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Craig Lutz Scores Tri Track Open Modified Series Win at Monadnock 

Kyle Souza

Craig Lutz used a bump-and-run in the final corner to earn a $6,000 payday in the Tri Track Open Modified Series season opener at Monadnock Speedway on Sunday night. Lutz, who was making his debut in the series, started off the day by not qualifying through his heat race, but rebounded in the consi, winning the 15-lap dash to lock himself into the stacked field of talent.

He started outside the top-20, but slowly worked his way through the field to the front for the final dash to the finish. On a restart with five laps to go, Lutz, who took the green in third, got clear to second. He started making his charge to Hinckley, and entering the final corner, Lutz used the front bumper of the No. 46 Riverhead Building Supply Modified to slide Hinckley up the track and come out on top in a dash to the line.

“It’s Modified racing,” Lutz said. “You have to understand that I’m going for the win, he’s going for the win. He’s hanging on for dear life. I gave him a little tap that he wasn’t expecting and I was able to open up the bottom. We both finished, he still finished second.”

Hinckley, who did cross second, wasn’t happy with the way Lutz drove him in the final corner. Hinckley was looking for his first career Tri Track Open Modified Series win, something he will have to wait a bit more longer to accomplish.

“I’ve passed a lot of cars here on the outside and I’ve never driven through anyone like that,” Hinckley said. “That was his only shot. He wasn’t faster than me, he didn’t have a shot to drive around me. He didn’t have any turns left to get it done in. That was his move — not lift, drive me through the corner, and as I got out of the groove, he would drive by me.”

Track Modified regular Ben Byrne was third at the finish, followed by Ron Silk, Chase Dowling, Matt Kimball, Matt Hirschman, Woody Pitkat, Ronnie Williams and Matt Swanson. The Tri Track Open Modified Series will have a full race report from Sunday’s event on Monday.

The next stop for the Tri Track Open Modified Series 2020 season will take competitors to Star Speedway in Epping, New Hampshire, on Saturday, July 25, for the annual SBM event.

RESULTS: TRI TRACK OPEN MODIFIED SERIES: MONADNOCK SPEEDWAY: JULY 5, 2020:
  1. Craig Lutz
  2. Les Hinckley
  3. Ben Byrne
  4. Ron Silk
  5. Chase Dowling
  6. Matt Kimball
  7. Matt Hirschman
  8. Woody Pitkat
  9. Ronnie Williams
  10. Matt Swanson
  11. Dave Sapienza
  12. Brian Robie
  13. Ryan Doucette
  14. Jeff Gallup
  15. Austin Kochenash
  16. Kurt Vigeant
  17. Jacob Perry
  18. Blake Barney
  19. Andy Jankowiak
  20. Derek Robbie
  21. Kirk Alexander
  22. Joey Cipriano
  23. Tommy Barrett
  24. Cameron Sontag
  25. Anthony Nocella
  26. Anthony Sesely
  27. Sam Rameau
  28. TJ Bleau

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