Moodie, Hodgdon and Heath prevail at Speedway 51


By Dick Therrien

GROVETON — Beautiful weather and hot racing were featured Saturday night at Speedway 51, powered by the Autosaver Group at the high banked ¼ oval in Groveton, and winners on the night included Brendan Moodie, Bunker Hodgdon and Jamie Heath.


The Perras Ace Hardware Tiger Sportsman highlighted the card and the field swelled dramatically from opening night. The best part of the night was the fact that all cars racing were quality pieces of equipment and there were battles throughout the field all night. Moodie picked up his second consecutive win by edging out Dwayne Lamphear and Craig Bushey. Moodie worked his way around Bushey with three laps remaining, and then slid up the track in turn three a lap later surrendering the runner-up spot to Dwayne Lamphear. Travis Calkins raced home fourth ahead of Brandon Lamphear. Moodie won the qualifying round.


Hodgdon showed no mercy in the Caron Fabrication Street Stock feature event as he rebounded from last week’s poor finish, to carrying the checkered flag this week leading from start to finish. Dean Switser Jr. was reeling Hodgdon in at the end of the race but laps ran out and he settled for second. Jared Plumley, Brett Rowell and Kasey Beattie rounded out the top five. Hodgdon also won his heat race.

Heath made the long haul down from Waterford, Maine, and scored an impressive victory in the White Mountains Community College Cyclone division. A scrum at the start of the race sent the field scrambling and Heath picked the right hole and shot to the point, never to be challenged. Matt Mason and Chris Ouellette raced hard for the second spot with Mason prevailing in the end. Ouellette finished third ahead of Travis Moulton and Todd Derrington. Heath also won his qualifier.


speedway51 1The top three finishers in the Cyclone division at Speedway 51 this past Saturday, (from left) third place- Chris Ouellette, winner- Jamie Heath, and runner-up Mathew Mason. (ALAN PLUMMER PHOTO)

 The A.B. Excavating Daredevils had a tough night as a wreck on lap one wrecked six of the cars. They will try again this next week with double features. The Twisted Tea angels will also have a pair of features next week.


    Racing resumes this coming Saturday, May 27, at 6 p.m. with a giant Memorial Day weekend card. On tap will be the all the Wicked Good Vintage Racers out of Maine. Joining them will be the Perras Ace Hardware Tiger Sportsman, the Caron Fabrication Street Stocks and the A.B. Excavation Daredevils, White Mountains Community College Cyclones and Twisted Tea Angels. All military personnel in uniform will be admitted free.

 For more information on this event and others please visit our website at, or call the new Track hotline at (802) 266-0240. Speedway 51 is located on Craggy Road in Groveton.



Nocella takes first place at weekend race

Speedway 51 Jericho OutdoorsJericho Outdoors of Berlin sponsored the race event held at Speedway 51 in Groveton Saturday night. Pictured with the group that was on hand to give out awards in Victory Lane are the Valenti Modified top three, from the left; second — Jeffrey Gallup, winner ± Anthony Nocella, and third place Sam Remeau. (ALAN PLUMMER PHOTO)

BHS Senior Sports Awards- Winter

Unified Basketball coaches Head coach Karen Turgeon (back row, center) honored seniors (from left) Tiffany Poirier, Julia Gray and Julie Downs with the Unified Basketball Coaches awards. (COURTESY PHOTO)

Spirit Coaches AwardBrianne Mourneau (left) received the Spirit Coaches Award. (COURTESY PHOTO)

Michael Francis Walsh BaskeHead coach Pete Peare honored senior Myra Arsenault (left) with the Michael Francis Walsh Basketball Award. (COURTESY PHOTO)

Girls Ice Hockey Coaches AwCoaches Scott Valliere and Aisha Rai Thompson honored Rylie Binette (center) with the Girls Ice Hockey Coaches Award. (COURTESY PHOTO)

David Max Agrodnia BasketbaCJ Wedge (center) was given the David Max Agrodnia Basketball Award from coaches Jared Lauze and Dave Morrissette. (COURTESY PHOTO)

Boys Ice Hockey Coaches AwaOwen Dorval (second from left) received the Boys' Ice Hockey Coaches Award from coaches Corey Claude Riendeau, Mike Poulin, and Matt Soprano. (COURTESY PHOTO)

Moodie and Brown-Savage stay undefeated at Speedway 51

By Dick Therrien


GROVETON — Clear skies and red-hot racing prevailed last Saturday night at Speedway 51 powered by the Autosaver Group in Groveton, as two winning streaks continued at the high banked, quarter-mile speed plant. Winners included Brendan Moodie, Dean Switser Jr., Bryan Wall, Chris Ouellette and Vanessa Brown-Savage.

It was the Caron’s Fabrication Street Stock Special which was run in three 15-lap segments and Switser Jr. captured all three segments to pick up his second victory of the season. Bunker Hodgdon raced home second ahead of Brett Rowell, Jared Plumley and Jason Picard.

Moodie made it one for the thumb as he scored his fifth consecutive victory to remain undefeated in the Perras Ace Hardware Tiger Sportsman. Kevin Boutin, Mike Giroux and Bill Stebbins Jr. completed the field.

Wall nipped Kyle Labounty in a near photo finish in the highly entertaining A.B. Excavating Daredevil youth division. Alexus Call, Hunter King and Garrett Labounty completed the top five. Wall also captured the heat race.

Ouellette defeated a very competitive field of White Mountains Community College Cyclones garnering his first win of the season. Matt Mason, Todd Derrington, Garrett Labounty and Jamie Carbone rounded out the top five.

Savage-Brown kept her winning streak alive holding off Jamie Carbone to pick up her third straight victory, keeping her undefeated on the season in the Twisted Tea Angels. Alexus Call and Courtney Bradley placed third and fourth.

This Saturday night, June 17, the Valenti Modified Racing Series invades Speedway 51 powered by the Autosaver Group. The VMRS group will race a 100 green flag laps. There will also be a Meet and Greet on the track at intermission for the fans. Joining the Valenti Modified Racing Series will be the Perras Ace Hardware Tiger Sportsman, Caron’s Fabrication Street Stocks and the A.B. Excavating Daredevils. Post time is 6 p.m.

For more information on this event and others, visit, or call the new track hotline at (802) 266-0240. Speedway 51 is located on Craggy Road in Groveton.