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Hirschman Looks to Continue Myrtle Beach Success

Matt Hirschman of Northampton, PA discounts his experience at Myrtle Beach (SC) Speedway ahead of Saturday’s NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour opener. He cited teams that privately tested or competed in a 50-lap Modified race last month, where he finished third. Hirschman has three consecutive podiums at Myrtle Beach.

“It’s not gonna be totally foreign to them,” Hirschman said. “But it’s a unique place and having raced there now a few times over the last year and a half certainly helps and we have won a race there which is always a boost of confidence.”

The tire wear at the half-mile oval is well known. Last month’s Modified race demonstrated conservation’s role with part of the field dropping back to preserve tires.

“There are abrasive tracks and then there’s Myrtle Beach. It’s hard to explain but it’s definitely the extreme on that end. It’s really unlike any other track I’ve run at.”

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Tri-Track Modified Series Opens 2017 Preregistration for Point Fund & Bonus Eligibility

Seekonk, Ma. (January 27, 2017): The Northeast Race Cars & Parts Tri-Track Open Modified Series (TTOMS) has officially opened preregistration for the 2017 season. Race teams looking to compete in the four-race schedule with eligibility for the lucrative point fund and bonus plan must register by April 1, 2017.

TTOMS will host four races including events at Seekonk and Star Speedways and two events at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl with an excess of $30,000 in point fund money up for grabs. The cumulative point fund at the end of the year will be distributed among the top 25 in owners’ points.

“Jim (Schaefer) and Dick (Williams) have worked hard on this series since its inception to build a strong foundation and that includes the point fund,” said managing partner Wayne Darling. “This is a healthy payout for a four-race schedule. And, believe me, Jim is still working hard to build that up.”

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Jonathan McKennedy Awarded “Premier Touring Series Driver of the Year” at Northeast Motorsports Expo

Augusta, Maine – At this past weekend’s 29th Annual Northeast Motorsports Expo, open wheel Modified standout Jonathan McKennedy was awarded the “Premier Touring Series Driver of the Year”.

Sponsored by Mainely Motorsports Television, (MainelymotorsportsTV.com) and its popular Host Steve Perry, the honor is a tell-tale of top-Series driver results from the past season.

Host Steve Perry explained, “The Premier Touring Series Driver of the Year” is a comparison of best season to best season of all our top New England drivers from ACT, MRS, NASCAR, and PASS competition.

“During the 2016 season,” continued Perry, “this driver stood out above all the rest.

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Griffith has Busy PASS Slate

Derek Griffith of Hudson, NH will pursue a pair of Super Late Model championships in the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) this season.  Griffith will return for his sophomore PASS North season and the complete PASS National schedule.

“I’d love to win some races, redeem myself in the Oxford 250,” Griffith said.

Griffith will be making his first visit to Canadian and southern tracks Autodrome Montmagny, Dillon, Hickory, Orange County, and Speedway 660.

“We seem to excel at tracks we have not been too. I love running at new tracks! Super excited to run over the border and down south!”

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First Annual New England Short Track Showdown at New Hampshire Motor Speedway Headlines 11-Race Schedule for Granite State Pro Stock Series in 2017

WALPOLE, N.H. — The Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS) announced an exciting 11-race schedule for the 2017 season on Saturday. The schedule includes events in four different states across a total of 10 different race tracks, giving plenty of variety for both drivers and fans.

Headlining the schedule will be the first annual New England Short Track Showdown at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in July.

The season will begin with a stop at Lee USA Speedway on Sunday, April 30, a three-eighths mile flat track in Lee, N.H. In 2016, championship runner-up D.J. Shaw scored the victory at Lee, holding off Derek Griffith and Bryan Kruzcek in the final stages to take the checkered flag.

The GSPSS will attempt the inaugural event at the quarter-mile Riverhead Raceway for a second time in 2017, this time on Saturday night May 20. In 2016, drivers practiced for the event but rain forced the cancellation and there was no reschedule date.

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NEMA Tentative 2017 Schedule of Events

April 2017
1st Thompson – Icebreaker – Lites only

May 2017
6th Waterford – Lites only
7th Waterford – NEMA Midgets only
20th Wiscasset

June 2017
3rd Riverhead – Alan Cantor Memorial
14th Thompson – Lites
17th Star
28th Seekonk – Boston Louie Memorial
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Tri-Track Open Modified Series Releases 2017 Schedule

Seekonk, Ma. (December 13, 2016): The Northeast Race Cars Tri-Track Open Modified Series (TTOMS) announced today the 2017 schedule of events. The now traditional four-race schedule is a combination of mid-week and weekend shows that kicks-off at Seekonk Speedway in Seekonk, Ma. followed by a stop at Star Speedway in Epping, N.H. and culminates with a pair of races at the New London Waterford Speedbowl in Connecticut.

“The schedule was a strong one to begin with,” said Wayne Darling, managing partner. “The goal simply was to ccontinue doing what works. The partnerships that we enjoy with these three race track is, in large part, why this format has been successful in the past.”

The TTOMS season will commence on June 28 at Seekonk Speedway with the running of Open Wheel Wednesday. This popular event has attracted the biggest names in racing including the newly crowned NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion Doug Coby, who was last year’s winner of the event. It was his third Open Wheel Wednesday victory.
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Battle for PASS North Championship Rolls to Star Speedway this Weekend

NAPLES, ME (September 29) – With the close of the 2016 season rapidly approaching, the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) North Super Late Models head to Star Speedway Saturday afternoon for the PASS Make-A-Wish 150.  The tough quarter-mile in Epping, NH always poses a tough test and this weekend’s PASS Make-A-Wish 150 should be no different.

 With just two races left in the battle for the 2016 PASS North Super Late Model championship, Star Speedway could play a very interesting role in the title chase.  Center Conway, NH’s DJ Shaw leads a strong group of fellow Granite State drivers to Star as he seeks his second series title in the last three years.  Ironically, when he last won at Star Speedway with PASS in 2014, Shaw went on to win the championship.  And, while Shaw enjoys a 60 point advantage over six-time PASS North champion, Johnny Clark, he still has to survive the tight confines of Star before he can start thinking about cashing the championship check.  Clark just captured his first win of the season last weekend at another New Hampshire track, White Mountain Motorsports Park.

While the PASS Make-A-Wish 150 will have the eyes of the New England racing scene on it, that will not be the only big event on Saturday afternoon at Star Speedway.  The action packed 350 Supermodified cars will compete in a 35 lapper, along with the Dwarf Cars, Roadrunners, Woody’s Strictly, and Six Shooters.

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Squeglia Survives Star Classic

The Star Classic started in Epping amid a couple afternoon showers during practice. Eventually Mother Nature cooperated and opened up blue skies and sun. Race winner Joe Squeglia of Derry, NH set the pace early on earning the fastest time in the first practice. Derek Griffith of Hudson, NH set the pace in second practice with Squeglia close behind.

The only hiccup in the heats came in the third heat when Steve Murphy of Tewksbury, MA and George Bessette made contact in turn four. Bessette cut a tire and Murphy made contact with the wall, starting a long night for his crew.

In the feature Bobby Cabral of Kingston, NH started on the pole with Squeglia on the outside. Points leader Barry Gray started 16th, and DJ Shaw who came into the race only four points behind started ninth. Squeglia started the race taking an early lead and holding it for the first ten laps until Derek Griffith of Hudson, NH was able to pass him.
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Points Leader Gray and Recent Winner Shaw Lead the Way into Star Classic 100

WALPOLE, N.H. — The Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS) is headed to Star Speedway in Epping, New Hampshire this Saturday night Sept. 10 for the running of the Star Classic 100.

The 51st annual classic will take place on Saturday, as the GSPSS helps headline the night of action alongside the International SuperModified Association (ISMA) and their 150-lap feature race.

The 100-lap feature event for the GSPSS is expected to be a hotly contested battle, especially since the championship chase is coming down to the stretch of the season and is close at the top. Following the Star Classic, just two races remain on the 2016 schedule.

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Stoehr, Chambers Conquer in NEMA’s Butch Walsh Memorial at Star Speedway

EPPING, NH — Avery Stoehr beat back three restart challenges from John Zych Jr. to take down an emotional win this past Saturday at Star Speedway in the Butch Walsh Memorial event. It was Stoehr’s first NEMA start since losing close friend, long time NEMA member/championship car owner, Carl Kibbe.

When the green flag flew in the NEMA feature, Alan Chambers wasted no time in jumping out into the lead. It looked as if Chambers may have been on his way to his first ever feature event win, when misfortune struck his #7 machine on lap fourteen. A broken drive belt the culprit, sidelined Chambers from the remainder of the event.

On the restart, Stoehr wasted no time taking the lead in the NEMA feature. He quickly gained command of the race until a caution for a Bethany Stoehr spin on lap nineteen. When the green flag flew, the young Stoehr was once again in command over John Zych Jr. and Jim Chambers, who had methodically worked his way through the pack.

[NEMA Photo Gallery] by Michael Rothwell
[PASS Photo Gallery] by Michael Rothwell
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Hopkins Leads All 150 Laps for First PASS SLM Victory

Epping, NH (May 21) – On a night that fulfilled the full moon superstition, Hermon, Maine driver Mike Hopkins dominated the 22 car field at Star Speedway to pick up his first career Pro All Stars Series super late model win in the Support 50 Legs PASS 150. By virtue of his win in heat race #1, Hopkins would start on the pole for the feature event and would lead all 150 laps.

In a race that saw the caution fly seven times (Laps 5, 60, 64, 82, 96, 142, and 148), Hopkins was able to take the lead on each and every re-start. Hopkins would be challenged on the green/white/checker finish by Jay, Maine driver Dave Farrington, Jr. The two drivers traded paint when the field went green, but Hopkins was able to hold off Farrington for the win.

At the finish, Hopkins and Farrington were followed across the stripe by Richie Dearborn, Derek Ramstrom and Derek Griffith to round out the top five. Mike Rowe, Tracy Gordon, Johnny Clark, DJ Shaw, and Joe Squeglia were the sixth through tenth-place finishers.

[NEMA Photo Gallery] by Michael Rothwell
[PASS Photo Gallery] by Michael Rothwell
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Corey Fanning Prepares for Seekonk, Thompson Effort

Fanning Moving to Late Models at Thompson

Corey Fanning of Mapleville, RI will continue in Street Stocks full time at Seekonk (MA) Speedway this season. The team acquired a Late Model last year and finished it over the winter to run at Thompson (CT) Speedway Motorsports Park. The paint scheme will feature the same colors with a new ‘flashier’ look for the No. 11.

“We’ll take it in baby steps and when we finally catch a break we’ll take it and run,” Fanning said. “But it’s going to be a big learning curve for everybody me as a driver, my whole crew.””Seat time is key. You’re not gonna learn anything standing there looking at the car. It’s gonna take 90 percent of the time making the wrong adjustment to learn what the right adjustment is. … I think traveling to other tracks with my Street Stock helped big time with that. There’s just more things to touch on a Late Model. There’s a lot more that can be changed and go wrong or go right. … It will definitely be different, but we’re looking forward to it.”

“Seat time is key. You’re not gonna learn anything standing there looking at the car. It’s gonna take 90 percent of the time making the wrong adjustment to learn what the right adjustment is. … I think traveling to other tracks with my Street Stock helped big time with that. There’s just more things to touch on a Late Model. There’s a lot more that can be changed and go wrong or go right. … It will definitely be different, but we’re looking forward to it.”

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Rowan Pennink Solidifies Busy 2016 Season

Rowan Pennink will be competing for as many as four different race teams in 2016, in his quest for several different modified championships this upcoming season.

The Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania driver will kick of the season in two new rides for 2016. Rowan will be taking over the driving duties for one the most legendary teams in modified racing, the Boehler Racing Enterprises-Ole’ Blue #3. Rowan will compete full-time in 2016 on NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour beginning at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park at the annual Icebreaker event in April. Also occurring at Thompson Speedway, Rowan will return to full-time Sunoco Modified competition in the seat of another car rich in tradition, the Dickie Ceravolo owned #16 machine for 2016.

In addition to his new NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and Thompson Sunoco Modified teams, Pennink will return to two of his most familiar rides in 2016 as well. Rowan and his #99 Hitchcock Pool Water team will look to defend their 2015 Stafford Speedway SK Modified championship by returning full-time to Stafford in 2016. Rowan will also return to Gary Casella’s, Roscoe Racing #25, for a full slate of Tri-Track Open Modified Series events, as well as a limited number of Valenti Modified Racing Series dates with the team that earned the 2013 series championship.

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GSPSS Announces 2016 Race Schedule

The Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS) has announced an 11-race schedule for the 2016 season. The schedule includes stops at Riverhead Raceway and Wiscasset Speedway for the first time in series history, along with eight races in the state of New Hampshire and one in Connecticut.

The season will start on Friday, May 13, when the Pro Stocks travel to Claremont Speedway in Claremont, New Hampshire. In August of 2011, Chris Wilk scored the victory at Claremont, while, in April of 2015, eventual series champion Derek Griffith took down the checkered flag.

After a two week break for driver’s to get their rides ready, the 1/4 mile Monadnock Speedway will play host to the series on Saturday, May 28, closing out the month of May with a battle on the high-banked oval. Matt Frahm and Barry Gray took victories when the Pro Stocks visited in 2014.

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New England Pro 4 Modifieds Release 2016 Schedule

The New England Pro 4 Modifieds will visit New London-Waterford (CT) Speedbowl for five races, including the Triple crown Series. The season will begin and end at Thompson (CT) Speedway Motorsports Park for the Icebreaker April 8-9. The series will visit Lee USA, Star, and Monadnock Speedways in New Hampshire twice as well. Monadnock will host the Paul Roch Memorial Race September 10. The series will be a part of Oktoberfest at Lee USA October 7-8. The season finale is the traditional Harry Kourafas, Jr. Memorial Race October 14-15 at Thompson. Seekonk Speedway returns to the schedule July 12 for the US Pro Stock / SLM Championship event.
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Tri Track Headed to Star Speedway in 2016

LONG ISLAND, N.Y. — The Tri Track Open Modified Series (TTOMS) announced the return of Star Speedway in Epping, N.H. to their schedule in 2016 with one event set for July 30.

Star joins Seekonk Speedway (June 29) as currently-confirmed event dates for 2016, though more dates will be coming in the near future. The race will be the fifth running of the SBM 125 and the second under the Tri Track banner.

The event will pay a minimum of $10,000 to the feature winner.
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The Battle off the Track: How Cancer Has Affected Our Racing Families Volume 5HAVERHILL, MA – In racing, support is influential to the success of any team.  What happens when your biggest support is no longer there?  For Melinda McCarthy, the answer is to keep pushing through.  Wanda McCarthy was being treated for breast cancer at a clinic associated with the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, but succumbed to the disease in September of 2014.  For Melinda, and her siblings, it was a devastating loss.  Melinda explains, “Life has totally changed for me.  Nothing is the same, holidays, birthdays, everything [has changed].  I look at my life totally different since losing her.” Melinda, who races in the Roadrunner division at Star Speedway, had to keep moving forward.  “My mother was the backbone behind my brother and I’s racing.  She was my biggest supporter.  She told me when I did wrong, and when I did great.”  In a world dominated by males, McCarthy enjoyed her best season to date, finishing second in the overall standings in her division.  “This past season, the first one without her, I went out there and did the best I could week after week and I raced the way I knew she would be proud of,” continued McCarthy.  “I raced this season just for her. She may not have seen in person how I did, but I know she is happy with the way my season went, and I have no regrets about it.” In January, McCarthy will partake in the inaugural Karting to Conquer Cancer go kart event, at On Track Karting in Wallingford, CT, to benefit the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund.  Referring to the chance to give back to the organization that helped her family through tough times, McCarthy responded, “It would mean a lot to me.  I always try to help the best I can with donating back to the cancer institutes that worked with my mother.” McCarthy will join up to 144 drivers at the event, but the race will mean more than just rubbing fenders with drivers from throughout New England.  McCarthy continues, “I think it will be successful, as long as the people involved know that you are doing this for a cause.  It is for fun, but you’re also doing it to help others.  It’s nice to try and give back, and, hopefully, save someone’s life in the long run.”  After McCarthy’s experience with her mother’s battle, she knows life will never be the same.  When asked what advice she would give to someone in her position, McCarthy responded, “My advice would be to lean on your family and friends, don’t feel like you have to bottle any emotions up.  Live your life the way you want to, you only have one chance at it.  Do it your way.” Melinda McCarthy’s story is one of many stories Outside the Box Promotions will highlight, in preparation for the Karting to Conquer Cancer benefit go-kart event, being held at On Track Karting, in Wallingford, CT, January 16, 2016.  Do you have a story you’d like to share?  Contact Shawn Sicard, Director of Communications for Outside the Box Promotions, via email, shawn@otbpromos.net. PHOTO CREDIT:  Rich Hayes Sources: Shawn Sicard/OTB Promotions, Inc.

HAVERHILL, MA – In racing, support is influential to the success of any team.  What happens when your biggest support is no longer there?  For Melinda McCarthy, the answer is to keep pushing through. 

Wanda McCarthy was being treated for breast cancer at a clinic associated with the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, but succumbed to the disease in September of 2014.  For Melinda, and her siblings, it was a devastating loss.  Melinda explains, “Life has totally changed for me.  Nothing is the same, holidays, birthdays, everything [has changed].  I look at my life totally different since losing her.”

Melinda, who races in the Roadrunner division at Star Speedway, had to keep moving forward.  “My mother was the backbone behind my brother and I’s racing.  She was my biggest supporter.  She told me when I did wrong, and when I did great.”  In a world dominated by males, McCarthy enjoyed her best season to date, finishing second in the overall standings in her division.  “This past season, the first one without her, I went out there and did the best I could week after week and I raced the way I knew she would be proud of,” continued McCarthy.  “I raced this season just for her. She may not have seen in person how I did, but I know she is happy with the way my season went, and I have no regrets about it.”

Continue reading ‘The Battle off the Track: How Cancer Has Affected Our Racing Families Volume 5HAVERHILL, MA – In racing, support is influential to the success of any team.  What happens when your biggest support is no longer there?  For Melinda McCarthy, the answer is to keep pushing through.  Wanda McCarthy was being treated for breast cancer at a clinic associated with the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, but succumbed to the disease in September of 2014.  For Melinda, and her siblings, it was a devastating loss.  Melinda explains, “Life has totally changed for me.  Nothing is the same, holidays, birthdays, everything [has changed].  I look at my life totally different since losing her.” Melinda, who races in the Roadrunner division at Star Speedway, had to keep moving forward.  “My mother was the backbone behind my brother and I’s racing.  She was my biggest supporter.  She told me when I did wrong, and when I did great.”  In a world dominated by males, McCarthy enjoyed her best season to date, finishing second in the overall standings in her division.  “This past season, the first one without her, I went out there and did the best I could week after week and I raced the way I knew she would be proud of,” continued McCarthy.  “I raced this season just for her. She may not have seen in person how I did, but I know she is happy with the way my season went, and I have no regrets about it.” In January, McCarthy will partake in the inaugural Karting to Conquer Cancer go kart event, at On Track Karting in Wallingford, CT, to benefit the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund.  Referring to the chance to give back to the organization that helped her family through tough times, McCarthy responded, “It would mean a lot to me.  I always try to help the best I can with donating back to the cancer institutes that worked with my mother.” McCarthy will join up to 144 drivers at the event, but the race will mean more than just rubbing fenders with drivers from throughout New England.  McCarthy continues, “I think it will be successful, as long as the people involved know that you are doing this for a cause.  It is for fun, but you’re also doing it to help others.  It’s nice to try and give back, and, hopefully, save someone’s life in the long run.”  After McCarthy’s experience with her mother’s battle, she knows life will never be the same.  When asked what advice she would give to someone in her position, McCarthy responded, “My advice would be to lean on your family and friends, don’t feel like you have to bottle any emotions up.  Live your life the way you want to, you only have one chance at it.  Do it your way.” Melinda McCarthy’s story is one of many stories Outside the Box Promotions will highlight, in preparation for the Karting to Conquer Cancer benefit go-kart event, being held at On Track Karting, in Wallingford, CT, January 16, 2016.  Do you have a story you’d like to share?  Contact Shawn Sicard, Director of Communications for Outside the Box Promotions, via email, shawn@otbpromos.net. PHOTO CREDIT:  Rich Hayes Sources: Shawn Sicard/OTB Promotions, Inc.’

2016 PASS North Schedule Announced

The Pro All Stars Series (PASS) North Super Late Model schedule has been announced.

2016 PASS North Super Late Model Schedule
Sat-Sun April 9-10 – Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park – Thompson, CT
Sun. April 17 – Oxford Plains Speedway – Oxford, ME
Sat. April 30 – Beech Ridge Motor Speedway – Scarborough, ME
Sat. May 7 – Star Speedway – Epping, NH
Sun. May 15 – Speedway 95 – Bangor, ME
Sun. May 29 – Thunder Road International Speedbowl – Barre, VT
Sat. June 11 – TBA
Fri. June 24 – Lee USA Speedway – Lee, NH
Sat or Sun July 2 or 3 – TBA
Sat. July 9 – Beech Ridge Motor Speedway – Scarborough, ME
Sat. July 23 – Autodrome Montmagny Speedway – Montmagny, PQ
Sat. August 13 – TBA
Fri-Sun August. 26-28 – Oxford Plains Speedway – Oxford, ME The Oxford 250
Fri-Sun Sept. 16-18 – Beech Ridge Motor Speedway – Scarborough, ME
Sat. Oct. 1 – Star Speedway – Epping, NH
Sat. Oct. 15 – Oxford Plains Speedway – Oxford, ME
Dates Subject To Change

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Tentative 2016 Granite State Pro Stock Series Schedule

GSPSSThe Granite State Pro Stock Series provided a tentative 2016 schedule today at their meeting at Thompson.

The Granite State Pro Stock Series will race up to 14 events. The season opener is May 13 at Claremont (NH) Speedway. Charter member Monadnock Speedway has its first of two races on May 28. Lee (NH) USA Speedway has the third race on June 3. Two July events are TBA.

Monadnock will be the first venue to have double-digit series races on August 13 for the JBH 100. Claremont will run its second event on August 19. A tentative inaugural race at Wiscasset (ME) Speedway is September 4 with an optional practice day September 3.

Star Speedway in Epping, NH will host the ISMA Supermodifieds with Granite State for the Star Classic on September 10. The September 24 race at White Mountain Motorsports Park in N. Woodstock, NH will be the 50th series race. An October 22 race location is TBA.

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Paul Matthews Passes at 77

Obituary for Paul F. Matthews
January 3, 1938 – November 24, 2015
Plaistow, New Hampshire | Age 77

Plaistow, NH: Paul F. Matthews, 77, of Plaistow, died on November 24, 2015 at Massachusetts General Hospital following a long illness.

Born in Arlington, MA and raised and educated in Somerville, MA, son of the late Peter and Mary (Young) Matthews, he attended Somerville High School. Mr. Matthews served in the Army National Guard and was a member of the Somerville Fire Department for twenty-eight years. He established Matthews Auto Body in Somerville in 1959 before moving to Plaistow in 1977, where he opened a second location for his business on Main Street in Plaistow, which is still owned and operated by the Matthews Family.

Mr. Matthews enjoyed stock car racing for over thirty-five years and took part in events at Star Speedway, Lee USA Speedway, Hudson Speedway, and Pines Speedway. He also enjoyed traveling across the United States and Europe and spending time around town with his dog, Frosty.

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Former NEMA Champion Butch Walsh Passes Away

Frederick T. Walsh

HYANNIS – Frederick T. (Butch) Walsh died at Cape Cod Hospital on Aug 22, 2015.

Butch was born in Dover, MA, in 1941, to the late Thomas and Alice Walsh.

He was a skilled automotive technician, and champion motor racer in modifieds, super modifieds, midgets, sprints and motorcycles.
Butch was the 1966 NEMA rookie of the year, 1973 NEMA leading driver, and 1994 Grand National Champion N.E. Short Track. Three term president of NEMA and a member of NEMA Hall of Fame.

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DJ Shaw Fends Off Challenges – Cruises to Star Classic 100 Victory

Epping, NH- With the  August 23 Hudson Hugger having been rained out it had been over a month since the Granite State Pro Stock Series was last on track.  That didn’t slow any of the series and the region’s top dogs, drawing 23 cars for the full fendered portion of the historic 50th Annual Star Classic at the racy ¼ mile speed plant in Epping NH.

DJ Shaw made his second appearance of the year in the series and was quick to show his strength early with a dominant win in the first heat of the night. Strong wins by Nick Sweet and Matt Frahm in the remaining heats would set the tone for the night.

The feature saw 03 Auto Mart Chevy of Joe Squeglia benefitting from the redraw to find himself on the pole followed by the Steve Dickey, Matt Frahm, Nick Sweet and DJ Shaw rounding out the top 5.  Squeglia showed the way for much of the first 40 laps fending off challenges on the outside from a hard charging Matt Frahm.

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Granite State Pro Stock Series at Star Speedway: A Closer Look at the Numbers (Star Classic)

EPPING, NH – The Granite State Pro Stock Series will travel to Star Speedway, on September 12, for the Star Classic. The Star Classic will be the tenth event of the 11-race season, and will be the seventh time the Granite State Pro Stock Series has visited the facility since 2012. The following is a closer look at the numbers of the Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS), and Star Speedway.

STAR SPEEDWAY NOTES:

-Star Speedway was built in 1966.

-Formerly known as “All-Star Speedway”.

-Known for the “Star Classic”, this track boasts divisions such as 350 Supermodifieds, Outlaws, Strictly Stocks, and Roadrunners. The speedway has seen such greats as Ollie Silva, “Big Daddy” Don McLaren, Eddie West, Jim Cheney, Bentley Warren, Chris Perley, Russ Wood, and Lou Cicconi take to the track. In the 1970’s, the facility used to host celebrity races, featuring Boston Bruins players.

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Classical Music: Granite State Pro Stock Series Tunes Up for Star Classic

EPPING, NH – The Granite State Pro Stock Series will travel to Star Speedway, on September 12, for the tenth event on the schedule, the Star Classic.

The Star Classic is the second time the Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS) has visited Star Speedway in 2015, and will be the seventh time the series has held a race at the facility since the tour’s inception in 2012.

Derek Griffith, fresh off his first attempt to qualify for the Oxford 250, leads the championship points entering the event. Griffith enjoys a 30-point lead over Barry Gray, with just two races remaining.

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Cabral Sweeps NEMA’s Return to Star Speedway

Epping, NH — Randy Cabral ended a victory lane dry spell in convincing fashion this past Saturday evening in NEMA’s triumphant return to the Webber family’s Star Speedway. Cabral won the NEMA Lites feature in dramatic fashion with two laps to go, and captured the NEMA feature in convincing fashion.

In the Lites race, a first lap altercation between Dennis O’Brien and Danny Cugini sent Cugini’s badly damaged race car off on the hook, and Cugini was badly bruised up in the incident. When the race resumed, Paul Scally, looking for his first Lites victory, stormed out into the lead. Scally would be hotly pursued by Cabral in his family owned #35.

As the laps wound down, and the duo approached lapped traffic, Cabral began to catch Scally, as they caught the #41 of Meg Cugini. With two laps to go, Scally looked high on Cugini, and Cabral stormed to the bottom, taking both Cugini and taking over the lead from Scally. Hard charger, Anthony Payne inserted into the mix, also getting by Scally for second. Cabral would take down the victory, and would be followed by new points leader Payne, Scally, Scott Bigelow and ISMA Super Modified Standout, Chris Perley.

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NEAR Hall of Fame Class of 2015

Victories at LeMans and Daytona International Speedway are among the hundreds of checkered flags owned by the New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame’s class of 2015.

Sam Posey, one of America’s top road racers, and Greg Sacks, the winner of the 1985 Daytona Firecracker 400, are part of the class that will be honored at the NEAR Hall of Fame 18th induction banquet Sunday, Nov. 8 at Maneeley’s in South Windsor, CT.

The class also includes owner/driver Joey Laquerre, car owner the late Paul Dunigan and drivers the late Jim McCallum and Stan Gregor, a quartet that collectively has 27 track championships.

The multi-faceted Lew Boyd, presently a book seller and publisher, and Lee USA Speedway promoter Red MacDonald will also be inducted.

Ticket information for the banquet will soon be available on the New England Antique Racers website (NEAR1.org).

Still to be announced are the Veterans Committee picks, the Pardi Memorial Award and the Mitchell/Ratta (media) Award winners.

A long-time Sharon, CT resident, Posey was a top runner in road racing with strong finishes in Formula A, Can-Am, and Trans-AM. He had a fifth at Indianapolis in 1972, scored at LeMans and Sebring and drove some Formula I before moving to TV with ABC Sports. He is an award winning writer and artist.

In addition to Daytona, Long Island native Sacks has a number of New England victories, notably at Stafford and Thompson but also at Westboro. His 1982 season, which included the Stafford championship, ranks with the best performances in New England racing history.

Vermont’s Laquerre has been a winner over five decades as both an owner and driver. The top winner at the old Catamount Stadium, his resume includes several wins on the ACT Tour and championships at Thunder Road (6) and Catamount (2).

The colorful Dunigan, who passed away in 2004, burst on to the International Super Modified Association scene and won six titles in eight years, adding an Oswego crown as well. His drivers included Bentley Warren, Russ Wood, Mike Ordway, and Joe Gosek.

MacDonald, over six decades, was a successful car owner – drags, cutdowns, Supermodifieds, even an Indianapolis car – before taking over the Lee USA Speedway operation in 1986. He has brought the best in the business to his track often overcoming great obstacles.

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Granite State Pro Stock Series at Star Speedway:  A Closer Look at the Numbers

EPPING, NH – The Granite State Pro Stock Series will travel to Star Speedway, June 27, for the Star 100. The Star 100 will be the fifth event of the 12-race season, and will be the sixth time the Granite State Pro Stock Series has visited the facility since 2012. The following is a closer look at the numbers of the Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS), and Star Speedway.

STAR SPEEDWAY NOTES:
-Star Speedway was built in 1966.
-Formerly known as “All-Star Speedway”.
-Known for the “Star Classic”, this track boasts divisions such as 350 Supermodifieds, Outlaws, Strictly Stocks, and Roadrunners. The speedway has seen such greats as Ollie Silva, “Big Daddy” Don McLaren, Eddie West, Jim Cheney, Bentley Warren, Chris Perley, Russ Wood, and Lou Cicconi take to the track. In the 1970’s, the facility used to host celebrity races, featuring Boston Bruins players.

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Father Outduels Son in Battle of the Rowe’s at Star

64-year-old Maine racing legend Mike Rowe has been involved in his fair share of battles throughout his year’s winning Super Late Model races in the Northeast. On Saturday night at Star Speedway, Rowe was involved in one of the most exhausting battles of his career as he battled it out for the lead against his son, Ben Rowe, on the quarter-mile Epping, New Hampshire bullring.

The battle was one that had fans on their feet. It was one that involved multiple taps to the back of his No. 7 Petit Motorsports machine. But in the end, it was a thrilling battle that the elder Rowe came out on top of as he fended off his son to win his second Pro All Stars Series (PASS) North event of the 2015 season.

“My spotter was telling me where he was and Ben has a little more smoke than I do, he’s got a little more motor than I do,” Rowe told Speed51.com powered by JEGS. “He got into me a couple times and I knew he wouldn’t spin me being my kid. I am really happy for him. He had been struggling for a while and I’m just glad he’s going well. It was fun racing with him whether I finished first or he did. It was an awesome race.”

[Photo Gallery] by Michael Rothwell

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Star Video 05/09

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