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
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
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
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
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
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