Epping, NH – Jon
McKennedy grabbed his third win of the 2011 E Keys 4
Cars Modified season on Saturday night at Star Speedway,
steering the Bob Wilcox machine to its first victory
lane appearance of the year.
Veteran Eric Hudson paced
the field for the first half of the race in the
Newmarket Sand and Gravel machine, but McKennedy was
right on his bumper most of the way looking for the
mistake that would get him the lead.
dogging Hudson for more than half the race, McKennedy
finally moved to the front with the laps winding down
and went on to post the win. Jacob Dore scored his best
finish of the year in the runner-up slot, with Josh
Cantara rounding out the podium in third.
Including his big win in
the SBM 125 last month; McKennedy now has four wins for
the year on the tight quarter-mile. Fourth place went
to George Baldwin, followed by Mike Murphy, Mike
Douglas, Jr., Jeff Amaral, Kevin Iannarelli, Richard
Savary, and Gary Grubisa.
Slika Ennis scored his
first career Star Speedway win in the Rookie Stock
feature, holding off a late-race challenge from Dean
Wendell to collect the victory. Coming off a race the
week before that sent him home with a last place finish,
Slika turned things around in a big way.
competitors Dave and Bill Helliwell paced the field as
they headed to flagman Mike Walker’s green flag to start
the Rookie main, but “Hollywood” Dave didn’t even
complete a lap before he dropped off the pace with
Chris Augevich drove past
Bill on the restart to lead the way for the next several
laps, but Ennis eventually ran him down and got past to
score the win and turn the light on atop his cab,
celebrating his first ever checker at the Epping
Dean Wendell finished a
car length behind Ennis to collect runner-up honors,
with Bill Fiske, Bret Culleton, Augevich, Billy Clement,
Jr., John Cashman, Connor McDougal, Scotty Duval, and
Bill Helliwell the remainder of the top ten.
Roadrunner action saw
Anthony Nadeau outrun Jack Victoria to score the win,
with Billy Osborne taking home third. Fourth went to
Torrey Kovalesky, with Ricky Porter, Myles Devits, Steve
Nichols, Ray Patriacca, Ken McIlvaine, and Loren Smith,
Jr. fifth through tenth.
The New England V-6
Modified feature event was dominated by third-generation
racer Keith Caruso, who held off a tough late-race
challenge from Anthony Frissora to pick up the winner’s
trophy. Frissora, a winner the last time the V-6’s
visited Star was followed by Allan Rieser, Jr., Eric
Vilandre, and Louie Maher.
The Northeast Classic
Lites brought 17 cars to Star for the night’s action,
but none was faster than Rob Bryant’s, as he outran
George Helliwell to collect the win. Duane Skofield,
Eddie Gilman, and Danny Shields were third through fifth
in the final rundown.