Mixing It Up: Jacob Perry Setting Out On Plan Of Varied Disciplines For 2021 Season

Jacob Perry at the Tri-Track Open Modified Series SBM 121 last July at Star Speedway (Photo: Shawn Courchesne/RaceDayCT)

Since making the step up from youth racing a few years ago, Jacob Perry has been a driver open to racing just about anything that would get him behind the wheel of a competitive car. 

And it seems in 2021 the Pawcatuck 18-year old will be doing a little bit of everything. 

Perry’s plans for 2021 include some Tour Type Modified racing, some plans for Southern Super Late Model action and even some forays onto dirt at Lebanon Valley Speedway. 

Perry said his main focus in 2021 will be running for team owner Jack Bateman on the Modified Racing Series. Currently the MRS has four races scheduled for 2021, with visits to Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough, Me., Wiscasset (Me.) Speedway, Star Speedway in Epping, N.H. and Riverside Speedway in Groveton, N.H. on the planned list. 

Perry said he will also run a part-time schedule for the Statesville, N.C. based Reedy Racing Super Late Model team on the CARS Tour. 

Perry made two starts for the team in 2020. He finished third in his debut with the team in the Carolina Pro Late Model Series feature at the Fall Brawl on Oct. 17 at Hickory (N.C.) Motor Speedway. A bad alternator ruined what looked to be shaping up for the team in the Super Late Model feature at the North-South Shootout at Caraway Speedway in Sophia, N.C on Nov. 7.  

“We lost an alternator with the car to beat at Caraway,” Perry said. “It’s really cool to be able to go down there and run with some of the top Late Model guys you’ve been hearing about for so long and be able to race competitively door-to-door with them. We’ve been searching really hard for Modified rides for the last few years and the opportunities just haven’t seemed to have been there. 

“And then we started searching a little bit on Super Late Models and they came to us and we were able to make it happen and we were running really good immediately. It’s just a totally different world and we’re having a lot of fun with it.” 

Perry said he plans to run four to five CARS Tour events for Reedy Racing in 2021. 

The team is also looking to run the final three nights of the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car racing at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway in February. 

“We’d really love to get down there for that event,” Perry said. “That’s all depending on what we can find for sponsorship dollars.” 

Perry also plans to make selected starts once again in the Sportsman Modified division Lebanon Valley in West Lebanon, N.Y. 

With all that on the plate, Perry is leaving the door open for any other opportunities that pop up. 

“Of course we’d love the opportunity to run some Tri-Track Open Modified Series up here,” Perry said. “If anything ever pops up I’m always ready to fill a seat.” 

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