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Back in 1998 a young 13-year-old named Bobby Santos began his career in full-sized race cars that today includes a remarkable list of accomplishments. It was at the Star Speedway, a quarter-mile track in southern New Hampshire, that he first set a track record. Where he first won a feature, then in a Small Block Supermodified. Where he learned to race.

"It was the only place that would let me race at 13 years old," Santos reasoned. "That was pretty much it. When we quit Quarter Midgets my dad was looking into moving on. He didn't want to go Mini Sprint racing. We didn't really want to do dirt racing. We wanted to stick with the pavement, and that was really the only place that would let us race. I'm thankful to the Webber family for that.

"I can't believe it was 13 years ago. It was a lot of experience and a lot of fun. I don't think I realized how fast those cars were at the time. You know, the speeds that I was going and what I was learning there. But I felt like it was a great place to learn for everything that I am doing now. I definitely miss racing there week in and week out like we used to."

On June 16, Santos will return to that special place he called home on Saturday nights to compete in the Exeter Decorating SBM 125 Modified Open, driving the Tinio Motorsports #44 Tour Modified. While Santos has run an ISMA Supermodified on two occasions since he moved on to win races and championships racing across the country, he has never driven a Modified at Star.

"It should be fun," Santos noted. "I enjoy going there. It should definitely be different, but typical Modified short track racing. I think just the experience of the racetrack helps. I haven't been there in a little while so I'm sure I will have to get used to it again, but I think that most racetracks usually come right back to you."

Santos used his experience at Star to help him gain national recognition. He is the 2010 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Champion, the 2011 USAC Pavement Sprint Car Series Champion. He became the first driver to win in all three National USAC Series features in one year. Most recently, he "Smoked The Field" as the headline read, less than one week ago in the season opening event for the USAC Silver Crown cars at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis.

"He showed great potential at an early age," Star Speedway track owner Bob Webber Sr., reflected. "It has always been a family operation for him. His talent at the age of 13 was obvious. He was not just good. He was really good."

On June 16, this homecoming for Santos will also be one of his biggest racing challenges. He will drive a Modified at Star for the first time against seasoned champions from all ends of the Modified world. Champion drivers Szegedy, McKennedy, Jarvis, Stefanik, Pasteryak, Preece, Cantara and Hirschman to name a few, will be his competition.

To understand Santos' ability to meet and beat this challenge is something that Star Speedway fans know all too well from having watched him race at Star 13 years ago. It's something that track owner Bob Webber is looking forward to witnessing, maybe more than Santos is looking forward to racing, at what was his Saturday night home when it all began.

For more information on the Saturday, June 16 Exeter Decorating SBM 125, and the availability of lap sponsorship opportunities for this big event, log onto the track web site at www.star-speedway.com. For immediate updates, check out the Star Speedway official Facebook page, or call the track at: (603) 679-5306.

Source: Kevin Rice / Star Speedway
Posted: May 22, 2012

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