(PRESS RELEASE) WINCHESTER, NH- Back in time, New Hampshire’s Monadnock Speedway played host to both weekly and special event Tour-Type Modified racing. The history is memorable, with the likes of Jerry Marquis, Reggie Ruggiero, Mike Stefanik and dozens more very talented drivers who have raced at the high-banked quarter mile known for exciting Modified racing.
In recent years, Monadnock has hosted some weekly racing, the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and Valenti Modified Racing Series events, but none have brought all of these teams together for one event, and none have brought the race winner a minimum $5,000 payday.
This payoff to the race winner could double by the end of 100 green flag laps this Saturday night, June 13. If attendance exceeds 3,000 adults, including pits and grandstand the winners share will double. Any additional lap money or bonuses would push the winners share beyond that.
This “Riverside Park Reunion 100” is race two of the Northeast Race Cars Tri-Track open Modified Series for 2015, and drivers who have proven success at Monadnock are ready to show the influx of newcomers and tour racers the way around the tricky quarter-mile.
Kirk Alexander is perhaps the best here, but Dwight Jarvis, Todd Patnode and Russ Hersey are also proven winners and champions at the historic track. Short track specialist Matt Hirschman, Lee (NH) winner Chris Pasteryak, Andy Seuss, Woody Pitkat, Todd Szegedy, Rowan Pennink and many more figure to be among the contenders for victory.
The number of drivers on this list of talent goes even beyond those “glory days” events held at Monadnock in the 1980’s. Todd Annarummo, Doug Coby, Steve Masse, Zane Zeiner and Andy Jankowiak are just a few of the race winning-champion drivers entered.
Perhaps the most likely of all to be the one to beat however is Ryan Preece, who is on a hot streak, winning both Friday and Saturday this past weekend. He will wheel the TS Haulers entry, representing the NWMT. Preece is a former winner at Monadnock on the NWMT.
Racing at the western New Hampshire track on Saturday begins at 5:00 PM with heat races for the Monadnock weekly divisions, followed by four very competitive Tri-Track Modified qualifying heat races as drivers not only look to put themselves at the front of the 27 car starting field, but to qualify among the expected 40 entries.
The Northeast Race Cars Tri-Track Open Modified Series event on Saturday carries a payoff that will exceed $50,000. That includes the “Red Roof Inn 25” B-Main, which carries a purse payoff as well. The winner will have the option to start the main event or pocket the $1,000 winners share. The Red Roof Inn has several locations in New England, including nearby in South Deerfield, MA., Springfield, MA., Enfield, CT., and also in Salem and Loudon, NH.
Among the bonus money paid out will be $2,000 in lap leader money, sponsored by Dunleavy’s Truck & Trailer Repair. Dunleavy’s will also pay another $500 in lap money as part of the B-Main payoff. Race leaders in both event will earn $20 on every lap.
A Waddell Communications Halfway Bonus of $200, $1,700 in Red Roof Tow Money. Hard Charger ($100) and lap 90 leader ($100) will be paid by Diamond and Crown Racing. The 3rd annual Chuck Montville Car Owner Award will also be part of this event, paying a deserving car owner more than $700 in his memory.
A $500 bonus goes to the driver leading the most laps for the overall Tri-Track Series, paid by Joe Duarte and Bridgewater-Raynham Overhead Door. Coil Over Commander has a $300 gift certificate to the B-Main winner, and Seals-It will pay $100 to the feature event winner as well.
These are all a part of what makes this event special, and with Grand Marshall Bob Polverari there to add a historic flavor to this “Riverside Park Reunion 100”, this race is sure to go into history as one of the most memorable Modified events ever held at Monadnock Speedway.
Adult admission for this event is just $25 for adults, $35 for pit entry, $20 for seniors 65 and over, $10 for students with a valid ID and kids under 12 will be admitted FREE. More information on this event and late-breaking updates can be found on the Northeast Race Cars Tri Track Open Modified Series Facebook page, at: http://www.tritrackopenmodifiedseries.com and also at http://www.monadnockspeedway.com.