For the second time in 2020, the Tri-Track Open Modified Series stormed into the tight ¼-mile Monadnock Speedway in Winchester, NH, and for the second time, they put on a show. Sam Rameau survived a flurry of late-race restarts and a wallop from Ronnie Williams entering Turn 3 on the final lap to score his first-ever TTOMS victory.
Rameau rebounded from a practice crash that required all of his left-side suspension to be replaced, and managed to work his way up from 15th to take the lead on Lap 72. From there, he held off charges from Les Hinckley, Ron Silk, and Ronnie Williams to take the checkers ahead of the field.
“That was tough,” Rameau said after the race. “My spotter kept telling me ‘Right with you, right with you’ and told me to just do the best I could there. I knew a shot was going to come, I didn’t think he was going to try and wreck me, but it came and I was able to save it. But that’s a racing deal, if I was in his shoes I would have done the same thing.”
Ronnie Williams had a fast car, working his way up from 11th in the final 40 laps. He was hounding Rameau coming to the white flag, and made his move entering Turn 3. However, he had suffered damage to the front of his car earlier in the race, and essentially hit Rameau’s car with his radiator. The car went up in steam, and Williams backed the car across the line in 14th.
“I was going to make my move coming out of Turn 2 going down into Turn 3,” said Williams. “He was blocking the bottom, like he should have been, and I just got in there a little too hot. Of course, I was trying to move him up the track to go for the win.
“It wasn’t even that I hit him that hard, we just had prior damage and I didn’t really have a bumper, so it kind of ruined our night. But second or fifteenth, it doesn’t really matter to us, we’re just going for wins.”
Unlike the season opener, there were no hard feelings or choice words between competitors this time, as Williams congratulated Rameau in Victory Lane after the race.
New Hampshire native and NHSTRA Sportsman Modified competitor Brian Robie delivered a strong second-place finish. He had a front row seat to the wreck in front of him, but was able to avoid the spinning car of Ronnie Williams and steal second place on the final lap.
“That was really unexpected,” Robie said of the incident in front of him. “I was in fourth [at the white flag], I figured we’d just finish fourth. We had a good car, but we weren’t passing at that point. From my viewpoint, I actually thought that maybe Silk had gotten into Williams.
“They spun up high, and I just shot low and hoped that they didn’t come down, and luckily it worked out.”
The ever-competitive Matt Hirschman had a quiet night, pitting with the majority of the field under the Lap 53 caution and slowly working his way to the front. He was also able to take advantage of the carnage at the finish, slipping past the wreck to take third.
Woody Pitkat brought the Mertz Racing No. 6 home in fourth, and Anthony Nocella, driving the Danny Watts-owned No. 82, finished fifth. Matt Kimball, Craig Lutz, Ron Silk, Carl Medeiros Jr., and Austin Kochenash rounded out the top 10.
The Tri-Track Open Modified Series has just one race remaining on their 2020 schedule – a series-first visit to the Stafford Motor Speedway on Saturday, October 24.
MONADNOCK 100 – FULL RESULTS (UNOFFICIAL)
- Sam Rameau
- Brian Robie
- Matt Hirschman
- Woody Pitkat
- Anthony Nocella
- Matt Kimball
- Craig Lutz
- Ron Silk
- Carl Medeiros Jr.
- Austin Kochenash
- Les Hinckley
- Matt Swanson
- Tommy Barrett
- Ronnie Williams
- Richard Savary
- Dave Sapienza
- Cameron Sontag
- TJ Bleau
- Derek Robbie
- Calvin Carroll
- Kirk Alexander
- Ben Byrne
- Ryan Doucette
- Chase Dowling
- Chris Pasteryak
- Anthony Sesely
- Kurt Vigeant
- Story by Ian Pettigrew, Speed51.com Correspondent
- Photo by Speed51.com