Corey Mason captures championship at Speedway 51

GROVETON — The point battles for Speedway 51 powered by the Autosaver Group top three divisions have been decided and several championship positions were not decided until the drivers crossed the start/finish line on the final lap on Saturday. Race winners on the night included Corey Mason, Derrick Calkins, Kasey Beattie and Alexus Call. The evening was clouded somewhat as local citizen Stevie Russ passed away earlier in the day. Russ was a friend to everyone in the Groveton community, as you would always see him walking and sitting on benches around the Groveton community waving and talking to everybody. He will surely be missed.

The North Country Ford Late Model Series championship was on the line with points leader Mason with a relatively safe lead going into the 100 -lap main event. Mason weaved through traffic in the early going and took over the lead from Brendan Moodie on lap 27. Chip Grenier followed Mason up through and took over second spot a few laps later. The race was on to the checkers, and try as he could Grenier was no match for Mason, as Mason collected his third win of the year and the championship. Grenier placed second ahead of Randy Potter, Brendan Moodie and Mike Kenison. Heat wins went to Potter and Kenison.

Moodie had already clinched the Perras Ace Hardware Tiger Sportsman championship, but he was hoping to pull off a victory on championship night. Unfortunately Calkins denied Moodie’s plans by winning the main event. Moodie settled for second place ahead of John Boutin, Floyd Bennett Jr. and Kyle Streeter. Original third place finisher Mike Giroux failed post race inspection due to a wheel infraction. Ryan Boutin and Brian Gosselin won the qualifying events.

The tightest point battle of the night came right down to the final checkered flag in the Caron Fabrication Street Stocks. Thirteen-year-old Beattie ran the race of his young life as he scored his second win of 2017. Beattie’s victory was not an easy one as he first battled Allan Birch for the first 18 laps, then had to hold off runner-up, Brett Rowell to the end. Dean Switser Jr., Bunker Hodgdon and Kevin Streeter rounded out the top five. Rowell won the preliminary event. Bunker Hodgdon claimed his second straight Street Stock title.

Call won a torrid battle with Julian Kenison in the A.B. Excavating Daredevil feature. The pair swapped the lead three times in the final five laps before Call got out front to stay. Hunter King and Makita Giroux followed the lead pair to the stripe. King carried the heat checkers.

Speedway 51 powered by the Autosaver Group will now be silent until Friday and Saturday, Oct. 6-7 for the 2017 edition of the Fall Brawl presented by Moms of Lancaster. On Friday night the Go-Kart Series will be racing with all four divisions including Rookies, Junior Pro, Mini-Pro and Adults. Post=time will be 5 p.m. Then at 8pm it will be championship night for the White Mountains Community College Cyclones and the Twisted Tea Angels. The A.B. Excavating Daredevils will also be on the card. General admission in the grandstands will be just $5. Then on Saturday, day two of the Moms of Lancaster Fall Brawl will take place as the $5,000 to win, Lil Joey Generation Next Late Model 151 will take place, plus Tiger Sportsman and Street Stocks will be in action. Post-time 5:30 p.m.

Speedway 51 powered by the Autosaver Group would like to remind everyone that Octoberfast 150 Enduro for four cylinder, six and eight cylinder cars, trucks and mini-vans has been moved to Saturday afternoon, Oct. 21, at 2. For more information on these events and others go to speedway51int.com, or call the track hotline at (802) 266-0240. Speedway 51 is located on 78 Craggy Road in Groveton.

 

LateModel Speedway51Late Model top three finishers Saturday night (from left) were: third place driver Randy Potter, winner Corey Mason and runner-up Chip Grenier. Mason finished as the Speedway 51 champion for 2017. (ALAN PLUMMER PHOTO)