Ollie Silva Mid-Summer Classic Added to NE Big-Block Super Modifieds Schedule
Jan 18, 2022
The all new for 2022, NE Big-Block Super Modified Series (NEBSMS) will be roaring into Winchester, NH Saturday June 25th, 2022. While Monadnock Speedway is “driven by passion and fueled by fun,” on the fourth Saturday in June this premier division will be fueled by methanol and driven by some of the most talented open wheel drivers in the country. Really what could be more fun than 800 plus horsepower, side by side, wheel to wheel action at a blistering pace on a 1/4-mile bullring?
Monadnock Speedway has always been a supporter of new series. Multiple new tours have had their inaugural seasons come through Monadnock Speedway. General Manager Michelle Cloutier is enthusiastic about the date. “To be a large part of the NE Big Block SuperModified Series inaugural season is really exciting for us. Monadnock fans are Modified fans, and as fast as the Supers are we are sure it will be one of our biggest events of the year.”
Monadnock hadn’t run a big block supermodified race in almost 40 years until 2018 when the International SuperModified Association (ISMA) came to town. The race was eventually won by Canadian hot shoe Mike Lichty, edging out NEBSMS drivers Dan Bowes and Jon McKennedy. McKennedy broke the track record with a blistering 11.138 second lap, a record that still stands today. After a few rainouts in 2019 and 2020 the Supers came back in 2021. This time yet again John McKennedy was the fastest car on the property and claimed the checkered flag over fellow Whelen Modified competitor Anthony Nocella.
Nocella and McKennedy are no slouches at Monadnock. They both have multiple wins from various modified and midget series at the speedway. If their busy schedules allow them to compete, they will have plenty of familiarity with the track as the Whelen Modifieds are scheduled the week prior to the NEBSMS race on June 18th.
While Nocella and McKennedy have the most victories at Monadnock, Dan Bowes has an outstanding career 4.5 place finishing average as well. Other 2022 registered drivers, Kenny White Jr, Jake Smith, Rob Summers and Ben Seitz, also have multiple Top 5’s and Top 10’s at the track in various touring divisions.
Another driver that has a love for Monadnock Speedway is Dave Helliwell. Dave has won 7 Small Block Supermodified Championships across three different New Hampshire tracks but has never raced a supermodified at Monadnock. He does have a history in dwarf cars where he always finished on the podium. A podium this time around would go a long way toward helping him earn his 8th straight supermodified championship.
Accompanying the NEBSMS on Saturday June 25th will be Monadnock’s weekly divisions including the NHSTRA Modifieds, Late Model Sportsman, Mini Stocks, Pure Stocks, Six Shooters and Young Guns. Racing will start at 6:00 PM. You can get your tickets at the gate or order them now at this link: https://www.myracepass.com/eve...
-NE Big-Block Super Modified Series Press Release