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Saturday July 23rd, 2016 Speedway 51 Midseason Championship featuring the North Country Ford Late Models as well as the Sign Depot Tigers, Schweppes Street Stocks, A.B. Excavating Dare Devils and White Mountain Community College Pure Stocks. Brought to you by Swallow & Sons

Speedway 51 Midseason Championshipt sponsored by Swallow & Sons











by Alan Plummer of Smokin’ Shutters Photography



Swallow Has His Day at Speedway 51

  Groveton, NH- Stark NH’s Shawn Swallow (04) broke through for his first North Country Ford Late Model victory and did it in fitting fashion on Swallow & Sons Concrete Mid Season Championship Night. With countless friends and family in attendance Swallow left no doubt who had the best car by winning the first and third of the three 25 lap segments and finished 3 points ahead of runner ups Derek Ming (5) and Beetle Bailey (2). A sea of people surrounded an emotional Swallow in victory lane who finally saw all his and his teams hard work pay off. Ming ended up second overall getting the spot over Bailey on the tiebreaker. Groveton’s Mike Kenison (3) and Doug Laleme (74) completed the top 5.   After struggling in the opening Sign Depot Tiger Sportsman segment, Craftsbury, VT’s Joel Hodgdon (36vt) and the car he affectionately refers to as “Stupid” went into beast mode winning the final 2 segments and claiming his second straight victory and third of the season. Family was the key word of the day at Speedway 51 as Hodgdon celebrated in victory lane with his fiancé and his baby girl. Despite a strong runner up finish by Brendon Moodie (94) the Wolcott, VT driver surrendered the points lead to Hodgdon with double points on the line. Newcomer Doug Crowningshield (14) just edged out fellow 1st timer Jason Woodard (68) for third Place while Colby Bourgois (82) rounded out the top 5.   Jaden Perry (92) of Hardwick, VT capitalized on a win in the Schweppes Street Stocks first segment and a fourth place finish in... read more


                With the Mid-Season Championships looming on the horizon this Saturday night, Speedway 51 is gearing up for a big second half of the season which will include the addition of a new division, the Northeast Cyclones, plus several other exciting, fan friendly events.               This weekend’s event, sponsored by Swallow & Sons Concrete will feature double points for all divisions, and with the point battles so tight, you can expect teams to be on the edge all night long. Speedway 51 management also added a Rat Rod, Hot Rod and Muscle Car show which will begin at 3pm. All divisions will be in action including the North Country Ford Late Models, the Sign Depot Tigers, Schweppes Street Stocks, the AB Excavating Daredevils and the White Mountain Community College Pure Stocks all racing for double points. Post time is 5:30pm.               The new Northeast Cyclone division is the brainchild of racer, Jean Leblanc and Doug Shannon. This bone stock four cylinder, front wheel drive class, and four cylinder pickups will run three times this season beginning on August 13th and continuing on September 3, and September 17th. For information on this division, contact Jean Leblanc at 603-723-8559.               Looking ahead, the NEMA Midgets (Northeastern Midget Association) rolls into town on Saturday, July 30th, as well as the NEAR vintage racers. The following week, August 6th, the North East Mini Stock Tour visits Speedway 51. On August 20th, The Northeast Street Stock Tour invades the high banks of Grovetona. The North East Mini Stock Tour makes their final appearance on September 10th, and the 2016... read more

Mid Season Championship Next at Speedway 51

After two weekends off the championship pictures will begin to take shape this Saturday as Swallow & Sons Concrete presents Speedway 51 Mid Season Championship Night. What makes this event unique is that double points will be awarded to all the drivers, making it possible to shake up every divisions point standings. No division is tighter than the A.B. Excavating Dare Devils with Kasey Beattie and Garrett LaBounty in a dead heat atop the standings and Evan Hallstrom just 10 points behind the duo.   With three wins in five races Brendan Moodie holds a 5 point lead over two time winner Joel Hodgdon in the Sign Depot Tiger Sportsman division. Mike Giroux, Aaron Smith and Colby Bourgeois complete the top five but any of the three can get back near the top with a great performance and double points on the line.   Two wins in the last three races has Derek Ming leading the North Country Ford Late Model Division by 22 points over Mike “Beetle” Bailey. Shawn Swallow and Brad Bushey are tied for third 11 points behind Bailey with both drivers looking for their first win.   Bunker Hodgdon goes into Saturday the point leader and looking for a third straight win in the Schweppes Street Stock Division. Opening day winner Jared Plumley currently sits 16 points out of first. Cody Smith is another 26 points back in third.   This weekend also marks race two in the five race White Mountain Community College Pure Stock Shoot Out. Jaime Swallow Jr. won the opening race after edging out Jenna Randle in an awesome finish. With... read more

Here is the rules for the Northeast Cyclones

If you have questions call 603-723-8559, or Doug Shannon 603-636-2376. Speedway 51 Northeast Cyclone racing division. STOCK, STOCK, STOCK. This division is an inexpensive low cost racing division. Every attempt will be made to allow everyone to participate. However, in the interest of competition, the speedway reserves the right to administer weight penalties to keep the playing field level. The cost of these race cars should not exceed $1500. Most of the cost incurred should be in the form of Safety equipment. Any American or Foreign made four cylinder car and two wheel drive pickup truck allowed. Minimum wheel base of 96” and a maximum of 110”. No Sports Cars, or Turbo charged, AWD, 4WD, allowed. If there is any question, INQUIRE! VIN number in its stock location required. Four point roll cage; four bent bars on left with x on right side. Driver’s door may be gutted to extend bars. Rear bars may extend to rear of car if car is using a fuel cell. Automatic or standard transmission is allowed. Stock steel wheels only, with stock tire size for your cars’ year, make, and model. Minimum of 400 tread wear. (must be visible) Tires must be DOT street tires (no directional tires) and can be mixed and matched but must be all 13,14, or 15 inch with a 60 series maximum. All tires used must be Speedway 51 approved and stamped at a $5 charge. (point fund) Each driver may carry up to 10 tires. Any driver caught with unapproved/unstamped tire will be disqualified. Example: Drivers can use 2 -14” 195/60, 1- 14” 205/65, and 1- 14”... read more

Speedway 51 to host Northeast Cyclone Triple Crown Racing Series

The Speedway 51 ownership is pleased to announce that the Northeast Cyclone racing division looks to make a return to the high banks this season, holding a three race Triple Crown Series. The Northeast Cyclones are a stock four cylinder front wheel drive car or two wheel drive pick up class. The division is running events on August 13, September 3 and the 17. A special final event (extra distance) could be held during Speedway 51’s Fall Brawl weekend in October. The class is a division that is completely stock that races on stock rims and stock DOT tires. The biggest cost to a racer is in the safety of the cars utilizing a four point roll cage, racing seat, racing belts, window net, and a fuel cell. The rules for the division are posted and interested drivers can contact Jean LeBlanc at 603-723-8559 or Doug Shannon at 603-636-2376. “I am extremely happy to see Speedway 51 opening up their doors to this type of racing division,” said Speedway 51 Pure Stock racer and division organizer Jean LeBlanc. “There are a lot of these cars already built and not being used. I have been contacted by several race teams that are extremely interested in getting in some racing this year, and who knows, if there is a lot of interest, this could turn into a division that has five or six races next season.” LeBlanc continued, “We have put together a small group of people that have experience with this type of race car, and the rule package includes 16 valve powered cars. The rules are very basic and... read more


                Another great weekend of racing highlights the card at Speedway 51 in Groveton, New Hampshire this coming Saturday night, July 11th as the Track will honor all Military personal in uniform with a free general admission ticket. The night will also offer an autograph session at intermission.               The night will feature Speedway 51’s best racers as the North Country Ford Late Models, the Sign Depot Tigers, Pepsi /Schweppes Street Stocks, and the AB Excavating Daredevils will all be in action. The past few weeks have seen ultra competitive racing in all divisions with several races not decided until the final laps. Post time is 5:30pm.               The point standings are also tight as we close in on the mid-season championships on July 23rd. Derek Ming leads the way in the North Country Ford Late Models as he 322 points. Mike Bailey is in second with 300 points followed by a tie between Shawn Swallow 289, and Brad Bushey at 289. Walt Hammond Jr. rounds out the top five with 255 points. Brendon Moodie leads the way in the Sign Depot Tigers with 355 points, but Joel Hodgdon is just five points back at 350 in second. Mike Giroux with 316, Aaron Smith 314, and Colby Bourgeous at 310 complete the top five. Bunker Hodgdon sits atop the Pepsi/Schweppes Street Stocks standings with 362 points. Just sixteen points back is Jared Plumley with 346 points. Cody Smith rides third with 320 markers and Peyton Lamphear and Jaden Perry are fourth and fifth with 306 and 300 points respectively. Kasey Beattie and Garrett Labounty are... read more

Hodgdon Comes From Behind for Second Win in a Row!

  Groveton,NH- Schweppes Street Stock point leader Bunker Hodgdon (83) brought his car from the back in both 15 lap segments to win for the second straight week at Speedway 51. The Hardwick, VT native came from his 10th place starting position to finish third in the opening segment right in front of the returning Jason Kenison (03) who was back for the first time since his win a few weeks ago. The second segment saw both Hodgdon and Kenison make there way from the back. Hodgdon would eventually battle the Groveton, NH driver for the forth spot and what would decide the win. After a hard fought fight for position Hodgdonwould beat out Kenison for a one point win. The loss of position bumped Kenison into a three way tie for third where he would finish fifth after the tiebreaker. W.Burke, VT’s Jesse Switser (25) finished second in a tie with Cody Smith (18) of St.Johnsbury, VT who finished third. Second place points man Jared Plumley (12) finished fourth respectively.   The North Country Ford Late Models finished their two segment event in a three way tie for the win. After a tough finish with the American Canadian Tour a few weeks ago, Windham, ME’s Brad Babb (15) went to victory lane after winning segment 2. Mike “Beetle” Bailey (2) of S.Barre, VT ended up second overall after two third place finishes, while a disappointed Brad Bushey (57) watched himself drop from the overall win to third place after Derek Ming (5) was able to get around the Cambridge, VT driver in the final laps of the final... read more

Derek Ming Cashes in on Big Night at Speedway 51

With the North Country Ford Late Models running two features last Saturday and Derek Ming winning both, the W.Burke, VT native brought home a cool $2000 in winnings! With Speedway 51 continuing to put the guaranteed money out there for these race teams week after week take a look at the top 5 earners from Saturday:   Derek Ming- $2000 (1st,1st) Corey Mason- $1250 (3rd,2nd) Brad Bushey- $1150 (2nd,4th) Shawn Swallow- $775 (7th,3rd) Mike Kenison- $750 (4th,5th)   Through four races in the Sign Depot Tiger Sportsman division take a look at what the top 5 points drivers have already earned:   Brendan Moodie- $1550 Joel Hodgdon- $1350 Aaron Smith- $975 Mike Giroux- $950 Colby Bourgeois- $900   If this money sounds good to you it can be yours, all you have to do is come take it!   If you’re interested in racing at Speedway 51 and want to see the full driver payouts just go to http://www.speedway51int.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/2016-Driver-Payout-NEW.pdf... read more


             The racetrack and the sky will be full of fireworks this Saturday night at Speedway 51 in Groveton, New Hampshire, as Cunningham Logging and Belknap Electric bring you an awesome Independence Day weekend spectacular. Headlining the card on the Saturday, July 2nd event will be the Granite State Pro Stocks. Barry Gray comes out of the first four races of the season with the points lead behind the wheel of his No. 29 Meadows Motor Car Super Late Model.               The night will also feature Speedway 51’s best racers as the North Country Ford Late Models, the Sign Depot Tigers, Pepsi /Schweppes Street Stocks, and the AB Excavating Daredevils will all be in action. The night will wrap up with a gigantic fireworks display put on by North Star Fireworks from East Montpelier, Vermont.               Don’t miss one lap of action of this holiday weekend event. Post time 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

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