6/25/16 NAPA Kids Night Results








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Upcoming Events

Saturday July 2nd, 2016 Speedway 51 Fireworks night featuring the North Country Ford Late Models as well as the Sign Depot Tigers, Schweppes Street Stocks, A.B. Excavating Dare Devils and special guests the Granite State Pro Stock Series

Speedway 51 Fireworks Night featuring the Granite State Pro Stocks Series











by Alan Plummer of Smokin’ Shutters Photography



Kids Karts Shine on Saturday Morning

Groveton, NH-The North Country Family Restaurant Go Karts were back in action on the special built asphalt go kart track at Speedway 51. It was a very close finish for the Rookie class as Chase Robinson of Lyndonville, VT drove to his first ever win in feature number one over Gorham, NH’s Revvin’ Evan Gilbert and coming home in third was Brandon Sheldon of St. Johnsbury, VT. Third generation hot shoe Lil’ Brendan Moodie of Wolcott, VT won the second feature with another third generation driver, Jesse Laquerre of Montpelier, VT finishing a close second and “the king” Ashton Kenison, a new third generation driver in only his second week, finishing third. Revvin’ Evan Gilbert won the first heat race with Mylee Kenison and Chase Robinson rounding out the top 3. Brendan Moodie won heat race number 2 with Jesse Laquerre and Ashton Kenison rounding out the top 3. Groveton’s hometown warrior Lukee Shannon continued in the Mini Pros with a dominanating performance from the rear for another feature win over Kamryn Ledger of Lancaster, NH and Jesse Dunham of North Concord, VT rounding out the top 3. Kamryn Ledger won the heat race followed closely by Shannon and Marissa Kenison. The new “Big Kids” class saw second generation driver Chad Kenison of Lancaster, NH getting his first checkered flag in feature event with third generation driver Honkin’ Julian Kenison coming across the line in second over Groveton’s Christopher “Cridda” Shannon rounding out the top 3. Julian Kenison won the heat race with Shannon and Chad Kenison rounding out the top 3. The next race for the North Country... read more

Ming Sweeps Double Feature at Speedway 51

  Groveton, NH- West Burke, VT native Derek Ming (5) had one heck of a day at Speedway 51 NAPA Kids Night as he took two trips to victory lane and became the point leader in the North Country Ford Late Model division. The day started with the forty-lap feature that was rained out on June 11th. After an a caution involving leader Brandon Lambert (77) and Shawn Swallow (04) at the halfway mark, Ming was able to get around Cambridge, VT’s Brad Bushey (57) to take the lead and he would not give it up the rest of the race. The Battle for second would come down to the line as Bushey would go door to door with Groveton’s Corey Mason (1), in the final corner Bushey would drive it in hard, bouncing off Mason and just beat him back to the line for the runner up spot. Mike Kenison (3) and Walt Hammond (97) finished fourth and fifth respectively.   The second feature had an early lead for Brad Bushey before a fifteen lap side-by-side battle with Corey Mason. Mason would take the lead on a restart and looked poised for a victory before a late caution came out before Mason took the white flag setting up a two-lap shootout. Ming had made his way around Bushey before the caution and he and Mason would lean on each other for the full two laps with Ming edging out Mason at the line. Shawn Swallow made his way back from multiple pit stops to edge out Bushey for the third place finish.   Wolcott, VT’s Brendan Moodie (94)... read more


              Groveton, New Hampshire’s Speedway 51 is pleased to announce a new admission policy for the remainder of the 2016 racing season. The policy will go into effect this coming Saturday night, June 25th.               Speedway owner Joe Laquerre announced today that he is implementing a new program for teenagers ages thirteen through sixteen. Starting this weekend, all teenagers in this age group will now pay only $5 to get into the races. Laquerre stated, “We are really lacking fans in this age group at Speedway 51. I really think it is due to the fact that it is hard for youngsters of this age to come up with $12, and $24 if they want to bring a date or a friend to the races. It may also be preventing parents from coming as a family of four would have to pay $48 to come. We have a great program here, and we want to have as many people as possible enjoy it, and we hope the reduction for Junior’s will allow this to happen. We think this age group can afford a five dollar bill each week to come. We contacted some families and talked to them about the change and they seemed very excited!”               Speedway 51 has a giant program on tap this Saturday night as NAPA returns as sponsor for Kid’s Night as the North Country Ford Late Models run two feature events including the makeup feature from two weeks ago. The Sign Depot Tigers, Pepsi /Schweppes Street Stocks, the AB Excavating Daredevils, and the White Mountain College Pure Stocks will also... read more


                Great racing action returns to the high banks of Speedway 51 in Groveton, New Hampshire this coming Saturday night as NAPA will be the headlining sponsor on Kid’s Night. Kid’s Night is always a favorite event for youngsters and families alike as many special events are planned throughout the evening.               Some events listed are the Annual Kids Pit Tour, and a Kids Go-Kart exhibition will be held at intermission. The Pit Tour will start at 5pm sharp, so make sure you are there good and early. The Kid Pit Tour is an event where youngsters get to tour the pit area and see the racecars, drivers and haulers up close and personnel. The drivers usually have special treats for the kids, and the youngsters have a blast. Also for the kids will be the North Country Family Restaurant go-kart group putting on an exhibition during intermission.               Not only will the kid’s event be exciting, the racing will be as well, as the North Country Ford Late Models run two feature events including the makeup feature from two weeks ago. The Sign Depot Tigers, Pepsi /Schweppes Street Stocks, the AB Excavating Daredevils, and the White Mountain College Pure Stocks will also be in action, plus there will be Spectator Drags for you race fans. If you are planning to enter the Spectator Drags, please bring a helmet.               Post time for this mega event is 5:30pm. For more information on this event and others please visit our website at www.speedway51int.com, or call the Track hotline at 802-479-2074. Speedway 51 is located on... read more

Eddie MacDonald Drives away with Generation Next 151

  Groveton, NH – Eddie “The Outlaw” MacDonald took the lead from Nick Sweet just past the halfway mark and never looked back en route to his second American-Canadian Tour (ACT) win of the season in the caution free Central Asphalt Paving Generation Next 151 at Groveton, NH’s Speedway 51 on Saturday, June 18.   The Rowley, MA driver started seventh and slowly worked his way through the field in the early stages of the caution-free event. After moving into second place on lap 66 following an extended battle with polesitter Brandon Atkins, MacDonald needed just eight laps to reel in Sweet. He moved to the outside groove a few laps later, assuming the top spot on lap 78 and cruising to his first ACT win at the ¼-mile oval.   Au Sable Forks, NY’s Atkins led the first 18 laps from the pole before ACT point leader Sweet moved to the point. Sweet then opened up a 10-car-length gap over a three-way battle for second between Atkins, MacDonald, and Scott Payea. Atkins was able keep MacDonald at bay for a number of laps with the help of lapped traffic, but MacDonald eventually found his way around him.   Payea worked past Atkins shortly thereafter and soon found himself on Sweet’s bumper. The two put on a battle of their own for second before Payea took the position on lap 114 – but by then MacDonald was long gone.   Payea finished in second, while Sweet maintained his point lead with a third-place result. Atkins matched his season-best effort in fourth, while defending ACT Champion Wayne Helliwell, Jr. was... read more


                 The American Canadian Tour, aka ACT Tour returns to Speedway 51 in Groveton, New Hampshire this coming Saturday night, June 18th at 5:30pm. Last years’ event featured a solid field of ACT Late Models, and another full field is expected for Saturday night’s event.               ACT’s top dogs including Nick Sweet, Eddie MacDonald, Wayne Helliwell Jr., Bobby Therrien and more are all set to take on Speedway 51’s own Mason brothers, Bryan and Corey, plus hard charging Shawn Swallow, Derek Ming and a host of other Speedway 51 superstars.               This year’s Generation Next 151 will be sponsored by Ed Stanley’s, Central Asphalt Paving Company out of Jefferson, New Hampshire. Ed and his company have been longtime supporters of the track, and also laid down the new pavement in the pits and around the Speedway.               Joining the ACT Tour will be Speedway 51’s own Sign Depot Tigers, Schweppes Street Stocks, and the AB Excavating Daredevils. Post time for this giant event is 5:30pm.             For more information on this event and others please visit our website at www.speedway51int.com, or call the Track hotline at 802-479-2074. Speedway 51 is located on Brown Road in Groveton, New... read more

Cody Smith Shines on Rainy Day at Speedway 51

  Groveton,NH- After rain all afternoon, Speedway 51 started their C.Bean Transportation night about an hour and a half behind schedule. As the track dried the Schweppes Street Stocks heated up and stole the show. St. Johnsbury, VT’s Cody Smith (18) showed he was going to be a force to be reckoned with in his heat race winning flag to flag. In the feature he would pick up right where he left off, leading wire to wire for the victory holding off Bunker Hodgdon (36) on multiple late race restarts. On the final restart with five laps to go Kelly Miller Jr (0) was able to get by Hodgdon and hold on for a second place finish. Hodgdon the Hardwick, VT native got together with point leader Jared Plumley (12) of Guildhall, VT on the final lap racing for third, Plumley would cut a tire and send them both towards the front stretch wall allowing Dylan Laleme to sneak by for the final podium spot. Hardwick, VT’s Jaden Perry (92) was able to cross the line in fourth before Plumley and Hodgdon came across in fifth and sixth.   Brendan Moodie (94) didn’t wait long to get into victory lane in 2016 for the Sign Depot Tiger Sportsman division. The defending track champion won both fifteen lap segments to take the overall win and took over the point lead from Craftsbury Common, VT’s Joel Hodgdon (36vt). Despite hard contact with the front straightaway wall after contact with Bill Stebbins Jr (07), Craftsbury Common VT’s Mike Martin (01) salvaged a third place finish in the second segment to hold on... read more

NAPA Night a Success in Speedway 51 Opener

Opening day has come and gone at Speedway 51 and we had great racing to start the 2016 season. We had fresh blood like Joel Hodgdon burst on the scene with a signature win, and a returning champion in Kasey Beattie pick up where he left off with a trip to victory lane. The Valenti Modified Racing Series put on a great show and left an awesome impression on the Speedway 51 fans. Often though the unsung hero’s of these don’t get the credit they deserve, which is why we need to thank our local NAPA Auto Parts. Kelly’s B&B Auto and Truck Supply in Berlin, NH, C&S Auto & Truck Parts in Littleton, NH and Coo’s Auto Supply LLC in Colebrook, NH for making opening day possible. It’s the second year in a row NAPA has played such a big role with opening day, last year sponsoring the first ever Speedway 51 event featuring the American Canadian Tour. It’s truly special to be able to work with such great people. Speaking of which we want to thank Lisa Nast of Dalton Mountain Motorsports, Susie Perras of Perras Ace and Ken Strong of Groveton, NH for their contributions making our helicopter fly over possible during our Memorial Day celebration. So once again thank you to all our sponsors that made this past weekend possible and we’ll see you back at Speedway 51 on June... read more

Bailey takes Season Opener at Speedway 51

Groveton, NH- Mike “Beetle” Bailey wasn’t in his familiar “00” Saturday night at Speedway 51, the veteran is driving for Norm Andrews in 2016 and Beetle showed the number 2 car will be a force at Speedway 51. The 40 lap main event for the North Country Ford Late Models started with Stark, NH’s Shawn Swallow (04) getting the lead early and it looked like it was going to be the night for last years championship runner up until a incident involving Brandon Lambert (77), Boomer Morris (13) and Derek Ming (5) brought out our first caution. On the restart the S.Barre, VT native Bailey flew by Swallow on the outside to take the lead, for Swallow he would spin into the infield a few laps later with a flat tire but would fight his way from the back to secure a fourth place finish. As for Beetle he would hold the lead the rest of the way staving off Stark, NH’s Bryan Mason (10) on multiple restarts and a late charge from Derek Ming for his second Speedway 51 victory. West Burke, VT’s Ming battled back from that early trouble to finish second, Mason third, and Bethlehem, NH’s Doug Laleme (74) rounded out your top five.   The Sign Depot Tiger Sportsman had a three-segment race on Saturday, and it was a new face knocking off last years champion. Joel Hodgdon (36vt) of Craftsbury Commons, VT in the car he named, “Stupid”, rode segment-one and segment-three checkered flags to secure the victory over Wolcott, VT’s Brendon Moodie (94) in his Speedway 51 debut. Aaron Smith (91) of Irasburg,... read more


               With Speedway 51 in Groveton, New Hampshire set to kick off the 2016 racing season this Memorial Day weekend, it will also be a day to remember the local veterans from the Groveton area, as they will be honored in a special pre-race ceremony which will include a “fly over” of the Speedway.               “We wanted to do something special to honor our area veterans, and we could think of no better way to salute them, stated Speedway 51 owner, Joey Laquerre, We want them to be recognized as our heroes of our community. We hope they will enjoy the festivities.               The doors will open for the season this coming Saturday, May 28th for the NAPA Spectacular. The event will feature the Valenti Modified Racing Series, plus Speedway 51 regular divisions including the North Country Ford Late Models, The Sign Depot Tigers, Pepsi /Schweppes Street Stocks, and the AB Excavating Daredevils.               The pits will open at 10:15am for the Daredevil Kids division only. At 10:30am the pits will open for the Valenti Modified Racing Series only, followed by Speedway 51 divisions at 11am. The main grandstand will open up at 4pm. General admissions prices are $25 for adults, kids 6-12 are $7, Ages 5 and under are free. A family pack of four featuring two adults and 2 kids is just $55, senior’s 60 and over, and military with card save $2. Post 6time for the event is 5:30pm.               For more information on this event and others please visit our website at www.speedway51int.com, or call the Track hotline at 802-479-2074.... read more


PIT CREW CHALLENGE AND PARADE HIGHLIGHTING BIG SPEEDWAY 51 CAR SHOW FINALE               You save the best for last, and that’s what the staff at Speedway 51 in Groveton, New Hampshire has done, as the final pre-season car show will fill the streets of downtown Groveton, this Saturday, May 21st from 11am until 1pm.               Racers will start unloading their mounts at 10am and park them along State Street for the fans to enjoy. Expected to be on hand will be the North Country Ford Late Models, The Sign Depot Tigers, Pepsi /Schweppes Street Stocks, White Mountain Community College Pure Stocks, The AB Excavating Daredevils, North Country Family Restaurant Kids Go Karts, and the beautiful North Country Ford Mustang pace car.               Judging of the racecars will be going on throughout the show, and the winners will be revealed on Saturday, June 11th. At noon the first ever Pit Stop Contest will take place. The event will feature 2015 championship crews competing against each other in a timed event. The competing teams include Late Model champ Jeff Marshall, Tiger kingpin, Brendan Moodie, Street Stock mogul, Jean Leblanc and Daredevil title holder, Kasey Beattie.                         At 1pm the racecars will form a parade that will travel through town, then along Route 3 to Brown Road. The cars will complete their journey at Speedway 51. Tech and pictures will follow the parade from 1:30 to 2:30pm, and then practice for all cars that were in attendance at the car show will take place from 3-6pm. The car show is free to all, and there will be free... read more