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JUSTIN ELDRIDGE SCORES IMPRESSIVE TIGER WIN ON UNDERCARD OF JP SICARD / KINGDOM GRAVEL ACT 151

It took an extra day but it was all worth it as Speedway 51 powered by the Autosaver Group played before a huge crowd and a pit full of racecars for the second of two visits by the American Canadian Tour (ACT) on JP Sicard, Inc, and Kingdom Gravel and Aggregates of Barton, Vermont day at the races. Other winners included Jimmy Hebert, Allan Birch, Makita Giroux, Nick Miller and Vanessa Brown/Savage.   The ACT Tour (see full article on our website) saw Jimmy Hebert pick up his first ACT Tour win since 2013 in convincing fashion as he dominated the 151 lap main event. Chip Grenier was a distant second, followed by Scott Payea, Rich Dubeau and Eddie MacDonald. Local driver Jesse Switser raced home sixth followed by Mike Ziter, Derrick O’Donnell, Quinney Welch and rookie Dylan Payea. The Perras Ace Hardware Tiger Sportsman had a first time winner as Justin Eldridge won a hard fought race over last week’s winner Craig Bushey, Derrick Calkins, Kevin Boutin and Ryan Boutin. Bushey and Shane Sicard won their respective qualifiers. Allan Birch won his career first Caron Fabrication Street Stock feature as he held off a furious late race challenge from Brent Ming. Ming came up just short at the stripe and settled for second. He was substituting for Kasey Beattie whom destroyed his car in practice. Third through fifth included Ryan Ware, Tom Merchant and Greg Adams. Birch also won the lone qualifier. Makita Giroux defeated Jaxson Edwards and Owen Boucher in the Claudette & Dean’s Place Daredevil race. This was the second straight win for the young Canadian.... read more

Thunder Road Hosting Accessible Racing Program Tomorrow, Wed. 7/18/2018

This Wednesday, July 18, the “HardLuck Tour” is coming to Thunder Road. The track has agreed to host the Accessible Racing training program that gives disabled U.S. military veterans the chance to experience high-performance auto racing. The program was co-founded by Brian Hanaford, the son of Thunder Road legend Harold “Hard Luck” Hanaford, and is part of Adaptive Motorsports & Wellness. It uses auto racing to honor those who have served while helping them overcome physical and mental boundaries. Participants begin their training on a virtual driving simulator modified with hand controls. Select veterans eventually get to pilot a modified AM&W race car on actual tracks. Wednesday’s event is the second round in the HardLuck Tour Northeast Qualifier series. An introductory “chalk talk” will be followed by a ride-along program before veterans progress to an oval track driving experience. Instructors for Wednesday’s program include Northeast racing legend Dave Dion along with Joey Laquerre, the winningest driver in the history of Thunder Road. Participating veterans include Luis Rosa-Valentin of Annapolis, Maryland, a triple-limb amputee; Cody Evans of Speedwell, TN, a double above-the-limb amputee; Tony Wood of Exeter, NH, who had a near-death experience in combat; and Albert Bucharelli of Belmont, NH, a 93-year-old single-leg amputee and veteran of World War II. “We’re pleased to be able to give these veterans the opportunity for this experience,” Thunder Road owners Cris Michaud and Pat Malone said in a joint statement. “They clearly gave a lot in service to their country, and it’s a privilege to be a part of helping to give something back.” For more information, contact Brian Hanaford at brianhanaford@aol.com or visit... read more

HEBERT SNAPS WINLESS STREAK WITH DOMINATING VICTORY AT SPEEDWAY 51

Williamstown, VT’s Jimmy Hebert broke a nearly 5-year American-Canadian Tour (ACT) winless streak in grand fashion on Sunday, July 15th by dominating the J.P. Sicard/Kingdom Gravel & Aggregate 151 at Speedway 51. Hebert took the lead for the first time on a lap-4 restart and eventually led all but five circuits en route to taming the Groveton, NH oval. For Hebert, his third career ACT Late Model Tour victory was the first since August 3, 2013 at Quebec’s Sanair Super Speedway. It also served as redemption for Hebert after he was involved in a hard crash while battling for the lead at the Tour’s previous visit to Speedway 51. Hebert started third on the grid and was running second to polesitter Bryan Mason when the first caution flew for Jesse Switser’s spin on lap four. The two battled side-by-side on the restart, but Hebert had the nose up three laps later when Craig Bushey apparently broke a wheel entering turn 3 and pounded the wall. That was ultimately the break Hebert needed, as he assumed control on the restart off the inside lane. Graniteville’s Chip Grenier followed him through to second, and gave Hebert a brief fight after each subsequent caution, even poking his bumper out front on lap 50. But every time Hebert got clear, he motored away, often pulling out to leads of a straightaway or more. Grenier would get his final shot after a pair of cautions on lap 124, first for Jason Corliss’s encounter with the frontstretch wall and again for Mason’s spin on the restart. But Hebert again held strong, walking away from the... read more

Updated Race Schedule

Here is the updated race schedule for Sunday July 14th JP Sicard Inc. Kingdom Aggregate & Gravel Night ACT Tour 151 7/14/18 (Subject To Change) 8:00 Pits Gate Opens For ACT Only 8:30 Tech/Tires/Fuel Opens 9:00 Pits Open For SW51 10:00 Front Gate Opens/Practice Starts 12:00 Practice Ends 1:00 Post Time PRACTICE 10:00 ACT 10:30 Street Stocks 10:40 Tigers 10:55 Daredevils 11:00 Cyclones 11:10 Angels 11:15 ACT 11:45 Street Stocks 11:55 Tigers 12:10 Dare Devils 12:15 Cyclones 12:25 ACT 12:45 Angels 12:50 Tigers 12:00 Practice Ends MEETING AT PIT TOWER- Safety, Wrecker, Golden Cross 12:30 Pit Meeting-50/50 Draw 12:55 Parade Of SPEEDWAY 51 Safety 1:00 POST TIME HEATS TBA ACT 8 Laps Daredevils 10 Laps Cyclone 12 Laps Tiger 10 Laps Street Stock 8 Laps Angels TBA ACT Consi If Needed INTERMISSION / ANTHEMS FEATURES 12 Laps Claudette & Dean’s Place Daredevils 20 Laps White Mountains Community College Cyclones 35 Laps Perras Ace Tiger Sportsmen 25 Laps CARON FABRICATION Street Stocks 15 Laps Lady Angels MINI INTERMISSION – RAFFLES ACT Driver Introductions 151 Laps JP SICARD KINGDOM GRAVEL – ACT... read more

JP SICARD / KINGDOM GRAVEL & AGGREGATES ACT TOUR 151 POSTPONED UNTIL SUNDAY AT 1PM

Due to persistent rain showers scheduled for much of the day and early evening, Track management and ACT Tour officials have made the decision to reschedule the JP Sicard / Kingdom Gravel & Aggregates ACT Tour 151 for Sunday, July 15th at 1pm at Speedway 51 powered by the Autosaver Group in Groveton, New Hampshire. The pits will open at 8am for the ACT Tour Late Models only, while other race divisions will be allowed in the pits starting at 9am. The grandstands will open up at 10am, and racing will begin promptly at 1pm. Joining the ACT Tour Late Models will be the Perras Ace Hardware Tiger Sportsman, Caron Fabrication Street Stocks, Claudette & Dean’s Place Daredevils, White Mountains Community College Cyclones and the Lady Angels. For more info please visit the Track website at www.speedway51int.com, or call the Hotline at 802-266-0240. Speedway 51 is located at 78 Craggy Road in Groveton, New Hampshire.... read more

ACT STARS READY TO GET BACK ON TRACK AT SPEEDWAY 51

The second half of the American-Canadian Tour (ACT) season takes off this Saturday, July 14 at Groveton, NH’s Speedway 51. After spending the past few weeks on an early-summer break, Scott Payea, Eddie “The Outlaw” MacDonald, Jimmy Hebert, and the rest of ACT’s top stars are expected to renew their battle for the ACT Late Model Tour championship at the J.P. Sicard/Kingdom Gravel 151. With five events in the books, Colchester, VT’s Payea is the frontrunner to become a back-to-back ACT champion. But MacDonald, Hebert, Rich Dubeau, and others haven’t given up on their title hopes just yet. Williamstown, VT’s Hebert and Rowley, MA’s MacDonald will be looking for redemption after both were swept up in a mid-race crash during the Tour’s first visit to Speedway 51. And they know they need to be in position to capitalize should Payea encounter a similar misfortune. “We think our chances are pretty good on Saturday,” Hebert said. “Things went well at Waterford after we rebuilt the car. We’ve been working on a few little tweaks to make it last better for a long run, and hopefully all goes well. We just need to go out and try and win some races and regain the points we lost last time we were at Groveton. If it wasn’t for that wreck, we’d still be right there with Scott. Me and Eddie have each had a bad race, and he hasn’t yet! Hopefully we can string together some good finishes and make up some ground.” A host of other racers will be ready to begin their second half on a high note as well.... read more

JEFFREY MARTIN GOES TWO FOR TWO IN MOM’S STREET STOCK SERIES ON AUTOSAVER GROUP NIGHT AT SPEEDWAY 51

Mother Nature finally smiled on Speedway 51 powered by the Autosaver Group this past Saturday night at the Groveton speed park as car counts continue to grow, and the racing keeps on getting better as side by side racing is the norm at Speedway 51. Autosaver Group Night winners included Craig Bushey double dipping in both the Late Models and the Tiger Sportsman, Jeffrey Martin in the Street Stocks, Makita Giroux in the Daredevils, Travis Moulton was the Cyclone winner and Addie McDaniel’s won the Lady Angels main event. The highlight event of the night was the Jake McDowell Memorial Street Stock Classic featuring a 75 lap feature for the Caron Fabrication Street Stocks. This event was Round #2 of the Mom’s of Lancaster Twin State Street Stock Series featuring cars from Speedway 51 and Thunder Road. The race was dotted with several cautions that saw the lead changing hands numerous times before Barre, Vermont’s Jeffrey Martin grabbed the lead and held off consistent pressure from Allan Birch and Kasey Beattie to claim back to back Series wins. Fourth through tenth finishing positions included Stephen Martin, Tom Smith, Scott Weston, Ryan Ware, Dylan Laleme, Juan Marshall and Tanner Amyot. Heat checkers flew for Dean Switser Jr, and Birch. Craig Bushey took a hard fought win back to Fairfax, Vermont as he held off the “Flyin’ Frenchman” Mike Giroux to score the popular win in the North Country Ford Late Models. Bushey and Brendan Moodie battled throughout the first 30 laps of the 51 lap feature. Bushey grabbed the lead for good on lap 36, and kept the field at... read more
FIREWORKS SCHEDULED ON AND OFF THE TRACK AT  SPEEDWAY 51 POWERED BY THE AUTOSAVER GROUP THIS SATURDAY 7/07/2018

FIREWORKS SCHEDULED ON AND OFF THE TRACK AT SPEEDWAY 51 POWERED BY THE AUTOSAVER GROUP THIS SATURDAY 7/07/2018

It should be a highly entertaining night of racing at Speedway 51 in Groveton, New Hampshire this Saturday night at 6pm, as the Autosaver Group will be hosting some of the most competitive side by side racing in the Northeast on the high banked ¼ mile speedway. Week in and week out the competitors battle to the finish keeping the race fans screaming for their favorite drivers, and on the edges of their seats until the checkered flag waves.  There will be a huge fireworks display to wrap up the evening courtesy of the Autosaver... read more
MOM’S STREET STOCKS SERIES HIGHLIGHTS JAKE MCDOWELL MEMORIAL CLASSIC ON AUTOSAVER GROUP NIGHT 7-07-2018

MOM’S STREET STOCKS SERIES HIGHLIGHTS JAKE MCDOWELL MEMORIAL CLASSIC ON AUTOSAVER GROUP NIGHT 7-07-2018

Street Stocks will be out in force this coming Saturday night for their most prestigious event of 2018, the Jake McDowell Memorial Classic, part of the Mom’s of Lancaster, Twin State Street Stock Series featuring a 75 lap main event on Autosaver Group night. It will also be the makeup event for the rained out Autosaver Group Fireworks Spectacular that was scheduled for Saturday night, June 30th.              Street Stocks from both Thunder Road in Barre and Speedway 51, powered by the Autosaver Group will converge on Speedway 51 for their longest grind of the season, which has a boosted purse plus points for both the Track and the Twin State Series. This will be the second of four races for the Twin State Series. Jeffrey Martin of Barre, Vermont won the season opening event at Thunder Road.             Joining the Caron Fabrication Street Stocks will be the North Country Ford Late Models, Perras Ace Hardware Tiger Sportsman, Claudette & Dean’s Place Daredevils, White Mountains Community College Cyclones and Lady Angels. There will be a meet and greet at intermission for the North Country Family Restaurant Go-Karters, and a giant fireworks display will cap off the evening. Post time is 6pm Adults are just $15, Seniors and Military personnel are $10, Teens 12-16 only $5, and Kids 11 & under with a paid adult are free.              For more information on this event and other Speedway 51 powered by the Autosaver Group happenings, visit the website at www.speedway51int.com, or call the Track Hotline at 802-266-0240. Speedway 51 is located at 78 Craggy Road in Groveton, New... read more

North Country Family Restaurant Karts at Lil’ Speedway 51

Press Release for immediate release: 6/30/2018 It was a big hot and muggy morning at Lil’ Speedway 51 sponsored by Caron Fabrication of Groveton, NH Luke Shannon, 2nd generation Speedway 51 driver, of Groveton, NH unloaded his #13 kart and made a clean sweep in competition of the Batch’s Kwik Stop Pro division.  He picked up right where he left off in the 2017 season as champion of the Mini Pro division taking home the win in the feature event, his heat, and the Waste Oil Heating Systems of VT Trophy Dash sweeping the day with some heavy competition on his rear bumper.  Shannon was followed by another former Lil’ Speedway 51 driver Julian Kenison of Groveton, and Lil’ Speedway 51 2017 Pro Champion Christopher “Cridda” Shannon, of Lancaster, NH, rounded out the top three.  The Pro division has grown into a fan favorite and is providing some of the best competition in the northeast! Kamden “The Mailman” Potter, 2nd generation driver of Danville, VT, who moved up to the Batch’s Kwik Stop Mini Pro division after a few runs with the Junior Mini Pro division in 2017, picked up his first feature win of the 2018 season.  Following Potter was Kaiden Fisher, of Shelburne, VT who is also making his move up from the Jr. Mini Pro division, and Ashton Kenison, of Groveton, 3rd generation driver and grandson of former Speedway 51 regulars, Honkin’ Don Kenison and Shirley Nickles, rounded out the top 3. Potter won his heat race. Kaiden Fisher took home the checkers in the Waste Oil Heating Systems of VT Trophy Dash.  These young competitors... read more
HUGE NIGHT ON TAP THIS SATURDAY, July 7th,  AUTOSAVER GROUP NIGHT SET TO GO AT 6PM

HUGE NIGHT ON TAP THIS SATURDAY, July 7th, AUTOSAVER GROUP NIGHT SET TO GO AT 6PM

After last Saturday night’s cancellation the revised schedule is all set and posted. The Autosaver Group Fireworks Spectacular has been rescheduled for this Saturday night, July 7th at 6pm. The Fireworks Spectacular night will be combined with the Jake McDowell Memorial Street Stock event, which is part of the Mom’s of Lancaster, Twin State Street Stock Series with Thunder Road. With all this excitement jam packed into one night, Track management has been forced to change the date of the Kid’s Pit Tour to Saturday night, August 25th. This week’s event will include the Firecracker 51 lap race for the North Country Ford Late Models, plus the Jake McDowell Memorial, Mom’s of Lancaster Street Stock Series event featuring a 75 lap main event for the Caron Fabrication Street Stocks. Also in action will be the Perras Ace Hardware Tiger Sportsman, Claudette & Dean’s Place Daredevils, White Mountains Community College Cyclones and the Lady Angels. The North Country Family Restaurant Go-Karts will have a meet and greet on the track at intermission. The night will wrap up with a giant fireworks display. Post time is 6pm. Adult ticket prices are just $15, Seniors and Military Personnel are just $10, Teens 12-16 only $5, and Kids 11 & under are free with a paying adult. For more information on this event and others please visit the Track website at www.speedway51int.com, or call the Hotline at 802-266-0240. Speedway 51 is located at 78 Craggy Road in Groveton, New Hampshire. 7-7-2018 Race Day... read more

Race Canceled for Today

Unfortunately due to the inclement weather forecasted for later this evening we have decided to cancel todays races. All events are being rescheduled to next weekend July 7th. Stay tuned for details! read more

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