It was an incredible evening at Speedway 51 powered by the Autosaver Group this past Saturday night as the Track celebrated the history of Mike Beattie’s Riverside Speedway in grand fashion honoring drivers of yesteryear and inducting the Class of 2019 into the Hall of Fame. The evening’s activities were presented by Beattie Enterprises. Race winners included Jared Plumley, Dean Switser Jr., Kaiden Fisher and Nick Ogden.
Rookie Dalton Mountain Motorsports / Caron’s Towing Tiger Sportsman ace, Jared Plumley scored the biggest victory of his young career as he raced through a miniscule hole in turn four and blasted on past leader Brad Bushey and held on for his first career win. The race featured incredible side by side racing the entire distance as first Mike Clark and Jarred Ledger ran door handle to door handle for many laps before Ledger cut down a left front tire bringing out the caution flag. Brad Bushey pulled up on the outside of Clark and the pair raced side by side for close to twenty five laps before another caution flew bringing the field together. Bushey on the inside, Clark outside and a bunch of hungry Tigers on their back bumpers including Jared Plumley, Derrick Calkins, Nick Gilcris, Kevin Boutin and Ledger. The green flew and Bushey held onto the lead by inches. On lap 67 Bushey left the door open in turn four and Plumley blasted into the hole and took the lead and raced home for his career first victory. Bushey held on for second ahead of Calkins, point leader Nick Gilcris and Jerrad Ledger recovered to take fifth. Clark and Bushey won their respective qualifiers.
Dean Switser Jr. picked up another win in the Caron’s Fabrication Street Stock main as he defeated Edward Bowen, Les Washburn, Norm Raymond Jr., and Craig Hurley. Switser also won the qualifying round.
The White Mountains Community College Bone Stock division continues to grow each week and continues to turn in some fine racing. When the dust settled point leader Nick Ogden came from the shotgun position to grab the win over Eric Barrup, Marty Barrup, Jimmy Hurley and Greg Martin. Martin and Ogden each won a preliminary race.
Kaiden Fisher continued his winning ways in the Claudette and Dean’s Place Daredevils as he defeated Cassi Leonard and Mekaylah. The N.E.A.R. Antique Racers were on hand for the special night and Ed Gould won the Sportsman feature while Scott Decosta was victorious in the Mod division.
Track announcer Steve Patnaude put together a spectacular reunion for the Old Timers of Riverside Speedway at intermission. Numerous veteran racers were introduced and it made for a very happy celebration. Three people were inducted into the Hall of Fame including James Savage, Dave Shuefelt and Bobby Turner. The Speedway would like to thank Steve Patnaude and his crew for honoring the great, late Mike Beattie and the infamous Riverside Speedway.
Speedway 51 will be off this week as the Lancaster Fair will be in operation. Racing will resume on Saturday, September 7th at 6pm with the running of the 4th Round of the Creative Counters / Vermont Solid Surface Late Model Series. The Late Models will race for 75 laps. Joining the Late Models will be the Tiger Sportsman, Street Stocks, Daredevils, Bone Stocks plus the Annual Kids Pit Tour. In case of rain the event will be run on Sunday, September 8th at 1pm. For more info on this event and others, visit the website at www.speedway51int.com, or contact Dick Therrien at 802-274-8823 or e-mail him at email@example.com. Speedway 51 is located at 78 Craggy Road in Groveton, New Hampshire.