From the words of the legendary Darrell Waltrip, it’s time to go racing at Speedway 51 in Groveton, New Hampshire. The Daytona 500 has come and gone and now it’s time to dig those racecars out of the snow banks, gather up the crew in the garage, and get them racers ready for the pre-season car shows, and opening day set for Saturday, May 6, 2017.
Excitement is at an all time high this year at Speedway 51 as many positive changes are taking place in the rulebooks, and the track operations. The all new North Country Ford Late Models will have a five race series this season with solid big buck purses. With a minimum of twenty cars, the winners share will be a minimum of $1,500 for 75 laps, or $2,000 for a 100 lap event. The purse will be solid throughout the field. The NC Ford Late Models will be on 9” Hoosier rubber this year, and they will be allowed to run bump stops on the cars. Bump stops help in adjusting the cars suspension. The total tire bill to run the full season is estimated at just $2,200. The NC Ford Series allow teams that don’t want to race a full season to race a limited schedule, and spend a good amount of the summer with their families, and race at other venues if they would like.
Interest is huge as well in the Limited Sportsman class, (Formerly known as Tiger Sportsman) as the free tire offer by Track owner, Joey Laquerre has this divisions racers buzzing throughout the entire racing community. Racers in this class run on used American Racer Late Model tires which can be collected from Late Model teams, or taken from Speedway 51’s tire inventory free of charge. There is a $20 branding fee which goes directly into the drivers point fund. The winner’s share of the point fund is estimated to be close to $4,000.
The highly competitive Street Stock class has very few if any new rules for 2017. They will be running on the same tire as raced upon in 2016. The Daredevil division looks to be stronger than ever as several new youngsters will be in line to race this season. This will be the first year in many that the kids will not be racing for points. The Twisted Tea Pure Stocks will return as well in 2017. These six cylinder beauties will see some new faces for in the upcoming season.
Two new divisions will roll onto the Speedway in 2017. First, the White Mountains Community College Cyclones will make their debut. This basically stock class will fit nicely into the tracks plans for 2017. Joining the Cyclones will be the return of the Angels ladies division. They will be using the same type cars as the Cyclones and should be very entertaining.
One new item that is mandatory for 2017 is the use of the Raceiver or a scanner. These devices are a one way communication device that allows the Race Director to communicate with the drivers. This will help with lineups, problems on the track, and the ability to diffuse any issues that need the Race Directors attention. Raceivers are on sale on-line at www.raceivers.com. They are just $99.95 and they also have packages with earbuds, etc available. Regular scanners are also allowed.
We are presently working on the Car Show schedule, and that should be ready to announce in the next couple of weeks. Many sponsorship packages are available at various prices. Get your businesses on board for the 2017 race season. For more information on Speedway 51, or to inquire about the numerous packages that are being offered, contact Dick Therrien at 802-274-8823, or Jon Dunkling at 802-371-8132. See the entire schedule of events on our website, and for more information on this event and others, please visit the website at www.speedway51int.com, or call the Track hotline at 802-479-2074. Speedway 51 is located on the Craggy Road in Groveton, New Hampshire.