Bennett & Felton To Run Northeast Classic Modified Open

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Ed Bennett and Greg Felton will oversee the Open Modified portion of the Northeast Classic at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. (Mark Sumner Photo)
Ed Bennett and Greg Felton will oversee the Open Modified portion of the Northeast Classic at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. (Mark Sumner Photo)

WATERBURY, Vt. – Two of the most reputable names in Northeast Modified racing will be part of the operations team for the inaugural Northeast Classic.

American-Canadian Tour and Pro All Stars Series officials have announced that Ed Bennett and Greg Felton will oversee the Modified Open at Loudon’s New Hampshire Motor Speedway on April 17-18.

Bennett and Felton have been part of the regional modified racing scene for decades. Each currently holds a major role with the Tri-Track Open Modified Series. Bennett joined the series in January 2019 as a managing partner in charge of race day operations. He is also a longtime modified car owner who has fielded rides for drivers such as Matt Hirschman, Jimmy Blewett, Chuck Hossfield and Erick Rudolph.

Felton was named series head of race tech for the Tri-Track Modifieds in February 2019. Felton has been a successful Modified crew chief for decades, winning races and championships with Woody Pitkat, Kirk Alexander, Todd Szgedy, and others. He transitioned to a race official in recent years and served as a technical advisor for Modified Racing Series prior to joining Tri-Track Open Modified Series.

Bennett and Felton now bring their expertise to the first-ever Northeast Classic. The Modified Open will be a 50-lap event as part of a packed schedule at New Hampshire Motor Speedway that includes the season-openers for the ACT and PASS North series’ as well as an open event for eight-cylinder Street Stocks.

“We’re excited that Ed and Greg have agreed to take the reins for the Modified Open,” ACT managing partner Cris Michaud said. “When Tom (Mayberry) and I were putting the Northeast Classic together, we knew getting the right people for the Modified portion was a must. Ed and Greg’s resumes speak for themselves. They’re doing great things with the Tri-Track Modifieds and they’ll do a great job for us at NHMS.”

“To run a successful Modified event, you need people who understand Modifieds,” PASS president Tom Mayberry added. “Cris and I are full-fendered guys, so we knew we had to find people for the Modified side that were in their element. Getting Ed and Greg on board was a priority for us, and we’re happy they’ll be part of the team putting on the first-ever Northeast Classic.”