CLAREMONT NH: This weekend Claremont will be holding their second Modified Event of the season with their own Open Modified show. Saturday night Claremont will be hosting Casella Night with Open Modified 100 Lap Race. After the great success of the Tri-Track Open Modified race earlier in the season we are sure this race will be a great one as well.
Up in New Hampshire the modifieds will rumble the hills chasing a big money purse with $30,000 in total winnings and $4,000 going to the winner it is a hard race to pass on. If the winning driver is a Tri-Track Open Modified Series competitor who has competed this season they are also eligible for a bonus that would make it $5,000 to win.
The Current driver roster includes the following: Matt Hirschman, Les Hinckley Jr, Jeff Murray, Tommy Barrett, Dana Smith, Mike Douglas Jr, Todd Patnode, Brian Robie, Bucky Demers, Kirk Alexander, Carl Medeiros Jr, Ronnie Silk, , Josh Cantara, Matt Galko, Russ Hersey and Dana Joeseph DiMatteo. This list is the current confirmed with more expected to join.
Part of this big money purse is coming from lap sponsorship. There are still a few laps available for the race if you would like to be a part of this event through some lap money contact Claremont Speedway directly and they will be happy to help you out. Also running with the modifieds will be the R.E. Hinkley Super Streets, the Pepsi Street Stocks, and T-Bird Mini Mart Wildcats. You will be in for a full night of action. We went up this spring for the first time and had a blast, great track, great racing and great people.
The Grandstands open at 3 PM with a posted time of 6 PM. The Pit gates will be open at 1 PM with hot laps at 4 PM. All this action will only cost you $20 for adults 13 and older to be in the grandstands. Children ages 6-12 will be $10 with kids 5 and under free. If you would like a pit pass it will be $40 for all ages. Click HERE to get to the event posted on Facebook where you can view all the lap sponsors.
WATERFORD CT- Saturday: After last weekends disappointing rainouts across the northeast, including the much looked forward to Wings and Wheels event at The New London-Waterford Speedbowl, the Bowl is back in action with some modified racing. The Valenti Modified Racing Series is scheduled to roll into Waterford this weekend to make up their part of the Wings and Wheels show. With seven races remaining on the schedule for the Valenti Modified Touring Series the points standings for the top five are as follows: Anthony Nocella (324); Michael Willis Jr (280); Sam Rameau (276); Woody Pitkat (261); Donnie Lashua (212). For Saturday's event, the Valenti MRS cars will have practice from 2:00-2:30 and again from 3:15-3:35. They will be holding 12 lap heats to place the cars for the 100 lap feature race. Qualifying heats will start at 4:20 with the MRS cars being second to last. Features are scheduled to start after open ceremonies which are held at 5:30. The shoreline oval is sure to have an action-packed night. The Mini Stock division will be doing double duty to make up one of their rainout shows. The CT Pro-Four Modifieds will be racing a 25 lap feature and the Wednesday night division of the Super X Cars have a 25 lap event. Along with them will be the Outlaw Vintage Modifieds, SK Lights, Late Models, and SK Modifieds.
Anthony Flannery is expected to do double duty running both his Late Model and Valenti Modified. He has run strong in the tour mod and this being his home track he will be one to watch on Saturday night. Also expected is Mike Willis Jr and Sam Rameau. Two young drivers that have really stepped up this season and are running very strong in the points battle. All the point leaders are expected. Another driver expected at Waterford this weekend is Mike Holdridge, a guy who is always very strong on the bullring tracks in his Black Beauty #0. Max Zachem is also expected to be at the 'Bowl this Saturday running his first VMRS event in awhile. Dylan Izzo will be making his Valenti Modified Racing debut with the DiPisa owned #13CT. Izzo has had many laps around Waterford and we would expect him to pick up to tour type mod quickly. It will be a welcomed sight to see that car back out on the track. Dave Ethridge, Young Guns Andrew Molluer, Jacob Perry, Dereck Robbie are exspected. Also expected from the original entry list are Jeff Gallup, Malave, Berry, Keith Rooco, Nocella and more. These are just a few of the expected drivers for Saturday's 100 lap main event.
This Saturday is military appreciation night at the 'Bowl. All military will get free admission to the grandstands with Valid military ID. The general admission for this Saturdays show will be $30.00 with youth 13-16 being $5 and kid under 13 free. The pits will be $40 for this event.
SUNDAY FUN DAY: This weekend The New London Waterford Speedbowl also has an event scheduled for Sunday! The Monster Trucks featuring Overkill Evolution, Black Stallion, and Higher Education will be putting on a show. The grandstands will open at 3 pm with opening ceremonies to be held at 5 pm. Along with the Monster Trucks, there will be a ski race, Quad Wars, Power Wheels Race, Pro Enduro, Full Size Enduro, and Compact/Mid Enduro race. There will be two separate Monster Truck events in the schedule. The grandstands will be $25 for adults and the pits are $30. Grandstands for kids 13-16 are only $10 and children 12 and under will be $5. If you want to register an Enduro car its $25 per car.
The length of the Enduro races will be determined on Sunday by the number of cars in the division. It should be a great night of family fun.If you would like you to purchase your ticket early they will be for sale on Saturday night at the pre-sale ticket window of the Speedbowl box office after 7:30 pm. This is a great family event for ll ages, who does not like trucks on steroids demolishing cars, of course the getting spoiled by 3 full contact Endouro races along with the other fun scheduled.
The NASCAR Whelen Tour Modifieds head to Thunder Valley Bristol TN for one of the iconic dates of the tour as they make noise and shake the hell out of the last great colosseum. This is a show that is always looked forward to. Bristol is a place that you have to experience the mods pulling out on the track and taking the green in a pack to be able to understand just how amazing it is to see them race there. As always it looks like the weather could bring some rain but they always work hard to get the Modified show in. This year it was moved from a Wednesday night event to Thursday. The teams are all heading south as the points battle continues to be close. Justin Bonsignore is coming off his fifth win of the season at Thompson and looking to increase his points lead over Chase Dowling. After a rough start to the season Doug Coby has climbed his way up to P5, back 99 in the points going into Bristol. Timmy Solomito sits in P3 and Craig Lutz in P4. Bristol can be anyone's game, last year it was Patric Emerling who won and in 2016 Eric Goodale put it in victory lane. We are disappointed that we are not making the trip down this year as its a trip we love to make but want to wish all the teams the best of luck!
Everyone is hoping for the sun to be shining this weekend so we can have some great racing in the Northeast and some good ole family fun. Saturday and Sunday Lebanon Valley is racing, Sunday is the Big Tony Stewart Sprint car Series race, always a great show as is there weekly races and Big Block Mods. Seekonk and Monadnock both are running their great weekly events. The Mad dog is having pit party at and at Seekonk it is fan Appreciation night with complementary hot dog and Pepsi from The Speedway and Everett's auto. With the MRS reschedule of this Saturday up against Claremont's Mod show. Unfortunately it has forced many teams and fans to choose to which race they will go to. With being this late in the season and lots of big races ahead it seems make up dates for tour mods must have been very limited for MRS to choose from. Even with the conflict, both races are expecting decent car counts, great names and heavy hitters will be split between the two races pretty even from what we hear so far. So fans, you cannot lose no matter what direction you decide to head. We wish both tracks, teams and fans a fun and safe weekend no matter where they end up. We will see you all at the races!! RG & MT #ModOn #ShortTrackNation