Ron Silk collected his second Modified victory in a row Tuesday night by taking the checkered flag in the rain-delayed Tri-Track Open Modified Series’ 100-lap, $10,000-to-win Open Wheel Wednesday feature race at Seekonk Speedway (MA).
Silk had been challenging early leader Richard Savary throughout the first half of the race, taking the lead for the first time on Lap 36. From there, he built up a gap of almost two full seconds over the lead group of Savary, Keith Rocco, and Woody Pitkat.
Silk restarted at the rear of the field following a tire change on Lap 57, but by Lap 72 had fought his way back to the front and never looked back.
“This car was great when we unloaded it last week,” Silk explained after the race. “We didn’t adjust anything all day that Wednesday and we didn’t really touch it over the week; we just brought it back and it was still pretty good.
“We didn’t turn a screw on the thing, last week or this week. All we could do was really mess it up at that point. It drove great, it was nice to have. It’s a pleasure to drive a car like that.”
Matt Hirschman, who was the favorite to win this race, scored a strong finish, edging Chase Dowling for second place coming to the checkered flag.
“We never even thought we’d have a podium car, probably not even a top-five car,” Hirschman said. “We just kept coming in, trying to make it better, and eventually it did. We never really had a car capable of competing with [Silk], but I know the car wasn’t quite to my liking either, so we just have to work harder and get it a little better next time.”
Chase Dowling, who was substituting for Rowan Pennink, clawed his way up from the tail of the field to finish third. Russ Hersey, who was three laps down at the time of the rain delay last week, got all of his laps back and scored a tremendous fourth-place finish. Todd Annarummo also had a good run and finished fifth.
Sam Rameau, Jon McKennedy, Woody Pitkat, Richard Savary, and Dana DiMatteo rounded out the top 10.
Next up for the Tri-Track Open Modified Series will be a visit to Star Speedway for the SBM 125 on Saturday, July 28.
Race fans who missed Tuesday’s race can watch an on-demand broadcast now on Speed51.com.
-By Ian Pettigrew, Speed51.com Northeast Corespondent
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