Speedway 51 powered by the Autosaver Group came alive with the sound of racecars this past Saturday night after the previous week’s rainout. With other local tracks rained out, several new cars came to challenge the regulars and a pair of them carried the checkered flag when it was all over. Winners on Mom’s of Lancaster night included Quinney Welch, Derrick Calkins, Kevin Streeter and Jesse Dunham.
It was Round #4 for the North Country Ford Late Models Series and a solid field of 14 cars took the green flag for 75 laps of racing. Lapped traffic played a major part of the event as the leaders had to work a lot of lapped traffic from lap 9 on. Chip Grenier was at the point when a lapped car jumbled the field allowing Quinney Welch to grab the lead. Grenier once again was a lapped traffic victim as Corey Mason boxed him down in turn three to take over the second spot. Welch pulled away from the pack to carry the checkers in the non-stop event. Mason, Grenier, Jeff Marshall and Brendan Moodie completed the top five. Randy Potter and Mason carried qualifying heat checkered flags.
Derrick Calkins once again held off multi-feature winner, Brendan Moodie in the Perras Ace Hardware Tiger Sportsman 25 lap main event. The pair broke through traffic early and pulled away from the field until the latter part of the event when Mike Clark started to mount a challenge but ran out of time leaving the top five as Calkins, Moodie, Clark, Steve Heitz and Kyle Streeter. Heat wins went to Streeter and Calkins.
A controversial finish in the Caron Fabrication Street Stocks caused a scramble on the final lap when the top two cars of Brett Rowell, and Dean Switser Jr. got together in turn four on lap 24. The pair were totally out of control down the frontstretch and into turn one where Rowell slammed into Switser in retaliation for the prior incident, thus forcing the field to scatter and sending third place driver, Bunker Hodgdon spinning between turns one and two, coming to a halt and bringing out the caution flag, and a yellow and checkers finish was ordered completing the event. As scoring went to work figuring the final order of finish as they had to revert back to lap 24 scoring. It was deemed that Rowell and Switser Jr. were involved in the caution and Hodgdon was the only car that stopped on the track meaning those three cars were involved and placed at the back of the lead lap cars in the final rundown. The official finishing order is Kevin Streeter, Stephen Martin, Kasey Beattie, Dylan Laleme, Allan Birch, Lisa Hodgdon, Brett Rowell, Dean Switser Jr, Bunker Hodgdon and Keri Sicard. Bunker Hodgdon won the qualifying event.
Jesse Dunham picked up his first career victory in the A.B. Excavating Daredevils 15 lapper as he held off a late race charge by Alexus Call. Cooper French raced home a solid third ahead of Makita Giroux and Tyler Thompson. Heat checkers waved for Dunham and Thompson.
Racing resumes next Saturday night, August 19th as the Sign Depot and Pepsi present the Jake McDowell Memorial Street Stock 50, aka “The Jake Race” will be the highlight event of the night. This will be an added laps and added purse event with $300 going to the overall winner of the three segment event. This will be a non-point counting event for the Street Stocks, however Speedway 51 cars will receive 50 championship points for taking the green flag. Tiger Sportsman, Daredevils, Cyclones and Angels will also be on the card. Post time is 6pm. Adults $12, Senior and Military Personnel $10, Teens 12-16 $5, and Kids 11 and under are free with a paid adult. 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.