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STAR goes to STAR”!  It was “Meet and Greet Night” at the STAR Speedway in Epping, NH on June 20th as this would be the next stop on the Senior Tour Auto Racers schedule.  The weather was iffy and not sure if we would get racing in that night.  The Southern and Northern tracks were cancelling out their night due to heavy rains and wind, but the sun was still shining in Epping, NH.  It was like Mother Nature just made a “what we call it in racing” a sharp turn left.

Senior Tour cars rolled in from all over New England to give the fans some “Good Ole Fashion Racing”.  It was so nice to see so many STAR Speedway drivers and fans come to the Senior Tour’s pits to talk to the members and view the cars.

The tour was in for heats and features for both divisions that night along with the on track “Meet and Greet”, which is always a hit!

With Mother Nature still shining on us it was off to racing as the tour made its first hit to the asphalt with the Sportsmen division with their heat race.  John Mulcahy from Ma in his #57 Mustang captured the first flag for the evening and the heat win for the Sportsmen division.  Richard Eastman from Ma in his #0 Pinto took a very close second and to round out the pack with a third was Skip Stearns from NH in his #7coupe.  The Modifieds were lined up and ready to hit the track for their heat race.  It was Bobby Turner from Me in his #7 Omni to take down the second win for the tour that evening. Scott Poirier from Ct in his #73 Pinto would capture a very close second and rounding out the Modifieds with a third was Bob Donahue from NH in his #99 Pinto.

With Mother Nature “Still” shining on us, the races continued at STAR Speedway.  Then it was Star’s Speedway‘s “Meet and Greet” time for the Senior Tour.  One by one Senior Tour cars came out filling up the complete front stretch to meet the fans of Star Speedway.  The track opened up the gates and let the fans come down to meet the Senior Tour drivers.  As I walked up and down the front stretch you could see the kids getting a kick out of sitting in the cars and taking pictures.  There was signing of shirts, flags and photos and “oh what stories were told,” always a hit!

Then it was time for feature racing!  First up was the Sportsmen division.  In his red #43 coupe “which he calls Fred” it was Alan Zemla from Me to take down the checkered for the Sportsmen division feature.  Skip Stearns from NH in the #7 coupe and John Mulcahy from Ma in his #57 Mustang battled out for second.  When the flag came down it was Stearns to pick up a second and Mulcahy finished off with a third.  The top three were brought track side for an out of car interview and awarded with trophies.

Now it was time for the Modifieds to hit the asphalt for their feature race.  In his new sleek black Pinto it was Bob Donahue from NH in the #99 to take down the last checkered flag and the win for the Modified division.  Behind him were the two white #7’s.  Bobby Turner from Me and Brian Robie from NH, side by side to a photo finish.  It was Robie taking a second and Turner finishing off the pack with a third.  The top three were brought track side for an out of car interview and awarded with trophies.

Senior Tour Auto Racers would like to thank STAR Speedway and their entire staff for the warm welcome and all their hospitality; it was a great night of racing!  Also thanks to Mother Nature for taking a left turn so we could race that night!


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Senior Tour Auto Racers were on tap at the Lee USA Speedway in Lee NH on June 12th .  Cars hauled in from NY, CT, RI, Ma, NH, Me, and Canada.  Star started their day with 2 rounds of practice and then Lee USA brought all divisions that night onto the track for an autograph session.  Lee opened up the gates to let the fans come down to meet all the drivers and view the cars up close.  It was great to see the Star members signing autographs on tee shirts, photos, and flags and talking to the fans.  The children were getting a big kick by sitting in the cars but I think the drivers got just as much a kick out of it as the children. 

Then it was off to racing!  Star was scheduled for heats and features.  With Mother Nature breathing down with the threat of rain, it was not sure if the racing would get in or not. 

The first to hit the track was the Sportsmen division for their heat race.  The green came down and it was race time.  John Mulcahy from Ma in his #57 Mustang was the first to take down the checkered that evening for the tour.  It was Robert Harless from NY in his #8 sedan to take a very close second and to top off the pack with a third it was Joby Tucker from RI in his #70 coupe 

The Modifieds were lined up and ready to hit the asphalt for their heat race.   It was a photo finish as Ed Mulligan from RI in his #61 Pinto drove to the win with Scott Poirier from Ct in his #73 Pinto just inches away to take down a second.  Right behind Poirier was Jocelyn Laliberte from Quebec, Canada to top the pack of with a third.

 When it was time for the features it was not sure it Mother Nature would hold off or not.  STAR hit the track for their features. It was Bobby Turner from Me in his #7 Pinto to take down the checkered and victory for the Modifieds that evening.  Scott Poirer from Ct  in his #73 Pinto pulled another close second for the evening and to finish off the pack with a third was Jocelyn Laliberte from Canada with his #61 QC Pinto.

In the sportsmen division it was Skip Stearns from NH in his #7X coupe to take the victory for the Sportsmen division.  Robert Harless from NH in his #8 sedan finished second and topping of the pack with a third was John Mulcahy from Ma in his #57 Mustang. The skies were getting darker and darker so Lee USA Speedway by passed all on track interviews and continued racing to beat the rain.  Trophies were awarded to the top three in the Modifieds and Sportsmen in the pit area.

The races continued and all racing got in that night, but as we pulled out of the pit area to head for home the rain started to come.  Racing ruled and beat Mother Nature that night!

Senior Tour Auto Racers would like to thank Lee USA Speedway and their entire staff for all their hospitality and a “Great Night of Racing”.  Star will be returning to Lee USA Speedway for their second appearance on August 28th.





On June 7th Bezema Buick of Norwood, Ma held the 11th annual Norwood Arena Speedway Reunion.

Norwood Arena Speedway, Norwood, MA was the fastest 1/4 Mile NASCAR stock car racing track in the 1960's.
Norwood Arena Speedway featured midget and sports car racing, stock car racing, drag racing and other sporting events from 1948 through 1972 when Norwood Arena Speedway closed at the end of stock car racing season.

Fans who attended saw vintage race cars, oval and drag, as well as hot rods, muscle cars, classic cars and motorcycles.  There were trophies awarded to the top three in those four categories.  Fans also enjoyed scrapbooks, photos and other collectibles that was on display. This event is always an opportunity to get autographs as many of the Norwood Arena Speedway and New England Dragway South turnout every year for this event. You could meet all of those drivers and talk racing.  As in past years, the Bezema family provided a light lunch.  

 DJ Jay was also on hand to provide some great music of the 50's, 60's and 70's era.  

On hand to represent STAR was President Charlie Lima with his 2X coupe and Board of Director Ed Mulligan with his 61 Pinto. Also on hand was STAR member John McMillan with his beautiful 1983 Lincoln Continental. STAR was proud as Ed Mulligan accepted the 2nd place trophy for Vintage Race Cars and Charlie Lima accepted 3rd place.  It was a great time had by all.

STAR would like to thank Bezema Buick and Lou Modestino for a great time!




The sign says it all “Driven by Passion---Fueled by Fun Welcome to the High Banks of Monadnock Speedway”.


On June 6th Monadnock Speedway, Winchester, NH was the scene for the Senior Tour Auto Racers. One by one Star rolled into the pit area of Monadnock Speedway with cars from all over New England.  Star started their day with warm ups, and the evening would bring the tour 2 heats and 2 features.


First to hit the asphalt for their heat race was the Sportsmen division.  It was anyone win as the pack diced it up until the checked came down on Joe Keefner from Ma in his #99 Gremlin.  The Modifieds were lined up and ready to hit the asphalt next.  The pack ran tight lap after lap until Brian Robie broke loose and headed for the front.  When the checked was waved it was on Brian Robie from NH in his #7 Pinto to take the second win for the tour that evening.


At feature time it was the Sportsmen to hit the track first for their feature race.  Rick MacDowell from Ma piloted his #76 sleek black Camaro to the finish line to take down the third checked for the tour that evening.  Skip Stearns from NH in his #7X coupe captured second with John Mulcahy from Ma in his #57 Mustang to round out the pack with a third. All three were brought track side for an out of car interview and awarded with trophies.


The Modifieds were lined up and ready to do some good old fashion racing!  The pack ran tight with only inches away from each other.  It was a photo finish between Mulligan and Donhue.  When the last flag was waved it was on Ed Mulligan from RI in his #61 Pinto to take the last flag for the evening. BobDonhue from NH in his #99 Pinto took a very close second.  To round out the pack with a third was Scott Poirier from Ct in his #73 Pinto.  It was a Pinto Revolution for the modifieds.  All three were brought track side for an out of car interview and awarded with trophies.


 What a weekend!  A great car count, great racing and all when home the way they came! SAFE AND SOUND!!!


Senior Tour would like to thank Monadnock Speedway and their entire staff for all their hospitality and a great night of racing!


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The season kicked off for the Senior Tour Auto Racers on May 29th at the Claremont Speedway, Claremont, NH, and let me tell you that you know where STAR was pitted by the laughter and joke pranks going on. You never know what these guys will do next! Never a dull moment!


 It was great to see the new owners of Claremont Speedway and their staff joining in to give STAR a very warm welcome! 


Then it was time to get serious, with all cars to be inspected before practice time.  It was nice to see all the Board of Directors of STAR on hand to make sure all cars were in regulation and ready to hit the asphalt. 


The evening would bring the STAR group multiple warm ups and heats and features for the Sportsmen and Modified divisions.


Skip Stearns from NH in his #7X coupe took down the first checkered for the tour for 2015 season by taking the win for the Sportsmen heat. 

Scott Poirier from Ct in his #73 Pinto took down the next checkered for the tour by piloting his Pinto to victory lane for the Modified heat win.


At feature time, STAR was honored by entering the track lined up while the National Anthem was played.  Then announcer Andy Hall gave the command, “Gentlemen Start Your Engines”.  As a tradition at Claremont Speedway, George Powers started them standing on the front stretch with the cars flying by him on both sides, restoring an age old tradition to the Claremont Speedway. This is the way races were started in the early years of the sport and for the last seventeen years Powers has been doing this with STAR.  The fans cheered him on and it was off to racing for the Senior Tour Auto Racers.


When the features were over the top three from each division came to victory lane for an out of the car interview and awarded with trophies. 


First James Allen from Ma in his new Mustang #44 for 2015 took the “Victory Lap” for the Modified division, then passing the flag to Robert Harless from NY in his #8 sedan to take his “Victory Lap” for the Sportsmen division. 


In the Modifieds division it was Bobby Turner from Me in his #7 Pinto to take second place finish and 3rd place finish was awarded to Scott Poirier from Ct in his #73 Pinto.


In the Sportsmen division it was Charlie Lima from Ma in the 2X coupe to take second place finish and 3rd place finish was awarded to Joe Keefner from Ma in his #99 Gremlin.


The feature winners James Allen and Robert Harless picked two young children from the fans and brought them down on the track to take pictures with them and give them their trophies to remember STAR by.


Senior Tour Auto Racers would like to thank Claremont Speedway and its entire staff for all their hospitality and making it a great “Night to Remember”.


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