Wayne Darling And Mark Pennink Taking Over Operation Of Tri-Track Open Modified Series

Northeast Tri-Track LogoWATERFORD – There will be new faces overseeing operation of the NorthEast Race Cars Tri-Track Open Modified Series in 2017.

Dick Williams, who helped create the division in 2014 with Jim Schaefer, confirmed to RaceDayCT Sunday that he and Schaefer will give up operational control of the series to longtime Modified team owner Mark Pennink and Wayne Darling.

Williams said he needs to step back for health reasons, and that Pennink and Darling can bring resources to the series that he and Schaefer could not.

“We want all our own stuff,” Williams said. “We’re going to have our own trailer. A little help and a little financing can go a long way with what we’re doing. Those two guys want what’s best for us racing. They’re the best to do this.”

Williams said he and Schaefter will remain with the series in lesser roles. Pennink and Darling both deferred all questions at this point to Williams.

“I care about everyone here,” Williams said. “I try to help everyone here. It’s better for the whole series.”

The series was holding its final event of the 2016 season at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl.

The series started in 2014 with events at Lee USA Speedway in Lee, N.H., Star Speedway in Epping, N.H. and Seekonk (Mass.) Speedway.

In 2015 the division ran events at Lee, Seekonk, Monadnock Speedway in Winchester, N.H. and two events at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl.

This year the division had events scheduled at Monadnock, Star, Seekonk and two at Waterford. The Monadnock event was cancelled because of rain.

It’s unclear at this point what changes could be coming for the series. Current race director Tom Fox confirmed he will not return to the series in 2017. Multiple sources have indicated that former Stafford Motor Speedway race director Frank Sgambato is likely in line to take over the role that was held by Fox. Sgambato was at the Speedbowl on Sunday. Sgambato was not immediately available for comment.


  1. I wish them the best as this series has become the best in modified racing for the fan and competitor. Forty cars at Waterford even though Lee ran against them says it all. Already looking forward to 2017

  2. Lots of changes in 2017. Should be an interesting winter.

  3. All this Series needs is the Lucas Oil people and their MavTV and we will see a higher shift in modifieds racing with them…I truly hope for the best as the other Tour with now South and North combined is not getting better in my opinion.

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