hopes the Star 100 will be the day to hold the checkered flag.
“I’m excited that Tri Track is going to Star twice this year,” Swanson said. “We have a good baseline setup at Star, and Star is that one track for me that if I could pick any track to have my first breakout win, it would be Star. With what the Webber family has done for me… I wouldn’t be where I am today without them.”
Last year, Swanson led laps in the SBM race at Star, but finished second after a late charge by Matt Hirschman. With his previous experience at the track, and the speed the team has shown out of the gate this season, he’s sure to be a threat in the Star 100. The upcoming event will help promote the 10th annual SBM, which is set for July 24, also a Tri Track show at Star.
“We try to go somewhere with something new every time as far as the setup goes, but so far this year, we’ve been trending in a bit of a different direction and it’s paying off for us,” Swanson said. “The cars have had speed everywhere.”
Swanson was impressive in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour event at Stafford Motor Speedway on April 30 -- leading laps early before a mechanical failure sidelined him from the event. In the opener of the Tri Track season at Monadnock, Swanson was relegated to a 20th place finish after a late-race wreck -- but ran in, and around, the top-10 most of the race. The rising Modified star began driving for Boehler Racing in 2017, when Rowan Pennink, the driver of the car at the time, was sidelined with back injuries.
It’s developed into a five-year partnership that still is winless -- but the team has been so close -- and Swanson is hungry to knock that checkered flag off his bucket list.
“It’s a little bit of both, better preparation, and our chemistry is growing,” Swanson said of why the team seems to have more speed this season. “Over the offseason, we all sat down as a team and went over what we thought we needed to improve on and what we thought we were doing well. There wasn’t one thing that we said was perfect. We were fast, but we weren’t going places and dominating. The way the Tri Track Open Modified Series works, with all short-tracks, we went over our program and focused on short-tracks the most. We rebuilt all of the cars, made sure everything was 100%. This is the most prepared we have ever been going into a season -- whether it was with my family team, or Boehler Racing, we are really prepared. We were there every day of the week getting ready.”
Swanson would like to thank his sponsors and supporters, all the way from Jerico Performance Products, Ceravolo’s Auto, Cape Cod Copper, Island International Industries, Bob Bruneau Race Engines, Propane Plus, Syp Construction, ACG Construction and New England Race Fuels, to Complete Chassis Solutions, Boehler Racing and his father, John Swanson. He says without their support, he wouldn’t be in contention to win.
“I just like how Star is as a track, there are two distinctive racing lines,” Swanson said. “You don’t have to really root anyone out of the way to make a pass. The surface there has so much grip -- it just produces good racing, no matter what kind of car it is. We’re definitely going out there to try and win the damn thing. But at the same time, we will be taking notes for that day, and for what we need to do when we go back there in July.”
The schedule begins with practice at 11:30 a.m., followed by qualifying heat races at 2:30 p.m. The Ken Izzett Construction Late Models, Murphy Roofing Six Shooters, Woody’s Street Stocks, Mia’s Jewelry Slingshots and MLM Diagnostic Pure Stocks will also join the show.
Tickets for the Star 100 are $25 for adults, with seniors and juniors (11-16) set for $20 admission. Children ages 10 and under will be free in the grandstands. Pit passes are $40 for Star Speedway members, $45 for non-members.
For more information on Star Speedway, visit StarSpeedwayNH.com and follow the track on Facebook for the latest updates. For more information on the Tri Track Open Modified Series, visit TriTrackModifieds.com and follow the series on social media.
By Souza Media/Kyle Souza
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.
By Souza Media/Kyle Souza
SEEKONK, Mass. -- More than 30 cars are expected in the pit area when the Tri Track Open Modified Series opens the 2021 season on Saturday, May 1 at Monadnock Speedway. The Wonder Casino 100 will mark the first of six races on the Tri Track circuit, with a lucrative purse structure and top talent from across the region set to thrill race fans in New Hampshire.
With a purse rising over $40,000, and $6,000 on the line just to the winner, drivers will be fighting it out on the high-banks of one of New Hampshire's top bullrings. If last year is any indication, someone’s first career Tour-Type Modified win could be coming on Saturday. In August of 2020, it was Sam Rameau who shocked the fans and scored the biggest win of his career. Although he is younger, and a rising star, Tri Track veteran Les Hinckley, who has nearly won on multiple occasions, is hoping his veteran experience at Monadnock will help him finally break into Victory Lane.
Both Monadnock races in 2020 ended with sparks flying -- with Craig Lutz slamming into the back of Hinckley going into the last corner and coming out on top in July -- and Ronnie Williams slamming the back of Rameau coming to the line in August, but falling short. Sparks are sure to fly in the final laps of Saturday’s season opener.
“We’re looking forward to getting back to the track and kicking off our 2021 season at Monadnock,” Wayne Darling, Managing Partner of the Tri Track Open Modified Series, said. “The talent that will be in the pit area for this event will make the price of admission alone worth it for fans to see a great race on the high-banks.”
The list of talent includes former series winners and champions, Monadnock Speedway regulars, and Tour-Type Modified standouts from across New England. NASCAR Cup Series driver Ryan Preece will attend, along with five-time and reigning Tri Track champion Matt Hirschman, who is no stranger to winning success. Former NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champions Justin Bonsignore and Ron Silk are also registered. Add Modified standouts Woody Pitkat, Matt Swanson, Chase Dowling, Ronnie Williams, Chris Pasteryak, Anthony Nocella, and Monadnock and New Hampshire Modified regulars Ben Byrne, Matt Kimball and TJ Bleau, and you have a stout list of competitors. And that only scratches the surface.
The $6,000 winning prize is only the start of a lucrative purse for teams. Second will pay $3,250, while third will earn $2,600. The field will be set for 26 cars maximum to take the green flag, with a minimum of $1,000 going to all starters. On top of the regular purse, three contingency partners will supply additional funds to drivers. Green Construction, LLC has posted a $500 award for the driver who is the hard charger, advancing the most positions during the race, while Jerico Performance Products is posting a $300 award to the driver who posts the fastest single lap in the feature race.
Returning for the new season, the Pepsi Challenge will offer all heat race and consi race winners $300. The series will also offer a free 12-pack of Pepsi product soda, courtesy of Pepsi, to all teams attending the race at Monadnock.
Practice runs from 2-3 p.m., with qualifying heat racing set to begin at 5 p.m. The Wonder Casino 100 will follow in the feature rotation along with other divisions. Monadnock’s own Young Guns, Classic Lites, Pure Stocks, NHSTRA Modifieds and Mini Stocks will be joined by the EXIT Realty Pro Truck Challenge and Tri Track.
Tickets are $35 for adults, $30 for seniors, $15 for those ages 11-18 and $5 for those 10 and under. Tickets will be available at the gate. A limited amount of camping spots are also available through the track. A test day will occur on Friday, April 30.
For more information on Monadnock Speedway, visit monadnockspeedway.com. For more information on the Tri Track Open Modified Series, visit tritrackmodifieds.com and follow the series on social media.
By Souza Media/Kyle Souza
SEEKONK, Mass. -- Two years ago, Ronnie Williams became the second driver not named Matt Hirschman to win a Tri Track Open Modified Series presented by All Phases Renovations championship. In 2021, he looks to do it again.
Williams, driving for veteran car owner Gary Casella, returns to Tri Track driving the familiar No. 25 he’s taken to Victory Lane before, and hopes to be consistent enough to contend for the title at the end of the six-race schedule.
“Gary can be a clown when you’re around him, it’s fun,” Williams said. “If you look at Gary, you might not think he can set up a race car… but every single place we go, we are fast. He wants to win, I want to win.... and we just work well together.”
Williams is set for another busy year as a driver, competing full-time chasing his third SK Modified championship at Stafford Motor Speedway, while also running with the Tri Track Series and some select NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and Open Modified events. Over the last three years, Williams has become one of the quickest and most successful rising stars the Modified ranks in New England offers.
“It’s fun,” Williams said of all of his driving ventures. “It’s better when we are winning… last year we didn’t have as much success as we would have liked, but hopefully this year we can turn it back around and have some more fun.”
Tri Track will visit three New England race tracks in 2021 -- Monadnock Speedway, Star Speedway and Seekonk Speedway. Williams has previous wins at Monadnock and Seekonk, but has yet to hold the checkered flag at Star.
“I don’t have a ton of laps at Star but I love it,” Williams said. “It’s a weird little track. We almost had a win there in the SBM when Ron Silk beat us, which was a great race. It’s one track that both Gary & I really want to win at this year. Hopefully we can get it done.”
Williams knows the competition is going to be stout, and the path to wins, or the championship, will not be easy with Tri Track.
“You have a guy like Matt Hirschman racing and a lot of people from a lot of different parts of New England coming to run with Tri Track,” Williams said. “It provides some of the best racing and brings the best drivers.”
The Tri Track Open Modified Series presented by All Phases Renovations season begins on Saturday, May 1 at Monadnock Speedway. For more information on the Tri Track Open Modified Series, visit TriTrackModifieds.com and follow the series on social media.
By Souza Media/Kyle Souza
SEEKONK, Mass. -- Tri Track Open Modified Series presented by All Phases Renovations officials announced on Tuesday a lucrative purse structure and multiple special awards for each event for 2021. The base purse for each of the six events will total over $40,000, with an additional more than $1,000 in contingency awards available at each event. The series will also offer a point fund at the end of the season.
“With the help of some of our dedicated sponsors and the support we have received from Modified teams and fans we are happy to present the purse structure and some of our special awards for the new season,” Wayne Darling, Managing Partner of the Tri Track Open Modified Series, said. “We are looking forward to getting the season started in just a few weeks on May 1 at Monadnock Speedway.”
Each Tri Track Open Modified Series presented by All Phases Renovations event will pay a minimum of $6,000 to win. Seekonk Speedway’s Open Wheel Wednesday will pay $10,000 to win, just like it has for its previous 15 events. Additional opportunities for sponsorship are available to boost the winning purse for additional events.
Second-place for each race will pay $3,250, while the third-place finisher will earn $2,600. Fourth and fifth will earn $2,200 and $2,000, respectively. Once qualified for the feature race, drivers will be chasing a minimum of $1,000 to start.
Continuing Tri Track tradition, those drivers who are pre-registered for each event, but do not qualify into the race, will earn $500 as “go home” funds. Those who were not pre-registered will collect $300 if they don’t qualify.
On top of the purse structure, contingency awards are also in place for the season. Courtesy of Pepsi, the Pepsi Challenge returns with $300 going to each driver that wins a qualifying heat or consi race. Jerico Performance Products debuts as a sponsor of Tri Track with a $300 award per event for the driver that posts the fastest lap in each feature race. Green Construction, a returning partner, will provide a $500 “Hard Charger” award to the driver that advances the most positions from their starting spot during the feature.
Tri Track has countless sponsors set to be part of the series in 2021. A special thanks goes to Pepsi, Meadowbrook Web Designs, Seekonk Grand Prix, Clarion Hotels, Lin’s Propane Trucks, Hampton Inn (Seekonk, MA), Hoosier Tire East, Propane Plus, New England Race Fuels, Waddell Communications, Johnson Landscaping, All Phases Renovations, Island Industrial Industries and Jerico Performance Products.
Additional opportunities for sponsorship are available for the 2021 season. To inquire about sponsorship, contact Kyle Souza at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on the Tri Track Open Modified Series, visit tritrackmodifieds.com and follow the series on Facebook.
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Photos: Tom Morris Racing Photography (left) & Dick Ayers Racing Images (right)
By Souza Media/Kyle Souza
SEEKONK, Mass. -- After multiple successful years of competition with Bob Horn Racing, Ron Silk will transition to a new team for the Tri Track Open Modified Series presented by All Phases Renovations season in 2021.
Silk will drive for Haydt-Yannone Racing, owned by Tayler Haydt and Joe Yannone, in the No. 16 Modified for all six Tri Track events. The team also plans to run select Open Modified races in the Northeast during the season after success last year. Silk ran multiple races for the team in 2020 including events at Stafford Motor Speedway and additional tracks in the region, and has built the chemistry to become a major force.
“Bob had been mentioning for a while he was getting ready to slow down a bit, I don’t think he’s completely done racing, but I had an opportunity with Tyler and Joe that was good,” Silk said. “They are just getting back into it and have no plans of slowing down. They have the equipment -- very similar to some of the stuff I run on the Whelen Modified Tour.”
Silk is one of just three drivers with more than one career Tri Track win under his belt. With his three career checkered flags, he is in the category alone with Matt Hirschman (12) and Chase Dowling (3). This year, Silk would like to break the tie with Dowling and begin his chase on Hirschman. But his major goal will be to just take it race-by-race, contend for the wins, and see where the points fall at the end of the year, when it comes to the championship battle.
“They have become really good friends of mine, even outside of the racing,” Silk said. “I’m definitely looking forward to getting to the track with them this year. Even though we have the equipment, it’s not going to be easy by any means. Matt Hirschman is excellent at these types of races -- he’s won the most. But I think we can be there for wins. We have to do everything we can to make it happen.”
Silk’s three Tri Track wins include victories at Star Speedway and Seekonk Speedway, and he’s looking forward to returning to both of those tracks -- along with the high-banks of Monadnock Speedway -- in 2021.
“I’m pretty comfortable at all of the tracks,” Silk said. “For some reason, I seem to prefer Seekonk the most, but I don’t know why. We always ran that much better at Seekonk with Bob’s car. But I’m comfortable everywhere.”
With the competition level that Tri Track will offer this season, Silk knows the entire Haydt-Yannone Racing team will have to be on their game to be able to go to Victory Lane. It is anticipated that multiple drivers will not qualify for each event due to high car count, but Silk isn’t overly concerned about the team making the races. He feels like he has one goal in mind.
“My goal is to win,” Silk said. “Tri Track is more about the individual races and going there to run well. These races are hard to win, but that’s my goal. I think we can do that.”
The team is sponsored by Future Homes and Blue Mountain Machine, along with some additional partners. You can visit them on Facebook at Haydt-Yannone Racing.
For more information on the Tri Track Open Modified Series, visit TriTrackModifieds.com and follow the series on social media channels.
By Souza Media/Kyle Souza
SEEKONK, Mass. -- Rising Modified star Ryan Doucette is hoping to make a splash with the Tri Track Open Modified Series presented by All Phases Renovations in 2021. Doucette, the son of longtime Modified racer Joe Doucette, has been racing on the asphalt since he was 10-years-old, but has been around the sport his whole life. Entering another year of action, he hopes to find consistency during the six-race Tri Track schedule, starting with the opener at Monadnock Speedway on May 1.
“After our 2020 success in making every race with Tri Track, I expect to follow that up with qualifying for every race in 2021 as well,” Doucette said. “I want to raise my expectations a little bit for 2021 -- I’d be satisfied to finish at least top 15 every race. The competition level for the series seems to have risen even more for 2021 with a good chunk of the Whelen Modified Tour teams committing to Tri Track.”
Doucette’s career includes competition at Stafford Motor Speedway in the Tiger Sprints, a healthy amount of Legends Cars racing -- where he won at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in 2017 -- and Tour-Type Modified action. Doucette made his first Modified start in 2017, and earned what still stands as his best career finish at Lee USA Speedway, an eighth-place effort. He took a few years off due to a lack of funding (2018-2019), but came back in 2020 and competed with Tri Track, qualifying for all events against stout competition during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Outside of real-life, Doucette is also making laps in the sim racing world, where he has been running since seven-years-old. Currently, Doucette competes in the highest level of sim-racing on iRacing -- where he races in the eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series, driving the No. 79 Dekalb Ford Mustang for Clint Bowyer Racing, owned by former NASCAR Cup Series regular Clint Bowyer.
In real-life racing, Doucette knows the learning curve of jumping to the Modified division may never end -- especially with the stiff competition Tri Track offers. But he’s ready to take his team to the next-level of running closer to the front with his experience level on the rise.
“I was really happy with my Tri-Track qualifying efforts in 2020, qualifying into every race, I was especially surprised to make it into the feature for the final race of the year at Stafford in such a high caliber field,” Doucette said. “Considering that I only had roughly a dozen modified starts coming into 2020 and the small budget of our team, I would have been happy with qualifying into even half of the races, so making all of them came as a huge surprise. But the only race I was really satisfied with my results was the first Monadnock race, finishing 13th in my first Tri Track Start. Every race after that we had some sort of mechanical failure that led to either a DNF or a poor finish.”
Speaking of competition, as a young rising star, some of the drivers Doucette races with on the track are those who he has been looking up to for years.
“It’s pretty intimidating racing against competition that has so much more experience and resources than myself and our team,” Doucette said. “But as I continue to get more laps under my belt, I get more comfortable racing with big names that I’ve grown up watching and learning from.”
He’s looking forward to returning to Monadnock Speedway, Star Speedway and Seekonk Speedway -- but specifically Monadnock and also Seekonk -- where he has the most laps due to his Legends Cars experience at the Massachusetts third-mile.
“Out of the three tracks, I like Monadnock the most, I really enjoy the high-banking and how different every corner drives. I am also the most comfortable at that track because I have the most modified starts there,” Doucette said. “I am excited to see how we will perform at Seekonk, because that’s the one track I might have close to as many laps on as some of the competition. I am a big fan of the schedule for this year, I really like the quarter-mile bullring style of racing.”
Doucette wishes to thank his family and crew members, along with GFAArmsTec.com, Spot-On and Roofers Edge & Siding. He is planning to compete on the full Tri Track circuit along with select Modified Racing Series events in 2021, and the team is always looking for additional funding.
For more information on the Tri Track Open Modified Series, visit TriTrackModifieds.com and follow the series on social media.
By Souza Media/Kyle Souza
SEEKONK, Mass. -- Former Tri Track Open Modified Series presented by All Phases Renovations winner Chase Dowling has the six events on the 2021 schedule circled on his calendar. Set to compete behind the wheel for Ben Dodge in the No. 9 that the team debuted last year, Dowling will be planning to chase the championship.
On top of Tri Track, Dowling plans to run select Open Modified races in New England -- including the Stafford Motor Speedway Open Modified race and the Thompson 300. He will also run a full slate of dirt track events at Lebanon Valley Speedway, a full SK Modified schedule at Stafford, select NEMA Midget events, and maybe additional races, if possible.
“I’m not a firm believer that the more races you run the better you are -- but in my specific situation -- it’s good because I have the sponsors and crew guys behind me and I can focus on driving for most,” Dowling said. “It takes a lot out of you (to be running all of these races). I just have some good people behind it. You have to be in a good spot mentally, and allow yourself to reset for each race. You can’t let the night before transfer to the next day. Each race is a new race. I have to be on top of it as a driver.”
As a previous three-time Tri Track race winner, Dowling is one of only three drivers in series history to have more than one win to his credit. The other two, Matt Hirschman (12) and Ron Silk (3), are also entered to compete in 2021. Dowling went to Victory Lane at both Monadnock Speedway and Seekonk Speedway in 2019, and followed that up by winning the inaugural Tri Track stop at Stafford Motor Speedway last October in dominant fashion.
Two of his previous Tri Track wins came with Jimmy Paige and the No. 00 team, with the other celebration with Ben Dodge. He’s returning with Dodge and hoping to carry the momentum the team picked up at Stafford into this year.
“Definitely want to beat Silk in that category of three wins,” Dowling jokes. “Winning Stafford last year gives me more confidence going to the Tri Track races. We just kind of regrouped over the winter. We’ve been hanging a new body and everything. Our heads are into it, we want to keep building. It’s something really neat where Ben allows me to run my own race team and do it the way I want to do it. It’s just the best fit for me. Even though I wasn’t around back then, I feel like it goes back to what racing was and has been in New England for many years. I have a great group of guys that help. I went to Stafford last year with the No. 9 and my group of guys and we had fun. Tri Track helps bring back that fun. The competition is great.”
Heading into the season, Dowling has the goal of scoring the Tri Track championship in mind, and it’s something he would like to add to his already impressive racing resume. He will run the four Open Modified races at Stafford, which will make him an eligible candidate for the Call Before You Dig 811 Modified Bonus, a points championship combined between Tri Track and Stafford. The winner of that title will earn a smooth $8,110 courtesy of the team at Call Before You Dig.
Dowling will continue to have sponsorship from Dodge and S&S Asphalt Paving for the No. 9 team. He also wishes to thank Carragan Heating & Air Conditioning, JG Poulin Drywall, Dan Avery, Bertrand Motorsports and the entire Bertrand family, Magnolia Hill Farm and Aerohead Iron.
“At the end of the day I’m doing it for Ben Dodge in the No. 9, we are close friends that are having fun,” Dowling said. “I’m just trying to go have fun, win some races, and see how it pans out in the end (when it comes to the points). You have one bad night with Tri Track and you’re going to lose a shot at the championship, with the short season and the competition. It keeps you on your game.”
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