Epping, NH Ė George
Baldwin of Lowell, MA put on a dominating performance in
the 40-lap E Keys 4 Cars Modified feature event at Star
Speedway on Saturday, moving up quickly from his third
starting spot to take the lead, and holding off several
late-race challenges to score his second main event win
of the 2011 season.
George Sherman and Jeff
Amaral led the field to green, but Baldwin wasted little
time getting to the front, and he immediately began to
pull away from the field. A couple of early-race
incidents slowed the pace, including a tangle that sent
Kevin Iannarelli to the sidelines with an apparent wrist
Three-time 2011 winner
Jon McKennedy moved in to challenge late in the race,
but Baldwin held off his challenge, and Jacob Dore took
a shot with laps winding down after making his way past
Baldwin was king of the
hill on this night however, and he went on to post the
win. Dore, McKennedy, Josh Cantara, Vinnie Annarummo,
Gary Grubisa, George Sherman, Brandee Tree, Mike
Douglas, Jr., and Amaral rounded out the top ten.
The Outlaws were back for
another action-packed night of racing, and they didnít
disappoint the large crowd assembled in the grandstands.
Sandy Lee and Kevin Kephart picked up the wins in
qualifying, but the pair had totally different nights
come feature time.
Kephart led the entire
first half of the race, slipping past polesitter Jimmy
Ryder to grab the advantage early on. Kephart stayed
out front past halfway, but lap 19 was the beginning of
the end, as he got hit from behind and spun, collecting
Joey Ventrillo and Steve Wilmot in the scramble to get
Lee picked up the lead
when racing resumed, and he went the distance to post
the win, his first of the 2011 season. Mitch Wendell
drove a smooth race to collect runner-up honors, with
Joe Dehney, Lee Weldy, and Rob MacRae rounding out the
After a tough race which
saw him narrowly avoiding several incidents, Chuck
Dehney scored a sixth place finish, with Shaun Waites,
Billy Ryder, Ventrillo, and Wilmot closing out the top
Rookie Bret Culleton was
the man to beat in the Rookie Stocks, and there wasnít
anybody in the place who was up to the task. Culleton
jumped out to the lead shortly after the drop of the
green, and he was off to the races from there.
With points leader Chris
Augevich in hot pursuit, rookie Culleton was untouchable
for the duration of the race, running off to win by
several car lengths when the checkers waved. It was the
freshmanís second win of the 2011 campaign.
Augevich maintained his
points lead with another solid runner-up effort, with
2011 feature winners Bill Fiske and Connor McDougall
next across the stripe. Fan favorite Andy Nichols
rounded out the top five.
Jack Victoria was a man
on a mission in the Roadrunner feature event, and he
quickly overtook early leader Myles Devits to take over
the point. With clear racetrack in front of him,
Victoria went the distance to easily score the win.
Anthony Nadeau was next
across the stripe to collect second place honors, with
Torrey Kovalesky rebounding from an early-race tangle to
finish third. Fourth spot went to Devits, with Ken
McIlvaine finishing up the top five.
Steve Dubois of Kingston
topped the field of one-on-one drag competitors, and it
was Zach Emswiler of Hampton taking down the win in the
4-cyliner Enduro to close out the nightís racing action.
Next up at Star Speedway
on Saturday, August 6, itís another full night of racing
action featuring the E Keys 4 Cars Modifieds, Rookies
and Roadrunners, along with the third appearance of the
year for the V-6 Modifieds, and another exciting V-8