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SPEEDWAY 51 POWERED BY THE AUTOSAVER GROUP SEASON SCHEDULE FULL OF GREAT FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT

The 2018 racing season at Speedway 51 Powered by the Autosaver Group has a jam packed schedule full of entertainment for the entire family. The return to weekly competition for the North Country Ford Late Model class has fans buzzing in anticipation as they are truly looking forward to seeing the ACT type Late Models on a regular basis. Not only will the Late Models run weekly, Speedway 51 will be hosting a pair of American Canadian Tour Late Model events. This will mark the return of the ACT Tour for the first time in two years. Those two events will be held on Saturday night, June 2 as Caron Fabrication of Groveton sponsors the 151 lap event. The second ACT Tour event will be on Saturday night, July 14th as JP Sicard Inc, and Kingdom Gravel and Aggregates of Barton, Vermont will sponsor the 151 lap event. Another major 2018 event will be the return of the Pro Allstars Series Super Late Models, and PASS Mods. The sleek PASS Super Late Models will burn up the ¼ mile bullring at blazing speeds. The PASS Mods will join them. Creative Counters from Lyndonville, Vermont will be the headlining sponsors for this high energy event. Moms of Lancaster will host the downtown Groveton Car Show on Saturday, May 12th, with the Moms of Lancaster opening up the season at 6pm. Saturday, May 26th will feature the NAPA Spectacular Military night. Saturday June 30th will see the 4th of July weekend celebration which will include a Late Model 100 lap main event, and a giant fireworks display that will wrap up... read more

SHANE LABRANEY WINS WINTER BLAST 100 AT SPEEDWAY 51 POWERED BY THE AUTOSAVER GROUP

                 It couldn’t have been a better day to host the premiere snow race in the northeast this past Saturday as the 2018 edition of Winter Blast 100 entertained a grandstand full of spectators on a beautiful forty degree day in January. One hundred and five cars, trucks, SUV’s and vans lined up on the snow covered Speedway 51 powered by the Autosaver Group in Groveton, New Hampshire. The event was sponsored by Mom of Lancaster, Batch’s Kwik Stop, the Sign Depot, Around the Clock Auto Repair, North Country Family Restaurant and Dalton Mountain Motorsports.               The day started off with the award for Best Dressed Vehicle presented by North Country Family Restaurant. The award was a beautiful trophy and $100. As all one hundred and five cars lined up on the backstretch, 10 year old Summer Boutin delivered both the Canadian and American national anthems, wowing the fans. Summer received a standing ovation for her renditions. Aaron Bennett prepared the track, and as Dick Therrien put it, “It was the best snow track I’ve ever seen. It was smooth as silk and perfect for racing.”               The race got underway a little bit late due to the huge line of people trying to get into the grandstands, but once it started the fans were hooting and hollering for their favorite drivers as it was total mayhem around the tracks. With people spinning and crashing everywhere, the racecars and their passenger (yes passenger) were having the time of their lives. Highgate, Vermont’s Richie Turner led past the half way point before Northfield, New Hampshire’s,... read more

LARGE FIELD EXPECTED FOR WINTER BLAST 100 AT SPEEDWAY 51 POWERED BY THE AUTOSAVER GROUP

Anticipation and excitement is high for the 2018 edition of the Winter Blast 100 snow race at Speedway 51 powered by the Autosaver Group. The event scheduled for Saturday, January 20th at 1:30pm has seen a record number of pre-entries come in and the phone and e-mail department can barely keep up with all the questions being asked. This year’s event is being sponsored by Batch’s Kwik Stop, Moms of Lancaster, Around the Clock Auto Repair, Dalton Mountain Motorsports and the Sign Depot. The North Country Family Restaurant will once again be sponsoring the Best Decorated Vehicle contest. Last year’s winner, Doug Bandy is set to defend his title against a huge field of snow racers. Entries have been received from Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York, North Caroline and from across the border in Quebec. Last year over sixty vehicles participated in the race, and more are expected for the 2018 edition. Pits will open at 9:30am and the grandstands will open up at noon. Race registration fees are $25 for the race vehicle plus $20 pit fee. One passenger per race vehicle is allowed for an extra $25 fee. All race teams MUST provide a scorer, and the scorers meeting will take place at 1pm in the main grandstands. Admission fee is $12 for adults, $10 for Seniors and Military Personnel, Teens 12-16 are just $5, and Kids 11 and under are free. Don’t miss this exciting thrills and spills event on Saturday, January 20th at 1:30pm. Registration forms and rules can be found on the track website at www.speedway 51int.com. For more info... read more

FOUR RACE STREET STOCK SERIES BETWEEN THUNDER ROAD & SPEEDWAY 51 POWERED BY THE AUTOSAVER GROUP ON TAP FOR 2018

          Chris Michaud, owner of the “Nations site of excitement”, Thunder Road, and Joey Laquerre, owner of Speedway 51 powered by the Autosaver Group have teamed up to put together a four race series for their four cylinder Street Stocks divisions. The Series will feature two races at each of the venues.               The first of the four events will be held at Thunder Road on Thursday night, June 21st. Round number two of the Series will be the Jake McDowell Memorial Street event on Saturday night, July 7th. Round number three will head back to Thunder to be held in conjunction with their Annual Enduro which will be held on Sunday, August 5th. The grand finale of the Series takes place on Saturday, October 20th at the season ending, Octoberfast 150 Enduro.               Plans are in the works for a significant point fund for this four race series. For more info on this Series and the two tracks, visit their respective... read more

BOWEN’S FILE FIRST 2018 LICENSE APPLICATIONS AT SPEEDWAY 51 POWERED BY THE AUTOSAVER GROUP

         Two new drivers are the first to file license applications at Speedway 51 powered by the Autosaver Group in Groveton, New Hampshire. Ed Bowen has filed the first entry for the Caron Fabrication Street Stocks for 2018. Bowen resides in Morrisville, Vermont. Also filing a 2018 license application is Emylee Bowen from Morrisville. She will be competing in the Twisted Tea Angels division.               Speedway 51 has great holiday gift ideas for the entire family. A Speedway 51 competitor or crew license would surely please any racer or team member. 2018 license registration forms are also available under the information tab on the Speedway 51 website, www.speedway51int.com. Another great gift idea is a season’s pass for the grandstand. The price is only $180 and includes both ACT Tour races and the PASS Super Late Model event. For more info on gift certificates call Pam Dunkling at 802-279-1590.               Speedway 51 powered by the Autosaver Group is located at 78 Craggy Road in Groveton, New Hampshire. For all information about the track, visit the website at... read more

2018 WINTER BLAST 100 RULES

    This race has no boundaries as any type of vehicle is allowed. In the past such units as school buses, hearses, mini-vans, pickup trucks, SUV’s, and all types of cars have competed for the giant winner’s trophy! There will also be a $100 prize to the best themed car costume.                 There are very few rules for this event, and here they are:   Absolutely no studded tires, chains or any traction enhancement devices. Absolutely no loading of tires, and only one tire per wheel is allowed. No size constraints.   No 4 wheel drives or all wheel drives allowed. On 4 wheel drives, one driveshaft must be removed. On all wheel drives, either the front or rear must be unhitched.   School buses, hearses, mini-vans, pickup trucks, bread trucks and all types of cars are allowed. No sanders on school buses allowed. Diesel rigs allowed.   Regular anti-freeze allowed.   One passenger allowed in front seat. (MINIMUM PASSENGER AGE IS 16 YEARS OLD)   MANDATORY SAFETY RULES!   DRIVER AND PASSENGER MUST HAVE WORKING SEAT BELTS. FIVE POINT HARNESSES SUGGESTED BUT NOT MANDATORY.   1A.          ALL GLASS EXCEPT WINDSHIELD MUST BE REMOVED.   ALL DOORS MUST BE WELDED OR CHAINED SHUT.   ALL HOODS MUST HAVE A 16” HOLE CUT IN THEM.   ALL VEHICLES MUST HAVE WORKING FIRE EXTINGUISHER   IF HAVING PASSENGER, MANDATORY WINDOW NET ON PASSENGER SIDE WINDOW.   EVERYONE MUST WEAR APPROVED HELMET AND GLOVES. FIRESUITS ARE NOT MANDATORY BUT HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.   A FOUR POINT CAGE IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, BUT NOT MANDATORY. CAGE CAN HAVE A HOOP FROM SIDE TO SIDE... read more

ACT TOUR RETURNS TO SPEEDWAY 51 POWERED BY THE AUTOSAVER GROUP FOR TWO SHOWS IN 2018

          After taking a season off, the American Canadian Tour Late Model Series will be returning to SPEEDWAY 51 powered by the AUTOSAVER GROUP for two shows in 2018. Both events will take place on Saturday nights. The last feature was won by “The Outlaw” Eddie McDonald in 2016.               The first event will be held on Saturday night, June 2nd at 6pm, and will be sponsored by Caron Fabrication from Groveton, New Hampshire. The event will feature a 151 lap main event for the ACT Tour Late Models, plus the Perras Ace Hardware Tiger Sportsman, Caron Fabrication Street Stocks, Daredevils, and the Wicked Good Vintage Racing Association from the State of Maine.               The second event of the season will be held on Saturday, July 14th. This event will also feature a 151 lap main event for the ACT Tour Late Models, plus Perras Ace Hardware Tiger Sportsman, Caron Fabrication Street Stocks, Daredevils and the White Mountains Community College Cyclones. JP Sicard Inc. and Kingdom Gravel & Aggregate from Barton, Vermont will be sponsoring the event.Post time is 6pm.               For more information on these events and more, visit the track website at www.speedway51int.com. Speedway 51, powered by the AUTOSAVER GROUP, is located at 78 Craggy Road in Groveton, New... read more

MORE THAN CHAMPIONS HONORED AT SPEEDWAY 51 POWERED BY THE AUTOSAVER GROUP BANQUET

                The curtain closed on the 2017 racing season at Groveton, New Hampshire’s, Speedway 51 powered by the Autosaver Group this past Saturday night, as close to 300 drivers, crewmembers, families and friends, as well as track sponsors, officials and employees gathered at the Town & Country Resort in Gorham, New Hampshire for the season ending awards banquet.               Championship trophies were awarded to the following: North Country Ford Late Models, Corey Mason. Perras Ace Hardware Tiger Sportsman, Brendan Moodie. Caron Fabrication Street Stocks, Bunker Hodgdon. White Mountains Community College Cyclones, Chris Ouellette and Twisted Tea Angels, Vanessa Brown-Savage. North Country Family Restaurant Go-Kart Series champs were also recognized, as well as the A.B. Excavating Daredevil Youth Racers…               Specialty awards were as follows:   A.B. Excavating Daredevils Hard Charger Award – Jesse Dunham Most Improved Driver – Hunter King Sportsmanship – Kyle Labounty   Twisted Tea Angels Hard Charger Award – Shawna Whitcomb Most Improved Driver – Alexus Call Sportsmanship – Vanessa Savage-Brown   White Mountains Community College Cyclones Hard Charger Award – Todd Derrington Most Improved Driver – Matt Mason Sportsmanship – Garrett Labounty   Caron Fabrication Street Stocks Hard Charger Award – Brett Rowell Most Improved Driver – Allan Birch Sportsmanship – Kasey Beattie         Perras Ace Hardware Tiger Sportsman Hard Charger Award – Ryan Boutin Most Improved Driver – Bill Stebbins Jr. Sportsmanship – Derrick Calkins   North Country Ford Late Models Hard Charger Award – Brendan Moodie Most Improved Driver – Kevin Boutin Sportsmanship – Chip Grenier               The following names were inducted into the Speedway... read more

THANK YOU FALL BRAWL SPONSORS

The staff and management of Speedway 51 powered by the Autosaver Group would like to thank all of the racers, crewmembers, and sponsors of the very successful Fall Brawl event. The October 7th event provided a lot of family entertainment for the large amount of fans that attended. A special thank you goes out to Moms of Lancaster for their sponsorship of the event and allowing us to use their equipment for our pre-race activities. We would also like to thank all 151 lap sponsors for supporting the event. Speedway 51 powered by the Autosaver Group wraps up the 2017 race season with their annual Banquet of Champions set for Saturday, November 18th at the Town & Country Inn and Resort in Gorham, New Hampshire. Banquet ticket orders can be found on the website at... read more

AWARDS BANQUET TO HONOR MORE THAN JUST CHAMPIONS AT SPEEDWAY 51 POWERED BY THE AUTOSAVER GROUP

The curtain will close on the 2017 racing season at Speedway 51 powered by the Autosaver Group on Saturday, November 18th with the season finale, The Annual Banquet of Champions. The event will be held at the Town & Country Inn and Resort in Gorham, New Hampshire. Each of the 2017 track champions including Corey Mason, North Country Ford Late Models, Brendan Moodie, Perras Ace Hardware Tiger Sportsman, Bunker Hodgdon, Caron’s Fabrication Street Stocks, Chris Ouellette, White Mountains Community College Cyclones, Vanessa Brown-Savage, Twisted Tea Angels, the A.B. Excavating Daredevils, and the North Country Family Restaurant Go-Kart Series. Not only will the champions be recognized, the top 10 in each class will receive awards, plus there will be many specialty awards including Rookie of the Year trophies, Driver of the Year award, and the most coveted of all awards, the induction to the Hall of Fame. Tickets are now available and must be purchased no later than Tuesday, November 14th. No tickets will be available after November 14th. Appropriate attire is requested meaning no blue jeans, T-shirts, Sweatshirts or hats allowed. For more information and to secure the banquet ticket order form, visit the Track website at... read more

KENISON CLOSES OUT SPEEDWAY 51 POWERED BY THE AUTOSAVER GROUP WITH OCTOBERFAST 150 ENDURO VICTORY

             The best weather of the season greeted a full field of enduro warriors, and hearty race fans looking to enjoy the final racing event of 2017, Octoberfast 150 at Speedway 51 powered by the Autosaver Group in Groveton, New Hampshire. Jason Kenison powered his way to the lead and scored and impressive victory.               Thirty-nine cars and mini-vans lined up to take the green flag for the 150 lap grind. Drivers from Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, New York and the Province of Quebec started three wide on the backstretch and went hammer down when the green flag waved. Several drivers took their turn at the point, but mechanical woes and on track problems changed the top five on a regular basis. Jason Kenison grabbed the lead on lap 29 and never looked back. Charlie Rockwell, James Shufelt III, Paul Hodge and Nick Gilcris all battled hard for top five finishes. Late in the race Shufelt cut a right front tire and headed to the pits. Rockwell and Hodge made contact sending them spinning in turn one. Kenison survived one last three wide scare with two laps to go, but fought his way up the middle to the checkered flag. Kenison was followed by Hodge, Rockwell, Shufelt and Nick Gilcris. Jeff Keaten, Andy Hill, Mike Giroux, Mark Lundblad and Ken Hepburn completed the top ten.   OCTOBERFAST ENDURO 150 SPECIAL NOTES OF INTEREST   Due to a scorer mistake, Nick Gilcris lost four laps and fell from second to fifth in the final standings.   Second place finisher, Paul Hodge, who has been... read more

BANQUET OF CHAMPIONS SET TO WRAP UP 2018 SPEEDWAY 51 POWERED BY THE AUTOSAVER GROUP SEASON

The 2017 Speedway 51 powered by the Autosaver Group Banquet of Champions is set to wrap up the 2017 racing season on Saturday, November 18th at the Town and Country Inn and Resort located in Gorham, New Hampshire. The night of celebration will honor the champions of each division, plus numerous other racers for their season long accomplishments. Champions include Corey Mason, champion of the North Country Ford Late Model Series. Brendan Moodie will be honored for his Perras Ace Hardware Tiger Sportsman championship. Bunker Hodgdon will see his name engraved on the champions rotating trophy for the second year in a row for the Caron Fabrication Street Stock division. Chris Ouellette will retain the White Mountains Community College Cyclones top award and Vanessa Brown-Savage will be honored as the Twisted Tea Angels champ. Also being honored will be the A.B. Excavating Daredevil Youth Racers, and the North Country Family Restaurant Go-Kart Series drivers. The night will start off with a Social Hour at 4:45pm, followed by Dinner at 5:45. Awards will be presented starting at 7:15. Music and dancing will follow the awards ceremony. The popular band, “RUMBLECADDY” will be the entertainment choice of the night. The banquet ticket order form can be found on the Speedway 51 website at www.speedway51int.com. All forms must be filled out and returned with payment no later than Tuesday, November 14, 2017. The Town & Country Inn & Resort is offering a special room rate of $72.00 plus tax for banquet attendees. To reserve a room, please call 603-4663315. If you have any questions please contact Pam at 802-279-1590, or Min (for... read more