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.