Class of 2011

Hailing from Goshen, New Hampshire where he served as Chief of Police, Howard "Punky" Caron began his extraordinary racing career at age 18 in 1964 and concluded it in 2004. During that time he captured an estimated 200 feature victories on both dirt and asphalt on tracks throughout the East. Recording a total of 18 track championships, he was particularly successful at a pair of speedways in his home state. At Monadnock Speedway he won a total of 79 feature victories and 9 track championships.

Always considered a major force at Claremont, he also notched that track’s title on 9 occasions. Driving for the storied Wirkkala Brothers modified team for nearly three-decades, he traveled the modified trail extensively in the 1970's and was always considered a threat to win at tracks from Maine to New York State. In later years he switched to the NASCAR Pro Stock division at Claremont where he recorded numerous feature victories and the 2004 championship.

Nicknamed the "Goshen Ghost" Caron will forever be remembered by New England racing fans for his stellar runs in the #121.