There’s a tantalizing Modified event stopping by the Granite State for the second straight week as the Tri-Track Open Modified Series rolls into Star Speedway Saturday for the $6,000-to-win SBM 125.
Last weekend the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour took to the Magic Mile at New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the Eastern Oil & Propane 100. That race had its moments, but fizzled out in the end when time restraints for the impending Xfinity Series telecast prompted officials to call the race under yellow with a couple of laps to go.
The decision at Loudon sealed the win for Ron Silk and frustrated, among others, current points leader and multi-time champion Doug Coby.
“I think the Modifieds deserve the respect to have the race finished under green,” Coby said. “They should put us in a time slot that prevents this and robs the fans of an exciting finish.”
“We got ourselves in the right place and I’m glad I won,” Silk said. “But I would have liked for everyone to get to see how it would have played out under green.”
Silk is expected to compete in the SBM 125. He’ll meet up with the likes of 2018 winner Todd Patnode of Swanzey, Ronnie Williams, Les Hinckley, Russ Hersey, Tommy Barrett, Woody Pitkat, Mike Willis Jr., Brian Robie and Matt Swanson of Acton, Mass., and Matt Hirschman of Pennsylvania.
Patnode is the current Sportsman Modified point leader at Monadnock. In last year’s win – his first on the Tri-Track Series circuit – he was hard-pressed by Hirschman and Silk right to the end. Silk had charged back up through the field after getting sent to the rear for contact with Hinckley earlier in the race.
Swanson is coming off a fifth-place effort at NHMS in the Boehler “Ol’ Blue” No. 3. He was Star’s Modified track champion in 2014 and the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Rookie of the Year in 2016 at just 16 years old. He drove to a third-place finish in the Tri-Track Series race at Seekonk, Mass., finishing behind only Williams and Barrett.
The Street Stocks, Six-Shooters and Legends will join the Modifieds Saturday.
Derek Griffith won the Pro All Star Series New England Racing Fuels Sunoco 150 at White Mountain Motorsports Park. Griffith started 13th and dominated the late stages of the race for his third PASS win of the year. Positions 2-5 went to Dillon Moltz, DJ Shaw, Joey Polewarczyk Jr. and Ben Rowe.
Late Model events at White Mountain
American Canadian Tour-type Late Models are scheduled to go long distance on each of the next two Saturdays at White Mountain Motorsports Park in North Woodstock.
This Saturday it’s the New Hampshire Governor’s Cup 150 presented by Coca-Cola Bottling of Northern New England. Don’t bet against Quinny Welch of Groveton, who won for the fourth time this season last season. Jon Savage of Whitefield had a personal-best second-place finish.
This week’s contest is not a Tour points race, but it may draw some extra cars looking to sort things out ahead of time for the $10,000-to-win ACT Mid-Summer 250 on August 3.
Rich Dubeau, Jimmy Hebert and Scott Payea are the top contenders for the 2019 ACT title, which is worth $10,000. A win in the White Mountain 250 would amount to a $20,000 haul if it leads to the Tour championship.
Around the track
Three point races will remain after the Mid-Summer 250, the first of which will be at Oxford Plains Saturday, Aug. 24 – the night before the Oxford 250. ...
It’s double points night Thursday night at Thunder Road’s Mid-Season Championships. Last week a late restart set up the win for Late Model regular Brooks Clark, who got the jump on Nick Sweet when the last green flag was thrown. NASCAR Xfinity Series hotshoe Christopher Bell of Norman, Okla., finished ninth but never challenged for the lead. ...
Monadnock returns to action this week after taking the NASCAR Cup weekend off. The night’s racing includes the Northeast Midget Association Midgets (NEMA), the NEMA Lites and Monadnock’s weekly divisions. The headliner is the Iron Mike Scrivani Memorial 30-lap feature for the NEMA Midgets. Mike Scrivani was the father of longtime NEMA President Mike Scrivani Jr., who fielded midgets for many successful drivers including past champion Nokie Fornoro. ...
The NEMA Midgets and NEMA Lites raced last weekend at Lee USA. Randy Cabral of Kingston, Mass., is currently listed as the unofficial Lites winner pending dyno testing of his motor. Ryan Locke of Chester was second across the line. ...
Jim Chambers of Atkinson won the Midget feature at Lee. Randy Cabral was the runner-up with Paul Scally third.
On track this weekend
Thunder Road (Vt.): Thurs, 7 p.m.
Claremont: Friday, 7 p.m.
Lee USA: Friday, 7 p.m.
Bear Ridge (Vt.): Saturday, 6 p.m.
Monadnock: Saturday, 6 p.m.
Rumtown: Saturday, 4 p.m.
Star Speedway: Saturday, 4:20 p.m.
White Mountain: Saturday, 6:30 p.m.
Star Speedway: Tuesday, 5:45 p.m.