SEEKONK, Mass. — Officials have announced the 2018 schedule for the Tri-Track Open Modified Series (TTOMS). Featuring some traditional race events, the 2018 schedule will also feature a series first.
The four-race schedule will commence on Memorial Day weekend and conclude with the fun and festive “Haunted Hundred” with plenty of action over the summer months.
“We are really proud of the schedule that we have been able to put together,” said Managing Partner Wayne Darling. “It will feature some of the traditional events that we know will be action-packed, another that will build momentum after last year’s success and a whole new event to create even more excitement.”
The 2018 Tri-Track Open Modified Series season will open with the running of the inaugural Memorial Day 100 at Claremont Speedway on Saturday, May 26, 2018. The 1/3 mile asphalt oval located in Claremont, N.H., runs Friday nights weekly and features Tour-Type Modifieds as their headline division.
“We have had strong car counts and we are hoping that the Tri-Track Open Modified Series event will help us build up our fan base as well,” said Claremont Owner & Promoter James Ambrose.
“There is not a bad seat in the house,” added Ambrose, of the aluminum grandstands that are built into the bank. Ambrose and his partners including former competitor Phil Hayes have rehabbed much of the facility since purchasing the race track.
Notable Claremont competitors to make starts with TTOMS in 2017 included track champion Dana Smith, Russ Hersey, Dwight Jarvis, Mike Douglas, Jeffrey Gallup, Nick Salva, Brandee Tree, Brian Robie and emerging talents Sammy Rameau, Dylan Rock, Cameron Sontag, and TJ Bleau. A strong field will be expected on Memorial Day Weekend.
The prestigious Open Wheel Wednesday 100 at Seekonk Speedway is set for Wednesday, June 27, 2018. Each year this event, with a $10,000 winner’s share on the line, draws the best-of-the-best in Modified racing. Returning to join the Tri Track Open Modified series is the equally as prestigious Boston Louie Seymour Memorial for the Northeast Midget Association (NEMA).
“Seekonk Speedway is excited to have the Tri-Track series be a part of the 15th annual open Wheel Wednesday and to continue the tradition of exciting, big dollar mid-week racing,” said Seekonk Speedway’s Ed St. Germain, Director of Business Development.
Another notable event on the 2018 Tri-Track Open Modified Series schedule is the annual SBM 125 at Star Speedway in Epping, NH, on Saturday, July 28. Strong car counts featuring talent from all over New England including some of the best northern competitors, make for a night of tight racing action at the bullring at Star.
“The status of this race is really what makes weekly short track racing great,” said Star Speedway owner and promoter Bobby Webber, Jr. “It is the commitment from men like my Dad and the dedication of guys like Kevin Rice, Jim Schaefer and Dick Williams. And all the teams that come out and race hard to support an event like this and the people who built it.”
Star Speedway will also hold a practice day on Friday July 27 for all competitors.
The 2018 season will culminate with the fun and excitement of the Halloween –themed Haunted Hundred on Saturday, October 27 at Seekonk Speedway. No trick, all treats are expected for this event following last year’s success where a strong crowd witnessed one of the best races of the season under picture-perfect conditions.
“We are looking forward to the second annual Haunted Hundred,” added St. Germain. “The management of the Tri-Track Series has been great to work with and their format works great at Seekonk.”
Now that the schedule has been finalized, the big question for the 2018 season will be – can anyone dethrone Matt Hirschman? There will be four great opportunities for competitors to make that happen. With a solid race schedule and the expectation for continued strong fields, the 2018 season will undoubtedly be hotly contested.
“On behalf of Mark Pennink and myself, we want to thank Jim Schaefer and Dick Williams for their unwavering commitment to the series and the sport and to the track promoters for their continued belief in our competitors and the product that we produce,” conclude Darling.
CREDIT: Tri Track Open Modified Series