By Souza Media/Kyle Souza
WINCHESTER, N.H. — Sam Rameau dominated early, restarted deep in the field after a pit stop, drove to the front, made a pass for the lead, and rolled to Victory Lane. The Westminster, Massachusetts, native, and driver for Rameau Family Motorsports, was victorious in the season-opener for the Tri Track Open Modified Series presented by All Phases Renovations at Monadnock Speedway on Saturday, May 1.
In the Wonder Casino 100, Rameau made a late pass on Ron Silk to score the $6,000 winning check — besting more than 30 cars that showed up to the Winchester, New Hampshire oval. Silk crossed the line second, with defending series champion Matt Hirschman third.
Rameau pitted from the lead, along with the rest of the field, during a caution period just after halfway. He restarted outside the top-15 and his chances of winning at that point appeared slim. But the rising Modified talent worked his way to the front.
“I was just going at my own pace early, and we came in and I’m not going to lie, I was really nervous over the radio,” Rameau said. “With 40 laps to go, I said there was no way we were winning the race. The car just rolled the outside great. We all come here for the same reason. It’s really cool. I just really can’t thank my guys enough. They do a great job.”
Sam Rameau returns to the track on Saturday, May 22, at Star Speedway in New Hampshire for the second round of the Tri Track Open Modified Series. For more information on Sam Rameau, visit sammyrameau.com and follow Rameau Family Motorsports on Facebook.
By Souza Media/Kyle Souza
WESTMINSTER, Mass. -- The last time Sam Rameau competed at Monadnock Speedway, he left carrying a $6,000 check from the Tri Track Open Modified Series. This Saturday, May 1, Rameau returns to the high-banks looking to take home another $6,000 prize in the season-opener for Tri Track -- the Wonder Casino 100.
“It’s definitely exciting,” Rameau said, “It’s good to be going back there with confidence, knowing that we have been able to do it there before. There will be a bunch of family and friends at the track, even my friends from school. It’s good to be the hometown kid… most of the people there who will be watching the race watched my dad race there when I was kid and I like to think most will be cheering for me. I love going there. It’s a good atmosphere.”
Rameau is one of more than 35 cars expected to compete in the Tri Track opener, which will include quite the competitive field of Modified talent. In Rameau’s first three races of the 2021 season, he has two top-10 finishes, including a sixth-place effort in the debut of the Outlaw Open Modified Series at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park on April 10. Following Monadnock, the team will begin preparation for the second Tri Track race of the season at Star Speedway on May 22.
Saturday’s Tri Track race day includes practice from 2-3 p.m., followed by qualifying heats at 5 p.m., with consi racing and the feature to follow. The 100-lap race will air to a live audience on Speed51.TV. Live updates from the track can be found on the Rameau Family Motorsports Facebook page.
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BY SOUZA MEDIA/KYLE SOUZA
LOUDON, N.H. -- Sam Rameau and the Rameau Family Motorsports team salvaged an eighth-place finish out of a difficult weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on April 18. Following carburetor issues in Saturday's practice rounds, the team went to work, got the car prepared, and started the 50-lap Open Modified feature in ninth position. The race was part of the inaugural Northeast Classic, promoted by the American-Canadian Tour and Pro All Star Series at the 'Magic Mile' of New Hampshire.
The race didn't play into the hands of Rameau, but he was able to wheel the No. 06 Central Mass Tree machine around to the finish inside the top-10 and load the car in the trailer in one piece.
"Just fought the handling during the whole day and really never got it where we needed it here at New Hampshire," Rameau said. "Thank you to our great partners for their support. We look forward to getting to the next race and trying to rebound."
Next up for Sam Rameau is a trip to Monadnock Speedway on Saturday, May 1 -- which marks the quest for a $6,000 winning check with the Tri Track Open Modified Series. Rameau went to Victory Lane in the most recent Tri Track race at Monadnock last August.
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By Souza Media/Kyle Souza
WESTMINSTER, Mass. -- Race three of the season for Sam Rameau and the Rameau Family Motorsports team will come with a chance for a big payday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sunday, April 18. With $5,000 on the line in the inaugural Northeast Classic Tour-Type Modified 50-lap feature, Rameau is looking forward to heading back to the 1.058-mile oval to attempt to score one of the biggest wins of his career.
Rameau and the team are coming off a solid sixth-place finish in the Icebreaker 125 at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park on April 10. New Hampshire is known for a drafting-style of racing that keeps fans on the edge of their seats, and with no restrictor plates required for this special event, speed and steam will be key factors in deciding the winner.
“I think we will have somewhat of an advantage going into New Hampshire using what we have learned from Thompson,” Sam Rameau said. “I think we will be good up there. It’s going to be a big motor race, whoever has the best motor, and the best crew, is probably going to be the one in Victory Lane. Thanks to all of our supporters for making this trip possible.”
In previous starts at New Hampshire, which came with the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, Rameau had a best finish of 12th. He will be up against some of the top contenders in the Modified ranks including the likes of Bobby Santos III, Eric Goodale, Craig Lutz and more.
Racing begins at 11 a.m. on Sunday morning with qualifying heat races and will be followed by feature racing around 1:30 p.m. Tickets for general admission are $30 for adults and $10 for children ages 12 and under. Pit passes are $50 for Sunday only or $75 for both days. All tickets and pit passes will be sold at the track. For those who can’t attend, Speed51.TV is offering PPV coverage of the entire day, including the Tour-Type Modifieds, Pro All Star Series Supers Late Models, American-Canadian Tour Late Models and more.
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BY SOUZA MEDIA/KYLE SOUZA
THOMPSON, Conn. -- Sam Rameau wrapped a busy week of competition for the Rameau Family Motorsports team with a sixth-place finish on Saturday night, April 10, at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. Rameau scored the top-10 run by driving the No. 06 Central Mass Tree machine back to the front after pitting late in the race for fresh tires. He was running second, pressuring leader Ronnie Williams on a caution with just over 30 laps to go, and was optimistic about what would have happened if it stayed green from there to the end.
"If the caution didn't come out, I think we had a good shot to win the race," Rameau said. "I was faster than the No. 25 (Ronnie Williams) at that point, but was pushing him to push his stuff because I knew he had some older tires. I was planning to move within the next five or so laps. But that's just racing. All in all it was a good day."
Rameau's trip to Thompson came off the heels of a disappointing effort in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour opener at Martinsville Speedway on April 8. After high hopes, Rameau suffered a broken axle on his Modified and was sidelined with a 32nd place finish. The experience of visiting Martinsville and taking laps around one of NASCAR's most historic tracks was still worth it for the Westminster, Massachusetts, native.
"It was the coolest thing to say that I raced with NASCAR Cup Series drivers Ryan Preece and Ryan Newman, at that track, that I'm able to watch on TV," Rameau said. "The whole experience of Martinsville was great. The car was really good -- I think it would have been really good on the long run. But just cut short on a mechanical issue none of us can control."
"I can't thank all of our crew, sponsors and supporters enough for everything they have done in the last week. We can't wait for the next race."
Up next for Sam Rameau and Rameau Family Motorsports is a trip to New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday, April 17, for a 50-lap Tour-Type Modified race worth $5,000 to win. The race will air to a live audience on Speed51.TV via a pay-per-view.
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BY SOUZA MEDIA/KYLE SOUZA
WESTMINSTER, Mass. -- Sam Rameau and Rameau Family Motorsports are about to get down to business quickly with their 2021 season. It will begin with three races in the span of 10 days, starting with the opener of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour on Thursday, April 8, at Martinsville Speedway. Following a trip to Virginia, the team will travel back to New England to compete in the debut race for the Outlaw Open Modified Series on Sunday, April 11 at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, worth $10,000 to the winner.
"It's going to be busy for sure," driver Sam Rameau said. "The preparation that goes into all of it is surreal. I'm comfortable saying that with the hours my guys have put in inside the shop, we are comfortable for whatever is going to come our way this week."
Martinsville Speedway, a track filled with NASCAR history, will play host to the Whelen Modified Tour for the first time since 2010. Rameau has never taken laps around the .526-mile paved oval, but knows the prestige that surrounds the track and the upcoming Virginia Is For Racing Lovers 200. He hopes to park the No. 06 in Victory Lane and bring home the familiar grandfather clock that Martinsville offers as a trophy.
"It's probably the most prestigious race I have ever run other than the Musket 250 at New Hampshire," Rameau said. "The team has been putting in 80 hours per week. Going to these races on the Whelen Modified Tour, we are going to take what we can get. We aren't going there to finish second. To win a grandfather clock... I would do anything for it. With the Modifieds going back there, and the people that have won there before... whoever wins this race did a good job as a driver and has a good team behind them."
The Virginia Is For Racing Lovers 200 will air to a live audience on NBC Sports Gold "TrackPass" at 8 p.m. on Thursday night.
After 200 long laps in Virginia, Rameau will travel home approximately 11 hours and plans to compete over the weekend at Thompson in Connecticut. With the folks from the American-Canadian Tour and Pro All Star Series leasing the track for the season, Thompson will host the debut of the Outlaw Open Modified Series on Sunday, April 11. The race is 125 green flag laps and worth $10,000 to the race winner. Rameau has plenty of experience on Thompson's high-banks from running with the Whelen Modified Tour.
"My father and I sat down and we said at the beginning of the year that we were going to do three Whelen Modified Tour races, the six Tri Track Open Modified Series races and we decided we were going to do Thompson," Rameau said. "Without my guys working so hard at the shop, none of this would happen. We have some amazing sponsors that are back with us and a few more joining as new sponsors for the year. The preparation has been surreal. We will be ready."
Fans can watch Rameau compete at Thompson by visiting Speed51.TV and purchasing their pay-per-view option for Sunday, April 11. The Outlaw Open Modified Series will qualify and race on Sunday.
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By Souza Media/Kyle Souza (Press Release by Tri Track Open Modified Series)
SEEKONK, Mass. -- Sitting behind the wheel, or behind the desk, Sammy Rameau seems to get the job done successfully. The 18-year-old, Westminster, Massachusetts, native is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering at Wentworth Institute of Technology, with a double-minor in Environmental and Business Management. When he’s not at school, he competes at speeds over 100 mph in his Tour-Type Modified, a 600-horsepower, ground-pounding machine, racing inches apart from his competitors.
Whether it’s the Dean’s List in college, or Victory Lane on the track, Rameau finds time to do it all. His most recent racing success came at Monadnock Speedway in Winchester, New Hampshire, in August of 2020, when Rameau celebrated a victory in the Tri Track Open Modified Series feature, against some of the top talent in the Northeast. The 100-lap race marked a major high-point in Rameau’s career, especially since earlier in that day in practice runs, he crashed after suffering a flat tire. The team rebounded, put the car back together, and Rameau drove it from the rear of the field to the victory.
“A few years ago I won at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway and Lee USA Speedway back-to-back races, and that was super special,” Rameau said. “But the win at Monadnock was cool because I’ve been going there since I was three, watching my dad at the races. Racing against guys like Matt Hirschman, Ronnie Williams and Ron Silk -- those are guys that win all the time. To beat them, it was cool. I saw my dad and all of my crew standing there in Victory Lane and I just broke down. It was super emotional.”
After a few years of running on Tri Track’s circuit, Rameau is now looking to take it to the next level and chase the championship as part of the six-race series in 2021. Tri Track offers some of the most stout competition in the country for asphalt modifieds, with more than 35 cars in the pit area for most races, lucrative purses for drivers and thrilling races for fans. Rameau wants to tackle becoming the top dog.
“I haven’t been this excited for a season in a long time,” Rameau said. “I’ve done a lot in racing -- but this is going to be so awesome. We’re going to be able to spend time with family, and still race when we want, which is great. I want the championship badly. My other goal is to win races and fight for points, but have fun.”
Racing isn’t anything new for Rameau. After starting his career at just eight-years-old in Quarter Midget cars, and running there until 12-years-old, when he transferred to Legends Cars for two years, Rameau was successful right away. At the age of 13, Rameau strapped in behind the wheel of a Tour-Type Modified for the first time, and has been hooked ever since.
Outside of Tri Track, Rameau plans to compete in select NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour races, along with the Thompson Speedway Icebreaker 125 and the return of the historic Thompson 300 in October. There may also be a few other shows added in, depending on how the season goes.
“Tri Track will be the main focus,” Rameau said. “Ed Bennett and Wayne Darling (Managing Partners of Tri Track) do a great job, they are all for the racer… the purses are great… racing with people like that make the competition so much better. The competition is really good, and we can go home at night and sleep in our own bed. It’s just a good deal for us.”
After working with him previously, Rameau’s crew chief, Russ Hersey, will be stepping in to help on a more regular basis. Hersey, a former winner and champion behind the wheel himself, should be a major addition to the campaign to push Rameau into championship contention.
“Russ has a ton of experience, and he’s really the best crew chief out there in my opinion,” Rameau said. “I’ve never worked with someone that is so good at what he does. He’s done everything in this sport, and we work together so well.”
The list of sponsors and supporters for Rameau’s 2021 racing efforts is endless. Starting with his dad, Randy Rameau, who owns Central Mass Trucking Equipment and Central Mass Tree, Sammy has everything he needs to compete at a high-level. He mentions how his father keeps him going on and off the track, maintaining the cars now, specifically while Sammy studies in school.
Rameau also has support from Powell Stone & Gravel, Dennison Lubricants Inc., KG Coatings, LFR Chassis, Akin Automotive, Mac Tools (specifically dealer Dan Smith), CL Smith Timber Harvesting, New England Auto & Truck Recyclers, New England Truck Design, WC Designs, Billy The Kid, Thirty Two Signs and All Phases Renovations.
In the shop and at the track, Rameau also has a long list of crew members who help prepare the car for competition. Looking at the early Tri Track Open Modified Series 2021 roster, which already includes more than 15 competitors, Rameau is going to be a major threat to win.
Registration for the 2021 Tri Track season is open, and teams can register at TriTrackModifieds.com/team-info. Teams have the option to either sign-up for the whole season or just one single race.
The Tri Track Open Modified Series will visit three historic New England tracks, twice each, to make up the six-race schedule for 2021. The series will stop at Monadnock Speedway in Winchester, New Hampshire on May 1 and August 14, while visiting Star Speedway in Epping, New Hampshire on May 22 and July 24. The anticipated return to Seekonk Speedway, scheduled for June 30 and October 23, will mark two staple events -- the $10,000 to win Open Wheel Wednesday in June and the Haunted Hundred to wrap the season.
For more information on the Tri Track Open Modified Series, visit TriTrackModifieds.com and follow the series on social media.
By Kyle Souza/Souza Media (Press Release by Tri Track Open Modified Series)
WINCHESTER, N.H. — Sam Rameau used a pass of Ron Silk in the second half of Saturday’s Tri Track Open Modified Series race at Monadnock Speedway to seal the deal. The Westminster, Massachusetts, native earned his first career Tri Track win in thrilling fashion, holding off some of the country’s best Modified talent over the final stretch of the third race of the season.
Rameau pocketed a $6,000 check with the victory as part of a lucrative purse that was over $40,000. It was the second stop of the season at the Winchester, New Hampshire, oval for Tri Track.
“We put a lot of work into this,” Rameau said. “A lot of people don’t know that its my full-time job to prepare these race cars. I put my heart and soul into this. The emotions are high.”
The final corner was nearly a repeat of the July 5 Tri Track race at Monadnock. While Rameau took the top spot from Silk on lap 72, and looked to be driving off to victory, a caution flag with just four laps to go doubled the field back up. Rameau spun his tires on the restart, but got away, before another quick caution stopped the action. Although Rameau hit the final restart perfectly, he couldn’t quite get away from Ronnie Williams.
Williams, the two-time and defending SK Modified champion at Stafford Motor Speedway, drove deep into turn three, slammed the back of the No. 06 Central Mass Tree machine of Rameau, and lost control. Williams would spin as the car dropped fluid, while the rest of the field rushed to find a way around. Some made it, some didn’t.
Monadnock Speedway NHSTRA Modified regular Brian Robie escaped the final corner carnage to finish second, while Matt Hirschman, a winner at Star Speedway on July 25, finished third. Woody Pitkat drove the Stan Mertz prepared No. 6 to a fourth-place finish, with Anthony Nocella finishing the top-five. Matthew Kimball was sixth, followed by Craig Lutz, Ron Silk, Carl Medeiros Jr. and Austin Kochenash.
Thirty-one cars attempted to qualify for the Monadnock 100, with 26 of them taking the green flag in the feature. Austin Kochenash, Brian Robie, Matt Hirschman and Kirk Alexander picked up an extra $300 each for winning heat races part of the Pepsi Challenge. Woody Pitkat would collect the Hard Charger award courtesy of Green Construction, a $500 bonus.
The Tri Track Open Modified Series returns to the track on Saturday, October 24, with the series debut at Stafford Motor Speedway in Connecticut. The announcement of the Stafford event was made on Saturday in the drivers meeting. The Stafford Springs Modified Classic will round out the 2020 slate for Tri Track.
For more information on the Tri Track Open Modified Series, visit tritrackmodifieds.com and follow the series on social media.
RESULTS: Tri Track Open Modified Series; Monadnock Speedway; August 15, 2020:
A story by Speed51.com
With January coming to a close, Speedweeks is just around the corner as we get deeper into a new season of short track racing. That season will provide plenty of breakout performances, and some drivers are already tipping their hands towards being among those candidates.
Earlier this month, Speed51 offered a list of 10 drivers to keep an eye on with intriguing storylines in the 2020 season. Here is our list of 10 breakout candidates in 2020.
Ricky Weiss – Canadian Ricky Weiss has already shown some of the potential he could display in the 2020 season, winning a feature during the Battle at the Border at Vado Speedway Park (NM) in January.
Weiss finished third in World of Outlaws Late Models points for 2019 and scored a preliminary night win during the Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals. Currently second in World of Outlaws points following the Battle at the Border, Weiss hopes to carry that momentum throughout the season.
Sam Rameau – Last year, Sam Rameau earned NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Rookie of the Year honors. The Massachusetts driver will hope to build on that in his sophomore season with the Tour.
Rameau is a former race-winner with the Modified Racing Series, and scored three top-10s during the 2019 NWMT season. With a full season under his belt, Rameau will be aiming for greater success in the new year.
Jake Garcia – Garcia attracted plenty of attention to close out 2019, as the 14-year-old backed up an Allen Turner Pro Late Model championship at Five Flags Speedway (FL) with a runner-up finish in the 52ndAnnual Snowball Derby.
Garcia put a strong foot forward at CRA SpeedFest, rebounding from an early incident to finish sixth at Crisp Motorsports Park (GA). What will Garcia have for an encore as he competes more frequently in Super Late Models this season?
Ty Gibbs – Ty Gibbs made noise in 2019 with his first wins in stock cars as well as a big Late Model Stock win to start the year. While Gibbs is still not old enough to forge a full ARCA Menards Series campaign, he will look to build on that success with several ARCA national and regional appearances.
Gibbs opened 2019 by winning the Icebreaker 125 at Myrtle Beach Speedway (SC), then scored a pair of wins with both the ARCA Menards Series and the former NASCAR K&N Pro Series. While he won’t be competing for a championship, he will be gunning for wins every time he’s on the track.
Stephen Donahue – The American-Canadian Tour always packs stout fields, but Stephen Donahue put together some strong showings against that competition and could be a name to watch in 2020.
Donahue had a pair of runner-up finishes with the series in 2019, including one in the ACT race during Oxford 250 weekend at Oxford Plains Speedway (ME). He also led 84 laps during a second-place finish at White Mountain Motorsports Park (NH) in August.
Logan Roberson – “Thugg Nasty” is a former FASTRAK World Champion, winning that prestigious Pro Late Model event in 2018. Now, the Virginia native is setting his sights on more Super Late Model racing in 2020.
Roberson already has several events planned for the 2020 season, starting with a trip south to Georgia and Florida with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series for Speedweeks. With appearances at the World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte (NC) and the Gateway Dirt Nationals to close out 2019, Roberson has had some time to work out the bugs with the new car and enter 2020 with his best foot forward.
Carson Macedo – Teamed up again with Kyle Larson Racing after winning the World of Outlaws’ Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year title in 2019, Macedo hopes to insert himself in the championship battle in 2020.
Macedo scored four wins as a rookie with the Outlaws, including a preliminary night win in the Jackson Nationals. The California native finished sixth in series points, and will look to improve on that this year.
Tyler Fabozzi – While victory lane eluded Fabozzi during his rookie season with the Spears SRL Southwest Tour Series, he tallied three top-five finishes and finished fourth in the points chase to earn Rookie of the Year honors. Fabozzi will look to improve on a consistent 2019 season as he once again chases the SRL title.
Fabozzi closed out 2019 with a runner-up finish at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, leading 29 laps in a race won by Derek Thorn. Only missing out on the top 10 twice during the SRL season, Fabozzi established the consistency to be a title contender if he can score an elusive win or two in 2020.
Daniel Dye– Daniel Dye won the Pro Late Model track championship at New Smyrna Speedway (FL) in 2019. Now with eyes set on Super Late Model competition, Dye has already made an impression in the 2020 season.
Along with his track title at New Smyrna, Dye finished fourth in the “Baby Rattler” at South Alabama Speedway last year. The Florida driver has started 2020 with top-five finishes in the Super Late Model portion of the Red Eye 50/50 as well as the CRA SpeedFest 200.
Cannon McIntosh – The Oklahoma young gun turned heads at the Lucas Oil Chiil Bowl Nationals, finishing behind a pair of NASCAR Cup Series drivers for a podium finish. That strong audition has earned McIntosh a full-time Keith Kunz Motorsports Midget ride for 2020.
McIntosh finished third in his maiden voyage at the extremely competitive Chili Bowl, behind Kyle Larson and three-time Chili Bowl winner Christopher Bell. After that strong showing, McIntosh will now race the full USAC and POWRi Midget seasons with KKM, which will give him many opportunities to rack up wins this season.
By Souza Media/Kyle Souza (Story Published on NASCAR.com)
Mission accomplished for Sam Rameau.
The Westminster, Massachusetts, driver entered the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season looking to capture the Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors, and when the 16-race championship points schedule was over, Rameau was celebrating.
He adds his name to a list of 20 drivers in the history of the series who have earned the award — including champion names like Todd Szegedy, Donny Lia and Justin Bonsignore.
“It’s pretty cool to have my name in the record books — this is a prestigious award,” Rameau said. “It was definitely some really good competition between Timmy Catalano, J.B. Fortin and myself.”
Rameau’s best finish of the year was eighth, twice — coming in the NAPA Spring Sizzler at Stafford Motor Speedway in May, and Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park’s Thompson 125 in June. He finished 14th in the championship standings, and beat Fortin by 48 points in the final tally, with Catalano a close third.
This year was a much of a learning curve for Rameau as anything else in his racing career. His experience previously was in Modifieds in New Hampshire, but it was limited.
“Places that I’ve never seen before, like Myrtle Beach, South Boston, Oswego… all of them I barely had any laps at,” Rameau said. “The only track I had some experience was Seekonk because I raced a Legend Car there. But it was cool to sit in tech with some big names at Thompson because we won the Rookie of the Year.”
As of now, Rameau isn’t sure what his 2020 season is going to look like — but he’s hoping to return to try and accomplish his next goal — winning a Whelen Modified Tour race.
“This year was a definite success, we learned a lot,” Rameau said. “There were a lot of ups and down, and some DNF’s at the end of the year.. We had a break, a wreck… we came out of Thompson making gains. The finish doesn’t always prove how good the weekend really was.”