RETURN TO NEW HAMPSHIRE FOR COMPETITIVE NIGHT SET FOR THIS WEEKEND
By Souza Media/Kyle Souza
SEEKONK, Mass. -- The Tri Track Open Modified Series returns to competition this Saturday, August 15, for race three of the 2020 season at Monadnock Speedway in Winchester, New Hampshire. This is the second stop at the high-banked oval this season, and if the first one was any indication, fans won’t want to leave their seat until the finish checkered flag and beyond.
On July 5, Craig Lutz used a bump-and-run to get around Les Hinckley in a final dash to the finish line, bringing fans to their feet, and creating a bit of frustration between some of the top contenders. Now, as the season hits the middle of August, these two could be headed straight for a rematch. But they won’t be the only top contenders when Tri Track takes the green flag on Saturday.
Matt Hirschman, who has 12 career Tri Track wins, including the SBM at Star Speedway earlier this year, is coming back looking to rebound from a performance he wasn’t happy with last time at Monadnock. Although the driver of the No. 60 finished seventh, Hirschman wasn’t pleased with the way the car handled. After dominating at Star, he’s heading to Monadnock looking to pounce.
Lutz and Hirschman are the two Tri Track winners so far in 2020. Lutz earned his first win in his debut race at Monadnock earlier this year. Veteran Modified competitors Chase Dowling, Matt Swanson, Ron Silk, Woody Pitkat, Anthony Nocella, Ronnie Williams, Chris Pasteryak, Richard Savary and more are also expected, along with Monadnock weekly competitors Ben Byrne, Derek Robbie and Matt Kimball. And that’s only a taste of the drivers who will unload their cars in the mountains of New Hampshire this weekend.
“We can’t wait to get back to Monadnock,” Wayne Darling, Managing Partner of the Tri Track Open Modified Series, said. “If the last event there was any indication, it should be a great show on Saturday night.”
Per a new order by the state of New Hampshire, face coverings are required for everyone that is entering and exiting the pit and main grandstands, when walking in crowded areas, and visiting the concessions or restrooms. Fans who are seated in the main grandstands, following social distancing guidelines with group of 10 or less six feet apart, will not need the mask once seated. Race teams are not required to wear face masks in their own pit stall, however, when leaving the stall, team members must have them on when social distancing is not possible.
Also, per order of New Hampshire, grandstand capacity is limited to 50% for this event, so race fans are encouraged to purchase their tickets ahead of race day on the Monadnock Speedway website, or make sure to get to the track early. Names like Sam Rameau, Kirk Alexander, George Sherman, Kurt Vigeant, Calvin Carroll, and more, have also pre-ordered tires.
Pit gates open for Tri Track teams only at 12 p.m., followed by the rest of Monadnock’s race teams at 1 p.m. Practice begins at 3 p.m., with 45 minutes for the Tri Track Open Modified Series. The Tri Track teams will also have a 15-minute scuff from 5:15-5:30 p.m. Heat races begin at 6 p.m., followed by the start of feature racing at 7 p.m. The Tri Track Open Modified Series feature is scheduled to take the green flag around 9 p.m.
The NHSTRA Modifieds, Late Model Sportsman, Mini Stocks and Pure Stocks will also join the card. For more information on Monadnock Speedway, fans are encouraged to visit monadnockspeedway.com and follow the track on Facebook. For more information on the Tri Track Open Modified Series, visit tritrackmodifieds.com and follow the series on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
PURSE: TRI TRACK OPEN MODIFIED SERIES AT MONADNOCK SPEEDWAY, AUGUST 15: