Jake McDowell Memroial goes to Bunker Hodgdon; championships on tap this week

GROVETON — The summer racing season has come and gone at Speedway 51 powered by the Autosaver Group, as the season begins to wind down at the quarter-mile, high-banked track and the next to the last point counting event saw some of the best racing of the season.

Sign Depot and Pepsi presented the return of the Jake McDowell Street Stock Memorial Classic. McDowell was a fan favorite who tragically lost his life in 2007. The event is the most prestigious Caron Fabrication Street Stock race on the calendar. The race was divided into three segments. Segment No. 1 went to Kevin Streeter, while Allan Birch upset the field in the second segment. Three drivers were all tied with six points each heading into the final leg of the race. Jeff Murray outraced the field for the win, but Bunker Hodgdon scored the overall victory over Streeter, Brett Rowell, Dylan Laleme and Jeff Murray.

Brendan Moodie got back to his winning ways in the Perras Ace Hardware Tiger Sportsman feature as he defeated Ryan Boutin, Derrick Calkins, Kyle Streeter and Brian Gosselin. Floyd Bennett Jr. won the qualifying round.

Makita Giroux captured his first ever victory in the A.B. Excavation Daredevil Youth Racer main event. Giroux started on the pole and never looked back. Alexus Call, Kyle Labounty, Hunter King and newcomer, Julian Kenison completed the top five. Garrett Labounty scored a popular win in the preliminary round.

Chris Ouellette extended his point lead in the White Mountains Community College Cyclones division as he held off a very determined Garrett Labounty to carry the checkered flag. Nick Gilcris, Travis Moulton, and Matt Mason followed the lead pair home. Moulton nailed down the qualifier victory.

Twisted Tea Angels point leader Vanessa Brown-Savage nipped Shawna Whitcomb by a hood pin to keep her undefeated streak alive. Alexus Call and Jenna Randall followed on the lead pairs heels. Call won the lone heat race.

This Saturday night, Aug. 26, Creative Counters will present Salute to Summer Championship Night featuring a 100-lap main event for the Late Models as well as the Tiger Sportsman, Street Stocks and Daredevils. Everyone is encouraged to bake a cake for their favorite driver(s) and present them at intermission. Post time is 6 p.m. Adults will be $15, seniors and military personnel $12, teens 12-16 $5 and kids 11 and under are free. For more information on this event and others go to speedway51int.com, or call the track hotline at (802) 266-0240. Speedway 51 is located on Craggy Road in Groveton.

Memorial Race Speedway 51​The Cyclone top three from left to right: third Nick Gilcris, first Chris Ouellette, and second Garrett Labounty. (ALAN PLUMMER PHOTO)