August 10, 2020
On A Roll: Matt Swanson Wins Modified Racing Series Feature At Speedbowl
A www.racedayct.com article
Saturday’s have been pretty good the last few weeks for Modified driver Matt Swanson.
Two weeks ago on July 25 he finished second in the Tri-Track Open Modified Series SBM 121 at Star Speedway in Epping, N.H.
Last week, on Aug. 2, he finished third in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour White Mountain Showdown 200 at White Mountain Speedway in North Woodstock, N.H.
Saturday Swanson, of Acton, Mass., added to his Saturday podium streak in style.
Swanson put on a dominating performance on the way to victory in the 75-lap Modified Racing Series feature Saturday at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl.
For Swanson, the celebration was long awaited, albeit a painful one. Swanson was involved in a hard wreck Friday in the NAPA Open Modified 100 at Stafford Speedway. Despite waking up sore he said the thought never crossed his mind to skip the event at Waterford.
“My body worked, everything was still moving,” Swanson told RaceDayCT. “But I was definitely in a lot of pain. I told the EMT workers last night when I was getting hauled off in the ambulance they said “We think you should go to the hospital” and I said “I can’t, I’ve got another race to run tomorrow.’ So, that worked out. After what happened last night, we knew what we had to come here and do today and thankfully we did it. There’s one thing that I’ll never do and that’s quit before I even try and I wasn’t going to come here and settle with putting the race car on the trailer without fighting.”
It was the first event of the 2020 season for the Modified Racing Series.
It marked the first victory in a Tour Type Modified Touring Series event for Swanson, who also competes full-time on both the Whelen Modified Tour and Tri-Track Open Modified Series.
Swanson beat second place finishing Anthony Flannery of East Hampton to the line by 3.9 seconds. Donnie Lashua of Canaan, N.H. was third.
Eric Goodale was fourth and Andy Shaw fifth