All text & photos by Bob Hayes except as noted
A familiar sight at Hudson Speedway, Baldwin pulling in to victory lane
Goggles Baldwin won his second Outlaw Sportsman feature of the season. Baldwin started mid-pack and had the lead by the end of lap two. Baldwin built such a big lead that by the time he took the checkered flag he had lapped half the field and had fifth place finisher Chuck Dehney in his sight. Kevin Kephart ran second. Barry Raymond and defending Outlaw Sportsman champion Ben Bosowski has a good battle for third. Raymond ran in Bosowski’s tire tracks for much of the race until he was able to get a run off turn two and make the pass with just a few laps remaining. Bosowski had to settle for fourth. Rob McCrae was sixth followed by Scott Thompson, Mike Marshall, Cole Littlefield, John Meany and Mike Cavaralarro.
Baldwin with his crew
Kris Schroeder (#66) & Jimmy Renfrew, Jr.
Kris Schroeder picked up his second win of the season in the Rookie Stocks. Schroeder had to work hard for it with Jimmy Renfrew Jr hounding him for most of the race. Schroeder survived a few late race restarts and held off Renfew Jr. Rounding out the field were Matt Robinson, Max Dolliver, Ron Lord, Oscar Leclair, Ron Robinson, George H. Ruth and Byrce Howard.
Ron Lord (#69) led much of the first half of the feature
Kris Schroeder with his parents Karl &Amy to his left and right
Rookie Stocks Top Three: Jimmy Renfrew, Jr., Kris Schroeder & Matt Robinson
Jef James leads the field into turn one
Bobbo Williams (#41) & Jimmy Renfrew, Jr. side by side with two to go
Jimmy Renfew, Jr. won the Roadrunners feature. Bobbo Williams placed a hard fought second. Williams and Renfew ran nose to tail with Williams in second just waiting for a chance to get by Renfrew. Renfrew was able to hand onto the lead through a few late race cautions. With two to go Williams made his move under Renfrew Jr. The two were side by side going into turn one but Williams got just a bit loose and wasn’t able to complete the pass. Rounding out the top ten were Billy Osbourne, Jay Townsend, Adam Perkins, Jef James, Chris Fultz, and Jen Lord. Meegan Lord and Justin Melo.
Steve Gran (#77) shows the way in the early going
Jon Fultz hustles into turn one
Andrew Harmon won the 4 Cyl Enduro followed by Jon Fultz, Leon Keniston, Donnie Mccafferty and Chris Fultz.
Andrew Harmon (#14) flashes by Steve Gran en route to victory
Spectator Race & Spectator Drags
Steve Clark won the Spectator Race and Spectator Drags.
Spectator Race & Spectator Drags winner Steve Clark & Crew
Fan favorite Buddy Wilkins won his 27th career Flagpole Race.
Buddy Wilkins & Family
Barry Raymond sizzled in the Outlaw Sportsman main and picked up his first win at Hudson this season. Kevin Kephart was second followed by the always exciting Goggles Baldwin. Ben Bosowski and John Meany rounded out the top five. Rob McCrae finished last. Bosowski won the heat.
Outlaws Barry Raymond
Rookie feature, (#69) Ron Lord gets loose in front of (#31) Jerry Lepage
The teenage trio of Jimmy Renfrew Jr, Max Dolliver and Kris Schroeder captured the podium in the Rookie Stock feature. All three young guns are graduates of the Thunder Lights. All three were frequent winners in the Thunder Lights, Renfrew, Jr. won a championship while Schroeder won two championships.
Rookies top three, Kris Schroeder, Jimmy Renfrew, Jr. & Max Dolliver
When added together the total age of the top three is under fifty years old. Renfrew, Jr. captured the checkers for his first ever win in an eight cylinder car. Dolliver was all over Renfrew for most of the race trying to pass him but Renfrew was flawless in his driving and took the checkers with Dolliver on his bumper. Schroeder crossed the finish line in third place just inches behind Dolliver. Former Champion Jerry Lepage made his first appearance of the year and finished fourth. Bryce Howard had a good run and came home fifth. Ron Lord, Otto Raycer, Andrew Hills and Charlie Combs rounded out the field. Dolliver won the heat.
Rookie feature winner Jimmy Renfrew, Jr.
Taralyn Timmons picked up her first Thunder Light win in just her third start. Gina Carpenter held the lead for the first half of the race until Timmons got her Schroeder and Sons Auto Repair Cavalier wound up, grabbed the lead, and drove off to her first victory. Carpenter was second. Felicity Walton was third. Felicity won the heat.
Thunder Lites top three: Gina Carpenter, Taralyn Timmons & Felicity Walton
Roadrunners feature (#61) Jen Lord, (#55) Billy Osborne with Meegan Lord grooving in the outside groove
Bobbo Williams set a blistering pace in the Roadrunners feature. The caution free event allowed Williams to run away from the field. Finishing in second place was defending Roadrunner champion Jimmy Renfrew Jr. Past champion Billy Osborne was third. Meegan Lord battled all race with her cousin Jen Lord for fourth and at the finish it was Meegan over Jen. Adam Perkins, Jef James, Jay Townsend, Chase Curtis and Jay Kezer rounded out the top ten. Bob Fields strolled over the line in eleventh. Renfrew Jr, and Perkins won the heats.
Roadrunners feature winner Bobbo 'HotRod' Williams
8-Cylinder Enduro (#5) Jessica Coulter debating driving techniques with another driver
8-Cylinder Enduro (#5) Jessica Coulter after winning her debate
Scotty Duval won the 8-Cylinder Enduro. Jean Desilets was second. Jessica Coulter was third.
8-Cylinder Enduro Scotty Duval with his great nephews Eastlyn & Kaedyn
Donnie Mccaffery won the Spectator Drags.
Spectator Drags Donnie McCaffery with his fiance Andrea (Steve Gran photo)
Rob Maynard won the Spectator Race.
Spectator Race Rob Maynard with some of his crew
Otto Raycer won the Flagpole Race.
Behind the fence with her arm raised, Victoria Kephart cheers her dad.
Kevin Kephart took home the winner’s trophy in the Outlaw sportsman division. Googles Baldwin finished a hard fought second place. Baldwin started in the rear of the field and began making his way forward before spinning with a cut tire. Baldwin’s crew changed the tire under caution and he restated in the rear. After powering his way through the field a second time, Baldwin got to Kepharts rear bumper. Baldwin took to the outside groove to challenge Kephart. The duo ran side by side lap after lap. Baldwin was able to nose ahead of Kephart a few times but eventually fell back and crossed the line in his tire tracks. Rob Mcrae, Ben Bosowski, Chuck Dehney, Steve Kolosky, Scott Thompson, Barry Raymond and Jay Ryan rounded out the field.
Outlaws Kevin Kephardt
Roadrunner feature, (#87) Perkins loose with Osborne ready to pounce
Billy Osborne won his 93rd career feature in the Roadrunners feature. Adam Perkins started on the outside pole and jumped out to a big lead early in the race. Osborne moved into second from his sixth starting spot before lap two was over. Osborne chipped away at Perkins lead and was on his bumper at the halfway point of the twenty lap race. With just a few laps remaining Perkins got loose in turn one and Osborne jumped to the outside of him and was able to overtake him as the pair raced down the backstretch. Perkins held on for second with Jimmy Renfrew Jr., Jef James, Meegan Lord, Jen Lord, Chris Fultz, Bob Fields, Jay Townsend and Bobbolicious Williams rounding out the top ten.
Roadrunners winner Billy Osborne with Brian Healey, Jr.
(#29) Max Dolliver just aftar taking the lead in the Rookie feature
Max Dolliver won the Rookie stock main followed by Kris Schroeder, Corey Fanning, Jimmy Renfrew Jr, Bryce Howard, Brian Thompson, Ciya Layter and Oscar Leclair.
Top Three Rookies; Corey Fanning, Max Dolliver, Kris Schroeder
Thunder Lights (#28) Taralyn Timmons, (#33) Jaret Curtis
Jaret Curtis won the Thunder light main followed by Chris Curtis, Taralyn Timmons and Gina Carpenter.
Thunder Lights (L-R) Taralyn Timmons, Jaret Curtis & Chase Curtis
Jon Fultz won the 4 Cyl. Enduro. Keith Walton, Chris Fultz, Donnie McCaffery and Red Green.
4-Cylinder Enduro Jon Fultz & his girlfriend Alyssa
James Decoucy won the Spectator race.
Spectator Race James Decourcy
Danny Algrove won the Flagpole Race.
Flagpole Race Danny Angove
Hudson Speedway opened its gates for the 70th season of racing at the historic high banks. With hours and hours of help from many volunteers, the speedway was looking sharp with fresh paint, manicured lawns and racing surface repairs.
Jared Curtis, Jimmy Renfrew Jr., Kris Schroeder, Roger Edgecomb and Goggles Baldwin all took home the winners trophies in their respective divisions.
Outlaws (#79) Kevin Kephart, (#33) Chuck Dehney
Baldwin won a decisive victory in Omni Electrical/Bosowski Properties Outlaws feature. Behind Baldwin Chuck Dehney and Kevin Kephart raced side by side for many laps with Dehney finally edging ahead of Kephart to finish second. Barry Raymond, Steve Kolofsky, Rob McRae and Jay Sands rounded out the field.
Outlaw George Baldwin & crew
(#0) Annette Humphrey & (#21) Brenna Humphey
Roger Edgecomb won the caution free M.H. Logging Legend Car Open feature. Devon Ledouu, Annette Humphrey, Brenna Humphrey and Mike Humphrey Sr. rounded out the top five.
Devon Ledeou, Roger Edgecomb & Annette Humphey
(#33) ChaseCurtis, (#04) FelicityWalton
Curtis took the Thunder Light win; he had his brother Chase Curtis in his tire tracks for the entire race but was able to hold him off l. Taralyn Timmons was third and Felicity Walton was fourth.
Thunderlights top 3 (L/R): Taralyn Timmons, Jared Curtis, Chase Curtis
Roadrunner Feature; (#41) Bobbo Williams, (#87) Adam Perkins
2016 Roadrunner champion Renfrew Jr. started defending his title with a win. Bobbo Williams was second in his pro-stock Honda. Adam Perkins led much of the race until a caution bunched up the field but he managed to take the last podium position. Justin Melo, Jon Fultz, Chris Fultz, Jay Kezer, Taylor Svenconis, and Max Chaput rounded out the top ten.
Top 3 Roadrunners; Bobbo Williams, Jimmy Renfew, Jr. & Adam Perkins
Rookie Stock Feature
“Kaptain” Schroeder sailed into victory lane in the Rookie Stocks with Austin Erickson, Anthony Belfiore, Max Dolliver, and Jimmy Renfrew Jr. rounding out the top five.
Rookie Kris Schroeder & Friend
Danny Gill won the Spectator Drags.
Spectator Race Winner Ricky Morocco
Spectator Race's Andrew Hennessey
Buddy Wilkins won the Flagpole Race.
Flagpole Winner Buddy Wilkins