Results October 16th
Text & Photos by Bob Hayes

Pumkinfest 2011” was held on Sunday October 16th at Hudson International Speedway. It was a fun day for all with kids bikes races on the speedway before warm-ups, a costume contest, Enduros and tight championship races in two divisions.

Thunder Lights

The first championship to be decided was in the Thunder Lights.  After heat race points were calculated in, Chad Wendell held a ten point lead over Jarrod Soucy.  With the car count in the Thunder Lights and it being a double points race, each spot in the feature was worth ten points more than the spot before it.  So Wendell just needed to keep Soucy behind him and he would win his second Thunder Light championship in a row.

When the green dropped Soucy got ahead of Wendell first and was battling side by side with Carlos Esquivel with Wendell right behind them.  Wendell then made a bold move going three wide into turn one and they all made it through turn two and started down the backstretch three wide but contact was made between them and both Wendell and Soucy went spinning off the track bringing out a caution.  After the restart Wendell was able to get past Soucy.  Soucy was able to get back by Wendell as the laps wound down.  At the checkers Soucy crossed the line in fourth and Wendell in fifth.  With that finish, Soucy and Wendell were tied in points and declared co-champions.

The Thunder Light feature was won by Justin Beecher.  Austin Erickson in his “LL” Pinto has made much improvement in the last few weeks and finished second.  Meegan Lord was third.  Beecher won the heat.

Roadrunners

The Roadrunners had five drivers with a chance to walk away with the championship.  Leading points going in to the day was Nick Fissette followed by Jason Carroll, Johnny Reefer, Jen Lord and Jef James.

Jen Lord jumped out to the early lead and was quickly caught by Jason Carroll.  Carroll tried high and low but wasn’t able to make it past Lord.  After the halfway mark Billy Osbourne joined the front duo in the battle for the lead.  Osbourne went to the outside and got past Carroll.  Osbourne could get a few feet in front of Lord but then would slip back some.  Shaun Waites Jr. made it past Carroll and got to Lords rear bumper but time had run out as the trio crossed under starter Steve Gran’s checkered flag and Lord was able to celebrate her first career win.  Osbourne was second and Waites Jr. was third.  Carroll was fourth and Fissette fifth.  Carroll and Osbourne won the heats.

Fissette won the championship by 3 points over Carroll and Lord finished third in points just 4 points behind Carroll.

Rookie Stock

Roger Tanguay, Sr. won his first Rookie Stock feature.  Tanguay led from green to checker but it wasn’t an easy road with the likes of Jerry Lepage and Steve Dickey on his bumper for the entire race.  Tanquay had a lot of handling issues early in the season but kept working on his car and got better and better towards the end of the season and it all came together on the last race of the season for him.  Lepage was second followed by Steve Dickey, Jr.,  Corrie ”knock ‘em out of the way” Merritt was fourth and Dean Wendell was fifth.  Lepage and Dickey won the heats.  Slika Ennis finished 13th on the hook of the tow truck.

John Morin Jr. had clinched the Rookie Stock championship the previous week.  Morin Jr. had an outstanding last half of the season.  In late July Morin Jr. was leading by less than ten points but went on a winning streak that cumulated in clinching the championship with a week to go in the season.

Classic Light

Rusty Bryant won the Classic Light main followed by George Helliwell, Eddie Gilman, Paul Colson and Rob Bryant.  Helliwell and Rusty Bryant won the heats.

 
Top Three Classic Light; Eddie Gilman, Rusty Bryant & George Helliwell

Grand Enduro

Corrie Merritt won the Grand Enduro followed by Bob Murphy, Roland Laplante, Dave Levine and Ryan Foley.

4-Cylinder Enduro


4-Cylinder Enduro


4-Cylinder Enduro

Dave Helliwell won the 4 Cyl Enduro followed by Issac Chabot, Jake Joslin, Jay Keezer and Zack Leslie.


4-Cylinder Enduro winner Hollywood Heliwell doing his victory burnout

Spectator Drags

Ralph Coombs won the Spectator Drags.

Flagpole Race

Scotty “The Fighter” Duval won the Flagpole Race.

Spectator Race

Rockin Robert Burke won the Spectator Race in the Martial Arts machine from Chelmsford.

Hudson Speedway concluded its 64th consecutive racing season and will honor its drivers/crews at a banquet held in conjunction with Star Speedway.  The banquet is being held November 5, 2011 at the Lowell MA Lodge of Elks at 40 Old Ferry Road Lowell MA 01854.  Trophies will be presented to the top points finalists in each division.  Many special achievement awards will also be presented.  Doors open at 6.05 pm with a social hour.  Awards presentations begin at 7pm followed by a full course roast beef and turkey dinner by Lenzi’s Catering.  Tickets are $45 each and must be purchased in advance before November 1st.


Results October 9th
Text & Photos by Bob Hayes Except as Noted

 
How to win with class 101.
  2011 Star Speedway Outlaw champion Mitch Wendell with son and 2011 Hudson Speedway Outlaw champion Dean Wendell

Thunder Lights

Meegan Lord showed the boys in the Thunder Light division that she is ready to challenge to be next year’s champion with an outstanding race win on Oct 9th at Hudson International Speedway. Carlos Esquivel led the opening lap or two before Lord got passed him and took the lead. With Lord passing Esquivel the door was open for Chad Wendell, Justin Beecher and Jarrod Soucy to get past Esquivel and they formed a four car battle for the lead. With Lord in the lead Wendell took to the outside of Lord and spent the last ten laps of the race on the outside trying to get past her. Wendell could get a nose in front of Lord going into the corners but Lord would battle back and stay in first. While the front two were battling side by side, Beecher would get to Lords rear bumper but couldn’t get a good run to get past. Meanwhile, Soucy wasn’t far back waiting for any of the top trio to make a mistake so he could move up. With the other drivers all over her, Lord showed her mettle and held on for her second win of the season. Wendell was second followed by Beecher, Soucy and Austin Erickson. Wendell won the heat.

Outlaws

 
Outlaw Feature Ricky Woodside, Jr sideways as usual

Ricky Woodside, Jr. led the first few laps of the Outlaw feature. Peter Fiandaca was all over Woodside and finally made it past him in turn three. Woodside got beat around a bit as a few more drivers muscled their way by him and he went spinning into the infield on the front stretch to bring out a caution. By this point, Jay Maki had made his way to the front and was challenging Fiandaca on every lap. He finally made it by him before the halfway point. Maki made it look easy from that point and had a sizable lead by the drop of the checkered flag. Geoff Rollins made it past Fiandaca to finish second. After Fiandaca it was Derek Griffith in fourth and Dean Wendell in fifth. John Meany and Dean Wendell won the heats.

 
Top Three Outlaws; (L to R) Peter Fiandaca, Geoff Rollins and winner Jay Maki.

With his fifth place finish in the Outlaws, Dean Wendell clinched the 2011 Outlaw Championship. It was the third straight championship for Wendell at Hudson International as he was Rookie Stock champion in 2009 and 2010. Dean shares his Outlaw ride with his dad Mitch Wendell who runs it at Star Speedway on Saturday nights. Mitch won the Star Speedway Outlaw championship the day before Dean won his. Dean’s brother Chad Wendell won last year’s Thunder Light championship and with his second place finish this week took over the points lead going into the last week of the season. Mitch’s wife Joy must be leading points somewhere too.

Rookie Stocks


Jerry Lepage came up quickly on a slowing Ron Robinson and had had to take evasive action


Rookie Feature; John Morin [31), Jerry Lepage (37) & Corrie Merritt in closing laps

Roger Tanguay, Sr. led most of the Rookie Stock Main. He kept his old Camaro going straight for the entire Rookie Stock feature and looked like he had a good shot at his first win but John Morin, Jr. had other ideas for the outcome and passed Tanguay for his sixth win of the 2011 racing season. With the win, Morin clinched the Rookie Stock championship with one week remaining in the season. Corrie Merritt beat his way to a second place finish. Scotty (I’m out of names) Duval was third. Jerry Lepage was fourth and Tanguay was fifth. Slika Ennis somehow managed to finish seventh. Tanguay and Duval won the heats.

 
Last Lap Rookie Feature; (14 ) Andy Nichols losing a few postions because it was the white flag lap


Rookie Andy Nichols on the front stretch after last lap incident
[Photo by Jen Couture]

V-6 Modifieds

Keith Caruso picked up another win in the New England V-6 Modifieds. Caruso took the lead real early and was chased the entire way by Allen Reiser, Jr. Reiser closed the gap a few times but wasn’t able to get close enough to mount a serious challenge to Caruso. Reiser won the heat.

Roadrunners

Billy Osbourne won the 201st feature of his career passing the great R. Petty on the all-time list.

Next Sunday, October 16th

Next Sunday, October 16th, is the annual end of the season “Pumpkinfest” with Kids bike races beginning at 11.30am. Also for the kids there will be games, trick or treat and a costume contest. The Northeast Classic Lites make their only appearance of the season that day. Championships will be decided in the Roadrunners and Thunder Lights. Both divisions have tight points battles. The Rookie Stocks will also run but John Morin Jr. has clinched the championship in that division. Enduros are on tap and the Spectator Race, Spectator Drags and the Flagpole Race will also be run.


Results September 18th
Text & photos by Bob Hayes

Outlaw Sportsman

Fourteen year old Derek Griffith won his second Outlaw feature of the 2011 racing season on September 18th at Hudson International Speedway. Peter Fiandaca and Dave Blanchard were the front row starters with Griffith starting in the third spot. Fiandaca took the lead in the early going with Blanchard settling into second and Griffith third. The top trio stayed that way until a caution bunched up the field for a restart. On the restart Griffith managed to get by Blanchard and set his sights on the sixty-one year old Fiandaca. Griffith tried the outside but couldn’t make it work so he went inside and got aside of Fiandaca coming off turn two. The two made contact going down the back stretch and Fiandaca got out of shape and lost many spots while trying to gather it back together. Dean Wendell had a good run and finished second and Geoff Rollins was third.

 
Outlaw (12) Derek Griffith setting up Peter Fiandaca to pass for the lead

Dave Blanchard and Jay Maki were fourth and fifth respectively. Matt Robinson and Ron Lord won the heats.

 
Outlaw Feature Winner Derek Griffith

Rookie Stocks


Rookie feature Roger Tanguay, Sr. spun while leading

Dan Murphy Jr. won the Rookie Stock main. Roger Tanguay Sr. led the first few circuits until Murphy Jr. took over. John Morin Jr. moved into second past the halfway point and began chasing down Murphy, Jr. Morin caught Murphy as the laps wound down and tried the outside and then the inside and then the middle but wasn’t able to pass Murphy. The last few laps were classic short track beating and banging but Murphy was able to hang one for the win. Morin was second. Corrie Merritt would have loved to get his bumper into the action but wasn’t close enough and finished third. Bob Riopelle finished fourth. Scotty “Daisy Duke “ Duval was fifth. Murphy, Jr. and Duval won the heats.

Roadrunners

Ricky Porter and Jack Victoria made their first 2011 visits to Hudson International and finished first and second respectively in the Roadrunner main. Tommy Lord led the opening laps until the first caution. On the ensuing restart it was all Lord front row with Tommy’s daughter [Jen] on the outside. When starter Bob Munroe dropped the green, Jen took off and grabbed the top spot. Jen was able to outrun all the Hudson regulars from that point and ended with a very impressive third. Billy Osbourne was fourth and Jason Carroll was fifth.Tommy Lord and Porter won the heats.

Thunder Lights


Thunder Lite Last lap contact with Jarod Soucy took Austin Erickson out of a Podium finish

Justin Beecher won the Thunder Lights feature. Chad Wendell was second. Austin Erickson was running third the whole race but got “Soucied” on the last lap and spun giving the last podium spot to Meegan Lord.Erickson won the heat.

Spectator Races

Jeff McMillan won the Spectator Drags. “Daisy Duke” Duval had the Spectator Race all wrapped up until the last laps when everybody’s buddy “Buddy”Wilkins came out of nowhere, blew his doors off, and won. Luckily for Duval, Wilkins had trouble in the Flagpole Race and Duval managed to win the Flagpole Race.

There is no racing on Sept. 25th. On October 2nd its Enduros, V-6 Modifieds, Rookies, Roadrunners, Thunder Lights, Spectator Drags,Spectator Race and Flagpole Race. Gates open at 11am and the first race is at 1.03pm.


Results September 5
th
Text & photos by Bob Hayes

“Mighty” Mike Lewis Memorial


“Mighty” Mike Lewis

Billy Clement Sr. won the “Mighty” Mike Lewis Memorial race this past Monday Sept 5th at Hudson International Speedway.


Mike Lewis Mom Norma greeeting drivers before second segment of race.  Here with Bob Riopelle

The race honored the longtime Hudson/Star competitor who lost his life in a tragic accident while working on his racecar in the garage. Lewis was a fierce competitor who started racing in 1988 and by 1992 had honed his skills enough to win the championship in the Strictly Stocks division. His battles with Dean Weber for the championship that season were epic and tempers flared on a few occasions between the two. Lewis moved up to the Street Stock division after his championship and while the wins weren’t as plentiful as in the Strictly Stocks, the smile Lewis always had while at the speedway remained.

Lewis was the only son of Norma and Richard Lewis but Lewis was blessed with six loving sisters. Lewis left behind a wife and two sons who will forever have him in their hearts. It’s been 13 years since we lost Mike Lewis but his memory will never be forgotten by those whose lives he touched.

The Lewis Memorial race was held in two segments. The first was twenty laps and the second was twenty five laps with the winner being determined by combining the finishes. Billy Clement Sr. was one of just a few drivers left at Hudson who raced with Lewis so it was fitting that he won the race. Clement Sr. hadn’t been driving much in recent years because he was focusing his attention on getting his son started in racing. Billy Clement Jr. must have been paying attention to his dad because he finished second overall. After the Clements it was John Morin, Jr., Steve Dickey, Jr., Scotty “Two-time” Duval. Roger Tanguay, Sr. was sixth. Tanguay was upstaged in the Tanguay household by his grandson who won one of the kid’s bike races earlier in the afternoon.

Thunder Lights


Thunder Light Top 3; Jarod Soucy, Chad Wendell & Justin Beecher

The Thunder Lights were knocking each other around again with Chad Wendell coming out on top. Justin Beecher was second followed by Jarod Soucy.

V-6 Modified


V-6 Modifieds Keith Caruso

Keith Caruso won the caution free V6 Modified main. Allen Reiser Jr. was second and William Wallace third.

Roadrunners


Roadrunner Loren Smith, Jr.

Loren Smith Jr. made a rare appearance at HIS and was the fastest in the Roadrunners. Smith Jr. took over the lead just past the midway point and wasn’t challenged after that. Johnny Reefer was second. Jen Lord has been running fantastic and finished a solid third. Look for Jen to get that breakthrough win real soon. Jen’s dad Tommy Lord finished fourth and Matt Lombard in his always cornering VW was fifth.

Grand Enduro

Bob Murphy won the Grand Enduro followed by Corrie Merritt, Barry Schonborg, David McCarthy and Roland Laplante.

4 -Cylinder Enduro

Paul Wainwright won the 4 Cyl. Enduro followed by Issac Chabot, James Genlakis, Andrew Harmon and Jay Kezer.

Flagpole Race

Scotty “Two-Time” Duval won the Flagpole Race.

There is no racing on Sept 11th. On Sept 18th it’s the Outlaws, Roadrunners, Thunder Lights, Rookies, Spectator Race, Spectator Drags, and Flagpole Race. Gates open at 11am and the first race is at 1:03pm.


Results September 4th

Text & Photos by Bob Hayes

Outlaws


Outlaw (135) The Travelin' Man & (75) The Junk Yard Dawg

Jay “the driver formerly known as The Battering Ram” Maki ran a flawless race in the thirty lap Outlaw main this past Sunday to pull down his second win of the 2011 racing season. Maki started fifth on the starting grid and by the fifth lap was going three-wide on the outside to pass Todd Warren who was running in first place and Ron Lord who had been in second trying to pass Warren.

From that point on the race was for second as Maki stretched his lead to half of a lap by the end of the caution-free race. Lord made it passed Warren and took Dean Wendell with him as he passed Warren. Wendell and Lord ran side by side with Wendell in the high groove for many laps until Wendell finally cleared Lord. Wendell finished second. Geoff Rollins made it past Lord to finish third. Lord hung on for fourth and Dave Blanchard was fifth.

Roadrunners


Roadrunner Bob Fields a bit out of shape

Tommy Lord led much of the first half of the Roadrunners main but had Johnny Reefer and Nick Fisette right in his tire tracks every lap. Things got very interesting when the top trio caught and started lapping slower cars. Lord was able to hang on to the top spot when the trio past the first few lapped cars but Reefer was able to get by before long. Reefer held on to take the checkers with Fisette in second. Tommy Lord finished third. Matt Lombard had an impressive fourth place run and Jen Lord came back up through the field after an early race spin to finish fifth.


Roadrunner Johnny Reefer

Rookie Stocks


Rookie 3-wide (41) Dan Murphy, Jr. (31) Jerry Lepage & (middle) Billy Clement, Jr.

Billy Clement Jr. brought a new car to the track this week and left with his second win in the Rookie Stocks this season. Dan Murphy Jr. was second followed by Scotty “the Hottie” Duval, John Morin Jr., and proud papa Billy Clement Sr.


Rookie heat; Tight racing betweeen Billy Clement, Sr. & Scott Thomson

Thunder Lights

Justin Beecher took home the winners trophy in the Thunder Lights. Beecher started third and took over the lead from Meegan Lord early in the race and cruised to victory. After Beecher passed Lord she had her hands full trying to hold off both Jarod Soucy and Chad Wendell. Lord was able to hang on to second place until there were two laps to go. In turn three, Soucy and Lord made contact and it slowed Lord enough that both Wendell and Soucy made it by her. On the last lap there was more contact this time between Soucy and Wendell. Both Soucy and Wendell went spinning but Wendell was able to get his car straightened out and drove off while Soucy sat in the middle of the track. Lord wasn’t too far behind and tried to avoid Soucy when she got to him but made contact and ended up just off the backstretch behind the tire wall. Wendell finished second followed by Austin Erickson.

Spectator Drags and the Spectator Race

Timmy Lord won both the Spectator Drags and the Spectator Race.

Flagpole Race

Scotty “the Hottie” Duval won the Flagpole Race.

There is no racing on Sept 11th. On Sept 18th it’s the Outlaws, Roadrunners, Thunder Lights, Rookies, Spectator Race, Spectator Drags, and Flagpole Race. Gates open at 11am and the first race is at 1:03pm.


Results Aug 21st
by Bob Hayes
[All photos by Bob Hayes]


Don Hayes 1950's

The 9th annual Don Hayes Memorial was held this past Sunday, August 21st at Hudson International Speedway.  The race honored the speedways longtime photographer/videographer who passed away in April 2002.  Hayes was a photo buff returning home from WW ll and looking for some action when he came across auto racing and began a love affair that lasted until his passing.

In the 1940’s, racetracks were popping up everywhere and Hayes shot at speedways such as West Peabody, Dracut Speedway and the Manchester Motordrome but his main beat was Oscar Ridlon’s U.R.D.C. sanctioned Pines Speedway in Groveland, MA on Saturday nights and Hudson on Sundays.  Each year at the U.R.D.C. awards banquet one of the highlights would come after the awards were handed out they would dim the lights and Hayes would fire up his Super 8 movie projector and the big screen he set up came to life with his traditional opening 'Speedway Thrills' followed by a meticulously edited collection of clips starting with legendary flagman Kenny Small throwing the green flag and climaxing with the wildest flips and crashes the ace lensman had captured during the season.


Don Hayes in the 90's

Hayes was there for Hudson’s first opening day on May 9, 1948 and finished out the 2001 racing season before he became ill in December of 2001.  Hayes shot whatever was presented for entertainment at the track from the early days of the Midgets, Jalopies, Supermodifieds, Motorcycles, Thrill Shows and even the occasional school bus race.  His racing Legacy lives on through his hours of movies and thousands of photos of the early days of auto racing.  In a fitting tribute on the day of his funeral the hearse carrying Hayes stopped at Hudson Speedway to make a lap around the Speedway that Hayes loved so much.  As the hearse crossed the start/finish line, chief starter Bob Munroe was perched on the flagstand waving the checkered flag as Hayes passed by.

Don Hayes Memorial Race

The Don Hayes Memorial race was held in two segments.  The first was a 20 lap event and the second was a 25 lap affair.  The winner was to be determined by combining finishes.


Roadrunner (07) Jason Carroll helping (61) Jen Lord go faster

Two time Roadrunner Champion and defending Don Hayes race winner Louie Maher won the first segment.  Maher seemed to have things going his way in the second segment, had moved up to third place and was gaining ground on second place, but an issue with a tie rod put him in the pits.  He lost a few laps and was out of contention.  With just two laps to go Jef James was in position to win the overall race but contact with a lapped car sent James spinning down the back stretch and brought out a caution.


Roadrunner (60) Tommy Lord and (10) Scott Dunklee

After the restart James was able to pass a few cars but ran out of time as the checkers flew.  After a few moments tallying the results from both segments, Nick Fisette and James were tied but the tiebreaker rule that was in place before the race declared that in case of a tie whoever finished higher in the second feature would score first.  Nick Fisette crossed the line second in the last segment and was declared winner with James being second overall.  Jen Lord was third overall and her dad Tommy Lord was fourth overall.  Erica Page finished fifth overall.


Roadrunner winner Nick Fisette (7) with Kevin Dunklee

Outlaws


Outlaw Jay Maki

Two  time Rookie stock champion Dean Wendell picked up his first career win in the Outlaws.  Wendell led most of the race but had his hands full with a slew of drivers right on his bumper. In the closing laps Derek Griffith made a move to the outside and looked like he might be able to make a pass but lost control going down the back stretch and spun out of contention.  Todd Warren had a great run and finished second and Ron Lord, after a few spins and a few battles with Jay ”Battering Ram” Maki, finished third.  The octogenarian Matt Bowsowski was fourth followed by Matt K.

 
Outlaw feature (21) Dean Wendell in the lead

 
 Dean Wendell taking the checkered flag for his first Outlaw Late Model feature win.

Thunder Light

Defending Thunder Light champion Chad Wendell won his third feature of 2011.  Wendell grabbed the lead early in the race but was hounded by Justin Beecher the entire race.  Beecher tried inside and outside to get by but wasn’t able to pull off a pass and had to settle for second.  Nick Dombrowski was third and Meegan Lord was fourth.


Three generations of Wendells celebrate Chad Wendell's Thunder Light feature win along with longtime Wendell Racing crewman "G.I. Joe" Brooks and his son.

Rookie Stock

Roger Tanguay Sr. led the opening laps of the Rookie stock main until he lost control coming off turn four and spun up the track in front of the field bringing a few cars with him to the wall.  All the drivers were able to drive off but Mike McHughs car was damaged enough to affect the handling and he struggled the rest of the race to hang on and finished last.  John Morin Jr. took the lead on the restart.  Raindrops had begun to fall before the restart and the race had to be called with four laps remaining handing the win to Morin Jr.  Second through tenth were Hollywood Helliwell, Scotty “The Body” Duval, Billy Clement Jr., Corey Merritt, Bill Heliwell, Tanguay Sr., Jerry Lepage, the grizzled veteran Bob Riopelle and Dan Murphy Jr.


Rookie Top 3; Scotty 'the Body' Duval, John Morin, Jr. & "Hollywood" Dave Helliwell

Flagpole Race and the Spectator Race

Scotty ‘The Body” Duval won the Flagpole Race and the Spectator Race and probably would have won the Specatator Drags too but sadly the Spectator Drags were cancelled due to the rain.

The “Mighty” Mike Lewis Memorial Race for Rookie Stocks will be held this coming Sunday August 28th.  Along with the Lewis Memorial will be the Roadrunners, Thunderlights, N.E. V.6. Modifieds,  Spectator Race, Spectator Drags and Flagpole Race.  This is the last night race of 2011 with gates opening at 4pm.  Hot laps at 5pm and the first green at 6.03 pm.


Results July 31st
by Bob Hayes
[All photos by Bob Hayes]

Hudson International Speedway held a double feature night for all three of its regular divisions this past Sunday.

Rookie Stock


Rookie #69 Russ Nutting flew off the track with a hung throttle

 
Russ Nuttings car after flying into brush off track

John Morin Jr. had the best night winning both Rookie Stock features. Morin Jr. extended his points lead with his third and fourth wins of the season. Morin Jr. started deep in both fields and was methodical in slicing through slower cars on his way to both victories.


Rookie feature #28 Mike McHugh


Rookie Stock #77 Hollywood Helliwell

 Also in the top five after Morin Jr. in the first feature were Dave Helliwell, Jerry Lepage, Bob Riopelle and Dan Murphy Jr. In the top five in the second feature after Morin Jr. were Corrie Merritt, Helliwell, Billy Clement Jr. and Murphy Jr.


Rookie John Morin, Jr. and mom

Roadrunner


Todd "Hammer Down" Henshaw #71 in tight, three wide Roadrunner action.

Jason Carroll won the first Roadrunner feature. Matt Lombard and Jen Lord battled for the lead for the first half of the race but Carroll made it by both to post his fifth feature win of the season.


Roadrunnner Myles Devits a bit out of shape

 Also in the top five after Carroll were Lombard, Tom Lord, Todd “Hammerdown” Henshaw and Erica Page. Billy Osbourne made a rare appearance at Hudson and outran Carroll to pickup the win in the second Roadrunner feature. Also in the top five after Osbourne were Carroll, Myles Devits, Jef James and Matt Lombard.


Roadrunner Billy Osbourne with his daughter Callie

Thunder Lights


Second generation Thunder Lite hotshoe Justin Beecher celebrates another feaure win.

Thunder Lights points leader Jarrod Soucy picked up his fifth win of 2011 in the first feature. Also in the top five after Soucy were Justin Beecher, Nick Bombrowski, Chad Wendell and Meegan Lord. Beecher won the second Thunder Light feature followed by Lord, Soucy, Wendell and Carlos Esquivel.


Thunder Lite #42 Jarrod Soucy

New England V-6 Modified

Keith Caruso won the New England V-6 Modified feature. Caruso took the lead on the first lap and never trailed. Allan Rieser Jr. ran second for most of the race and was slowly closing in on Caruso as the checkers fell and had to settle for second place. Following Rieser Jr. across the finish line were Wayne Brooks Jr. William Wallace, Eric Vilandre and Louie Maher.


V-6 Modified Keith Caruso

Spectator Race and the Spectator Drags

Andrew Hall won both the Spectator race and the Spectator Drags.

Flagpole Race

Buddy Wilkins won the Flagpole race.

Next Sunday August 7th is the return of the Outlaws plus the Rookie Stocks, Roadrunners, Thunder Lights, Flagpole Race, Spectator Race and Spectator Drags.


Results July 24th
by Bob Hayes
[All photos by Bob Hayes]

Thunder Lights


Thunder Light top 3 (l-r) Chad Wendell,Jarrod Soucy & Justin Beecher

Jarrod Soucy won his fourth Thunder Light feature of the 2011 racing season this past Sunday  July 24th at Hudson International Speedway.  Carlos Esquivel had the best race of his career leading the first half of the feature until Soucy got past him.  Following Soucy at the finish were Justin Beecher, Chad Wendell, Meegan Lord and Esquivel.  Soucy won the heat.

Outlaw Sportsman


Outlaw Pete Fiandaca's new ride

Ron Lord Jr. won his first Outlaw Sportsman feature of the season and in doing so took over the points lead from Geoff Rollins. 


Outlaw feature (69) Ron Lord passing (8) Rick Woodside, Jr. for the lead

Rick Woodside Jr. took the lead from his outside pole starting position and quickly built a big lead.  Woodside Jr. led the first twenty laps of the thirty lap event before Lord Jr. drove around the outside of him on lap twenty-one.


Outlaw (62) Todd Warren getting past Rick Woodside with (12) Derek Griffith outside

Lord Jr. wasn’t challenged from that point and was followed across the finish line by Jay Maki, Derek Griffith, Todd Warren, Dean Wendell, Woodside Jr., Matt Bosowski, Tom ‘The Terror’ Tomberello, Matt Robinson and Stan Maki.  Robinson and Maki won the heats.


Outlaw feature top 3 (l-r) Derek Griffith, Ron Lord & Jay Maki

Roadrunners


Roadrunner Jason Carroll

Jason Carroll won his fourth feature of the season in the Roadrunners.  Carroll took over the points lead from Nick Fisette.  Jef James jumped out to a huge lead in the early going until a caution erased it.  Shawn Waites Jr. and Carroll both got past James on the restart.  With Waites Jr. leading Carroll they ran nose to tail for many laps with Carroll looking high and low but Carroll wasn’t able to make a pass.  As the duo started lapping cars they were joined in the battle for the lead by Mr. Johnny Reefer.  Carroll made it past Waites Jr. while the group was passing a back marker but things got real tight going down the back stretch and the lapped car ended up spinning off the track and brought out a caution.  The caution negated Carroll’s pass since speedway rules state that restarts are scored on the last completed lap.  After the restart Carroll just needed a few laps to get back past Waites Jr. and drive on to victory.  Waites Jr. was second followed by Mr. Reefer, Fisette, Jen Lord, Matt Lombard, Scott Dunklee, Peter Raby, Lightning Keniston and James.

Rookie Stock


Rookies Ronnie Robinson and Steve Dickey mix it up in the feature

John Morin Jr. won his second Rookie Stock main of the season.  Second through tenth were Corrie Merritt, Dan Murphy Jr., Steven Dickey, Billy Clement Jr., Ronnie Robinson, Roger Tanguay Sr., Sir Scott Duval, Mike McHugh and Scott Thomson.


With a "clean sweep" taking wins in both his qualifier and the feature John Morin, Jr.took over the Rookie Stock points lead.

Spectator Drags

"Super"Steve Dubois from Haverhill, MA won the Spectator Drags. 

Spectator Race

Guy Toupin from Derry won the Spectator Race.

Flagpole Race

Manchester hot shoe "Sir Scott" Duval won the Flagpole Race.

Next week July 31st is the double features for the Rookies, Roadrunners and Thunder Lights plus the always exciting New England V6 Modifieds, Spectator Drags, Flagpole Race and the Spectator Race.  Gates open at 4PM and the first race is at 6pm.


Results July 17th
by Bob Hayes
[All photos by Bob Hayes]

Thunder Light


Thunder Light  driver Jarod Soucy celebrates his third feature win with his proud grandmother.

Jared Soucy picked up his third Thunder Light feature win of the 2011 racing season this past Sunday evening at Hudson International Speedway.  Carlos Esquivel brought the field to the drop of the green flag and led the first three laps of the caution free event.  Soucy took over at that point and Justin Beecher followed Soucy past Esquivel into second place.  Soucy and Beecher waged a side by side battle for the lead eventually being joined by Chad Wendell to make it a three way battle.  With Beecher and Wendell battling for second it took a little pressure off Soucy and he was able to cross the finish line a few car lengths ahead of Beecher in second place and Wendell in third place.  Meegan Lord was fourth followed by Esquivel and Mike Erickson Jr. Beecher won the heat.

Rookie Stocks


Rookie Mike McHugh in front of Dave Heliwell

Dave “Hollywood” Helliwell picked up his first ever win in the Rookie Stocks.  Helliwell recently moved up from the Roadrunners and was making his third Rookie start ever.  Mike McHugh led the first half of the feature holding off Helliwell who was running side by side with him for many laps.  A lap twelve caution bunched the field for a restart and Helliwell got a better start and grabbed the lead going into turn one but McHugh managed to get back in the lead before long.  Helliwell finally put McHugh behind him for good and held off the likes of second place Dan Murphy Jr. and third place John Morin Jr.  Following Morin Jr. over the line were Jerry Lepage, Corrie Merritt, Scott Thomson, Roger Tanquay Sr., McHugh and Bill Helliwell.  Lepage won the heat.

 
Rookie Stock Dave Helliwell

Roadrunner


Roadrunne (90) Anthony Belfiore & Jef James

Nick Fisette picked up his second Roadrunner feature win of 2011.  Fisette started deep in the field but took advantage of a lap one melee that sent cars spinning.  With no caution needed, Fisette quickly took the lead and stretched it by many car lengths.  A late race caution bunched the field for a restart but Fisette was up to the challenge and took the winner’s trophy home. 



Roadrunner Jef James & Anthony Belfiore


Jef James and Anthony Belfiore were trading fenders in the closing laps in a side by side battle for second place.  At the finish, James was scraping the wall but had to settle for third in the photo finish.  Fourth through tenth were Jen Lord, Tom Lord, Erica Page, Robert Rund, Scott Dunkle,  Bob ”Strawberry” Fields, and Ray Pat.  Belfiore and Jen Lord won the heats.  Johnny Reefer finished last in the feature.


Roadrunner Nick Fisette with his dad

Spectator Race, Flagpole Race and Spectator Drags


Alan Archambault

It was a good day for Alan Archambault.  He won the triple crown by winning the Spectator Race, Flagpole Race and Spectator Drags.

Grand Enduro

The Grand Enduro was won by Dave McCarthy followed by Roland Leplante, Corrie Merritt, Ryan Foley and Travis Nevers.

4-Cylinder Enduro

The 4 Cyl. Enduro was won by Richard Beauschene followed by Isaac Chabot, Paul Wainwright, Jay Kezer and the Jessie Honigs.

Next week, July 24th is the return of the Outlaws, plus the Rookies, Roadrunners, Thunder Lights, Spectator race, Spectator Drags and Flagpole race.


Results July 10th
by Bob Hayes
[All photos by Bob Hayes]

Rookie Stocks

 
Rookie Stock Ronnie Robinson (71) on a restart

“Rockin” Ronnie Robinson returned to victory lane at Hudson International Speedway this past Sunday, July 10 in the Rookie Stocks division. It marked the first time since 1995 he took the winners trophy home.  Robinson has run sporadically at Hudson in the years since his last win but has made Hudson his home track this year.

Robinson started on the outside pole and led every lap.  Robinson never had more than a few car lengths lead and held off the field on a few restarts.  Following Robinson over the stripe were Jerry Lepage, John Morin Jr., Dave Helliwell, Bill Helliwell, Corrie Merritt, Dan Murphy Jr., Scotty Duval, Mike McHugh, and Andy Nichols.  Robinson and Bill Helliwell won the heats.


Rookie Stock Ronnie Robinson

Outlaws

Jay Maki won the Outlaws main.  In previous seasons the Outlaws had been known for their full contact type of racing but had really toned that down this year.  This week’s race included lots of contact, cut tires and a pileup that included three quarters of the field.

It was Maki’s first win of the 2011 racing season.  Dean Wendell finished second and Ron Lord was third.  Matt Robinson had a fantastic race in which he led most of the first half and then came back from a late race spin to finish fourth.  Sandy Lee was fifth followed by Shawn Waites Jr., Todd Warren, Derek Griffith, Shawn Waites Sr., and Stan Maki. 


Outlaw Sportmen Jay Maki

Jay Maki and Ron Lord Jr. won the heats.

Roadrunners

Johnny Reefer picked up his second win of the season in the Roadrunners.  Jen Lord led the first few laps of the feature until Reefer moved up from his sixth starting spot to take over the top spot.  By the halfway point of the race Jason Carroll had moved into second place just a car length or two behind Reefer.  Nick Fisette and Jef James were having a side by side battle for third a quarter of a lap behind the top duo.  With five to go Reefer and Carroll caught a group of lapped cars and began slicing through the group.  Carroll made a few moves diving underneath cars while Reefer went to the outside but Reefer made all the right moves and held on for the win.  Carroll was second.  James won the battle with Fisette for third and was able catch the top two in the closing laps but had to settle for his 5th third place finish of 2011.  Fourth through tenth were Fisette, Ray Pat, Jen Lord, Scott Dunklee, Robert Rund, Matt Lombard, and Jake Joslin. 


Roadrunner Johnny Reefer and his wife Sue

Carroll and Reefer won the heats.

Thunder Light


Thunder Light feature winner Chad Wendell and his proud Grandmother Lois.

Defending Thunder Light champion Chad Wendell won his second feature of the season.   Wendell started second and led every lap of the caution free race.  Justin Beecher finished second.  Beecher started further back than Wendell and spent the first half of the race working up through traffic.  Beecher made it into second place and began cutting into Wendell’s lead but ran out of laps as he got closer.  Following Beecher across the line were Meegan Lord, Jarod Soucy, Mike Erickson Jr., and Carlos Esquivel.  Soucy won the heat.

Spectator Drags and the Spectator Race

Jim Galakos won the Spectator Drags and the Spectator Race. 

Flagpole Race

Scotty Duval won the Flagpole Race.

Next Sunday July 17 at Hudson Speedway is Enduros, Rookies, Roadrunners, Thunder Lights, Spectator Race, Spectator Drags, and Flagpole Race.


June 26, 2011
by Bob Hayes
[All photos by Bob Hayes]

Rookie Stock

 
Rookie Feature closing laps; Scotty Duval (01), (31) Jerry Lepage & (37) Corrie Merritt

Two time Rookie Stock champion Scotty Duval won his first feature of the 2011 racing season in the Rookie Stocks at Hudson International Speedway this past Sunday June 26th.  Duval started on the outside pole and got past pole sitter Roger Tangauy in the opening laps.  Duval had a rear bumper full of Corrie Merritt for most of the race and held off multiple challenges from Merritt.  A caution with three laps remaining tightened the field for a restart.  After the restart Duval retained the lead and Jerry Lepage got by Merritt and knocked on Duvals bumper but wasn’t able to make a pass and had to settle for second place.  Third through tenth were Merritt, Bill Heliwell, John Morin Jr., Dave Heliwell, Dan Murphy Jr., Charles Roberto, Roger Tanguay and Mike Mchugh.  Bill Heliwell and Merritt won the heats.  Slika Ennis finished last in the feature.


Rookie Feature Roger Tanguay and John Morin

Thunder Light


Thunder Light (24) Meegan Lord racing with Jarrod Soucy (42jr)

Jarrod Soucy won his second Thunder Lite Main of the season.  Carlos Esquivel led the first lap of the feature until Meegan Lord took the lead.  Soucy chased down Lord and caught Lord within a few laps and took to the outside groove to try a pass.  Soucy spent much of the first half of the race outside of Lord which allowed Chad Wendell to catch the top two and joined in the battle.  Soucy finally cleared Lord after the halfway point.  Wendell also got past Lord to finish second.  Lord finished third.  Esquivel finished fourth followed by Scott Dombrowski in fifth.   Soucy also won the heat.

Outlaw Sportsmen

Fourteen year old Derek Griffith of Hudson N.H. won his first ever Outlaw Sportsmen feature.    Griffith took the lead early in the race and by the halfway point had a half lap lead.  Geoff Rollins started in the back of the field and by the time he made it to second place, Griffith’s lead was too much to overcome.  The race was caution free.  Following Griffith and Rollins were Ricky Woodside Jr., Ron Lord Jr., Dean Wendell, Matt Robinson, Dan Maki, Todd Warren, Todd Bregy and Kevin Aberle.  Woodside Jr. and Rollins won the heats.

Roadrunner


Roadrunner Nick Fisette

Nick Fisette won his first ever Roadrunner feature.  Fisette started mid-pack and quickly moved to the top spot.  Jason Carroll started right behind Fisette and slid into second about the same time as Fisette got into first.  Fisette had to slice through lapped traffic but was able to keep Carroll at bay in the caution free race.  Following Fisette and Carroll were Jef James, Johnny Reefer, Jen Lord, Leon Keniston, Erica Page, Robert Rund, Kevin Dunklee and Davi Cruz.  Keniston and Fisette won the heats.

Spectator Drags

Mike Richards won the Spectator Drags.

Spectator Race 

Dan Gill won the Spectator Race. 

Flagpole Race

Paul Gangi won the Flagpole Race.

Next Sunday at Hudson Speedway the Classic Lites make their first appearance of 2011.  Also on Sunday we have the N.E. V-6 Modifieds, Enduros, Rookies, Roadrunners, Thunder Lights, Spectator Race, Spectator Drags and the Flagpole Race.  Gates open at 4pm-Hot Laps at 5pm and the first race is at 6pm.


June 19, 2011
by Bob Hayes
[All photos by Bob Hayes]

Outlaw Sportsmen


Outlaws (12) Derek Griffith & (02) Geoff Rollins

Defending Outlaw Sportsmen champion Geoff Rollins picked up his second win in as many races on a picture perfect Fathers Day at Hudson International Speedway on June 19th.  Long-time racer Matt “Junk Yard Dawg” Bosowski led the opening laps until 14 year old Derek Griffith grabbed the top spot.  Rollins had rolled into second place by lap five and gave chase to Griffith.   Rollins smoked his outside rear tire off every corner while closing in on Griffith who was starting to overheat.  Rollins got beside Griffith going down the back chute and was able to complete the pass on the next lap.

There was a red flag for flames that were coming out of the rear of Rick Woodside Jr’s car at which time Griffith left the track with fluid spewing out of his overflow and was done for the day.  Woodside Jr. was able to finish the race after the flames were put out a second time.

Dean Wendell moved into second place after the red flag but wasn’t able to challenge Rollins who cruised to the win.  Wendell held on to finish second.  Tim Lord crossed the finish line in third.  Lord was driving in relief of his brother Ron Lord.  Ron Lord injured his eye earlier in the week in a freak accident while exercising.  Ron Lord started the feature and Tim Lord hopped in during the first caution period.  Bosowski finished fourth and Woodside Jr. was fifth.  Sixth through tenth were Kevin Aberle, Jay Maki, Dan Maki, Griffith and Todd Warren.


Outlaw Dean Wendell, Geoff Rollins with his son James & Timmy Lord

Rookie Stock


Rookie Stock feature winner John Morin Jr. with his father / crew chief John Sr.

John Morin Jr. won his first Rookie Stock main of the 2011 racing season.  Morin Jr. started on the outside pole and jumped out to the early lead and never looked back.  Dan Murphy Jr. started in the third position and quickly moved into second behind Morin Jr.  The race went caution free with Murphy Jr. a few car lengths behind Morin Jr. every lap.  Crossing the finish line after Morin Jr. and Murphy Jr. were Corrie Merritt, Jerry Lepage, Scotty Duval, “Rockin” Ronnie Robinson, Slika Ennis, Scott Thomson, Bob Riopelle, Roger Tanguay and Matt Robinson.

Roadrunners


Roadrunners (61) Jen Lord & (47) Jef James

Jason Carroll notched his third win of 2011 in the Roadrunners.  Nick Fissette held the lead in the early going until Carroll took his PINK race car to the front.  While Carroll was showing the way around the Hudson high banks, the battle on the track was for third between Jef James and Jen Lord.  James tried high and low for a few laps.  James finally made it past Lord when he used a lapped car as a pick and went low as Lord went high and made the pass.  James then set his sights on the second place car of Fissette.  James caught Fissette with laps winding down and tried high and low to get by but ran out of laps and finished third.  Lord was fourth followed by Scott Dunklee, Bob Fields, Davi Cruz, Kevin Dunklee, Johnny Reefer and Robert Rund.


Roadrunner Jason Carroll with Jesse Honigs

Thunder Light


Thunder Light #24 Meegan Lord pulls ahead of #10 Carlos Esquivel

Defending Thunder Lite champion Chad Wendell picked up his first win of 2011.  Jarod Soucy was second followed by Meegan Lord, Carlos Esquivel and Nick Dombrowski.


Top 3 Thunder Lights with their dads Ron & Meegan Lord, Mitch & Chad Wendell,Don & Jarrod Soucy

4-Cylinder Enduro

Rich Beauschene won the 4 cyl. Enduro.  Jim Deveau was right behind in second and Ricky Fissette was third.


4-Cylinder Enduro Rich Beauschene

Spectator Drags

John Nickerson won the Spectator Drags. 

Spectator Race

Ricky Fissette won the Spectator Race.  Coady McKinnon won the Flagpole Race. 

Sunday, June 26th begins “Summer Fun Times” with gates opening at 4pm, hot laps at 5pm and racing at 6pm.  Joining the Rookies, Roadrunners, Thunder Lites, Spectator Race, Spectator Drags and Flagpole Race will be the Outlaw Sportsmen.


Sunday, June 5, 2011
by Bob Hayes
[All photos by Bob Hayes]


Meegan Lord in Victory Lane

Meegan Lord picked up her first career win in dramatic fashion this past Sunday at Hudson International Speedway.  Slika Ennis and Jason Carroll also found their way to the winners circle at the historic high banks in Hudson NH.

Thunder Light

From the pole position, Lord led the Thunder Light division to starter Bob Munroe’s green flag and led the caution free race from green to checker.  In the first corner of the first lap, Chad Wendell was running right behind Lord but got loose and had to gather it back up enabling Lord to put distance between her and the rest of the field.


Thunder Light feature winner Meegan Lord 

At the halfway point of the race, Lord’s big lead was starting to dwindle as Jarrod Soucy had made his way into second place and was gaining on Lord on each lap.  On the final lap, Soucy caught Lord but the two made contact coming off turn four and Lord was sent spinning backwards in the dirt across the finish line.  Carlos Esquivel was second and Wendell was third.  Soucy was penalized after the contact and scored in fourth place.


Meegan Lord Winning Her First Thunder Light Feature

Rookie Stock


Rookies Slika Eniis leading Dan Murphy, Jr. late in the feature

Slika Ennis started in the third spot of the Rookie Stock feature and quickly made his way to the top spot.  Dan Murphy Jr. started right behind Ennis in the fifth starting spot and also moved up quickly to second place in the opening laps.  Ennis led every lap of the caution free race but it was no easy task with Murphy Jr. on his rear bumper throughout the race.  With both cars just about equal and Ennis not making any mistakes, Murphy Jr. had to settle for second and watch as Ennis flashed across the finish line.  Corrie Merritt charged from eighth starting spot to finish third followed by Jerry Lepage, Dean Wendell, John Morin Jr., Scott Thomson, Roger Tanguay and Ryan Joyce.

Roadrunner


Roadrunners; (Inside) Jen Lord paces the feature with her dad Tom Lord on the outside pole

The Roadrunner feature had a family themed front row with Jen Lord on the pole and her dad Tom Lord on the outside pole.  At the drop of the green flag with the cars getting up to speed Jason Carroll dove to the inside of Jen Lord and made it three-wide by the start/finish line.  Carroll cleared the front row by the first turn and took the lead.  Johnny Reefer started seventh and by a lap five caution had made it up to second place.  Carroll retained command of the race after the restart and Reefer wasn’t able to mount a challenge.  Carroll took home his second win of the 2011 season.  Reefer was second and Jef James third.  Fourth through tenth were Nick Fissette, Jen Lord, Tom Lord, Red Green, Scott Dunklee, Robert Rund and Kevin Dunklee.


Roadrunner Feaure top three Jef James, Jason Carroll & Johnny Reefer

Spectator Drag & Spectator Race

Guy Toupin won the Spectator Drags and the Spectator Race.

Flagpole Race

Jeff Gilman won the Flagpole Race.

Next Sunday at Hudson Speedway it’s the return of the Outlaws.  Also there will be the Rookies, Roadrunners, Thunder Lights, Spectator Race, Flagpole Race and Spectator Drags.  Its Twilight Times at Hudson with gates opening at 2pm and the first race at 4pm.


Monday May 31st
by Bob Hayes
[All photos by Bob Hayes]

Thunder Lights


Thunder Light; Justin Beecher

1-Justin  Beecher - Billerica, Ma.
2-Jarrod  Soucy - Marlboro, Ma.
3-Meegan Lord-Dracut, Ma.
4-Chad  Wendell- Derry N.H.
5-Carlos  Esqueval- Nashua N.H.

Roadrunners


Roadrunner; Billy Osbourne

1-Billy Osbourne-Plaistow ,N.H.
2-Johnny Reefer-Manchester, N.H.
3-Jason Carroll-Shrewsbury, Ma.
4-Nick Fissette-Pelham, N.H.
5-Tom Lord-Lowell, Ma.
6-Myles DeVits-Sandown N.H.
7-Leon Keniston-Alton N.H.
8-Eric Miller-Dracut, Ma.
9-Jef James-Dracut,Ma.
10-Kevin Dunklee- Nashua, N.H

Rookie Stocks


Top Three Rookies Dean Wendell, Jerry Lepage & Slika Ennis

1-Jerry Lepage-Nashua, N.H.
2-Dean Wendell-Derry, N.H.
3-Slika Ennis-Haverhill N.H.
4-Dan Murphy Jr. Pepperell, Ma.
5-John Morin Jr.-Nashua N.H.
6-Billy Clement Jr.-Bedford N.H.
7-Scotty Duval-Manchester N.H.
8-Bob Riopelle-Dunstable, Ma.
9-Mike McHugh-Woburn, Ma.
10-Corrie Merritt-Pembroke, Ma.

V-6 Modifieds


V-6 Modified; Eric Vilandre

1-Eric Vilandre
2-Keith Caruso
3-Wayne Brooks Jr.
4-Allan Reiser
5-Mark Ryder

Grand Enduro


Grand Enduro; Corrie Merritt

1-Corrie Merritt
2-Dave McCarthy
3-Dave Lavine
4-John Griffith
5-Mark Nevers

4-Cylinder Enduro


4-Cyliner Enduro; Richard Beauschene

1-Richard Beauschene
2-Isaac Chabot
3-Robert Hyatt
4-Carl Rackliff
5-Jesse Honigs

Spectator Race & Spectator Drags

Mike Nelson

Flagpole Race


Flagpole; Corey McKinnon

Corry McKinnon


Sunday May 30th
by Bob Hayes
[All photos by Bob Hayes]

Outlaws

 

The Outlaws made their first appearance of the 2011 racing season with defending Outlaws Champion Geoff Rollins picking up the first feature win. Ricky Woodside Jr. held the top spot early in the race before relinquishing it to Ron Lord. Lord held on for a few laps until Rollins chased him down. Rollins spent a lap or two on the high side of Lord, slipped past and wasn’t challenged from that point on.

 
Outlaw Feature; (02) Geoff Rollins going under (62) Todd Warren and Dean Wendell

Fourteen year old Derek Griffith from Hudson N.H. had a fantastic run going until trouble found him. Griffith started last in the field in his first ever Outlaw feature and made his way all the way up to second before a cut tire put him into the wall bringing out the only caution of the race in the closing laps.


Outlaw Feature; Dean Wendell, Geoff Rollins & Ron Lord

Following Rollins were Lord, Dean Wendell, Woodside Jr., Griffith, Jay Maki, Dan Maki, Todd Warren, Kevin Aberle and Matt Bowsowski.

Thunder Lights

Meegan Lord led opening laps of the Thunder Light feature until Jarrod Soucy passed her and went on to win his first feature of 2011. Lord finished second and defending Thunder Light Champion Chad Wendell came home third. Carlos Esquivel finished fourth.

Rookies


Rookie Bill Fisk goes spinning as Scotty Duval drives by

Corrie Merritt won the Rookie Stock main followed by Slika Ennis and Dan Murphy. The battle behind the top three was intense with lots of bumping and rubbing and several drivers spinning to the infield. Two time Rookie Stock Champion Scotty Duval was fourth followed by Bill Fiske, Jerry Lepage, Billy Clement Jr., John Morin Jr., Scott Thomson and Mike McCue.


Rookie Corrie Merritt

Roadrunners


Roadrunner Jason Carroll with crew chief George the Fierce

Jason Carroll won the Roadrunner feature starting fourth and leading most of the race. Eric Miller made a late charge and got to Carrolls bumper in turn one on the final lap but couldn’t get any closer than that and followed Carroll across the stripe. After losing an engine last week Jef James returned with a solid third place run. Fourth through tenth were Johhny Reefer, Nick Fissette, Louie Maher, Rex Carrs, Kevin Dunklee, Scott Dunklee and Jen Lord.

Spectator Drags

“Bobbo” Williams won the Spectator Drags.

Spectator Race

John Nicholson won the Spectator Race

Flagpole Race

Ricky Barrocco won the Flagpole Race.

Next Sunday, June 5th its Rookies, Roadrunners, Thunder Lights, Spectator Race, Spectator Drags and Flagpole Race. Gates open at 11am and the first race is at 1pm.


Sunday May 22nd
by Bob Hayes
[All photos by Bob Hayes]

Hudson Speedway opened its doors for its 64th consecutive season of auto racing this past Sunday May 22nd with Billy Clement Jr.,  Justin Beecher, and Johnny Reefer all finding their way to victory lane.

Rookie Stocks


Rookie Ryan Joyce (55) with Keith Ennis

Bob Riopelle had the pole position and took the lead at the drop the green flag of the Rookie Stock feature and held the top spot for the first few laps.  Clement Jr. made his way up from the third starting spot to challenge Riopelle for the lead and took to the outside groove and made the pass for the lead a lap later.  Clement held the top spot from that point until the finish in the caution free event.  Riopelle held off several challenges and came home second.   John Morin Jr. also had a podium finish coming in third place.  Dan Murphy Jr. had a bumpy fourth place finish and Corrie Merritt finished fifth. After Merritt it was Jerry ‘No Brakes’ Lepage, Scotty Duval, Bill Fiske, Jim Junior, Keith ‘Slika’ Ennis, C.J. McLaughlin, Mike McHugh and Ryan Joyce.


Top 3 Rookies (left to right) Bob Riopelle, Billy Clement, Jr. & John Morin, Jr.

Roadrunners


Roadrunners - (7) Nick Fisette & (93) Tim Paquette

A few Roadrunners had a tough time getting started at the drop of the green flag for their feature and the result was heat winner Jason Carroll getting front end damage to his racer that ended the day for his car.  Since no laps were completed Carroll was able to get into his backup car and got back on the track but was three quarters of a lap back when they restarted.


Roadrunners - (61) Jen Lord & (60) Tommy Lord

Jen Lord had the pole and took full advantage of that by jumping out to the early lead but Johnny Reefer was on the move from his eighth starting spot and caught Lord by the quarter mark of the race.  Reefer spent a few laps trying high and low to pass Lord and finally slipped by underneath coming off turn four.  Reefer had it on cruise control from that point and picked up the win.  Nick Fisette also got by Lord and finished second.  Lord finished third.  Jen Lords dad Tommy Lord finished fourth and Tim Paquette was fifth.  Rounding out the Roadrunners were Kevin Dunkee, Matt Lombardi, Scott Dunklee and Robert Rund.  Carroll managed a tenth place run, Jef James was eleventh and Davi Cruz came in twelfth.


Roadrunners Top 3: Jen Lord, Johnny Reefer & Nick Fisette

Thunder Lights

Jarrod Soucy held the lead for much of the Thunder Light feature but Justin Beecher was gaining ground as the laps wound down.  Beecher caught Soucy with two to go just as the caution flag flew for Chad Wendells stopped car in turn four.  A single file restart followed with Beecher getting a great run off turn four and passing Soucy at the start/finish line.  Soucy had to watch from second place as Beecher picked up the first Thunder Light checker of 2011.  Carlos Esquival was third followed by Meegan Lord and Wendell.

Grand Enduro


Grand Enduro-Frank Bryan

The Grand Enduro was won by Frank Byran followed by Barry Schonborg, Seth Petalas, Duane Stoner, Dave Lavine, Jeff Berry and Jeff Gilman.

Four-Cylinder Enduro


4-cylinder Enduro Eddie Gilman

The Four Cyl. Enduro was won by Eddie Gilman followed by Leon Keniston, Paul Wainwright and Jessie Honigs.

Flagpole Race & Spectator Race


Dan Gill won the Spectator Race and Flagpole Race

Dan Gill won the Flagpole Race and the Spectator Race. 

Spectator Drags

Chuck Clark won the Spectator Drags.

Memorial Day weekend is a doubleheader with racing on both Sunday May 29th and Monday May 30th.  On Sunday it’s the return of the ‘Outlaws’ and Monday features the New England V6 Modifieds and Enduros.  Both days have the Rookies, Roadrunners, Thunder Lights, Spectator Race, and Flagpole Race.  Gates open at 11am and the first race is at 1pm.
 
 





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