EPPING, NH- Star Speedway held a very successful initial
meeting to welcome it's new E-Keys 4 Cars Tour-Type
Pavement Modified division members this past Saturday.
The meeting also served as an opportunity for
competitors to voice their opinions on how the new class
should be run, from rules to race procedures.
"I want all of the teams to know that this new Modified
division will be run as a partnership together, between
all of us," Webber Jr., revealed. "This track has been
in my family for 30 years, and I want to see it return
to the successful Saturday night track that it once was,
and I can't do it alone."
Twenty-Two race teams were present at the meeting, with
at least two more teams who were not at the meeting,
pledging their support of the return to weekly Modified
racing at the Epping oval.
Twenty-Five drivers have already pre-registered for the
new season. Among them are popular Buxton, Maine
standout David Pinkham, Jacob Dore, and multi-time
Valenti Modified Racing Series Champion Kirk Alexander.
Longtime Star regulars Louie Mechalides, Eric Hudson and
George Baldwin are on the list, along with second
generation drivers of former Star Super Modified
standouts Russ Wood Jr., Mike Douglas Jr., and Jim
In addition to those already entered, NASCAR Whelen
Modified Tour competitor Richard Savary has reserved a
pit pad, and another second generation driver, Mike
Ordway Jr., is frantically searching for a Modified to
purchase so that he can also race weekly at the
The meeting began with Webber Jr., explaining his
overall vision for the Modified class, which will be his
primary focus. Head Tech Inspector Pete Frappier handed
out a complete list of rules, with several procedural
items being discussed, and input from race teams being
considered. The June 4 SBM 125 Modified "Open" event was
also discussed, with feedback allowed from competitors.
"I have to say that it was one of the best pre-season
rules meetings we have ever attended," stated co-car
owner Anne Hannaford, who will be on hand weekly with
driver Josh Cantara. "Bobby, you and Pete were sure of
your rules, and when you weren't...when additional
questions came up, you both handled them very well.
Kudos to both of you."
The first Modified race of the season will take place on
Saturday, May 14. For continuing updates on the upcoming
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