NORTHEAST: Battle of the States; Tri Track Open Mod Series Includes Wide Variety of Representatives

Kyle Souza Asphalt Modifieds, Featured, Northeast 2 Comments

LONG ISLAND, N.Y. — Story by Race Chaser Online New England Correspondent Kyle Souza — Seekonk Speedway photo —

The Tri Track Open Modified Series is based out of Long Island, N.Y. and series promoter James Schaefer runs the daily operations of collecting sponsorship and lap money from his own home in Riverhead.

Since the series landmark is in New York, Schaefer has a long haul to get up to the New England tracks that are a part of his series — but so do some of the drivers. The Tri Track Series will have at least eight different states, running from the tip of Maine to the deep Southeast, represented in this year’s title fight.

The series will compete in four races as part of their 2015 campaign — at Lee USA Speedway on May 17, Monadnock Speedway on June 13, Seekonk Speedway on July 1 and New London-Waterford Speedbowl on September 13.

Below, here’s a look at the states (and a handful of the drivers representing them) to watch for in this year’s Tri Track battle:

Massachusetts — Ones to watch from the Bay State

Todd Annarummo (Swansea, Massachusetts)

Swansea, Mass. driver Todd Annarummo has his home track as race three of the Tri Track Open Modified Series, the Seekonk Speedway.  Annarummo has competed at Seekonk in Pro Stocks and Modifieds and has scored more than a handful of victories, including many in the Valenti Modified Racing Series.

In 2014, Annarummo was the overall lap leader (combination of three races) for the series.

“We support the Tri Track Series because it is a great paying show. James Schaefer and Dick Williams are very passionate about it and have supported me before the Tri Track came to be. The tracks we are running are fun short tracks and we can run with the best in the country,” Annarummo told Race Chaser Online.

Annarummo will ride the No. 12 Global Cycle Chevrolet in 2015.

Branden Dion (Taunton, Massachusetts)

Dion is a Taunton, Mass. native who competed at Stafford Motor Speedway in the SK Light Modified division in 2014 and will make the move to the SK Modifieds in 2015 at Stafford. Dion, a youngster who began at Seekonk Speedway in Mini Cups, will run the Tri Track Series in 2015.

“I am running the series to gain experience and have some fun,” Dion said. “I support the series because I think it is a good way to get more tracks to run the modifieds.”

Dion will carry Douglas King Builders for the Tri Track Series as the primary sponsor of his No. 04 Chevrolet.

Rhode Island — Even though the Ocean State won’t hold an actual race — drivers embrace the travel opportunity.

Dennis Perry (Ashaway, Rhode Island)

Ashaway, R.I. driver Dennis Perry will be traveling to each and every one of the series events this season. He scored a third place finish at the inaugural “Bull Ring Bash 100” at Lee to open the series last year.

His No. 6 Morningside Lawn and Landscape Chevrolet will be in action at all four of the series races.

“We are running Tri Track to support LIMM (James Schaefer) and The Racing Guys as they do so much for racing. But even if it weren’t for them we would support the series as the events are something that hasn’t been seen in this area for many years. All the top drivers and teams big payouts and car counts rivaling the big dirt shows makes this a must race series,” Perry told Race Chaser Online.

“To me the champion of this series will be the king of the mods. As for travel we have a three hour ride to Lee and Maddog and just an hour to the Konk (Seekonk) so travel is no big deal especially being one day shows so no need for hotels for the team. Adding the Speedbowl only makes this series better as the track is historic for mods and centrally located between New Hampshire and New Jersey so it should draw the most teams of any track.”

Kyle James (Ashaway, Rhode Island)

A standout SK Modified driver at New London-Waterford, Kyle James will be running the Tri Track Open Modified Series with his eyes on the purse.

“I am running Tri Track because of the purse and points fund. You can race guys close and hard not having to worry as much getting used up and junked,” James told Race Chaser Online. “As far as helping our team, I am not sure, but as long as we come home in one piece with decent finishes — yeah I think it’ll help in the wallet as well as gauging what we can do against all the tour guys. Travel isn’t much of a deal as Seekonk and New London-Waterford are so close but the other two tracks will just be day trips north.”

Connecticut 

Max Zachem (Norwich, Connecticut)

Zachem will be running full-time on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour in 2015, but will venture out to all four of the Tri Track Open Modified Series events. He has run well at the tracks before as part of the Valenti Modified Racing Series.

“I love the series. It’s such a challenge because you have the best in the modified racing running this series. Absolutely it will help. Challenging race tracks luck of the draw you have to be on your A game,” Zachem told Race Chaser Online.

New Hampshire – Did someone say Lobstah?

Mike Douglas Jr. (Auburn, New Hampshire)

Mike Douglas Jr. ran the 2014 edition of the Tri Track Open Modified Series and fared extremely well.  His trip from Auburn, N.H. will be one he is excited to make.

“It would be great to make all four A-Features. The fields are going to be chock full of the top Modified Drivers on the East Coast,” Douglas Jr. told Race Chaser Online. “To me, you have to be in the show to win the show. We were one of 11-13 Teams that attended & made all three shows last year, so to me, that is something to build on in 2015.”

New Jersey — The Garden State equals long travel.

Rich Parker (Forked River, New Jersey)

Rich Parker will take the long haul up from New Jersey to compete in the Tri Track Open Modified Series for the first time.

“We really like the fact that it is a Open Series and that everyone is welcome. Proof as to why there over 50 Mods already. Seacoast Racing is really looking forward to the different tracks. Should be a lot of fun. Travel is hard on everyone but we will to run at all the locations.”

Parker will pilot his No. 7 Seacoast Accounting and Voorhees Race Preparation Troyer Corvette at all four events in 2015. 

Vermont — Oh, the wily veteran

Dwight Jarvis (Ascutney, Vermont)

The Ascutney, Vt. veteran will be chomping at the bits to get a hold of Monadnock Speedway in June.  Jarvis collected one win in the Valenti Modified Racing Series there last season and is a long-time front runner at MadDog. He has also fared well at Lee and Seekonk in the past by saving his equipment for a late-race charge.

The veteran will be behind the wheel of his No. 28 Newport Auto Mart Chevrolet.

“The reason I am running Tri Track is because I appreciate the guys (James Schaefer, Dick Williams and The Racing Guys) giving us another alternative in racing. Thanks guys,” Jarvis told Race Chaser Online.

Pennsylvania — Money Matt Marches Forward

Matt Hirschman (Northampton, Pennsylvania)

When it comes to open competition modified racing with a large purse — watch out.

Matt Hirschman has been one of the top modified drivers when there is a large purse up for grabs and he is ready to contend on the Tri Track Series again this season.

“I will miss not going to Star — that was one of my best tracks — but I really liked Manadnock the two times I have been there. The money is great too! With the lap money and other bonuses the potential is there to make money and not just for the winner. It certainly is worth traveling for I’m not looking to make 8 to 14 hour round trips to New England every week but I will definitely be making at least four this season,” he said.

Georgia 

Spencer Davis (Dawsonville, Georgia)

Coming all the way from Dawsonville, Ga., Spencer Davis will be behind the wheel of the No. 79 Hillbilly Racing Pontiac looking to score a victory and win the overall point fund.

“When I came into the picture with this team, we wanted to get back up North and run all the tracks,” Davis told Race Chaser Online. “Last year we went up there to Lee and it is an awesome series to run.  It is a really cool series to run with great people.”

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So with a look at many of the states represented in this year’s Tri Track battle royale, which one is your pick to take it all?

We’ll find out next month, when it’s time to go racing — open competition style.

Comments 2

    1. Fred,

      We were not able to get in touch with every state representative — though we did make the attempts! We wanted the story to be out and run before the first Tri Track event in a couple of weeks.

      Jacob Seelman, managing editor

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