By Souza Media/Kyle Souza
SEEKONK, Mass. -- When the money is on the line, Matt Hirschman is at the front of the field.
It was true yet again on Wednesday, August 25 at Seekonk Speedway, as Hirschman started from the outside pole position, stole the lead from Brian Robie on lap one, and led all but one circuit to score the victory in the Speed51.TV Modified Madness presented by the Tri Track Open Modified Series. The winning purse for Hirschman was $10,600 -- including the $10,000 to win purse in the 16th annual event and multiple contingency awards. The victory was Hirschman’s second in the first five races of the Tri Track season, and it helped cement his chances of a sixth Tri Track title with only one race left on the season schedule.
The Open Wheel Wednesday spectacular was postponed from June 30 to August 25 due to a power outage in the area.
“This is one of less than maybe a handful of races all year that you look forward to and if you don’t get it done, you have to wait a whole calendar year to have the chance to do it again,” Hirschman said. “This is a big race, and a big win. Very relieved to hold onto that at the end.”
Hirschman may have led nearly the entire distance, and cruised for much of the 100 laps, but the final few circuits were tougher than he expected. With just a few laps to go, Hirschman looked in his rear-view mirror and saw most recent Tri Track winner Chase Dowling try to chase him down. Dowling was able to get to the bumper with five laps to go, as Hirschman went to the outside of lapped car Blake Barney. Hirschman would work the top groove on Barney all the way until the field took the white flag, while Dowling tried to find a way to the bottom three-wide. For one lap, Dowling did edge Hirschman out for the lead at the line. However, luckily for Hirschman, he was able to clear Barney just in the nick of time to grab the big check and add another win to his historic resume. Hirschman became the first four-time winner of the prestigious event after entering the race tied with Doug Coby for three wins.
Dowling settled for second, after pitting during a lap 28 caution and staying out late, while Anthony Nocella rounded out the top-three with his best finish of the season. Richard Savary charged from the back of the field to fourth, while rising star Joey Cipriano drove the Bob Horn prepared entry into the top-five. Ron Silk was sixth, followed by Robie, Doug Coby, Les Hinckley and Pro Stock standout Angelo Belsito.
With his fourth-place finish, Savary earned the Green Construction LLC Hard Charger award, worth $500. Hirschman posted the fastest lap of the race, winning the Jerico Performance Products Fast Lap Award, adding another $300 to his total. Although the qualifying racing took place in June, Hirschman also earned $300 for his heat victory in the Pepsi Challenge, along with Ron Silk, Justin Bonsignore, Brian Robie, Doug Coby, Austin Beers and Matt Galko.
Hirschman will have a double-digit points lead with one event left on the Tri Track schedule. Unofficially, with his second-place finish, Dowling sealed the 811 Call Before You Dig Modified Challenge championship, winning a smooth $8,111 in the process. Drivers are awarded points for a top-10 finish, including 10 to win, 9 for second, etc., and the points are tallied as a combination between the four Stafford Motor Speedway Open Modified events and the six Tri Track races.
The Tri Track Open Modified Series will return to the track for the season finale on Saturday, October 23, at Seekonk Speedway for the running of the Haunted Hundred. The Pro All Star Series Super Late Models and American-Canadian Tour Late Models will also join the show.
For more information on Seekonk Speedway, visit SeekonkSpeedway.com and follow the track on social media. For more information on the Tri Track Open Modified Series, visit TriTrackModifieds.com.
RESULTS: Tri Track Open Modified Series at Seekonk Speedway; Wednesday, August 25, 2021:
By Souza Media/Kyle Souza
SEEKONK, Mass. -- The lights will come on this Wednesday night at Seekonk Speedway with $10,000 on the line.
Almost two months after a power outage in the area postponed the Tri Track Open Modified Series Speed51.TV Modified Madness, the stars of the open-wheel Modified division will return to the third-mile this Wednesday, August 25, for the 100-lap feature. Prior to the outage in June, all qualifying races were completed, including five heat races and two consi events. A field of 26 drivers qualified into the show, with two provisionals awarded by officials, and a starting field of 28 set to take the green flag this week. Twenty-seven of them are expected back on Wednesday to decide the race.
Cam McDermott and five-time series champion Matt Hirschman will lead the field to green from the front after redrawing to the front row. Brian Robie and rising star Blake Barney will start in row two, followed by Ron Silk, Les Hinckley, Doug Coby, Chase Dowling, Justin Bonsignore and Anthony Nocella. The field includes multiple previous winners of Open Wheel Wednesday and all three of the feature winners in Tri Track competition so far this season.
With four of six races complete, and only the two Seekonk dates left to run, Hirschman leads the championship standings by 19 points over Silk. Hirschman won the 10th annual SBM at Star Speedway on July 24; while the most recent series winner, Dowling, who won at Monadnock Speedway on August 14, is third, 23 points back in the standings. Bonsignore and Ronnie Williams finish the top-five.
The race marks the ninth of 10 rounds in the Call 811 Before You Dig Modified Challenge, worth $8,111 to the winner. Points are tallied by combining the six Tri Track events and the four Stafford Motor Speedway Open Modified shows, with 10 points going to the winner of each race, nine to second, eight for third, and down through the top-10.
Heading into Seekonk, Dowling leads Williams by five in the standings, with Ryan Preece seven back and Hirschman 16 points out. Preece will not make it to the track on Wednesday, as the NASCAR Cup Series driver has previous obligations. Those four competitors are the only that are mathematically still in contention.
The race day schedule includes one practice session from 5:30-6:10 p.m., followed by the drop of the green flag for feature racing just after 7 p.m. The 350 SMAC Supermodifieds and the NEMA Lites will also join the show to run their feature racing.
All tickets and pit passes that were purchased for the original Wednesday, June 30, date, will be honored on Wednesday if the ticket holder still has them in their possession. Additional tickets will also be available at the track for purchase for those who couldn’t make it the first time. For those who can’t make it, a live PPV will be available on Speed51.TV.
For more information on Seekonk Speedway, visit SeekonkSpeedway.com and follow the track on social media.. For more information on the Tri Track Open Modified Series, visit TriTrackModifieds.com and follow the series on social media.
STARTING LINEUP: Tri Track Open Modified Series Speed51.TV Modified Madness, $10,000 To Win:
By Souza Media/Kyle Souza
WINCHESTER, N.H. -- Strategy was the name of the game in the fourth round of the Tri Track Open Modified Series season at Monadnock Speedway on Saturday, August 14. While Chase Dowling started his day at the back of his qualifying heat and the 100-lap feature, the end of the 100-lap special sponsored by Wonder Casino saw him park the No. 9 Start Finish Motorsports machine in Victory Lane.
The win was Dowling’s fourth career in Tri Track competition and his second career at Monadnock. But it didn’t come without a thoughtful strategy from the Roxbury, Connecticut, native. As part of the random draw process, Dowling didn’t get a favorable spot to start his qualifying heat and elected to ride patiently in the 12-lap qualifying race, saving his equipment. He started the feature at the tail end of the pack, and rode at slow speed to start, continuing to save his Hoosier rubber for when it mattered most.
During one of many cautions in the race, Dowling peeled off to pit road on lap 31 and entered the track again at the rear of the field with one goal in mind: wait until the leaders pit. When the rest of the field dropped to pit road at lap 42, Dowling stayed out and entered the top-six. From there, he worked up through the few cars left in front of him and took the lead from Kirk Alexander on lap 54. He never looked back from there.
Dowling had to hold off a mix of Modified standouts en route to the $6,000 victory. The win puts him alone in second place in the Tri Track all-time wins list, only trailing Matt Hirschman, who chased him across the line in second.
At arguably one of his worst statistical tracks, Hirschman chased his car from the middle of the pack late to the front after winning his qualifying heat race. The five-time Tri Track champion took over the points lead heading for the final two races of the season, while Ron Silk, who entered the race as the points leader, was involved in a wreck and finished 18th.
Justin Bonsignore was third, running a similar strategy to Dowling and contending late, with Ronnie Williams fourth and local favorite Brian Robie fifth. Joey Cipriano finished sixth, followed by Matt Swanson, Kirk Alexander, Richard Savary and Chris Pasteryak.
Bonsignore collected the Green Construction Hard Charger of the Race honors, starting 26th and finishing second, while Dowling added another $300 to his winning prize for posting the Fast Feature Lap Award courtesy of Jerico Performance Products.
Earlier in the day, Max Zachem, Hirschman and Pasteryak won $300 each as part of the Pepsi Challenge for winning their heat events. A total of 27 cars showed up to the Winchester, New Hampshire, high-banked oval for the fourth race of the Tri Track season and all started the Wonder Casino 100.
Up next on the Tri Track circuit is a return to Seekonk Speedway on Wednesday, August 25, for the conclusion of the $10,000 to win Open Wheel Wednesday Speed51.TV Modified Madness. The show will begin at 7 p.m., with just feature events left to run. It was originally slated for June 30, but a power outage in the area that night forced it to be postponed. The series will also be back at Seekonk on Saturday, October 23, to crown the 2021 champion in the annual Haunted Hundred.
For more information on the Tri Track Open Modified Series, visit TriTrackModifieds.com and follow the series on social media.
RESULTS: Tri Track Open Modified Series at Monadnock Speedway, Saturday, August 14, 2021:
By Souza Media/Kyle Souza
SEEKONK, Mass. -- More than 30 of the best Modified drivers in the Northeast region are heading to Monadnock Speedway this Saturday, August 14, for round four of the Tri Track Open Modified Series season. The high-banks of Monadnock produce some of the top Modified action of the year, and this time around, the championship battle is heating up with just three races to go.
Ron Silk enters the race leading the standings by five points over five-time series champion Matt Hirschman, driving for Haydt-Yannone Racing in their first year of Tri Track competition. Right from the first drop of the green flag, the team has been at the front of the pack -- as Silk has three top-five finishes in the first three races and looks to seal his first series title in 2021.
Silk may be consistent enough to hold the points lead without a win at the halfway point of the season, but there is a hungry pack of drivers chasing him down. In the first three races, three different drivers have been to Victory lane. Sam Rameau won the opener at Monadnock on May 1 and will look to double-down this weekend, while Jon McKennedy was the big winner at Star Speedway on May 22. Last time out, Matt Hirschman collected a total of over $17,000 as the winner of the 10th annual SBM at Star. Through the first three events, 11 different drivers have finished inside the top-five, with over 54 attending race events.
Monadnock always produces a battle between some of the local NHSTRA Modified stars and Tri Track’s best. The local Modified division, which is Monadnock’s top NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series class, showcases some of the rising stars in New Hampshire. Names like Ben Byrne, Matthew Kimball and Brian Robie often lead laps in Tri Track competition at their home track and are expected to do the same on Saturday. All three have come close to Victory Lane at Monadnock with Tri Track before.
The race also marks the seventh round of the Call 811 Before You Dig Modified Challenge, worth $8,111 to the winner. The challenge combines the six Tri Track events with the four Stafford Motor Speedway Open Modified events, and drivers earn points for finishing in the top-10, with 10 going to the winner, nine to second, etc., through the top-10. After the first six races, Ronnie Williams, who drives the Casella No. 25 on the Tri Track circuit, leads by three points over Chase Dowling, with NASCAR Cup Series regular Ryan Preece third, five points back. Williams and Dowling are expected at Monadnock.
Following Saturday’s action at Monadnock, Tri Track has two events left on the 2021 schedule -- both at Seekonk Speedway. The conclusion of the $10,000 to win, 100-lap Open Wheel Wednesday will take place on Wednesday, August 25, with just the feature race left to run. The finale of the season also returns to Seekonk on Saturday, October 23, with the Haunted Hundred, set for 100 laps.
Saturday’s schedule at Monadnock includes the pits opening at 12 p.m. for Tri Track teams and one practice session from 2:30-3:30 p.m. Qualifying heats will begin at 5:30 p.m., with the 100-lap, $6,000 to win race scheduled to take the green flag at 8:45 p.m. At the track, tickets are just $30 for adults, with seniors set at $25 and kids $5. Monadnock’s own NHSTRA Modifieds, Late Model Sportsman, Mini Stocks, Pure Stocks and Young Guns will also be in action.
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 for the latest updates.