Speedway 51 News

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