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
Saturday Pits - $45
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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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.
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