Dennis Perry Ready For Tri-Track Open Modified Series Run With Stan Mertz Racing In 2015

Dennis Perry in front of his car after a third place finish in last year's Bullring Bash 100 at Lee USA Speedway

Dennis Perry in front of his car after a third place finish in last year’s Bullring Bash 100 at Lee USA Speedway

Going into the 2014 offseason Dennis Perry wasn’t quite sure what the plans held for his expected 2015 efforts behind the wheel.

Those plans are shaping together nicely though for the Pawcatuck driver.

Stan Mertz announced Tuesday that Perry will be his driver for the three Tri-Track Open Modified Series events in 2015.

“He had some really great runs,” Mertz said. “He’s part of the Perry Motorsports team that takes care of all my equipment. Ashaway Performance Engineering builds the motors for me. I thought that it was just right to be able to give him the opportunity. He’s showed that he could drive very well.”

Perry competed in the Tri-Track Series events last year for his own team. He finished third in the opening event of the series at Lee USA Speedway in Lee, N.H. last year.

The Tri-Track Series will run events this year at Lee USA Speedway (May 17), Monadnock Speedway in Winchester, N.H. (June 13) and Seekonk (Mass.) Speedway (July 1).

“I’m very excited about it,” Perry said. “The Tri-Track Series is a phenomenal series. What Jim Schaefer and Dick Williams have done for racing with that series is incredible and I’m very proud to support it. Getting teamed up with Stan is great. It’s a top notch car. Woody [Pitkat] gave it one hell of a run last year in the Tri-Track Series. Lee is my favorite racetrack and I was excited to get out there last year and I’m excited to get out there this year.”

Pitkat ran all three Tri-Track events in 2014 for Mertz Racing. Pitkat will pilot the Mertz Racing SK Modified full-time at Thompson Speedway in 2015.

Max Zachem had originally been slated to run for Mertz Racing in the Tri-Track Series events and also at Thompson this year, but Mertz and Zachem decided to part ways.

Perry, who recently had back surgery, said he’s unsure at this point what the rest of his racing plans will be for 2015. Perry had competed the past few seasons in an SK Modified at Thompson Speedway.

“I was told that my back surgery is ahead of schedule,” Perry said. “I knew I’d be getting back in a car at some point pending the surgery going Ok. I went to the doctor today and he gave me a clean bill of health. Told me to take it easy for the next two weeks and then I’m pretty much back at it.

“The SK Modified is definitely going to be coming out. We were hoping to go try to get a win this year at [the Waterford Speedbowl] with it, unfortunately we don’t know what the story is with Waterford. It looks like Thompson is going to be the place we’re going to go with it. But we’re looking at some [Valenti Modified Racing Series] stuff, we’re looking at some other SK Modified stuff, but Tri-Track Series is our primary focus and then we’ll fill the schedule from there.”

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  1. former scale guy Bob says

    Very happy for you Dennis!

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