TTOMS: Big Money Up For Grabs in Annual Open Wheel Wednesday at Seekonk

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SEEKONK, Mass. —

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Drivers will chase this trophy on Wednesday night along with a check for $10,000. (Seekonk Speedway photo)

The NorthEast Race Cars Tri Track Open Modified Series (TTOMS) is set to open the season this Wednesday, June 29, at Seekonk Speedway in Seekonk, Massachusetts. It will be the first of what is now four races during the 2016 campaign. The first event that was scheduled for June 11 at Monadnock Speedway was rained out and unfortunately will not be rescheduled.

On Wednesday, $10,000 will be up for grabs to the winner of the 12th annual Open Wheel Wednesday 100 lap feature event. The annual event, that started in 2005, has been won by many different modified veterans. In 2005, it was Donny Lia who captured the checkered flag during a last race dash with Ted Christopher.

Other winners over the years include Matt Hirschman (2008 & 2012), Kirk Alexander (2006), Vinny Annarummo (2007), Chris Pasteryak (2009), Todd Annarummo (2010), Doug Coby (2011 & 2013), Tommy Barrett (2014) and Richard Savary, who is the defending winner behind the wheel of his Alloy Wheel Repair Specialists No. 99.

More than 40 drivers will pack the paddock area hoping to qualify for the big dollar event — but it will not be an easy task. Qualifying heats will begin at 7 p.m. and if drivers are not able to qualify through the heat race rounds, they will have the chance to head into the consolation races. Finally, if drivers can’t find their way through the consi rounds, they will have a chance at winning the B-Main, a 25 lap feature where the winner earns himself a guaranteed spot in the 100 lapper.

Among the entered drivers include the two Tri Track Open Modified Series champions, Jon McKennedy and Matt Hirschman. Both are searching for a solid finish to get some points towards the remainder of the season. Modified veterans and former winners of the OWW event Coby, Alexander, Pasteryak, Todd Annarummo, Barrett and Savary will all be hoping to put their name on another trophy and collect another big check.

However, all the others will be chasing their first Tri Track win at Seekonk it’s a stout field of competition coming in. Ted Christopher has entered behind the wheel of the famous Brady No. 00 and Art Barry has prepared a ride for current NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour driver Justin Bonsignore, who will pilot car No. 21.

Others on the entry list include young drivers like Branden Dion, long with veterans like defending Valenti Modified Racing Series champion Woody Pitkat, Les Hinckley, Ron Silk and NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour defending champion Andy Seuss.

Fans are asked to rise to their feet on lap 44 to honor a veteran Wednesday night. Longtime modified car owner Mario Fiore, who passed away last week, was a championship team owner on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour in 2000 and the racing community lost a legend this past week. On lap 44, fans are asked to stand and hold four fingers up from each hand to make the 44 all around the 1/3 mile oval. Barrett will honor Fiore while changing his car number to 44.

The event will also include two other divisions on the racing card. The NEMA Midgets and NEMA Lites will both compete in 29 lap feature events in the annual Boston Louie Seymour Memorial feature races.

Qualifying heats get underway at 7 p.m., with the consolations, B-main and the 100 lap, $10,000 to win feature event to follow. Admission to the front gate for Wednesday’s show is $25 and the paddock fee is $35.

For more information on the NorthEast Race Cars Tri Track Open Modified Series, fans can visit www.tritrackopenmodifiedseries.com. For more information on Seekonk Speedway, fans can visit www.seekonkspeedway.com

 

QUICK NOTES: Open Wheel Wednesday Tri Track 100 at Seekonk Speedway 

Track Facts:

  1. 1/3 mile oval in Seekonk, Massachusetts
  2. Noted for weekly Friday and Saturday night racing; Saturday under NASCAR banner
  3. Created by the late D. Anthony and Irene Venditti

Race Facts:

  1. 12 lap heat races
  2. 12 lap consolation races
  3. 25 lap B-Main feature
  4. 100 lap A-main feature
  5. $10,000 to win

Event Schedule:

  1. Pit gates open at 10 a.m.
  2. Practice starts at 3:15 p.m. — rotating rounds with all divisions in attendance
  3. Front gates open at 4 p.m.
  4. Heat racing begins at 7 p.m.

Current Entry List:

  1. 0 – Mike Holdridge
  2. 00 – Ted Christopher
  3. 04 – Branden Dion
  4. 1 – Anthony Sesely
  5. 2 – Doug Coby
  6. 3MA – Troy Talman
  7. 4 – Jeff Gallup
  8. 12 – Todd Annarummo
  9. 13 – Chase Dowling
  10. 13 – Steve Masse
  11. 15CT – Chris Pasteryak
  12. 16 – Eric Berndt
  13. 17 – Roger Coss
  14. 21 – Justin Bonsignore
  15. 23 – Mike Douglas Jr.
  16. 24 – Todd Patnode
  17. 25 – Rowan Pennink
  18. 27 – Andy Jankowiak
  19. 28 – Dwight Jarvis
  20. 28 – Jeff Rocco
  21. 29 – Jon McKennedy
  22. 33 – Rob Richardi
  23. 39 – Calvin Carroll
  24. 40 – Eddie LeClerc
  25. 43 – Kirk Alexander
  26. 44 – Tommy Barrett
  27. 45 – Dan Meservey
  28. 47 – Ken Bouchard
  29. 50 – Ron Silk
  30. 50 – Carl Medeiros Jr.
  31. 52 – Woody Pitkat
  32. 52 – Les Hinckley
  33. 55 – Joe Doucette
  34. 57 – Keith Rocco
  35. 60 – Matt Hirschman
  36. 66 – Austin Kochenash
  37. 68 – Johnny Bush
  38. 70 – Andy Seuss
  39. 76 – Dennis Perry
  40. 80 – Dick Houlihan
  41. 85 – Mike Benevides
  42. 85 – Todd Szegedy
  43. 93 – George Sherman
  44. 99 – Richard Savary

CREDIT: Tri Track Open Modified Series

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