Mother Nature tried her best to throw a knockout punch at Speedway 51 powered by the Autosaver Group this past Saturday night, but hard work by track personnel prevailed and the entire racing card including the Kids Pit Tour was completed. Winners on the night included Chip Grenier, Brendan Moodie, Kasey Beattie, Alexis Call, and Cody Leblanc.
The North Country Ford Late Models had several new cars compete as they lined up for their 75 lap main event. Before the green could be waved Mike Kenison, second in points, shut down on the front stretch with electrical problems. It turned out to be a bad battery. When racing got underway, Chip Grenier jumped from his outside pole position and opened up a five car advantage over Bryan Mason and Corey Mason. The race went green to checkers with Grenier grabbing a career first win at the northern New Hampshire speedplant. Completing the top five were Brian Mason, Corey Mason, Quinney Welch and Mike Kenison. Grenier and Corey Mason carried heat checkers.
Brendan Moodie did not let the $500 bounty on his head slow him down as he held off a late race challenge from Derrick Calkins to claim his 4th win in a row. Mike Clark, Bill Stebbins Jr., and Colin Cornell rounded out the top five.
Young Kasey Beattie won his first ever Caron’s Fabrication Street Stock feature dominating the event from start to finish. The two time Daredevil champion was followed to the stripe by Brett “The Jet” Rowell, Dean Switser Jr., Jason Kenison and Jason Picard. Heat checkers flew for Beattie and Bunker Hodgdon.
Alexis Call made it two in a row in the A.B. Excavating Daredevils as she withstood a tremendous challenge from Bryan Wall. Cooper French passed his sister Kailie French with two laps to go to claim the third spot. Hunter King and Josh Plumley rounded out the field.
The visiting NEMST brought a solid 19 cars to run a 51 lap feature event. It was led from start to finish by Cody Leblanc. He was challenged throughout the event by Jared Soucy who snared the second spot a head of Brandon Gray, Matt Sonnhalter and Emerson Cayer. Leblanc and Cayer scored wins in the preliminary rounds.
Racing resumes next Saturday, June 10th featuring a Street Stock Special plus Tiger Sportsman, Daredevils, Cyclones and Angels. Post time is 6pm. Mark your calendar for the following week June 17th, as the ground pounding Valenti Modified Racing Series returns to Speedway 51 powered by the Autosaver Group. A 6pm post time is scheduled for this event with a Meet and Greet session scheduled for intermission, weather permitting. For more information on this event and others please visit our website at www.speedway51int.com, or call the new Track hotline at 802-266-0240. Speedway 51 is located on Craggy Road in Groveton, New Hampshire.