Picking the winners of big short track races throughout the country is a tradition that our staff at Speed51.com has enjoyed for many years. With one of the biggest annual Tour-type Modified races taking place Wednesday night, we decided to challenge our staff once again.


This week we asked members of our Speed51.com team, “Who are you picking to win the Tri-Track Open Modified Series Open Wheel Wednesday at Seekonk Speedway?”


The answers we received varied, but when all the votes were tallied it was Matt Hirschman who was named the favorite to win the big race.  Overall, seven different drivers received votes from our panel of 18 experts.


Check out our full list of staff picks for Open Wheel Wednesday at Seekonk below.


Aaron Creed, Speed51.com National Correspondent 

Pick: Matt Hirschman

He may have come up a couple positions short the last time out for the Tri-Track Mods at Claremont, but the Northampton, Pennsylvania resident has shown time and time again that he knows how to get the job done. Look for the No. 60 family team to duel it out at Seekonk with another driver on a winning streak, Ron Silk, this time in the No. 50 Bob Horn ride that Hirschman recently took to victory at Evergreen Raceway in his home state a couple weeks back.


Adam Mackey, Speed51.com Announcer

Pick: Ryan Preece

For Open Wheel Wednesday at Seekonk, I will take Ryan Preece. Preece, so many times, stands out above the rest. That said, it’s a strong entry list and he’ll have his work cut out.


Allick Jorgensen, Speed51.com Florida Editor

Pick: Matt Hirschman

While I traditionally don’t know much about the Modified scene, I do know a good nickname when I see one. “Big Money Matt” is going to show up this week and collect his paycheck.


Bob Dillner, Speed51.com Executive Editor

Pick: Matt Hirschman

I don’t like picking the favorite, but how can you not pick him at Seekonk for this event? Plus, it’s always fun pulling for a Hirschman.


Brandon Paul, Speed51.com Editor

Pick: Anthony Nocella

Nocella may be considered an underdog when going up against the likes of Preece and Hirschman, but I believe the defending Modified Racing Series champ has what it takes to win Wednesday’s race.  He came up just short of beating Hirschman during the inaugural Haunted Hundred at Seekonk last October and also finished second in a NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race at the track last year.  Don’t be surprised when the No. 92 rolls into victory lane with the $10,000 check.


Connor Sullivan, Speed51.com Northeast Editor

Pick: Steve Masse

He doesn’t run too many Modified races nowadays, but when he does, Masse always seems to have a car that can compete with the big guns. With the race being in his home state and a prior Tri-Track win elsewhere, Masse has what it takes to make 10 grand on Wednesday.


Dakota Geyer, Speed51.com State Editor (IN & MI)

Pick: Ryan Preece

How could you not go with Preece Lightning? He’s dominated in Tour Mod competition over the years and has even visited Xfinity Series victory lane. He’s a good bet to add another trophy to the ever-growing trophy case on Wednesday night.


Daryl Canfield, Speed51.com Tri-State Editor

Pick: Ryan Preece

While it’s really hard to go against “Big Money” Matt Hirschman in any modified race, let alone a Tri-Track event where Hirschman has owned victory lane, I am going with Ryan Preece. Preece just drove to victory on the Whelen Modified Tour at Langley where he bested Hirschman by 2 spots and I feel he will carry that momentum right back to victory lane at Seekonk.


Duane Canfield, Speed51.com / MoJo Photos

Pick: Matt Hirschman

No surprise here. I’m going with “Big Money” Matt Hirschman to claim the Seekonk gold. He is the master at these open shows and though I believe Ryan Preece will put up a fight, it will be Hirschman in victory lane.


Elgin Traylor, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent

Pick: Ryan Preece

I feel the tides will turn and Ryan will be left with the trophy this year.


Evan Canfield, Speed51.com / MoJo Photos

Pick: Woody Pitkat

I am going to have to go with Woody Pitkat for this one. Woody was fast at New Hampshire last weekend before falling out of the event with a few laps to go. After a heart-felt apology on the Staff Picks article on Facebook, I believe that he will try to make up for his misfortune and snag the victory.


Jeremy Anders, Speed51.com West Coast Editor

Pick: Ryan Preece

Preece is one of the best in Modified racing and he will show his talents this week at Seekonk. It’s going to be a tough race to win with so much talent. I believe Preece will make a late-race run to victory lane.


Patrick Hahe, Speed51.com Great Lakes Editor

Pick: Matt Hirschman

This man seems to know the directions to victory lane at every track he goes to, managing to fend off competitors and mechanical issues across the region. I’m expecting the big money to find Matt Hirschman at the end of the night on Open Wheel Wednesday.


Madison Mabry, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent

Pick: Ryan Preece

Hirschman and Preece are some of the obvious picks at any modified touring event. They’re both extremely talented and competitive, which makes this a more difficult pick between the two. However, Preece knows how to get the job done when it counts. Ryan Preece is going to get it done this weekend.


Mark Keeler, Speed51.com Operations Manager

Pick: Richard Savary

I’m going back to my roots this time. As a kid I used to walk two and a half miles just to hang out like a bump on a log at George Savary’s race car shop in Needham, MA. He was a regular competitor and winner at my home track of Seekonk. His son’s Richard and Buddy were often at the shop and followed in his footsteps behind the wheel. Richard has won at Seekonk before, so for me, I’m pulling for Richard Savary to take the ‘W’ this week for the Tri-Track Modifieds.


Rob Blount, Speed51.com Associate Editor

Pick: Matt Hirschman

I was going to pick someone that wasn’t one of the favorites, but then I decided that I need points. Hirschman at Seekonk is one of the best. Can’t bet against the guy.


Ryan McCollough, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent

Pick: Rowan Pennink

I tried to pick Rowan last weekend at Loudon, but he wasn’t on the entry list; so I will carry it over to this event. He has had a strong start to the season, and a win at the Cement Palace on Wednesday will put him higher in the discussion as one of top drivers of the season.


Tom Ryan, Speed51.com Digital Manager

Pick: Matt Hirschman

Who wouldn’t go with Matt Hirschman? Matt is the man at Seekonk and will park the No. 60 in victory lane.


-Text by Speed51.com Staff

-Photo credit: Seekonk Speedway

Speed51.com Staff Picks for Open Wheel Wednesday at Seekonk