Big Bang: Tri-Track Open Mod Series To Kick Off Season With July 4 Full Purse Event



The Tri-Track Track Open Modified Series will come out of its COVID-19 shutdown with a bang on the Fourth of July. 

After a two-month delay due to COVID-19 global pandemic shutdowns, the Tri-Track Open Modified Series will kick off its 2020 season on July 4 at Monadnock Speedway in Winchester, N.H. running a full purse event. 

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. 

The Tri-Track Open Modified Series was originally scheduled to open its season May 2 at Monadnock Speedway before the the COVID-19 global pandemic forced business shutdowns across the country. 

In their efforts to promote and ensure the safety of race team members, competitors, staff and fans the series will follow a list of strict guidelines through guidance provided by the state of New Hampshire, the town of Winchester and the CDC. 

Participating race teams will be informed of the details of those guidelines through correspondence this week from series officials. Teams are encouraged to contact series management with any questions they have regarding those guidelines. 

Some of the general guidelines for the event are as as follows:

  • Each team participating in the event will be limited to a total of 10 people signing in to the track, including the driver and team owner.
  • Teams are strongly encouraged to wear face coverings when social distancing is not possible at the track. Tri-Track Open Modified Series officials will wear face coverings through the duration of the event.
  • Competitors and crew members will be asked not to enter the pit areas of any other teams or congregate at any time during the event in groups of more than 10 people. 
  • There will not be a traditional driver’s meetings. Matters typically gone over during the driver’s meeting will be addressed through a series handout to teams.
  • For the feature event, there will be a three pit stop rule for all teams. Any driver who enters the pit area for a fourth time will be asked to park their car for the remainder of the night.

At this time Monadnock Speedway is allowed to operate with a 50 percent fan capacity. 

A statement from Tri-Track Open Modified Series management reads: “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.” 

“It’s been a long wait to get the season rolling and we’re so happy we are getting back to the track,” said Wayne Darling, who operates the series along with Ed Bennett. “We are expecting a stout entry list for this event and look forward to getting our season back on track, while making sure we keep everyone safe.”

Tri-Track Series officials are expecting an entry list likely to include reigning series champion Ronnie Williams with car owner Gary Casella, former series champion Matt Hirschman, former series winners Ron Silk and Chase Dowling along with other standout competitors like Matt Swanson, Woody Pitkat, Tommy Barrett and Mike Willis. 

All drivers qualifying for the main event will earn at least $1,000. No changes have been made to the usual Tri-Track Open Modified Series purse structure. 

The series will also introduce its new Pepsi Challenge with heat race and consolation race payoffs courtesy of Pepsi. Each heat race and consolation race will pay $300 to win. 

“We haven’t made any changes to the purse structure and we have been working hard to make sure our teams get the value they deserve at the track,” Darling said. “We’re looking forward to getting back on the track just like everyone else.”

Any cars that don’t qualify for the race will earn $500 if they pre-registered and $300 if they registered on the day of the event.

Teams will be asked to contact Monadnock Speedway to participate in pre-event registration for the event to avoid having to register at the track. 

Pits will open at 9 am for the event with practice starting at noon. Heats will take place at 4 p.m. with the 100-lap feature to follow. 

The Tri-Track Open Modified Series originally announced a six-event schedule for 2020. In addition to postponing the original May 2 opener, series official were also forced to postpone a May 24 event at Claremont (N.H.) Speedway and the July 1 Open Wheel Wednesday event at Seekonk (Mass.) Speedway. The Open Wheel Wednesday event has been rescheduled to Aug. 26. 

Series officials expect the remainder of the 2020 schedule following the kickoff event to remain in place. The SBM 125 is scheduled for July 25 at Star Speedway in Epping, N.H. The series returns to Monadnock on Aug. 15. The series closes out the season on Oct. 24 for the Haunted Hundred at Seekonk. 

  • Event Purse Structure
  • 1.      $6,000
  • 2.      $3,250
  • 3.      $2,600
  • 4.      $2,200
  • 5.      $1,600
  • 6.      $1,500
  • 7.      $1,400
  • 8.      $1,300
  • 9.      $1,200
  • 10.    $1,190
  • 11.    $1,180
  • 12.    $1,170
  • 13.    $1,160
  • 14.    $1,150
  • 15.    $1,140
  • 16.    $1,130
  • 17.    $1,120
  • 18.    $1,110
  • 19.    $1,000
  • 20.    $1,000
  • 21.    $1,000
  • 22.    $1,000
  • 23.    $1,000
  • 24.    $1,000
  • 25.    $1,000
  • 26.    $1,000

Comments

  1. We knew this was coming. Tickets are already available for purchase on the track website.

    Please don’t buy a ticket to “support the track” if you are not going. This event will probably reach max capacity (50%). You just might prevent someone or some kid out of seeing a race they are looking forward to by doing that.

  2. And NASCAR just scheduled a WMT race at White Mountain on the same night. WTF

  3. Please, leave this to the locals. No outsiders travel to this event, other the competitors.

    Waldo, you can sit this one out.

  4. Buy a ticket to support the TTOMS and track on Speed51 if you’re not going. It’s not listed yet but it should be eventually.

  5. JD posted, “We knew this was coming.”

    Hmmmm… I don’t see any posts from you to that effect.

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    And every day after sunrise you say you knew the sun was going to come up.

  6. The capacity is reduced to 50% at the NWMT and TT events, and the tracks are far enough apart that there should be little to no conflict.

  7. Anarchy 2020 says

    Nascar and Tri Track announce their race dates for July 4 today, at the exact same time? What the heck is going on here. Don’t matter I suppose. Major announcement from the basement headquarters of dafella. Don’t you dare think about traveling. Unless it’s a protest. Then there is absolutely no problem hanging out with thousands upon thousands of your buddies.

  8. WeldingWonders says

    “Well, I hate to say it again, but I WAS RIGHT!!!!! I’M RIGHT AGAIN!!!!!”

    STARRING THE CLIFF CLAVEN OF RACEDAYCT

    EPISODE 22: A BLEAK FUTURE FOR THE TTOMS ACCORDING TO DAREAL

    THE PREDICTION

    darealgoodfella says
    November 11, 2019 at 5:32 pm
    It won’t be long before TTOMS announces that the larger schedule has increased costs and therefore payouts will be reduced, entry fees will increase, etc. Don’t be surprised when the seven race schedule is reduced.
    So here are my predictions: TTOMS revenue will decline, TTOMS expenses will increase, payouts to the TTOMS racers will decrease, and the TTOMS will wither.
    The revenue and racers will probably go with the LI Mod Maniac. Can’t wait to see the new name of the racing schedule Schaeffer and Williams will be promoting.

    FIRST RACE UNDER THE NEW REGIME

    Big Bang: Tri-Track Open Mod Series To Kick Off Season With July 4 Full Purse Event
    June 16, 2020 by Shawn Courchesne

    FULL PURSE. NOT EVEN A DEVASTATING PANDEMIC CAN HELP A CLAVEN TO BE RIGHT JUST ONCE.

  9. This is really terrible on a personal level. Dowling has run Jimmy Paige’s 00 for a long time and they’ve had great success. Now the full time ride with Danny Watts 82. It just puts drivers and the car owner that is the odd man out in a very difficult situation that you would think could have been easily avoided.

  10. Anarchy 2020 says

    But haven’t you heard? There is no conflict. So just stop it! Welding wonders is a gift to this site. It’s good someone out there is willing to call out daknowitall.

  11. Any car that doesn’t qualify will get $509 if pre-registered, and $300 if registered day of event. That’s awesome. It appears that the TTOMS cares about their competitors, and strives to have a good show with lots of cars. How much does the NWMT pay cars that don’t qualify? Stupid move by NASCAR to schedule an event to conflict with another touring series in which some of their best drivers compete. May come back to bite them in the ass some day. Didn’t they do this with the Myrtle Beach event to superceded an open event organized by Rob Fuller not too long ago, forcing Fuller to cancel his event.

  12. Fast Eddie says

    I would bet there may be some Stafford SK substitutes at the TriTrack race. Todd Owen in the Casella #25 immediately comes to mind. He won in that ride in the MRS portion of the World Series @ Thompson. Remember Thompson? Didn’t they used to have Modified races there? Maybe some of the Stafford Open teams will be at Monadnock.

  13. Fast Eddie says

    I wonder if there will be any change in the TriTrack points process. Originally it was best 5 out of 6 race scores. If Claremont isn’t rescheduled, there’s potentially only five events.

  14. I think Ronnie will be running in the Cassella #25. The #50 NWMT team is only running a limited schedule, so not to conflict with Ronnie’s tri track series racing.

  15. knuckles Mahoney says

    Dareal, it was well known that this date was coming. You’re just not in the know, so stay in your basement, lock the doors, and keep pretending.

  16. hey knuckles, if it was well known, then why was it scheduled in conflict? Either they are dumb, didn’t know, don’t care, or as I said, the two tracks are far enough away, combined with 50% capacity requirements to not be an issue.

    I’ll go with I’m right again.

    Both events will draw the 50% and both will be considered very successful per the needs of the #TrumpPandemic preparedness requirements.

    knuckles, will you be going to one of these tracks and handing out Vitamin D and hydroxychloroquine?

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