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Next Saturday night, June 16 the Exeter Decorating SBM 125 will bring a group of talented drivers from all walks of pavement Modified racing, and with a winners share that could exceed $9,000 the driver entries are coming in from all four Modified touring series and the best Star Speedway regulars as well.

With the most recent entries coming in this week from Southern Modified Tour drivers Andy Seuss and 2008 WSMT Champion Brian Loftin, RoC multi-time Champion Matt Hirschman and VMRS two-time Champion Jon McKennedy, the field of 24 Modifieds might just be the best of all-time at the racy quarter-mile track.

The newest entries join USAC and NASCAR Champion Bobby Santos, who returns to where his career began, but in his first-ever Modified race at Star. Ryan Preece, Mike Stefanik, Star Champion Josh Cantara, Dwight Jarvis, Les Hinckley, and Modified Tour points leader Doug Coby to name a few, will be vying for close to $40,000 in prize money. A full list of early entries will be released on June 11, with a few more big name entries expected.

Appropriately serving as Grand Marshall for this special Modified Open event is racing retired Modified car owner Mario Fiore, who was a fixture at open competition Modified events with his 'Team 44' when they raced from Maine to Florida. The most recent New England Racing Hall of Fame inductee admits that races such as these were among his favorites.

"The open shows were a regular staple for us because they usually paid pretty good, and we had no problem going to different race tracks and competing with the regulars," Fiore stated. "I always liked the social aspect of meeting different people and the fans after those races. I enjoyed those open shows.

"That's how we got Reggie (Ruggiero) to drive our race car. We used to go to the Plainville (Conn.) Stadium open shows at the end of the year. He kept beating us, so we hired him to drive our race car. I haven't been to Star since the early '90's. I have heard a lot of good things, so I'm looking forward to it."

The unique payoff format, bringing bonus money throughout the field, is going to be a story within the 125-lap, green flag only race. Leading lap 79 pays $610 to the leader and another $180 to a top ten driver. The halfway bonus payoff will be more than $1,000 split between four of the top ten drivers on that 63rd lap. Lap 40 pays $150, and the fan donation lap 55 is expected to be worth more than $200 to the race leader.

The festivities officially begin on Saturday June 16 at 4:50 PM, with a concert featuring a mix of Country, Rock and Blues performed by Ryan Brooks Kelly and Jilly Martin. The first green flag flies at 5:30 PM for the weekly Star divisions, with qualifying heat races for the Exeter Decorating SBM 125 beginning just after 6:00 PM.

Last year the VMRS drivers took home the top two finishing positions, with Chris Pasteryak running the fastest lap of the race at 12.684 seconds, but the competition level for this second annual event is going to be even higher, with many of the best from the WMT set to compete. The allowance of a pit stop to change one tire during the race will likely add to the race drama.

Tickets for this special event are priced at just $25 for adults, $15 for seniors and students, with kids 10 and under admitted free of charge with a paid adult. For more information on this one of a kind event, or to sponsor one of the ten remaining laps, log onto www.star-speedway.com, email: StarPress2012@aol.com or check out the Star Speedway official facebook page.

Source: Kevin Rice / Star Speedway
Posted: June 6, 2012

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