third annual Star Speedway SBM 125 Modified Open for
tour-type Modifieds has grown to well beyond
expectations in purse money. With less than one week
remaining for race teams to enter the Saturday, June
15 event, 31 drivers from eight different states
already preregistered to compete for a payoff of
more than $45,000.
Defending SBM 125 race winner Matt Hirschman, who
won just under $9,000 in last seasons event, is
entered to compete in the J&J Motorsports 59 that he
won the race with in 2012. Jon McKennedy won the
inaugural race in his own car. He will drive for car
owner Art Barry again this season.
McKennedy and Hirschman used different strategies to
earn their wins. A pit stop for a new right rear
tire past halfway brought Hirschman to victory lane
last year, while McKennedy won without a tire
change. It remains to be seen which strategy proves
to be the winning one on Saturday night.
The entry list includes teams from the Valenti
Modified Racing Series, the Race of Champions Tour,
the regulars of Star Speedway, a few drivers with no
affiliation, and of course the NASCAR Whelen
Modified Tour. There is no other race quite like
this one, with more than 20 incentive bonuses for
race teams to win, which has doubled from last
Due to weather issues this spring, some teams are
expected to make their decision to race after
Friday's NWMT event at Ct's Stafford Motor Speedway.
A field of roughly 35 cars are expected to compete
on the quarter-mile oval for 24 starting positions
in four competitive heat races, beginning at 6:00
PM. A purse paying B-Main to determine the final
four starters will be run prior to the 8:30 PM SBM
125 main event.
For more information on the SBM 125, as well as the
full event schedule and the long list of sponsors
which have added more than $20,000 to the total
payoff, log onto the track web site at
SBM 125 III List of Early
04 Joey Jarvis, Ascutney, Vermont
05 Jacob Dore, Sanford, Maine
06 Les Hinckley, Windsor Locks, Conn.
3 Ted Christopher, Plainville, Conn.
5 Chris Pasteryak, Jewett City, Conn.
9 Tommy Barrett, Millis, Mass.
12 Todd Annarummo, Swansea, Mass.
13 Steve Masse, bellingham, Mass.
15 Rob Summers, Vernon, Conn.
16 Ken Barry, Griswold, Conn.
20 Doug Coby, Milford, Conn.
21 Jon McKennedy, Chelmsford, Mass.
23 Mike Douglas Jr., Auburn, N.H.
24 Todd Patnode, Richmond, N.H.
25 Zane Zeiner, Bath, Pa.
28 Dwight Jarvis, Ascutney, Vermont
36 Chris Bolton, Weare, N.H.
39 Richie Pallai, Yorktown Hts., N.Y.
40 Ryan Preece, Kensington, Conn.
51 Justin Bonsignore, West Islip, N.Y.
56 Chris Ross, Malta, N.Y.
59 Matt Hirschman, Northampton, Pa.
66 Austin Kochenash, Danielsville, Pa.
70 Andy Seuss, Salisbury, N.C.
71 Josh Cantara, Sanford, Maine
79 Max Zachem, Preston, Conn.
85 Louie Mechalides, Tyngsboro, Mass.
88 Jim Boniface, Winchester, N.H.
92 Anthony Nocella, Woburn, Mass.
93 George Sherman, Framingham, Mass.
99 Richard Savary, Canton, Mass.