McKennedy’s team rolled into the Epping, NH quarter-mile bullring with a brand-new car after wrecking hard during the 2021 Icebreaker at Thompson in the Outlaw Open Modified race. The team built a new car from the ground up in a little over three weeks, and McKennedy rewarded their hard work by parking the car in Victory Lane.
[It was] a ton of work, man,” McKennedy told Speed51.com after the race. “We had an awesome car at Thompson, I honestly thought we had a car that probably should have won there. Unfortunately wrong place wrong time. Got caught up by a car that blew an engine and went straight in the wall, slid in his oil. It’s unfortunate, we junked that car and literally built a brand-new car in three weeks.”
REPLAY: Tri-Track Modifieds at Star
After having to race his way into the main event via the consolation race, McKennedy took advantage of an early pit stop for fresh tires and spent the middle part of the race laying low and trying to stay out of trouble. A late-race spin for Matt Hirschman brought out the caution, and after the round of pit stops, McKennedy found himself in second place behind Chris Pasteryak.
A bold move around the outside cemented McKennedy’s place at the top of the field, and he held off a late-race charge by Matt Swanson to take home his first Tour-type Modified win since the 2018 North-South Shootout at Concord Speedway in North Carolina.
“Again, we had wrong place, wrong time in the heat,” McKennedy said. “Broke the left-front suspension, and the crew worked their butts off and fixed it.”
“I told the guys before the race, if we don’t wreck tonight, we will win. Strong statement coming from 24th, but we did. Just feels great, great to be back. It feels awesome.” – Jon McKennedy
Matt Swanson has been building momentum in the Boehler Racing Enterprises No. 3 since early last year, and showed the team is on the right track by racing to a strong second-place finish. Swanson felt encouraged by the result, if not a little disappointed at how this particular race played out.
“We definitely had a good car, I think a car to win, Jon just has way better car control,” Swanson said after the race. “He’s got a lot more experience than I do and he got through lapped traffic a lot better than I did. But I think we have a good, solid baseline to come back for the SBM, and try and do the same thing again.”
Chris Pasteryak drove to his best finish of the year, bringing his No. 75 to the final step of the podium. Teammates Anthony Sesely and Ron Silk rounded out the top five.
Cam McDermott, Ronnie Williams, Woody Pitkat, Les Hinckley, and Brian Robie finished in the top 10.
A full replay of Saturday’s Tri-Track Open Modified Series race can be viewed now on Speed51.TV.
The Tri-Track Open Modified Series is back in action on Wednesday, June 30 as they storm into Seekonk Speedway in Massachusetts for Open Wheel Wednesday. Fans will be able to watch all of the action on Speed51.TV.
-Story by: Ian Pettigrew, Speed51 Northeast Correspondent
-Photo credit: Speed51 / Will Sweatt
Prelude to the SBM X Unofficial Results
1) Jon McKennedy
2) Matt Swanson
3) Chris Pasteryak
4) Anthony Sesely
5) Ron Silk
6) Cam McDermott
7) Ronnie Williams
8) Woody Pitkat
9) Les Hinckley
10) Brian Robie
11) Sam Rameau
12) Matt Hirschman
13) Max Zachem
14) Chase Dowling
15) Tommy Barrett
16) Kevin Iannarelli
17) Joey Cipriano
18) Kirk Alexander
19) Kyle James
20) Earl Paules
21) Josh Cantara
22) Anthony Nocella
23) Jon Kievman
24) Justin Bonsignore
25) TJ Bleau
26) Austin Kochenash
27) Carl Medeiros, Jr.
28) Andy Shaw