Saturday’s chaotic end to both the Haunted Hundred at Seekonk Speedway (MA) and the 2019 Tri-Track Open Modified Series season left a lot of turbulence for some drivers to deal with once they climbed out of their racecars. But there were some exceptions, one being the driver who crossed the line backwards, but was still able to win his first Tri-Track title trophy; Ellington, Connecticut’s Ronnie Williams.
With Matt Hirschman as his closest challenger, Williams entered Seekonk with the points lead, needing only a solid finish to close the deal. But when the last lap incident between Hirschman and Ron Silk had Williams getting booted from behind and spun out in the free-for-all, it looked as though Williams was in trouble, backing across the line after losing many positions.
But with Hirschman’s disqualification, Williams clinched the title despite being scored 20th in the final order.
“We were just riding home in sixth there, I knew if the caution didn’t come out we were going to be champions of the Tri-Track Series. Then that mess happened up front, tired going low, I don’t know who got me in the right-rear, but I ended up spinning around across the line backwards. A little nervous there, but I’m just happy we got the title,” Williams told Speed51.
It is also the first Tri-Track championship for Williams’ car owner Gary Casella, who struck a deal to have Williams as his primary driver after Williams had parted ways with NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour team Gershow Motorsports after the conclusion of 2018. In his first season driving the Roscoe Racing No. 25, Williams has flourished on both the Tri-Track and Valenti Modified Racing Series.
“I think we finalized this deal in February and we just took it a race at a time, and we started having success.”
Williams amassed four wins in the 25 car, including the Tri-Track Open Wheel Wednesday 100 victory at Seekonk in June, along with VMRS wins at Monadnock Speedway (NH), New Hampshire Motor Speedway, and Thompson Speedway (CT). Those three VMRS wins also helped to secure Casella the VMRS owner’s title, with Matt Swanson and Jacob Perry piloting the 25 when Williams was driving the Adam Skowyra No. 50 SK Modified at Thompson and Stafford Motor Speedway (CT).
Combined with the five Stafford SK wins, one Open Modified win also at Stafford, and three more SK Sunoco Modified wins at Thompson, plus a second straight Stafford SK championship all with the 50 team, and you have a season that most drivers would dream of.
“It’s been like a dream season, right now we have 13 wins on the season between the 50 team and the 25. Just an unbelievable time, like that whole week with Loudon, then Seekonk, and the SK 5K at Stafford. These guys give me great cars every single week, come out here giving me a chance to win, and something I like to do.”
As of right now, nothing is set in stone for Williams and the 25 camp for next year. But, it is also very promising.
“Yeah definitely, we haven’t talked much about plans yet, but I can’t wait to continue with these guys.”
While Roscoe Racing’s 2019 campaign is complete, Williams will head into battle one last time in 2019, as the No. 50 Skowyra camp is heading to the Turkey Derby to compete in the 150-lap Tour-type Modified race on Saturday, November 30 at Wall Stadium Speedway (NJ).
-Story by: Connor Sullivan, Speed51 Northeast Editor – Twitter: @Connor51CT
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