Doug Coby Looks To Become First Four-Time Winner of Seekonk Speedway’s Open Wheel Wednesday

Doug Coby Looks To Become First Four-Time Winner of Seekonk Speedway’s Open Wheel Wednesday

By Souza Media/Kyle Souza

MILFORD, Conn. — Doug Coby is set to compete in the Tri Track Open Modified Series race at Seekonk Speedway on Wednesday, June 30, looking to capture a $10,000 check in Speed51 Modified Madness. Coby, who is coming off his impressive month of June, which included a victory in the inaugural SRX Series race at Stafford and a NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour win at Riverhead Raceway, will look to become the first four-time winner of the prestigious race.

Coby’s previous victories were in 2011, 2013 and 2016 — driving for two different car owners — and in three different chassis — but this time, he returns to Seekonk for the first time as owner/driver with Doug Coby Racing. Coby also has victories at Seekonk behind the wheel of a NEMA Midge and two wins in NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour action, with his most recent coming in 2019. 

He looks forward to racing with Matt Hirschman and the rest of the talented field of over 40 competitors, while chasing the check and trophy. Hirschman and Coby are the only multiple-time winners of Open Wheel Wednesday at Seekonk — both with three. Coby wants to be the first one to get four.

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Coby, Preece & Barney Among Drivers Returning To Tri Track For $10,000 To Win Speed51 Modified Madness at Seekonk

Coby, Preece & Barney Among Drivers Returning To Tri Track For $10,000 To Win Speed51 Modified Madness at Seekonk

By Souza Media/Kyle Souza

SEEKONK, Mass. — When the Tri Track Open Modified Series returns to the track for race three of the season next Wednesday, June 30 at Seekonk Speedway, multiple returning drivers will look to knock-off polished series regulars. All competitors will be chasing a special $10,000 check in the 16th annual Open Wheel Wednesday at the Massachusetts third-mile in what has become one of the most anticipated races in Tri Track history.

Teams will return to Seekonk for the first time since 2019, with COVID-19 cancelling all 2020 Modified events that were scheduled at the Action Track of the East.

Leading the list of drivers returning to TrI Track for a shot at capturing the big check is six-time NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion Doug Coby, who is coming off a strong few weeks of competition. Coby won the inaugural Superstar Racing Experience (SRX) event at Stafford Motor Speedway on June 12, then announced a few days later that he would be making his Camping World Truck Series debut in September with GMS Racing. Coby finished a strong stint by winning the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race at Riverhead Raceway on June 20.

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Tri Track Open Modified Series Announces Lucrative Purse & Awards For 2021

Tri Track Open Modified Series Announces Lucrative Purse & Awards For 2021

By Souza Media/Kyle Souza

SEEKONK, Mass. — Tri Track Open Modified Series presented by All Phases Renovations officials announced on Tuesday a lucrative purse structure and multiple special awards for each event for 2021. The base purse for each of the six events will total over $40,000, with an additional more than $1,000 in contingency awards available at each event. The series will also offer a point fund at the end of the season.

“With the help of some of our dedicated sponsors and the support we have received from Modified teams and fans we are happy to present the purse structure and some of our special awards for the new season,” Wayne Darling, Managing Partner of the Tri Track Open Modified Series, said. “We are looking forward to getting the season started in just a few weeks on May 1 at Monadnock Speedway.”

Each Tri Track Open Modified Series presented by All Phases Renovations event will pay a minimum of $6,000 to win. Seekonk Speedway’s Open Wheel Wednesday will pay $10,000 to win, just like it has for its previous 15 events. Additional opportunities for sponsorship are available to boost the winning purse for additional events.

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Chase Dowling Has Full Tri Track Schedule in His Packed 2021 Season Plans

Chase Dowling Has Full Tri Track Schedule in His Packed 2021 Season Plans

By Souza Media/Kyle Souza

SEEKONK, Mass. — Former Tri Track Open Modified Series presented by All Phases Renovations winner Chase Dowling has the six events on the 2021 schedule circled on his calendar. Set to compete behind the wheel for Ben Dodge in the No. 9 that the team debuted last year, Dowling will be planning to chase the championship. 

On top of Tri Track, Dowling plans to run select Open Modified races in New England — including the Stafford Motor Speedway Open Modified race and the Thompson 300. He will also run a full slate of dirt track events at Lebanon Valley Speedway, a full SK Modified schedule at Stafford, select NEMA Midget events, and maybe additional races, if possible.

“I’m not a firm believer that the more races you run the better you are — but in my specific situation — it’s good because I have the sponsors and crew guys behind me and I can focus on driving for most,” Dowling said. “It takes a lot out of you (to be running all of these races). I just have some good people behind it. You have to be in a good spot mentally, and allow yourself to reset for each race. You can’t let the night before transfer to the next day. Each race is a new race. I have to be on top of it as a driver.”

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Brian Robie: “Grateful But Still Want More” Heading Into 2021

Brian Robie: “Grateful But Still Want More” Heading Into 2021

BY SOUZA MEDIA/KYLE SOUZA 

SEEKONK, Mass. — If you would have asked Brian Robie six years ago to give you a resume with his racing experience as a driver, it would have been flat empty. Fast-forward those six years and Robie has one of the most impressive driving resumes of any asphalt Modified competitor in New England. 

But many don’t know his story. Robie didn’t grow up running go-karts, quarter midgets, Street Stocks, or anything else in the racing world. He simply attended a few races as a kid, and eventually decided he just wanted to jump into it as a driver with zero experience. Which car did he pick? The open-wheel, ground-pounding Modified — one of the most difficult for any driver — nevermind someone with no laps.

“I had one uncle that raced but he retired when I was about four-years-old and I went a few times as a kid, but nothing really involved,” Robie said. “I decided I wanted to go racing, built a Modified with the help of Bobby Turner, and we went to Monadnock Speedway and got destroyed right away and lapped the first 10 or so races. I had always seen Modifieds, maybe having gone to about 10 races. I just wanted to race the Modified. None of my immediate family is even into cars. Just me.”

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Chris Pasteryak Coming Back To Chase Tri Track Open Modified Series Title in 2021 

Chris Pasteryak Coming Back To Chase Tri Track Open Modified Series Title in 2021

By Souza Media/Kyle Souza

SEEKONK, Mass. — After a few years of traveling competing with his Modified, veteran racer Chris Pasteryak is primed to return home to full-time racing with the Tri Track Open Modified Series presented by All Phases Renovations this season. The Lisbon, Connecticut, driver will compete in his family-owned No. 75, returning in hopes of winning and contending for the championship. 

Pasteryak’s season will also include the six Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Outlaw Open Modified Series events and the four Stafford Motor Speedway Open Modified Series races — making up a busy schedule. 

“Going back to where I have been before and it’s the right time because of the way the schedules worked out this year with Thompson, Tri Track and Stafford,” Pasteryak said. “Between the three, you can run 16 or so times for really good purses, at good tracks.”

Tri Track Open Modified Series presented by All Phases Renovations teams will compete twice each at Monadnock Speedway (May 1 & August 14), Star Speedway (May 22 & July 24) and Seekonk Speedway (June 30 & October 23). Pasteryak went to victory lane in Tri Track competition in May of 2015 at Lee USA Speedway, but has since been shutout. He took the last three years to focus on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, where he scored two top-five finishes. He visited over 12 different tracks during the span, a variety of flat and banked surfaces, and the experience should help in his return.

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