Over 40 Drivers Entered for Speed51 Modified Madness

The largest field for a Tour-type Modified event so far in 2021 is set to descend on Seekonk Speedway this Wednesday for Speed51 Modified Madness. This 100-lap event, first held in 2005, a key part of the Tri-Track Open Modified Series schedule since its founding in 2014, has become an annual whose who of Mod Squad stars.

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Despite a valiant effort by all involved, the event was ultimately shelved for 2020 due to local COVID-19 regulations. Now, at last, the 16th running of this great event returns with 45 race teams entered to race for the $10,000 winner’s check and even more bonuses.

 

There are plenty of former Speed51 Modified Madness race winners, including the two who are the only multi-time/three-time victors. Five-time Tri-Track Open Modified Series champion Matt Hirschman will make the usual long haul with the No. 60 from Pennsylvania; while six-time NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion Doug Coby will field his No. 10 out of Connecticut.

 

The 2019 Tri-Track champion Ronnie Williams and 2011 Whelen Modified champion Ron Silk are the most recent Speed51 Modified Madness winners in 2019 and 2018 respectively.

 

Local favorite and 2015 race winner Richard Savary and 2014 victor Tommy Barrett are also looking to be the third drivers in the multi-win club, as are former multi-time Modified Racing Series champions Chris Pasteryak who won in 2009, and Kirk Alexander, won this race way back in 2006.

 

Three-dozen more drivers and teams are determined to join the list of winners, including a batch of drivers with already impressive credentials.

 

Jon McKennedy has titles in Tri-Track, MRS, and the ISMA Supermodifieds; he won at Seekonk in his Supermod just three weeks ago, and is fresh off a sixth-straight ISMA win last Saturday at Monadnock Speedway. All that, and he is the most recent Tri-Track race winner at Star Speedway in May.

 

Ryan Preece celebrated his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory less than two weeks ago, but he has unfinished business on the Modified side. Three-straight podium finishes earlier in June at Stafford, Oswego, and Thompson have the 2013 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion determined to get to the top step at Seekonk, a track he has yet to conquer.

NASCAR Cup Series competitor Ryan Preece will be looking for his first win at Seekonk Speedway during Speed51 Modified Madness Wednesday.

Two-time and defending Whelen Modified champion Justin Bonsignore has adjusted well to racing in Jimmy Paige’s No. 00 in Tri-Track competition. Now he is eyeing his first race win in the Series this Wednesday, and a second Seekonk trophy to go with the one he won on Whelen Modified Tour in 2018.

 

Chase Dowling has the most recent Tri-Track sanctioned race at Seekonk to his name, winning the Haunted Hundred in October 2019, while Anthony Nocella has wins in the Modified Racing Series and NEMA Midgets at the ‘Cement Palace’ as well. Both have yet to claim the $10,000 in the summer.

 

Sam Rameau has won the last two Tri-Track races at his home track, Monadnock Speedway, with his next goal of scoring wins on road.

 

Matt Swanson has a track title in Modifieds at Star Speedway in 2014, he won his first Modified race on the road in 2020 at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl in the MRS. Meanwhile, he has built a great connection in Bohler Racing’s Ole Blue No. 3; he the team confident that their time for victory is coming.

 

Two-time Modified Racing Series champion and one Stafford Speedway’s all-time winningest drivers Woody Pitkat has already won Stan Mertz’s No. 6, but in Sunoco Modified competition at Thompson Speedway. They are looking to finally find that magic in Tri-Track racing.

 

Another Connecticut driver, Les Hinckley has been one of Tri-Track Series most familiar faces the past few years, he is looking to at last add his name to the list of race winners. Same goes for New Hampshire’s Brian Robie, who swept Modified track titles at Monadnock, Claremont, and Hudson in 2020; a win Wednesday would be his first in a Tour-type Modified.

 

The one driver entered for Wednesday that has a win to his name at Seekonk, but has gone the longest since their last win; former Race of Champions Modified Series titlist Chuck Hossfeld who won on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour all the way back in 2004.

 

Bob Horn Racing has a Speed51 Modified Madness win, as mentioned before with Ron Silk. For 2021, they head into this Wednesday with two young guns ready to wheel two No. 50’s. Connecticut’s Joey Cipriano continues his Tri-Track campaign for the season, while second-generation Pennsylvania driver Austin Beers will make his debut in both the series and at the track.

 

There is even some crossover with a pair of stars from the Granite State Pro Stock Series; 2018 GSPSS champ Devin O’Connell continues to build his Modified experience, while former Seekonk Pro Stock champion Angelo Belsito will make his ‘Ground Pounder’ debut this Wednesday night.

 

Those are just some of the names that you can see on Open Wheel Wednesday this week at Seekonk Speedway. Along with the Tri-Track Open Modified Series Speed51 Modified Madness 100-lap feature, the NEMA Lites are back in Massachusetts for the 50-lap Dave Steele Memorial, while the 350 Supermodifieds of SMAC make their track debut with a 40-lap feature.

 

A packed crowd is expected at Seekonk on Wednesday night, while those unable to make it can see all the night’s racing on Speed51.TV starting at 6pm ET with heat races for all divisions. All you need to watch is your Speed51.TV yearly or monthly subscription.

 

Speed51 Modified Madness Expected Entries

0 — Devin O’Connell

00 — Justin Bonsignore

06 — Les Hinckley

06 — Sam Rameau

07 — Kyle James

1 — Tommy Wanick

1 — Chuck Hossfeld

2 — Frank Letoile Jr.

3 — Matt Galko

3 — Matt Swanson

5 — Tommy Barrett

6 — Ben Byrne

6 — Christopher Jackman

6 — Ryan Preece

6 — Woody Pitkat

8 — Cam McDermott

8 — Earl Paules

9 — Chase Dowling

10 — Doug Coby

11 — Ricky Knapp

13 — Dylan Izzo

14 — Blake Barney

16 — Anthony Sesely

16 — Ron Silk

F16 — Colbey Fournier

18 — Max Zachem

21 — Angelo Belsito

25 — Brian Robie

25 — Ronnie Williams

27 — Derek Robbie

39 — Driver TBA

45 — Dan Meservey

50 — Austin Beers

50 — Joey Cipriano

50 — Carl Medeiros Jr.

55 — Ryan Doucette

55 — Robert Bloxsom

60 — Matt Hirschman

66 — Austin Kochenash

75 — Chris Pasteryak

76 — Kirk Alexander

79 — Jon McKennedy

82 — Rob Murphy

87 — Brett Gonyaw

92 — Anthony Nocella

99 — Richard Savary

 

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

-Photo credit: Speed51

Over 40 Drivers Entered for Speed51 Modified Madness