Epping, NH – Twin 25-lap
features were the order of business for the E Keys 4
Cars Modifieds at Star Speedway on Saturday night, with
Richard Savary picking up his first win of the year in
the opener, and David Pinkham grabbing his second
victory of the season in the nightcap.
Savary broke out from the
pole and led flag to flag for the win in the first
25-lapper, with Josh Cantara, Eric Hudson, Jacob Dore,
Jon McKennedy, Joey Jarvis, Pinkham, Brandee Tree, Mike
Douglas, Jr., and George Sherman the rest of the top
After suffering a
late-race flat tire that knocked him out of contention
in the first race, Pinkham bounced back nicely and led
them across the stripe to score the win as the rains
moved in just as the final checker fell.
Josh Cantara picked up
the bonus money that was on the line for best combined
finish with another strong runner-up effort, followed by
Jeff Amaral, who scored his first podium of the year
with a third place finish in the nightcap.
Dore ended the night with
a pair of fourth place finishes, with George Baldwin
bouncing back from a wreck in the first 25-lapper to
round out the top five in the second race. Hudson,
Savary, McKennedy, Gary Grubisa, and Tree finished sixth
Looking for his first
career win, rookie Bret Culleton was the man to beat in
the early laps of the Rookie Stock main, breaking out
from his front row starting spot to open up a
comfortable lead over the first half of the race.
Veteran Bob Riopelle held
the second spot several car lengths behind Culleton
until lap 17, when Dean Wendell slipped past to claim
the position. With no cautions to slow the action,
rookie Culleton looked like he might pull off that first
win, but Wendell caught him with two to go and made the
pass for the lead.
Wendell only lead two
laps, but they were the ones that counted, bringing him
to victory lane when the checkers waved. Culleton got
his best result of the year in the runner-up spot, with
Riopelle, John Cashman, Bill Clement, Jr., Chris
Augevich, Scotty Duval, Slika Ennis, Chris Kingsley, and
Ray Densmore third through tenth.
After three years of
trying, Torrey Kovalesky finally broke the ice and
captured his first career Roadrunner feature event
victory, holding off a tough challenge from Loren Smith,
Jr. to collect the winner’s hardware.
Smith picked up a solid
second place finish, with Anthony Nadeau, Lloyd Chapin,
Billy Osborne, Myles Devits, George Maroun, Dylan
Bilodeau, Chris Howard, and Steve Nichols rounding out
the top ten finishers.
Rookie Stock winner Dean Wendell