WATCH LIVE: Speed51 Modified Madness at Seekonk
This Wednesday night, Seekonk Speedway plays host to one of the biggest Tour-type Modified events on the calendar; Speed51 Modified Madness. It is one of the biggest draws on the Tri-Track Open Modified Series for Mod Squad star power, but it will also be dipping into the pool of full-fender talent for both Seekonk and New England.
Angelo Belsito is the 2015 Pro Stock track champion at Seekonk and has become a multi-time race winner on the Granite State Pro Stock Series. Now, he will be taking on a the challenge of wheeling a Modified at his home track this Wednesday.
“I’m driving for Kevin Harvey, No. 21. My crew chief for Granite State, Jason Sheppard, put the deal together. He and Kevin have been doing business for a while, Jason has done some odds and ends over the years. I’ve always wanted to get to the track with Kevin and he wanted to put a driver in it, my name came up, and we’re going to giving it a shot,” Belsito told Speed51.
While this will be Belsito’s first appearance in a Modified built to Open/Tour-type rules, it is not his first time in a Modified itself.
It’s actually going to be my third, I ran an SK at Thompson for a buddy of mine twice. We had good speed, I like the cars, but Thompson isn’t one of my better tracks to be honest. I don’t have a lot of seat time at Thompson. But what we did those two races we were happy. Now to go to Seekonk, where I cut my teeth and have a lot of laps there, I’m really excited.
“The car is ready to go, it has got all the right equipment in it. There’s a lot of competition obviously, a lot of cars going. I have a bunch of obstacles to go through, but hopefully we can be there in the end.”
For over six seasons now, Belsito has had chances to mix it up with the best Northeast Pro Stock/Super Late Model stars. Now he is as excited as ever to get a shot at many of the best Modified drivers in the Northeast as they gather this Wednesday at Seekonk.
“I never would of thought in a million years that I would be given the opportunity, that’s for sure. To run my talents against guys like Coby, Hirschman, Preece, Bonsignore; guys that I thought I’d never have a chance at. That means something special to me and we’ll see what we can do. My odds are the best at Seekonk and in Kevin’s car for sure. We’ll see what we’re made of.”
With race entries expected in the mid-40’s and starting field usually capped at either 26 or 27 for the 100-lap feature, Belsito is hoping that his years of Seekonk experience can help him to overcome the Modified learning curve enough to make the big show.
“That’s something to fall back on, I got a lot of laps starting in 2014, we got the championship in 2015. Seekonk is a tricky place, you can either get around it or you struggle. I hit it off there from day one and the rest is history. I’m hoping that I can put a lot of the newness behind me and focus, I know how to get around there, I can just focus on adapting to the Modified with the bigger tires and more grip. Get a feel for it and do our best.”
Who will claim the $10,000 check that goes to the winner of Speed51 Modified Madness? Either head on out to Seekonk Speedway or watch live on Speed51.TV this Wednesday at 6pm ET. See Tri-Track Open Modified Series along with the entire Seekonk Open-Wheel Wednesday program with the SMAC 350 Supermodifieds and the Dave Steele Memorial for the NEMA Lites all on the schedule.
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-Story by: Connor Sullivan, Speed51 Northeast Correspondent – Twitter: @Connor51CT
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