LONG ISLAND, N.Y. — Story by Race Chaser Online New England Correspondent Kyle Souza — Seekonk Speedway photo —
Even though lap sponsors are still for sale for all three Tri Track Open Modified Series events in 2015, drivers around New England are sending thanks to one company for a job well done.
Longtime modified supporters Dunleavy’s Truck and Trailer Repair will join onto the Tri Track Series lap sponsorships by adding an extra $20 to every lap.
The added incentive makes the Lee USA Speedway and Monadnock Speedway races now worth up to $7,000 for the victor. The third and final leg at Seekonk Speedway could be worth up to as much as $12,000.
“Dunleavy’s Truck and Trailer Repair is the number one supporter of modified racing,” Tri Track Series promoter James Schaefer told Race Chaser Online. “I am honored to have his involvement in the Tri Track Open Modified Series for a second year. Last year, he was responsible for our “Longest Tow” award, and now in 2015, the “Race to the Front Lap Leader Money” with $20 to the leader of every lap at all three races.”
Schaefer also released that Seekonk Grand Prix in Seekonk, Massachusetts will return as a sponsor of the series for the second straight season.
Many drivers have included the series in their plans and are prepared to contend for a large purse and a point fund in all three races in 2015. With the names starting to be put in place, the first official entry of the series has also been filed.
After Max Zachem and Stan Mertz parted ways this past week, Mertz named a new driver to take over his No. 6 ride for the Tri Track Series. Dennis Perry, veteran racing campaigner out of Ashaway, Rhode Island will be behind the wheel.
Perry drove his own No. 21 in last year’s Tri Track Series and finished in third spot in the opener at Lee.
“Dennis has done a great job in learning to drive modifieds,” Mertz told Race Chaser Online on Thursday. “He was a full fender guy for years and has really only been driving modifieds for about four years. I believe, I’ve seen his progression and when you give him good equipment, he has the skill set to take it to the front.”
The combination of Perry and Mertz also works well for both parties since they are so close together in town.
“It was a natural fit to have Dennis in my car for the Tri Track Series since my car is maintained at the APE shop in Ashaway, Rhode Island,” Perry said.
Mertz was also a car owner on last years Tri Track Series with Woody Pitkat behind the wheel.
“I am a huge supporter of this series since its inception,” Mertz added. “This series has done more to bring modified racing to the forefront again more than anything that the Whelen (Tour) or Valenti Modified Racing Series have done. I am very optimistic of our chances this year. We have all the pieces in place to be a contender in a very star studded field.”
Sponsorship opportunities for the Tri Track Series are available through James Schaefer via Facebook.
For more information on the series three races, fans can visit www.tritrackopenmodifiedseries.com.