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STAR'S PHOTO OF THE WEEK



UP COMING EVENT
SATURDAY AUGUST 26TH
Route 3
North Woodstock, NH

Sign in Time 12:00 noon

Practice - Running - Points

UP COMING EVENT
FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 1ST
Route 125
Lee, NH

Sign in Time 3:00 p.m.

STAR - CLAREMONT SPEEDWAY

On August 11th, Claremont Speedway in Claremont, NH was the next stop for the tour.  STAR rolled in one by one filling the pits with cars from all over New England and Canada to give Claremont Speedway a night of “REAL OLE SCHOOL RACING”!

The day would bring the tour 3 rounds of warmups, and the evening would bring the tour 2 heats and 2 features.

First the Sportsmen hit the track for their heat race.  It was Rick MacDowell from Ma in his #76 Camero to shoot out and take the lead on the Sportsmen and dominated the first win and checkered for the tour that evening.  The Modifieds were lined up and ready to hit the asphalt.  Bob Donahue from NH in his #99 NH coupe was not about to give this win up!  Donahue held his line and took the second checkered for the evening for the Modified heat win.

Then it was back to the pits where you could see the members jumping in to help out where ever they could to get all out for the features. At some point there were 5 guys working on a car just to make sure all was good!  TEAM WORK!

Then it was feature time!  Oh yes STAR gave the crowd just what they have been waiting for, “REAL OLE FASHION RACING THE RIGHT WAY!” from the beginning to the end.  Race Director Mary Lima stood on the flag stand turning the group over to Claremont’s George Powers who would walk the fans back into time and show them how real racing was started….From the middle of the track!  George stood in the middle of the track for feature races, for both the STAR Sportsmen and Modified divisions, bringing them down, crossing them over, winding them up and waving the green flag all from the middle of the track.  WHAT A HEAD RUSH!  George has been doing this with STAR for over 17 years and it is always a hit!   

The Sportsmen were off and it was hometown boy Rocky Cusanelli Sr. from NH in his #51 coupe to show the Sportsmen how it was done by dominating the field and taking down the win for the Sportsmen that evening.   Art Merchant from Ma in his #64 coupe and Curt Snow from Ma in the #110 coupe battle for second, with Merchant taking down the second place and Snow topping off the pack with a third.  WHOW the coupes ruled tonight in the Sportsmen division!  The top three were brought trackside for an out of car interview, photos and awarded with trophies.

The Modifieds were in place and ready to hit the track for their feature race.  Once more George Powers stood in the middle of the track, crossing them over and then throwing down the green flag as the ZOOMED by him and it was off to racing!  The pack was tight switching positions lap from lap but when the checkered came down in was on Jocelyn Laliberte from Quebec, Canada in his #61QC Pinto to take the win for the Modified division that night! Breathing down Laliberte was Scott Poirier from Ct in his #73 Pinto and Danny Ferland from NH in his #21 Pinto, Poirier taking down the second with Ferland topping the pack off with a third. WHOW the Pintos ruled tonight in the Modified division!  The top three were brought trackside for an out of car interview, photos and awarded with trophies. 

STAR would like to thank Claremont Speedway their entire staff and to George Powers for making a night we will all remember for a very long time!


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STAR - HUDSON SPEEDWAY

On August 6th Hudson Speedway in Hudson, NH was the next stop for the Senior Tour.  It was a special night at the Speedway.  It was the 15th annual “Don Hayes Memorial Race” held in memory of Hudson’s Speedway’s first photographer/videographer who was associated with the Speedway from its first opening season in 1948 until 2001.

STAR started their day with warm ups with heats and features to following later on in the evening.

The Sportsmen hit the track first for their heat race.  It would be hometown boy Skip Stearns from NH in his #7X coupe to take down the first checkered for the tour that evening and the heat win for the Sportsmen division.  The Modifieds were lined up and ready to hit the asphalt for their heat race.  Charlie Lima from Ma in the 2X coupe took down the second checkered and the win for the Modified heat race.  Coupes ruled that evening and by the President and Vice-President of STAR.  Congratulations gentlemen well done!

Later on that evening STAR would do their features in memory of Don Hayes.  In the Sportsmen division it was Frank Foley from Ma in his #3 Camero to take down the win for the Sportsmen division.  Skip Stearns from NH in his #7X coupe took a second and to top off the pack with a third was Alan Zemla from Me in his #43 coupe.  In the Modified division it was Thomas Trempe from NH in his #7X Mustang to take the checkered for the Modified division.  Bob Donahue from NH in his #99 Pinto took a very close second and Gomer Taylor from Ma in his #03 Chevy Chevette rounded out the pack with a third.  On track interviews took place with awarding of trophies.

STAR would like to thank Hudson Speedway and their entire staff for letting us be a part of this special evening for Don Hayes Memorial.

 

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NOSTALGIA NIGHT - NEW LONDON WATERFORD SPEEDBOWL

It was “Nostalgia Night” at The New London Waterford Speedbowl in Waterford, Ct on July 29th, which was the next stop for the Senior Tour Auto Racers. STAR filled the pit area of the Bowl with cars from all over the New England states. 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 heat and features 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 management of the Speedbowl continued this show!

One by one the STAR cars exited off the midway to get ready for their heat races.  Now the fans had enjoyed them up close they get to see them in action!

First to hit the track was the Sportsmen division where Art Merchant from Ma in his #64 coupe show the way to take down the first checkered for the tour. Curt Snow from Ma in his #110 coupe and Robert Harless from NY in his 8 sedan battled for second.  Snow taking the checked for second with Harless finishing off the pack with a third.  Merchant was awarded with a heat trophy for his win!

Up next was the modifieds for their heat race.  It was Gregg Massini from Ma in his Vega wagon to take down the second flag for the tour.  Second went to Wade Gagner from Ma in his #12 Pinto and to top off the pack with a third was Charlie Lima from Ma in his #2X coupe.  Massini was awarded with a heat trophy for his win!

Then it was back to the pit area where the jokes and the laughter began!  The STAR family knows how to have fun both on and off the track.  These members know how to help each other to make sure all is ready for the feature.  You could see them in the pits busy helping out each other and that is what makes me proud, the STAR family puts their club first!

Then it was feature time. First up was the Sportsmen division where Bob Seward from Ma in his beautiful maroon coupe took down the checkered for the evening for the Sportsmen division.  Rick MacDowell from Ma in his #76 Camero and Alan Zemla from Me in his #43 coupe battled for second.  When the flag came down it was MacDowell taking second and Zemla with a very close third.  Mmmm the Berkshire Bandit ruled tonight!  The top three finishers were brought trackside for an out of car interview and awarded with trophies.

 The Modifieds were lined up and ready to hit the asphalt.  It would be Wade Gagner from Ma in his #12 Vega Sherri Cup car to take the last checkered for the tour. Rich Mosher from Ct in his #17 coupe took down a second and topping off the pack with a third was Gregg Massini from Ma in his #19 Vega.  The top three finishers were brought trackside for an out of car interview and awarded with trophies.

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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STAR AT WISCASSET SPEEDWAY

It was Wiscasset Speedway in Wiscasset Maine for the Senior Tour Auto Racers on 7/15. Under management and ownership of Vanessa and Richard Jordan, STAR would like to say “Thank You” for including us in their 2017 schedule.  You could hear the laughter coming from the STAR pit area as the drivers of Wiscasset and fans came down to greet the STAR drivers. Yes it is just as Wiscasset logo says “BIG–FAST-FUN”!

 STAR started their day with two rounds of warm-ups for both the Sportsmen and the Modified divisions.  The evening would bring the Tour, heats and features. 

The first to go out was the Sportsmen division for their 10 lap heat.  Curt Snow from Ma in his #110 coupe shot out and got a good led on the pack.  There was no grace here Snow took down the heat race with a good lead.  The #8 sedan of Robert Harless from NY and the #64 coupe of Art Merchant from Ma battled for second place.  Harless crossing the line first leaving Merchant to pick up a third place

The modifieds were lined up and ready to hit the asphalt for their 10 lap heat. What a heat it was, as the #2X of Charlie Lima from Ma and the #7 by Bobby Turner from Me, drove side by side lap after lap. When the checkered came down it was a photo finish between Lima and Turner.  The Speedway scorers called Lima to victory lane leaving Turner to pull a very close second.  To finish the pack off with a third was Ryan Chadwick from Me in the #86 sedan.

Then it was back to the pit area where the members gather together for a picnic.  The laughter jokes and teasing began!  This is the best part of racing in a vintage club when the members get to have quality time together as a club.  OUOTE:  “It not always about racing to have FUN”!

At feature time in the Sportsmen division it was Alan Zemla from Me in the #43 coupe to take the last checkered for the Sportsmen division.  Skip Stearns from NH in the #7Xcoupe pulled off a second while Art Merchant from Ma finishes off the Sportsmen with a third.  Three coupes in Victory Lane, Ma Me and NH!

In the modified division it would be Arthur Hannaford from Me in the 71ME Malibu to take the final checkered flag for the tour.  Bobby Turner from Me in the #7 Omni pulled a very close second and Ryan Chadwick from Me in the #86 sedan finished off the pack with a third.  Maine Drivers ruled in Victory Lane! 

Talking about Victory Lane let me tell you what a great Victory Lane Wiscasset Speedway has installed over the winter months.  The work that has been done to this great track is unbelievable!  To get to victory lane you have to exit on turn three were the speedway installed a road on the outside of the track around turn three and four down to the fans in the front stretch.  There they installed a cement pad for the top three winners to get out and have an interview and the fans are invited to join them!  I was so proud to see the STAR drivers inter act with the fans and give them a lot of laughs!  

STAR would like to thank all the members who made the trip to support the club and a special “Thank You” to Wiscasset Speedway and their entire staff for making our visit one to remember!


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STAR AT SEEKONK SPEEDWAY

“Action Track of the East” Seekonk Speedway was the next stop for the Senior Tour Auto Racers on July 8th.  STAR filled the pits with cars from all over the New England area.  What was so interesting is I have notice more and more coupes are returning.  That night we had 12 coupes 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?  Then Skip Stearns from NH in his #7X coupe took over the lead and was not about to give it up!  Stearns took the checkered with Jim Torok from Ct in his #04 Pinto to take a very close second.  Art Merchant from Ma in his #64 coupe finished off the pack with a third.  The modifieds were in the pits ready to come out for their 10 lap heat.  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.  Ken Bamford from RI in his #66 coupe drove to a very close second and topping of the pack with a third was James Allen from Ma in his #44 Mustang.

Later in the evening STAR was on tap for two 15 lap features. First the Sportsmen rolled out onto the track.  Then the battle begun with Rick MacDowell from Ma in his #76 Camero and Tammy Barboza from Ma in her #10 Pinto, side by side till the last 2 laps MacDowell taking the checkered by inches leaving Barboza to pick up a second.  Alan Zemla from Maine in his #43 coupe was breathing down on Barboza but Barboza was not giving up her second spot. Zemla finished the pack off with a third.  All three were brought trackside for an out of car interview and awarded with trophies.

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 Lima from Ma in his #2x coupe and Darryl Dutch from RI in his #6 coupe drove side by side inches apart from each other. Lap after lap it looked like a drag race. When the checkered came down it was on Lima to take the win for the modifieds.  Dutch pulled off a close second but right behind Dutch was our youngest member of STAR Mike Keddy only 19 years old and pulled his #50 coupe to the third spot.  COUPES RULLED THAT NIGHT!   All three were brought trackside for an out of car interview and award with trophies.

You have to look at the pictures in victory lane below,  with the laughter and the smiles of just how much fun these drivers had tonight!! 

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


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STAR HITS STAR

The sign says it all “The Place to Race” is the slogan for the Star Speedway. On June 24th Star Speedway, Epping, NH was the scene for the Senior Tour Auto Racers. One by one Star rolled into the pit area of Star Speedway filling the pits 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.

Before race time the ladies of STAR put on a great picnic for the STAR members.  It was a great time as the members got to let their hair down and just enjoy each other’s company.  A special Thank You goes out to these Ladies for making our picnic a great success!

Then it was race time! First to hit the asphalt for their heat race was the Sportsmen division.  It was anyone's win as the pack diced it up until the checked came down, on a photo finish between Art Merchant from Ma in the #64 coupe and Wade Worster from Me in his #32 coupe. Congratulations goes out to Art Merchant on taking the first checkered for the evening for the tour.  The Modifieds were lined up and ready to hit the asphalt next for their heat race.  The pack ran tight lap after lap until Bobby Turner from Me in his #7 Omni broke loose and headed to the front.  When the checked was waved it was on Bobby Turner to take the second win for the tour that evening and the heat win for the Modifieds.

At feature time it was the Sportsmen to hit the track first for their feature race.  Richard Eastman from Ma piloted his #0 Pinto to the finish line to take down the third checked for the tour that evening.  Alan Zemla from Me in his #43 coupe captured second with Frank Foley from Ma in his #3 Camero 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.  When the last flag was waved it was on Scott Poirier from Ct in his #73 Pinto to take the last flag for the evening. Scott Tucker from Me in his #79 Pinto took a very close second and to round out the pack with a third was Arthur Hannaford from Me in his #71me Malibu.  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 a great picnic!

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


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SENIOR TOUR RECEIVES AWARD

City of New Bedford, Ma, May 11, 2017:


SENIOR TOUR AUTO RACERS

RECEIVES AWARD


Senior Tour Auto Racers is honored with “THE COMMUNITY PARTNERS AWARD” in recognition and appreciation for their outstanding dedication service to the Pace Head Start Program.

STAR has been donating toys and clothing to the low income/high risk children for the past 18 years. STAR services approximately 300 children at Christmas time.  Most of these children would not have a Christmas if it was not for the generous donations by the STAR members.

 Accepting the award for STAR was Board of Director of STAR -  Mary Lima. 

STAR has already begun collecting toys and donations for the 2017 Toy Drive.