Modified Madness Falls to Rain at Seekonk
$10k-to-Win Open Show Moved to September 22nd
With over $31,000 in purse money and the bulk of the northeast’s heaviest hitters in Modified racing circles ready to converge upon the Seekonk Speedway, the 1/3-mile oval was forced to postpone Wednesday’s $10,000 to win Viveiros Insurance Modified Madness race due to rain. With competitors coming from as far away as Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maine, and even North Carolina to attempt to qualify for the 100 green flag lap event, speedway management opted to reschedule the event after consulting with various local weather sources.
Last year, Kirk Alexander (C), Louie Mechalides (R) and Andy Seuss (L) were the top three finishers at Seekonk's big summer open show.
“It’s unfortunate that we had to postpone this race as over the past three years it’s gotten bigger and better and had generated a tremendous amount of interest,” assistant manager David Alburn stated. “However, we could see that the weather was not going to cooperate and felt it was important to make this decision before our competitors drove literally hundreds of miles to get here to end up sitting in the rain.” The Modified Madness portion of the program has been rescheduled for Saturday night, September 22, in conjunction with the speedway’s regular Saturday night lineup of Pro Stocks, Late Models, Sport Trucks, and Street Stocks.
A field of over 40 Modifieds were expected to attempt to qualify for the race. Among the 26 drivers who had pre-registered for this year’s Modified Madness show were Ted Christopher, Jerry Marquis, Kirk Alexander, Bobby Santos III, Mike Stefanik, Matt Hirschman, Tommy Cravenho, Vinnie Annarummo, and Dick Houlihan.
The Northeastern Midget Association and the Pro Four Modified Racing Series were also on the schedule, with qualifying heats and a 25-lap mains. No decision was made at press time on whether these events would be rescheduled.