Seekonk, MA – This Wednesday, June 26, 2019, the Tri-Track Open Modified Series (TTOMS) presents the fifteenth running of Open Wheel Wednesday at Seekonk Speedway. Keeping with tradition, the event promises a strong field of talented drivers in search of the $10,000 payday in 100-laps of green flag racing. Five past champions including Kirk Alexander, Tommy Barrett, Richard Savary, three-time winner Matt Hirschman and last year’s event winner Ron Silk headline a current entry list that tops 30 cars.
Open Wheel Wednesday also features the prestigious Boston Louie Seymour Memorial for the Northeastern Midget Association (NEMA) along with the NEMA Lites.
Pit gates open at 10am on Wednesday, June 26. Grandstands open at 4pm with racing scheduled to go green at 6:30pm. Entry to Seekonk Speedway’s pit area is $37. Grandstand admission is $27. A rain date has been set for Thursday, June 27.
The lucrative purse includes a $10,000 winner’s share and an impressive $800 to take the green. Lap leader bonuses and other contingencies make the Tri-Track Open Modified Series and Open Wheel Wednesday event appealing to teams throughout New England, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
There will be some pretty stiff competition from drivers seeking their first Open Wheel Wednesday victories like long-time campaigners Les Hinckley, Todd Patnode and Russ Hersey. There could be some ‘home turf’ advantage for Matt Swanson aboard ‘Ole Blue’. Woody Pitkat is still riding high from a Modified Tour victory and Ronnie Williams is knocking on the door of a big win.
After a year-off from OWW competition, perennial Race of Champions hot-shoe Chuck Hossfeld will look to add his name to the winner’s list. There are some potential dark horses on the entry list as well like Keith Rocco and Anthony Sesely. After the last few weeks, Andy Jankowiak could even be considered a ‘sentimental favorite’ to win on Wednesday.
There are plenty of drivers capable of taking down the victory at the “Cement Palace.”
In the early years, Seekonk Speedway was known for spirited Modified battles that included the likes of legends Carl ‘Bugsy’ Stevens, Ron Bouchard, George Summers, Leo “the Lion” Cleary, George Murray and countless others. Over the years Seekonk became synonymous with action-packed full-fendered racing. In 2005, with the introduction of Open Wheel Wednesday, Seekonk Speedway once again put itself on the map as a great Modified Track. Now under the NASCAR banner, the Vendetti Family, long-tenured owners of the Speedway, host the Whelen Modified Tour annually.
The Tri-Track Open Modified Series will pay homage to the Speedway’s modified legacy as the family of the late George Summers will act as the event’s grand marshals.
Summers began his racing career in 1952 and while he raced from Maine to Virginia amassing over two hundred career victories, nearly half came at the bullring, Seekonk Speedway. He is the track’s record holder for “Most Career Wins” with 100. Summers is a member of the New England Auto Racing (NEAR) Hall of Fame, the Seekonk Speedway Wall of Fame, and Living Legends of Auto Racing Hall of Fame in Daytona Beach, FL.
Having gone through variations in race management, now under the banner of the Tri-Track Open Modified Series (TTOMS), the event continues to be among the strongest in short track racing; drawing drivers from throughout the north east.
TRI-TRACK OPEN MODIFIED SERIES-OPEN WHEEL WEDNESDAY 2018 ENTRY LIST as of June 22
Carl Medeiros, Jr.
-Seekonk Speedway Press Release
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