$10,000 TO WIN SPECTACULAR SET TO CLOSE SEASON OCTOBER 24
BY SOUZA MEDIA/KYLE SOUZA
SEEKONK, Mass. -- With just under one month until the drop of the green flag on the Tri Track Open Modified Series season-finale, entries are starting to pour in for the debut at Stafford Motor Speedway. The Call Before You Dig Modified Classic 81, scheduled for October 24, is going to be one of the major Modified events of the entire 2020 season – with $10,000 up for grabs to the winner and a purse rising over $49,500.
Fans won’t want to miss this one.
Tickets are currently on sale via the Stafford Motor Speedway website, with adult tickets priced at $35, tickets for those ages 6 to 14 priced at $10, and those five and under free. Pit passes are also for sale at $50 per pass. Race teams and fans are encouraged to purchase ahead due to capacity limits and COVID-19 regulations in the state of Connecticut.
Multiple-time Tri Track champion Matt Hirschman, driving the No. 60, leads the list of Tri Track regulars who will look to defend their ground against Stafford regulars and invaders. Hirschman is joined by veteran Les Hinckley, Woody Pitkat, Matt Swanson, Richard Savary and Dylan Izzo as some of the early favorites.
Joey Cipriano, who is no stranger to Stafford, is returning to competition with car owner Ted Anderson behind the wheel of the No. 1 Superior Refinishing Modified. Brian Robie, Austin Kochenash, Ryan Doucette and Chris Pasteryak are also slated to attend.
Two former Tri Track winners are also coming to close the big check: Craig Lutz and Ron Silk. Lutz, who won the opener of the 2020 season at Monadnock Speedway, will compete for Russell Goodale in his familiar No. 46 Modified. Lutz is also no stranger to Stafford’s half-mile – he picked up his first career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour win at the track last year. Silk, who recently went to Victory Lane in a Whelen Modified Tour race at Stafford, is coming back to Tri Track with car owner Bob Horn. And, don’t look now – but veteran car owner Horn is looking to bring a second car, with a driver to be announced in the No. 50H.
Eric Goodale, who is a former winner at Stafford in Open Modified action, will also compete in the familiar No. 58, a car that is no stranger to success.
The Stafford flavor in general is quickly becoming one of the major parts of the race. Keith Rocco, a multiple-time SK Modified champion, current track points leader and former Open Modified winner, has entered in the No. 57 for Robert Woods. Rocco is a regular in Stafford Victory Lane but is a bit of a stranger to some Tri Track fans – only having competed previously on a partial basis.
Names like Matt Vassar, young Andrew Molleur, 2020 Open Modified 80 winner Marcello Rufrano and fellow Stafford regular Matt Galko are also registered so far.
The entry list will be posted to Stafford Motor Speedway’s website and will be updated as the days go by. Teams looking to register for the Call Before You Dig Modified Classic 81 can do it on the Tri Track Open Modified Series website.
For more information on Stafford Motor Speedway, visit staffordmotorspeedway.com and follow the track on social media. For more information on the Tri Track Open Modified Series, visit the series at tritrackmodifieds.com and follow on social media.
CALL BEFORE YOU DIG MODIFIED CLASSIC 81 SET FOR OCTOBER 24
BY SOUZA MEDIA/KYLE SOUZA
SEEKONK, Mass. -- Tickets for the $10,000 to win Tri Track Open Modified Series debut at Stafford Motor Speedway on Saturday, October 24, are now on sale. All tickets sales done prior to race day will be through the Stafford Motor Speedway website and their online ticket portal.
Grandstand tickets for this race are priced at $35 per adult, while those children ages six to 14 will enter for just $10. Any children that are 5 years old and younger are free in the grandstands. Pit passes for the event are also available and will be sold for $50. Due to capacity limits in the state of Connecticut because of COVID-19, there is a chance tickets sell out, so fans are encouraged to act quickly.
“This is going to be race fans won’t want to miss,” Wayne Darling, Managing Partner of the Tri Track Open Modified Series, said. “The entry list is already stacking up, and we can’t wait to end our season with one of the most marquee races of the entire season in the Northeast.”
Call Before You Dig, a longtime supporter and sponsor at Stafford, has agreed to sponsor the prestigious event, titled the Call Before You Dig Modified Classic 81. The race will pin some of Tri Track’s top talent – names like Matt Hirschman, Chase Dowling and Ronnie Williams – against some Stafford regulars like Keith Rocco and Todd Owen, among others. It’s already been confirmed that southern Modified star and multiple-time Bowman Gray Stadium champion Burt Myers will be competing in the event.
With $10,000 on the line to the winner and a total purse nearing $50,000, the race is expected to draw a large car count and a full grandstand to end the 2020 season. So far, the Tri Track Open Modified Series has run three races in 2020 – two at Monadnock Speedway, with victories by Craig Lutz and Sam Rameau – and one at Star Speedway, where Matt Hirschman went to Victory Lane in the annual SBM.
For more information on Stafford Motor Speedway, fans are encouraged to visit staffordmotorspeedway.com and follow the track on social media. For more information on the Tri Track Open Modified Series, follow at tritrackmodifieds.com and follow the series on social media.
CALL BEFORE YOU DIG TO SPONSOR $10,000 TO WIN TRI-TRACK MODIFIED SERIES RACE AT STAFFORD ON OCTOBER 24
(Stafford Springs, CT)---Call Before You Dig has partnered with Stafford Speedway to bring the Tri-Track Modified Series to the half-mile for the first time in the series history. The Inaugural 81-lap event will pay a whopping $10,000 to the winner with total posted awards of nearly $50,000.
“2020 has been challenge for everyone but the chaos of scheduling this season has provided the opportunity to partner with Wayne [Darling], Ed [Bennett], and the Tri-Track Series for a big season ending event,” explained Stafford Speedway CEO Mark Arute. “$10,000 to win and a very strong purse should attract a great field of modifieds. We appreciate Derek Brown and Call Before You Dig’s continued support of Stafford and partnership for this event. We’re all looking forward to this one.”
The regulars versus the outsiders will be in full effect as the top modified drivers in the Northeast descend on Stafford Speedway for the season ending event. Stafford regulars Keith Rocco, Marcello Rufrano, and Ronnie Williams, who all have Open Modified victories at Stafford this season, will battle with Tri-Track Series drivers Matt Hirschman, Sam Rameau, Andy Jankowiak and more. With a large field of cars expected for the $10,000 to win show, one of the biggest challenges of the day will be qualifying for the 81-lapper.
“The anticipation around this race is growing each day,” Wayne Darling, Managing Partner of Tri Track said. “There is going to be some of the top modified talent in the whole region running with us at the end of October, and we think the small rules changes, along with the timing of the race, is going to produce a stout field.”
Stafford Speedway’s SK Light Modified and Street Stock divisions will also be on hand both competing in non-points 20 lap events. Additional prize money will be added to both of those purses. Long-time Stafford Speedway partner Call Before You Dig, who has previously supported the CBYD 811 Challenge, NASCAR Modified Tour events, and Late Model extra-distance races, is set to sponsor the Inaugural $10,000 to win Modified Classic.
“2020 has been a very unusual year for everyone yet Call Before You Dig has provided continuous service for contractors and homeowners that are planning to dig in the roadways or their yards. Excavation safety and damage prevention remains our goal,” explained Call Before You Dig Connecticut representative Derek Brown. “Call Before You Dig is very excited to spread the word for damage prevention by sponsoring the Inaugural Call Before You Dig Modified Classic. The fact that people can attend and sit in the grandstands or watch live at home on Stafford TV will help everyone enjoy this epic event. Driver safety is paramount in every race and excavator safety is paramount every time someone puts a shovel in the ground!”
Tickets for the Saturday, October 24th event will go on sale Monday, September 28th at 8:00am on StaffordSpeedway.com. Stafford Speedway is still required to maintain a 25% capacity limit as mandated by the state of Connecticut. Race teams and fans are encouraged to order their tickets as soon as possible as a sellout is expected. The Modified Classic will also be available live on StaffordSpeedway.tv for $30 for those who are unable to attend the event in person.
Race teams can register for the event on https://www.tritrackmodifieds.com/team-info-reg.html. For more information, visit www.staffordspeedway.com, checkout Stafford Speedway on Facebook or Twitter, or contact the track office at 860-684-2783.