Matt Swanson has been on a hot streak in the last couple of weeks. He has finished on the podium in three races with three different series, capped with a win Saturday night in the Modified Racing Series opener at New London-Waterford Speedbowl, the first of his career with the series.
That win did not come with his normal team, however. While he normally drives for the Boehler No. 3 team, he hopped into the Gary Casella-owned No. 25 normally driven by Ronnie Williams for two races during the past weekend.
Swanson also added a second in the SBM 121 at Star Speedway and a third with the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour at White Mountain Motorsports Park during that span. With the recent success, he gets back behind the wheel of “Ole Blue” this weekend at Monadnock Speedway with the Tri-Track Open Modified Series.
“It’s been a pretty good couple weeks here, excited to go back to Monadnock this weekend with the Tri-Track Series because it’s a place we’ve gotten better the last couple times we’ve gone there,” Swanson told Speed51’s “The Bullring.” “I’m excited to see what we can do this time.”
Saturday’s race at Waterford marked the return of racing to the facility after a year hiatus. Swanson and others were excited to see the fan support for the event, both at the track and on social media.
“It was awesome to see, especially with the amount of people that was supporting the event. In Connecticut they can only have 25% capacity in the grandstands but just to see the amount of people that were following along on social media and to see the support the Speedbowl got for its reopening.
“To see the stands at capacity with 25%, even with Stafford Speedway having their biggest SK race of the year. I think the fans in the Northeast are excited to get back to the racetrack and have a special place in their heart for the Speedbowl.”
The 20-year-old first drove for BRE Racing in August 2018, which ended with a runner-up effort with the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour at Thompson Speedway. He has since become a full-time driver of the iconic Ole Blue, a ride that has seen Modified greats such as Ted Christopher, Mike McLaughlin, Ron Bouchard and Tony Hirschman behind the wheel.
Swanson considers it an honor to be the latest in a long line of drivers to drive the famed No. 3.
“Every day I get to the shop and I’m thankful to be with the team I’m with, just to see the history behind the team. We actually just had a book written by Lou Boyd, my car owner Michael Boehler just had Lou Boyd come down and put together a story on the history of our race team. Looking through the book and reading it in my spare time, there are some crazy stories in there that I never knew. I’m thankful for being a part of the team, thankful that the team allows me to be hands-on with them and help prepare the race cars every week, and fortunate I’m the one that gets to pilot those race cars.”
While Swanson has yet to win in Ole Blue, he has finished in the top-five 11 times between various Tour-Type Modified sanctioning bodies and has become a consistent contender no matter where they show up. He hopes Saturday’s Tri-Track event at Monadnock is the place and time he breaks through for his first win with the team.
“We’re right there, everyone says we’re knocking on the door right now, not only with the Tri-Track cars but also with the Tour cars right now. We’ve put together top-threes in the last couple weeks here and we keep getting closer and closer. Hopefully my win in Ole Blue is coming here and I won’t stop until it happens.”
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-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51 National Correspondent – Twitter: @kgeyer3
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