Story By: KYLE SOUZA / STAR SPEEDWAY – EPPING, NH – Star Speedway has announced a packed schedule of events for the 2023 season headlined by September’s Star Classic weekend and many other high-profile events including championship racing for local divisions and touring series action.
The schedule includes over 25 events with action on select Friday nights, many Saturdays and even a Sunday afternoon during the Classic. It all begins with the Bunny Brawl on Saturday, April 28, with the Woody’s Street Stocks, Slingshots, Six Shooters, Pure Stocks and Enduro racing.
During the season, racing includes the 350 Supers, Late Models, Slingshots, Six Shooters, Pure Stocks and even the Mighty Trucks on a regular basis.
Opening night for the local racing series divisions is set for Saturday, April 29, with the 350 Supers headlining the night with their first race of the season.
The Granite State Pro Stock Series returns to Star for the Hedges Excavating 100 on Saturday, May 6, joined on the same night by the historic Bob Webber Sr. Memorial for the 350 Supers. The Late Models get their first crack of the season in the first Friday night event on May 12, while they return to headline action on Saturday, May 20, when the MLM Fast 40 Series for the Woody’s Street Stocks begins.
June is headlined by the 350 Supers Jen Garland Memorial on the 3rd and the beginning of the $5 Friday night summer series on the 9th. On June 17, the 350 Supers will continue their memorial events with the Marco Turcotte Memorial, while the Late Models and more end the month of June on the 24th.
The track will be off for July 4th weekend – but will use it as a rain date if needed. July includes the Jim Belfiore Memorial for the 350 Supers (8th) and the return of the Monaco Modified Tri-Track Series on July 22 for 100 laps. The R&R Raceparts Street Stock Open division will also join the card that night in a special 50-lap race.
After a Saturday event on the 29th of July, August will begin with a Friday special and the Steve Krupski Memorial for the 350 Supers on the 4th. The $5 Friday night series returns on the 11th, followed by the second annual Scottie Frazier Memorial for the Six Shooters on August 12. August will also include the $5 Friday Series championship round on the 18th, and more racing on Saturday, August 19, headlined by the Late Models. The final weekend of August will be another open in case needed for a rain date.
In September, Labor Day weekend includes a special on the 2nd, with the Slingshots set for 50 laps and the Pure Stocks for 40, along with Enduro racing and more. That will be the final event leading into the annual Star Classic barring the use of the next weekend as a rain date – as the Classic is set for Friday, September 15 through Sunday, September 17.
The race weekend will include the SBM 125 on Sunday, September 17 with the Modified Racing Series headlining the show with a large purse on the line. On Classic Friday, the Granite State Pro Stock Series will return for their second stop of the season. Saturday’s action is headlined by the 350 Supers Dennis McKennedy Memorial race and the NEMA Midgets, NEMA Lites and NELCAR Legends. All of Star’s local divisions will also race during the weekend, along with the EXIT Realty Truck Series.
The schedule will end with a massive month of October – including the return of the New England Nationals headlined by a potential $7,500 winning prize for Street Stock drivers, a $2,000 to win Pure Stock race and more. The Halloween Howler also returns to the calendar on October 28, with some of the top Enduro racing in the country ending the Star season once again in 2023.
New for 2023, the $5 Friday Summer Series will debut with six different rounds – starting on Friday, June 9 and ending on Friday, August 18. The series will showcase a mix of Star’s divisions throughout the summer for the cheapest price you will find for a race event anywhere in New England. The series will also include the New England Dwarf Cars for select events.
Star Speedway 2023 number registrations and Star Membership applications are now open and forms are available on the track Facebook page. Drivers and teams are encouraged to send those in as soon as possible so the track can start preparing for a new season.