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With race fan and small business sponsor contributions exceeding expectations, the June 15 Star Speedway Tour-Type Modified Open known as the "SBM 125 III" will in fact be the highest paying Modified race ever held at the historic quarter-mile oval, which opened in 1967.

An additional $10 from every event T-shirt, a lap 55 "Pink Tire Donation fund", and half of all 50-50 raffle money raised will go directly into the purse payoff. Those additions could make the Saturday evening event the highest paying race ever held at Star Speedway when the final purse payoff numbers are calculated.

Five-time RoC Champion, and 2012 SBM 125 winner Matt Hirschman filed his entry on Saturday. The Pennsylvania RoC Champion seems to have Star figured out better than anyone, but he will have to contend with even more competition than last year in what has truly become an all-star Modified event like no other.

Ryan Preece, who finished second to Hirschman last season is eager to erase that memory, and these top two finishers will now have to contend with Ted Christopher, who had another commitment that kept him from the SBM 125 last season.

The list of talent will be impressive no doubt. Champion drivers Doug Coby, Jon McKennedy and Chris Pasteryak will be in the field. Les Hinckley and Ken Barry will mark their returns to racing on June 15. Star track champions Jacob Dore and Josh Cantara are already entered, as are up and coming drivers Steve Masse, Todd Annarummo and Max Zachem.

This unique event is sponsored almost entirely by race fans, with some small businesses adding additional bonus money. Long Island's Jim Schaefer is the largest contributing fan, adding a total of $4,400 to the purse, while Russ Wood from Woody's Auto of Pelham, N.H., has contributed another $500. In all, the payoff could exceed $45,000.

Sixteen race teams have already entered the race. That number is expected to at least double by the June 8 entry deadline. The entry list will be published on June 9. There is no other race this season that will have drivers from all three touring series plus the best Star Speedway Modified regulars.

Lap money, which is paid out on race night for the SBM 125, will be worth more than $7,000. Another $12,000 in the form of 22 different special bonus awards will be paid to drivers. Everything from heat race winners to the highest finishing B-Main qualified car will be worth bonus money to drivers. This is in addition to a purse payoff that earns all 24 starters a minimum of $600 to take the green.

With no other Modified special event being held at any other venue on June 15, this is the place to be for an event that race fans raved about following the 2012 event. This race promises to be bigger and better.

Additionally, race fans will share in the wealth of this event. A 50-50 raffle will pay four lucky fans up to $500 apiece. A $400 tubing package from Rockingham Boat will also be one of dozens of prizes given away in the drawing. Tickets are being sold at $3 apiecce, two for $5, or five for $10.

Racing hats signed by Timothy Peters, a Dave Blaney Shirt, a Tommy Baldwin hat, Boston Red Sox tickets, Seekonk Open tickets, apparel from Kyle Busch Motorsports, Hillman and Germain Racing and many other race teams from the south have been donated for fans to win as part of this 50-50 to raise tow money for racers who don't qualify for the main event.

For more information on the "Modified Open Show of the Year" check out the event facebook page, the Star Speedway facebook page, or email questions to: StarSBM125@aol.com. The full tentative event schedule, rules, and sponsors can be found at www.star-speedway.com.

Source: Kevin Rice / Star Speedway
Posted: May 27, 2013

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