SEEKONK, Mass. -- Tri Track Open Modified Series officials announced on Wednesday the series will move the originally scheduled season opener at Monadnock Speedway to Sunday, July 5, in the best interest of race teams and fans.
Following the announcement of the season opener on Tuesday morning, NASCAR officials released a date for Saturday, July 4 at White Mountain Motorsports Park, which pins race teams and fans to decide between both events. The Tri Track Open Modified Series feels this is in the best interest of modified teams and the great fans of our sport. This will allow race fans to catch two modified races in the same state, on the same weekend, without both running at the same time.
“We realize the schedule complexities that are going to occur during the 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and we look forward to working with all race tracks and teams to ensure we maximize our shortened race season,” Wayne Darling, Managing Partner of the Tri Track Open Modified Series, said.
Tri Track has developed a list of strict guidelines to ensure the safety of race teams, drivers, staff and fans. Guidance provided by the state of New Hampshire and local officials, along with CDC recommendations were all used to come up with best practices. Race teams will receive an email from series officials with a full list of guidelines and event information and are encouraged to contact series officials with questions.
Teams will be restricted to 10 crew members per car, including the driver and car owner, and face coverings are strongly encouraged when social distancing is not possible. Tri track officials will use face coverings. Social distancing protocols will be in place and teams are asked not to enter another competitor’s pit stall to avoid groups larger than 10. Fans are allowed at the track due to guidance provided by the state of New Hampshire that allows the track to operate at 50% of capacity.
The Tri Track Open Modified Series management realizes that some of the guidelines being imposed are not ideal, but we are working to ensure that the health and safety of competitors, team members, officials, employees and fans is paramount at this time.
A full schedule for the event will be released once available. Fans will be allowed to attend the event at 50% capacity based on the latest guidance from state and local officials in New Hampshire.
The Monadnock event will pay a winner’s purse of $6,000 with $3,250 to be paid for second and $2,600 for third, with a total purse of more than $40,000. NASCAR has not announced a purse structure for the event at White Mountain Motorsports Park. The Whelen Modified Tour has never run at White Mountain, which is not a NASCAR sanctioned track.
Any cars that don’t qualify for the race will still earn $500 if they pre-registered early and $300 if they registered day of the event.
Registration for Monadnock remains open at $150 for just the one event, or $450 for the entire season. The $450 amount is only in place for teams that register by the time of entry into Monadnock. Teams that have already registered do not need to register again. Those who have not must visit tritrackmodifieds.com and the team info tab to fill out their registration.
Teams will be asked to contact Michelle at the Monadnock track office at 603-239-4067 with their car number and list of 10 people entering on their crew. If a team does not have 10 people, please just be ready to provide the people you have planning on attending. Teams can pre-order tires at Hoosier Tire East beginning immediately by calling Dan at 860-646-9646.
Series officials anticipate the remainder of the 2020 schedule will remain in place. A stop at Star Speedway on Saturday, July 25, is scheduled for the annual SBM 125, followed by another date at Monadnock on August 15. Seekonk Speedway’s rescheduled Open Wheel Wednesday on August 26th and the Haunted Hundred on October 24 will wrap the schedule.
For more information on Monadnock Speedway, visit www.monadnockspeedway.com and follow the track on Facebook. For more information on the Tri Track Open Modified Series, visit tritrackmodifieds.com and follow the series on social media.
PURSE: TRI TRACK OPEN MODIFIED SERIES OPENER AT MONADNOCK SPEEDWAY, JULY 4: