Tri-Track Open Mod Series Set For Stafford Debut With $10K On The Line To Win And Stacked Entry List

(Press release from the Monaco Modified Tri-Track Series)

Matt Hirschman celebrates victory in the Tri-Track Open Modified Series SBM 121 in July at Star Speedway (Photo: Shawn Courchesne/RaceDayCT)

It’s going to be coined as the biggest Modified race of 2020.

With more than 50 cars pre-registered, and the top Modified talent in the Northeast expected, Tri Track Open Modified Series teams are set for their debut at the famed Stafford Motor Speedway half-mile this Saturday, October 24.

The race has a total purse of over $57,000 — with a $10,000 winning prize on the line. It will pay $1,000 just to take the green flag in the 81-lap Call Before You Dig (CBYD) Modified Classic.

CBYD, a longtime supporter of racing at Stafford, is on board as the primary sponsor of this spectacular – a race that is drawing talent from the Tri Track Series, NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, Race of Champions Tour and more. All of the biggest names are coming to the show, and fans aren’t going to want to miss it.

Names like Matt Hirschman, Doug Coby and Justin Bonsignore are set to battle with Woody Pitkat, Craig Lutz, Matt Swanson, Ron Silk, Chase Dowling, Ronnie Williams, Burt Myers and more. There will be a mix of Modified veterans, rising stars, Stafford regulars and invaders chasing the big check and bragging rights.

The race will mark the fourth and final of the year for the Tri Track Series — a year deeply affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The original six-race schedule included two dates at Seekonk (Mass.) Speedway, but regulations by the state of Massachusetts forced those races cancelled. Craig Lutz (Monadnock Speedway), Matt Hirschman (Star Speedway) and Sam Rameau (Monadnock Speedway) are the three winners so far in 2020. 

While the race for the big check will be the story, the Tri Track abbreviated season champion will also be crowned. Matt Hirschman, looking for his fifth title, leads Craig Lutz by 18 points, Ron Silk by 24, Matt Swanson by 26 and Ronnie Williams by 30. Jon McKennedy (2014) and Ronnie Williams (2019) are the only other two drivers to score a title in the history of Tri Track. Williams still has a mathematical shot, but it would take a masterful performance, with struggles from those in front of him, to get it done.

Unlike any other track on the circuit, Stafford has a group of local competitors who could easily earn the prize. Keith Rocco, who clinched Stafford’s SK Modified title — his 18th NASCAR Division I track championship — entered with his familiar No. 57. Ronnie Williams, who is the defending Tri Track champion, won the two most recent SK Modified titles prior to this season. Rising star Marcello Rufrano, a winner at one of Stafford’s Open Modified 80 races already in 2020, along with veteran Todd Owen, Andrew Molleur, Matt Galko and Matt Vassar are likely to be contenders.

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion Justin Bonsignore and six-time tour champion Doug Coby are bringing their battle to Tri Track after only a nine-race tour schedule in 2020 due to COVID-19. Bonsignore has yet to visit Victory Lane with the series, while Coby is a multiple-time winner of Open Wheel Wednesday’s $10,000 prize at Seekonk. Unlike Coby, who is a multiple-time champion and winner at Stafford, Bonsignore has yet to park his car in victory lane at the half-mile.

On top of the major purse structure, contingency awards for the event will give drivers even more incentive. A $1,000 Hard Charger Award from Green Construction is on the line, along with a $300 award towards the fastest lap of the race, courtesy of Stone’s Parts and Performance. Each driver who wins a qualifying race — whether heat or consi – will earn $300 courtesy of Pepsi and the Pepsi Challenge. 

Superior Refinishing has also posted $800 – if the driver who starts on the pole wins the race, it will boost the winnings to $10,800. If they don’t — that money will be distributed through a B-Main. As long as there are 10 cars willing to take the green on race day, a B-Main will take place for those who don’t qualify into the feature.

Stafford’s own Street Stocks and SK Light Modifieds will also join the card as part of the final event at the Arute-family owned oval for the 2020 season. As part of sponsorship from R.A.D. Auto Machine and Gaston Racing Enterprises, boosted purses are available for both divisions, set for 25-lap races. The bonus money allows both purses to be raised by approximately 60 percent. 

Pit gates will open at 8:30 a.m., with the first cars hitting the track for a 90-minute Tri Track practice session from 11-12:30 p.m. Heat races are set to begin at 1:30 p.m., with consi races and the 81-lap feature set to follow. The 81-lap feature is scheduled to take the green flag at approximately 4:30 p.m. 

Tickets are still available, online, via the Stafford website, but fans and teams are encouraged to act quickly, as this event is likely to sell out. Stafford’s capacity is restricted due to regulations put in place by the state of Connecticut to stop the spread of COVID-19. For those race fans who are out of the area and can’t make it to the track, a PPV broadcast will be available on StaffordSpeedway.TV. 

For more information on Stafford Motor Speedway, visit and follow the track on social media. For more information on the Tri Track Open Modified Series, visit and follow the series on social media.


  • 00 – Justin Bonsignore 
  • 00 – Tommy Membrino Jr. 
  • 06 – Les Hinckley 
  • 1 – Joey Cipriano 
  • 2X – Paul Kusheba 
  • 3 – Matt Galko 
  • 3 – Matt Swanson 
  • 6 – Woody Pitkat 
  • 7 – Mike Christopher Jr. 
  • 8 – Nick Salva 
  • 8 – Cam McDermott 
  • 9 – Tommy Barrett 
  • 9 – Chase Dowling 
  • 11 – Matt Vassar 
  • 11NC – Burt Myers 
  • 13 – Dylan Izzo 
  • 14 – Blake Barney 
  • 20 – Max Zachem 
  • 23 – Troy Talman 
  • 25 – Doug Coby 
  • 25 – Calvin Carroll 
  • 25 – Brian Robie 
  • 25CT – Anthony Flannery 
  • 33 – Michael Gervais Jr. 
  • 34 – Dave Ethridge 
  • 35 – Andrew Molleur 
  • 36 – Dave Sapienza 
  • 39 – Sal Accardi Jr. 
  • 44 – Trevor Bleau 
  • 44 – Anthony Sesely 
  • 46 – Craig Lutz 
  • 47 – Joey Muccicciaro 
  • 48 – Marcello Rufrano 
  • 50 – Ronnie Williams 
  • 50S – Ron Silk 
  • 50H – Noah Korner 
  • 55 – Ryan Doucette 
  • 57 – Keith Rocco 
  • 58 – Eric Goodale 
  • 59 – Andy Jankowiak 
  • 60 – Matt Hirschman 
  • 66 – Austin Kochenash 
  • 74 – Manny Dias 
  • 74 – Shawn Thibeault 
  • 75 – Chris Pasteryak 
  • 76 – Kirk Alexander 
  • 78 – Walter Sutcliffe Jr. 
  • 81 – Todd Owen 
  • 87 – Brett Gonyaw 
  • 92 – Anthony Nocella
  • 93 – George Sherman 
  • 99 – Richard Savary 
  • 176 – Dana DiMatteo



  2. what a great entry list!! wish that Bobby santos was able to participate! the only other names that i can think of that would be fun to see, and have a shot to win: Emerling, Blewett, Hossfeld. also, to see more NY/NJ/PA drivers would be nice, perhaps Zeiner,Beers, Nevin George, Strohl, Scherer, the Catalanos, Krause, Sesely…
    where are these WMT regulars: Fitfield, Summers, Solomito?

  3. Just Me - The Original says

    Solomito is still recovering from the Thompson accident.

  4. Just Me - The Original says

    Solomito is still recovering from the Thompson accident.
    8 – Cam McDermott – withdrew

  5. So Star and Monadnock have officially announced their 2021 TT dates. Now maybe they know something we don’t but isn’t this a slippery slope by not waiting for the WMT schedule to come out. They have always waited for it in the past to prevent conflicts (2020 doesn’t count) If TT wants the big names they will just end up moving the dates so why announce so early? Hidden agendas? I’m curious.

  6. Maybe their hoping NASCAR will show an act of kindness, and not schedule a Tour race on those dates. Or it could be that those dates follow a Friday night appearance at Stafford. Just because schedules haven’t been announced doesn’t mean these promoters and tracks aren’t communicating with each other. Traditionally NASCAR doesn’t announce until after the NASCAR season (cup) ends in November.

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