WATCH LIVE: Modified Racing Series at Lee USA
After two-straight disappointments at Star Speedway & Claremont Motorsports Park, Perry finds himself 38 points back of New Hampshire driver Brian Robie. This Saturday as a part of Russ Conway’s Oktoberfest at Lee USA Speedway, the MRS will conclude the season with Twin 50-lap feature races, both paying full points, giving Perry one last shot to get to the top of the points.
But, Perry knows that will be a tough task given Robie’s great consistency in 2021. Rather than worry much about it, Perry is looking to double-up his race winning trophy collection.
“We’re not points racing at all coming into this one, we’ll still be a little mindful, but we’re focusing on trophy hunting this weekend. It’s like AJ Allmendinger in the Xfinity Series, we’re here for wins, and whatever comes with it, comes with it. If we have a great run and something happens Brian, that would be optimal, but we’re never going to wish bad on Brian, I enjoy racing with him, we talk all the time, happy to be racing against him for the championship,” Perry told Speed51.
A tough track on Modified tires, Lee USA Speedway is quite the puzzle for all members of the Mod Squad. Despite having little experience at “New Hampshire’s Center of Speed”, the 19-year-old Perry feels that he has already learned a lot about the nuances of the 3/8-mile oval.
“I didn’t feel like I had a good grip on Lee until the last time I was there, but now I feel like Lee is one of our strongest tracks. I think I’ve learned the saving aspect. It’s going to be a little more interesting with the Twin 50 features there instead of a straight-up 75 or 100. I’m excited to get up there and I know we’re going to have a stout No. 47 car, I’m pumped just to be back in a racecar this weekend.”
Perry is also looking to end 2021 strong in Jack Bateman’s No. 47 car to spur on the team heading into 2022.
“We had a really good season overall, Brian had a little bit more consistency over the year. But, we have a really good package to build on for next season, we signed with Jack Bateman for the next year, we made that deal at Claremont. I’m super excited to get back to some of these tracks to show what I’ve learned as a driver, and what we learned as a team.”
That said, Perry is not calling it a season after Oktoberfest. He and the Bateman team are planning one last outing together at Seekonk Speedway on October 23 for the Tri-Track Open Modified Series Haunted Hundred. He even has some full-fender plans this fall as well.
“We’re looking at Seekonk as our last hurrah with the 47 car for this season. November 6, we’ll be back in the Super Late Model down at Caraway for the North-South Shootout. Next year, we’ll be back with the 47 Modified. Hopefully we can fill in like we did this year running dirt on off-weekends, just playing around. We’d like to make a couple of Whelen Modified Tour starts in the near future, the funding isn’t there right now for certain teams.”
See racing on both Saturday, October 2 and Sunday, October 3 from Russ Conway’s Oktoberfest at Lee USA Speedway live on Speed51.TV.
-Story by: Connor Sullivan, Speed51 Northeast Correspondent – Twitter: @Connor51CT
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