It’s hard to believe that after such a long winter that the season opening events at Speedway 51 in Groveton, New Hampshire are less than one month away. After a highly successful winter season that saw the inaugural Winter Blast 100 snow race play before a full house in January, and the Vintage Snowmobile Racing Series wrapping up in March, it’s time to move back to racecars on Saturday, May 6th.
The management at Speedway 51 has a whole new philosophy for the upcoming racing season, as they will concentrate more on taking care of the local racers and fans than bringing in outside touring groups. Track owner, Joey Laquerre stated “We tried something different last year at Speedway 51. We brought in a lot of outside touring series to entertain our fans. These events were pricey for the Track and we had to charge more to get in. Our racefans can’t afford the higher admission prices on a semi-regular basis and many stayed home on Saturday nights. We have cut way back on them in 2017. We will be bringing back the Wicked Good Vintage racers out of Maine. They put on a whale of a show last year and fans encouraged us to bring them back. Also the NEMA Lite Midgets will be back, the Near Antique racers and best of all, the Valenti Modified Racing Series will be back on Saturday, June 17th. Our new goal is to give our fans the best show available at fan friendly prices.”
2017 will see a five race series for the North Country Ford Late Models. This high paying series will feature five races, basically once a month, for the Late Models. With a minimum of twenty cars, the 75 lap events will pay $1,500 to win while the 100 lap races will pay $2,000 to win. All events will offer a healthy purse from top to bottom. Once again in 2017 the Tiger Sportsman will receive free racing tires. This was extremely popular in 2016 and the Track is hoping to keep the momentum going this season. The Caron Fabrication, Towing and Repair Street Stocks have an influx of new local competitors this year and teams will look to unseat last year’s champion Bunker Hodgdon. The AB Logging Daredevil Youth Racers appear to be stronger in numbers as the youth movement is really catching on. The kids will not be racing for points this season taking a lot of pressure off the youngsters. The Twisted Tea Pure Stocks will be returning in 2017 as these six cylinder beasts look to be even stronger.
Speedway 51 will see the return of two divisions that have been away from the Track for a few years. First the Angels will be returning. This ladies class use to be a lot of fun, and now their rules are the same as the White Mountains Community College Cyclone division that is also returning in 2017. That means these two groups can share the same cars on the same night. Another exciting Series will return to Speedway 51 and that is the Go-Karts. 2016 saw a huge group of young Go-Karters compete regularly and it is going to be even stronger in 2017.
Right now our pre-season car show series is taking place at many venues throughout the Northeast. Below is the car show schedule:
Saturday, April 15th – O’Reilly’s Auto Parts, Gorham, NH, 10am-1pm
Saturday, April 22nd – Sanel Auto Parts, Newport, VT, 10am-1pm
Saturday, April 29th – Inside of the Green Mountain Mall, St. Johnsbury, VT, 9am-4pm
Saturday, May 6th – Downtown Groveton, Car Show & Parade, 10am-1pm
All Speedway 51 racers, and Go-Karters that would like to attend are encouraged to contact Dick Therrien at 802-274-8823, or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org. This event is open to all Speedway 51 divisions, plus Speedway 51 Go-Kart racers. For more information on this event and others please visit our website at www.speedway51int.com, or call the Track hotline at 802-479-2074. Speedway 51 is located on Craggy Road in Groveton, New Hampshire.