Looking Back: The History of Seekonk’s Speed51 Modified Madness, Worth $10,000 To Win

Looking Back: The History of Seekonk’s Speed51 Modified Madness, Worth $10,000 To Win

By Souza Media/Kyle Souza

SEEKONK, Mass. — With $10,000 on the line, anything can, and will, happen when the Tri Track Open Modified Series returns to action at Seekonk Speedway on Wednesday, June 30. In race three of the Tri Track season, drivers will be chasing one of the most historic trophies in New England Modified racing — the Open Wheel Wednesday crown at Seekonk — this time in the Speed51 Modified Madness.

Set for the 16th annual 100-lap event, Tri Track is expecting a healthy car count and some mid-week fireworks between some of the top Modified talent from across the East Coast for a lucrative purse. The overall purse for this one event will rise over $40,000, with teams earning $1,000 to start the feature, and multiple contingency awards also on the line.

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Renfrew Dominates to Continue ACT First-Timers Streak at Hudson

Renfrew Dominates to Continue ACT First-Timers Streak at Hudson

American Canadian Tour

Hudson, NH — Candia, NH’s Jimmy Renfrew Jr. capped a perfect weekend on the racetrack with his first career ACT Late Model Tour victory on Sunday, June 20 at New Hampshire’s Hudson Speedway. Renfrew got the lead early and kept some of the best American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Model racers in the business at bay to score the Father’s Day win in a car owned by his dad James.

It was the fourth straight event where the ACT Late Model Tour had a first-time winner, bringing the series total to 82 different winners since its inception in 1992. For Renfrew, it came less than 24 hours after he triumphed in a 50-lap feature at White Mountain Motorsports Park.

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Street Stocks in Spotlight Again at CCV Night

Street Stocks in Spotlight Again at CCV Night

Barre, VT — Thunder Road holds its first official race of summer this Thursday, June 24 with Community College of Vermont (CCV) Night live on FloRacing. The full card of championship stock car racing sees the RK Miles Street Stocks take center stage for the second straight week with a pair of 4-cylinder races that are sure to be memorable.

The Street Stocks begin the program with qualifying and their 25-lap CCV feature. Point leader Tommy “Thunder” Smith, Kaiden “Tropical Storm” Fisher, Josh Lovely, Kyler Davis, Jamie Davis, Kyle MacAskill, and other standouts will get after it in pursuit of the 2021 track championship. Drivers who had a rough double-feature night last week, such as former Street Stock champion Jeffrey Martin and multi-time winner Patrick Tibbetts, will try to start their turnaround.

Later in the night, the division’s up-and-comers take center stage in the seventh annual Marvin Johnson Memorial First-Time Winner’s Race. The 19-lap event is for Street Stock drivers who have not won a Thunder Road feature or are not a previous Memorial winner.

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Wheelers Auto Service Providing NAPA SK 5k Heat Race Bonuses at Stafford

Wheelers Auto Service Providing NAPA SK 5k Heat Race Bonuses at Stafford


(Stafford Springs, CT)—For the 7th consecutive season, John & Maina Rufrano from Wheelers Auto Service of Hamden, CT will provide a heat race bonus for this Friday night’s NAPA SK 5k event at Stafford Speedway.  The Rufranos and Wheelers Auto will provide a total bonus of $2,000 for the SK Modified® heat races with each heat race winner banking $250, each second place finisher $150, and each third place finisher $100.  The $2,000 in heat race bonus money, when combined with the race purse and other contingency awards, pushes the total posted awards for the 8th Annual NAPA SK 5k to over $30,000.

“This is a great way for us to be able to give something back to the drivers and it should definitely help make the heat races a little more exciting by giving everyone a little extra something to race for,” said John Rufrano.

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JUSTIN BONSIGNORE RALLIES FROM MID-RACE TROUBLE TO FINISH THIRD AT RIVERHEAD RACEWAY

JUSTIN BONSIGNORE RALLIES FROM MID-RACE TROUBLE TO FINISH THIRD AT RIVERHEAD RACEWAY

By Souza Media/Kyle Souza

RIVERHEAD, N.Y. — Justin Bonsignore rallied from some mid-race trouble to capture a solid third-place finish in Sunday’s NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Buzz Chew Chevrolet Cadillac 200 at Riverhead Raceway. The race, postponed one day due to weather, started well for the Holtsville, New York, native. Bonsignore won his 17th career Mayhew Tools pole in qualifying on Saturday — which was also his third of the year — and paced the first 49 laps of the race out front.

After losing the top spot, Bonsignore settled inside the top-five and began preparing to save his equipment for a run at the finish — however, slight contact forced Bonsignore to mistakenly hit the kill switch inside the car, shutting the No. 51 Phoenix Communications Modified off briefly, and pushing him outside the top-10. The remainder of the race was spent navigating through traffic and working back into the top-five en route to the third-place finish.

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Sonnhalter Takes North East Mini Stock Clash at White Mountain

Sonnhalter Takes North East Mini Stock Clash at White Mountain

Renfrew Earns Triple Crown in Late Models

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N. Woodstock, NH — East Thetford, VT’s Matt Sonnhalter stood firm through everything the North East Mini Stock Tour (NEMST) field could hurl at him on his way to victory at North Woodstock, NH’s White Mountain Motorsports Park on Saturday, June 9. Sonnhalter took the lead on lap 8 of the 50-lap feature and held off a huge pack in the final dash for the win.

The NEMST veteran started seventh in his familiar #33VT truck and did not need long to get the lead. Passing nearly a car a lap, Sonnhalter flew past Seekonk, MA’s Mike Viens to grab the top spot with just eight laps complete.

However, that was just the beginning of Sonnhalter’s battle. After a caution on lap 12 for a tangle involving Emerson Cayer and Cody LeBlanc, things got serious for the crown. As Sonhalter fended off Robert Anderson, Viens, reigning NEMST champion Desmond Skillings, and others at the front, LeBlanc and Cayer were flying out of the back.

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HARRISONS SHARE WISCASSET’S VICTORY LANE ON FATHER’S DAY WEEKEND

HARRISONS SHARE WISCASSET’S VICTORY LANE ON FATHER’S DAY WEEKEND 


      Fathers and sons are perhaps the tightest of bonds in the racing world. It’s a time-honored tradition for dads to pass along their knowledge of racing to their sons and someday “pass the torch”. It’s an extra special occasion when fathers and sons get to race together on the track head to head for a win. That opportunity came on Saturday night on Father’s Day weekend at Wiscasset Speedway when Michael and Kenny Harrison lined up side by side on the front row for a mid-race restart in the Maxwell’s Market Super Street feature. In the end, it was the student who beat the teacher as Michael took the checkered flag in the 30 lap feature and left his dad Kenny to claim third. It was the first time in Michael’s 8-year racing career that he shared victory lane with his dad – a veteran of nearly 30 years in the sport. Bobby Mesimer of Woolwich turned in his best performance of the season finishing in second, The Harrison family reunion wrapped up the Saturday night program that also saw action in the Pro Stocks, 4-Cylinder Pros, and Thunder 4 Minis, plus the first appearance of the year for the Nelcar Legends. 

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Richie Simmons joins elite winners cirle in the DIRTcar Sabil & Sons Sportsman Modifieds

Richie Simmons joins elite winners cirle in the DIRTcar Sabil & Sons Sportsman Modifieds
Cary Hunter gets his first win in the Peanuts Auto LLC Four Cylinders

Bear Ridge Speedway

JTB Towing & Recovery night Feature winners: Sabil & Sons DIRTcar Sportsman Modifieds Richie Simmons; Wells River Chevrolet DIRTcar Sportsman Coupes Ricky Sanville; USAC DMA Midgets (from Albany Saratoga Friday) Seth Carlson; C.A. Miller Limited Late Models Todd Dunham; LaValley Building Supply Dirt Stocks Mike McClay Peanuts Auto LLC Four Cylinders Feature #1 Cary Hunter & Feature #2 Buddy Welch, WYKR Sprint Cars of New England Caleb Lamson, Granite State Mini Sprints 600cc Anthony MarVuglio, 500cc Donny Sharp.

Richie Simmons gets the monkey off his back making it back to victory lane in top position breaking his streak of four visits in the third-place spot this season in the Sabil & Sons DIRTcar Sportsman Modifieds. Coming from mid pack he worked his way to the front, and after several laps of a hard-fought battle with rookie Max Dolliver who was riding on point, he was able to get by him to take over the lead. Dolliver in his best finish yet held on for second holding off veteran Jason Gray who was unable to make a move to get by him. Jordan Fornwalt and James Fadden completed your top five.

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