Despite the big hole in the schedule of the 2020 racing season, there was still plenty to behold from the ground pounders of the short tracks. Here’s the Top 10 Modified races of the year that we had featured on Speed51.TV.
The day after the Fourth of July had plenty of fireworks as Craig Lutz and Les Hinckley had one of the season’s most heated battles coming to the checkered flag in the first Tri-Track Open Modified Series race of the year at Monadnock Speedway.
Drama dominated the end of one the year’s Modified marquees, as the North-South Shootout made a temporary return to Caraway Speedway in early November. A late wreck of the leaders and a popular first-time winner put the 2020 edition firmly in the record books.
History is the name of the game in the Race of Champions and the 70th running had plenty more to add. Great wheel-to-wheel racing, a couple of comebacks from early trouble, and an extension of a record were the main storylines at Lake Erie Speedway in late-September.
If you like surprises and last lap battles, then the season finale for the SMART Modified Tour is just right for you. Burt Myers and Brian Loftin wowed the crowd at Florence Motor Speedway during the South Carolina 400 weekend in November.
After July’s slugfest at Monadnock, the August race provided a great sequel. Sam Rameau would be in the hunt for his first Tri-Track Series win, but he had all the veterans behind him, in what would culminate into another last lap, slam-bang affair.
The ISMA Supermodifieds at Thompson Speedway on World Series weekend in October, is one of the greatest showcases of speed in short track racing. This year saw one of the greatest battles in race history as Jon McKennedy battled Chris Perley for the win, literally down into the grass.
In what will be remembered as the race that almost ended in a draw, the annual John Blewett III Memorial 76 during the World Series of Asphalt at New Smyrna Speedway in February saw Anthony Nocella and Matt Hirschman duel in an instant classic.
We got one more appearance of Matt Hirschman on this list and it’s a doozie. After crashing in his heat race and barely making the field to run for $10,000 at Claremont Motorsports Park, ‘Big Money Matt’ put on a comeback for the ages back in August.
World Series Saturday had its own major story lines. This time featuring a comeback, a first-time winner, and two of the big family names in Modified racing; all of which came out of this 75-lap, $5,000-to-win open show.
Rounding out the list, is a hat tip to the drivers of the SK Light Modifieds at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl. The Lights managed to steal the show at the Bowl during the season finale weekend in October with a fantastic photo finish.