Team effort saves the night at Speedway 51

GROVETON — Off and on showers throughout the evening could not deter race teams, race fans and sponsors from completing the night of racing at Speedway 51, powered by the Autosaver Group, in Groveton, last Saturday. The night’s activities were sponsored by the Autosaver Groups 12 locations, and thanks to their efforts along with race teams and fans, they dried out the track one final time, and that allowed the 100-lap Late Model feature to run in its entirety. Winners on the night included Corey Mason, Derek Calkins, Bunker Hodgdon, Hunter King, Travis Moulton and Vanessa Brown–Savage.

The North Country Ford Late Models rolled out for their 100-lap grind, and what a show they put on for the fans. It was a race that seemed like nobody wanted for the first half of the event as leaders continually made mistakes or got caught up in a melee. Bryan Mason led the first 45 laps before a lap car brought out the caution sending Mason and Chip Grenier to the rear. Randy Potter took over for several laps before giving way to a rallying Corey Mason. Corey Mason slipped by and raced to the checkers ahead of Grenier, Bryan Mason, Brendan Moodie and Potter.  Heat races were captured by Mike Kenison and Bryan Mason.

The highly entertaining Perras Ace Hardware Tiger Sportsman feature had race fans on the edge of their seats as Calkins edged out Brendan Moodie ending Moodie’s unbeaten string. Ryan Boutin, Bill Stebbins Jr. and Floyd Bennett Jr. chased them to the finish. Ryan Boutin won the lone qualifier.

Point leader Hodgdon grabbed his second win of the season in the Caron’s Fabrication Street Stock 25-lap feature event. He blasted out front early and never looked back. Brett Rowell, Dean Switser Jr., Jason Kenison and Allan Birch completed the top five. Hodgdon also carried the heat checkers.

King claimed his first career victory in the A.B. Excavating Daredevils main event as he bested Jesse Dunham, Cooper French, Kyle Labounty, and Garrett Labounty. French won the qualifying race.

Moulton’s late-race charge gave him his first win on a very damp race surface in the White Mountains Community College Cyclone division. He raced by Matthew Mason and Chris Ouellette in the final two laps to nail down the victory. Shawn Hood and Garrett Labounty rounded out the top five. Shawn Hood won the heat race.

Brown-Savage made it four in a row in the Twisted Tea Lady Angels division as she defeated Tracy Dean and Courtney Bradley.

Speedway 51, powered by the Autosaver Group, will be closed on July 15 for Monster Energy Cup racing at Loudon. Racing action resumes on Saturday, July 22 with the Twisted Tea Tiger Special. It will be extra distance racing for the Tigers, plus Street Stocks, Daredevils, Cyclones and Angels as well as Kiddie race car rides. Post time is 6 p.m. For more information on this event and others, visit www.speedway51int.com, or call the track hotline at (802) 266-0240. Speedway 51 is located on Craggy Road in Groveton.

Speedway 51 Shawn HoodThe No. 76 Cyclone of Berlin's Shawn Hood makes a great save as the No. 81 of Milan's Chris Ouellette just clears him during feature action. (ALAN PLUMMER PHOTO)