October 17th, 2010
by Bob Hayes
[All photos by Bob Hayes]


2010 Halloween Costume Contest Winners 

The Helliwell boys ruled at Hudson International Speedway on the final race day of the 2010 season. All three Helliwells that were racing won in their respective divisions with George Helliwell in the Classic Lites, Bill Helliwell in the Rookie Stocks and Dave ”Hollywood” Helliwell in the Roadrunners.


George, Hollywood & Bill Helliwell

Classic Lites


Classic Lights-(30) Dwayne Skofield in heat race

George Helliwell was first to win picking up his second feature win in the Classic Lites. Billy Ryder was second to cross the stripe. Dwayne Skofield finished third. Shane Reinhold had his best finish of the season with a fourth place run. Eddie Gilman was running third most of the race and had third by a large margin on the white flag lap but got sideways in turn one and drove through the infield and by the time he was back on track had slipped to fifth and finished in that spot. Sixth through tenth were Ryan Bishop, Paul Colson, Danny Shields, Craig Lambert and Hulk Harton. Helliwell and Shields won the heats.

Billy Ryder won the Classic Lites Championship for the second time.

Rookie Stocks

The next member of the Helliwell family to grace victory lane was Bill who earned his first career win in the Rookie Stocks. It was especially sweet for Bill as last week his feature race ended with him sliding on his side in the dirt off the backstretch after hitting the tire barrier. Helliwell started on the front row but it wasn’t an easy win by any means with two-time champion Scotty Duval on his bumper the entire race.

Bill even had to endure a rain delay at lap eight. With rain falling, speedway officials sent the Rookies off the speedway and brought out the 4 Cylinder Enduros for their race and by the end of that race the rain had stopped and the track had begun drying.

Dean Wendell won the Rookie Stock championship for the second season in a row.

Duval finished second followed by Jerry Lepage, Slika, Dean Wendell, Andy Nichols, Dan Murphy Jr., John Morin Jr., Rosebud Shea and Chuck Roberto. Helliwell and Murphy Jr. won the heats.

Roadrunners

 
Roadrunners as lap wind down in feature (07) Jason Carroll, (42) Loren Smith, Jr. & (7) Hollywood Helliwell

Hollywood Helliwell won the Roadrunner main in dramatic fashion with a last corner pass with cars spinning and going off the track. Jason Carroll led almost the entire race after taking the lead from Jen Lord in the opening laps. Carroll stretched out his lead in the first half of the race until Loren Smith Jr. reeled him in with Hollywood some car lengths behind. Carroll runs a low line on the speedway and that forces most cars to the outside for a pass and it was no different this time. Smith Jr. got to the outside of Carroll in the closing laps while Hollywood was working the inside right behind Carroll. Hollywood looked inside a few times but there wasn’t room so had to pull up behind Carroll. The trio had caught and begun passing lapped traffic by the time they got to the white flag and going into the final turns Carroll made contact with a lapped car and it spun forcing both Carroll and Smith Jr. off turn four and that allowed Hollywood to get by for the win. Also getting by was Louie Maher who finished second and Johnny Reefer who came home third. Carroll made it over the line in fourth and Jef James was fifth. Sixth through tenth were Eric Miller, Jamie Swallow, Jesse Tellier, Leon Keniston and Bob Fields. Maher and Jen Lord won the heats.


Roadrunner Feature

Louie Maher became the third driver to win back-to-back championships in the Roadrunners since their inception in 1994. Ron Normandin won the 1997 and 1998 titles and Joe Caprigno won the 2000 and 2001 titles.

Thunder Lites

Nick Fissette won his first career feature in the Thunder Lites. Fissette dominated the race winning by more than a half lap. Jarrod Soucy was second followed by Chad Wendell, Meegan Lord, Carlos Esquivel, Mike Gelinas, Sammy Gilman and Justin Beecher. Fissette won the heat.

Chad Wendell won the Thunder Light championship by over four hundred points.

4-Cylinder Enduro

Louie Maher won the 4 Cyl. Enduro followed by Jesse Tellier, Billy Clement Jr., Jessica Coulter and Randy"Yum Yum Jr."

Grand Enduro

Frank Bryan won the Grand Enduro followed by Corrie Merritt and Brian Hunter.

Spectator Race

Roland Coutu Jr. won the Spectator Race.

Flagpole Race

Ryan Tosi won the Flagpole race.

Spectator Drags

Jeb Geukols won the Spectator Drags.


October 10th
by Bob Hayes
[All photos by Bob Hayes]

Outlaw Sportsman


Outlaw Frature (69) Ron Lord, Jr. leading early

Ron Lord Jr. won the final Outlaw Sportsman feature of the 2010 racing season on Oct.10 at Hudson International Speedway. Lord was the pole sitter and led from green to checker but it wasn’t an easy win for Lord as he had to fight off the divisions top guns on restart after restart early in the going as there was a bad case of yellow fever in the first half of the race. All the racers settled down by the halfway point and things went green until the end. Sandy Lee was right on Lords bumper the entire race but wasn’t able to make anything happen and came home second. Geoff Rollins finished third followed by Kevin Kephardt, Tom “the Bear Hunter” Tombarello, Pete Fiandaca, Shaun Waites, Matt Robinson, Ronnie Robinson and Pete Jarek. Lord and Lee won the heats.


Outlaw Feature Ron Lord, Jr. 

Geoff Rollins was crowned 2010 Outlaw Sportsman Champion with his third place finish. Rollins just needed to start the feature race to clinch the title. Rollins was the picture of consistency with ten top 5 finishes in the ten races that the Outlaw Sportsman ran at Hudson International.

Rookie Stock


Rookie Stock (92) Bob Riopelle


Rookie Feature Bill Helliwell didnt like the backstretch tires stacked so neatly


Rookie Bill Helliwell exiting 

Two time Rookie Stock champion Scotty Duval won his second Rookie Stock main of the 2010 season. Duval spent most of the season driving like Betty White but has picked it up in recent weeks with a win on Labor Day also. Slika was in Duval’s tire tracks the whole race but couldn’t get his racecar “Gertrude the Destroyer” past Duval and had to settle for second. Steve Dickey was knocking on Slika’s door in the closing laps and finished third. John Morin got outside of Dickey with two laps to go but couldn’t make it stick and finished fourth. Corrie Merritt was sideways down the straights with his right rear tire smoking every lap and finished fifth. Andy Nichols finished sixth followed by Dean Wendell, Rolande Laplante, Chris Jacobson, and Dan Murphy Jr. Duval and Nichols won the heats.


Rookies Slika,Scott Duval & Steve Dickey


Rookie Feature Jerry Lepage

Thunder Lights

Meegan Lord led the opening laps of the Thunder Light main. Nick Fissette got to Lord and spent a few laps outside of her and finally cleared her a few laps later. Jarrod Soucy was on the move and got to Fissette with two laps to go. Soucy wasted little time making a move and going onto turn three he dove under Fissette and by the time they came around to take the white flag Soucy was well on his way to his second win in a row and third win in the last four weeks. Fissette held on for second and Chad Wendell was third followed by Lord, Kordell Colon, Sammy Gilman, Carlos Esquivel and John Daughenbaugh. Fissette won the heat.


Thunder Light Jarrod Soucy

Roadrunners


Roadrunner Heat Jef James & Hollywood Helliwell


Roadrunner Hollywood taking lead from Loren, Jr.

Hollywood Helliwell picked up his sixth feature win and twelfth straight top 5 in the Roadrunners since his debut in July. Loren Smith Jr. had the lead most of the race but Helliwell was stalking him as laps dwindled down. A late race caution bunched the field for a restart and Smith Jr. was able to hold off Helliwell for a few laps. With two to go Helliwell got a run off turn two and slipped past Smith Jr. and went on to win. Johnny Reefer also got past Smith Jr. for second. Smith Jr. finished a disappointing third. Jef James was fourth followed by Jason Carroll, Derek Griffith, Nick Maniatis, Louie Maher, Tony Page and Jim Fissette. James and Smith Jr. won the heats.


Roadruuner (77) Hollywood 

Spectator Drags

Ron Lord Jr. won the Spectator Drags.

Flagpole Race

Artie Conealias won the Flagpole Race.

Next week is Pumpkinfest 2010 at Hudson International Speedway. The season finale has a full card including Classic Lites, Enduros, Rookies, Roadrunners, Thunder Lites, Figure 8 Race and the kids bike races. Gates open at 10.30am. Kids bike races at 11.30am and the first race goes green at 1pm.


October 3rd
by Bob Hayes
[All photos by Bob Hayes]

V-6 Modified


Modifieds heat-Eric Vilandre black flagged for being 24" too wide

Dick Dubois won the battle but Keith Caruso won the war in the V-6 Modified Division’s season ending race at Hudson International Speedway on Sunday afternoon October 3rd. Caruso won the season long points Championship for the second season in a row. Caruso had a large cushion over second place pointsman Eric Vilandre and just needed to start the feature race to clinch his second consecutive V-6 Mod title.


(11)Keith Caruso going on the low side 3-wide early in the feature

Vilandre had a much smaller lead over third place pointsman Chris Keubler and needed to borrow a few cars but hung on to second in points by days end. Vilandre’s engine blew up the last time the V-6 Mods raced and borrowed a ride for the last day of racing but that car had axle issues during pace laps before the start of the heat so Vilandre borrowed another car for the feature, this time from Walter Boucher who had just won the heat. Vilandre had more mechanical issues in Boucher’s car when he got loose off turn two, slid through the infield and messed up the transmission ending his day but with enough points to keep Kuebler behind him.

Dubois returned from his self-imposed two race exile to win his second feature of the season. With the win Dubois ended the season one point behind Kuebler in fourth place. Following Dubois over the finish line were Wayne Brooks Jr., Caruso, Louie Maher, Kuebler and Vilandre.


V-6 Modified-Wayne Brooks, Jr., Dick Dubois & Keith Caruso

Classic Lites


Classic Lite heat

Tom Harton led the first half of the Classic Lite feature before losing the lead to Jimmy Ryder Jr. Ryder Jr. looked like he had a real good chance to pick up another win after he took the lead as no one was gaining much ground on him but Ryder Jr. tangled a bit with a lapped car and before he could gather it back up the three cars of Billy Ryder, Eddie Gilman and Rob Byrant got past him and he fell in line in fourth spot. The top four were within a few car lengths of each other the rest of the way but no one could get close enough to the others to make a pass and at the stripe it was Ryder followed by Gilman, Byrant, Ryder Jr., George Helliwell, Harton, Shane Reinhold, Jon Provost, Jeff Gilman and Dwayne Skofield.


Classic Light feature

Roadrunners

Hudson NH’s own Derek Griffith was quick to grab the lead in the Roadrunner main and put some distance between him and the rest of the pack early on. At the halfway point Griffith held a good lead but was coming up on lapped traffic. Traffic was a nightmare for Griffith as slower cars were running side-by-side battling for position and to stay on the lead lap and Griffith had to use his chrome horn to dispatch of a few. A late race caution for Jef James’ off road experience bunched the field up for a restart. Dave Helliwell was over Griffith’s bumper for the remaining laps but wasn’t able to pass Griffith. Helliwell was second followed by Jason Carroll, “Lugnut” Louie Maher, Myles Devits, James, Loren Smith Jr., Jen Lord, Peter Raby and Nick Fissette, Sr.


Roadrunner feature (05) Mark Dunklee & (5)Jessica Coulter

Rookie Stocks

Rookie Stock points leader Dean Wendell won his fourth feature of the 2010 racing season padding his big lead over John Morin Jr. With two weeks of racing remaining Wendell can clinch his second consecutive Rookie Stock championship next week if he maintains his current lead. John Cashman ran a superb race, leading many laps before Wendell passed him and finished second. Dan Murphy Jr. came home third followed by Slika Ennis, Morin Jr., Chris Jacobson, Charles Roberto, Rolande Laplante, Scotty Duval and Corrie Merritt.

Thunder Lites

Jarrod Soucy won his second Thunder Lite feature of the season. It was a much better result for the Marlboro MA youngster after bouncing off the front stretch wall in last weeks heat race and doing a lot of suspension damage to his VW Rabbit GTI. Soucy was followed over the finish line by Sammy ”Hand Me Down” Gilman, Nick Fissette, Chad Wendell, Carlos Esquivel, Kordell Colon, Meegan Lord, Mike Gelinas and John Daughenbaugh.


Thunder Lite Nick Fissette, Jarrod Soucy & Sammy Gilman

Spectator Drags and Spectator Race

Roland Coutu won the Spectator Drags and Spectator Race. Robert Burke won the Flagpole race.

Next Sunday is the last race of 2010 for the Outlaw Sportsman and Rookies, Roadrunners, Thunder Lights, Spectator Drags, Spectator Race and Flagpole Race. Gates open at 11am and the first race is at 1pm.


Sept 26th
by Bob Hayes
[All photos by Bob Hayes]

Outlaw Sportsman


Outlaw feature, first lap Jay Maki got turned after a caution flew on lap one 

With a dominating racecar Jay Maki won his first career Outlaw Sportsman win at Hudson International Speedway on Sunday afternoon September 26th. Maki started on the outside pole and survived getting turned sideways in front of the field after a first lap caution to win.


Outlaw feature turns one and two 

Kevin Kephardt and Ron Bolduc also had podium finishes. Fourth through tenth were Mitch Wendell, Geoff Rollins, Pete “The Travelin’ Man” Fiandaca, Bobby Allen, Ricky Bobby, Keith Dynamite and Tim Casey. Pete Jarek took his old street stock out of mothballs for his first visit to HIS in a decade and came home a respectable 11th out of 23 starters. Maki and Ron Lord Jr. won the heats.


Outlaw Feature Winner Jay Maki


Outlaw Jay Maki 

Rookie Stocks

John Morin Jr. won his division leading fifth feature of the 2010 season in the Rookie Stocks. Morin Jr. had the race in hand from early on in the caution-free race. Slika Ennis had his race car “Gertrude” hooked up and running fast and got up to second early on but couldn’t gain ground on Morin Jr. and finished second. Roland Laplante continued his late season surge with his third podium finish in the last three races with a third place finish. Dan Murphy Jr. was all over Leplante the entire race but couldn’t make a pass and settled for fourth. Corrie Merritt dirt-tracked his way to a fifth place finish. Sixth through tenth were Dean Wendell, Jerry Lepage, Charles Roberto, Heath Toutellotte and the grizzled veteran Bob Riopelle. Morin Jr. and Lepage won the heats.


Rookie Roland Leplante, John Morin, Jr. & Slika Ennis 

Thunder Lights

Chad Wendell won the Thunder Light main. Wendell won a fantastic three way battle for the lead with second and third place finishers Justin Beecher and Nick Fissette. It was the seventh feature win for Wendell who has already clinched the season points championship. Following the top trio across the line were Sammy Gilman, Meegan Lord, Carlos Esquivel, John Daughenbaugh and Jarrod Soucy. Fissette won the heat.

Roadrunners

Hollywood” Dave Helliwell took home another first place trophy in the Roadrunners. Points leader Louie Maher brought his almost newly built and almost painted Honda closer to being back in the winners circle with a second place finish. Jef James finished third in his “Jen” sponsored Honda for his sixth 2010 podium finish. Johnny Reefer and Jason Carroll were fourth and fifth respectively. Sixth through tenth were Myles Devits, Scott Dunklee, Jen Lord, Nick Fissette Sr., and Matt Lombardi. Maher and Helliwell won the heats.

4 Cylinder Enduro

Louie Maher won the 4 Cylinder Enduro followed by Issac Chabot, Jim “the Flying Electrician” Deveau, Jesse Tellier and Leon Keniston.

Grand Enduro

Frank Bryan won the Grand Enduro followed by Dan Yagmin, Duane Stonien, Barry Schonberg and Mike McHugh.

Spectator Drags

Chris Braille won the Spectator Drags.

Flagpole Race

Danny Gill won the Flagpole Race.


Flagpole toe issues 

Spectator Race

Mike Nelson won the Spectator Race.

Next Sunday October 3rd at Hudson International is the Classic Lites and V-6 Modifieds plus Rookies, Roadrunners, Thunder Lights, Spectator Race, Spectator Drags and Flagpole Race. Gates open at 11am and the first race is at 1pm.


Sept 12th
by Bob Hayes
[All photos by Bob Hayes]

Outlaw Sportsman


Outlaw Sportsman Peter Fiandaca with John Spence and Deryl Morley

Peter Fiandaca scored a popular win in the Outlaw Sportsman division at Hudson International Speedway on Sunday afternoon Sept. 12th.


Outlaw Sportsman Peter Fiandaca with Mitch Wendell and Tim Casey 

Fiandaca started on the outside but slipped back in the opening laps allowing pole sitter Ron Lord Jr. to lead the first few circuits. Tim Casey took a turn leading some laps after passing Lord Jr. Mitch Wendell was next up to lead the race when he passed Casey on a restart after a caution for Jay Maki who was trying to BBQ his carburetor off turn two.


Mitch Wendell

The next to lead was Geoff Rollins but his lead lasted about fifty feet as a caution came out for a spinning Wendell and it was determined the Rollins was involved in Wendell’s spin putting both drivers to the rear for a restart.

 
Outlaw Sprotsman Bob Munroe and Peter Fiandaca

Fiandaca inherited the lead at that point and brought the famed #135 under the checkers in first for the 323rd feature win of his long career. Wendell came back to finish second. Casey was third followed by Rollins, Bobby Allen, Kevin Kephardt, Ricky “Bobby” Woodside, John Meany, Keith “Dynamite” Walton and Lord Jr. Casey and Woodside won the heats.

 
Outlaw Sportsman (38) Bobby Allen

Thunder Lights

Jarrod Soucy closed the deal in the Thunder Light feature beating Justin Beecher by just a few car lengths. Soucy had led the two previous Thunder Light features until the closing laps but lost both while negotiating traffic. Soucy had lapped traffic to deal with in the caution-free race but showed he learned his lessons and sliced through them on his way to victory. Following Soucy and Beecher were Chad Wendell, Nick Fissette, Sammy Gilman, Meegan Lord, Carlos Esquivel, Dan Smith and John Daughenbuagh. Beecher won the heat.

Roadrunner

Eric Miller led the early laps of the Roadrunner main. Derek Griffith had the car to beat but was put to the rear on a restart after contact with Miller sent Miller spinning while challenging for the lead. Dave Helliwell took command of the race a few laps later and looked like he was headed for another win but got run off the track when he was passing a lapped car giving the lead to the one and only Johnny Reefer. Reefer was able to pick up his second win of the 2010 season holding off second place Jef James and a charging Griffith in third. Helliwell was fourth followed by Louie Maher, Miller, Jason Carroll, Todd Henshaw, Mark Dunklee and Jeff Gilman. Griffith and James won the heats.

Rookie Stock

Jerry Lepage won his second Rookie Stock feature of the year. Lepage started on the pole and ran a flawless race in the green to checker affair. Roland Leplante also ran well and picked up his second podium finish in as many weeks with his second place finish. Dan Murphy Jr. was third followed by Heath Toutellotte, Dean Wendell, Steve Dickey Jr., Keith “Slika” Ennis, Scotty Duval, “Recon” John, and Charles Roberto. Lepage and Wendell won the heats.

Spectator Drags

Guy Toupin of Manchester N.H. won the Spectator Drags.

Spectator Race & Flagpole Race


Flagpole Race

Derry N.H.’s Mike Nelson won the Spectator Race and the Flagpole Race.

After a week off racing resumes on September 26th with the Outlaw Sportman, Enduros, Rookies, Roadrunners, Thunder Lights, Spectator Race, Spectator Drags and Flagpole Race. Gates open at 11am and the first race is at 1pm.


Sept 6th
by Bob Hayes
[All photos by Bob Hayes]

Thunder Lights

Jarrod Soucy had another heartbreak at Hudson Speedway on Monday September 6th. Just as the previous day, Soucy led all the laps of the race except the last two laps. Monday, just like on Sunday, he lost the lead when he chose the wrong way around lapped traffic. Chad Wendell was the beneficiary this time as he had been right behind Soucy for most of the race. Wendell finished first with Soucy in second followed by Justin Beecher, Meegan Lord, Sammy Gilman, Carlos Esquivel, John Daughenbaugh and Nick Fissette.


Chad Wendell

Rookie Stocks


Rookie C. J. McLaughlin

Scotty Duval’s dry spell ended with his first win of the 2010 season in the Rookie Stocks.


Rookie Scotty Duval, John Cashman & Rolande LePlante

Rosebud Shea looked impressive when she took to the outside groove and drove past seven or eight cars and ended up in second place. Roland Laplante also had a good run and picked up his first podium finish of 2010. Points leader Dean Wendell finished fourth followed by John Morin Jr., John Cashman, Slika Ennis, Andy Nichols, Dan Murphy, Jr. and C.J.Mclaughlin.

 
Rookie Roland LePlante, Scotty Duval & Rosebud Shea

Roadrunner

Louie Maher won the Roadrunner main in his newly built, not yet painted, and really ugly Honda. Dave Helliwell and Derek Griffith finished second and third respectively. Jason Carroll drove his pink, blue, brown and usually sideways Infinity to a fourth place finish. Fifth was Johnny Reefer. Jef James finished sixth followed by Jen Lord, Eric Miller, Jeff Gilman, and Peter Raby.

Classic Lite


Billy Ryder Cutting Cookies

Jim Ryder Jr. took home the winners hardware in the Classic Lite feature followed by George Helliwell, Billy Ryder, Rob Bryant, Eddie Gilman, Josh Provost, Shane Reinhold, Dwayne Skofield, Adam Giacomozzi and Danny Shields.

4-cylinder Enduro

Issac Chabot won the 4-cylinder Enduro followed by Jesse Tellier, Billy Pat, Louie Maher and Ralph Cross.

Grand Enduro

The top five in the Grand Enduro were Dan Yagmin, Barry Schonberg, Ryan Foley, Robbie Robinson and Glen Leduc.

Figure 8

Travis Nevers won the Figure 8 Race.

Spectator Race

Matt Lombardi won the Spectator Race.

Flagpole Race

Dave Helliwell won the Flagpole Race.

Spectator Drags

Ron Lord won the Spectator Drags.

Next Sunday September 12th is the return of the Outlaws plus Rookies, Roadrunners, Thunder Lights, Spectator Race, Spectator Drags and Flagpole Race. Gates open at 11am and the first race is at 1pm.



Sept 5
th
by Bob Hayes
[All photos by Bob Hayes]

Outlaw Sportsman

Geoff Rollins picked up his second feature win of the season at Hudson Speedway in the Outlaw Sportsman. John Meany and Bobby Allen made up the front row and battled side by side in the opening laps for the lead. Allen finally cleared Meany on the outside but his lead was short lived as Rollins got past Allen a few laps later. After a few cautions in the first half of the race things settled down and stayed green for the second half of the race. The race was for second place after the halfway point as Rollins stretched his lead. Allen and Mitch Wendell battled hard for second place, making contact a few times but Allen held on for second and Wendell finished third. John Meany finished fourth followed by Keith Walton, Matt Robinson, Ron Bolduc, Rick Woodside, Kevin Kephardt and Ron Lord Jr.

Roadrunner

Derek Griffith led most of the Roadrunner feature keeping hotshoe Dave Helliwell a few car lengths behind. With two laps to go, the top two caught slower cars and split a lapped car and Helliwell slipped past Griffith. Griffith gave it all he had to try and get back past Helliwell but had to settle for second crossing the finish line bumper to bumper with Helliwell. Eric Miller had a fine run to garner his first podium finish since May in third place. Johnny Reefer was fourth followed by Jef James, Loren Smith Jr., Jason Carroll, Tony Page, Myles Devits and Jesse Tellier.

Thunder Light

The Thunder Light feature finish was much like the Roadrunner feature finish. Jarrod Soucy led from lap one until two laps to go when, after Justin Beecher finally chased down Soucy and got within striking distance, Soucy chose the wrong way around slower cars and Beecher got past Soucy. Soucy had to watch from second place as Beecher took the win. Following Soucy was Chad Wendell, Sammy Gilman, Meegan Lord, John Daughenbaugh and Carlos Esquivel.


Thunder Light Jarrod Soucy, Justin Beecher & Chad Wendell

Rookie Stock

Dan Murphy Jr. won the caution free Rookie Stock Main. Murphy Jr. started outside Jerry Lepage and took the lead at the drop of the green flag. Murphy Jr. stretched out his lead as Lepage ran second and was fast enough to keep some faster cars bottled up behind him. John Morin Jr. was the first to make it past Lepage and set his sights on Murphy Jr. Morin Jr. was able to get closer to Murphy Jr. but ran out of laps to get the job done and finished second. Heath Toutellotte was third followed by Dean Wendell, Slika Ennis, Lepage, Charles Roberto, Corrie Merritt, Scott Bregy, Eric Hatch, Tyler Hatch and Bob Riopelle.


Rookie Dan Murphy, Jr.

V-6 Modified

Louie Maher won the V-6 Modified feature for the second race in a row. Keith Caruso was second. Maher’s car owner Walter Boucher finished third. Chris Keubler was fourth and Wayne Brooks Sr. was fifth. Eric Vilandre had a major engine malfunction and finished sixth.


V-6 Modified Walter Boucher, Louie Maher & Keith Caruso

Flagpole Race

John Morin Jr. won the Flagpole Race.

Spectator Drags and the Spectator Race

Tim Lord won the Spectator Drags and the Spectator Race.

Next Sunday September 12th is the return of the Outlaws plus Rookies, Roadrunners, Thunder Lights, Spectator Race, Spectator Drags and Flagpole Race. Gates open at 11am and the first race is at 1pm.



August 29th
by Bob Hayes
[All photos by Bob Hayes]

 “Mighty” Mike Lewis Memorial


Mike Lewis

John Morin, Jr. won the “Mighty”Mike Lewis Memorial race on Sunday evening August 29th at Hudson International Speedway. Lewis was a longtime Hudson/Star competitor who tragically lost his life in a garage accident while prepping his Street Stock for racing at Star in 1998. While he was a warm and caring individual off the track, on the track he had a “take no prisoners” style that many times put him and his cars, usually numbered with the Dale Earnhardt copyrighted #3, in victory lane. Lewis was the 1992 Strictly Stock Champion at Hudson, which was an epic season-long clash with Dean Weber, remembered by longtime speedway fans as one of best ever. The race was held in three segments. The first two segments were fifteen laps each and the last one was ten laps. The first two segments set the starting grid for the ten lap shootout.


Rookie Winner of MIghty Mike Memorial, John Morin

Scott Duval won the first segment. Steve Dickey won the second segment that included a frightening wreck when Chris Augevitch got sent into the backstretch tire barrier and flipping roof first into a tree.


Rookie Chris Augevitch

Augevitch was not injured. Morin Jr. started on the outside pole in the last segment and led from green to checkers. Dickey finished second in a car he borrowed from John Swain. Third was Slika Ennis followed by Rosebud Shea, Dean Wendell, Duval, Heath Toutellotte, Jerry Lepage, Dan Murphy Jr. and Corrie Merritt.


Rookie Steve Dickey

Justin Beecher had the early lead in the Thunder Lights before Chad Wendell took over near the midway point of the race, but Beecher wasn’t going down that easy and came back to take back the lead from Wendell in the closing laps. The top two finished that way followed by Sammy Gilman, Nick Fissette, Jarrod Soucy, Megan Lord, Carlos Esquivel and John Daughenbaugh. Gilman won the heat.


Rookie Feature (52) Rosebud Shea

Roadrunners


Roadrunner Heat (86) Matt Lombard & (47) Jef James

Dave Helliwell won his third feature of the year in the Roadrunners. The rest of the top ten were Louie Maher, Jef James, Derek Griffith, Jason Carroll, Eric Miller, Matt Lombardi, Jesse Tellier, Jen Lord and Peter Raby.


Roadrunner Dave Helliwell Double Reverse Victory Lap

Classic Lites

Billy Ryder took the checkers first in the Classic Lites followed by George Helliwell, Jim Ryder Jr., Dwayne Skofield, Shane Reinhold, Eddie Gilman, Jeff Gilman, Danny Shields, Dan Shields, and Paul Colson.

V-6 Modified


V-6 Modified Keith Caruso in Victory Lane Again

Keith Caruso took the top spot in the V-6 Modifieds followed by Chris Keubler, Louie Maher, Wayne Brooks Jr. and Eric Vilandre.

Spectator Drags

Paul Perreira won the Spectator Drags

Flagpole Race

Robert Burke won the Flagpole Race.

Spectator Race

Steve Laplante won the Spectator Race.

Next weekend is back to afternoon racing with cards on both Sunday and Labor Day Monday. On Sunday it’s the Outlaw Sportsman and V-6 Modifieds along with Rookies, Roadrunners, Thunder Lights, Spectator Race, Spectator Drags and Flagpole Race. On Monday it’s the Classic Lights plus Enduros, Rookies, Roadrunners, Thunder Lights, Spectator Race, Spectator Drags, Flagpole Race and Figure 8. Gates open at 11am and the first race is at 1pm.


August 15th
by Bob Hayes
[All photos by Bob Hayes]

V-6 Modified

 
V-6 Modified Top Three - Keith Caruso, Louie Maher & Wayne Brooks, Jr.

Louie Maher picked up his first win in a V-6 Modified this past Sunday evening at Hudson International Speedway. The defending Roadrunner champion and current Roadrunner points leader led the caution free race from green to checkers. Maher started on the pole and took control of the race from the drop of starter Randy Christian’s green flag. Chris Kuebler settled in to second place followed by Wayne Brooks Jr., Keith Caruso and Eric Vilandre. The top five freight-trained most of the race before Brooks Jr. and Caruso both got past Kuebler to run second and third. Brooks Jr. then set his sights on Maher but couldn’t get a run on Maher as Maher ran flawlessly. Following Maher and Brooks Jr. across the stripe were Caruso, Kuebler, Vilandre and Wayne Brooks Sr. Maher also won the heat.


Bike raffle winner Leo of Litchfield with Eric Vilandre, driver of the #36 V-6 modified.  The bike raffle was sponsered by the V-6 Mods. 

Roadrunner

 
Roadrunner Feature - (20) Myles Devits & (O1nk)Tony Page

Maher's luck ran out in Roadrunner feature when he was caught up in an early race wreck that took out the rides of Eric Miller, Matt Lombard, Mark Dunklee and Maher. Once racing resumed after the wreck Johnny Reefer found himself leading the race with Dave Helliwell on his bumper and Derek Griffith on Helliwell’s bumper. The racing really heated up when the trio caught slower cars and they sliced and split their way through traffic. Reefer made the right choices in traffic and was able to pickup his first win in 2010. Helliwell held on for second and Griffith was third. Loren Smith Jr. chased down and caught the top three in the closing laps and crossed the finish line within a car length of Griffith in fourth place. Jef James was just a few car lengths behind Smith Jr. in fifth. Sixth through tenth were Jason Carroll, Tony Page, Myles Devits, Jen Lord and Peter Raby. Derek Griffith and Dave Helliwell won the heats.


Roadrunner Top Three - Derek Griffith,Dave Helliwell and Feature Winner Johnny Reefer #11

Rookie Stocks


Rookie - Dean Wendell

Dean Wendell put on a show for the fans in the Rookie Stocks. Wendell was in fourth place early in the race in line behind leader Roland Laplante, Jerry Lepage and John Morin Jr., when he put his Wendell’s Pool Water sponsored ride in the outside groove and started his march towards the lead. Wendell spent over half of the twenty lap race on the outside of those three drivers, some laps he gained ground and some laps he lost ground before finally clearing Leplante with about five laps to go. Wendell stretched his lead each lap from there on and garnered his fourth win of the season. Morin Jr. followed Wendell over the line followed by Lepage, Laplante, Heath Toutellotte, Dan Murphy Jr., Slika Ennis, Andy Nichols, Billy Clement Jr. and Ron Coombs. Scotty Duval and Roland Leplante won the heats.

Classic Light


Classic Lites Feature - (55) Dan Shields running with his son (8) Danny Shields 

Jimmy Ryder Jr. took home the winners hardware in the Classic Light main. Starting fourteenth in the twenty-one car field he made his way to the point before the halfway mark and built a big lead only to see the lead evaporate when a caution came out for cars that spun. Rob Bryant was right in Ryder’s tire tracks after the restart but couldn’t mount a challenge to Ryder. Following Ryder and Bryant were George Helliwell, Dave Helliwell, Danny Shields, Jon Provost, Billy Ryder, Dwayne Skofield, Shane Reinhold and Josh Provost. Eddie Gilman and Danny Shields won the heats.


Classic Lite Top Three - Rob Bryant, Jimmy Ryder, Jr. & George Helliwell

Thunder Lite


Thunder Lite Top Three

Sammy Gilman won his first Thunder Lite feature of the season. Gilman held off Chad Wendell who had won the last three features. Following Wendell was Jarrod Soucy, Nick Fisette, Megan Lord, Carlos Esquivel and John Daughenbaugh. Gilman also won the heat which included Justin Beecher taking a wild ride on the last lap just after he took the lead from Gilman. Beecher got loose in turn one and ended up going airborne off turn two and into the brush off of the turn. Beecher was OK but his race car was done for the day.

4- Cylinder Enduro


4-Cylinder Enduro - Jesse Tellier with crew chief Jef James

Jesse Tellier won the 4-Cylinder Enduro followed by Ray Pat, Issac Chabot, Richard Beaughese and Jim Fissette.

Spectator Drags and Spectator Race


Spectator Drags - Steve Dickey upside down off the backstretch

Ron Lord Jr. won the Spectator Drags and Spectator Race.

Flagpole Race

Dave Helliwell won the Flagpole Race.

On Sunday August 22nd it’s the return of the Outlaw Sportsman plus Rookies, Roadrunners, Thunder Lights, Spectator Race, Spectator Drags and Flagpole Race. Gates open at 4pm and the first green flies at 6pm.


August 8th
by Bob Hayes
[All photos by Bob Hayes]


Hall of Famer Peter Fiandaca waving to his faithful Hudson fans

Outlaw Sportsman


Outlaw Heat 

Ron Bolduc won his third Outlaw Sportsman feature of the 2010 racing season on August 8th 2010 at Hudson International Speedway. Pre-race activities included a reenactment of Outlaw driver Peter Fiandaca’s induction to the NEAR Hall of Fame emceed by John Spence and driver intros.


Outlaw Feature - "Travelin Man" Peter Fiandaca (135) with early lead over (66) Ron Bolduc

Once racing started, Fiandaca quickly took the lead from the third starting spot and held it until the 1/3rd mark of the thirty lap event when Bolduc got past him. Bolduc was in command of the race from that point on. Geoff Rollins got past Fiandaca to finish second but wasn’t a threat to Bolduc. Fiandaca finished third followed by Tim Casey, Keith Walton, Mitch Wendell, Kevin Kephardt, Joey Ventrillo, Shawn Waites and Matt Robinson.


Outlaw Feature  - Mitch Wendell (21) & Matt Bosowski (75)


Outlaw  Feature Winner- Ron Bolduc in the Schroeder & Sons Automotive #66

Rookie Stock


Rookie Feature- Charles Roberto (10) & Charlie Coombs (outside)

John Cashman snatched defeat from the jaws of victory in the Rookie Stock feature. Cashman started on the pole and led the first nineteen laps of the race. Andy Nichols had run second most of the race but slowly lost ground to Cashman. Keith Ennis got past Nichols as the laps wound down and gained on Cashman. Going into turn one on the final lap with Ennis stalking him, Cashman’s car slipped and eventually spun off turn two allowing Ennis to get past him and win his second main of the year. With only one car out of the race and all the rest still on the lead lap Cashman fell all the way to 16th place, second to last in the rundown. Last weeks winner Chris Augevitch also got past Nichols for second place. Nichols finished third followed by Heath Tourtellotte, John Morin Jr., Mitch Wendell, Jerry Lepage, Dan Murphy Jr., Eric Hoffman and Roland Leplante.


Rookie Top Three - Chris Augevitch, Keith "Slicka" Ennis & Andy Nichols 

Roadrunner

Matt Lombardi led the first five circuits of the Roadrunner feature before Dave Helliwell took over. Helliwell led until last season’s Roadrunner champ Louie Maher got past him. The final third of the race saw those two nose to tail with Helliwell doing all he could to get past Maher but Maher ran flawlessly and past under the checkers a half a car length in front of Helliwell. Helliwell finished second. Johnny Reefer had a fine run and garnered his first podium finish of the year in third place. Last weeks winner Jason Carroll finished fourth followed by Jef James, Erik Miller, Derek Griffith, Myles Devits, Lombardi and Mark Dunklee.

Thunder Light


Thunder Light - Jarrod Soucy's Pass in the Grass

Chad Wendell continued his dominance in the Thunder Light division. Wendell started last in the field and by the end of the second lap had taken over the top spot. The battle was for second from that point on between Jarrod Soucy and Sammy Gilman. Soucy was making his first career start in the VW Rabbit that his dad Don Soucy drove in the Roadrunners. Soucy and Gilman battled for many laps with Soucy making his Rabbit as wide as he could. Gilman dove under Soucy coming off the fourth turn with the checkers in sight but was only able to get to Soucy’s drivers door as the two crossed the line. Nick Fissette finished fourth followed by Carlos Esquivel and Jenna Randell.

 
Thunder Light Top Three - Sammy Gilman, Chad Wendell & Jarrod Soucy

Spectator Drags


Spectator Drags - Ron Lord 

Ron Lord Jr. won the Spectator Drags.

Spectator Race

Tim Lord won the Spectator race.

Flagpole Race

Charlie Baldwin won the Flagpole Race.

The Classic Lites and New England V-6 Modifieds visit Hudson Speedway on Sunday evening August 15th adding to the regular card of Roadrunners, Rookie Stocks, Thunder Lights, Spectator Drags, Spectator Race, Flagpole Race and a fifty lap 4-cylinder Enduro. The gates open at 4pm and the first race is at 6pm.


August 1st
by Bob Hayes
[Photos by Bob Hayes except as noted]

V-6 Modifieds

 
V-6 Modified - Eric Vilandre & Keith Caruso

Eric Vilandre won the “Fats” Caruso Memorial Race for the New England V-6 Modifieds on Sunday evening August 1st at Hudson International Speedway. It was a nostalgic night with Caruso’s Worcester Sand and Gravel Coupe on hand and announcer John “Spider” Spence back behind the mic for the first time in fifteen years at Hudson Speedway.


'Fats' Caruso, grandfather of Keith, at the Norwood Arena Speedway circa 1961-65
(photo provided by the Caruso Family)

Caruso was a local racing legend whose career spanned six decades beginning in 1949 and ending in 1991. He began his career at the Westboro Speedway [Westboro, MA] running a Ford flathead V-8.  He joined NASCAR in the early sixties and raced NASCAR weekly at Norwood Arena, Thompson Speedway [Thompson CT] and occasionally at Stafford Motor Speedway [Stafford Springs CT].  Nicknamed “The Shrewsbury Flash” Caruso won races all over the Northeast and started two races in what is now Sprint Cup. He spawned two more generations of racers with his late son David Caruso and two grandsons Jeff and Keith Caruso. 

For additional information on the Caruso family, please go to:

http://www.angelfire.com/ma2/carusoracing/bio.html  and http://www.keithcarusoracing.com/historypictures.php



The Worcester Sand & Gravel #69 was powered by a Chevrolet 365 HP 327
and equipped with a single, 4-barrel Holly carburator and M&H Racmaster tires.
(photo provided by the Caruso Family)

Vilandre led most of the V-6 feature but was hounded throughout by Keith Caruso. Caruso tried high and low but couldn’t get a run on Vilandre. Coming off the last corner of the last lap Caruso had a run on the outside and got up to Vilandre’s door but Vilandre made it across the finish line to deny Caruso. Dick Dubois finished third followed by Anthony Frissora, Louie Maher, Tony Dubois and Jay Chicohas.


V-6 Modified - Eric Vilandre - "" Fats " Caruso Memorial Race winner

Roadrunner

 
Roadrunner Feature - (07) Jason Carroll after contact with lapped car with (69) Louie Maher outside

Jason Carroll won his first career win in the caution-free Roadrunner feature. Carroll started on the front row and quickly built a large lead. By the halfway point of the race the usual frontrunners led by Louie Maher had made it past slower cars and began reeling in Carroll. Maher got to Carroll’s bumper with five to go and tried high and low in closing laps but couldn’t find a way past Carroll. Carroll survived being knocked a bit sideways twice in the closing laps to bring the Angry Pork Racing Infinti G20 home in first place. Second through tenth were Maher, Loren Smith Jr., Dave Helliwell, Derek Griffith, Jef James, Don Soucy, Myles Devits, Matt Lombardi and Eric Miller. Maher and James won the heats.


Roadrunner - Jason Carroll with his Girlfriend / Crew Chief Jessie Honigs 


Roadrunner Top Three - Loren Smith, Jr., Jason Carroll & Louie Maher 

Rookie Stocks


Rookie Heat - (31) Jerry LePage & (37) Corrie Merritt

Corrie Merritt took the early lead in the Rookie stock main until Heath Tortellotte took over. A few laps later Tortellotte held the top spot on a restart with Chris Augevitch outside of him. Toutellotte and Augevitch ran door to door for a few laps until Augevitch finally cleared Toutellotte. Augevitch began stretching his lead. Meanwhile Dean Wendell was working his way up, going to the outside to pass three freight-training cars to go from sixth to second in two laps and set his sights on Augevitch. Wendell began cutting into Augevitch’s lead but needed more laps to catch him and had to settle for second place. Tortellotte finished third. Bill Helliwell was fourth and Rosebud Shea had a fine run in the first time out in a newly purchased racer and finished fifth. Sixth through tenth were Jerry Lepage, Ron Coombs, Dan Murphy Jr., Scotty Duval and Merritt. Helliwell and Slika Ennis won the heats.

 
Rookie Stock Feature Winner- Chris Augevitch #5

Classic Lites

 
Classic Lite - Brothers Jon (73) Provost & Josh (80) Provost

Rob Bryant took home the top honors in the Classic Lites feature. Bryant started thirteenth and sliced his way to the lead near the halfway mark of the race. George Helliwell started next to Bryant in fourteenth and got up to second about the same time. Helliwell was on Bryant’s bumper the rest of the way but the two cars were just about equal and Helliwell had to watch as Bryant passed under the checkers in right in front of him. Billy Ryder started last in field in the tenth row and drove up to finish third. Eddie Gilman started twelve and came home fourth while Jimmy Ryder Jr. started eleventh and finished fifth. Sixth through tenth were Jon Provost, Danny Shields, Dwayne Skofield, Jeff Gilman and Josh Provost. Helliwell and Billy Ryder won the heats.


Classic Lite Top Three - Billy Ryder, Rob Bryant & George Helliwell

Thunder Lite

 
Thunder Lite Top Three - Sammy Gilman, Chad Wendell & Carlos Esquivel

Chad Wendell won the Thunder Lite feature to add to his ridiculous 300+ points lead in the youth division. Sammy Gilman was second and Carlos Esquivel had his first podium finish in third place. Dylan Beecher won the heat.

Spectator Drags and the Spectator Race

John Nickerson won the Spectator Drags and the Spectator Race.

Flagpole Race

Robert Burke won the Flagpole Race.

On Sunday evening August 8th at Hudson International it’s the Outlaws, 50 lap full size Enduro and Peter Fiandaca’s NEAR Hall of Fame induction plus Rookies, Roadrunners, Thunder Lites, Spectator Race, Spectator Drags and Flagpole Race. Gates open at 4pm and the first green is at 6pm.


July 25th
by Bob Hayes
[All photos by Bob Hayes]

Rookie Stocks


Rookie Stock Feature Winner - Jerry Lepage #31

Jerry Lepage scored his first career win in the Rookie Stocks on Sunday evening July 25th at Hudson International Speedway. Lepage started on the pole and led every lap of the race. Past the halfway point of the race Keith “Slika” Ennis was running second and looked like he going to be able to mount a challenge to Lepage but tangled with Andy Nichols on a restart and both cars spun out of contention for the day. Lepage held on from there to become the eighth different winner in twelve Rookie Stocks mains this year. Second through tenth were Billy Clement Jr., Dan Murphy Jr., Dean Wendell, Bill Helliwell, Ennis, Corrie Merritt, Larry Fortin, John Morin Jr. and Nichols. Murphy and Clement were the heat winners.

Outlaw Sportsman


Outlaw Feature - (8) Rick Woodside, Jr. & (04) Keith Walton 

Kevin Kephart won his first Outlaw Sportsman Main. Ron Lord Jr. led the first few circuits until Kephart took over the top spot. At the halfway point Rick Woodside Jr. had made it into second place and Geoff Rollins had made it into third. With laps winding down, Woodside was closing in on Kephart and Rollins was closing in on Woodside Jr. Woodside Jr. made it to about a car length behind Kephart in the last corner of the last lap but had to settle for second and Rollins had to settle for third. Fourth through tenth were Ron Bolduc, Tim Casey, Keith Walton, Lord Jr., John Meany, Joey Ventrillo and Bobby Allan. Walton and Woodside Jr. won the heats.


Outlaw Sportsmen - Kevin Kephart #79 notched his first Hudson Feature Win

 
Outlaw Top Three - Kevin Kephart,Rick Woodside, Jr. & Geoff Rollins

Roadrunner                        


Roadruner - Dave Helliwell 


Roadrunners - Coming to the Checkers (40) Eric Miller & (77) Dave Helliwell

The Roadrunner feature saw pole sitter Eric Miller lead from the drop of the green until the checkers were in sight just feet from the finish. Miller was leading a tight pack of four or five cars for most of the last half of the race. Loren Smith Jr. was able to get his nose in front Miller a few times but wasn’t able to complete the pass. In the last corner of the race the tight pack tightened up a bit too much and the loser was Miller as he spun coming out of turn four collecting Jef James as he spun down the speedway. Last week winner Dave Helliwell, Smith Jr. and Louie Maher passed Miller and James as they were slowing in the infield. Helliwell won his second feature in as many races since he joined the Roadrunner ranks. Second through tenth were Smith Jr., Maher, Miller, James, Johnny Reefer, Jason Carroll, Derek Griffith, Pete Raby and Shawn Miller. Carroll and Maher were the heat winners.


Roadrunner Top Three - Louie Maher, Dave Helliwell & Loren Smith 


Roadrunner Feature - (12) Derek Griffith & (47) Jef James

Thunder Light


Thunder Light Feature - (21) Chad Wendell Taking to the Outside to Pass Two Cars Early in Feature

Chad Wendell won both the Thunder Light feature and heat. Second through fifth were Justin Beecher, Nick Fisette, John Daughenbaugh and Carlos Esquivel.


Thunder Light Feature Winner - Chad Wendell

Spectator Drags & Spectator Race

Tommy Baldwin won the Spectator Drags and the Spectator Race.

Flagpole Race

Robin Burke won the Flagpole Race.

Announcer John Spence returns to Hudson Speedway next Sunday August 1st . Spence was the Hudson track announcer for two decades between the mid 70’s and mid 90’s. Also next Sunday is the “Fats “ Caruso Memorial for the New England V-6 Modifieds. Caruso was elected to the Near Hall of Fame in 2000 for a driving career that spanned six decades. His grandson Keith Caruso has visited Hudson victory lane many times and currently leads the points in the V-6 Modifieds. The Classic Lights, Rookies, Roadrunners and Thunder Lights will also be in action in addition to the Flagpole Race, Spectator Race and Spectator Drags. Gates open at 4pm and the first green flag drops at 6pm.


July 18th
by Bob Hayes
[All photos by Bob Hayes]

The John Bourdelais, Jr. Memorial Race


Dwayne Scofield #30, Jimmy Ryder #41 and Rob Bryant #11 go three wide in  the Classic Llite First Segment
 

Billy Ryder won the John Bourdelais, Jr. Memorial race this past Sunday at Hudson International Speedway. Bourdelais, Jr. was a fixture on his Dads racing team at Star Speedway. His days were spent working alongside his dad and his nights were spent in the garage with his dads race team or fishing and camping with his friends. Always quick with a joke, his easygoing nature is fondly remembered by his family and many friends. He had raced some Enduros and at the time of his death in a tragic traffic accident three years ago a brand new Streeter was being built for him by the Bourdelais team.


Classic Lite Last Segment - Brothers Eddie (0) & Jeff (00) Giman 

Billy Ryder won the race which was three segments with fifteen laps each. George Helliwell and Rob Bryant placed second and third. Fourth through tenth were Dave Helliwell, Eddie Gilman, Adam Giacomozzi, Jon Provost, Dan Shields, Dan Poliquin and Josh Provost.


Second annual N.E.Classic Lites  "John Bourdelais Jr. Memorial Race"  Champion - Billy Ryder #14


Classic Lite - Billy Ryder with John Bourdelais, Sr., Robin Bordelais & Megan Bourdelais

Rookie Stocks


Rookie Stocks (14) Andy Nichols and (41) Dan Murphy, Jr. Pace the Field after a Caution flag during the First Rookie Feature


 Heath Tourtellotte #36 and Scotty Duval #01 racing hard during the First Rookie Feature

The Rookie Stocks had two features. One was a makeup feature from last week that was postponed because of lighting issues at the speedway. Dan Murphy Jr. got the monkey off his back with his first career win in the first Rookie stock main. Second through tenth were Dean Wendell, Jerry Lepage, John Morin Jr., Keith Ennis, Chris Augevitch, Andy Nichols, Heath Tortellotte, Scotty Duval and Tyler Hatch. John Morin, Jr. got back to the winning form he showed earlier in the season in the second feature. Second through tenth were Duval, Ennis, Murphy Jr., Lepage, Bill Heliwell, Tortellotte, Wendell, Charles Roberto and John Cashman.


Rookie - Second Feature Top Three -Slika, John Morin, Jr. & Scotty Duval

 
Dan Murphy Jr. took a hard earned first career feature win in the first Rookie Stock Feature

Roadrunner

Dave Helliwell won the Roadrunner feature in his first race in the Roadrunners since purchasing the former Patrick D’Alba Honda. Second through tenth were Loren Smith Jr., Jef James, Don Soucy, Derek Griffith, Louie Maher, Jason Carroll, Tony Page, Eric Miller and Jesse Tellier.

Thunder Light


Thunder Light - (10) Carlos Esquivel & (02) Sammy Gilman

Justin Beecher won the Thunder Light feature followed by Chad Wendell, Sammy Gilman, Carlos Esquivel and John Daughenbaugh.


Thunder Light Top Three - Sammy Gilman, Justin Beecher & Chad Wendell

V-6 Modifieds


V-6 Modified Top Three with Bike Raffle Winner [Liam] Dick Dubois, Eric Vilandre & Keith Caruso

Keith Caruso scored is third feature win of 2010 in the V-6 Modifieds at Hudson Speedway. Second through fifth were Eric Vilandre, Dick Dubois, Tony Dubois, Walter Boucher and Louie Maher.

4-Cylinder Enduro

Louie Maher won the 4-Cylinder Enduro followed by Billy Pat, Jesse Tellier, Ray Pat and Paul Holdsworth.

Grand Enduro

Dave Levine won the Grand Enduro followed by Corrie Merritt, “Recon” John Griffith, Louie Maher and Mark Nevers.

Spectator Drags

Jay Townsend won the Spectator Drags.

Flagpole Race

Paul Holdsworth won the Flagpole Race

Spectator Race

Jayson Day won the Spectator Race.

Next Sunday July 25th at Hudson International is the return of the Outlaws with Rookies, Roadrunners, Thunder Lights, Spectator Race, Spectator Drags and Flagpole Race. Gates open at 4pm and the first race is at 6pm.



July 11th
by Bob Hayes
[All photos by Bob Hayes]


Bike Raffle Winner Damian with Schroeder & Sons Automotive representative

Roadrunner


Roadrunner Don Soucy #42jr

Don Soucy scored his first career feature win in the Roadrunner division on Sunday evening July 11th at Hudson International Speedway. Soucy started ninth in the field and quickly made his way towards the front. Eric Miller led the opening laps of the race until a caution flew bunching the field for a restart with Miller on the pole and Soucy starting outside pole. Miller is still getting used to a new car and missed a shift when the green flag dropped and the field got by him with Soucy leading the way. From that point on Soucy had plenty of competition with Roadrunner aces Louie Maher and Nick Maniatis on his bumper but was able to hold off all challengers. Maher came home in the runnerup spot for the fourth time in a row. Maniatis crossed the line third. Patrick D’Alba finished fourth in his last race in his blue Honda. Jef James was fifth. Sixth through tenth were Miller, Johnny Reefer, Shawn Miller, Jesse Tellier and Jason Carroll.

 
Roadrunner Feature Winner Don Soucy with his crew chief /  son, Jarrod

Outlaw Sportsman


Outlaw Sandy Lee in the Trees Off Turn 3, he returned to the race without even making a pit stop !


Outlaw Sportsmen (79) Kevin Kephardt & Tim Casey (07) working on the outside 

Ron Lord Jr. led most of the first half of the Outlaw main before turning over the lead to Geoff Rollins after a restart. Rollins’s lead survived a few restarts with several different drivers taking turns in second place but none were able to mount a serious challenge to Rollins. Rollins picked up his first win of year and fourth podium finish in the four Outlaw races so far this year. Bobby Allen finished second but lost the points lead to Rollins and is now five points behind. John Meany started fourth and finished third. Keith Walton started third and pitted several times under caution to allow crew chief George Baldwin to adjust on his evil handling racecar and recovered to finish fourth in the nineteen car field. Rick Woodside Jr. finished fifth. Sixth through tenth were Shawn Waites, Scott McMicheal, Sandy Lee, Ron Bolduc and Lord Jr.


Outlaw Feature Ron Lord, Jr. 


Outlaw Feature Winner second generation driver Geoff Rollins 

Thunder Light


Thunder Light Chad Wendell Going Outside Three Wide Early in the Feature


Thunder Light Feature (58jr) Phil Baril III & (32jr) John Daughenbaugh running REAL close

Chad Wendell won the Thunder Light main and Erica Page came home second. Making his first appearance at HIS since May, finishing third was Sammy Gilman. Phil “P3” Baril was fourth, Carlos Esquivel was fifth and John Daughenbaugh was sixth.


Thunder Light Top Three Erica Page, Chad Wendell & Sammy Gilman 

Rookie Stocks

Jerry Lepage and John Cashman won the heats in the Rookie Stocks but the feature was postponed due to electrical difficulties.

Spectator Drags

Paul Ferriera won the Spectator Drags.

Flagpole Race

Dan Angova won the Flagpole Race.

Spectator Race


Always popular Dave Helliwell celebrates his Spectator Race Win with his Crew and a number of his many fans.

Dave Heliwell won the Spectator Race.

Christmas in July”

Santa makes his summertime trek to HIS on July 18th for “Christmas in July” featuring the John Bourdelais Jr. Memorial for Classic Lites and Enduros plus V-6 Modifieds, Rookies, Roadrunners, Thunder Lights, Spectator Race, Flagpole Race, and Spectator Drags. Gates open at 4pm and the first green flies at 6pm.


July 4th
by Bob Hayes
[All photos by Bob Hayes]

Roadrunner


Roadrunner Heat - (61) Jen Lord, (40)Eric Miller and (69) Louie Maher get up close and personal

Derek “The Rock Star” Griffith zoomed to a Roadrunner Feature win this past Sunday at Hudson International Speedway. It took the Hudson, NH youngster just five starts to find victory since his early graduation last month from the Thunder Light ranks. Griffith started seventh on the grid and wasted little time in making his way to the point. With the usual frontrunners having a more difficult time making their way to the front of the pack Griffith was able to stretch his lead. Griffith showed his skills by slicing through lapped traffic in the green to checker affair. Following Griffith over the finish line for podium finishes were 2009 Roadrunner champ Louie Maher and Dan Soucy. Fourth through tenth were Jesse Tellier, Niki Maniatis, Jason Carroll, Dan Fortin, Jef James, Eric Miller and Jen Lord.


Roadrunner Heat  (17E) Jesse Tellier, (88) Peter Raby & (12) Derek Griffith


Roadrunner Heat Don Soucy Leading the Pack


Roadrunner Feature Winner Derek Griffith


Roadrunner Derek Griffith with his Dad John (right) & Crew Chief Eric Langlois

Thunder Light


Thunder Light Chad Wendell Chasing Justin Beecher

Justin Beecher started on the pole in the Thunder Light Feature and led from green to checkers but it wasn’t easy for Beecher as he had Chad Wendell within a car length or two of him the entire race. Wendell wasn’t able to pass Beecher and had to settle for second. Erica Page finished third and John Daughenbaugh was fourth.


Thunder Light Justin Beecher 

 
Thunder Light Erica Page, Justin Beecher & Chad Wendell

Rookie Stocks

Dean Wendell picked up his third win of the season in the Rookie Stocks. Dan Murphy had another fine run to finish second. After a few weeks of being shut out of the podium, John Morin Jr. came home with a trophy by finishing third. In fourth place was Billy Heliwell [in his second race ever] looking like he is ready to follow in the footsteps of his racing family. Corrie Merritt survived an off track excursion to finish fifth.

Grand Enduro


Grand Enduro Figure 8 Winner Travis Nevers with Dad Mark Nevers 

Frank Bryan led the first ninety eight laps of the one hundred lap Grand Enduro only to run low on fuel. Bryan was coming off the fourth turn and could see the white flag waving as his car slowed and Dave Levine and Dave McCarthy both got past. Levine crossed under the checkers first with McCarthy second. Bryan regained power long enough to cross the stripe a very dejected third. Fourth and fifth were Corrie Merritt and John Griffith.

4-Cylinder Enduro Freedom 100


4-Cylinder Enduro (17e) Jesse Tellier 

Jesse Tellier won the forwards/backwards 4-Cylinder Enduro Freedom 100. Patrick D’Alba led at the fifty lap mark but the field was turned around to race clockwise around the speedway and D’Alba just didn’t handle as well going fast and turning right. Tellier was able to get past D’Alba early in the second half of the race and led til the end of the race. D’Alba held on for second. Third through fifth were Issac Chabot, Billy Pat and Rich Beauchese.


4-Cylinder Enduro (50) Billy Pat & (72) Patrick D'Alba


4-Cylinder Enduro Winner (17e) Jesse Tellier and his Dad

Spectator Drags

Charlie Baldwin won the Spectator Drags.

Figure 8

Travis Nevers won the Figure 8.

Flagpole Race and Spectator Race


Close Racing Action in theFlagpole Race

Dave Heliwell won the Flagpole Race and Spectator Race.

Next Event

Sunday July 11th its mid-season championships at Hudson Speedway with double points and the return of the Outlaws. Also in action are the Rookies, Roadrunners, Thunder Lights, Spectator Race and Drags, and Flagpole race. Gates open at 4pm and the first race is at 6pm.


June 27th
by Bob Hayes
[All photos by Bob Hayes]

Four Drivers made their first visits to victory lane this past Sunday at Hudson International Speedway. Double features in all divisions except the New England V-6 Modifieds increased chances of a podium finish and the trophy that comes along with it.

Thunder Lights





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