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The best paying Tour-Type Modified Open in New England is fast approaching. The June 16 Exeter Decorating SBM 125 at the Star Speedway will bring a mix of talent from across the Modified spectrum, covering all four Modified tours plus the Star regulars.

A big part of this event is the bonus money, which will total more than $10,000 in all, to be paid in full to race teams on that Saturday night, in just four weeks from Saturday. Headlining the list of supporters that have pushed the total purse to more than $35,000 is title sponsor Exeter Decorating.

Enter to win free SBM 125 tickets beginning this Saturday at noon, and running over this four week time period at the Exeter Decorating Showroom, located just off Route 101, exit 9 on Route 27. The showroom hours and location can be found at www.exeterdecorating.com. No purchase necessary.

The bonus payoff begins with the start of qualifying, thanks to Tisdell Transmission of Londonderry, N.H. They have been servicing transmissions since 1993, and Tisdell now services all of your car care needs, including state inspections. If you're having a problem with your vehicle, call or stop in for a free diagnostic check, and thank them for paying each heat race winner in the SBM 125 and extra $50.

An additional $100 will be paid to the heat race winner who turns the fastest final lap of those three qualifying events. Thanks to New England Tile Cleaners, the fastest heat race winner will earn $150. New England Tile Cleaners has been restoring and maintaining tile and stone for more than 20 years. From commercial cleaning to small bathrooms, look to www.netilecleaners.com for information on how to restore your tiled areas to a "like new" condition.

Fast Track Concessions of Star and Thompson Speedway's has drawn the most attention from the Star weekly competitors, adding $500 to their payoff in the SBM 125. Paid to the top three Star weekly drivers ($250-$150-$100) to cross the finish line, this award has already increased the number of Star drivers entered in this event from last year. Remember to support Fast Track Concessions for the best race track food available.

A driver never wants to win the "Tough Luck" award in a race, but $200 from Messina's Flooring and Carpet of Salem, N.H., will help ease the pain for one SBM 125 entrant. Messina's is a full service floor covering business that services residential customers, new home builders, commercial contractors, hospitals, restaurants, car dealerships, commercial and apartment property management companies and more.

Messina's is proud to have been chosen as a Dal-Tile Statements Dealer, and an HGTV Home Dealer as well. They also carry Hunter Douglas and Graber window treatments. Find them at www.messinasflooring.com, or at 7 Industrial Way in Salem, N.H.

Danger Design's of Londonderry, N.H., will sponsor the "Best Appearing Car" award for the SBM 125. The recipient will get a $100 bonus, plus a plaque to display. Danger Design's is the place for all of your race car or sign painting needs.

Sunoco Race Fuels will supply the driver who gains the most positions during the SBM 125, with $200 worth of Sunoco Racing Fuel to help power them into the summer months. Sunoco has been a longtime supporter of the "Sunoco Hard Charger" award at many venues throughout the northeast.

The team that makes the "Longest Tow" to Star Speedway on June 16 will earn a $200 bonus to help defray costs. This special award has been paid for by race fan Bruce Batcha, who is also part of the Max Zachem Modified race team that will be competing in this event.

These seven special awards help make the Exeter Decorating SBM 125 what it is. Two more sponsorship opportunities remain. There will be a $200 award for the highest finishing driver competing at Star for the very first time.

More than four drivers in the field will be eligible for this award, including Todd Szegedy, Justin Bonsignore and Richie Pallai from the Whelen Modified Tour. The first car finishing one lap down will also earn some extra cash, giving drivers a reason to keep racing if they get passed by the race leader during the 125 green flag laps run.

Also available for sponsorship are the remaining unsponsored laps. The 2011 SBM 125 oversold laps, and this year should be no different. To put your name on a lap for $50 or more, check out the official lap board at the track, or online at www.star-speedway.com. The popular formula of paying some to the leader and some to another top ten car by draw earned rave reviews from competing race teams in the inaugural event, and this year should be no different.

Source: Kevin Rice / Exeter Decorating SBM 125
Posted: May 18, 2012

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