TIM TURNS 21, 121 LAP RACE SET FOR JULY 25
By Souza Media/Kyle Souza
SEEKONK, Mass. -- With under two weeks until the drop of the green flag on the second race of the Tri Track Open Modified Series season, Matt Swanson is hoping a return to Star Speedway will end with him carrying the checkered flag for the first time on the Tri Track circuit.
He’s also hoping it brings his first win with the legendary Boehler family.
Swanson started driving the famed ‘Ole Blue’ in 2018, when veteran Rowan Pennink went down with a back injury that ended his racing career. Since then, he’s been competing full-time on another Modified Tour, but has also become a frontrunner with the Tri Track Series. Swanson, who grew up racing at Star, finished third in the annual SBM race last year, and is hoping to better that by two spots when the 2020 edition of the race occurs on Saturday, July 25.
This year’s SBM race is 121 laps instead of 125 – in honor of Tim Webber – the son of track promoter Bobby Webber Jr., who is turning 21 during the month of July. Swanson is familiar with the family.
“The SBM has always had a special place in my heart,” Swanson said. “Even back when I was driving for Marco Turcotte when he first gave me an opportunity to drive a Modified at the age of 13. It's where I got my start racing Modifieds. The Webber family – Bob Sr., Bob Jr., Tim – all of them -- the family has just played such a role in my racing career. I’m always excited to head back to Star and see all the faces I got to see when I went there years ago. It brings back some memories. I’m excited to go back. Hopefully we can get two spots better than last year.”
Although Swanson competes full-time with Tri Track, and the car is prepared by Boehler Racing, it’s owned by Larry Westgate, which creates a strong partnership between the two.
“Larry supplies us with everything we need to be able to go to the Tri Track races,” Swanson said. “He owns the car, the trailer... we wouldn’t be running the Tri Track races if it wasn’t for Larry. The car is a Boehler Chassis, and it’s been around longer than I have been alive. Ryan Preece, Ted Christopher... a lot of drivers have been in that car. We keep it at the No. 3 shop and maintain it. Larry makes it so we can take a lot more time to keep up with what keeps speed in the cars. We go to the track, learn more... I can’t thank him enough for everything he does for us.”
Due to restrictions from COVID-19 and the state of New Hampshire, Star Speedway is limited to 50% grandstand capacity for the race. Fans are encouraged to purchase their tickets ahead through Venmo (@bwebberjr19) to make sure they get their seat. There will be no pre-sales for pit passes.
Tri Track teams who have registered for the entire season are good to go, while teams who need to register for just one event can do it on the website. Teams must also pre-order tires with Dan at Hoosier Tire East by calling 860-646-9646 as soon as possible.
The pit area will open for Tri Track teams at 10:45 a.m., while practice will begin at 1:15 p.m. There will be three practice sessions for the Tri Track Series, with the third of them being a short tire scuff session. The first two sessions will last from 1:15-1:55 p.m. and 2:15-2:40 p.m. Heat races for the Modifieds begin at 4 p.m., while the feature will be the final race of the night, estimated to take the green flag at 7 p.m.
Pit admission for Saturday is $45, while general admission tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and juniors (11-16) and kids 10 and under are free in the grandstands. Camping is limited at this event. The Pure Stocks, Street Stocks and Mia’s Jewerly Slingshots will also compete.
For more information on Star Speedway, visit them at StarSpeedwayNH.com and follow them on Facebook. For more information on the Tri Track Open Modified Series, visit them on the web at tritrackmodifieds.com and follow the series on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.