Cipriano Settling in Well with New Tri-Track Open Modified Ride

One particular driver-team combination that has taken some getting used to for race fans of the Tri-Track Open Modified Series has been entrance of Waterbury, CT driver Joey Cipriano into the No. 50 of Bob Horn Racing. A relationship that’s still a work in progress, last month’s heat racing at Seekonk Speedway showed a sign that this newer combo may be on the cusp of contending for race wins.

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With the 100-lap feature of Speed51 Modified Madness at Seekonk postponed to August 25, the focus is squarely on this Saturday’s SBM X at Star Speedway in Epping, NH. The second stop of the year for Tri-Track at the New Hampshire quarter-mile is good news for Cipriano, who has spent the majority of his driving career in SK Modifieds at Stafford Motor Speedway in Connecticut.


“We’re getting everything ready to go, Bob and his guys bring me a really good car every time with that 50. Hopefully we can have a good run this weekend, they have a really good short track program, so when we go there I know we have a good shot at it. It’s just a matter of figuring out the tracks I haven’t been to much, and Star I’ve been to a couple of times,” Cipriano told Speed51.


BHR had become a powerhouse team in Tri-Track competition, winning multiple races with Ron Silk behind the wheel. With Silk going over to Haydt-Yannone Racing for 2021, Horn was left with the choice of searching for a driver or putting a period on his career as a car owner. But when Cipriano entered the year looking for a ride, Silk saw an opportunity to bring a few his friends together to compete.


Ron was actually a big part of me getting in that car, he drove that car for the past few years for Bob. I’ve worked with Ron on his Whelen Modified stuff with Kevin Stuart and the 85 guys. When everything fell apart for me at the beginning of the year and I didn’t have a ride, I had talked to Ron a little bit and he reached out to Bob to see if he was interested in racing. – Joey Cipriano


“Bob was unsure, he was thinking about retiring, but somehow Ron and I talked him into staying. Bob is a great guy, super appreciative to him for the opportunity to race, and to Ron for helping me out there.”


While there has been bad luck in the first two completed races of 2021 for Cipriano and BHR, there were signs even then that the No. 50 was beginning to build its way back into competitive effort.


“We haven’t had the best year. Monadnock we had a good car and ended up with a loose wheel on the first run that set us back, but we drove back to the top 10. The first Star race we just struggled all day, lacking grip. But Seekonk we had a really good car, so we were bummed to see the night end with the power outage. I think we got a good baseline for this weekend, we’ll see.”


This Saturday, ‘Cip the Quick’ is looking to apply lessons learned and bring the No. 50 back into the winner’s circle.


“It’s good to go somewhere that we’ve already been to this year. But it’s still a track I don’t have much experience with, so I still got a lot to figure out at that place with how it drives. I’m excited, Bob always brings a good racecar, and they’ve won there with Ron two years ago. As long as everything goes smoothly and we can get some good draws, we can go for it.”


Post time for the SBM X at Star Speedway is 3:30pm ET starting with heat race qualifying for the Tri-Track Open Modified Series, 350 Supermodifieds, and more. You can see all the action live on Speed51.TV with your yearly or monthly subscription.


-Story by: Connor Sullivan, Speed51 Northeast Correspondent – Twitter: @Connor51CT

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Cipriano Settling in Well with New Tri-Track Open Modified Ride