A special Memorial Day program went into the record books at Hudson International Speedway on Monday afternoon, with a full card of stock car and Enduro action entertaining the crowd on another perfect afternoon for racing.
Andrew Morin picked up the Thunder Light win over Nick Dombrowski to start off the day’s feature event activity, and the action got even tighter as the day went on. The New England V-6 Modifieds made their first appearance of the year on the high banks, and the open wheelers put on a terrific battle to the finish in their feature event.
At the checkers, it was veteran Allan Rieser, Jr. picking up the win after knocking off early leader Alan Mann to take the lead at mid-race. Brian Vincent moved up late to challenge Rieser, but he had to settle for second, with Mann third across the line followed by Bill Mattatall and Eric Vilandre.
Twenty Roadrunners took the green for the main event, with Erica Page breaking out of the pack early to lead the way with three wide racing everywhere behind her. Erica was impressive in her time out front, but former champion Louie Maher eventually slipped past end took the win.
Page scored a solid runner-up finish, with Jarrod Soucy placing third and Dave “Hollywood” Helliwell finishing fourth after a picking up the win on Sunday afternoon. Fifth place went to Nick Fisette, with Johnny Reefer, Jen Lord, Scott Dunklee, Tom Lord, and Todd Henshaw the rest of the top ten.
Heath Tourtellotte set the pace for the first few laps of the Rookie Stock feature, but Bill Helliwell worked the low side and quickly made his move for the lead. Once out front, Helliwell was in command the rest of the way, and he held off a late charge from John Morin, Jr. to take down his first checker of the 2012 season.
Jerry Lepage took third place honors, with Tourtelloutte, Roger Tanguay, Chad Wendell, Tyler Nelson, Jason Ryan, Rob DeAlmeida, and Scotty Duval finishing up the top ten.
Rich Beauchesne picked up the win in the 40-lap 4-cylinder Enduro, with Jonathan Fultz, Leon Keniston, Christopher Fultz, and Isaac Chabot second through fifth. Roland LaPlante grabbed the Full-size Enduro win, with Corrie Merritt, Travis Nevers, Dave McCarthy, and Dave Levine the top five.
Scotty Duval won the five-lap wrong-way finale to score the spectator one-on-one drags win, with Hudson International legend Buddy Wilkins taking the trophy in the ten lapper. Brian Harron rounded out the day’s winners with a victory in the flagpole race.
Hudson Speedway takes a week off next Sunday, June 3, returning to action on June 10 with a special twi-light schedule, with gates opening at 2:00 p.m., practice at 3:00 p.m., and racing at 4:03 p.m. featuring a full program of Outlaw Late Models, Rookie Stocks, and Roadrunners, along with spectator one-on-one drags, a spectator race, and a flagpole race.