Epping, NH – Star
Speedway hosted the annual “Christmas in July”
celebration on Saturday, with double features for the
Roadrunners and Rookie Stocks, as well as the return of
he Outlaws highlighting the program for the night.
The Maine Modifieds were
a late addition to the schedule, and the youngsters
entertained the crowd with a fast-paced feature event
the saw Reid Lanpher take down the win over Dan Snow and
11 year-old Cameron Lovejoy.
Anthony Nadeau took down
the checkers in the first of the twin feature events for
the Roadrunners, outrunning Ricky Porter, Billy Osborne,
Myles Devits, Torrey Kovalesky, Doug Dawkins, Steve
Nichols, George Maroun, Ken McIlvaine, and Robert Fields
for the victory.
Nadeau almost made it
two-for-two in the nightcap, but Jack Victoria made a
late-race charge to steal his third victory of the year
by less than a car length at the finish line. Nadeau
settled for second, followed by Porter, Devits, Dawkins,
McIlvaine, Nichols, Maroun, and Fields.
Connor McDougal continued
the season-long streak when he outran the field to
become the ninth winner in nine races in the Rookie
Stock ranks for the 2001 season, beating out Steve
Dickey, Jr., Bret Culleton, Bill Fiske, John Cashman,
Dean Wendell, Steve Dubois, Scotty Duval, Andy Nichols,
and Chris Augevich.
The second race brought
the first two-time winner of the year in the Rookies, as
Dickey dominated the action in the Brimstone/Danger
Designs entry to take the checkers. Fiske was best of
the rest in the second spot, with Wendell, Culleton,
Duval, Cashman, Augevich, McDougal, Nichols, and Dubois
The Outlaw main was a
rough and tumble affair, with several contenders finding
trouble along the way. Shaun Waites, Jr. was out in
front of the mayhem all night, moving from his third
starting spot to the lead by the ten lap mark, and it
was pretty much over from there.
Waites held off a tough
Chuck Dehney over the last several laps, and he went on
to score his first feature event win of the 2011 season
in the Jim Daley entry. Dehney went home with a
well-deserved runner up finish, followed by Gary
Beauregard in the Schroeder and Sons machine.
Fourth spot went to
veteran Mitch Wendell, followed by Dave Blanchard and
Rob MacRae, who just missed the top five despite getting
turned around a couple of times along the way. Joe
Dehney was seventh, with Joey Ventrillo, Sandy Lee, and
Kaylee Fanning the rest of the top ten.
Connor McDougal topped the one on one drags, while Jim
Deveau outran Ray Patriacca ad Rich Beauchesne for the
4-cylinder Enduro win, and Ed Flannigan topped the
eight-cylinder Enduro main to close out the night’s