EPPING, NH- On Saturday evening of June 14, the race that many consider to be the crown jewel of pavement Modified Open shows; the fourth annual SBM 125 IV will take place at Star Speedway in Epping, New Hampshire. The total purse has grown to more than $44,000 as a result of unprecedented support from race fans and small businesses, with still ten more days for it to increase further.
This premier event for tour-type Modifieds has grown each season since it began in 2011 to help bring teams extra purse money and this fourth annual will be no different. It brings the most diverse field of Modified talent all season to the two-groove quarter-mile oval known as the track, “Where Champions are Made,” because it is where Champion drivers such as Chris Perley, Russ Wood and Bobby Santos learned to win races.
Car counts for the SBM 125 have increaed each season, from 16 in 2011, to 28 and then 32 of the best last year. That field of 32 had multiple drivers from the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, the Valenti Modified Racing Series and Race of Champions tour teams competing against the best from Star Speedway weekly competition.
The combination of this talent level, a two-groove quarter-mile race track with surface grip, Hoosier Racing Tires and an optional pit stop for a new right rear tire forces drivers to race hard to win, and race fans are the beneficiary of that.
“I consider the SBM 125 to be one of the top ten races of the year in all of racing,” states upstate New York dirt track race fan Jim Osterhoudt. “Like the end on year races on the dirt at Penn Can, Accord and Five Mile Point, the drivers come from all regions and are not tied down with points and such.
“Put the best of the three tours on a competitive track and you have a race that is reminiscent of the old Oswego 200′s. These are not guys that normally race against each other, and that makes it old time racing that is missing in many of today’s pavement races. Something the dirt tracks realize is important, but it seems lost with the tour pavement races.”
This combination of stars, along with a good base payoff of $25,000, plus an unmatched number of monetary bonus awards last year that reached nearly $20,000 in all, make this a race like no other.
Thank’s to Long Island race fan Jim Schaefer, every qualified car this year will have earned $1,000 just to start the race. Last year’s feature winner Matt Hirschman earned a more than $9,800 payday.
Drivers, such as NWMT Champion Ryan Preece, VMRS Champion Rowan Pennink, RoC Tour Champion Matt Hirschman, NWSMT star Andy Seuss, past Star Speedway Champion Josh Cantara will be challenged by other champions in their own right.
Kirk Alexander, Andy Jankowiak, Chris Pasteryak, Todd Szegedy, Woody Pitkat, Jon McKennedy, Max Zachem, Richard Savary, Tommy Barrett, Steve Masse and Todd Annarummo are just a few of the names already making plans to compete at this one of a kind spectacle.
A majority of the competing race teams will also be racing for the $10,000 Tri-Track Open Modified Series Crown, open to those who competed at Lee, N.H. in May, this event on June 14, and the Seekonk, Mass., event in July.
Drivers will be racing hard to stay on the top ten all race long, putting them in position for close to $7,000 in lap money paid half to the leader and half to another top ten car on every lap run. An additional halfway bonus has just been confirmed that will pay out more than $2,000 in all, split among the top ten running race teams on lap 63.
Pit gates swing open on this one day Modified show at 12:00 noon, with practice and qualifying to follow. Star Speedway weekly division qualifying that includes the Allen’s Outlaw Late Models, Woody’s Strickly Stocks and Kimball Auto Body Road Runners are tentatively scheduled to begin at at 5:15 PM.
The four quality and very competitive heat races qualifying five cars each, begin at 6:00 PM, with features, the SBM 125 B-Main and then the fourth annual SBM 125 IV scheduled to go green at approximately 8:30 PM following a few very special awards during the pre-race ceremony.
Mark your calendars now for what promises to be the one of the best events ever held at Star Speedway, and likely the highest paying race ever held at the Epping, New Hampshire oval, located on Route 27, just off NH Route 125 and 101.
For more information, directions and a list of the many generous lap and bonus award sponsors to be updated by this weekend, log onto: www.star-speedway.com. You can also find more information on this Tri-Track Open Modified Series race #2 at: www.tritrackopenmodifiedseries.com.
Admission is only $25 for adults, $20 for juniors and seniors, and kids 10 and under are admitted absolutely FREE with a paid adult. Late breaking updates can also be found on the Star Speedway or Tri-Track Open Modified Series facebook pages.
-SBM 125/Star Speedway Press Release. Photo Credit: Speed51.com