Submitted by: firstname.lastname@example.org on 2014-05-14 at 12:44
Week one of the 2014 season is in the books! We had a great turn-out and couldn't have asked for better weather. While the heat made for a dry-slick race track, that didn't stop the drivers from shaking out all the excitement and energy they accumulated over the off season.
The Sprint Cars of New England made their first appearance of the season at Legion Speedway. The day started off with a mishap with a misaligned push truck that left rookie Christine Boesch's #23 sprint car in need of serious repair. Her crew managed to repair the damages and salvage the day for the 23 team.
Returning champion, driver Chris Conroy in the 78 Mini Stock managed to take home wins in both the heat and the feature. In the heat, he was followed closely by James Davis in the 87 and Aaron Bunker in the 55. Drivers John Knight #12k, Dave Durkee #67 and Andy Johnson took first, second and third respectively in heat #2. Knight battled his way up to a second place finish in the Mini Stock feature while Davis earned the third place spot.
The newly formed Pure Stock division provided plenty of excitement right from the start. Driver Dan Collins in the #4 earned the top spot in the qualifier, followed closely by Rob Thurston in the #17 and Ronnie Bryson in the #5x. In the Pure Stock feature, Ryan Ovitt starts his season off with a well earned win in the #77, with Collins and Thurston close behind.
Not to be outdone, the Super Street division had fans on their feet while they cheered on their favorites. The caution flag flew on several occasions in both heats due to spin-outs as the drivers pushed their cars to the ragged edge. In the end, Sam Comeau in the #30, Wade Prentice in the #4 and Nick O'Haire in the #09 "Flintstone Flyer" earned the top three spots in the first qualifier, while Derek O'Hearn took his #55 to the front in heat #2. He was followed by Mark Brown #47 and Charlie Pickeron in the #8. The Super Street feature marked a return to the winner's circle for O'Hearn in his bright yellow #55. Brown earned the second spot with Comeau receiving the bronze.
The Sportsman Modified division had an incident free season opener with a handful of new faces in the field. Driver Troy Comeau was at the top of heat #1 with Chad Turk's #56 and Gary Siemens #5 taking second and third, respectively. In Heat #2, a disqualification of the 82 car left veteran driver Ryan Avery in his #01 at the top of the pack. Jack Cook's #1NH and Sid Laquire's #88x earned spots 2 and 3. The feature marked a return to the winner's circle for Comeau's #89 with Turk and Siemens battling hard for the second and third spots.
Mike's Automotive in Tilton, NH, this year's Sportsman Modified division sponsor, offered a HARD CHARGER award to the driver to advanced the most places in the feature. This award was earned by Jason Sanville, who raced his way from the rear up seven spots to ninth overall. Congratulations Jason!
The season opener was capped off perfectly with the SCoNE feature. Drivers searched high and low for some bite and Chris Donnelly in the #17 found it up top. He fended off advances from Dan Douville in the 7x who took home a second place finish, followed closely by Clay Dow in the 58. The SCoNE series returns to Legion Speedway on June 8th.
Sportsman Modifieds: Jason Sanville
Late Model Sportsman: Matt Pike
Mini Stocks: Rich Willey
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