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 email@example.com. 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.
The Northeastern Midget Association heads to the famed Star Speedway in Epping, NH on Saturday night. It has been a favorite stop for the midgets since the 60's, in fact Star has hosted more NEMA events than any other facility.
Some of the greats have gotten their first NEMA victory at Star including Joey Coy, Mike Favulli and Billy Mann, as well as modern day drivers like Jeff Horn, Joey Payne, Bobby Seymour and Russ Stoehr. There will be plenty of drivers gunning for their first on Saturday night.
Stoeher leads all active drivers with 10 wins at Star.
The NEMA midgets bring a see-saw battle at the top of the point standings in both of their classes.
The top spot has traded back and forth between young Avery Stoeher of Lakeville, MA and another Massachusetts South Shore native, Randy Cabral of Kingston. Cabral now leads by 13 points thanks to a runner-up finish last time out at Waterford. Stoehr could only muster a fourth place in that event and lost his grip on the points lead.
Consistancy is what's keeping them close. Of the 9 races so far this season Randy has won 3 and finished second 3 times. Avery has been only a shade off that with 2 wins, a second and a pair of thirds.
The other points battle in the full midgets is right behind them between Suffield CT's Todd Bertrand in third and Brimfield, MA resident Seth Carlson. The latter has been red hot in the last two races, with a win and third. He has closed the gap on Bertrand and now trails by just 10 points.
It's just as tight in the Lites. A win by Marshfield, MA's Danny Cugini at Waterford last time catipulted him to the top of the standings over Ryan Krachun of Neshanic Station, NJ. Even without a victory, Krachun had a lock on the top spot for several weeks. Cugini now leads by 11 points going into Star.
Krachun could now fall into the clutches of another consistant finisher. Andy Barrows of New Ipswich, NH is only 17 points out of second.
The real story in the Lites this season has been PJ Stergois of Candia, NH. Though he missed 3 races, he's only finished outside the top 3 once in the 8 main events he's run. 4 of those podium finishes were victories. He'll be looking to score another one at his "home" track on Saturday night.
THE SUNDOWN SHOWDOWN
A special match race sponsored by All Star Performance has been added to the program. "The Sundown Showdown" will feature some of Star Speedway's historic superstar drivers taking on some of the young, up and coming stars of the NEMA. A trophy and huge bragging rights are on the line for this sure-to-be-special, multi-generational race.
Star owner Bob Webber has invited these driver/NEMA LITES car pairings:Chris Perley in the Ted Smith #93
Joey Payne in the Dan Cugini #51
Jon McKennedy in the Frank Manafort #76
Mike Ordway in the Bill Stergios #11
Russ Stoehr in the Scott Bigelow #32
Avery Stoehr in the Russ Stoehr #15a
Anthony Payne in the Jennifer Scrivani #211
Matt Swanson in the Matt Seymour #9
Walpole, NH- The Granite State Pro Stock Series’ (GSPSS) championship is heating up as the tour heads back to Star Speedway this Saturday, August 16, for the GSPSS 100.
Four drivers are within 28 tallies off point leader Larry Gelinas entering Saturday’s event. Larry Gelinas’ lead whittled away after mechanical misfortune at Monadnock Speedway forced the Buxton, ME driver to retire early from the JBH 100. Matt Frahm, Derek Griffith, and Dillon Moltz all took advantage as each finished inside the top 10 to begin to reel in Gelinas. Frahm, with his third place finish in the JBH 100, now sits a mere 19 points behind Gelinas. “Everyone kept their heads up,” stated Frahm about his run at Monadnock. “Third place, we’ll take it for the points, and we’ll move on to Star.” Frahm fought his way to the front as a result of being penalized from an incident with Tommy O’Sullivan.
Barry Gray’s win brought the Belchertown, MA driver into the top five, just 52 points out of first, and 24 points out of fourth. Brad Babb, Mike Parks, Tommy O’Sullivan, Mike O’Sullivan, and Cory Robert complete the top 10.
For Moltz, a victory in this Saturday’s race would avenge some of the bad luck the Waterford, CT driver has suffered as of late. Back in June, Moltz, driver of the RB Performance/Brackett Mechanical Chevrolet, was cruising on his way to a possible victory, when an incident involving a lapped car brought Moltz to the rear of the pack. Jeremy Davis would rocket ahead for the victory, but not without a valiant effort from Moltz to catch Davis, who settled for second.
With Gray’s win in the JBH 100 at Monadnock Speedway, the Granite State Pro Stock Series have awarded a win to five different drivers in five races. Star Speedway generally boasts a strong car count for the GSPSS, which will increase the chances of increasing the streak of different winners to 6. One driver that could extend the streak is Dover, NH’s Wayne Helliwell, JR. In a statement on Helliwell JR’s Facebook page, the Bruce Bernhardt led team announced their intention to participate in the GSPSS 100. The two-time American-Canadian Tour champion has one career win in the GSPSS, and most recently, had lead the Icebreaker at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park before suffering a flat tire, ending “The Punisher’s” chances of victory.
The Granite State Pro Stock Series will run 100 laps at Star Speedway this Saturday, August 16th, in the GSPSS 100. Star Speedway is located at 176 Exeter Rd, in Epping, NH. For more information on Star Speedway, visit www.starspeedway.com. For more information on the Granite State Pro Stock Series, visit our website, www.gspss.net, e-mail Mike Parks at firstname.lastname@example.org, like us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter @GSProStocks.
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