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 email@example.com. 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.