Epping, NH - Joey “The Jet” Ventrillo of Methuen, MA grabbed his first feature win of the 2016 campaign in the Outlaw Late Model portion of Star Speedway’s Fourth of July weekend festivities, coming from virtually out of nowhere in the final laps of the main event to collect his first checkered flag of the season.
“Rocket Rob” MacRae of Billerica, MA was the man to beat most of the way, with Ventrillo running fifth with the laps winding down. With just three laps to go, second place runner Ron Bolduc of Plaistow got turned around, with George Baldwin joining him at the rear for the restart.
Lowell MA’s Chuck Dehney moved up and was slated to restart on the outside pole, but a flat right rear sent him to the pits under the ensuing caution. That was the big break Ventrillo needed, advancing from fifth at the yellow flag to start second on the three to go restart.
When racing resumed, Ventrillo ran the outside groove to perfection, passing race-long leader MacRae to take over the top spot with the laps running short. Ventrillo held serve until the checkers waved, scoring his first feature win of the 2016 season. MacRae and Frankie Eldredge of Stratham filled out the podium in second and third.
In the post-race victory lane celebration, Ventrillo took time to dedicate his win to the memory of longtime Star racer Paul Matthews, who passed away shortly after the end of the 2015 season at the age of 77. Matthews left a legacy of winning among those who knew him, and stickers commemorating his life were seen on several cars in competition this week.
Third-generation racer “Mad Max” Dolliver picked up his second Strictly Stock win of the season, taking the lead from Modified veteran Jim Storace shortly after the halfway mark, and leading the rest of the way to collect the checkers. 2015 Roadrunner champ Justin Storace and Anthony Belfiore rounded out the podium.
Dan Sweeney picked up his second Roadrunner win of the season, with Billy McCarthy and Jimmy Renfrew, Jr. second and third. Jake Matheson picked up the win in the Bandoleros over Casey Call and Cam Huntress.
Epping, NH - Another “Saturday Night Thunder” program made it into the record books at Star Speedway on Saturday night, with twin 20-lap features for the Chase Excavation Roadrunners taking center stage with bonus money on the line for both ends of the twin bill from Granite Coast Landcare’s Ben Brown and company.
In the first of the 20-lap features, it was third-generation racer Billy McCarthy of Haverhill, MA who finally shook the monkey off his back, taking the point early on and staying out front to lead the field across the stripe to post his first feature win of the 2016 campaign.
McCarthy held off a stiff challenge from another third-generation racer, former champ Billy Osborne of Plaistow, who settled for runner-up honors when the checkers waved. Osborne wore out McCarthy’s left rear quarter fighting for the lead, but had to settle for second place honors at the finish.
Race sponsor Ben Brown of Granite Coast Landcare was the class of the field in the second of the two 20-lap mains, moving out to the lead early and easily outdistancing the field to collect his first checkered flag of the 2016 season in the Aroma Joe‘s Coffee/Granite Coast Landcare-sponsored machine.
Auburn’s John Burke of Auburn took the lead at the drop of the green and ran away from the field to collect his first win of the season in the 350 Super main, with 2016 race winners Lance Barthelemy of Fremont and Matt Seavey of Auburn rounding out the podium.
Steve Douphinette of Raymond took the win in the Serenity Property Services-sponsored Fast 44-lapper for the Strictly Stocks, with Tim Boyle of Barrington making a late-race charge to finish second over Rookie of the Year contender “Mad Max” Dolliver.
Epping, NH - The 2016 racing season rolled on at the famed Star Speedway on Saturday night, but when the nearly full moon crested over the trees in turn three at the end of qualifying, it turned out to be anything other than just another night on the quick quarter-mile come feature time.
Tyngsboro Motors dash winner Erick Sands looked to be the class of the field in Outlaw Late Model competition, but when the main event went green, it was 2015 champ Barry Raymond of Sandown making a statement with a flag-to-flag run that netted him his first win of the 2016 campaign. "Rocket Rob" MacRae of Billerica, MA and Joey Ventrillo of Methuen, MA were second and third.
The Senior Tour Auto Racers (STAR) throwback racers were on hand in addition to the regular weekly competitors, with Art Merchant taking down the Sportsman win in the beautifully-restored formed Buzzie Bezanson coupe over Mike Keddy of Raymond and Londonderry‘s Skip Stearns, and longtime Star racer Bobby Turner scoring the Modified win over CT’s Scott Poirier and Charlie Lima.
A hard-fought battle saw Haverhill, MA driver Anthony Belfiore delivering a Father’s Day gift to his dad Mike with his first checkered flag of the 2016 campaign, with third-generation racer “Mad Max” Dolliver and Modified veteran Jim Storace of Kingston rounding out the podium after an action-packed feature event.
The Roadrunners weren’t exempt from the full moon fever, with paint swapped and fenders rubbed from green to checker in their main event. Young Jimmy Renfrew, Jr. avoided all the trouble to pick up his second win of the season, with Dan Sweeney and Melinda McCarthy finishing second and third.
Luke Grammont won the special Ironman main event that went caution free from green to checker, with Troy Washburn of Rochester and Adam Knowles of Seabrook rounding out the podium.
Epping, NH - Despite rainy weather that caused cancellations of racing events throughout the New England region, Star Speedway officials, teams, and fans waited it out, dried it out, and put another full card of racing into the record books on Saturday night.
The Autism Awareness/PB Choppers 350 Supers saw another first-time 2016 winner, with Auburn ace Matt Seavey piloting the Rod Majowicz-owned entry to victory lane. Derry’s John Burke broke out to the early lead, with veteran Joey Scanlon of Salem holding the runner-up spot for the first several circuits.
Opening night winner Sparky MacIver of Sandown got turned around on lap 11, with Plaistow’s Steve Douphily catching a wheel from NASCAR Southern Modified Tour ace Andy Seuss and taking a wild ride off turn two in the scramble to avoid MacIver’s stalled machine.
Burke picked up the lead on the restart, but trouble found him seven laps later, with a trip off the racing surface ending his night early. Seavey survived a challenge from the most recent race winner, Lance Barthelemy of Fremont when racing resumed, and he led the rest of the way to collect the win.
Barthelemy took runner-up honors, with defending champion Mike Netishen of Auburn, rookie Mike Humphrey of Cornish, ME in the Puzzled Racing entry, Billy Osborne of Plaistow, Seuss, Burke, Scanlon, MacIver, and Douphily scored as the top ten.
A special Legends race was added to the schedule, with Jesse Jakubajtys of Brockton, MA taking down the win over Colby Meserve and Jake Matheson, who was making his first start in a Legends car after moving up from the Bandoleros.
Woody’s Auto Strictly Stock action saw Jim Storace of Kingston out to the early lead, with heavy pressure coming from his son Justin, the 2015 Roadrunner champion, in the early laps. While the father-son duo battled among themselves for the top spot, longtime competitor Rob DeAlmeida quickly joined the lead battle with his eyes on the lead.
DeAlmeida had already claimed victory in his heat race earlier in the night, and he eventually worked past both father and son to move to the head of the Strictly Stock class. Once out front, DeAlmeida was the man to beat, and nobody was up to the task, as Rob led the rest of the way to post the win.
Charlie Baldwin of Lowell, MA and Russ Douphinette of Groveland, MA were second and third in the two Mike White entries, with Chuck Roberto, Max Dolliver, Jim Storace, Steve Douphinette, Justin Storace, two-time winner John Cashman, and Michele Fushpanski of Salisbury, MA next in the final rundown.
Salem’s Paul Wainwright served notice that he’s going to be the man to beat in the Chase Excavation Roadrunners, making a last-lap pass on veteran Billy Osborne to pick up his third win of the young 2016 season in the Roy’s Stop and Go-sponsored machine.
“Flyin’ Brian” Parker led the first six laps of the main before a caution and restart saw his brother Kody move past, but Osborne was quickly up from an eleventh place start to move past both and take command when action resumed in the extra-distance event.
Osborne was soon under attack from Wainwright, but he held on lap after lap and continued to set the pace with time running out. Wainwright had been working the low side for several laps trying to get by, but he eventually went to the high groove and finally worked past to take the lead and the win.
Osborne collected second place honors, with Jimmy Renfrew, Jr. of Hooksett, Billy McCarthy of Haverhill, MA, Kody Parker, Dan Sweeney of Barrington, Brian Parker, Travis Flanders of Seabrook, Tyler Chase of Sandown, and Melinda McCarthy of Haverhill, MA the rest of the top ten.
Mike Wollinger picked up his first career win in the 8-cylinder Enduro after a race-long battle with veteran Jean Desilets, who finished second ahead of second-generation racer E.J. Flannigan. Keith Walton topped the 4-cylinder Enduro over Joe Holden and Leon Keniston.
RESULTS FOR SATURDAY JUNE 11
AUTISM AWARENESS / PB CHOPPER 350 SUPERMODIFIEDS
1. 91 MATT SEAVEY
2. 12 LANCE BARTHELEMY
3. 19 MIKE NETISHEN
4. 72 MIKE HUMPFREY
5. 55 BILLY OSBORNE
6. 0 ANDY SEUSS
7. 01 JOHN BURKE
8. 5 JOEY SCANLON
9. 22 SPARKY MACIVER
10. 11 STEVE DUPHILY
11. 24 DAVE SANBORN
WOODY’S AUTO STRICTLYS
1. 18 ROB DEALMEIDA
2. 2 CHARLIE BALDWIN
3. 42 RUSS DOUPHINETTE
4. 30 GEOFF ROLLINS
5. 29 MAX DOLLIVER
6. 44 JIM STORACE
7. 78D STEVE DOUPHINETTE
8. 22X JUSTIN STORACEI
9. 78 JOHN CASHMAN
10. 1% MICHELE FUSHPANSKI
11. 74 MARK PARENTEAU
12. 26 SCOTT WIGGINS
13. 3 TOM THIBEAULT
14. 72 KENNY SCOTT
15. 4 JIMMY LIZZOTTE
16. 44 JIM STORACE
17. 29 MAX DOLLIVER
CHASE EXCAVATION ROADRUNNERS
1. 27 PAUL WAINWRIGHT
2. 55 BILLY OSBORNE
3. 00 JIMMY RENFREW JR
4. 31 BILLY MCCARTHY
5. 11 KODY PARKER
6. 12 DAN SWEENEY
7. 8 BRIAN PARKER
8. 22X JASON DICK
9. 64 TYLER CHASE
10. 30 MELINDA MCCARTHY
11. 13K LEON KENISTON
12. 41 BOB WILLIAMS
1. 44 JESSE JAKUBAJYTS
2. 92 COLBY MESERVE
3. 52 JAKE MATHESON
4 CYL ENDURO
1. 04JR KEITH WALTON
8. CYL ENDURO
1. 93 MIKE WOLLINGER
Epping, NH - The historic Star Speedway put another program in the record books on Saturday night, with veteran Chuck Dehney of Lowell, MA collecting his first checkered flag of the season in the Allen’s Coffee Flavored Brandy Outlaw feature event.
Dehney bolted out the lead at the drop of the green, overtaking polesitter “Rocket Rob” MacRae to get the early advantage. Dehney went the distance to post the win, with MacRae, Joey “The Jet” Ventrillo, “Gentleman George” Baldwin, and Ron Bolduc the rest of the top five.
Michele Fushpanski of Salisbury, MA was the class of the field for the first half of the Strictly Stock main, setting the pace until a lap 14 restart put John Cashman to the outside. Fushpanski’s night went sour with a spin that sent her to the rear when racing resumed.
Former champ Steve Douphinette was quickly up to challenge Cashman for the lead when racing picked up again, and the pair battled side by side for the win over the last several laps. Douphinette was ahead by a half car length at the white flag, but Cashman prevailed at the checkers, taking his second win of the season.
Two-time 2016 winner Douphinette claimed runner-up honors, followed by Charlie Baldwin of Lowell, MA, Anthony Belfiore of Haverhill, MA, Justin Storace of Kingston, and Mark Parenteau of Groveland. Kenny “Caveman” Scott, Fushpanski, Kris Schroeder, and Russ Douphinette were the rest of the top ten.
Paul Wainwright became the first two-time winner of the season in the Roadrunner main, taking the checkers for his second feature win of the year. Wainwright outran Jimmy Renfrew, Jr.,and Melinda McCarthy of Haverhill, MA, Travis Flanders, Kody Parker, Brian Parker, Dan Sweeney, Ken Goodreault, Tyler Chase, and Donnie McCaffrey closing out the top ten.
Barney Boyle of Barrington made a return trip to Star Speedway victory lane, taking the Classic Lites victory over a dozen years removed from his first Strictly Stock win in the family-owned #78 . Boyle took top honors over “Fast Eddie” Gilman, Jim Wentworth, Kevin Merryfield, and Tom “Hulk” Harton .
Ken Goodreault set the early pace on the Roadrunner main event ,running out front until Paul Wainwright took command late in the race. Wainwright went on to collect his second win of the year, with Jimmy Renfrew, Jr., Melinda McCarthy, Travis Flanders, Kody Parker, Brian Parker, Dan Sweeney, Goodreault, Tyler Chase, and Donnie McCaffrey the rest of the top ten.
RESULTS FOR SATURDAY JUNE 4
1. 33 CHUCK DEHNEY
2. 52 ROB MACRAE
3. 94 JOE VENTRILLO
4. 15 GEORGE BALDWIN
5. 95 RON BOLDUC
6. 60 JOE DEHNEY
7. 09 ERICK SANDS
WOODY’S AUTO STRICTLYS
1. 78 JOHN CASHMAN
2. 78D STEVE DOUPHINETTE
3. 2 CHARLIE BALDWIN
4. 90 ANTHONY BELFIORE
5. 22X JUSTIN STORACE
6. 74 MARK PARENTEAU
7. 72 KENNY SCOTT
8. 1 MICHELE FUSHPANSKI
9. 66K KRIS SCHROEDER
10. 42 RUSS DOUPHINETTE
11. 02 GAGE HARRON
12. 26 SCOTT WIGGIN
13. 45 OSCAR LECLAIR
14. 3 TOM THIBEAULT
15. 44 JIM STORACE
16. 29 MAX DOLLIVER
CHASE EXCAVATION ROADRUNNERS
1. 27 PAUL WAINWRIGHT
2. 00 JIMMY RENFREW JR
3. 30 MELINDA MCCARTHY
4. 22X JUSTIN STORACE
5. 11 KODY PARKER
6. 8 BRIAN PARKER
7. 12 DAN SWEENEY
8. 17 KEN GOODROW
9. 64 TYLER CHASE
10. 0NO DONNIE MCACAFFREY
11. 31 BILLY MCCARTHY
EKEYS 4 CARS CLASSIC LITES
1. 78 BARNEY BOYLE
2. 0 SAM GILMAN
3. 26 JIM WENTWORTH
Epping, NH - The Autism Awareness/PB Choppers 350 Supers, Allen’s Coffee Brandy Outlaws, Woody’s Auto Strictly Stocks, and Chase Excavation Roadrunners were all in action as the 2016 Star Speedway season welcomed the first of two 2016 appearances by the Pro-4 Modifieds to fill out the program on Saturday night.
Robin Berghman won the Pro-4 main, Henry Sirignano picked up the Pro-4 Lite win, Lance Barthelemy of Fremont collected his first career Star Speedway 350 Super win, multi-time champ Ron Bolduc of Plaistow topped the Outlaws, Steve Douphinette grabbed the Strictly Stock win, and Dan Sweeney scored the Roadrunner win.
Joey “Blackjack” Scanlon of Salem made an impressive outside run to take the lead from polesitter John Burke of Derry when the Autism Awareness/ PB Choppers 350‘s went green, but Barthelemy was quickly on the move, taking the lead after a couple of early race yellows.
Once out front, Barthelemy was never headed, setting the pace to the checkers to post his first win of the 2016 campaign. Matt Seavey of Auburn was next across the stripe for runner-up honors, with Salem’s Joey Scanlon, rookie Mike Scott, Steve Douphily of Plaistow, Mike Netishen of Auburn, freshman Mike Humphrey of Cornish, ME, “Super Dave” Sanborn of Tilton, Billy Osborne of Plaistow, and John Burke of Derry the rest of the top ten.
Multi-time track champ Ron Bolduc of Plaistow dominated the Allen’s Coffee Flavored Brandy Outlaw main event, leading from flag to flag to pick up his first win of the year in the “Quicka with Slika” machine. Joey “The Jet” Ventrillo was runner-up, with veteran Chuck Dehney of Lowell, MA placing third.
Fourth place went to opening night winner “Gentleman” George Baldwin of Lowell, MA , followed by “Football Joe” Dehney of Dracut, MA, “Rocket Rob” MacRae of Billerica, MA, George Maroun of Methuen, MA, and defending champ Barry Raymond of Sandown.
2014 champ Steve Douphinette made the best of a race-long battle with “Mad Max” Dolliver to post the 40-lap Stritly Stock win, with Dolliver, Douphinette‘s uncle RussTim Boyle of Barrington, Mark Parenteau of Groveland, MA, Jim Storace of Kingston, Justin Storace, Chris Kingsley, and Salem’s Kenny “Caveman” Scott the rest of the top ten.
Rookie Dan Sweeney grabbed the early lead from two-time 2015 feature winner Kody Parker in the Roadrunner main, and the youngster went the distance to collect his first career checkered flag. Paul Wainwright scored second, with Bobbo Williams, Melinda McCarthy, Sean Martin, Kody Parker, Brian Parker, Billy McCarthy, Tyler Chase, and Leon Keniston the rest of the top ten.
Epping, NH - Opening night at Star Speedway featured a strong field of race teams on hand to contest the annual Compact Equipment Services-sponsored “Marco Turcotte Memorial” for the Autism Awareness/PB Choppers 350 Supers, with Sandown veteran Sparky MacIver putting in a dominating performance to take home the victory aboard the Bob Chabot machine.
MacIver started the night by taking the checkers in his MacLellan Metal Finishing Dash qualifier, and he just kept on rolling in the 40-lap feature event, blasting past polesitter and defending champion Mike Netishen of Auburn to grab the early lead, and never looking back on his way to victory lane.
Auburn’s Matt Seavey returned to action for the first time since his devastating, season-ending crash in 2015, and he chased MacIver all the way to post a solid runner-up finish, with Netishen, “Super Dave” Sanborn of Tilton, and Lance Barthelemy of Fremont rounding out the top five.
Plaistow racers Billy Osborne and Steve Douphily were sixth and seventh, followed by Joey Scanlon of Salem, rookie Mike Humphrey of Cornish, ME in the Puzzled Racing entry, and Jarrod Soucy of Marlboro, MA.
A wild first-lap scramble eliminated two of the top contenders in the Allen’s Coffee Flavored Brandy Outlaw main event, as defending champ Barry Raymond of Sandown and multi-time champion Ron Bolduc of Plaistow both ended up hard in the backstretch tire barrier, sending the duo to the pits with heavy damage.
“Rocket Rob” MacRae of Billerica, MA looked to take advantage when racing resumed, but he quickly fell to the charge of veteran George Baldwin of Lowell, MA, who immediately began to pull away from the field. Joey “The Jet” Ventrillo was next to break out of the pack, but he had all he could do to keep the high-flying Baldwin in sight.
When the checkers waved, it was Baldwin pulling into victory lane to celebrate the 46th Star Speedway win of his storied career. Ventrillo had to settle for second place honors, with MacRae taking home third ahead of Check Dehney of Lowell, Ma and George Maroun of Methuen, MA.
After a tough night to start the 2016 campaign at the Bunny Brawl back in April, former Woody’s Auto Strictly Stock champion Steve Douphinette of Raymond rebounded nicely with a strong run that netted him his first checkered flag of the season, sweeping to wins in both his qualifying heat and the main event.
Michele Fushpanski of Salisbury, MA was first out to lead the way when the Strictly feature went green, holding down the top spot for the first eight laps before yielding the point to Rob DeAlmeida of Seabrook. Douphinette was right behind and on the move, slipping past DeAlmeida just a handful of laps later to take over.
Douphinette’s uncle Russ joined the lead battle late in the race, but he couldn’t find a way past before the checkers waved. Steve took down the win, with Russ second, and a resurgent John Cashman of Danvers, MA taking down third. Cashman had to battle back hard after restarting at the rear due to a lap nine spin to round out the podium.
DeAlmeida wound up fourth, followed by Anthony Belfiore of Atkinson, Mark Parenteau of Groveland, MA, 2015 Roadrunner champ Justin Storace of Kensington, Kris Schroeder of Haverhill, MA, Fushpanski, and Scott Wiggin of Portsmouth.
Barrington’s Dan Sweeney grabbed the early lead in the Chase Excavation Roadrunner main, with an early-race challenge coming from Paul Wainwright of Salem. The pair battled side by side for the top spot before Jimmy Renfrew, Jr. joined the action, and the youngster looked to the low side and passed both leaders on lap six.
Renfrew held serve for the next several circuits, but a late-race restart gave Wainwright the shot he needed, moving into the lead and going on to post the win. Renfrew finished second, with Melinda McCarthy of Haverhill, MA taking third ahead of her brother Billy and early leader Sweeney.
Sixth spot went to Kody Parker of Barrington, followed by Leon Keniston, Tyler Chase of Sandown, Travis Flanders of Seabrook, and Ken McIlvaine of Somersworth.
The EKeys4Cars Northeast Classic Lites made their first appearance of the 2016 campaign, with Barrington veteran Chris Sullivan holding off a race-long challenge from Kevin Merryfield of Rochester to take down the hard-earned win.
Barrington’s Myles DeVits was third, followed by Justin Harris of Lee, Adam Giacomozzi of Marshfield, MA, Tom Harton of Barrington, Claremont’s Jim Ayotte, defending champion Eric Skofield of Plaistow, Eric Boucher of Lebanon, ME, and Doug Dawkins of Haverhill, MA.
Next up at Star is the rescheduled “Support 50 Legs 150” for the Pro All Stars Series Super Late Models on Saturday, May 21, along with the first 2016 appearance by the Northeastern Midget Association (NEMA) Midgets and NEMA Lites. The Vintage Outlaw Modifieds, Woody’s Strictlys, and Chase Excavation Roadrunners will all be in action as well.
EPPING, NH- It's back and it is going to be even bigger than in 2014, when the quarter-mile Star Speedway on Route 27 in Epping, New Hampshire held their highest paying race in the track's long and storied history. It was also one of the best.
Today an agreement was reached between the Webber family and the Northeast Race Cars Tri-Track Open Modified Series representatives, Jim Schaefer and Dick Williams to present SBM V on Saturday night, July 30th, and this premiere Tour-Type Modified Open event will now pay a minimum of $10,000 to win!
SBM IV was a race held in June of 2014 that fans are still talking about to this day. Numerous drivers raced for the lead in the closing laps before Jon McKennedy raced to the victory and a $6,175 payday. Last place in that event paid $1,650 in large part because of race fan donations that in the end made it the highest paying race in Star history. In fact, a 13th place finish in SBM IV paid a whopping $4,141.
This 2016 version of the SBM 125 comes on the heels of a 2014 event that was dubbed, "One of the top ten best Modified races that I have ever seen," by the voice of the Modifieds for decades at tracks from Maine to Florida, Ben Dodge. And with a running start on obtaining sponsorship through the Northeast Race Cars Tri-Track Series, it will almost certainly exceed the payoff from the 2014 event because of the expected support from sponsors and race fans alike.
"I am so excited to see the Modifieds return to Star for SBM V," said track promoter Bob Webber Jr., who helped finalize the deal just today. "It was difficult not having the SBM last year. Both fans and competitors wanted it so badly, but the scheduling just didn't work in our favor.
"Every competing Modified driver that I have seen since that last race has been asking. Fans have been asking, and I have been working to bring the Open Show concept SBM back to where it all started. I am thrilled that we were able to make it happen for 2016, and with a summer date, this will surely be a marquee event of the 2016 season, and not just at Star Speedway."
Defending race winner Jon McKennedy was eying a different venue for July 30 in 2016, but those plans have changed since he heard the news today. The Chelmsford, Mass., standout considers Star to be his home track.
"That is the best news I've heard all year and the year is almost over," McKennedy said upon learning of the SBM 125's return. "To have the SBM at the top of my list of races to run in next season is awesome. Just awesome. I can't wait to get back there and try to win it for a third time."
More details of the 125-lap SBM V, on Saturday night July 30 will be finalized soon and can be found on the track web site: www.star-speedway.com, on the Official Star Speedway facebook page, or through the Northeast race Cars Tri-Track Open Modified Series facebook and web pages following the Christmas holiday season.
Epping, NH - Ohioan Dave Shullick, Jr. strengthened his International Supermodified Association (ISMA) points lead with an impressive win in the 50th running of the Classic at Star Speedway on Saturday night. Just one race remains between Shullick and the season championship.
Raymond driver Jeff Locke looked strong in the early going, moving out to lead the first half of the race, and it appeared as though the Granite Stater would be the man to beat. However, Shullick caught him in lapped traffic and slipped past coming off turn four on lap 90, and it was all but over from there.
Locke had an even worse encounter with traffic 20 circuits later, tangling with Jon Gambuti and climbing the front stretch wall. Locke’s machine sustained heavy front end damage that relegated him to a 14th place finish in the final tally. Shullick, meanwhile, was off to the races, lapping all but the top five finishers when the checkers waved.
Second-generation racer Jeff Abold of Baldwinsville, NY scored a strong runner-up finish, his best-ever Star Classic result, with Canadian ace Mark Sammut of London, Ontario also picking up his career-best Classic finish in the third spot to round out the post-race podium. Full race results were:
1. 95 Dave Shullick Jr., 2. 05 Jeff Abold, 3. 78 Mark Sammut, 4. 61 Mike Ordway Sr., 5. 11 Chris Perley, 6. 25 Dan Bowes, 7. 97 Timmy Jedrzejek, 8. 74 Rob Summers, 9. Trent Stephens, 10. 65 Tim Ice, 11. Mike Netishen, 12. 27 Jamie Timmons, 13. Justin Belfiore 98, 14. 37 Jeff Locke, 15. 8 Lonnie Adamson, 16. 14 Jon Gambuti, 17. 79 Jon McKennedy, 18. 49 Danny Shirey, 19. 17 Ben Seitz, 20. 21 Eddie Witkum Jr.. 21. 84 Mike Lichty, 22. 7 Tommy Tombarello, Jr., 23. 28 Eric Lewis, 24. 51 Dave Duggan,25. 5 Brian Sobus.
Star’s 350 Supermodifieds ran their biggest race of the season in front of a packed house, with the running of the Randy Witkum Memorial 50 as part of the Classic Night support program. Derry’s John Burke picked the perfect time to grab his first checkered flag of the 2015 campaign, scoring the prestigious Classic Night win.
Sandown’s Sparky MacIver won some hefty bonus money for his Friday night time trial pole run in the Bob Chabot machine, then collected even more as he led the first 30+ laps of the main event on Saturday, but Burke took advantage of a late-race restart to grab the lead away.
Once out front, Burke was unstoppable, flashing under the checkered flag to score the biggest win of his career. A disappointed MacIver settled for runner-up honors, with veteran John Leonard the best of the rest in his family-owned machine, coming across the stripe in the third spot.
Fourth went to Joey Scanlon in the Tom Bowley entry, making his first start of the 2015 campaign, with Plaistow’s Billy Osborne, grandson of legendary Star Speedway Supermodified chauffeur Howie Brown, rounding out the top five.
Steve Duphily, grandson of longtime Supermodified car owner/fabricator Vic Miller, checkered sixth, followed by Butch Valley, Jr., Mike Keddy, Brandee Tree, and Scott Bourne.
The Granite State Pro Stock Series put a 100-lap main event in the record books prior to the running of the Star Classic, with second-generation ace and new dad DJ Shaw making a statement with a strong run that netted him a trip to victory lane. Shaw becomes the first two-time winner in the series seven-race history at Star.
Series points leader Derek Griffith of Hudson came from deep in the field to pick up a second place finish, followed by former Star Modified champion Jacob Dore of Sanford, ME. Another ex-Star regular, Matt Frahm of Salem was fourth, with former Star Speedway Outlaw Sportsman champ Joe Squeglia of Derry fifth.
One of the winningest drivers ever to tour the Epping oval, multi-time Star champion Babe Branscombe of Northwood was sixth, followed by Mike Parks, Barry Gray, 2014 Star Classic night winner Dillon Moltz, and Nick Sweet.
Bill Ahern of Billerica, MA scored his first Outlaw Sportsman win of the season, holding off a determined Ron Bolduc of Plaistow to make the trip to victory lane in his Tyngsboro Motors-sponsored ride. Bolduc tried high and low over the second half of the race, but Ahern was up to the challenge and led them across the stripe.
George Maroun of Methuen, MA was third, followed by Joey Ventrillo of Methuen, “Rocket Rob” MacRae of Billerica, Chuck Dehney of Lowell, MA, Scotty Duval of Manchester, points leader Barry Raymond of Sandown, Steve “Pinball” Wilmot, and Erick Sands.
Strictly Stock points leader Mike Williams of Epsom found trouble early in their feature event when an out of shape competitor collected him and sent his car head-on into the front stretch retaining wall, ending his night with a badly bent racer. Williams walked away from the wreck uninjured, but his car was badly torn up.
John Cashman of Danvers was the man of the hour in the Strictly feature, pulling away to outdiatance the field by a comfortable margin on the way to victory. Mike Scott came home in the runner-up slot, followed by Bobby Bouchard, Bret Culleton, and Michele Fushpanski.
Justin Storace strengthened his points lead with another impressive performance in the Roadrunner main event, collecting his eighth win of the 2015 campaign. Yopung Jimmy Renfrew, Jr. most of the way, but Storace got by in the late laps to score the victory.
Renfrew eventually got spun in the final turn, cosing him a solid finish in just his second start since debuting a new car in late August. Paul Wainwright scored runner-up, with Jef James third followed by the sister/brother tandem of Melinda and Billy McCarthy.
Friday - $5
Saturday Gen. Admin. - $35
Sr and Jr - $25
Kids 10 under - FREE
Friday Pits - $20
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Epping, NH - Veteran campaigner and multi-time track champion Ron Bolduc of Plaistow scored the win in Saturday night’s “Big John” DiBurro Memorial 59 at Star Speedway, claiming his third victory in the five-year history of the race, easily the biggest of the season for the Allen’s Coffee Flavored Brandy Outlaw Sportsman competitors.
Methuen, MA’s George Maroun set the pace in the early going, but he quickly fell to the hard-charging Bolduc, who wasted little time making his way to the front. Bolduc took over the top spot on lap six, and he never looked back, leading the rest of the way to score the win.
Maroun got a hard-earned runner-up finish at the checkers, followed by Erick Sands, points leader Barry Raymond of Sandown, and Steve “Pinball” Wilmot. Wilmot took a trip through the infield grass on the initial green flag, and spent the rest of the race battling back to crack the top five at the finish.
Scotty Duval of Manchester was scored sixth, with second-generation Star racer Geoff Rollins, Frank Mirabito, Rob MacRae, and Check Dehney closing out the top ten finishers.
The Woody’s Auto Strictly Stocks ran another Furious 40 for their feature event, and defending champion Steve Douphinette put on quite a show to take the win. Douphinette was forced to come from the rear more than once after being involved in a couple of dust-ups, and he took the checkered flag by just a fender over points leader Mike Williams.
Williams had his hands full with a tough challenge from John Cashman, but Douphinette took to the outside groove and worked his way past the lead duo with the checkers in sight. He inched ahead at the finish line to collect the win, with Williams, Cashman, Sammy Peabody, and Mike Scott rounding out the top five.
Chase Excavation put up bonus money for twin 20-lap feature events in the Roadrunners, with Haverhill, MA driver Melinda McCarthy scoring a popular win in the first of the two main events, her second feature win of the 2015 season.
“Mad Max” Dolliver was next across the stripe, followed by Billy Osborne, Bob Williams, Jef James, Paul Wainwright, points leader Justin Storace, Jimmy Renfrew, Jr., Kody Parker, and Josh Adie.
In the nightcap, Dolliver made another impressive three-wide move, passing Jef James and Justin Storace as the trio took the white flag, and he went on to collect his fifth feature win of the 2015 campaign. Storace checkered second, followed by James, Osborne, Renfrew, McCarthy, Wainwright, Parker, Leon Keniston, and Paul Hurteau.
The Northeast Classic Lites were in action once again, this time for the final tune-up before the annual Ed Skofield Memorial race scheduled for October 3. The Skofield clan was unbeatable in the main, with Duane outrunning nephew Eric to post the win. Former Strictly Stocker Barney Boyle made his series debut with a strong third place run.
The Classic Lites main was red-flagged with just a handful of laps remaining for a wild incident involving Kevin Merryfield and Jake Cray. The two tangled in turn three, with Merryfield clobbering the retaining wall and flipping over. Quick work by the track safety crew got the car upright and the unhurt Merryfield out of the badly wrecked racer.
Fan Money Giveaway: In their efforts to help get new fans to Star Speedway, the following race teams are putting up $100 each to be give away to lucky fans. Any person who buys at least two General Admission tickets to Saturdays event will be given a special Fan Money Giveaway raffle ticket. During the Allen's Outlaws Fan Meet and Greet, the lucky winners will be drawn.
The following Race teams have contributed to this special raffle:
Mike Scott - #66 Woody's Strictly
Barry Raymond - #27 Allen's Outlaw
Mike Begley / Matt Robinson - #5 Allen's Outlaw
350 SUPERMODIFIED CLASSIC – SEPT 11/12, 2015
BONUS AWARDS – AS OF AUG 19, 2015
THESE AWARDS ARE IN ADDITION TO RACE PURSE WHICH WILL PAY $1775 TO WIN
$100 CERTIFICATE – SEYMOUR PERFORMANCE PRODUCTS - WINNER
$100 CERTIFICATE – SEALS-IT – WINNER
$50 TO LAST RUNNING CAR FROM BORIELLO RACE CARS
$100 CERTIFICATE – VELOCITA FIRESUITS - WINNER
$120 – NH 3 PLUS – RANDOM DRAW OF FINISHERS
$150 CERTIFICATE – COIL OVER COMMANDER – WINNER
5 GALLON PAIL SUNOCO – TOP FINISHING CUSTOMER OF WEEKEND
$300 FAST TIME AWARD – TOMBARELLO ELECTRICAL SERVICES
$200 HALFWAY LEADER FROM NICK & MELISSA – EAST DERRY COLLISION
$100 HALFWAY LEADER – SWANSON RACING
$75 HALFWAY LEADER FROM BORIELLO RACE CARS
$50 HALFWAY LEADER – RED CUP RACING
$50 HALFWAY LEADER – WOODY’S AUTO
$50 HALFWAY LEADER – VICTORY LANE RADIO
$150 HALFWAY LEADER – BURKE RACING
$50 HALFWAY LEADER – COREY MCKENNEDY
$50 HALFWAY LEADER – ARTIE ROUSSEAU JR #616
$50 HALFWAY LEADER – CHASE EXCAVATION
$25 HALFWAY LEADER – SUPER DAVE SANBORN
$25 HALFWAY LEADER FROM WES PRICE
LAP 21 - $210 TO LEADER FROM COMPACT EQUIPMENT
LAP 21 - $25 TO LEADER FROM VICTORY LANE RADIO
LAP 21 - $25 TO LEADER FROM SUPER DAVE SANBORN
LAP 21 - $25 TO LEADER FROM SPURLING MOTOR SPORTS
LAP 21 - $50 TO LEADER FROM RE AUTO BODY
LAP 46 - $64 TO LEADER FROM JOHN ASHLEY
$121 HARD CHARGER AWARD FROM NEMA AND NEMA LIGHTS
$100 HARD CHARGER AWARD FROM LEONARD RACING
$75 HARD CHARGER GIFT CERTIFICATE FROM TRI CITY LINE-X
AS OF AUG. 19 OVER $14, 000 IN PURSE AND AWARDS UP FOR GRABS
LAPS WILL PAY AN ADDITIONAL $1,650+ @ $20 TO LEADER, $10 TO RANDOM TOP TEN
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO ADD TO THIS EVENT PLEASE CONTACT BOBBY @ BOBJR@STAR-SPEEDWAY.COM
PRACTICE AND QUALIFYING WILL BE ON FRIDAY SEPT 11, 2015
PIT GATES OPEN AT 3:30
PRACTICE STARTS AT 5:30 – 5:45, 6:30 – 6:45, 8:30 TIRE SCUFF
APPROX. 9:30 350 SUPERMODIFIED RUN FOR THE POLE
FEATURE LINE-UP WILL BE STRAIGHT UP FROM TIME
50 LAP GREEN FLAG FEATURE EVENT
MUST START FEATURE ON SAME FOUR TIMES THAT TIME TRIALED ON
CRATE MOTORS WILL RUN 4 BBL 650 CFM, BUILT MOTORS 2BBL 500 CFM
IN ADDITION, JOHN BURKE RACING WILL BE PUTTING AN ADDITIONAL $850 SPREAD OUT OVER TOP 10 FINISHERS AND SNO-BANDIT WILL BE PUTTING $750 ACROSS TOP 5. MINIMUM AMOUNT FOR WINNING WITH THESE BONUSES BEFORE ANY ADDITIONAL BONUSES OR LAP MONEY WILL BE $1650.
Epping, NH - Rookie 350 Super racer Steve Duphily scored his first career win in Saturday night’s main event at the storied Star Speedway, adding his name to the short list of 2015 winners in the headline division when the checkers waved.
Duphily, who is the grandson of legendary Supermodified car owner/fabricator Vic Miller, made his first foray into full-size racing this year, jumping right into the highly-competitive ranks of the Star 350 Supers, and he has shown steady improvement since the start of the season.
The youngster jumped out to the lead at the drop of the green flag on Saturday, and he never looked back, running off to lead them across the stripe at the race’s conclusion. John Burke of Derry was next in the finishing order, followed by points leader and four-time feature winner Mike Netishen of Auburn, Sparky MacIver of Sandown, and Billy Osborne of Plaistow.
“Rocket Rob” MacRae of Billerica, MA closed the gap just a bit on Outlaw Late Model points leader Barry Raymond of Sandown with his third trip of the season to Star’s victory lane, once again dominating the Outlaw feature race to claim the win.
Manchester’s Scotty Duval was out front in the early going, but he couldn’t hold back the hard-charging MacRae, who made his way past and began to pull away from the field. Duval had his best run of the year until the late laps, when he dropped off the pace and headed to the pits.
Heat race winner Steve “Pinball” Wilmot had another strong outing that netted him a podium finish, taking second place honors behind winner MacRae. Points leader Raymond moved up late to claim third at the finish, with Joey Ventrillo of Methuen, MA and former champ Rob Bolduc of Plaistow finishing up the top five.
Longtime competitor Russ Douphinette of Groveland, MA came out of semi-retirement and sat in for his nephew Steve for the night, and did the defending champion proud, running the family machine to an impressive win in the Strictly Stock main event.
Mark Parenteau made it a one-two sweep for the Grovelanders, chasing Douphinette across the line in the second spot in one of his rare 2015 appearances. John Cashman of Danvers, MA took home third place honors, with Mike Scott and points leader Mike Williams of Epsom closing out the top five.
Third-generation racer “Mad Max” Dolliver made it back-to-back wins and four on the season in the Roadrunner feature event, using a bold three-wide move to get to the front, and staying there until the checkers waved to roll into victory lane once again.
Points leader Justin Storace grabbed the runner-up finish, followed by Kody Parker, Melinda McCarthy, Andrew Gillis, Bobbo Williams, P.J. Hurteau, Harry Robinson, Jef James, and Tyler Chase.
Epping, NH - With rain showers dampening outdoor activities everywhere within just a few miles of the famed ¼ mile track and shortening up the night‘s practice rounds, Star Speedway’s crack staff still managed to get the speedway surface dry and squeeze in the entire race program on Saturday night.
This week’s special event featured the restored racers of the Vintage Outlaw club, with Art Chartier picking up his third Star Speedway checkered flag of the season at the end of the 25-lap main. Chartier continued his impressive summer campaign, scoring his second Vintage Outlaw win to go along with another he collected racing with the Maine-based Wicked Good Vintage club, making him a perfect three-for-three in 2015 at Star.
Mike Netishen of Auburn picked up his fourth win of the season and solidified his points lead in the 350 Super main event, holding off a determined Mark “Sparky” MacIver of Sandown to make yet another trip to victory lane aboard the point standings-leading Sno Bandit, Phantom Fireworks, L & W Auto Repair, Serenity Landscaping-sponsored machine with just two races remaining in the 2015 points chase.
John Burke of Derry was first out of the gate to set the early pace, pulling away to an impressive lead in his new machine before apparent overheating issues sent him to the pits and out of contention. Netishen and MacIver moved out front to settle the issue when racing resumed, with Netishen comfortably taking down the win.
MacIver and his patented one-handed driving style fell a bit further behind in the championship chase with the runner-up finish, followed by third-generation racer Billy Osborne, who picked up his best finish of the year to round out the podium.
Osborne was fresh off his second career win in the 13th annual Don Hayes Memorial for Roadrunners at Star’s sister track, the historic Hudson International Speedway the previous Sunday, and was more than pleased with his first 2015 podium in the 350‘s. John Leonard and rookie Steve Douphily rounded out the top five.
Points leader Mike Williams of Epsom scored his third win of the season in the Strictly Stock main event, outrunning Danvers, MA racer John Cashman, Mike Scott, Bret Culleton of Pelham, and Tim Boyle of Barrington.
Third-generation racer Max Dolliver put in an impressive run to collect his third win of the year in the Roadrunner main, outrunning Bobbo Williams, points leader Justin Storace, rookie competitor Josh Demers, and two-time winner Kody Parker to collect the checkers.
Epping, NH - The Mr. Rooter New England Truck Series made their second appearance of the 2015 season at the historic Star Speedway on Saturday night, with Roger Turbush of Riverhead, NY taking home the checkered flag.
Frank Dumicich, Sr. of East Quoque, NY took the early lead in the main event, but he was quickly overhauled by son Frank, Jr., the winner the last time the series invaded the fast ¼ mile. Turbush was on the prowl however, and he quickly disposed of the Dumicich machines to make his way to the head of the field.
At the checkers, it was Turbush rolling into victory lane for his fifth win of the 2015 campaign, with Dumicich, Jr., and Sr. rounding out the podium in second and third. Josh Stringer of East Killingly, CT and Tyler Chapman of Mystic, CT rounded out the top five.
Mark “Sparky“ MacIver of Sandown took an impressive win in the 350 Supers, holding off a determined Mike Netishen of Auburn to post the victory. Nottingham’s Brandee Tree won her heat race and set the pace for the first several laps, when Netishen and MacIver took her three-wide on the backstretch to get past.
Netishen moved out to the lead for a couple of laps, but MacIver dug deep and eventually made his way past the points leader to earn win number three on the season aboard the Bob Chabot machine. Netishen took runner-up honors, with veteran John Leonard third followed by John Burke of Derry and former Roadrunner champ Billy Osborne of Kingston.
Strictly Stock veteran John Cashman of Danvers, MA made his second 2015 trip to victory lane, outrunning Epsom’s Mike Williams and Bret Culleton of Pelham. Defending champ Steve Douphinette of Raymond and rookie Mike Scott rounded out the top five.
Bobbo Williams took his second win of the year in the Roadrunner main event, outrunning third-generation racer “Mad Max” Dolliver, Paul Wainwright, Kody Parker, Josh Adie, Jef James, Melinda McCarthy, Justin Storace, Harry Robinson, and Robert Fields.
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