Epping, NH - The Pro All Stars Series Super Late Models
and PASS Modifieds were among the featured attractions
on opening night at Star Speedway on Saturday, with
Farmington, ME’s Johnny Clark taking down an impressive
win after starting at the rear in the 150-lap PASS North
SLM main event.
Travis Benjamin battled hard in the late stages of the
race but came up short in the second spot, with Martin
Latulippe, Joey Doiron, Ben Rowe, Kyle DeSousa, Alex
Gingras, Lonnie Sommerville, Andy Shaw, and Donnie
Whitten closing out the top ten.
Rusty Bryant survived multiple restarts and took home
the win over a strong 19-car field in the PASS Modified
main. No stranger to Star’s victory lane, Bryant took
up residence there after a victory or two in Northeast
Classic Lites competition during the 2011 campaign.
Dana Reed and Travis Buzzell shared the post-race podium
with Bryant after finishing second and third.
support card had no lack of side by side racing,
featuring the double-points season openers for three of
Star’s weekly divisions, the Allen’s Coffee Brandy
Outlaw Late Models, the Woody’s Auto Strictly Stocks,
and the Kimball Auto Body Roadrunner were part of the
Strictly Stocks were the first Star weekly division to
get their opening night feature underway, with John
Cashman out at the green to take the lead. Cashman
eventually lost the point to Jack Victoria, who looked
to be on the way to victory when mechanical woes sent
him to the pit area and out of contention.
Chris Augevich took over from there, and unlike last
season when he ended the opener upside-down, he got a
much better result this time, closing out the night in
victory lane. Steve Dickey, Jr., Matt Kawejsza, Bret
Culleton, Cashman, Steve Douphinette, Sam Peabody, Randy
Carmichael, Chris Kingsley, and Garrett Renner were
second through tenth.
2012 season opener for the Allen’s Coffee Brandy Outlaw
Late Models attracted a full field of entries, with
second-generation driver Nick Gravel leading the first
11 laps before yielding the lead to Billy Ryder just
before the lap counter clicked to 12.
Ryder’s time out front was limited, as Jimmy Renfrew was
on the move and headed to the front. Once there,
Renfrew cruised the rest of the way to the checkers,
rolling his new David’s Race Cars-built machine into the
winner’s circle at the end of the night.
MacRae eventually got the better of Ryder to finish in
the second spot, with Joey “The Jet” Ventrillo,
defending champion Mitch Wendell, Barry Raymond, Jr.
Steve Johnson, Jay Sands, Joe Squeglia, Jr., and Erik
Sands the rest of the top ten.
Kimball Auto Body Roadrunners spent their feature event
chasing down Lance Barthelemy, who ran away from the
field to score an easy win. Seth Stickney grabbed
runner-up honors, with Ken McIlvaine, Steve Nichols,
Emil Maroun, Dave “Hollywood” Helliwell, Melinda
McCarthy, Jason Plouffe, Ed Carr, and Glen Leduc next
across the line.