One week after wheeling into victory lane at New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the fourth time in his career, Ron Silk is heading back to the Granite State this coming Saturday to try for his first win at a track that is both smaller and even more of a personal challenge. The track: Star Speedway; the race: the SBM 125 VIII for the Tri-Track Open Modified Series.
In addition to crossing the Epping, NH quarter-mile off his to do list, Silk the Bob Horn Racing owened No. 50 team are looking to turn around a pair of hard-luck races to start the 2019 Tri-Track schedule, with wrecks and spins derailing promising starts at both Claremont Motorsports Park (NH) in May and Seekonk Speedway (MA) in June.
“We’ve had two Tri-Track races so far this year, we’ve been fast at both, but we really haven’t had the finishes to show for it so far. We’re looking to turn that around at Star,” Silk told Speed51 on the Morning Bullring this past Monday.
Silk is also hoping to improve on a runner-up performance at Star in the SBM VII one year ago, where he came from the back to the front to the back twice before finishing second behind Todd Patnode.
“It’s a cool little track, but it’s a tough track for me. We finished second there last year in the Tri-Track race and had a good car.”
The 2011 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion has figured out the source of his difficulties over the years at Star, now it’s just a matter of he and the 50 crew on how to adjust for it.
“The thing to me is that the place changes so much from day to night, in the daytime it seems to have a lot of grip, and it drives like a normal race track. At night, once the track cools off it gets really slick; I’ve never done too well once we get to those conditions, so we’re hoping to try a couple of different things this time and have some better results for the nighttime for sure.”
Hailing from Norwalk, CT; the same city as the no-nonsense LaJoie racing family, Silk has proven to be just as tough on track over his career. This a trait that is somewhat of a necessity on Star’s short and narrow layout. But, he has also learned when enough is enough.
“I think everyone has a little different perspective of what’s okay and what’s over the line. To me, when my car is good, contact is inevitable at a place like that. If I have to get into somebody a little bit and I can drive away from them, that’s one thing, I have the better car. But to do it and then have to hold them up is too much.”
Silk will have is sure to have his work cut out for him on Saturday night with stars such as defending race winner Todd Patnode, 2019 Seekonk race winner Ronnie Williams, and four-time and defending Tri-Track champion Matt Hirschman all ready to go wheel-to-wheel. Add in names such as Tommy Barrett, Kirk Alexander, Woody Pitkat, Matt Swanson, Richard Savary, Andy Shaw, Russ Hersey, Andy Jankowiak, and Les Hinckley, just to name a few more, and you have a heck of a field of ‘Ground Pounders’.
Star Speedway is expected to pack the house with fans from all across the Northeast and even beyond on Saturday night. For those who can’t make it, you can watch the Tri-Track Open Modified Series live from Epping, NH right here on Speed51.com’s Summer Thunder TV presented by PFC Brakes. We will go live just prior to the green flag for the SBM 125 VIII, tentatively scheduled for 7:30pm ET.
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-Story by: Connor Sullivan, Speed51 Northeast Editor – Twitter: @Connor51CT
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