Story By: DALE WOLBRINK / TRI-TRACK OPEN MODIFIED SERIES – SEEKONK, MA – Steadfast sponsor Ron Bouchard’s Auto Stores has joined forces with the Tri-Track Open Modified Series (TTOMS) to bring some added excitement to the 2019 season with a two-race challenge.
The team with the highest point total following the Claremont and Monadnock Speedway series’ events will be awarded what will undoubtedly become one of the most coveted honors in Modified racing – Ron Bouchard’s Auto Stores Challenge Cup.
“The family of the late, great racer Ron Bouchard has once again stepped up to help the Tri Track Series provide the best in modified racing,” beamed Series co-founder, Dick Williams.
Claremont legend Don Miller has also pledged his support of the Challenge Cup in memory of his son, the late Modified champion Ricky Miller.
Round one of the Ron Bouchard’s Auto Stores Challenge Cup will take place at Claremont Speedway on Saturday, May 25. The race will have a purse of over $50,000 with $7,000 to win, $1,200 to start and at least $500 to non-qualifiers. Round two is set for Saturday, September 14 at Norm Wrenn’s Monadnock Speedway. Complete race details will be released soon.
Through the combined efforts of Claremont Speedway, Tri -Track management and Don Miller, all drivers will receive free paddock admission for the two Challenge cup events as will all pre-registered owners.
The overall point’s leader of the two races will receive the Ron Bouchard’s Auto Stores Challenge Cup trophy.
“With recognition of Bouchard and the Challenge Cup trophy, I get this throwback, nostalgic like feeling to what many call the Golden Age of racing in New England,” said Series’ other co-founder, Jim Schaefer.
This season will also have many feeling nostalgic as Williams has officially announced his retirement from racing promotion.
“He has really been pounding the pavement, looking for sponsors and drumming up support to make this final year the best yet and to help secure the future of the Series he loves so much,” added Schaefer.
Williams has a long and storied history of race promotion; having dedicated himself tirelessly for decades to race tracks in New England with the sole purpose of advancing racing through support of the racers themselves.
He will undoubtedly go out on top as the 2019 TTOMS season is the most robust schedule to date with six races. In addition to the Claremont and Monadnock events of the Challenge Cup, the schedule also includes Open Wheel Wednesday at Seekonk Speedway on June 26, the SBM 125 at Star Speedway on July 27, the Oxford 100 at Oxford Plains Speedway on August 24 and the Haunted Hundred at Seekonk on October 26. During the 2019 season all competitors will vie for over quarter of a million dollars in purse money.