Hudson International Speedway
Opened for its 67th consecutive
Season on May 18

Hudson NH- Hudson Speedway concluded its 67th
consecutive racing season on Oct. 19th.

October 19th Results
(Text & Photos by Bob Hayes)

 

Family Cab Thunder Lights


A Family Cab Thunder Lights Champion Kris Schroeder and his crew


Thunder Lights-Brian Parker backwards off the speedway getting hit by his brother Kody Parker


Dan Sweeney won the A Family Cab Thunder Lights feature. Sweeney jumped out to the lead early in the race and was able to hold off all challengers to pick up the win. Kris Schroeder finished second and secured his second Thunder Light championship in a row. Kody Parker was third followed by Kim Dombroski. Parker was second in the point standings and Jimmy Renfrew, Jr. was third in points. Sweeney won the heat.


1A Family Cab Thunder Light feature wnner  Dan Sweeney


Roadrunners

Jarrod Soucy won the Roadrunner feature and in doing so became the 2014 Roadrunner champion. Jon Fultz had a great run and finished second and Jef James was third. Ricky Fisette was fourth and Bob Williams was fifth. Fultz and James won the heats. Defending champion Billy Osborne finished second in points and Max Dolliver was third followed by Fisette and Melinda McCarthy.


Roadrunner feature Jef James and Jon Fultz split slower cars while racing for second place


Rookie Stocks

Chad Wendell won the Rookie Stock feature. Wendell started sixth and quickly made his way to the top spot. Mike Williams was second followed by Jerry Lepage. Billy Clement Jr and Williams won the heats. Anthony Belfiore won the Rookie Stock championship. Second through fifth in points were Wendell, Ron Robinson, Lepage and Jason Ryan.


Rookie Stock Chad Wendell with his dad Mitch Wendell


V-6 Modified
 


V-6 Modified feature Keith Caruso spins in turn two


V-6 Modified Walter Boucher took a wild ride off the backstretch.Here is his car on a 3 Brothers Towing ramp truck

Allan Reiser won the V-6 Modified feature and with his win he won the V-6 Championship. Bruce Harrison was second in the feature and Louis Maher was third. Reiser won the heat. Second through fifth in points were Keith Caruso, Harrison, Lenid Johnson and Eric Vilandre.
 


V-6 Modified Allan Reiser

4-Cylinder Enduro

Ricky Fisette won the 4-Cylinder Enduro followed by Jason Terrio, Josh Adie, Keith “Superstar’ Walton and Chris Fultz.

 


4-Cylinder Enduro winner Ricky Fisette with his crew chief Kristine


Grand Enduro
 


Grand Enduro-Dave Karstock celebrating his third place finish

Scott Riggleman made the long journey from Manchester, New Jersey and won the Grand Enduro. He was followed by Eric Hatch, Dave Karstock, Mike Wollinger and Tim Sullivan.
 


Grand Enduro winner Scott Riggleman


Spectator Race

Justin Rackcliff won the Spectator Race.

Spectator Drags

Scott Duval won the Spectator Drags.


October 5th Results
(Text & Photos by Bob Hayes)

A Family Cab” Thunder Lights


A Family Cab Thunder Light feature four-wide with Jimmy Renfrew, Jr. on the lowside

Mckayla Lord won her first feature of the season in the” A Family Cab” Thunder Lights on Oct 5th. Lord drove a near perfect race and with defending champion and this year’s point’s leader Kris Schroeder never more than a few car lengths behind she deserved the cheers she got when she exited her car in victory lane. Schoeder finished second while mounting a challenge coming to the checkers but just made it up to Lords rear bumper. Kody Parker was third, Jimmy Renfrew Jr was fourth and Brian Parker was fifth. Lord won the heat.


1A Family Cab Thunder Lights-Mckayla Lord with her mom and dad


New England V-6 Modifieds


V-6 Modifieds Allan Reiser (37) spins in mid-pack


Keith Caruso won the New England V-6 Modified feature. Caruso jumped to the lead in the early going but Allan Reiser after recovering from a first lap spin was in Caruso’s tire tracks for most of the race. Reiser made a late charge coming of turn four to take the checkers but came up a half of a car length short. Bruce Harrison was third. Harrison won the heat.


V-6 Modifieds Keith Caruso


Roadrunners

Austin Erickson won his second Roadrunner feature at Hudson Speedway this season. Erickson started deep in the twenty-three car field but methodically made his way through slower cars until he was leading. Billy Osborne and Jarrod Soucy were running second and third slicing through slower cars trying to catch Erickson but neither driver could get a break and Osborne watched from second place as Erickson took the checkered flag. Soucy was third, Bob Williams was fourth and Max Dolliver was fifth. Williams and Ricky Fisette won the heats.


Roadrunners Austin Erickson



Outlaws


Outlaw heat Todd Warren (62) racing with Ron Lord (69) for the lead


Todd Warren was on rails in the Outlaw feature and wasn’t going to be denied winning the last Outlaw main of the season. Jay Sands was second followed by Kevin Kephart, Ben Bosowski and Dave Blanchard. Warren won the heat.


Outlaw-Todd Warren


Rookie Stocks

Ron Robinson won the Rookie Stock feature. Robinson started mid-pack in the race and quickly moved to the top spot. Chad Wendell was chasing down Robinson in the final laps but didn’t have enough time to challenge Robinson for the win and finished in second place right on Robinson’s rear bumper. Billy Clement Jr was third followed by Anthony Belfiore and Jerry Lepage. Robinson and Lepage won the heats.


Rookie Stocks Billy Clement, Jr., Ron Robinson & Chad Wendell

Grand Enduro

Roland Laplante won the first of two Grand Enduro’s followed by Ryan Simonds, Bob Bergstrom, Jay Townsend and Keith Tracy.

David Levine won the second Grand Enduro followed by Bob Murphy, Eric Hatch, Roland Laplante and Ryan Simonds.

4-Cylinder Enduro

Jason Terrio won the Four Cylinder Enduro followed by Keith “I used to be somebody” Walton, Josh Adie, Paul Hurteau and Paul Wainwright.


4-Cylinder Enduro Josh Adie, Jason Terrio & Keith Walton

Flagpole World Championship

A jubilant Buddy Wilkins won the Flagpole World Championship that included a trophy that was almost as tall as the little guy.


Flagpole World Championship winner Buddy Wilkins with Flagman Steve Gran



Spectator Race

Recon John” Griffith won the Spectator Race.

October 19th is the last race date of 2014 at Hudson Speedway. On the card are Enduros, championships for the Rookies, Roadrunners and Thunder Lights. Spectator Drags, Spectator Race, Flagpole Race are also on tap. For the kids at 11:30AM there will be Big Wheel and bike races plus a costume contest and trick of treating.


September 28th Results
(Text & Photos by Bob Hayes)

Rookie Stocks (John Swain Memorial)


John Swain with his daughter Cameron after winning a Grand Enduro race at Hudson in August 2013
 


Geoff Rollins spun while leading and escaped being hit
 

Mike Williams won the John Swain Memorial Race for Rookie Stocks at Hudson Speedway on Sept. 28th. John was a well respected competitor for over two decades in Enduro’s, Rookie Stocks and Strictly Stocks at both Hudson and Star Speedways. He battled hard but lost his fight with cancer on May 14th of this year. He was never one to complain and hardly spoke about his health issues. John was a gentleman in every sense of the word both on and off the speedway. He lived in the moment and had a smile whether he was holding the checkers or waiting for a wrecker. Besides racing you could find him at competing in tractor pulls at the fall fairs in the area and in the last few years he found happiness being a Dad to his young daughter, Cameron. The local racing community showed its love for John by filling the pits with over thirty Rookie Stock race cars and a standing room only crowd.


Rookie feature crash
 

The John Swain Memorial was held in two twenty-five lap segments with the winner being determined by best combined finishes in both segments. Russ Douphinette won the first segment but finished fifth in the second segment which was good enough for second overall. Mike Williams was third in the first segment and won the second segment giving him the overall win. Corrie Merritt had a great day and was third overall. Bret Culleton was fourth overall. ‘Rockin’ Ronnie Robinson was fifth overall.


John Swain Memorial race winner Mke Williams with John, Sr. & Georgianna Swain
 

In victory lane Mike Williams showed a lot of class by having a heartfelt conversation with John’s parents about the years he and John raced against each other and gave the five foot winner’s trophy to John’s parents.


Mike Willliams giving the John Swain Memorial Race trophy to John's mom Georgianna
 

Roadrunners

Billy Osborne won the Roadrunner feature. As has been the case with most Roadrunner features this season there was a great three way battle for first with Osborne, Max Dolliver and Ricky Fisette battling this past week. Following Osborne over the finish line were Dolliver, Fisette, Jon Fultz and Johhny Reefer.


Roadrunnes winner Billly Osborne with his family, crew & 2nd and 3rd place finishers Max dolliver & Ricky Fisette
 

New England V-6 Modifieds

Keith Caruso won the New England V-6 Modified feature followed closely by Bruce Harrison, Allan Reiser, Anthony Frissora and Walter Boucher.


V-6 Modifieds Feature Winner Keith Caruso
 

Thunder Lights

Brian Parker came out on top in the A Family Cab Thunder Lights beating Dan Sweeney, Jimmy Renfrew Jr. Kris Schroeder and Kody Parker.


A Family Cab Thunder Lights Brian Parker.
 

4-Cylinder Enduro

Jason Terrio won the Four Cylinder Enduro followed by Keith “A legend in his own mind” Walton, Paul Wainwright, Jon Fultz and Paul Hurteau.

On Oct 5th it's Enduros including double Grand Enduro races plus the Outlaw Sportsman Championship and Rookies, Roadrunners, A Family Cab thunder Lights, Spectator Race, Spectator Drags and the Flagpole Race world championship that the winner goes home with a five foot trophy.


September 14th Results
(Text & Photos by Bob Hayes)

Outlaw Sportsmen

Kevin Kephart won the Outlaw Sportsman feature at Hudson Speedway on Sept 14th. Jay Sands was second followed by Todd Warren, Eric Sands and Dave Blanchard.


Outlaw Kevin Kephart
 

Roadrunners

Billy Osborne won the Roadrunner feature followed by Max Dolliver, Ricky Fisette, Melinda McCarthy and Jen Lord.


Roadrunnners  (55) Billy Osborne making his way towards the front early in the feature.
 

Thunder Lights

Kody Parker won the Thunder Light feature followed by Brian Parker, Dan Sweeney, Jimmy Renfrew Jr. and Mikayla Lord.


Thunder Lights (l-r) Dan Sweeney, Kody Parker & Brian Parker
 

Rookies

Anthony Belfiore won the Rookie feature followed by Bret Culllerton, Ron Robinson, Chad Wendell and Ricky Woodside.


Rookies Anthony Belfiore and crew
 

Grand Enduro

Corrie Merritt won the Grand Enduro.


Grand Enduro Corrie Merritt
 

4-Cylinder Enduro

Josh Adie won the four Cylinder Enduro.


4-Cylinder Enduro Josh Adie
 

Spectator Drags

Vincent Davis won the Spectator Drags.

Spectator Race World Championship

Scott Duvall won the Spectator Race World Championship.


Spectator Race World Championship Scott Duval and family
 

Sept 28th is the John Swain Memorial Race for Rookie Stocks. The John Swain Memorial Race is a 50 lap event. Enduros are also on the card along with New England V-6 Modifieds, Roadrunners, Thunder Lights, Spectator Drags, Spectator Race and Flagpole Race. Gates open at 11AM and the first race is at 1PM.


September 1st Results
(Text & Photos by Bob Hayes)

Rookie Stocks

Mike Williams won the Rookie Stock feature on September 1st. It was Williams first win since 2006 at Hudson. William’s was a regular at Hudson until 2006 and had only made a few appearances at the speedway since then. Anthony Belfiore was all over Williams’s rear bumper in the final laps but had to settle for second place. 2012 Rookie Champion Jerry Lepage was third. Steve Dickey was fourth and Heath Tourtellette fifth.


Rookie Stocks (L/R) Jerry Lepage, Mike Williams & Anthony Belfiore

New England V-6 Modifieds

Keith Caruso won the New England V-6 Modified feature. Caruso was on rails in the first half of the race. Caruso started in the rear of the field and took to the high side and was leading before five laps where completed. Bruce Harrison closed in on Caruso at the end of the race but never got close to mount a challenge and finished second. Allan Reiser was third followed by Walter Boucher and Leonid Johnson.


New England V-6 Modified's Keith Caruso
 

A Family Cab Thunder Lights


Family Cab Thunder Light's (L/R) Mikayka Duval, Kris Scroeder & Dan Sweeney
 

Kris Scroeder won the A Family Cab Thunder Lights followed by Dan Sweeney, Mikayla Duval, Kim Dombroski and Andrew Hennessey.


Family Cab Thunder Light's feature winner Kris Schroeder with his mom and dad Amy and Karl Schroeder
 

Roadrunners

Billy Osborne won the Roadrunner main followed by Max Dolliver, Jarrod Soucy. Jen Lord and Melinda McCarthy both had fine races and finished fourth and fifth respectively.

Full-Size Enduro

Bob Murphy won the Full-Size Enduro.

4-Cylinder Enduro

Paul Hurteau won the 4-Cylinder Enduro.

Spectator Race

Dave Karstock won the Spectator Race.

Spectator Drags

Justin Harris won the Spectator Drags.

Sept 15th at Hudson Speedway features the Outlaw Sportsman, Enduros, A Family Cab Thunder Lights, Roadrunners, Rookie Stocks, Spectator Race, Spectator Drags and Flagpole Race. Gates open at 11AM and the first race goes green at 1PM.


August 31st Results
(Text & Photos by Bob Hayes)

Outlaw Sportsmen

Ben Bosowski won his first career Outlaw Sportsman feature at Hudson Speedway on Aug 31st. The second generation driver took over the driving his dad Matt Bosowski’s racer late last season and improved week by week and found victory lane this week. The elder Bosowski has been racing since the mid-seventies and decided last year it was time to hang up his helmet and cheer on his son.


Outlaw Sportsman Ben Bosowski with his dad, Matt Bosowski
 

Bosowski started on pole in the thirty lap feature and built a big lead by the halfway point. Eric Sands started to reel in Bosowski in the closing laps but didn’t get close enough to Bosowski and Bosowski won easily. Eric Sands was second followed by Jay Sands, Todd Warren and Dave Blanchard.

Roadrunners


Roadrunners: (29) Max Dolliver putting pressure on leader Jarrod Soucy
 

Mad” Max Dolliver won the Roadrunner feature. Billy OSBORNE was leading with Dolliver and Jarrod Soucy following closely. OSBORNE suddenly slowed with mechanical issues handing the lead to Soucy. Dolliver was able to get past Soucy with two to go and went on to win.Dolliver was followed by Soucy, Melinda McCarthy, and Jen Lord.


Roadrunner's Max Dolliver
 

Rookie Stocks


Rookie Stock's Charlie Coombs
 

Charlie Coombs started on the outside of the front row and led every lap as he won his first Rookie Stock feature in eight years. Following Coombs was Anthony Belfiore and Geoff Rollin.


Rookies Anthony Belfiore trying to get past Charlie Coombs
 

A Family Cab Thunder Lights

Jimmy Renfrew Jr won the A Family Cab Thunder Lights feature. Renfrew Jr was followed by Kody Parker, Dan Sweeney, Milayla Duval and Kris Schroeder.

Spectator Race

Carlos Esquivel won the Spectator Race.

Flagpole Race

Todd Nathan won the Flagpole Race. Click Tappet won the Spectator Drags.

Sept 7th is an off weekend for Hudson Speedway. Racing resumes on Sept 14th with the Outlaw Sportsman, Roadrunners, A Family Cab Thunder Lights, Rookie Stocks, Spectator Race, Spectator Drags, Flagpole Race and Enduros.


Babb Fends Off Heavy Competition for First Granite State Pro Stock Series Victory

By Shawn Sicard
(ProStock Photos by Howard and Mary Hodge except as noted))

August 24, 2014.  Brad Babb fended off threats from Barry Gray and Matt Frahm to claim the victory in the Hudson Hugger at Hudson International Speedway, recording his first victory with the Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS).


Matt Frahm 2nd, Brad Babb 1st & Barry Gray 3rd

Adam Norton led the field to green in his second race for the series in 2014, with Babb starting to his outside. Babb would nudge ahead to lead the first lap, eventually clear Norton, and begin to pull away from the field. Bobby Baillargeon, who was looking to grab his third straight Hudson Hugger win, bounced off the front stretch wall on lap 9, bringing out the first of six cautions of the day. Babb jumped to the lead once more, as a good battle between Frahm, Gray, Dillon Moltz, and Derek Griffith brewed behind him. Griffith’s day would begin to turn sour as his LCM/FEP Insurance Toyota brought out the caution on lap 37. Multiple tries to complete the lap ensued, but the caution flew two more times, including a chain-reaction incident which sent Moltz down pit road, before the field settled in for another green flag run.

Hometown driver Griffith and pole-sitter Norton tangled on lap 54, bringing Frahm back to the outside of Babb. Frahm couldn’t find the grip on the outside, settling directly behind Babb’s bumper until the final caution, a Griffith spin in turn 3, giving Frahm another chance to unseat Babb out of the top spot. Babb would fend off the point leader on the restart, but Frahm turned the wick up with 5 laps remaining, swinging his Lambert Roofing/WDW Machine Chevrolet to the high side once more. Babb, a third generation driver, would hold onto the top spot to pick up his first victory with the series, as well as his first victory outside of his home track, Beech Ridge Motor Speedway. Frahm crossed the line only a half car length away from the top spot, finishing second for the second week in a row. Barry Gray secured the third spot, with Moltz battling back to fourth, and Larry Gelinas nabbing the fifth spot.

“At the beginning of the race, the car was so good,” said Babb. “I told (the crew) on the first caution I haven’t had a car this good in two years. To win somewhere other than at home (Beech Ridge Motor Speedway) means so much to me. To have someone challenge me, to not just drive away with it, means even more.”

Babb and Frahm, while battling multiple times, had plenty of respect for each other under green flag conditions. “Matt (Frahm) and I are good friends. I really respect him for not getting into me. I told him next time he needs a break, he’s got it.”

Frahm, who increased his point lead over Larry Gelinas, also touched on the respect between himself and Babb. “There’s a lot of good drivers out here, but it’s racing, sometimes their heads get a little hot,” remarked the series leader in victories. “The last couple of races we’ve had some good shows, and I hope this continues to carry through. I’m glad for Brad (Babb), glad for the team, they work hard just like us.”

Gray, who recorded his 18th top 10 finish with his third place at the Hudson Hugger, liked the balance of his Meadow’s Motor Cars/Hawley’s Auto Repair Chevrolet in the opening laps of the race. “I really thought we were going to be able to get these guys,” the Belchertown, MA driver spoke. “My goal is to take this car home in one piece, and that’s what we did. These guys are tough competitors, they’re good, and they run all out every single lap, so you don’t really get to save your stuff for the end. Sometimes at the end of the race, you don’t always have it.”

Norton would rebound from multiple trips down pit road to finish 6th on the night. Bryon Baker finished 7th, Griffith salvaged an 8th place spot, with Keith Caruso and Josh King rounding out the top 10. Babb’s victory marks the 8th different winner in as many races in the 2014 for the GSPSS. With only Star, White Mountain Motorsports Park, and Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park left on the schedule, there is a chance the streak will continue until the end of the 2014 season. Norton and Babb scored heat victories.

The first round of the GSPSS Tournament Challenge presented by Victory Lane Radio and 360 Design Lab went into the books at the Hudson Hugger as well. With his victory, Brad Babb advanced over Cory Robert, Matt Frahm bested Dillon Moltz by virtue of his second place finish, Larry Gelinas finished 4 spots ahead of Keith Caruso to move on in the tournament, and Barry Gray beat Derek Griffith with his podium finish. The tournament will continue at Star Speedway, with Larry Gelinas taking on Barry Gray, and Matt Frahm pitted against Brad Babb.

The Granite State Pro Stock Series will take a week off, but will come back with a bang as part of the Star Classic at Star Speedway in Epping, NH on September 6th. The season will continue on September 20th at White Mountain Motorsports Park, and finish on October 18th-19th at the World Series at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. For more information on the Granite State Pro Stock Series, contact Mike Parks at mparks@gspss.net, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter @GSProStocks, or visit our website, www.gspss.net.


Hudson Hugger Brad Babb and crew in Victory Lane (Cryastal Snape Photo)
 

 

 

 

Hudson Hugger Results 8/24/14
POS (Start) Driver Hometown
1. (2) Brad Babb Windham, ME
2. (7) Matt Frahm Hampstead, NH
3. (3) Barry Gray Belchertown, MA
4. (6) Dillon Moltz Waterford, CT
5. (4) Larry Gelinas Buxton, ME
6. (1) Adam Norton Ludlow, MA
7. (11) Bryon Baker Claremont, NH
8. (10) Derek Griffith Hudson, NH
9. (9) Keith Caruso Milbury, MA
10. (13) Josh King Vernon, VT
11. (5) Wayne Helliwell, JR Dover, NH
12. (12) Cory Robert Canaan, NH
13. (8) Bobby Baillargeon Kingston, NH

 

 

 

 

CONTINGENCY AWARDS Winner
AR Bodies (Hard Luck) Bobby Baillargeon
Bond Auto Parts (Last car on lead lap) Josh King
Crazy Ed’s Powersports (Hard Charger) Matt Frahm
Draco Springs Award (Most positions gained) Matt Frahm
Five Star Stock Car Bodies (5th place finisher) Larry Gelinas
MacLellan Metal Finishing (Heat #1 Winner) Adam Norton
MacLellan Metal Finishing (Heat #2 Winner) Brad Babb
Racer’s Depot (Random drawing) Cory Robert
RB Performance (4th place finisher) Dillon Moltz
RB Performance (7th place finisher) Bryon Baker
Sherwood Wheels (10th place finisher) Josh King
Sunoco Race Fuels (Heat #1 Winner) Adam Norton
Sunoco Race Fuels (Heat #2 Winner) Brad Babb
 

August 24th Results
(Text & Photos by Bob Hayes)

Rookie Stocks


"Mighty“ Mike Lewis

Chad Wendell won the “Mighty“ Mike Lewis Memorial Race for Rookie Stocks on August 24th. The race honors the longtime Hudson and Star Speedways racer who tragically lost his life in an accident while working on his racecar in 1998. Lewis was a hard-charger whose weekly duals with Dean Weber while both were trying to win the 1992 Hudson Speedway Strictly Stock championship are legendary. Lewis came out on top when the dust settled at the end of the season. Lewis was always a gentleman off the speedway who was quick with a joke and smile.

The Lewis Memorial was held in two twenty-five lap segments with the overall winner being determined by best combined finishes. Chad Wendell won the first segment followed by Anthony Belfiore, Conner McDougal, Mark Parenteau and Geoff Rolllins. Geoff Rolllins led most of the second segment while Wendell was picking off cars one by one coming up through the field. Wendell passed into third place with a few laps left in the segment. Rollins won the segment and Wendell was third and secured the overall victory. Rollins was second in the overall finish followed by Mark Parenteau, Belfiore, and Mike Williams. Jerry Lepage and Wendell won the heats.


'Mighty' Mike Lewis winner Chad Wendel lwith Mike's mom Norma
 

A Family Cab Thunder Lights


Thunder Lights Kim Dombroski spins as Kris Schroeder (66) & Brian Parker (8) avoid contact with her
 

Kody Parker won his second straight A Family Cab Thunder Light Feature and fourth feature win of the season. Kris Schroeder was second followed by Jimmy Renfrew Jr, Brian Parker and Mikayla Duval. Kody Parker won the heat.

Roadrunners

2005 Roadrunner Champion Ricky Fissette won the Roadrunner main. Fissette took some time off from racing and this was his first win since 2007. The win was no easy task as he had defending Roadrunner champion Billy OSBORNE and multi-feature winner “Mad Max Dolliver right in his tire tracks the entire time he was in the lead. OSBORNE finished second followed by Dolliver, Jarrod Soucy and Matt Griffin. Fissette and Dolliver won the heats.


Roadrunner Ricky Fissette
 

Flagpole Race

The Flagpole Race was won by Paul Baron, Jr. who is the grandson of former flagman Paul Baron.

Spectator Race

The Spectator Race was won by Justin Harris.

Labor Day weekend brings racing two days in a row at Hudson Speedway. Both days include Rookie Stocks, Roadrunners, A Family Cab Thunder Lights, Spectator Race, Spectator Drags and Flagpole Race, gates open at 11AM and the first race goes green at 1PM. Sunday also includes the Outlaw Sportman and Monday brings in the New England V-6 Modifieds plus Enduros.


August 17th Results
(Text & Photos by Bob Hayes)

Roadrunners


Roadrunners Billy Osborne (55) had a lot of explaining to do to his GF Melinda McCarthy (30)


Bob Williams got the monkey off his back when he won the Roadrunner feature on August 17th at Hudson Speedway. Williams has struggled all season to get his car running fast all race and has showed signs of improvement the last few weeks including his first podium finish of the season a few weeks ago. This night was all Williams as no one could touch him once he got the lead. Williams had to survive a few restarts with Billy Osborne, Max Dolliver and Jarrod Soucy right beside and behind him. The trio of Osborne, Dolliver and Soucy have won the majority of Roadrunner features this season and Williams pulled away from them on each restart. At the finish Dolliver was second followed by Soucy, Osborne, Melinda McCarthy, Dave Helliwell, Loren Smith Jr, Jon Fultz, Bob Fields and Peter Raby. Raby and Williams won the heats.


Roadrunner's Bob Williams

Rookie Stocks

Ronnie Robinson led much of the Rookie Stock feature but was hounded by Anthony Belfiore who spent many laps trying the outside groove to get past Robinson. Belfiore finally got past Robinson as the laps were winding down and cruised into victory lane. Steve Douphinette was second and Robinson was third. Jerry Lepage was fourth and Charlie Baldwin was fifth. Douphinette and Robinson won the heats.


Rookie Ron Robinson, Anthony Belfiore & Steve Douphanette

A Family Cab Thunder Lights

Kody Parker won A Family Cab Thunder Lights feature. Mikayla Duval was second followed by Jimmy Renfrew Jr, Kris Schroeder, Brian Parker and Brice Howard. Duval won the heat.

A Family Cab Thunder Light Kody Parker and crew
 

Outlaw Sportsmen

Jay Sands picked up another win in the Outlaw Sportsman. Geoff Rollins was second followed by Ben Bosowski, Todd Warren and Pete Fiandaca. Ron Lord and Dick Williams Jr. Bosowski won the heat.


Outlaw Sportsman Ben Bosowski, Jay Sands & Geoff Rollins
 

Spectator Drags

Buddy Wilkins won the Spectator Drags.

4-Cylinder Enduro

2007 Rookie Stock champion Keith Walton won the Four Cylinder Enduro.


Keith Walton in his Hayes Photos Honda after winning the 4-Cylinder Enduro
 

On Sunday August 24th the Granite State Pro-Stock Series is at Hudson Speedway for the annual Hudson Hugger 100. The “Mighty” Mike Lewis memorial race for Rookie Stocks is also on tap plus Roadrunners, A Family Cab Thunder Lights, Spectator Race, Spectator Drags and Flagpole Race. Gates open at 4PM and the first race goes green at 6PM.


August 10th Results
(Text by Bob Hayes)
(Photos by Bob Hayes except as noted)

Don Hayes Memorial Race for Roadrunners


Don Hayes atop of Hayes Hill just past turn two at Hudson Speedway in 1992


Bob Fields makes the long trek from Cape Cod each year for the race and finished top ten this year

 

Justin Storace won the 12th annual Don Hayes Memorial Race for Roadrunners at Hudson Speedway on August 10th. The race is held in honor of Hudson Speedway’s longtime photographer/videographer. Hayes spent fifty-four seasons at Hudson Speedway beginning with Hudson’s inaugural season opener on May 9th 1948 which was the day before he turned 27 years old. He remained at the speedway until the last race of the 2001 racing season when he was 80 years old. He became ill during the off season and passed away in April 2002. Hayes’ wake was held on a late April Sunday and with the rains that canceled the races that day the funeral home parking lot was filled with trucks hauling race cars. His funeral procession made a pit stop along the way from the church to the cemetery at Hudson Speedway. The Webber family opened the back gate to let the hearse carrying Don through the pits and on to the speedway where it made a few laps on Don’s beloved speedway and as it crossed the finish line one last time flagman Bob Munroe was perched on the starters stand waving the checkered flag. We have had 12 races for Don since his passing and regularly pull in 30 cars, we appreciate everyone who supports, attends or competes in the races.


Steve Krupski celebrated his 71st Birthday on Sunday

Before the features started we had a birthday cake for a very important member of the Southern New Hampshire racing community. Steve Krupski celebrated his 71st birthday on Sunday. Steve has spent over a half century helping out at speedways in this area. We all see the work Steve does at Hudson on Sundays (and Saturdays at Star, and Fridays at a track to be named later) cleaning up after wrecks or dropping Speedy-Dri on fluids that spilled out of cars but during the week he hard at work mowing the grass, cleaning the speedway from the previous weeks flagpole mess to prepare the tracks for the next race date.


One of Don's shots in the 50's shows how far we have come in racecar safety

The Don Hayes Memorial race was held in two 25 lap segments with the winner being determined by best combined finishes. Max Dolliver led a group of 5 cars snaking their way through lapped traffic to win the first segment. Jarrod Soucy was second and Justin Storace was third. Defending race winner Billy Osborne and Bryan Healey, Jr. rounded out the top five. Storace found himself in the top spot in the second segment after things sorted out with Dolliver in second and positioned to win the overall. Soucy was third but needed to get passed Dolliver and Storace to win the overall. The top group again found themselves weaving their way though lapped traffic without any problems. Soucy was all over Dollivers bumper and going into turn three with just three laps remaining Soucy overdrove the corner hitting Dolliver and sending Dolliver towards the outside wall. Dolliver car came to a stop before hitting the wall but a caution came out. Soucy left the speedway under the caution flag and didn’t return. After the restart Dolliver blasted up through the field but time ran out and couldn’t make it past enough cars to overtake Storace for the win. The overall finish after Storace was, Dolliver, Osborne, Andrew “Firecracker” Gillis, Healey Jr, Jon Fultz, Donnie McCaffrey, Ricky Fissette, and Bob Fields.


DH Memorial Segment 2; Justin Storace (22x) battling with Max Dolliver to his outside with Jarrod Soucy in the 42



(L to R) Bob Hayes, Rich Hayes, Justin Storace, Don Hayes Jr. and the Hayes family matrirach Karyn Puleo.
(Lynne Dunn photo)

A Family Cab Thunder Lights

Jimmy Renfrew, Jr. won the A Family Cab Thunder Lights. Kris Schroeder was second followed by Kody Parker, Dan Sweeney and Brian Parker.


A Family Cab Thunder Light winner Jimmy Renfrew, Jr.
 

Rookie Stocks

Conner McDougal won the Rookie Stocks followed by Anthony Belfiore, Charlie Baldwin, Heath Tourtellotte and Bill Clement, Sr.


Rookie Stock Conner McDougal
 

Sunday August 17 at Hudson Speedway it’s the Outlaw Sportsman plus Enduros, Roadrunners, Rookie Stocks, A Family Cab Thunder Lights, Spectator Race, Spectator Drags and Flagpole Race. Gates open at 4PM and the first race is at 6PM.


August 3rd Results
(Text & Photos by Bob Hayes)

Rookie Stocks

“Rockin'” Ronnie Robinson rolled his Baldwin Racecars prepared Rookie Stock into Hudson Speedways victory lane for the first time in many moons. Robinson has been a decade’s long racer of Hudson and Star Speedway’s and his win was among the most popular of the season. Robinson emerged from his signature black #71 as cheers rained down from the grandstand.

Robinson led every lap of the feature race but was under heavy pressure from Billy Clement, Jr. the entire race. Clement wasn’t able to get a run on Robinson and passed under Flagman Steve Gran’s checkered flag second but had issues in tech and was relegated to last in the running order.

Jerry Lepage was second and CHAD Wendell was third. Bob Riopelle, another grizzled veteran much like Robinson, drove his 20 year old racer to an impressive 4th place finish after a first lap dust-up that found him backwards against the first turn wall with some damage but he pitted to fix the damage and soldiered on. Robinson won the heat.


Rookie Stock's Ron Robinson

Outlaw Sportsmen

Eric Sands looked like he was cruising towards his second straight Outlaw Sportsman victory at the halfway point with a large lead but his dad Jay Sands ran him down and with three laps to go made his move to the inside and easily passed his son and went onto win with Eric Sands watching from second. Geoff Rollins was third. Peter Fiandaca was fourth and Michele Fushpanski was fifth. Jay Sands won the heat.


Outlaw's (#36) Jay Sands setting up his son Eric to pass for the win

Family Cab Thunder Lights

Brian Parker won his first ever A Family Cab Thunder Light feature. Parker was followed the entire race by a gaggle of cars just a few lengths back that included many feature winners including defending Thunder Lights champ Kris Schroeder, Jarrod Howard, Mikayla Duval, Kody Parker, Jimmy Renfrew, Jr. etc. Parker held his line perfectly, hitting his marks in each corner and went home with the winner’s trophy. Schroeder was second, Kim Dombroski was third, Jarrod Howard was fourth and Dan Sweeney was fifth. Brian Parker won the heat.


ThunderLights' Kim Dombroski, Brian Parker & KrisSchroeder
 

Roadrunners


Roadrunners' Max Dolliver, Billy Osborne & Bob Williams
 

Billy Osborne found his way back to victory lane after having mechanical woes the last few weeks. “Mad “Max Dolliver was second. Bob Williams has been fast all year but couldn’t get a podium finish until this week when he came home third. Jarrod soucy was fourth and Jake Joslin was fifth. Wiiliams and Melinda McCarthy won the heats.


Roadruners (55) Billy Osborne crossing the finish line ahead of Max Dolliver
 

New England V-6 Modifieds

Four time V-6 Modified Champion Allan Reiser won the V-6 Modified feature. Bruce Harrison had the fastest car but spun in the early going chasing Reiser. A caution came out for Harrison’s stalled car. Reiser took off on the resart building a big lead while Harrison worked his way back up through the field. Harrison went into a few corners too hot and lost the rear end and lost valuable time regaining control. Harrison passed Keith Caruso as the laps wound down and had Reiser in his sights as time ran out and the checkers fell for Reiser. Reiser won the heat.


NE V-6 Modifieds Allan Reiser
 

Spectator Drags

Kyle Rioux won the Spectator Drags.

Flagpole & Spectator Races

Ryan Simons won the Flagpole Race and the Spectator race.


FlagpoleRace Ryan Simons & Buddy Wilkins up close
 

Sunday August 10th is the 12th annual Don Hayes Memorial Race for Roadrunners, also on tap are the S.T.A.R.S. (Senior Tour Antique Race Cars), Roadrunners, Rookie Stocks, A Family Cab Thunder Lights, Spectator Race, Spectator Drags, and Flagpole Race.


July 20th Results
(Text & Photos by Bob Hayes)

Rookie Stocks


Rookie Stocks Charlie Coombs with an unapproved air cleaner location


Chad Wendell won his fourth Rookie Stock feature of the season on July 20th. It was Wendell’s 3rd win in the last four features. Anthony Belfiore held the lead in the early going with Wendell catching him before the halfway point of the race. Wendell worked Belfiore’s rear bumper for a few laps until he took to the outside groove. Wendell took a few laps to start making progress up high but soon was passing Belfiore and moving on out after he passed Belfiore .Wendell was leading by a half of a straightaway when he took the checkers. Belfiore was second. 2012 Rookie Stock champ Jerry Lepage had missed the last few weeks of racing but returned this week and finished third. Tonisha Macleod was fourth and Rob Roberson was fifth.


Rookie Stocks Chad Wendell

Outlaw Sportsmen

Eric Sands won his first Outlaw Sportsman feature of the season. Sands dad Jay Sands had trouble early in the race and pitted under caution to change a flat tire. Eric Sands was led most of the race and it seemed to be his to win but as the laps wound down his dad was closing in on Eric. Jay Sands was following in his son’s tire tracks the last two laps of the race waiting for a chance to pounce on any slip that Eric might make but Eric hit his marks the last few laps and crossed the finish line with his dad in tow. Geoff Rollins was third, Ben Bosowski was fourth and Todd Warren was fifth.


Outlaw Sportsmen Eric Sands

A Family Cab Thunder Lights


A Family Cab Thunder Lights Brothers Brian Parker (8) leads Kody Parker (11) in the feature
 

Kody Parker won his second feature of the season in the A Family Cab Thunder Lights. Parker took the lead from his brother Brian Parker after a restart early in the race. Jimmy Renfrew Jr. had a rough start to the race, spinning a few times but catching a caution each time so he stayed on the lead lap. Renfrew Jr. settled down and started moving up through the pack and eventually found himself in second place right behind Parker. Renfrew was beating a bit on Kody Parker’s bumper but Parker did a great job keeping his car pointed where he wanted it to go. The top two headed into turn three ready to take the white flag and Renfrew gave Kody Parker another bump and lost control and spun sideways coming off turn four. “Captain” Kris Schroeder was running in third and had nowhere to go and hit Renfrew. Schroeder ended up in the infield still headed straight but by the time he got back on the track he had lost three positions in the running order and fifteen precious points in his quest to win back to back Thunder Light championships. Jarrett Howard was second, Mikayla Duval was third, Kim Dombroski was fourth and Brian Parker was fifth.


Family Cab Thunder Lights Kody Parker
 

Roadrunners

Austin Erickson in his Baldwin Race Cars prepared machine picked up his first win of the season in the Roadrunners. Erickson was impressive slicing through slower machines on the speedway while followed closely in line by Jarrod Soucy, “Mad” Max Dolliver, Ricky Fissette and Mitch Bombard, the top five finished in that order.


Roadrunners Austin Erickson
 

New England Truck Series

The New England Truck Series made its first appearance at Hudson Speedway. Chris Turbush won followed by Bert Ouellette, Chris Correll, Andy Lindeman and Glen Noll.


New England Truck Series (18) race winner ChrisTurbush passing Tyler Chapman early in the feature
 

Spectator Drags

Danny Gill won the Spectator Drags.

Flagpole Race

Dan Angrove won the Flagpole Race.

Spectator Race

Dave Karstock won the Spectator Race.

July 27th at Hudson Speedway features Outlaw Sportsman, Enduros, Roadrunners, Rookie Stocks, A Family Cab Thunder Lights, Spectator Race, Spectator Drags and Flagpole Race. Gates open at 4PM and the first race is at 6PM.


July 13th Results
(Text & Photos by Bob Hayes)

Rookie Stocks


Rookie Stock: (21) Chad Wendell racing outside of (82) Jason Ryan
 

Chad Wendell and Jason Ryan put on a great show of driving skill for the Hudson Speedway fans on July 13th. Ryan started the Rookie Stock feature on the inside pole position with Wendell starting beside him on the front row. Wendell and Ryan stayed like that for the almost the entire race. Ryan held the inside groove while Wendell worked the outside. Wendell was in the outside groove the entire race with his front fender up to Ryans rear quarter but unable to get even with Ryan. With under three laps to go Wendell started making his move, up to Ryan’s door, then quickly they were door handle to door handle, Wendell kept his charge going and made it by Ryan on the nineteenth lap. Wendell crossed the finish line a car length ahead of Ryan who finished second. Anthony Belfiore was third.


Rookie winner Chad Wendell with his mom and grandmother

Roadrunners

Jarrod Soucy won the Roadrunner feature. Ricky Fissette was leading the race when Soucy dove below him going into turn one while “Mad” Max Dolliver jumped to the high side of Fissette making it three wide going into the turn. Dolliver and Fissette made contact sending Dolliver sideways through the corner and Soucy came out with the lead. Dolliver made a fine recovery and finished second and Fissette had to settle for third as usual. Andrew Firecracker was fourth and Melinda McCarthy was fifth.


Roadrunner: Jarrod Soucy

Roadrunners

Melinda McCarthy won the “New Champions” Roadrunner main. McCarthy was in control of the race from the drop of the green. Andrew Firecracker was second and the driver formerly known as Bobbo Williams was third.


'New Champions' Roadrunner Melinda McCarthy
 

New England V-6 Modifieds

Keith Caruso won the New England V-6 Modified feature. Caruso led much of the race but had to hit his marks and not make any mistakes with Bruce Harrison never more than a few car lengths behind him. Harrison got to Caruso’s bumper with two laps to go but couldn’t make a move to get past Caruso. Caruso flashed under flagman/cell phone photographer Steve Gran’s checkered flag with Harrison a few feet behind. Allan Reiser was third.


NE V-6 Modifieds-Allan Reiser, Keith Caruso & Bruce Harrison

Thunder Lights

Jimmy Renfrew Jr. won his second A Family Cab Thunder Lights feature of the season. Kody Parker finished second followed by Mikayla Duval, Brian Parker and Dan Sweeney and “Captain” Kris Schroeder.


A Family Cab Thunder Lights: Mikayla Duval, Jimmy Renfrew Jr. & Kody Parker
 

Four Cylinder Enduro

Jason Terrio won the Four Cylinder Enduro followed by Paul Wainwright and Josh Adie.

Full Size Enduro, Spectator Race & Flagpole Race

Ryan Simonds won the Full Size Enduro, Spectator Race and Flagpole Race.


Spectator Race: Brian Strain presenting trophy to winner Ryan Simonds
 

Spectator Drags

Billy Hoffman won the Spectator Drags.

July 20th at Hudson Speedway it’s the New England Truck Series plus the Outlaw Sportsman, Roadrunners, Rookie Stocks, A Family Cab Thunder Lights, Spectator Race, Spectator Drags and Flagpole Race. Gates open at 3PM and the first race is at 5PM.


July 6th Results
(Text & Photos by Bob Hayes)

Roadrunners

“Mad “Max Dolliver won his second Roadrunner feature of the season at Hudson Speedway on July 6th. Ricky Fissette took the lead early in the race as Dolliver quickly made it into second place from his tenth starting spot and started putting pressure on Fissette. Jarrod Soucy was who started next to Dolliver in the ninth starting spot soon joined the front two in the battle for the lead. Dolliver hounded Fissette for a few laps and made it by Fissette near the halfway point of the race. Soucy made it by Fissette on the next lap. Soucy was all over Dollivers bumper the last five laps of the race trying to force Dolliver into making a mistake but the young Dolliver wasn’t going to be rattled and won by a car length over Soucy.


Roadrunners-'Mad' Max Dolliver.
 

  1. Max Dolliver

  2. Jarrod Soucy

  3. Ricky Fissette

  4. Melinda McCarthy

  5. Bob William

Outlaw Sportsmen

Jay Sands won his fourth Outlaw Sportsman feature in a row. Jay Sands son Eric Sands and Todd Warren had a race long battle for second with Warren in second for most of the race but Eric Sands slipped past Warren as the laps ticked to a precious few.


Outlaw Sportsmen Eric Sands, Jay Sands & Todd Warren
 

  1. Jay Sands

  2. Eric sands

  3. Todd Warren

  4. Kevin Kephart

  5. Peter Fiandaca

 

A Family Cab Thunder Lights

“Captain” Kris Schroeder won the A Family Cab Thunder Light feature. Kim Dombroski led much of the first half of the feature until Schroeder got by her. Schroeder was in the lead when the caution flew with five laps to go. Jarrod Howard was outside Schroeder in the second spot on the restart. Schroeder and Howard had a fantastic side by side battle for the lead with Howard leading a few laps at the line. With two laps to go Howard and Schroeder made contact and cut down Howard’s front tire that slowed Howard and allowed Schroeder to win. Howard did a fine job keeping his car going and managed to hold onto second place with his front tire flat and the rest of the pack closing in.


Family Cab Thunder Lights winnner 'Captain' Kris Schroeder and his crew
 

  1. “Captain” Kris Schroeder

  2. Jarrod Howard

  3. Dan Sweeney

  4. Jimmy Renfrew Jr.

  5. Kody Parker

 

Rookie Stocks


Rookie Heat-Tonisa Macleod spins into the infield.
 

Anthony Belfiore got back to his winning ways after mechanical woes took him out of last week’s Rookie Stock feature. Charlie Coombs led the first few laps of the Rookie Stock feature until Belfiore got underneath Coombs car when Coombs slipped up the track of turn two. Belfiore wasn’t challenged for the lead after leaving Coombs in second place. Coombs fell to sixth in the running order when the race was over. Chad Wendell and Steve Douphinette waged a good battle for third with Wendell passing Douphinette with less than two laps to go and finished third.


Rookie Stock-Anthony Belfiore

  1. Anthony Belfiore

  2. Jason Ryan

  3. Chad Wendell

  4. Steve Douphinette

  5. Mark Parenteau


New England V-6 Modified

Bruce Harrison won the New England V-6 Modified feature.


Modifieds: Keith Caruso, Bruce Harrison & Allan Reiser
 

  1. Bruce Harrison

  2. Allan Resier

  3. Keith Caruso

  4. Lenid Johnson

  5. Eric Vilandre


Flagpole Race, Spectator Race and Spectator Drags

Ryan Simons won the triple-crown by winning the Flagpole Race, Spectator Race and Spectator Drags.

On July 13th at Hudson Speedway its Enduros plus the New England V-6 Modifieds, Rookie Stocks, Roadrunners, A Family Cab Thunder Lights, Spectator Race, Spectator Drags and Flagpole Race. Gates open at 3PM and the first race is at 5PM.


June 29th Results
(Text & Photos by Bob Hayes)

New England V-6 Modifieds

Third Generation driver, Keith Caruso, picked up his first win of the 2014 season in the New England V-6 Modifieds on Sunday June 29th.  The four time V-6 Champion started mid-pack in the feature and was on rails in the outside groove quickly catching the front duo of Eric Vilandre and Allan Reiser.  Reiser was in second place trying high and low to pass Vilandre who was leading.  Caruso caught them and within a few laps drove around them and cruised to victory.  Vilandre and Reiser battled for second place as Caruso drove off with Reiser finally getting by Vilandre as the laps wound down.  Reiser held on for second and Vilandre was third followed by Walter Boucher and Lenid Johnson.




New England V-6 Modifieds: Keith Caruso

Outlaw Sportsman

Peter Fiandaca led the first two laps of the Outlaw Sportsman feature until mechanical issues forced him out of the race. With Fiandaca out of the race Oscar Leclair took over the top spot with defending Outlaw Sportsman champion Kevin Kephart doing all he could to get past the grizzled veteran Leclair. Jay Sands saw Leclair and Kephart freight-training so he put his car in the top groove and spent a few laps on the outside of Kephart and then a few laps outside of Leclair before making it by Leclair and driving on to victory. Kephart made it by Leclair to finish second while Leclair finished third. Todd Warren was fourth.


Outlaw Sportsman: Jay Sands won with Kevin Kephart second and Oscar Leclair was third


Rookie Stocks

Tonisa MacLeod led the first few laps of the Rookie Stock feature until Anthony Belfiore took over the top spot.  A caution flew for debris on the speedway just as Jason Ryan cut a tire and at the same time Belfiore had problems with his car and pulled into the pits and was done for the day.  Ryan pitted and made it back on track for the restart with Chad Wendell now leading.  Wendell took off at the drop of the green and built a big lead while Ryan picked off car after car until he found himself in second place but Wendell had too much of a lead built up and Ryan had to settle for second behind Wendell.  MacLeod was third followed by Roger Tanguay Jr and Warren Peace.


Rookie Stocks: Winner Chad Wendell with Runnerup Jason Ryan and Tonisia Macleod


Roadrunners

Billy Osborne won the Roadrunner main. “Mad” Max Dolliver was all over Osborne’s bumper for the last half of the race and tried everything but wasn’t able to rattle Osborne into making a mistake. Dolliver finished second. Jarrod Soucy finished third after getting a flat early in the race and a timely caution allowed him to pit and change the tire while staying on the lead lap. Melinda McCarthy had a fine run after spinning on the first lap and came home fourth. Andrew Firecracker was fifth.


Roadrunners: (55) Billy Osborne held off the challenge of 'Mad' Max Dolliiver who finished second


A Family Cab Thunder Lights

“Captain” Kris Schroeder won the A Family Cab Thunder Light feature. Kody Parker was second followed by last week’s winner Jimmy Renfrew Jr., Dan Sweeney was fourth and Brian Parker was fifth.


A Family Cab Thunder Lights: Dan Sweeney (12) leading eventual winner Kris Schroeder (66) and runnerup Kody Parker


Spectator Race

Keith ”I never won a race but I never lost a party” Lavigne won his first race in nearly a quarter century of racing. Lavigne’s win came in the Spectator Race.


Spectator Race: Keith Lavigne won his first race in a quarter century of racing


Spectator Drags

Scott Duval won the Spectator Drags.

Flagpole Race

Buddy Wilkins landed his spaceship on earth long enough to win the Flagpole Race.


On Sunday July 6th at Hudson Speedway it’s the Outlaw Sportsman, A Family Cab Thunder Lights, Rookie Stocks, New England V-6 Modifieds, Roadrunners, Spectator Race, Spectator Drags and Flagpole Race. Gates open at 3PM and the first race is at 5PM.


June 22nd Results
(Text & Photos by Bob Hayes)

Roadrunners

Third generation driver Max Dolliver won his first Roadrunner feature at Hudson Speedway on June 22nd. Dolliver got into the lead early in the race and kept the lead until the checkers fell.

  1. Max Dolliver

  2. Billy Osborne

  3. Jarrod Soucy

  4. Pikov Andropov

  5. Ricky Fissette

Rookie Stocks

Jason Ryan won this third Rookie Stock feature of the season

  1. Jason Ryan

  2. Chad Wendell

  3. Anthony Belfiore

  4. Jerry Lepage

  5. Tonisa Macleod

A Family Cab Thunder Lights

Jimmy Renfew Jr won his first ever A Family Cab Thunder Light feature of his career. Renfrew led the caution-free race from green to checkers and was never challenged.

  1. Jimmy Renfrew Jr

  2. Mikayla Duval

  3. Kris Schroeder

  4. Brian Parker

  5. Cody Parker

Outlaw Sportsmen

Jay Sands won the Outlaw Sportsman feature.

  1. Jay Sands

  2. Dave Blanchard

  3. Kevin Kephart

  4. Oscar Leclair

  5. Dan Maki

Pass Modifieds

The Pass Modifieds feature was won by Ryan Robbins. Evan Armington was second followed by Ron Henry.

Scott Duval won the Spectator Drags.

Dustin Mello won the Flagpole Race.

Doris Deralls won the Spectator Race.

June 29th at Hudson Speedway its Buckle up for Safety Night featuring the Outlaw Sportsman, V-6 Modifieds, Rookies, Roadrunners, A Family Cab Thunder Lights, Spectator Race, Spectator Drags and Flagpole Race. Gates open at 3PM and the first race is at 5PM.


Veteran Larry Gelinas Keeps Foot to Floorboard in Gate City Classic Victory
(Report courtesy of Granite State ProStock Series)


Patience was a virtue as Larry Gelinas bounced back from an early spin to claim the spoils at the Gate City Classic at Hudson International Speedway.


GSPSS (07) George Helliwell and (12) Derek Griffith
(Bob Hayes Photo)

Bobby Cabral looked to be the car to beat at the beginning of the day, as the 2012 champion in the Granite State Pro Stock Series was strong in his heat, picking up the checkered and setting himself up nicely for the feature. Walpole, NH native Mike Parks would join Cabral on the front row of the feature, by virtue of Parks winning the second heat, and Cabral drawing the #1 pill, resulting in no inversion of qualified cars. Cabral would lead early, but would be involved in an incident on lap 25, putting a damper on becoming a two-time winner with the series at Hudson. Mike Parks would inherit the lead, fighting off multiple threats from Dillon Moltz. Moltz would get the better of Parks eventually, and log some laps at the point of the field.


Mike Parks, Matt Frahm and George Helliwell
(Eric Lafleche Photo)

Just past the halfway mark in the 100 lap event, Gelinas, who had been hovering in the top 5 most of the day, went careening to the infield after incidental contact with hometown driver Derek Griffith. Gelinas never lifted, whipping the car back onto the track before the leaders could put a lap on the Buxton, ME driver. Another of the 15 cautions on the day brought Gelinas back to the pack. Brad Babb, who had been running in the top 5 a good portion of the day, found himself at the back of the pack after a tire rub sent the Robert Babb & Sons driver down pit road. Youngster Derek Griffith would find himself in the lead, after starting from the 19th spot. To the delight of the crowd, Griffith held his own, but both Gelinas and Babb were knocking one more time late in the race. Gelinas would overtake Griffith, and fend off a threat from Babb on a late restart, to pick up his second career victory with the GSPSS. Babb, who started 16th on the field and soldiered through the race with intermittent power steering trouble, would settle for second, while Griffith held onto third. East Walpole, MA driver Craig Weinstein ran a clean race, and picked up the fourth spot, while Moltz held on to fifth. Keith Caruso, Matt Frahm, George Helliwell, Barry Gray, and Tommy O’Sullivan completed the top 10.


Gate City Winner Larry Gelinas battles Bradd Babb to the checkers
(Eric Lafleche photo)

Gelinas credited patience for his Gate City Classic. “I watched things as they happened, and took the spots when I could,” stated Gelinas. “Babb raced well with me, and gave me some breaks. I’ll remember that. It was a good race.” Gelinas has two second place finishes to go along with his Gate City Classic victory, but isn’t ready to put it on cruise control just yet. “You can’t take that for granted. A lot of it is luck. We are lucky, we haven’t had any mechanical issues so far; we just have to keep our fingers crossed.”

For Babb, his second place finish is his best career finish with the Granite State Pro Stock Series to date. On coming up through the field twice, Babb knew he’d be there at the end. “I rode the outside when everyone was pinching on the bottom, and I knew we had a good car,” Babb said. “I think I had the best car on a long run, but either way, second is a good day!”

Larry Gelinas in Victory Lane
(Eric Lafleche photo)

Griffith, just 17 years old, liked how the race played out. “Tonight was old-school racing, I like that! The car was on rails all night. If it wasn’t for Louie (Mechalides), my dad, Eric and Peter working on the car, it would never be this good!” Griffith dedicated this race to Nicole Jacques, a friend of the family, who lost her life at 14 years old to a form of liver cancer just last month.

Up next for the Granite State Pro Stock Series is Star Speedway, in Epping, NH, on June 28th. This will be race four of ten for the GSPSS in 2014. For more information on Star Speedway, visit www.star-speedway.com. For more information on the Granite State Pro Stock Series, including our selfie contest and Victory Lane Radio Tournament Challenge, visit our Facebook page, or contact Mike Parks at mparks@gspss.net.

GATE CITY CLASSIC RESULTS, 6/15/14

POS (Start) Driver Hometown

1. (9) Larry Gelinas Buxton, ME
2. (16) Brad Babb Windham, ME

3. (19) Derek Griffith Hudson, NH
4. (14) Craig Weinstein East Walpole, MA
5. (5) Dillon Moltz Waterford, CT
6. (18) Keith Caruso Milbury, MA
7. (3) Matt Frahm Hampstead, NH
8. (12) George Helliwell Derry, NH
9. (10) Barry Gray Belchertown, MA
10. (6) Tommy O’Sullivan Wilbraham, MA
11. (2) Mike Parks Walpole, NH
12. (20) Erick Sands Farmington, NH
13. (11) Ron Smith Oakham, MA
14. (7) Geoff Rollins Groton, MA
15. (15) Cory Casagrande Stafford Springs, CT
16. (1) Bobby Cabral Medford, MA
17. (17) Carl Eriksson Deep River, CT
18. (4) Fran “JR” Colson Baldwinville, MA
19. (13) Dennis Maxfield Fitchburg, MA

20. (8) Cory Robert Canaan, NH

CONTINGENCY AWARDS Winner

AR Bodies (Hard Luck) Bobby Cabral
Bond Auto Parts (Last car on lead lap) Geoff Rollins

Crazy Ed’s Powersports (Hard Charger) Derek Griffith
Draco Springs Award (Most positions gained) Derek Griffith
Five Star Stock Car Bodies (5th place finisher) Dillon Moltz
MacLellan Metal Finishing (Heat #1 Winner) Bobby Cabral
MacLellan Metal Finishing (Heat #2 Winner) Mike Parks
Racer’s Depot (Random drawing) Barry Gray
RB Performance (4th place finisher) Craig Weinstein
RB Performance (7th place finisher) Matt Frahm
Sherwood Wheels (10th place finisher) Tommy O’Sullivan
Sunoco Race Fuels (Heat #1 Winner) Bobby Cabral
Sunoco Race Fuels (Heat #2 Winner) Mike Parks


June 15st Results

Text & Photos by Bob Hayes

Thunder Lights

Kris Schroeder won the “A Family Cab” Thunder Light feature for his fourth win of the season. Jimmy Renfrew, Jr. seemed to be in command of the race until mechanical woes forced Renfrew out of the race. Schroeder took over the top spot from Renfrew and cruised to victory.

  1. Kris Schroeder

  2. Kody Parker

  3. Brian Parker

  4. Mikayla Duval

  5. Dan Sweeney


Thunder Lights Top Three; Cody Parker, Kris Schroeder & Brian Parker

Roadrunners

Billy Osbourne won his 5th feature of the season in the Roadrunners.

  1. Billy Osborne

  2. Max Dolliver

  3. Dave Helliwell

  4. Jarrod Soucy

  5. Ricky Fissette


Roadunners (26) Keith Lavigne and his son Max Chaput in the 10x pace the field before the feature


Roadrunners Billy Osborne doing a Polish Victory Lap

Rookie Stocks

Chad Wendell won his second feature of the season in the Rookie Stocks

  1. Chad Wendell

  2. Anthony Belfiore

  3. Roger Tanguay Sr

  4. Jerry Lepage

  5. Ron Robinson


Rookies Chad Wendell with his dad Mitch Wendell

Justin Mello of Dracut MA won the Flagpole Race.

Buddy Wilkins of Dracut MA won the Spectator Race and Spectator Drags.

Next Sunday at Hudson Speedway it’s the PASS Tour Modifieds plus the Outlaws, Rookies, Roadrunners, “A Family Cab” Thunder Lights, Spectator Race, Spectator Drags and Flagpole Race. Gates open at 2PM and the first race is at 4PM.


June 8st Results

Text & Photos by Bob Hayes

Outlaw Sportsmen

Ron Lord Jr led the first few laps of the Outlaw Sportsman feature. Todd Warren ran second right on Lord’s bumper trying all he could to get a run under Lord. While Warren was trying low under Lord Kevin Kephart took to the outside groove and got next to Warren. Warren was pinned behind Lord and on the low side of Kephart and still trying to get under Lord when Kephart got by Lord on the outside. Warren soon took to the outside groove and got by Lord. Kephart had a few car lengths lead by the time Warren got to second and Warren closed in a bit he couldn’t get close to Kephart to mount a challenge. Dave Blanchard caught Warren and was ready to pounce on any mistake Warren might make but Warren was flawless and kept Blanchard right behind him at the stripe.


Outlaw Sportsman-Kevin Kephardt and his family
 

Outlaw Sportsman top 5
  1. Kevin Kephart
  2. Todd Warren
  3. Dave Blanchard
  4. Oscar Leclair
  5. Ron Lord

New England V-6 Modified

Bruce Harrison picked up the win in the New England V-6 Modified feature. Harrison took the lead early and never looked back.


Top Three V-6 Modifieds; Walter Boucher, Bruce Harrison & Keith Caruso
 

New England V-6 Modified top 5
  1. Bruce Harrison
  2. Keith Caruso
  3. Walter Boucher
  4. Allan Reiser
  5. Lenard Johnson

Roadrunners

Ricky Fissette led the first few laps of the Roadrunner feature. Fissette was hounded by Billy Osbourne . Osbourne got past Fissette but Fissette regained the while passing lapped cars. Osbourne was able to get the lead back before Jarrod Soucy took the point away from Osborne. Fissette was able to get back by Osbourne as his engine was losing power and getting ready to blow-up. Soucy took the checkers with Fissette right on his bumper and Osbourne’s engine gave up on the white flag lap but was able to coast over the line to finish third.

Roadrunner top 5
  1. Jarrod Soucy
  2. Ricky Fissette
  3. Billy Osbourne
  4. Jake Jalbert
  5. Bob Williams


Roadrunner Feature Winner Jarrod Soucy

Thunder Lights

Kody Parker won his first ever feature in the Thunder Lights. Parker led the caution free race from green to checkers.
 

Thunder Light top 5
  1. Kody Parker
  2. Dan Sweeney
  3. Jimmy Renfrew Jr
  4. Kris Schroeder
  5. Kim Dombroski


Thunder LightsFeature Winner Kody Parker.

Rookie Stocks

Bill Helliwell won his second Rookie Stock feature of 2014. Anthony Belfiore was all over his bumper but couldn’t get by Helliwell.
 

Rookie Stock top 5
  1. Bill Helliwell
  2. Anthony Belifiore
  3. Chad Wendell
  4. Billy Clement Sr.
  5. Ron Robinson


Rookie stocks (79) Bill Helliwell leading (90) Anthony Belfiore with Chad Wendell working the outside groove

Derek Carrion of Nashua NH won the Spectator Drags.

Danny Gill of North Reading Ma won the Spectator Race.

Buddy Wilkins of the Omega Centauri Galaxy won the Flagpole Race.

Sunday June 15th at Hudson Speedway it’s the Gate City 100 for the Granite State Pro-Stock Series. Also on tap are the Roadrunners, Thunder Lights, Rookie Stocks, Spectator Race, Spectator Drags and Flagpole Race. Gates open at 2PM and the first race is at 4PM.


June 1st Results
Text & Photos by Bob Hayes
 

Hudson NH-Double features were held in all divisions on June 1st at Hudson International Speedway.

Roadrunners

The big winner was Billy Osbourne who won both Roadrunner features. Osbourne started 15th in the first feature and dodged his way through a few wrecks to claim the top spot by the halfway point. Dave “Hollywood” Helliwell made it to second place but wasn’t able to mount a challenge to Osbourne. Tom Lord ran an impressive third followed by Erica page and Jarrod Soucy.


First Roadrunner feature: Tom Lord, Billy Osbourne & Dave Helliwell.
 

Erica Page took the lead on the first lap of the second Roadrunner feature and soon had Osbourne on her bumper. Page protected the low groove and kept Osbourne behind her as the faster cars in the field caught up to the front duo. Osbourne was feeling the pressure from behind and on the outside from Soucy, Helliwell and Ricky Fissette. Osbourne finally got a good run off a corner and slipped past Page and held the lead until the finish. Soucy was second followed by Helliwell, Fissette and Lord.


Second Roadruner feature: Dave Helliwell, Billy Osbourne & Jarrod Soucy
 

Rookie stocks


First Rookie feature: (90) Anthony Belfiore putting pressure on Jason Ryan
 

Jason Ryan and Chad Wendell won the Rookie stock features. Both drivers had to hold off a hard-charging Anthony Belfiore won finished second in both features. “Rockin” Ronnie Robinson finished third in the first feature and Ryan was third in the second feature.


First Rookie Feature Jason Ryan with his crew chief

Bill Helliwell was consistent with fourth place finishes in both features. Wendell was fifth in the first feature and Robinson was fifth in the second feature. Confused? You won’t be after next week’s episode.


Second Rookie Feature: (21) Chad Wendell under attack from the black car of Bill Helliwell & (90) Anthony Belfiore


Second Rookie Feature: Anthony Belfiore, Chad Wendell & Jason Ryan

Thunder Lights


Thunder lites: Kody Parker, Kris Schroeder & Jeremy Decourcy

Kris Schroeder made it four wins in a row to start the season in Thunder Lights. Schroeder made it interesting waiting until two to go to make his pass for the lead. Kody Parker was second followed by Jeremy Decourcy, Mikayla Duval and Jimmy Renfrew Jr.


Thunder Light's Kris Schroeder
 

Jarrett Howard had the ponies in his white Mustang running at full gallop and won the second Thunder Light feature. Howard started fifth and quickly drove his way to the top spot and drove into victory circle for his first win of 2014. Kim Dombroski was second followed by Brian Parker, Cody Parker, and Jeremy Decourcy.


Second Thunder Lite feature: Brian Parker, Jarrett Howard & Kim Dombroski


Thunder Light second feature: Jarrett Howard

Spectator Drags & Spectator Race

Leon Keniston, the pride of Alton NH, won both the Spectator Drags and the Spectator Race.

Flagpole Race

Bobbi Jean Springsteen of Nashua NH won the Flagpole race.

June 8th it’s the Outlaws plus the New England V-6 Modifieds, Rookies, Roadrunnners, Thunder Lights, Spectator Race, Spectator Drags and Flagpole Race. Its Twi-Light times with gates opening at 2PM and starter extraordinaire Steve Gran waves the green flag for the first race at 4PM.


May 26th Results
Text & Photos by Bob Hayes

Thunder Light

Kris Schroeder remained undefeated in Thunder Light features with his third win in a row, a streak that began on opening day. Brian Parker led much of the Thunder Light feature and wasn’t caught and passed by Schroeder until there were two laps to go. Parker had to settle for second but we will see him in victory lane soon enough with the winner’s trophy. Dan Sweeney also had a good run finishing third followed by Cole Littlewood and Jeremy Decourcy.


Thunder Lights Kris Schroeder with Brian House, owner of A Family Cab
 

New England V-6 Modifieds

Next up was the first appearance of the season of the New England V-6 Modifieds. Bruce Harrison jumped out to the early lead but Allan Reiser soon took over the top spot and drove away from the field. Keith Caruso got passed Harrison to finish second and Harrison was third followed by Walter Boucher and Eric Vilandre. After the Modified victory lane ceremonies there was a cake brought to the flagstand celebrating the voice of Hudson Speedway John Esburnett’s 15th birthday and the 3rd anniversary of Esburnett becoming the speedway’s announcer.


Top Three NE V-6 Modified, (l-r) Bruce Harrison, Allan Reiser, Keith Caruso
 

Rookie Stock

Bill Heliwell won the Rookie Stock feature. Heliwell held off Anthony Belfiore who looks to be the man to beat in the Rookie Stocks this season. Chad Wendell had struggled a bit in the first two races this season but turned it around with a fine third place finish. 2012 Rookie Champion Jerry Lepage was fourth and Billy Clement Jr. was fifth.


Rookie Stocks (l-r) Chad Wendell, Bill Heliwell, Anthony Belfiore
 

Roadrunner


Roadruuner Keith Lavigne shows off his landscaping skills
 

Billy Osborne started eleventh in the Roadrunner feature and was in second place by the second lap and soon took the lead and never looked back on his way to his second win of 2014. Jarrod Soucy was second followed by Ricky Fissette, Max Dolliver and Jef james.


Roadruuner feature Billy Osbourne getting a bit sideways after contact passing a lap car


Roadrunners feature winner Billy Osborne and family

4-cylinder Enduro

Paul Hurtuno won the 4 cyl. Enduro.

Grand Enduro

Scott Duval won the Grand Enduro.

Spectator Drags

Buddy Wilkins won the Spectator Drags.

Spectator Race & Flagpole Race

Buddy Wilkins won the Spectator Race and the Flagpole Race.

June 1st at Hudson Speedway features the Dwarf Cars, Rookies, Roadrunners, Thunder Lights, Spectator Race, Spectator Drags and Flagpole Race. The gates open at 11AM and the first race goes green at 1:03.

 


May 25th Results
Text & Photos by Bob Hayes
 

Roadrunners


Top three Roadrunners threading the needle through lapped traffic
 

The Roadrunners had a race for the ages with Bob Williams and Melinda McCarthy taking turns out front before Jarrod Soucy worked his way around McCarthy. Soucy held the lead for a few laps until Billy Osbourne took over the top spot. With six or seven laps to go Soucy got outside of Osborne and the top two ran side by side. While Soucy and Osbourne ran side by side Ricky Fissette caught the top duo and was on the inside groove behind Osbourne looking inside trying to make it three wide for the lead. The trio came upon lapped traffic and had to thread the needle by freight-training between a lapped car on the low side and a lapped car on the top side. After that with two to go the trio went right back to the formation of Osbourne leading with Soucy outside and Fissette on Osbourne’s bumper. They ran that way until the last corner when Fissette got a run on Osbourne making it three-wide and the drag race off turn four between Fissette on the low side, Soucy on the high side and Osbourne in the middle. Soucy powered his VW to victory just inches in front of Osbourne and Osbourne beat Fissette to the line by inches. McCarthy and Max Dolliver finished fourth and fifth respectively with impressive runs by both drivers.


Roadrruner Jarrod Soucy won a really close finish


Jarrod Soucy after his Roadrunner win

Outlaw Sportsman

Jay Sands won the Outlaw Sportsman feature. Sands took the lead early in the race and never looked back as he picked up his first win of 2014 at Hudson Speedway. Kevin Kephart and Todd Warren battled hard for second place with Kephart finishing second and Warren third. Ron Lord was fourth and Oscar Leclair was fifth.


Outlaw Jay Sands
 

Thunder Light

Defending Thunder Light champion Kris Schroeder won his second feature of 2014. Jeremy Decourcy led the race until Schroeder got past him with just two laps to go and finished second. Mikayla Duval was third and Mikayla Lord was fourth.


Thunder Light Kris Schroeder
 

Rookie Stock

Anthony Belfiore won his second Rookie Stock main of the season. Bill Heliwell didn’t make it easy as he was all over Belfiore bumper but couldn’t get past Belfiore and has to settle for second place followed by “Rockin” Ronnie Robinson, Chad Wendell and Jason Ryan.


Rookie Anthony Belfiore with his dad Mike

On Sunday June 1st at Hudson Speedway it’s a Dwarf Car Open plus Roadrunners, Rookie Stocks, Roadrunners, Spectator Race, Spectator Drags and Flagpole Race. Gates open at 11am and the first race is at 1 PM.


May 18th Results
Text & Photos by Bob Hayes

Thunder Lights

Kris Schroeder kicked off his defense of his Thunder Light championship in the right fashion with a win in the feature event. Cole Littlewood posted a very impressive second place followed by Kim Dombroski , Mikayla Duval and Cody Parker.


Thunder Light-Kris Schroeder
 

Rookie Stocks

Roger Tanguay Sr. took the lead early in the Rookie Stock main. Tanguay led most of the race but Anthony Belfiore and Bill Heliwell were closing in lap by lap. Tanguay had trouble on the back straight and spun into the tire barrier bringing out a caution. The race resumed with Heliwell on the pole and Belfiore outside of Helliwell. Helliwell was able to keep the lead on the restart but with laps ticking down to a precious few Belfiore was able to get past Helliwell and went on to win and Heliwell finished second. “Rockin” Ronnie Robinson had a great run and finished third followed by Bill Clement Sr and Jerry Lepage.


Rookie Stocks Anthony Belfiore
 

Outlaws

Kevin Kephart opened his defense of the Outlaw Championship with a feature win. Kephart took off to the lead early and held it the entire race but Norm Warren was slowly closing in on Kephart but ran out of laps to catch him and Kephart finished second followed by Jay Sands, Dave Blanchard and Ben Bosowski.


Outlaw-Kevin Kephart
 

Roadrunners

Billy Osbourne also started off his defense of his championship with a feature win. The 2013 Roadrunner champion was chased to the finish line with Jarrod Soucy and Ricky Fissette right on his bumper. Soucy was second followed by Fissette, Ken Mcilvane and “Wild” Bill Lambert Jr.


Roadrunner-Billy Osbourne

4-cyl Enduro

Jason Terrio won the 4 cyl endure followed by Chris Fultz and Leon Keniston

Full-size Enduro

Dave Lavigne won the Full-size Enduro followed by Travis Nevers and Ryan Simmons.

Spectator Drags

John Williams won the Spectator Drags.

Flagpole Race

Brian Harron won the Flagpole Race.

Spectator Race

Steve Dickey designed a win in the Spectator Race.

Next weekend there is racing on both Sunday the 25th and Memorial Day Monday the 26th. Both days have Rookies, Roadrunners, Thunder Lights, Spectator Race, Spectator Drags and Flagpole Race. Sunday includes the Outlaws and Monday includes the New England V-6 Modifieds plus Enduros. Gates open at 11AM and the first race goes green at 1:03 PM on both days.
 



 





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