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SATURDAY AUGUST 1ST
Route 10
Winchester, NH

Sign in Time 1:00 p.m.

SUNDAY AUGUST 9TH
120 Old Derry Road
Hudson, NH

Sign in Time 2:00 p.m.

It was “Nostalgia Night” at The New London Waterford Speedbowl in Waterford, Ct on July 27th, which was the next stop for the Senior Tour Auto Racers.  STAR started their day with warm ups for each division and then staged their vintage cars on the midway of the Speedbowl for the fans to get an up close feel of the cars and drivers before their feature races.  It was so great to see so many fans and past drivers of the Speedbowl stop by and say “hello” and talk to the owners about their cars. This has always been a huge hit and I was so glad to see that the new owner of the Speedbowl, Mr. Bruce Bemer continue this.

Then at feature time the cars rolled out of the midway and it was off to racing!  First up was the Sportsmen division where Bob Seward from Ma in his beautiful maroon coupe took down the first checkered for the evening.  Skip Stearns from NH in his #7 Pinto and Bob Harless from NY in his #8 sedan battled for second.  When the flag came down it was Stearns taking second and Harless with a very close third.  Seward was brought trackside for an interview and awarded with a trophy.

The Modifieds were lined up and ready to hit the asphalt.  It would be “Hometown Boy” Scott Poirier from Ct in his #73 Pinto to take the second checkered for the evening and the feature win for the modifieds.  Jody Tripp from Ma in the #04 Pinto took a very close second and to top the pack off with a third was James Allen from Ma in his #44 Mustang.  Poirier was brought trackside for and out of car interview and awarded with a trophy. Both winners were brought to Victory Lane for a photo shoot. 

STAR would like to thank The New London Waterford Speedbowl and their entire staff for all their hospitality and a night to remember!


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“Action Track of the East” Seekonk Speedway was the next stop for the Senior Tour Auto Racers on July 11th.  STAR filled the pits with 23 cars on tap.  STAR was out for an action pack night!  For quite a few STAR members this is their home track and once again they were going to hit the asphalt of Seekonk.   STAR started their day with warm ups and the evening show would bring the STAR group 2 heats and 2 features.  It was great to see so many drivers, car owners and fans from the past and present stop by and say hello and talk with the members.  The first to go out were the sportsmen division for their 10 lap heat.  What a heat this was!  The Sportsmen gave it all they had, switching spots from lap to lap. Just who was going to cross the line first? Side by side Alan Zemla from Me in his #43 coupe and John Mulcahy from Ma in his #57 Mustang drove for the win.  When the checkered came down it was on Alan Zemla in the #43 for the first victory for the evening.  John Mulcahy in the #57 pulled off a second and to top off the pack with a very close third was Tammy Barboza from Ma in her #10 Pinto.  The modifieds were in the pits ready to come out for their 10 lap heat.  Watching from the press tower I knew as soon as they came out of the tunnel it was going to be quite a race.  One by one they entered the track and the headers gave that sound you no longer hear.  Something about these open wheel vintage cars, they have a sound of their own!   Tight to the pack and inches apart these STAR modified drivers drove just like the modified use to back in the days.  When the checkered came down it was on Mike Ronhock from Ma in his #04 Pinto a tribute car to Seekonk legend John Tripp.  Chip Grassie Jr. from Ma in his #15 Pinto pulled off a second with Scott Poirier from Ct in his #73 Pinto to finish off the pack with a third.  Later in the evening STAR was on tap for two 15 lap features. First the Sportsmen rolled out onto the track.  Steve Zukowski from Ct in his original #53 Vega, original built and ran by Steve showed the sportsmen how it was done by taking down the feature win for the Sportsmen.  Robert Harless from NY in his #8 sedan and Tammy Barboza from Ma in her #10 Pinto battled for second lap after lap, with Harless to finish off with a second and Barboza taking a third.  Now it was time for the modifieds to come out for their 15-lap feature.  Lap after lap these modifieds drove bumper to bumper until Charlie Wilcox from Ct in his #19 Pinto took over first place.  When the checkered came down it was on Wilcox to pick up the last checkered for the tour.  Now it was a battle between Darryl Dutch from RI in the #6 Pinto and Scott Poirier from Ct in the #73 Pinto as who would finish second.  As the checked waved it was on Poirier to pick up the second and finishing off the pack with a third was Dutch. 

STAR would like to thank Seekonk Speedway and their entire staff for all their hospitality and a “GREAT NIGHT OF RACING”

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.