The registrations for Seekonk Speedway’s 11th Annual Open Wheel Wednesday Modified Madness, this year being held on July 23, have started arriving, and up for grabs to the winner is a cool $10,000. Doug Coby of Milford, CT. was the first entry to arrive, as he will be behind the wheel of Rick Czarnecki’s #20. Doug is a two time winner of the mid-summer classic.
Entries have also been received from two time winner Matt Hirschman of North Hampton, PA., in Bob Horn’s #59, which is the same ride he took to victory a couple of years ago. Additional entries have come from Joe Ambrose of Mattituck, NY, Canton, MA’s Richard Savary, who was the winner of the most recent Valenti Modified Racing Series event at Seekonk, former MRS champion Jon McKennedy, former MRS Seekonk winner Steve Masse, Pawcatuck, CT’s Dennis Perry, Max Zachem of Preston, CT, Colby Fournier of Berkley, MA, and Brandon Dion of Taunton, MA, who has been running at Stafford Speedway in the SK Lites.
The biggest surprise entry to date is former NASCAR Whelen Modified Racing Series Champion Bobby Santos III, who will be driving for Wayne Darling. Wayne is a three-time winner of this event, and Santos has many laps at the Bay State oval, winning with the NEMA Midgets.
The 100 lap main event has a record purse, including $1,000 to qualify, thanks to the Racing Guys and Jim Schaffer, who have been raising money since the winter months to push this third race of the Tri-Track Series. In addition to the monies for the race, there is a $10,000 points fund to be concluded after this event.
Matt “Big Money” Hirschman was the winner of the first event in May at Lee USA Speedway, with Jon McKennedy grabbing the second event in June at Star Speedway. Coming into this third and final event, McKennedy leads the standings over Rowan Pennink, 55 points to 52. Savary, Zachem, and Hirschman are third through fifth. Anthony Nocella, Ryan Preece, Masse, Chris Pasteryak and Woody Pitkat round out the top ten.
The NEMA Midgets and NEMA Lites are also on the schedule for the annual Boston Louie Seymour Memorial. This is the biggest winged midget event in the East, This event honors one of the most successful open cockpit owners, who traveled the country with some of the biggest named drivers in his
USAC Sprint car. He earned the moniker “Boston” Louie from traveling from his hometown of Marlboro, MA, just outside of Boston. Randy Cabral is the defending champion of this event.
General Admission for one of the highest paying modified races in the North East is $26 for adults, with kids 12 and under FREE. The front gates open at 6, with the first qualifier starting at 7pm.