Talent In Numbers Floods Northeast Classic Roster For $7,000-To-Win Modified Showdown

(Press Release from American-Canadian Tour)

Bobby Santos III is on the entry list for the Northeast Classic at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (Photo: Shawn Courchesne/RaceDayCT)

Pro All Stars Series (PASS) and American-Canadian Tour (ACT) officials are proud to announce the most exciting and talent filled roster of Open Tour-type Modifieds to join the Northeast Classic at New Hampshire Motor Speedway since the event’s inception in 2021. Based on the tire orders through Hoosier Tire East, over twenty of New England’s best tour-type modified drivers are slated to take on the Magic Mile all looking to join a who’s-who of modified winners at New England’s biggest stage.

Inaugural Northeast Classic winner Bobby Santos III and 2022 winner Jon McKennedy lead the group of modified aces into New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Although unable to join the Icebreaker after the weather-induced schedule change, Santos is ready to get back behind the wheel of the Tinio Racing mount and make it win number seven at the Magic Mile for this dynamic duo. McKennedy, however, is ready to make it one spot better after coming home 2nd in the Icebreaker 125 at Thompson Speedway last weekend. The reigning NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion is also looking to successfully defend his Northeast Classic win from last April.

Among the other top contenders include Anthony Nocella, who earned his first NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour win at New Hampshire Motor Speedway last July, Woody Pitkat, Matt Swanson in the Gary Casella-owned machine, and Kevin Iannarelli in the iRacing ride. All-time Milton CAT Modified Racing Series wins leader Kirk Alexander is making the trip as is 2022 MRS champion Jacob Perry along with current NASCAR Whelen Modified Rookie of the Year contender Matthew Kimball.

“Both Tom and I feel that in our third year, the 2023 Northeast Classic will stand-out high and above the others,” said ACT managing partner Cris Michaud. “The talent within our growing car counts for all five divisions is looking great and we’re very excited about the new backstretch parking option for fans. All this, combined with the stellar weather forecast, has made the Northeast Classic a can’t miss event!”

The 3rd annual Northeast Classic at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is set to open the Northeast racing season at the region’s biggest stage. The American-Canadian Tour and PASS Super Late Models are each gunning for $5,500 to win in 50-lap feature events along with the Open Tour-type Modified 50-lapper worth $7,000 to the winner. The R&R Race Parts Open Street Stock Series will start their 2023 season with a $2,000 to win 25-lap main event while the Mighty Mini Series race in Round #2 of their inaugural season.

Optional Friday practice day starts with the opening of the pit gates at 8:00am with rotating practice for all five Northeast Classic divisions going from 11:00am to 4:15pm. Friday-only Pit Passes are available for $50 per person or $100 for a two-day weekend pass. On Saturday the pits open at 7:00am with rotating practice rolling from 9:15am to 10:45am. Saturday-only pit passes are available for $75. Grandstands will open for fans at 9:15am with the first green flag set to fly at 11:00am sharp. General Admission is set at $35 for adults, $10 for children ages 12-5 with kids 4-and-under admitted free!

For a new viewpoint, fans may park their vehicle along the backstretch to view Saturday’s racing events. To become a VIP, everyone in the vehicle must have purchased their General Admission ticket with an additional $50 per car no matter for one person, a family of four or a limo-full to take in the Northeast Classic from an all-new perspective. There are no Motor Homes or Campers allowed and we ask that fans follow a ‘Carry In, Carry Out’ policy to pick up any messes and ensure we can continue to host Backstretch VIP Parking for years to come at New Hampshire Motor Speedway!

For more information, contact the ACT offices at (802) 244-6963, [email protected], or visit www.acttour.com. You can also get updates on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram at @ACTTour.

For technical information concerning all PASS divisions, and for media or marketing questions, please contact [email protected] or visit www.proallstarsseries.com. Don’t forget to “Like” the Pro All Stars Series on Facebook or follow on Twitter @PASSSLM14 to keep up with breaking news as it happens.

Entry List Per Hoosier Tire East Tire Orders

02 Mike Collins

17        Donald Lashua

18        Tyler Barry

18NH   Andrew Martell

20        Vincent Marrone

23        Brad Zahensky

25        Matt Swanson

27        Derek Robbie

27MA  Kevin Iannarelli

31        Andrew Charron

43        Matthew Kimball

44MA  Bobby Santos III

45        Brett Meservey

47        Jacob Perry

49        Chris Young

52        Mark Bakaj

55        Ryan Doucette

66        Woody Pitkat

76        Kirk Alexander

79        Jon McKennedy

92        Anthony Nocella

179 Anthony Bello


  1. Will this be on Flo sports?

  2. Mike,
    It will be on Racing America as a pay-per-view.

  3. Nice to see an entry list. I can see 5 or 6 of them contending for the win. The Pass website has an entry list for the Super Late Models with around 28 cars, and ACT usually does better than PASS when at combined events. Might be a a good race to check out.

  4. Modifieds at Loudon… nothing comes close.

  5. This is great news, and it looks like this event will finally NOT be rained delayed.

  6. Fast Eddie says

    I went to the first one and even with the short Modified field they had (12 cars I think) it was still a good race. Basically it split into 2 packs with lots of passing within each group. Wish I could go, this should be really good!

  7. RaceDayNH says

    If you have FloRacing you can watch SMART Modified Tour at Hickory tomorrow at 2:30. They have 26 TourMods on entry list

    It’s probably a really big ask and I obviously don’t know the logistics behind it. Is there anyway you could post press releases for ROC and SMART Tourtype mod series races. This website even though it is based for the New England region has really become the go to site for all things Tour Type. Just like how everyone knows to come here for New Smyrna coverage and Whelen Mod races down south… figured it’s worth asking, Thanks for the great site. It’s much appreciated

  8. RaceDayNH,
    I’ll get back to you on your request.

  9. RaceDayNH says

    Thanks Shawn for looking into it

  10. Such a shame that the big names in New England don’t race this event… not sure why. It’s great for the small teams that do show up. I used to make the trip to Loudon when the tour ran there back in the day – no better racing with 30 something lead changes

  11. wmass01013 says

    So the 2022 ROC 250 will be ran in 2024 after the 2023 ROC 250, unless that gets postponed until 2025!!

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