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The Mr. Rooter New England Truck Series was the added attraction at the famed Star Speedway on Saturday night, and some of the more unfortunate truckers quickly learned just how hard it is to get a handle on the tricky quarter-mile oval.
Less than a lap after going green for their 25-lap main event, three-wide action resulted in a wild skirmish that sent fifth-place points man Josh Stringer nearly head-on into the front stretch wall, quickly bringing the action to a halt while the track crew attended to the trucks and drivers involved.
When racing resumed, Frank Dumicich, Jr. of East Quoque, NY took up the lead, and he went the distance to collect the checkers and his first win on the series in 2015. Dumicich came into the event with the point lead and four runner-up finishes in the series’ first six races, but this was his first 2015 trip to victory lane.
Dumicich’s win kept him atop the series standings, with four-time winner Roger Turbush of Riverhead, NY posting a strong runner-up finish right on his back bumper and moving to second in the season tally. Frank Dumicich, Sr of E. Quoque, NY took third, with Bert Oullette of Ellington, CT and Erin Solomito-Dumicich of E. Quoque rounding out the top five.
“Rocket Rob” MacRae of Billerica, MA scored his second win of the 2015 season in the Outlaw Sportsman main event, outrunning polesitter Scotty Duval of Manchester to grab the lead, and pulling away from the field over the balance of the non-stop green-to-checker event to post an impressive win.
Second-generation racer Erick Sands came on strong late in the race to collect runner-up honors, with two-time winner Barry Raymond of Sandown posting third. Fourth went to Joey “The Jet” Ventrillo of Methuen, MA, a winner in the previous feature event, with George Maroun closing out the top five.
Rookie Strictly Stock competitor Austin Erickson made it two-straight wins in the 25-lap feature event, outrunning several seasoned veterans to collect the checkers. Epsom’s Mike Williams was second, with defending champ Steve Douphinette of Raymond, Bret Culleton of Pelham, and John Cashman of Danvers, MA rounding out the top five.
Justin Storace picked up win number five on the season aboard the JR Fillipone VW in the Roadrunner main event, outrunning third-generation racer “Mad Max” Dolliver, Jarrod Soucy, early leader Jef James, and Melinda McCarthy in the feature race.
Epping, NH - Despite Mother Nature’s best efforts to slow the action at Star Speedway on Saturday night, track crews waited out the rain and got the racing program into the record books for the tenth straight week despite the late start due to track-drying efforts.
Joey “The Jet” Ventrillo picked up his first win of the season in convincing fashion in the Outlaw Late Model main, holding off teammate and multi-time track champ Ron Bolduc of Plaistow to score the win. Barry Raymond of Sandown, winner of two straight feature events coming into the night, took home third place honors.
Bruce Harrison of Hudson took his second Star win of the year in the V-6 Modified feature, with former champ Keith Caruso and Allan Rieser, Jr. rounding out the podium. Dave “Hollywood” Helliwell topped the Northeast Classic Lites, with Jake Cray of Epping coming up just short in the second spot and Eric Skofield checkering third.
Former Roadrunner standout Austin Erickson picked up the checkers in just his third start of the season in the Strictly Stocks, with second-generation racer Tim Boyle of Barrington and John Cashman of Danvers, MA rounding out the top three finishers.
Longtime 4-cylinder Enduro standout Paul Wainwright picked up his first career win over a nearly-full field of Roadrunners, with four-time winner Justin Storace of Kingston runner-up. Third generation racer and two-time 2015 feature winner “Mad Max” Dolliver rounded out the podium in third.
Epping, NH - 18-year-old Hudson, NH ace Derek Griffith put in a dominating performance to capture the win in the “Star 100” event for the Granite State Pro Stock Series at Star Speedway on Saturday night , running away from the field to score his third win on the series this season, maintaining the top spot in the series point standings.
With threatening weather in the forecast, track officials were in hurry-up mode from the drop of the first green flag, but every feature made it into the record books before the rains moved in.
Sparky MacIver scored his second win of the year in the 350 Supermodified main, Bret Culleton topped the Strictly Stocks for his first 2015 win aboard the Mike White entry ,and Melinda McCarthy took home her first-ever win at Star, taking the Roadrunner checkers on Saturday night at the famed Epping oval.
Griffith outran polesitter Mike Parks to grab the lead early in the 100-lap run, and with few cautions to slow the pace, he ran off to collect the checkers in convincing fashion, with Parks, Dillon Moltz, Babe Branscombe, and Joe Squeglia the rest of the top five.
Rookie Stephen Duphily lead the early going in the 350 Super main, with veteran John Leonard pressuring for the lead closing on halfway. The lead duo made contact on lap 14 coming off turn two, with Leonard sliding off the track and flipping over, just missing the backstretch tire barrier.
Sparky MacIver got past Duphily shortly after the restart, and he held off a strong challenge from two-time winner Mike Netishen to score the victory. Netishen, Rookie of the Year contender Jarrod Soucy, Duphily, Billy Osborne, Brandee Tree, and John Burke were next across the stripe.
Bret Culleton brought the Mike White M & W Auto entry to victory lane for the first time in the 2015 season, running off to collect the Woody’s Auto Strictly Stock checkers by a comfortable margin. Culleton outran Mike Williams of Epsom, followed by Chris Kingsley and 2014 champ Steve Douphinette,
Austin Erickson was sixth across the line , followed by Keith “Slika” Ennis of Haverhill, MA , Mike Scott, Jason Ryan of Salem, Michele Fushpanski of Seabrook, and Bobby Bouchard.
The Roadrunner feature brought a crowd-pleasing result, with Melinda McCarthy taking home her first-ever win in the 25-lap main event. “Mad Max” Dolliver was up late in the race to score second, with points leader Justin Storace third at the checkers.
Fourth went to Bob Williams, followed by Jef James, Jason Plouffe, the 7P, Paul Wainwright, Josh Demers, and Max Chaput.
Epping, NH - Rookie driver Jarrod Soucy became the fourth different winner of the 2015 season in the 350 Supermodifieds at Star Speedway, holding off veteran Sparky MacIver and two-time winner Mike Netishen to collect the checkered flag in just his fourth start aboard a Supermodified.
Billy Osborne of Plaistow and Soucy took the checkers in the MacLellan Metal Finishing dashes to start the night’s action, but at feature time, it was all Soucy. The teenaged rookie sensation jumped to the lead when flagman Mike Walker let them loose, and he went the distance to score the win.
An early-race incident sent John Leonard and Scott Bourn pitside with serious enough damage to end their nights, with Soucy picking up the lead when racing action resumed. Another late-race caution brought Soucy back to the field and into the clutches of MacIver, but the youngster held him off to collect the win.
MacIver settled for runner-up honors in the Bob Chabot ride, with two-time winner Mike Netishen, Osborne, John Burke, Stephen Duphily, Brandee Tree, Bourn, Leonard, and ageless veteran Carl Silva in his familiar #7a credited with the top ten finishes.
Manchester’s Scotty Duval and Erick Sands grabbed the wins in the Tyngsboro Motors dashes for the Outlaw Late Models, but for the second straight week, Sandown’s Barry Raymond took advantage of a last-lap pass to collect the win in the Allen’s Coffee Flavored Brandy-sponsored Outlaw main event.
This time Raymond’s victim was Billy Ryder in his sharp Dodge Challenger-bodied machine, who inherited the lead when Scotty Duval went for a wild mid-race spin on the front straightaway. Ryder held serve until the last half-lap, when Raymond got underneath and snatched away the lead with the checkers in sight.
Raymond made it two straight by less than a half car length, with Ryder taking an impressive but disappointing runner-up finish. Ron Bolduc came back from early-race problems to finish third in the Joey Ventrillo machine, followed by Duval, George Maroun, Erick Sands, Frank Mirabito, “Three Wide“ Chuck Dehney, Chris Jacobson, and Rob MacRae.
Defending champ Steve Douphinette scored his second win of the year in the Strictly Stocks, continuing the “wreckers or checkers“ roller coaster ride that has been his 2015 season. Douphinette held off a persistent John Cashman for the win followed by Austin Erickson, Tim Boyle, Mike Williams, Jason Ryan, Mark Parenteau, Bret Culleton, and Bobby Bouchard.
Groundskeepers of the entryway to the speedway, Granite Coast Landcare sponsored a special event for the Roadrunners, with Bob Williams recovering from an early-race tangle to score the 25-lap win to collect the trophy and bonus money presented by Granite Coast‘s Ben Brown.
Melinda McCarthy battled door handle to door handle with two-time winner “Mad Max” Dolliver for several laps before prevailing for runner-up honors, with Jef James, Kody Parker, Paul Wainwright, Seffen Tene, Billy McCarthy, Jason Plouffe, Josh Demers, and Tyler Chase the rest of the top ten.
The Senior Tour Auto Racers (STAR) joined the weekly regulars for the night’s action, with Alan Zemla taking the win in Sportsman action, while Bob Donahue picked up the Modified checkers.
Epping, NH - Sparky MacIver of Sandown became the third different winner of the 2015 season in the 350 Supermodifieds at Star Speedway, holding off two-time winner Mike Netishen to collect the checkered flag aboard the Bob Chabot entry.
Compact Equipment Services had bonus money on the line for the night’s event, and MacIver was on a mission to get it, moving past rookie competitor Jarrod Soucy on lap six to take command of the event. Sparky was well on his way to victory in the 35-lap main when Billy Osborne suffered a mechanical failure on lap 27, bringing caution on the field, and MacIver back to the competition.
Netishen got a great lump and nearly moved past to grab the lead on the restart, but MacIver battled back and eventually regained the advantage, which he held to the checkers to score the win. Netishen, John Leonard, John Burke, and Soucy rounded out the top five.
Sandown’s Barry Raymond also collected his first win of the season in the Outlaw Late Model main, but his win came in much more dramatic fashion. Steve “Pinball” Wilmot had been in control after taking the lead from George Maroun on lap 14, and looked to be headed to victory with the laps winding down.
But Raymond moved to the outside with time running out, and inched ahead at the white flag. The final lap saw a wild scramble that ended when Wilmot spin in turn four, with Raymond holding his line and flashing under the checkers to collect his first win of the 2015 season.
Multi-time track champion Ron Bolduc of Plaistow followed up his win from the previous week with a strong second place run, followed by Erick Sands, “Rocket Rob” MacRae of Billerica, MA, Joey Ventrillo, Maroun, Scotty Duval of Manchester, Wilmot, and Chris Jacobson.
Second-generation racer Anthony Belfiore of Haverhill, MA quickly ran the outside groove to grab the lead in the Strictly Stock feature, and he went the distance to pick up his first-ever Star checkered flag. John Cashman collected runner-up honors, with Mike Williams of Epsom , Mike Scott, Pelham’s Bret Culleton, Ed Kingsley, Steve Douphinette of Raymond, and Sammy Peabody next in the finishing order.
“Mad Max” Dolliver wasted little time in making a return to victory lane after his first career win two weeks ago in the Roadrunner main, holding off four-time winner Justin Storace to make the return trip to the winner’s circle.
Jef James took third place honors, with Melinda McCarthy, Kody Parker, Brian Healey, Jr., Jason Plouffe, Josh Demers, Leon Keniston, and Ken McIlvaine rounding out the top ten.
Epping, NH - The Wicked Cool Midget Series rolled into town for their second appearance of the 2015 season at Star Speedway on Saturday night, with local driver P.J. Stergios of Candia dominating the action to score the win in the 25-lap main event.
Once Stergios got to the front, he immediately began to open up a several car length lead, and he ran virtually uncontested to the finish to pick up the win. Dylan Duhaime, who won the first time the Wicked Cool Midgets invaded the Epping oval this year, finished in the second spot, with Richie Morrocco closing out the podium in third.
Former track champion Ron Bolduc of Plaistow returned to his winning ways in the Outlaw Late Model main event, moving up quickly from third on the grid to take over the lead. Once out front, Bolduc was on a mission, and he easily led the balance of the event to post his first win of the 2015 season.
Joey “The Jet“ Ventrillo took a hard-earned second place finish, with Erick Sands coming home third after a night that included a quick trip back to the shop to make repairs after finding trouble in practice. Billy Ryder was fourth in his season debut, with “Rocket Rob” MacRae, Barry Raymond, Sandy Lee, Chuck Dehney, Frank Mirabito, and Scotty Duval the rest of the top ten.
Bret Culleton set the pace for the first half of the Strictly Stock feature, but he eventually lost the top spot to Mike Scott, who went on to collect his first checkered flag of the year. Jason Ryan got a career-best runner-up result, with Culleton, Mike Williams, and Tim Boyle finishing up the top five.
Defending Strictly Stock champ Steve Douphinette was eliminated in a hard crash that ripped the rear end right out of his racer as he collided with a spinning John Cashman. Neither driver was injured in the incident, and Cashman continued on continued on the finish just outside the top five ahead of Sammy Peabody and Jerry Lepage.
Justin Storace made it four wins on the year in the Roadrunner main event, giving car owner J.R. Fillipone a birthday present to remember. Third-generation racer Melinda McCarthy nipped Kdoy Parker at the line to score a second place finish, with Max Dolliver, Jarrod Soucy, Billy McCarthy, Jim Deveau, Brian Healey, Jr., Jef James, and Paul Wainwright filling out the top ten.
“Hollywood” Dave Helliwell made it back-to-back wins in the Northeast Classic Lites feature event, outrunning Duane Skofield, Eric Skofield, Eddie Gilman, Dan Poliquin, Chris Sullivan, Tom Harton, Kevin Merrifield, Jake Cray, and Joe Janeiro.
POINTS AFTER JUNE 6th EVENT
EPPING, NH- When The Pro All Stars Series (PASS) returns to Epping, New Hampshire on Saturday for their annual early season visit at the quarter-mile oval known for exciting Super Late Model racing, the early season points title contenders will have their hands full.
Defending PASS Champion D.J. Shaw, multi time champions Ben Rowe and Johnny Clark, Oxford Season Opener winner Mike Rowe, former Star winner Derek Ramstrom, Cassius Clark, David Oliver, Scott Mulkern, Bobby Timmons Jr, Richie Dearborn and many more will be looking to take the early season triumph.
These stars of the PASS Tour will compete against some of the best drivers who call Star a home track. Dover, N.H., American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Champion Wayne Helliwell Jr., grew up at Star watching his father race there. ACT star and Hudson, N.H. native Joey Polewarczyk Jr., did as well. Other former Star drivers expected to compete include Joe Squeglia Jr and Derek Griffith.
In all, a field of 30 race teams will fill the Star Speedway pit area for a much anticipated night of racing at the quarter-mile, "Where Champions are Made". Also on the race schedule are the 350 Supermodifieds, which will be competing in their second points race of the season in their inaugural season back at Star in almost 10 years. The return of the 350 Supers has created a buzz about the 2015 season at Star with drivers such as Sparky MacIver, Mike Netishen, John Leonard, Matt Seavey, Billy Osborne, Jarod Soucy and more running for the 2015 title.
The Woody's Strictly Stocks and Roadrunners round out the night of racing. Practice is open to all teams on Friday from 5-8:00 PM. Saturday at noon the gates swing open once again, with practice beginning at 1:30 PM, heat races at 4:30 PM and the PASS 150 slated to begin around 7:15 PM.
Admission for this much anticipated event is $25 for adults, $20 for juniors and seniors, and kids 10 and under will be admitted free of charge with a paid adult. For more information on Star Speedway visit our web page at: www.star-speedway.com, and for late-breaking updates you can find the Star Speedway Facebook page.
EPPING, NH - This coming Saturday at Star Speedway, "Saturday Nite Thunder " will once again come to life as the 350 Supermodifieds return to their weekly home for the 2015 season. After a successful practice session this past Saturday teams are eager to get the first points race under their belts with the ultimate goal being the 2015 Star Speedway track championship. Top contenders Sparky MacIver, Mike Netishen and John Leonard were all shaking down their mounts on Saturday along with John Burke and newcomer Jarrod Soucy were also impressive. Soucy, a rookie making the move from sister track Hudson Speedway impressed many veteran Supermodified fans, getting times less than 1/10 off the top runners times by the end of practice. Other drivers who will be ready for opening night include former Roadrunner track champion Billy Osborne, Matt Seavey, Butch Valley Jr, Brandee Tree, Dennis Potter and more.
Also joinging the program for opening night will be the Allen's Coffee Flavored Brandy Outlaws. This season should be a good one with multi-time track champion Ron Bolduc making a return for a championship run along with the likes of Joe Ventrillo, Barry Raymond, Rob MacRae, George Maroun, Chuck Dehney, division rookies Scott Duval and Chris Jacobsen and more. The Woody's Strictlys look to have a strong 2015 campaign with close to 20 registrants including Bret Culleton, Sam Peabody, John Cashman, Steve Douphinette, Mike Scott, Mike Williams and many more. The Roadrunners and 4 and 8 Cyliner Enduros will round out the opening night program.
Special times will have pit gates opening one hour earlier at 2 pm to allow teams time to register, get tires, fuel and inspections prior to hot laps starting at 4 PM. Front gates will open at 3:30 with the first race going green at 6:06 PM. Ticket prices are $15 general admission, Srs and Jrs $10, Kids 10 and Under FREE. Pit admission is $30. For more information follow us on Facebook or log onto www.star-speedway.com.
AUBURN, NH. - Since it was initially announced that the 350 supermodifieds would be returning to Star Speedway in 2015, anticipation has been building. “The interest in the division has been huge,” said Bobby Webber Jr, Star Speedway General Manager. “We have had many entry forms already submitted for the 350 supermodified division and we are expecting more.” After piloting 350 supermodifieds for the past few seasons Webber has decided to spend more time in the office chair of the race track he runs. He has decided to relinquish his seat behind the steering wheel. “I'm turning my focus over to the operation of Star and I have asked Mike Netishen to drive the #19 TJCO Maintenance Services 350 super.”
Netishen the 2014 International Supermodified Association (ISMA) Randy Witkum Memorial Rookie of The Year and multi-time 350 supermodified feature winner says he has been interested in running 350 supermodifieds at Star Speedway ever since the announcement was made that the division would be returning full-time in 2015.
“Racing at Star is a lot of fun and it is even more fun when you’re in a super,” explained the Auburn, NH racer. “The track has plenty of grip and is always racy.”
In the few starts that Netishen has in a supermodified at Star he has proven he has what it takes to navigate the historic ¼ mile Epping oval. Last September he finished in 6th place in New England’s oldest auto racing event the ISMA Star Speedway Classic 150. In the process he beat out multiple time ISMA Champions in addition to an Indy 500 starter.
The supermodified mount that Netishen will be wheeling in 2015 is no stranger to victory lane or championships. The Butch Valley Sr built supermodified is a proven winner at Star Speedway and other local short tracks. “The TJCO Maintenance super is a very solid piece and I believe we will be a contender right out of the gate,” said Netishen.
The competition for the 2015 Star Speedway 350 Super Championship is shaping up to include a diverse cast of drivers which include a former champion, winners and a fresh crop of new faces. Notables include 2005 Champion Mark “Sparky” MacIver, veteran pilot John Leonard, feature winners Joey Scanlon, Billy Osborne, Matt Seavey, rookie Jarrod Soucy and Dennis Potter.
These drivers and more are anticipating the 11 race championship battle which begins May 2nd and concludes with the season championship on August 29th.
One of the most anticipated events scheduled will take place on September 12th. The Randy Witkum Memorial will return to pay tribute to the 350 Supermodified pioneer. Randy was integral to bringing the 350 Supers to fruition and was the divisions first feature winner. Witkum used his prowess in the 350 small-block supermodifieds to make the jump to the big-block supermodifieds but was tragically killed while competing in one at an ISMA race at Jennerstown Speedway in 1999. This event will be a non-points event and is expected to bring a large field of 350 supers as drivers and fans alike pay tribute to Randy.
The Webber Family has carefully crafted the 2015 350 Super schedule around the New England and Oswego Speedway ISMA event dates. The 350 Supers will not be in action when ISMA is racing at New England Tracks and Oswego with the acceptation of the June 13th Oswego date and the ISMA Star Classic. This leaves the door open for supermodified drivers such as Netishen, Eddie Witkum and Dave Sanborn to run more supermodified events without conflict as these drivers frequent both ISMA and the 350 Supers.
This is perfect for Netishen in particular as he is planning to run all of the Star Speedway 350 Supermodified races in addition to all of the New England ISMA stops in 2015 and select ISMA events at Oswego Speedway which is known as “The Home of the Supermodifieds” and is located in Upstate New York.
Webber, Jr. acknowledged the fact that “None of this would be possible without our dedicated sponsors,” he then added, “I would like to thank all our associate sponsors which include Serenity Property Services, L&W Auto Repair, Omni Electrical, Sunoco New England Racing Fuels, Sherwood Wheels and Velocita.” Division sponsors include NH3 Plus Industrial Refrigeration / Penix Racing, American Racer Tire, Seals It and New England Motor Racing Supply.
Fans can learn more about these sponsors by visiting their websites listed below. Star Speedway is located in Epping, New Hampshire and races on Saturday nights starting at 6:06. Visit www.star-speedway.com for the complete 2015 schedule and all of the latest updates. Make sure to follow Mike and Bobby Webber Jr Racing all season long by “Liking” them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MikeNetishen and www.facebook.com/bobbywebberjrracing. You can also watch all of Mike’s latest racing action by visiting www.youtube.com/user/MikeNetishen and while you’re at it give him a follow on Twitter www.twitter.com/mikenetishen.
Ellington, CT: Seals-it announced that they have become a contingency sponsor at Star Speedway in Epping, NH for the 2015 season. The program will involve the 350 Supermodified and Allen’s Outlaw Late Model divisions. The program will reward the weekly winners in each of the noted divisions plus the winners of Star Speedways 350 Supermodifed Classic, Star Classic, 350 Supermodifed Champion and Allen’s Outlaw Late Model Champion.
Mark J. Hann, Director of Business Development for Seals-it stated that “our company is the leader in producing racing related products and we have been involved with racing at all levels for over 25 years and this program will give us the opportunity to support the efforts of those racing at the short track level”.
Seals-it company owner and president Skip Matczak, had great success as a car owner in the Supermodifieds at Oswego Speedway (NY) winning several track championships and races. Matczak noted that “the Supermodifieds have always been a favorite of mine so being able to become involved with them at Star Speedway is very exciting for me.”
The sponsorship program kicks off with Star Speedways opening day on May 2nd.
To learn more about Seals-it and Seals-it Off Road, please visit the company websites at www.sealsit.com and www.sealsitoffroad.com and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/sealsit.
We are in search of a few teams that would like to put their cars into the Feb 20 and 21 Racin' Preview presented by Mainely Motorsports. If interested please email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Remember as well that American Race Tires offers a buy 1 get 1 free program for cars that are in the show and purchase tires for the show. A great way to show off your 2015 sponsors and save some tire money to start the year off.
STAR & HUDSON SPEEDWAYS ANNUAL AWARDS BANQUET
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 8, 2014
. This year the Star and Hudson banquets are being held together once again.
The location this year is again at its “Home Track” – Lenzi’s of Dracut.
“Doors Open” at 6:10 with social hour from 6:10 – 7:00 PM
Awards presentations will begin at 7:00 PM followed by a full course Roast Sirloin & Turkey dinner, a specialty of Lenzi’s and a Star & Hudson tradition.
Trophies will be presented to the top points finalists in each division. Also, many special achievement awards will be presented to competitors from all divisions.
Music, Socializing and Dancing will follow until 11:30.
Tickets are available at $50 per person by mail from: Star Speedway, PO Box 1150 Epping, NH 03042. Tickets are grouped 10 per table and should be ordered in even numbers if possible. All tickets must be purchased in advance, none will be sold at the door. All ticket orders must be in by Oct. 31 so we can make our commitments to Lenzi’s. Please get your order ready early so that we can make the best seating for everybody
NO TROPHIES OR AWARDS WILL BE GIVEN IF NOT PRESENT AT AWARDS BANQUET TO ACCEPT.
No one will be admitted into banquet facility without a ticket.
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