LONG ISLAND, N.Y. — Story by Race Chaser Online New England Correspondent Kyle Souza — Seekonk Speedway photo —
With constant Winter Storm Warnings falling over New England the last few weeks, fans are wondering when the warm weather will prevail and cars will hit the track.
However, the behind the scenes work of the Tri Track Open Modified Series has been rolling along and drivers are starting to jump on board.
Over the past few weeks, three official entries have been filed for the 2015 series. Stan Mertz filed an entry for his No. 6 with Dennis Perry behind the wheel, Dave Sapienza will drive his own No. 36 ride out of Long Island and owner Norm Perry has filed paperwork with a driver to be announced.
Drivers and teams that wish to compete for the point fund in 2015, must have their entries filed to James Schaefer by Sunday, March 1. Schaefer and the Tri Track Series officials are urging teams to file their entries as soon as possible. Schaefer can be contacted on Facebook, or via email at [email protected]
In addition, the official 2015 Tri Track Series t-shirts are now available for purchase as well.
Schaefer, better known in New England as the Long Island Mod Maniac, is selling them in all sizes. This year, the T-shirts are gray with a modified plastered on them carrying the No. 15 — representing the 2015 season.
The prices for the t-shirts are $20 for a anything under a 2XL. Any orders that come in for T-shirts 2XL or larger will be $22. The series is also providing long sleeve t-shirts for $25 and $27 for anything 2XL or over.
“My goal is to have at least 200 t-shirts ordered by March 1. Right now, we have about 110 on the order sheet,” Schaefer told Race Chaser Online.
Schaefer also added that Alloy Wheel Repair Specialists leader Samuel Kramer has become a huge part of the sale.
“Samuel gave me money to order the first 300 shirts. Any money we make from them will be going towards the point fund,” Schaefer said.
“James has got great passion for modified racing,” Kramer added. “What I like about what James and The Racing Guys are doing is that they are giving the best modified drivers in the New England region a place to compete for a good purse. I saw this as a good opportunity to get my franchises name Alloy Wheel Repair Specialists out in front of thousands of people from New England, New York and Pennsylvania.”
In addition, Schaefer has also reached out to the fans of New England modified racing with another fan challenge.
“If we can sell 500 t-shirts I will automatically add $1,500 to the point fund,” Schaefer said.
The first fan challenge put up already by Schaefer is that if 3,000 people show up to the Lee and Monadnock events, respectively, he will add $5,000 to the winner’s share of the original purse.
For more information on the series including the 2015 official rules, visit www.tritrackopenmodifiedseries.com.