SEEKONK, Mass. – The Tri-Track Open Modified Series returns to competition this Saturday for race three of the season at Monadnock Speedway in Winchester, N.H.
This is the second stop at the high-banked oval this season, and if the first one was any indication, fans won’t want to leave their seat until the finish checkered flag and beyond.
On July 5, Craig Lutz used a bump-and-run to get around Les Hinckley in a final dash to the finish line, bringing fans to their feet, and creating a bit of frustration between some of the top contenders. Now, as the season hits the middle of August, these two could be headed straight for a rematch. But they won’t be the only top contenders when Tri-Track takes the green flag on Saturday.
Matt Hirschman, who has 12 Tri-Track wins, including the SBM at Star Speedway earlier this year, is coming back looking to rebound from a performance he wasn’t happy with last time at Monadnock. Although the driver of the No. 60 finished seventh, Hirschman wasn’t pleased with the way the car handled. After dominating at Star, he’s heading to Monadnock looking to pounce.
Lutz and Hirschman are the two Tri-Track winners so far in 2020. Lutz earned his first win in his debut race at Monadnock earlier this year.
Veteran Modified competitors Chase Dowling, Matt Swanson, Ron Silk, Woody Pitkat, Anthony Nocella, Ronnie Williams, Chris Pasteryak, Richard Savary and more are also expected, along with Monadnock weekly competitors Ben Byrne, Derek Robbie and Matt Kimball.
That’s only a taste of the drivers who will unload their cars in the mountains of New Hampshire this weekend.
“We can’t wait to get back to Monadnock,” said Wayne Darling, Managing Partner of the Tri-Track Open Modified Series. “If the last event there was any indication, it should be a great show on Saturday night.”
Per a new order by the state of New Hampshire, face coverings are required for everyone that is entering and exiting the pit and main grandstands, when walking in crowded areas, and visiting the concessions or restrooms.
Fans who are seated in the main grandstands, following social distancing guidelines with group of 10 or less six feet apart, will not need the mask once seated. Race teams are not required to wear face masks in their own pit stall, however, when leaving the stall, team members must have them on when social distancing is not possible.
Also, per order of New Hampshire, grandstand capacity is limited to 50 percent for this event, so race fans are encouraged to purchase their tickets ahead of race day on the Monadnock Speedway website, or make sure to get to the track early.