By Souza Media/Kyle Souza
SEEKONK, Mass. -- Kurt Vigeant will look to make his mark in the Tri Track Open Modified Series in 2021. The driver of the familiar white and orange No. 7 is set to compete in all of the races in the new season and hopes to continue to make gains into the top 10 as part of one of the most competitive fields in Modified racing.
Vigeant, who has been involved in racing since the age of 12, broke into the sport with AMA Motocross and became the Grand National Champion. He continued into the Pro 4 Modifieds, where he went to Victory Lane, then became a two-time champion at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park in their Modified division. All of this experience drove his interest to move into the Tour-Type Modifieds, where he runs today, specifically with Tri Track. He’s hoping to make gains on his previous efforts during the 2021 season.
“When I started in these types of Modifieds we ran a few races, then totaled the car and it took two years to fix it because we didn’t have the funds,” Vigeant said. “I enjoy the schedule that Tri Track has with the bullring tracks. I don’t think anyone is content where they are running, until you are on the top.”
Vigeant is no stranger to the series, competing at all of the tracks that Tri Track will visit during the 2021 season. Enjoying the bullrings makes Tri Track a perfect fit -- as the series makes the schedule based off the tracks that equal the playing field and put the capabilities of the driver into the forefront.
“I’ve had good success when it comes to qualifying for the features,” Vigeant said. “I think I’ve only missed two since I started running with Tri Track. But I’m lacking those finishes… I need some luck. It’s tough to compete, as an underfunded team, on a series with a lot of talent. But we are fighting, and I couldn’t do it without my sponsor and my team.”
Vigeant carries the colors of Gary Rice Equipment and Service on the car, and has a variety of crew members that are regulars with him at the track. He is always looking for additional sponsors to help him get through the season, whether big or small. Crew members include Rob Anderson, Josh O’Connell, Joey Pole, Billy Bodreau (crew chief), Melissa O’Connell, Dennis West, Carroll Vescovi and others, when necessary and available.
“The crew supports me no matter what happens,” Vigeant said. “My mom and dad -- they are first -- my dad is a diehard. His health has been going south a bit, so we are just taking it race-by-race and remembering every moment we have together.”
His goal in the 2021 season is to continue to take it race-by-race, improve on his finishing positions and aim for the top-five in the six series events.
“I’m hoping that this year we can run much better and run in the front,” Vigeant said. “It comes down to how much money we can gather as a small team. We go to each race, buy four or five tires, and do the best we can. We do it for the love of the sport.”
The Tri Track Open Modified Series season opens in May at Monadnock Speedway. For more information on the series, visit tritrackmodifieds.com and follow the series on social media. For more information on Souza Media, visit kylesouza.com.