Return To Staple Tracks, Headline of Major Events To Showcase New Campaign
By Souza Media/Kyle Souza
SEEKONK, Mass. -- Tri Track Open Modified Series officials confirmed on Tuesday a seven-race schedule for the 2022 season. The series will visit six different tracks in four states spreading from April through the end of October, with the champion coronation set to return to Seekonk Speedway on October 22.
The series will continue to showcase the top Modified talent in the Northeast region with some of the most lucrative purses and intense side-by-side racing at some of the area's best short tracks.
“Our seven-race schedule is a strong one for modified racers and fans,” Wayne Darling, Managing Partner of the Tri Track Open Modified Series, said. “We’re looking forward to returning to places like Monadnock, Star and Seekonk -- where we have been running for years. All of those tracks are committed to Tri Track and we look forward to heading there.”
“Headlining events at Thunder Road and Stafford as part of their marquee weekends is an honor for our series. Returning to Waterford, we couldn’t be happier to showcase Tour-Type Modified racing for those dedicated fans. It should be another great year of racing for the Tri Track Open Modified Series.”
The 2022 season kicks-off in a big way in New Hampshire.
The Tri Track Modifieds will invade Monadnock Speedway to showcase the series in front of the New Hampshire race fans as part of Monadnock’s big opening weekend on Saturday, April 30, 2022. In 2021, two events on Monadnock’s high-banks were won by Sam Rameau and Chase Dowling.
A month later, Tri Track will be part of the 59th annual Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic on Sunday, May 29. The Granite Capital 100 will be the first time that Tour-Type Modifieds have competed at Thunder Road since 2010, and the inaugural stop there for Tri Track.
Seekonk Speedway’s historic Open Wheel Wednesday returns to the calendar on Wednesday, June 29, with the $10,000 to win special set to return in Massachusetts. Tri Track will also conclude the season at Seekonk with the annual Haunted Hundred event on October 22.
Tri Track’s three other events will bring the drivers to three well-recognized tracks in the area for major events. Star Speedway is set to host the 11th annual SBM Classic on July 23, as Matt Hirschman will look to repeat and add another win to his resume at the Epping, New Hampshire, oval. Star’s 2021 Tri Track SBM special showcased a total winning purse for Hirschman of over $17,000.
New London-Waterford Speedbowl will host the series for the first time in six years on Saturday, August 6. The Shoreline oval located in Waterford, Connecticut, operates with some of the top racing in the area. Tri Track will also return to Stafford Motor Speedway for the second time in history, headlining the NAPA Fall Final on Saturday, September 24. In 2019, the series ran the inaugural Call Before You Dig Modified Classic 81 at Stafford, won by Chase Dowling. The series will be joined by Stafford’s historic SK Modified division and other classes.
The series will release more information about each specific event closer to the dates. Stay tuned to social media for the latest offseason news. Fans can also follow TriTrackModifieds.com, where you can purchase Tri Track apparel, check out the latest news, and more.
Tri Track Open Modified Series 2022 Schedule:
April 30 -- Monadnock Speedway -- Winchester, New Hampshire
May 29 -- Thunder Road Speedbowl -- Barre, Vermont
June 29 -- Seekonk Speedway, Seekonk, Massachusetts
July 23 -- Star Speedway, Epping, New Hampshire
August 6 -- New London-Waterford Speedbowl, Waterford, Connecticut
September 24 -- Stafford Motor Speedway, Stafford, Connecticut
October 22 -- Seekonk Speedway, Seekonk, Massachusetts
By Souza Media/Kyle Souza
SEEKONK, Mass. -- Matt Hirschman has become the man everyone wants to be like when it comes to Modified racing.
Whether he’s winning races in Pennsylvania or New York, Massachusetts or New Hampshire, Florida, or anywhere in between, Hirschman is always at the front of the field. He’s earned his nickname “Big Money” for a reason. Known for winning the biggest money races on the Modified circuit, Hirschman is also known for winning titles.
In 2021, he was back in title form with the Tri Track Open Modified Series. Hirschman sealed a record sixth Tri Track title -- as he extended his record as the only driver to win more than one series title since the inception in 2014.
The season included two wins in two staple, historic events -- the 10th annual SBM Classic at Star Speedway, where he banked over $17,000 in awards, and the $10,000 to win Open Wheel Wednesday at Seekonk Speedway in Massachusetts. The win at Seekonk allowed Hirschman to become the first driver in the history of Seekonk’s special event to win it four times. It was his fourth win at Star’s SBM event as well -- and second straight.
In the end, it was another title added to the mantle for the Pennsylvania native, as he bested Chase Dowling by 19 points for the crown.
“We had a great year,” Hirschman said. “Won the two biggest races and the championship. That’s kind of the cherry on top. I’ve always said these races are more lucrative to win than the championship. But, if you get that in the end, it’s a nice accomplishment for the team and shows that we had a good year. We were good at all three tracks and that’s what you need to be.”
At Seekonk in the season-finale, Hirschman needed to finish 17th or better, no matter what anyone else did, in order to hold the trophy. He scored a fourth-place run, and likely had a faster car and could have contended for the win if he was a bit more aggressive after pitting for a fresh tire. But Hirschman was content finishing there to grab the title -- the ultimate goal for his team.
“We had a good car, but I don’t know if we had anything for Chase Dowling,” Hirschman said on the track after the October 23 event at Seekonk. “At the end, we were certainly looking around a bit… there was a couple times I wanted to make something happen, but I also didn’t want to look stupid either. We will settle for fourth today.”
In his career, Hirschman leads all drivers with 35 starts, 14 wins and 28 top-fives. He’s been to Victory Lane in 40% of his starts, and has certainly earned his sixth title.
Tri Track Open Modified Series officials have already announced five race dates for the 2022 season, including two dates at Seekonk Speedway (June 29, October 22), one at Star Speedway (July 23), one at Monadnock Speedway (April 30) and one at Thunder Road Speedbowl (May 29). Any additional dates will be announced in the coming weeks.
For more information on the Tri Track Open Modified Series, visit TriTrackModifieds.com and follow the series on social media for the latest updates.