SNEAK PEAK: Modifieds To Invade Seekonk in 2018
by Kyle Souza
For more than a decade, one modified race has highlighted the Seekonk Speedway schedule — and in 2018 — that race returns.
The 15th annual “Open Wheel Wednesday” will be a 100 lap feature worth $10,000 to win for modified teams from across the New England region. The event will once again be a partnership between Seekonk and the Tri Track Open Modified Series.
“Seekonk is excited to have the Tri Track Series be a part of the 15th annual Open Wheel Wednesday and to continue the tradition of exciting, big dollar, mid-week racing,” Seekonk’s Ed St. Germain said in a Tri Track Series release.
Last year, Matt “Money” Hirschman scored the victory and pocketed the $10,000. Over the years, names like Vinny Annarummo, Doug Coby and Donny Lia have captured the crown. Todd Annarummo joins his father as the only father-son combination to have won the event.
The race is scheduled for Wednesday, June 27, and will also include the Boston Louie Seymour Memorial for the NEMA Midgets.
But that isn’t the only modified race on Seekonk’s 2018 schedule.
Just a few weeks before Open Wheel Wednesday, the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour returns to the third-mile for the third straight season. The race will be the fourth of the schedule for the NASCAR Touring Series and will come just after an entire month off for drivers.
In recent years, the race was held in September. Timmy Solomito (2016) and Doug Coby (2017) are the two most recent winners of the Seekonk 150. Both of them have put together a couple of impressive years on the Tour and both will be back looking to gain crucial points when the series returns to Seekonk on Saturday, June 2.
The third and final modified race on the 2018 schedule will be the final race of the season.
The second annual “Haunted Hundred” will take place on Saturday, October 27. The event will once again be a partnership between Seekonk and the Tri Track Open Modified Series for the second straight season.
“We are looking forward to the second annual Haunted Hundred,” St. Germain said in the release. “The management of the Tri Track Series has been great to work with and their format works great at Seekonk.”
That format includes a blind draw to line-up the qualifying heats, followed by four or five intense heat races. Then, there are a few consi races and the B-Main is the last chance for drivers to get into the field. The 100 lap feature has created plenty of excitement each time the series visits Seekonk.
Although there are only three modified races on the 2018 schedule, they all will draw some of the best driving talent from across the United States.