Star Speedway Prepares for Third Annual SBM 125

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(June 11, 2013 – Star Speedway) – On Saturday night in Epping, NH arguably the biggest modified race in New England will take place at the Star Speedway. The track runs a weekly modified division that puts on a great show with lots of side by side racing. This time things are going to be a little different, with more than just the weekly drivers on hand.

With just a few days remaining before the race, the event already has 31 drivers entered, with a purse more than $45,000. The purse includes multiple awards, including a “Longest Tow Award,” which may be the most creative of them all.

The first two of these races saw the best in New England battle for the big check. The opening year Jon McKennedy won the event in a car that he owned, the #73 sponsored by Power Mist. He will get back behind the wheel this weekend, but this time driving for Art Barry in the #21. Barry and Jon have come together recently and picked up a title in the Valenti Modified Racing Series a short time ago.

Defending winner Matt Hirschman will be back behind the wheel of the J&J Motorsports #59. He won this event in that car last year, taking down just under $9,000 in purse money.

The entry list for Saturday is a combination of drivers of the Race of Champions Tour, the Valenti Modified Racing Series, the regulars of Star Speedway’s modified division and the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.

Due to the weather conditions of the past weeks, the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will compete at Stafford Motor Speedway on Friday night. Many teams are expected to make their decision whether or not to race the SBM 125 after competition on Friday night.

A field of just under 40 cars is expected to compete for 24 starting positions in four heat races that will be 12 laps in distance. Following the heats, the B-Main consi style race will determine the final four starters for the race. The feature itself is scheduled to start around 8:30 P.M.

Anyone that is looking for more information on the SBM 125, including the event schedule and the list of sponsors who have added more than $20,000 to the total purse, log onto the track website at

This race showcases the idea of the modified race that was put together for the fans, by the fans. Kevin Rice, the race promoter and leader, has done an amazing job bringing everything together to run smoothly.

From all the awards that have been donated for the raffle to all the cash and checks that have been sent his way, he has been able to collect them all into one fund, and put a great show on.

Former Valenti Modified Racing Series flagman John Spence Jr will join the race on the starter’s stand. Many officials from Star Speedway as well as other New England tracks have contacted Kevin Rice and volunteered to help with the event.

RaceChaser Staff Writer Kyle Sousa contributed to this story.

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