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From left, second-place finisher Mike O’Sullivan, winner DJ Shaw and third-place finisher Luke Hinkley at last weekend’s Granite State Pro Stocks at Claremont.

TWO NIGHTS of short track racing are lined up at Star Speedway this weekend. “Fender Friday”, headlined by the Granite State Pro Stock Series 100, sponsored by Vynorius Pile Driving, gets the Star Classic Weekend underway. The Pro Stocks will be joined by Star’s Street Stocks, Six-Shooters and Mini Stocks and the NELCAR Legends.

Saturday it’s “Open Wheel” time with Small Block Supermods, NEMA Midgets, NEMA Lites and Northeast Classic Lites (Dwarf Cars) leading up to the 54th Star Classic Bob Webber Memorial 125 for ISMA winged Supermodifieds.

The Small Block Supers and ISMA were both a part of the Labor Day Weekend goings-on at Oswego Speedway prior to the famed Budweiser International Classic, which was dominated by 17-year-old sensation Tyler Thompson of Fulton, N.Y.

Thompson reportedly will compete in the Classic as will 2018 winner Jon McKennedy.

Star’s 350 Supermodified division was well-represented at Oswego to say the least. Westford, Mass., teenager Jeffrey Battle won the feature while Stephen Duphily, Rich Eaton and Bobby Timmons came home second, third and fourth.

That quartet will be joined by among others, Dave Helliwell, whose Witkum Racing team didn’t haul out to Oswego, for what should be should be a sizzling Randy Witkum Memorial 60 this weekend.

The ISMA event at Oswego was won by Canadian Mike Lichty.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour was also at Oswego. Justin Bonsignore held off Matt Hirschman for the win.

DJ Shaw repeated as the Granite State Pro Stock winner (a $5,000 score) in the Rocky Ridge 150 at Claremont. Shaw had to contend with Mike O’Sullivan during multiple restarts in the late stages. Luke Hinkley was third across the finish line.

The NEMA Lites are slated for 50 laps in their Jim O’Brien Memorial Saturday. Ryan Locke of Raymond is the NEMA Lites point leader. At a recent appearance at Lee USA, Locke placed third behind New Jersey driver Richie Coy and PJ Stergois of Candia.

Chase Dowling of Roxbury, Conn., winner of last year’s Musket 250 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, won the Lincoln Tech 80-lap main event for Valenti Modifieds at Stafford Motor Speedway. A late restart helped Keith Rocco take over the second spot.

Injuries mar events at Devil’s Bowl and Thunder Road

Sprint Cars of New England driver Dan Douville of Bridgewater suffered a skull fracture and neck injuries at Devil’s Bowl Sunday. Douville went for a dreadful flip after hopping a competitor’s tire and was taken to Rutland Hospital by ambulance and was later helicoptered to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center.

In a statement thanking the EMT’s at Devil’s Bowl and the medical staffs at both hospitals, Douville reported that he has use of his extremities and despite the need for a halo brace, has the prognosis for a full recovery.

Thunder Road’s American Canadian Tour Labor Day Classic event was suspended after two track officials were injured during a Flying Tiger support division qualifying race. Tight quarters three-wide racing down the front stretch sent a car along the top edge of the concrete barrier and launched it to the pit road track entrance before the officials could completely avoid it. Both suffered leg injuries and trips to the hospital, but the injuries were not life-threatening.

Thunder Road has announced that the make-up date for the Labor Day Classic is Saturday, Sept. 14. Management issued a statement earlier thanking everyone for their positive thoughts, support and prayers and thanking the rescue workers, safety personnel, officials, teams and fans for their response adding, “the professionalism they showed has been nothing short of remarkable.”

On a lighter note, Oren Remick of Monroe won the Foley Oil & Propane Late Model 100 at White Mountain Motorsports Park. Remick took control early after a first-lap wreck shuffled the field. Quinny Welch rallied for a second-place finish, good enough to unofficially secure his fifth straight track championship.

This Saturday’s card at White Mountain includes a 75-lap Final Round Flying Tiger Triple Crown event.

Monadnock ran Matco Tools Twin 40-lap Sportsman Modified features last Saturday which were won by Todd Patnode and Joel Monahan. Late Model Sportsman Rookie Willie Kuhn of Springfield, Mass., snapped Solomon Brow‘s 11-race win streak.

Tech line ruling costs MacDonald dearly at Jukasa

Eddie MacDonald of Rowley, Mass., was handed an ignition box infraction disqualification Monday at Jukasa Speedway in Ontario.

MacDonald, leading with 15 laps to go, finished second to Bubba Pollard in the $75,000-to-win Canadian Short Track Nationals event — a result seemingly worth $35,000 before the ruling came down.

“It was unfortunate for sure,” MacDonald said. “They checked the rev limiter before qualifying and then put a seal on it. We asked if we were all set and were told ‘good to go.’ We thought that meant the inspector had set it, if need be, to whatever was required. What was really disappointing was that we had a big long rain delay on Sunday and if they told us a change was needed, we would have had plenty of time to fix it. There were teams coming in from all over the U.S. and Canada and a lot them, like us, weren’t familiar with their procedures.”

MacDonald’s demise moved Derek Ramstrom of West Boylston, Mass., who competes on the Pro All Star Series (PASS) circuit, up to a sixth-place finish.

On Track This Weekend

Claremont: Friday, 7 p.m.

Star Speedway: Friday, 7 p.m.

Rumtown: Saturday, 4 p.m.

Star Speedway: Saturday, 4:15 p.m.

Bear Ridge (Vt.): Saturday, 6 p.m.

Monadnock: Saturday, 6 p.m.

Speedway 51: Saturday, 6 p.m.

White Mountain: Saturday, 6:30 p.m.

Tom Herzig’s column appears weekly in the New Hampshire Union Leader. Email him at tomherzig@hotmail.com.