The SBM 121 takes place Saturday at Star Speedway (NH), with a star-studded field of Modified racers taking part in the second round of the Tri-Track Open Modified Series season.
To prepare for Saturday’s race with nearly 40 competitors expected to show up, here are 10 things you need to know about SBM IX.
1 – This will be the ninth running of the SBM 121. Matt Hirschman is a four-time winner of the race. Jon McKennedy has two wins. Todd Patnode and Ronnie Silk are both former winners of the event.
2 – Along with the Modifieds, the Pure Stocks, Street Stocks, and Slingshots will be in action on Saturday at Star Speedway.
3 – As of midweek, there were 37 drivers scheduled to be at Star Speedway on Saturday. Here is a look back at the entry list.
4 – Built in 1966, Star Speedway in Epping, New Hampshire is the site of the SBM 121. The track has hosted open-wheel touring series events since the 1960s.
5 – Some deep track history finds that Geoff Bodine won one of the first 100-lap Late Model events at the track in 1978 with the Yankee All-Star League. Bodine beat Bugs Stevens and George Savary for the win on July 12, 1978.
6 – The race was first an independent show back in 2011, but in 2014 it became part of the Tri-Track Open Modified Series. Every year since SBM III, at least 30 cars have shown up at Star Speedway hoping to make the field.
7 – NASCAR Cup Series driver Ryan Preece will return to the SBM 121 looking to finally get into victory lane. Preece has been second, third and fifth in his three best finishes at the Star Speedway event.
8 – The next race in the Tri-Track Modified Series after the SBM 121 is scheduled to be at Monadnock Speedway (NH) on August 15th for a 100-lap event.
9 – A total of 96 drivers have attempted to qualify for the eight prior SBMs. Twelve pre-entered drivers will be adding their name to that list as first-time competitors in the SBM: Eric Goodale, Bryan Narducci, Chuck Hossfeld, Dave Sapienza, Craig Lutz. Jacob Perry, Ryan Doucette, Matt Kimball, Bobby Chartier, Derek Robbie, Donnie Lashua, Dylan Izzo.
10 – Hirschman and Josh Cantara are the only two drivers to attempt to qualify for all eight prior SBM events. Both drivers are on Saturday’s entry list, with plans to continue that streak.
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-Story by: Elgin Traylor, Speed51 Correspondent
-Photo credit: Speed51 Photo