Lowell, MA - The 2011 banquet for the Star and Hudson
Speedways crowned the season champions and point
finalists on Friday night 11/11/11, with special awards
being handed out to dozens of drivers for their
accomplishments during the night.
Among the many special guests on hand for the
festivities was Speedway Illustrated magazine publisher
Karl Fredrickson, a longtime Star/Hudson racer himself,
who was in the house giving out free subscriptions to
many of the top points finishers.
Appreciation Awards were presented to track supporters
New England Race Fuels, Dave Lind Race Tires, Sanford
Graphix, and E Keys 4 Cars, with representatives of each
collecting a handsome plaque to bring back to the
office. Longtime car owner Jim Daley was also presented
a Dedication to Racing Award.
Although Star E Keys 4 Cars Modified champions Goodwin
Hannaford and his driver Josh Cantara were the big stars
of the night, the Wendell family certainly shared in the
spotlight. Father Mitch Wendell took home the
championship trophy for the Star outlaws, while son Dean
captured the same title at Hudson, and another son Chad
was declared co-champion in the Hudson Thunder Lights.
Other champions receiving their awards during the night
were Star’s Rookie Stock kingpin Bill Fiske and
Roadrunner ace Jack Victoria, both of whom staged come
from behind surges to claim their championships on the
final night of racing.
Hudson’s other titlists going home with the big trophies
were Nick Fisette in the Roadrunners, John Morin, Jr. in
the Rookie Stocks, and Jarrod Soucy, co-champion with
Chad Wendell in the Thunder Lights.
Appearing Car awards were presented by Steve Dickey, Jr.
of Danger Designs to Star racers Jeff Amaral (Modified
#07), Rob MacRae (Outlaw #52), Connor McDougal (Rookie
Stock #8), and Jack Victoria (Roadrunner #38).
Hudson Speedway Best Appearing Car awards went to Derek
Griffith (Outlaw #12), Austin Erickson (Thunder Light
#LL), Jen Lord (Roadrunner #61), and Roger Tanguay
(Rookie Stock #8).
Wrench awards were handed out to John Morin, Sr., Ricky
Porter, Chris Augevich, John Swain, John Baldwin, Bob
Wilcox, and Mitch Wendell, while Myles Devits, Augevich,
Jen Lord, Jay Maki, Rob MacRae, and George Sherman all
accepted Most Improved Driver awards.
Sportsmanship awards were presented to Leon Keniston,
Todd Warren, Jerry LePage, Andy Nichols, John Cashman,
Steve “Pinball” Wilmot, and longtime racer Joey Kourafes,
soon to be inducted into the New England Auto Racing
Hall of Fame.
coveted Star Speedway Rookie of the Year titles went to
Garrison Grubisa in the E Keys 4 Cars Modifieds, Bret
Culleton in the Rookie Stocks, and George Maroun in the
Roadrunners. Hudson’s top freshmen were Derek Griffith
in the Outlaws and Roger Tanguay in the Rookie Stocks.