Category Archives: New England Racers Show


Vernon, Conn. (January 10, 2018): The countdown has officially begun for the annual Autoparts Swap ‘n Sell. This is great news for racers, rodders and other hobbyist and car buffs who have also begun to count the days until the season. On January 20&21, 2018 the Better Living Center of the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, MA will be host to New England’s largest all-automotive indoor swap meet with vendors.

The event is an off-season tradition due to its size and variety.  Hundreds of vendors offer everything from affordable tools, to automotive essentials, to state-of-the-art safety equipment and cutting edge racing technology, to unique auto and memorabilia, to hard-to-find parts and rare originals.

This is the ultimate weekend getaway for automotive enthusiasts who have a passion for hot rods, classics, customs, imports or stock cars. With over a million parts and accessories all under one roof, this unique swap meet will help even the most discerning bargain shopper fulfill all their automotive needs. Conveniently located, a host of affordable hotels, restaurants and amenities provide added convenience for vendors and visitors alike.

Autoparts Swap ‘n Sell offers the affordability of a traditional swap meet, the comfort of a heated venue and showcase lighting. It also delivers some decided advantages over e-commerce and online auction sites by providing the opportunity for on-sight inspection and the gratification of interpersonal haggling.

There is good news for the procrastinators too. Limited, last minute vendor space measuring 12’by 15’ is still available for $130. For more details or space reservations, call Start-Finish Productions 860.871.6376 or 860.268.1787 or visit

Single-day adult admission in only $12.00; kids under 12 are admitted free with a paid adult. Show hours are 8:00am to 5:00pm on both Saturday and Sunday, January 20&21, 2018. Eastern States Exposition is located at 1305 Memorial Ave, W. Springfield, MA.

SPRINGFIELD, MA- The Hoosier Tire East/Sunoco New England Racers Auction/Trade Show presented by CARQUEST Genden Auto Parts will hold a champions autograph session this Saturday, December 2 at the MassMutual Center beginning at 2:00 p.m until 3:00 p.m. with a stellar line up of past and present champions from the Northeast short track racing scene featuring Reggie Ruggiero, Dan Avery, Chris Kopec, Doug Coby, Jon McKennedy, Billy Greco, Bob Polverari, and Kenny Tremont.

“ Wow what an opportunity to participate in a meet and greet session for any race fan when you can say hello and get an autograph from the some of the past and present greats of Northeast short track racing.” stated Joe Lewandoski

Reggie Ruggiero is the all-time winningest driver at Riverside Park Speedway. He was known as “The Reg” at The Park brought fans to his feet and was always a fan favorite.  Ruggiero scored 44 wins on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour which is second on the all time list.

Dan Avery drove in the tour type modified division at Riverside Park Speedway.  Avery won the 1995 championship at “The Park.”

“ Its blowing me away this whole thing. It’s probably the biggest honor of my career.” Avery Said

Doug Coby just clinched his fifth NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Championship and has now won four championships in a row. Coby scored one win at Seekonk Speedway on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour back in August.

Chris Kopec drove the M6 and won the championship in the Tour Type Modifieds at “The Park” back in 1994.

“ I am just excited to be apart of it. There’s a tremendous amount of talent and history at the same time.” Kopec Said

Kenny Tremont is a veteran dirt racer. He took down the 2017 NASCAR Dirt Sportsman championship at Devils Bowl Speedway in Vermont.

Jon McKennedy is the 2017 ISMA Supermodified champion. McKennedy clinched his first championship in the ISMA Supers. McKennedy is a multi time champion on the Valenti Modified Racing Series

“ Its neat. Something I look forward to be able to be with a lot of champions. The guys who were great in different levels of racing from different type of series, different type of cars. Looking forward to it. Should be pretty cool” McKennedy Said

Bob Polverari won the final race at Riverside Park Speedway back on October 17, 1999.  Polverari a fan favorite racing in his famous # 711.

“ Looking forward to attending it. There’s going to be quite a few of the drivers I know. It’s always exciting and hopefully we get a good crowd.”” Polverari Said

Billy Greco was a fan favorite at “The Park”. It was the main track for Greco. He and his wife used to go to the quarter mile oval on Saturday nights and that was their Saturday night out to go to Riverside Park to race. For Greco, it was exciting and he loved the place

“ I am very excited. I’ll be there this Saturday.” Greco Said

The event will be held this Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and kids 12 and under are free. There will be parking in The Riverfront Parking Lot and Free Shuttle Service Presented By King Ward Coach Lines to the MassMutual Center.

For more information on the show, please visit our website at and the Facebook Page at New England Racers Auction/Trade Show

Class of 2017 Announced For the Riverside Park Speedway Hall of Fame

Matthew Wiernasz

SPRINGFIELD, MA- The Sunoco Race Fuel/Hoosier Tire New England Racers Auction & Trade Show presented by CARQUEST Genden Auto Parts is pleased to announce the Class of 2017 inductees to the Riverside Park Speedway Hall of Fame. The Class of 2017 will feature Reggie Ruggiero, the all-time winningest driver.  Along with Dan Avery, Chris Kopec, Jack Lecuyer, track owner Ed Carroll, Jr as well as car owners Mario Fiore, the Czarnecki Brothers (Joe and Paul) and Bob Judkins.

Dan Avery is from Somers, CT. He won the 1995 Riverside Park Speedway Modified Championship.  Avery’s stomping ground was Riverside Park Speedway. He started his career at Stafford and then become a regular at the Quarter Mile Oval. It was where all the modified drivers went on Saturdays. Before Avery won the championship in 1995, he was runner up four years in a row. Avery won a bunch of races during that time period but could not seal the deal. When he clinched the modified championship in 1995, that weight was lifted off of his shoulders.

“When I got the news I was kind of blown away. It was not even on my radar. It wasn’t even on my mind.  Then to be grouped up to what I call legends that I am being inducted with Reggie (Ruggiero) and Mario (Fiore) and Jack Lecuyer and among the other greats.” Avery said

Chris Kopec took down the 1994 championship in the modifieds. Kopec remembers the great car count the modified field had along with the other divisions. Kopec felt the fans were phenomenal and remembers going to The Park in late March where it would be the cold and the grandstands would be packed. Kopec remembers that winning the championship was tough as where there were a lot of good cars every week. Kopec’s favorite memory was winning his first modified race at the park.

“It’s really something special I never expected.  Just getting to race with all the people, Reggie Ruggiero, Dan Avery, Jerry Marquis, Stan Greger and Bob Polverari. Just getting to do that when I was growing up was really awesome.” Kopec said

Reggie Ruggiero was the all-time winningest driver at Riverside Park Speedway. The fan favorite came close to 100 wins at the Quarter Mile.  Known as “The Reg”, he thrilled fans on the track with his moves in his famous number 11.

” I am really excited about coming from North Carolina to see all my fans and fellow competitors. After moving on racing in the Don Moon number 9 at Plainville Stadium. I moved on to Riverside Park Speedway to become the all-time winningest driver in the track’s history.” Ruggiero Said

Mario Fiore was one of the greatest car owners of our time.  Fiore started out at Riverside Park as a photographer. When he and his friend went out to buy their first race car, the owner told Fiore there was a conflict of interest. Fiore made his choice and owned the race car.  He had some of the best talented drivers driving for him such as Reggie Ruggiero, Rick Fuller, Bobby G, Mike Stefanik, John Blewett, III and others. Fiore was known to have young crew members working on his car at The Park such as Rich “Haskell” Lavalette and Paul Clapprood. They went on to work down south for NASCAR teams.

Car Owner, Bob Judkins, brought his famous “2X” to Riverside Park Speedway.  He had drivers such as Ed Flemke  Sr, Gene Bergin, Art “Fats’ Caruso and Jerry Marquis drive for him and with much success.

“ I raced in the 60’s with Gene Bergin and won my last championship with Jerry Marquis.” Judkins Said

Jack Lecuyer was known and well respected by drivers and fans.  He was known as “Gentleman Jack” and drove the Czarnecki Brothers and Leo Matte race cars.  He scored the Riverside 500 win back in 1968 and was part of the Riverside All-Stars which traveled to other tracks.

The Czarnecki Brothers, Joe and Paul, will also join the Class of 2017.  These two brothers ran their brown number 20 at The Park and had drivers Bob Polverari, Bobby Bard, “Gentleman” Jack Lecuyer, Ronnie Wycoff, and Bobby Stefanik drive for them. Rick Czarencki continues the family tradition by running the 20 modified at modified events around New England.

Ed Carroll, Jr was the track owner at Riverside Park. He and his son Ed, III raced in the Pro Stock division at The Park.

“I am honored to be inducted into The Riverside Park Speedway Hall Of Fame.  I am sorry that I cannot be in attendance. I hope that my longtime crew chief Butch Shea can accept this prestigious award on my behalf.” Carroll Said

  I’ll try to be brief. Trying to cover over 50 years of racing at Riverside Park Speedway in a few minutes is an impossible task, so I’ll just try to hit the highlights while trying to keep this brief.

My father converted the space where the Track is from a huge Dance Hall shortly after he purchased Riverside Park. It was successful right from the beginning. In trying to thank every body who was a part of The Speedway I began to list the names of all the people who helped, dreamed, raced or somehow contributed to the long term success of “The Park” but the list become too long. It would take hours to include everyone and this is not the time for that. Let’s just say that The New England Racing Hall of Fame is filled with so many people who made “The Park ” great.


The Induction will be held as part of the Sunoco/Hoosier Tire New England Racers Auction & Trade Show presented by Carquest Genden Auto Parts on Saturday, December 2 at the MassMutual Center. There will be a Riverside Park Speedway reunion to be held from 3:00pm until 7:00pm. The public is welcomed to enjoy the entire day’s activities. The admission is just $10 and children 12 and under are free.

 For more information on this event please visit the shows’ website at or the show’s Facebook page at New England Racers Auction & Trade Show.