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STAR TOURS TO - STAR SPEEDWAY

The weather was perfect for racing and it was nothing but “Green Flags” for the weekend as Senior Tour made its next stop to STAR Speedway, Epping, NH on 6/18.

The day began with afternoon warm ups. The evening would bring the tour 2 heats and 2 features with an on track “Meet and Greet” with the Senior Tour Auto Racers and the Star Speedway fans.

Star Sportsmen rolled onto the track first for their heat race.  When the green came down it was off to racing for the Star Sportsmen.  It was anyone’s win as the positions changed from lap to lap.  When the checkered came down it was on John Mulcahy from Ma in his #57 Mustang to take the first checkered flags for the weekend. 

The Modifieds were up next for their heat race.  It was Scott Poirier from Ct in his #73 Pinto piloting to the front to take down the second checkered for the tour.

Then it was Star’s Speedway‘s “Meet and Greet Time”.  One by one Senior Tour cars came out filling up the 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.  It was great to see autographs being signed and children sitting in the cars to have their pictures taken.  You could hear stories all up and down the front stretch from the fans and the drivers. It was a great time!

Then it was feature time as the Senior Tour Sportsmen hit the track first.  When the checkered came down it was on Art Merchant from Ma in his #64 coupe to take the victory for the Sportsmen division.  Michael Keddy from NH in his #50 coupe took a very close second and rounding out the pack with a close third was Skip Stearns from NH in the #7X coupe.  The couples ruled that night with first and second place going to STAR rookies!  The top three were brought trackside for an out of car interview and awarded with trophies.

The Modifieds were lined up and ready to hit the track for their feature.  When the last checkered for the evening came down it was Bobby Turner from Me in his #7 Omni to take the victory for the Modified division.  Scott Poirier from Ct in his #73 Pinto and Charlie Lima from Ma in his #2X coupe rode side by side till the last lap when Poirier took the checked by inches, giving Poirer to finish off second and Lima taking a third.  The top three were brought trackside for an out of car interview and awarded with trophies.

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

Sportsmen Feature Winner - Art Merchant Car #64
Modified Feature Winner - Bobby Turner Car #7
Sportsmen Heat Winner - John Mulcahy Car #57
Modified Heat Winner - Scott Poirier Car #73

STAR TOURS TO - LEE USA SPEEDWAY

Senior Tour Auto Racers were on tap at the Lee USA Speedway in Lee NH on June 10th .   Cars hauled in from all over New England.  Star started their day with rounds of practice and then Lee USA brought all divisions that night onto the track for their 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. 

Then it was off to racing!  Star was scheduled for heats and features.  The first to hit the track was the Sportsmen division for their heat race.  The green came down and it was race time.  Skip Stearns from NH in his #7X Coupe was the first to take down the checkered that evening for the tour. 

The Modifieds were lined up and ready to hit the asphalt for their heat race.   It was a photo finish as Bobby Turner from Me in his #7 Omni and Scott Poirier from Ct in his #73 Pinto drove to the win with Turner winning only by inches. 

At feature time it was the Sportsmen to hit the track first.  Alan Zemla from Me in his #43 coupe took down the third checkered and the feature win for the Sportsmen division. New member to STAR this year Art Merchant from Ma in his #64 coupe drove to the second place finish and to round out the pack with a third was Skip Stearns from NH in his #7X coupe.  Coupes ruled in the feature this evening for the Sportsmen!

The Modifieds were staged and ready for their feature race. It was Jim Allen from Ma in his #44 Camero to take down the checkered and victory for the Modifieds that evening.  Mike Ronhock from Ma  in his #04 Pinto pulled a very close second and to finish off the pack with a third was Scott Poirier from Ct in his #73 Pinto.

Both Sportsmen and Modified winners were brought trackside for an out of car interview and awarded with trophies.

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 September 2nd .

Modified Feature Winner - James Allen Car #44
Sportsmen Feature Winner - Alan Zemla Car # 43
Modified Heat Winner - Bobby Turner Car #7
Sportsmen Heat Winner - Skip Stearns Car #7X

STAR TOURS TO - MONADNOCK SPEEDWAY

Driven by Passion---Fueled by Fun  - Welcome to the High Banks of Monadnock Speedway”.  On June 4th Monadnock Speedway, Winchester, NH was the scene for the Senior Tour Auto Racers. This would be the first of two visits for the STAR Tour for the 2016 season at Monadnock Speedway. It was hot and it was steaming but these racers did not care!  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 Skip Stearns who dominated the field and took down the heat win and the first checkered for the tour for the evening.  The Modifieds were lined up and ready to hit the asphalt next.  The pack ran tight lap after lap until hometown boy Bob Donahue made his move to take over the lead and the second checkered flag for the tour for the evening.

At feature time it was the Sportsmen to hit the track first for their feature race.  Bob Harless from NY piloting his #8 yellow sedan to the finish line to take down the third checked for the tour.  Rick MacDowell from Ma in his #76 Camero captured second with Alan Zelma from Me in his #43 coupe to round out the pack with a third. Sedan, Camero, and Coupe would take the victories that evening.  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 Danny Ferland from NH in his #194 Pinto to take the last flag for the evening. Gregg Massini from Ma in his #19 Vega took a very close second and to round out the pack with a third was James Allen from Ma in his #44 Mustang.  Pinto, Vega and Mustang would take the victories that evening.   All three were brought track side for an out of car interview and awarded with trophies.

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

Sportsmen Feature Winner - Bob Harless Car #8
Modified Feature Winner - Danny Ferland Car #194
Sportsmen Heat Winner - Skip Stearns Car #7X
Modified Heat Winner - Bob Donahue Car #99

STAR OPEN SEASON - CLAREMONT SPEEDWAY

Senior Tour Auto Racers officially kicked off their 2016 season on May 20th at the Claremont Speedway in Claremont, NH.  STAR filled the pits with cars from all over New England and Canada to give Claremont Speedway a night of “REAL OLE SCHOOL RACING”. 

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

The day was very busy for STAR as it was now time to get all the cars inspected before practice time.  Thank you to STAR’s Board of Directors Charlie Lima, Brian Robie, and Jim Allen for getting the job done.  All cars were inspected and ready to roll for their practice time and there was plenty of practice time!

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

Now it was time to get serious and get them out for their heat races. “Who would take down the first victories for the season?” First the Sportsmen hit the asphalt for their heat race.  To take down the first checkered for the 2016 season and the heat win for the Sportsmen Division was Rick MacDowell from Ma in his #76 Camero. The Modifieds were lined up and ready to hit the asphalt for their heat race.  It would be Brian Robie from NH in his #7 Pinto who would take down the second checkered for the evening and the Modified heat win.

Back to the pits, Oh my gosh they were having a heck of a time in the pit area.  Laugher and jokes going up and down the complete pit area; it was nice to see that racing still can be FUN! 

Then it was feature time!  Oh yes STAR gave the crowd just what they have been waiting for, “REAL OLE SCHOOL FASHION RACING” from the beginning to the end.  Race Director Mary Lima turned the group over to George Powers who would walk the fans back into time and show them how real racing was started….In the middle of the track! 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 past 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. 

In the Sportsmen Division it was Bob Seward from Ma in his #69B coupe to capture the victory for the Sportsmen Division.  In second place was Joe Keefner from Ma in his #99 Gremlin and to finish off with a third was Charlie Lima from Ma in his #10 Pinto. The top three were brought trackside for an out of car interview 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 and flagged on the modifieds.  The Green Came Down and it was off to racing!  When the checkered came down it was on Bob Donahue from NH in his #99 Pinto to take the victory for the Modified Division.  In second place was Tom Trempe from NH in the #7X Mustang and to finish off the pack with a third was Jocelyn Laliberte in his #61QC from Ouebec, Canada.  The top three were brought trackside for an out of car interview and awarded with trophies. 


STAR would like to thank Claremont Speedway and their entire staff for all their hospitality and great night of racing!


Modified Feature Winner - Bob Donahue Car #99
Sportsmen Feature Winner - Bob Seward Car #69B
Modified Heat Winner - Brian Robie Car #7
Sportsmen Heat Winner - Rick MacDowell Car #76