Swindell put in an impressive fourth place run in his first-ever appearance aboard a winged, asphalt Midget machine during the Gene and Marilyn Angelillo Memorial race for the Northeastern Midget Association (NEMA) Midgets, finishing just behind some of the best in the midget business.
The NEMA main was halted early on by a hard wreck when Danny Cugini got out of shape and slammed the frontstretch wall in his family-owned ride, then slid across the racing groove, where he was collected by Jim Santa Maria, who had no place to go. Both drivers walked away from the incident unhurt, but their racers were severely damaged by the contact.
When racing action resumed, multi-time NEMA champ Randy Cabral proved to be the best of bunch, running off to capture the checkered flag with a comfortable margin of victory. Jim Chambers of Atkinson was second, with Todd Bertrand rounding out the podium. Swindell was fourth across the stripe in the third Bertrand entry, with former NEMA champ John Zych, Jr. fifth.
Atkinson’s Jim Chambers defended the home turf with an impressive win in the NEMA Lites main event, outrunning P.J. Stergios of Candia and Ben Mikitarian to pick up the checkers. Danny Cugini and P.J.‘s brother Jake Stergios rounded out the top five.
The HMS Vintage Modified Open pitted some of the region’s best restored racers against each other for bragging rights in a 40-lap feature event. Tilton’s Jim Lowrey, Jr., a second-generation auto restorer by trade, took home the checkers in the race, piloting his gorgeous 20+year old Troyer chassis ride to victory lane, where he was greeted by dad Jim, Sr., a longtime winning NEMA car owner. Mike Ronhock and Glen Billings were next across the stripe.
Billy McCarthy scored his second Chase Excavation Roadrunner win of the season in the held-over feature from a week earlier, when the rains got the better of the Star Speedway crew for one of the first times this season. McCarthy opened up the Saturday night show and collected the checkers over Tyler Chase and Paul Wainwright.
Jimmy Renfrew, Jr., Melinda McCarthy, Dan Sweeney, Leon Keniston, Kody Parker, Tyler Morse, Harry Robinson, and Brian Parker were the rest of the top ten.
In the regularly scheduled feature event, Jimmy Renfrew, Jr. picked up his third win of the season, with Wainwright and Billy Osborne rounding out the podium. Sweeney, Billy McCarthy, Keniston, Melinda McCarthy, Morse, Robinson, and Brian Parker completed the top ten.
Points leader Steve Douphinette made a return trip to victory lane in the Strictly Stock main event, jumping out to the lead early, and outdistancing the field to collect the checkered flag. Justin Storace grabbed runner-up honors, with John Cashman, Max Dolliver, and Bobby Bouchard the rest of the top five.
Tom Thibeault scored his best finish of the year in the sixth spot, followed by Charlie Baldwin in the Mike White entry, second-generation racer Anthony Belfiore, Kenny “Caveman” Scott, and Keith Jones.
Duane Skofield grabbed the checkers in the Northeast Classic Lites Main event, holding off his nephew Eric to score the win. Tom Harton checkered third, followed by Robbie Bryant, Justin Harris, A.J. Giacomozzi, Chris Sullivan, Eric Boucher, Barney Boyle, and Bill Matatall.