Senior Tour Auto Racers





On August 10th, Claremont Speedway in Claremont, NH was the next stop for the tour.  The weather was beautiful and with all the rain we have had every Saturday we were LUCKY that STAR raced on a Friday night, cause the next day Saturday oh yeah “IT RAINED”!   Claremont Speedway, Claremont NH for “80’s Night” 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 Gary Moore from NH in the 7X coupe 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.  Thomas Trempe from NH in his #7X Mustang  was not about to give this win up!  Trempe held his line and took the second checkered for the evening for the Modified heat win.  Just a note both cars have the #7X coincidence?

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 18 years and it is always a hit!  

The Sportsmen were off and it was Jim Torok from CT in his #04 Pinto to show the Sportsmen how it was done by dominating the field and taking down the win for the Sportsmen that evening.   Dwight Pickard from Me in his #16me Vega and Curt Snow from Ma in the #110 coupe battle for second, with Pickard taking down the second place and Snow topping off the pack with a third.  The top three were brought trackside for an out of car interview.

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 Bobby Turner from Me in his #7 Omni to take the win for the Modified division that night! Breathing down Turner was Daniel Ferland from NH in his #21 Pinto and Arthur Hannaford from Me in his #7 Malibu, Ferland taking down the second with Hannaford topping the pack off with a third. WHOW talk about a close race!  The top three were brought trackside for an out of car interview.


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!