Senior Tour Auto Racers

 

 

A MASSACHUSETTS NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION

 

THE STARS AND CARS OF YESTERYEAR

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STAR'S PHOTO OF THE WEEK


BULLENTIN - SCHEDULE UPDATE
Claremont Speedway has rescheduled STAR for
August 11th.
This a make up date from our rain out on June 30th
Sign in Time 3:00 p.m.
THIS WILL BE A POINT SHOW

UP COMING EVENT - NEW LONDON WATERFORD SPEEDBOWL
SATURDAY JULY 29TH
Route 85
Waterford, Ct


Sign in time 1:00 p.m.

All Vintage cars please report to the North Pit area for sign in.
The North pit area is located to the right as you enter the Speedway.  Take the first right and follow the road down to the North pit.  Do not go straight it will take you to the South pit.
We will be pitting in the North Pit Area 
Please make sure you are on time to sign in

Running - Still -  Points

UP COMING EVENT - MONADNOCK SPEEDWAY
SATURDAY AUGUST 5TH
Route 10
Winchester, NH


Sign in time 1:00 p.m.

Running - Points


UP COMING EVENT - HUDSON SPEEDWAY
SUNDAY AUGUST 6TH
120 Old Derry Road
Hudson, NH


Sign in time 3:00 p.m.

Running - Points


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.