Last Lap Bump And Run Gives Craig Lutz Tri-Track Open Mod Series Win At Monadnock



Craig Lutz celebrates victory in the 2020 Tri-Track Open Modified Series season opener Sunday at Monadnock Speedway (Photo: Jim DuPont/RaceDayCT)

Through his years competing in SK Modifieds locally and on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour car, Craig Lutz has built a reputation as a driver who is typically not part of drama on the track and understated off of the track. 

Sunday at Monadnock Speedway it was a feistier Lutz on display for the 2020 season opening event for the Tri-Track Open Modified Series. 

Lutz, of Miller Place, N.Y., used a last lap bump and run to overatake Les Hinckley III and win the 100-lap Tri-Track Open Modified Series season opener at Monadnock Speedway in Winchester, N.H. 

Hinckley, of Windsor Locks, held on for second and Ben Byrne of Greenfield, Mass. third. 

It was the first career Tri-Track Open Modified Series victory for Lutz, who got his first Whelen Modified Tour victory in 2019. Lutz started 22nd in the deeply talented 28-car field. 

“It’s Modified racing,” Lutz said of the last lap contact between himself and Hinckley. “You have to understand that I’m going for the win, he’s going for the win. He’s hanging on for dear life. I gave him a little tap that he wasn’t expecting and I was able to open up the bottom. We both finished, he still finished second.”

Hinckley, who was looking for his first series victory, was livid following the race. 

“I’ve passed a lot of cars here on the outside and I’ve never driven through anyone like that,” Hinckley said. “That was his only shot. He wasn’t faster than me, he didn’t have a shot to drive around me. He didn’t have any turns left to get it done in. That was his move — not lift, drive me through the corner, and as I got out of the groove, he would drive by me.” 

Ron Silk of Norwalk and Chase Dowling of Roxbury rounded out the top-five respectively. 

RESULTS: TRI TRACK OPEN MODIFIED SERIES: MONADNOCK SPEEDWAY: JULY 5, 2020:

  1. Craig Lutz
  2. Les Hinckley
  3. Ben Byrne
  4. Ron Silk
  5. Chase Dowling
  6. Matt Kimball
  7. Matt Hirschman
  8. Woody Pitkat
  9. Ronnie Williams
  10. Matt Swanson
  11. Dave Sapienza
  12. Brian Robie
  13. Ryan Doucette
  14. Jeff Gallup
  15. Austin Kochenash
  16. Kurt Vigeant
  17. Jacob Perry
  18. Blake Barney
  19. Andy Jankowiak
  20. Derek Robbie
  21. Kirk Alexander
  22. Joey Cipriano
  23. Tommy Barrett
  24. Cameron Sontag
  25. Anthony Nocella
  26. Anthony Sesely
  27. Sam Rameau
  28. TJ Bleau 

Comments

  1. Another PUNK from LI. No respect.

  2. I was there, it was a cheap move, he was like a car length back going into three and just sent it right into Les. Someone posted a great up close picture of Lutz’s front bumper after the race, totally mangled, wasn’t just a bump but straight up rammed him.

    I was surprised to see that from Lutz, I had started to become a fan of his recently but that flew out the window tonight. I would’ve loved to see him win cleanly, especially after how much trouble he had in his heat race but he lost a fan tonight.

  3. Camerissa says

    I was hoping officials would penalize Lutz, award the win to Hinckley and say that’s not how we do things in this series.

  4. Jim Severns says

    The whole day was a joke. 7 hours to run 5 divisions. Runs the late models with 8 cars. Every time there was a multiple car incident, only one wrecker showed up, just delaying things even further. Flag man has average of 10 laps on each caution, always looking back at the tower for assistance. The combined BMI average of security was 50, some where above 60. Thank god there wasn’t a security incident that required quick action. And what do I see Norm Wrenn doing, he’s carrying water and hamburg rolls. Dude you’re a racer, watch what’s going on with the track, and see if you could move things along.
    From a racing standpoint, I don’t know what a lot of teams were doing with their time off, but it wasn’t prepping their car. It was ridiculous how many mechanical problems there were. The whole Lutz deal was unreal. If Tri Track has any balls, there will penalize him for rough riding, that was ridiculous. Again, Les was the class of the field, but some punk just comes in and cleans him out. No real driving talent like Les, just wipe people out, That’s why he won’t be anything other than a guy who won a couple races, some with an asterisk. It’s clear Lutz just relies on daddy to pay the bills, while Les is at work today trying to get the money together to get to the next race. But Tri Track proved to me yesterday that in fact they don’t have any balls, so I won’t expect much. Dowling spins all by himself in second place, creates a caution, and then is allowed to keep his spot.

  5. Jimmy King says

    “It’s modified racing”? That’s Whelen Tour/Bowman Gray racing. Keep it there. Two races in N.H. and I remember why I have seemingly become more of a dirt fan. How can they bounce through holes sideways and not touch? TALENT and RESPECT!

  6. David Fisher says

    The bump and run seems to be the way to win these days.

  7. 🌈🦄2020 says

    First trip to Manadnock. Cool little place. Impossible to social distance. Very narrow midway if you want to even call it that. Probably 10% or less of people wearing masks. A good portion of the crowd were from outside of New Hampshire. Armed security guards was something you don’t see everyday. No way was there a 50% capacity being enforced. Talked to people that went to White mountain. Same situation there, packed. Wonder how long until the state shuts them all down. Oh and no pizza. What kind of race track doesn’t sell pizza😄😄😄

  8. TT does need to work on the length of shows. The Oct show at Seekonk ended after dark with most of the fans already gone. Open Wheel Wednesday has gotten better but there were some shows that went green at 10:30. 7hrs yesterday. TT does not have to always be the last event of the evening.

    Racing needs good guys and bad guys. It needs storylines. This weekend provided all of that. Lots of drama heading to Star although I’m not sure the 46 is registered for all TT events. Correct me if I’m wrong on that.

    I love listening to people quantify how Teddy did it vs how the guys this weekend did it. It was all the same kids. TC won hundreds of races doing it that way and you dubbed him the King. These kids grew up watching him do it. Then they did it themselves coming up the ranks. Now they are doing it on the tour. Begs the question, is it better to be first or second when the white flag waves?

  9. I luv how guys destroy their cars thinking only starting 26 during the Heats and then Darling hand picks his guys who cried that didn’t get in and gives out 3 magical provisional’s and starts 29. Would keep the heats cleaner if you did 5 heats, top 5 transfer each heat (25 cars) 1 bmain with 12 cars top 4 transfer and 1 provisional gives you 29 starting field and a much quicker show.

  10. I would rather be second on the last lap to someone who I owe one to. I see the brakes going a little soft going into turn 3. oops, it happens remember when it happened the time before.

    I am more disappointed by the Lutz Hinkley incident. Why? I have more respect for both drivers involved. Hinkley deserves better, he drives people clean and gets taken advantage of. I was thinking they may penalize Lutz then and there but after the race I doubt anything more will come of it. I feel bad for Hinkley. He deserved better.

    Bonsignore v Hirschman. Well Hirschman did Silk dirty at the Haunted hundred. So you can say he got what he gave. Difference being he was penalized if I remember correctly. Bons was faster, Hirschman was blocking. It was a dirty move. I am sure someone will get Bonsignore at some point and you can make the same argument what goes around, comes around.

    Stinks what modified racing has become. If you cant pass someone it is acceptable to just punt them. I guess it is entertaining and creates rivalries. A rivalry is great for the sport. How many people are going to the next race wondering if there will be some payback issued? My thoughts, its probably not the best idea to be playing bumper cars in 2600 lb cars. Someone can get hurt.

    Yeah it was a mixed weekend for racing. On one hand we got to see some modified races locally with last lap passes, uhm punts, for the wins. On the other hand there was not much social distancing and use of face masks wasn’t overwhelming. My guess is we get shut back down. Whether that decision is right or wrong that seems to be the go to playbook here in the northeast. mask up, wash up.

  11. “TC won hundreds of races doing it that way”

    OK I believe in catch and release but you can believe me when I say the bass was this big!

  12. JD posted, ” TC won hundreds of races doing it that way…”

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  13. Lutz “modified” his bumper.

    But I crack myself up!!!! 🤣🤣😝😝😝🤪🤪😝🤣😝😝

  14. On the mask thing, I wore one and didn’t expect to see anyone else wear one, was actually surprised how many did wear one. I go to Claremont regularly and I’ve seen very few masks there and most not attempting to social distance, saw the same at monadnock but there were more masks. The 50% thing is clearly not being followed because if that was 50% they’ve never even had 40% before, they ran out of parking.

    I also heard stupid comments from some people, someone said masks cause carbon monoxide poisoning and that nurses told them that.

    It was a very hot day and it was very difficult to keep a mask on, the guy behind me was really struggling with his mask and the heat. There was even a medical emergency because of the heat at one point. It wasn’t the hottest I’ve been but it was the hottest I’ve been trying to wear a mask.

    They did seem to have an issue keeping the program moving and they don’t seem to have all the equipment that a racetrack should, they were just spreading speedy dry by hand whenever something was on the track. That really slowed things down, Claremont has actually done a much better job keeping shows moving, they are behind in a lot of areas but not that one.

  15. getserious says

    Wow, so many smart comments already written here. Good reading.
    For me, simply, I lost all respect (and many of my future support $$$) for the following:
    1. Lutz. That was an outright knock-someone-out-of-the-way. I hope he has to spend all of that ill-gotten $6,000 prize repairing his car after the next modified “little tap” that he receives.
    2. The TriTrack organization. I was sure they would immediately bounce Lutz back to 2nd and give Hinckly the win. Just like NASCAR did to Ricky Rudd when he punted Davey back at Sonoma years ago. But I guess whoever runs the TTM show now doesn’t share the same definition of “racing” as all those booing fans.
    3. Monadnock Speedway. Previous commenters pretty much covered it: ONE wrecker, wasted time on meaningless lower-class heats, wasted time between races, a 45 minute !! late start, competitors pulling yellows and slowing the show by stopping on the track with no penalty, a 3rd (and 4th, as Savary discovered) turn concrete wall at 90 degrees to the track with no tire cushioning at all!
    And, seriously, name any other sporting event, or ANY activity that drags out to SEVEN hours!
    Oh, and you’ll never catch me calling TC the king. His bumping crap always had me calling him a “cheater” as we used to say in the old days.

  16. I have been away for quite a while, and while I did not see either incident, I feelI would like to offer my opinion. I witnessed MANY Modified Racing on the “Bullrings’ of LI. Bump and Run has been going on from the mid 60’s. True, you usually received two or three warning “Taps” before the final ‘Bump”. I saw Charlie J do it, and I saw Richie Evans do it, so please, stop acting like this is something new. Now I am not saying it is cool to “SHOVE” someone out of the way, or even “Park” him into either the wall or infield, but bumping is racing.

  17. Fast Eddie says

    Seemed to be more than 50% capacity to me based on looking at the stands, but that’s just my perception. It was tighter in the stands on Sunday, which may have been due to the way they were set up. You had to sit in marked off areas, but some of the areas were big, causing people from different groups to sit together. They had the right idea, but I think the large sections should have been 1/2 their size. There seemed to be no coordination and/or specific assignments for the track cleanup crew. They also did not seem very capable of towing/loading damaged cars either. I know it’s easy to be an “armchair quarterback”. but cautions in general were longer than they could have been, for sure.
    Les Hinckley is one of the cleanest drivers you will ever see in a Modified. I have seen him finish in second in more TriTrack races than any two drivers together. I was so happy that maybe, just maybe, he was going to get a well deserved victory. But then Lutz did his “Ironhead” imitation. It’s one thing if you’re giving someone the bumper multiple times and they are blocking (like in the WMT race), but to not be all that close to someone all night and then dive bomb him in the last corner? Pretty sad way to win. I watched Lutz come from the SK’s at the Speedbowl and was happy to see him get some success on the WMT, but last night was a desperate cheap shot at best. (Funny, I thought it was an afternoon race, not a night race!) Dowling had many chances to do something like that if he chose to, and Byrne had a couple as well. Obviously they remembered it’s not an Enduro. Lutz’ move Sunday was the antithesis of Bonsignore’s move on Saturday.

  18. 🌈🦄2020 says

    If anyone has been to Wall, that’s the only way they pass down there most times. Bump and run. Especially Blewett.

  19. Les ran many laps with cars on his outside. Most notably Ben Byrne and Chase Dowling. He never once took there lane away. The only one that ran him clean was Ben Byrne. Dowling was whining so bad about Les taking up the whole track. Les told his spotter to tel Dowling’s that if he can get to the top he will have plenty of room. He never tried and neither did Lutz. I am sure that Dowling would have done the same thing if he had been good enough to stay in second place until the last lap. Two PUNKS. And in victory lane Les told him he was a PUNK. TT really needs to clean up there show. Too many intentional cautions.

  20. Please with the elite drivers never used there bumpers and TC was the only one who did stop drinking the Goodfella kool Aid Lutz is lucky it’s not the MRS Tuesday Hinckley would be the winner.

  21. NH Mod Fan says

    I agree with most of the comments from those that attended the race. (Jim Severns, get serious, Jim B. to name a few) But most of all I’m glad that were talking about things that happen at the race track on this site.

    Shawn thanks for the opportunity to speak.

  22. Fast Eddie says

    Good point racer, if it was the MRS Lutz would have been penalized for the dump. Then again, if it was the MRS Lutz probably wouldn’t be running because they don’t allow spec motors, which was probably what’s in that car.

  23. Viva race fan says

    Yada yada yada lol

  24. Without question, the style and, consequently, quality of modified racing has changed from when I saw my first race, circa 1986.
    First, “bump and run” did not dominate my experiences at race tracks. Aside from Jimmy Spencer, there were few drivers who used only the “chrome horn” to make their way to the front. Drivers certainly made risky moves that collected themselves and others, but I saw so many drivers drive through from the back at Thompson, Stafford, Riverside, etc. Plus, I can recall a couple of seasons when Reggie Ruggiero could have taken out Mike Stefanik and Jerry Marquis in multiple races for the championship. He never did. So many drivers then, especially Stefanik and Ruggiero, put on highlight reels every night.
    These two races exemplify not only how the talent of racing has decreased, but also what fans like and sanctioning bodies accept.
    White Mountain – I thought I had seen the Valenti’s race there years ago, so when I read about this race, I had to attend. Clean facilities and pictuesque setting. Great track for the modifieds. Incredibly fast with two grooves. Years have passed since I’d seen thirty cars on a quarter-mile. They ran very clean. Plenty of passing. especially midfield. Notice McKennedy, not Mr. Smooth himself, passed a number of cars after an early pit stop. Tommy C. passed several cars to finish fourth.
    So few wore masks that it disturbs me. Many individual-rights libertarians who fail to understand responsibilities balance those rights in a community and contend no state can compel them to wear a mask. When one of them tests positive, (s)he demands state medical services and wants to sue whomever spread the virus to them for negligence. Their lack of self-awareness makes me chuckle
    Bonsignor had tried to pass Hirschman for a number of laps, almost succeeding numerous times on the inside coming out of Turn 4. Patience does not suit the drivers of today, so he “did what he had to do.” From my seat near Start/Finish, I saw an unnecessary nudge/push. Nothing, though, I would deem worthy of a penalty. I honestly believe, however, had he kept trying to dive out of Turn 4 a few more times, he would have been inside Hirchmann.
    Even though he, technically, spoke correctly about the incident, Hirschmann delivered his post-race comments in the manner of a whiny child. Boos confirmed it. The real irony reveals itself when you consider his actions at Seekonk the previous October match what Lutz did at Monadnock. Mods should return there next year.

    Monadnock – The best place to see mods, overall. I saw three-wide along the straights and through the turns. The new owners have invested heavliy, and I found several changes since I’d attended a couple of years ago. Good move eliminating Young Guns. Late Models alive by virtue of being on a ventilator.
    While Bonsignor acted impatiently and arguablty recklessly, Lutz demonstrated how modified racing has descended unfortunately. His indisputable knock-out of Hinckley represents more a symptom than a disease.
    First, he used NO driving talent to win. ANY driver can simply not let off driving into the last turn, “square him” or pull a “bump and run.’ He passed every car cleanly that I saw as he moved through the field. In Victory Lane, he bragged about he had the fastest and best car. Why, then, did he have to drive through Hinckley in the last corner as though he had taken his new hot-rod for a drive early on a Sunday morning on a side street where he thought no one else would drive?
    Second, it demonstrates second will remain the best position on the last lap. A fan and I mentioned that almost at the same time in a conversation in the stands.
    Third, Tri-Track’s policies have value only to the extent it enforces them. On several occasions, I have seen the organization disqualify drivers and require them to return winnings. In fact, a few years ago at Star, Jimmy Barrett officially finished as the last car on the lead lap after he deliberately spun a competitor on the last lap for second place. The lax enforcement encourages drivers such as Lutz to act without compunction. No penalty will ensue.
    For those who want to see “bump and run” style racing, visit your local fair and watch the demolition derby. The talent and skill of driving open-wheel modifieds comes with passing without causing an accident. Sometimes, they happen. Talent and skill, however, make it possible more often not.
    I hope everyone involved, namely Tri-Track, the drivers, track officials work to restore some sense of order before the race at Star. Fans deserve it!

  25. Tap and go happens all through races and is just noticed at the front at the end.
    Especially on a shorter track the car following has to be able to make that play since there isn’t enough speed to complete the outside pass. All it got Dowling was burned up tires and the inability to stay in second.. It’s hard to do and takes finesse. The smallest tap at the right time just enough to get your nose under. The less the leader gets out of shape the better you did it. Spin the leader and you blew it. It’s a race decision, legitimate in my view and one that make the sport more enjoyable to watch.
    Bonsignor did it fairly well to a guy that had to know it was coming. He was right behind MH and kissed him just at the right time. He didn’t do it on the last lap and that’s key. Doing it knowing the guy can get you back takes balls and were it not for Coby on the restart at the end Hirschman may have had his shot.
    The Lutz deal was poorly executed He was over a car length behind exiting turn 2 caught up and gave Hinckley a fairly out of control shot while braking pretty hard it appeared. In turn three on the last lap as time runs out.
    Hinckley may have thought he should have been respected because he’s a good clean racer but that might not have been the kind of respect he needed. He needed fear of retribution respect.

  26. Without question, the style and, consequently, quality of modified racing has changed from when I saw my first race, circa 1986.
    First, “bump and run” did not dominate my experiences at race tracks. Aside from Jimmy Spencer, there were few drivers who used only the “chrome horn” to make their way to the front. Drivers certainly made risky moves that collected themselves and others, but I saw so many drivers drive through from the back at Thompson, Stafford, Riverside, etc. Plus, I can recall a couple of seasons when Reggie Ruggiero could have taken out Mike Stefanik and Jerry Marquis in multiple races for the championship. He never did. So many drivers then, especially Stefanik and Ruggiero, put on highlight reels every night.
    These two races exemplify not only how the talent of racing has decreased, but also what fans like and sanctioning bodies accept.
    White Mountain – I thought I had seen the Valenti’s race there years ago, so when I read about this race, I had to attend. Clean facilities and pictuesque setting. Great track for the modifieds. Incredibly fast with two grooves. Years have passed since I’d seen thirty cars on a quarter-mile. They ran very clean. Plenty of passing. especially midfield. Notice McKennedy, not Mr. Smooth himself, passed a number of cars after an early pit stop. Tommy C. passed several cars to finish fourth.
    So few wore masks that it disturbs me. Many individual-rights libertarians who fail to understand responsibilities balance those rights in a community and contend no state can compel them to wear a mask. When one of them tests positive, (s)he demands state medical services and wants to sue whomever spread the virus to them for negligence. Their lack of self-awareness makes me chuckle
    Bonsignor had tried to pass Hirschman for a number of laps, almost succeeding numerous times on the inside coming out of Turn 4. Patience does not suit the drivers of today, so he “did what he had to do.” From my seat near Start/Finish, I saw an unnecessary nudge/push. Nothing, though, I would deem worthy of a penalty. I honestly believe, however, had he kept trying to dive out of Turn 4 a few more times, he would have been inside Hirchmann.
    Even though he, technically, spoke correctly about the incident, Hirschmann delivered his post-race comments in the manner of a whiny child. Boos confirmed it. The real irony reveals itself when you consider his actions at Seekonk the previous October match what Lutz did at Monadnock. Mods should return there next year.

    Monadnock – The best place to see mods, overall. I saw three-wide along the straights and through the turns. The new owners have invested heavliy, and I found several changes since I’d attended a couple of years ago. Good move eliminating Young Guns. Late Models alive by virtue of being on a ventilator.
    Evidently, the same fans “my rights” fans who attended White Mountain thought the Monadnock Region should receive its proper proportion of potential cases. The track certainly handled the COVID-19 aspect of the day more seriously, yet not to the point where it interfered with enjoyment.
    While Bonsignor acted impatiently and recklessly, Lutz demonstrated how modified racing has descended unfortunately. His indisputable knock-out of Hinckley represents more a symptom than a disease. Ironically, Lutz made the feature only by virtue of the fact that six cars ran 15 laps, with three qualifiers, rather than one consi race with 12 cars running 25 laps, taking the top six. So many tracks have run the program that way. Frankly, only the word asinine can describe that decision.
    First, he used NO driving talent to win. ANY driver can simply not let off driving into the last turn, “square him” or pull a “bump and run.’ He passed every car cleanly that I saw as he moved through the field. In Victory Lane, he bragged about he had the fastest and best car. Why, then, did he have to drive through Hinckley in the last corner as though he had taken his new hot-rod for a drive early on a Sunday morning on a side street when he thought only
    Second, it demonstrates second will remain the best position on the last lap. A fan and I mentioned that almost at the same time in a conversation in the stands.
    Third, Tri-Track’s policies have value only to the extent it enforces them. On several occasions, I have seen the organization disqualify drivers and require them to return winnings. In fact, a few years ago at Star, Jimmy Barrett officially finished as the last car on the lead lap after he deliberately spun a competitor on the last lap for second place. The lax enforcement encourages drivers such as Lutz to act without compunction. No penalty will ensue.
    For those who want to see “bump and run” style racing, visit your local fair and watch the demolition derby. The talent and skill of driving open-wheel modifieds comes with passing without causing an accident. Sometimes, they happen. Talent and skill, however, make it possible more often not.
    On my way out of Monadnock, I sensed many fans frustrated and disgusted with Lutz. Some I heard explicitly say such words; others I inferred. I hope everyone involved, namely Tri-Track, the drivers, track officials work to restore some sense of order before the race at Star.

  27. Youtube: 1996 Stafford Fall Final 300. Zip to the end and you’ll see much the same as we saw over the week end. Baldwin popping the Reg to take the lead It’s good hard racing that people mostly support or are livid about based on who is doing what to whom and the circumstances in which they are doing it.
    As one of my favorite drivers from days past Larry Vassar said:
    ” Long as you’re ok with what goes around comes around.”
    It’s up the the victims to show there are consequences and earn respect.

  28. I can see a lot of you guys never go to Riverhead for a tour race.

  29. I agree with Larry Vasser then. Unless you punch them or dump them in the next race you will continue to get walked all over.

  30. getserious says

    The only mentions herein supporting of that style of interference mention Spencer, Baldwin, Riverhead, Lutz and Bonsignore. Notice the common thread here? I guess down there on LI, when their athletes run high school track and field they are ok with the 2nd place runner tripping up the leader from behind.

  31. Ted Christopher has been the biggest mention for obvious reasons and Spencer’s roots were in PA.
    No question though small tracks develop tough racing habits that many think should be out of bounds.

  32. 1997 Stafford Fall Final 300 via Youtube. On fresh tires Tim Connolly gives Flemke a shot in turn three getting him out of shape and making the pass to take 4th as laps wind down. Gets past Fuller in a clean pass then bulls his way low in turn 3 and 4 to get past Hirschman who gets so out of shape Fuller also passes him. Connolly eventually winning as Marquis gives him the bottom line in the pass for the lead. Two old timey races reviewed in three days and no evidence that the driving styles of some in the golden era last century were any different then some that race now.

  33. getserious says

    Doug, you are not making a good argument. 1997 is NOT “old timey” races. That is the beginning of the era of the TCs, the Earnhart, the Spencer; the guys that got booed, and with good reason. The respectable sports-men that I, and others, refer to are before those “cheaters.”

  34. Very well I tried. I’ve never associated the best racing with terms like sports-men. That sounds more like a polo club to me. Racing is a full contact sport and tough at every level in my view so I guess we’ll agree to disagree.

  35. Del leVasseur says

    So happy for Craig Lutz. Been watching him since 2010 at Waterford speedbowl and slower cars need to move out of the way. Congrats

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