Granite State Mini Sprints 30th!
Submitted by: Christine Boesch on 2014-06-30 at 11:17
WENTWORTH, NH - Despite the hot sun and 90 degree temperatures on Sunday, the Legion Speedway crew kept the dust down and gave the drivers a track with more bite than usual. With the green flying at 3 for the O'Reilly Auto Parts Twilight Racing Challenge, track prep has been a struggle, but they had it under control this week. The highlight of the day was the celebration of the Granite State Mini Sprints' 30th anniversary, with cake, balloons, and a car show before racing. The club features two divisions, the 500cc's and the faster 600cc's. Legion Speedway owner Si Allen was the club's president when they celebrated 20 years, and track manager Shawn Lawler served as president in his last year with the club before moving up to the 360 sprints. The 500cc division is unique to GSMSRC, which is one of, if not the only, clubs with this division in the country. Matt Hoyt brought home another win in the #07, #71 Chris Carbee finished second, and Josh Boissoneau, a long time member of GSMSRC, was third in the #05.
The 600cc's had a higher than normal car count, which made for some very exciting racing this week. Toby Tatro was the winner in the #19. Rookie Kyle Belliveau was the hard charger, coming from next to last all the way up to second in his #15. Kyle is a former 500cc driver, and is competing for rookie of the year honors in the 600's this season. #16 Tim Beard, who is trying for rookie of the year in the 360 SCONE series while still competing in the GSMSRC, rounded out the top three. Jake Williams, another driver pulling double duty and also racing with SCONE, had some hard luck in his #73 when the right front spindle broke, ending his night.
Last year's Enfield Garage Outlaw Mini Stock champion, #78 Chris Conroy, won the feature event. Craig Smith was second in the #97, while #12K John Knight, last week's winner, took home the third place trophy. All three of these drivers consistently finish in the winners' circle, with all three having multiple first place finishes this season. Jim Durkee in the #9 machine had some tough luck a couple of weeks ago when he tangled with the wall on the front stretch and totaled his car. He's back in action though, with a solid 5th place finish this week.
The Bond Auto Parts Pure Stocks, a growing division at Legion Speedway, put on a great show. This division is the result of the closing of Canaan Fair Speedway, which left the former asphalt cars with nowhere to race. Legion Speedway gave them a new home, and they've given everyone an affordable division to race in. Ryan Ovitt is no stranger to victory lane in his #77, and this week was no exception. He always races to win, and this week he did just that, winning both his qualifier and the feature. #5X Ronnie Bryson qualified second and took second in the feature, while Dennis Thorogood finished third in the #65 and stood in the winners’ circle for the first time this year.
The Peanuts Automotive Super Streets saw some fierce competition on Sunday. The feature winner was Derek O'Hearn in the #55, second was JP Vaillancourt in the #525, and third was #4 Wade Prentice, who made both Derek and JP earn every inch it took to get by him. Even after spinning out, Prentice shot back up to third and had no challengers for the spot. Derek O'Hearn is the driver in position to win the Super Four Challenge, if he can make it three more in a row between Bear Ridge Speedway and Legion Speedway.
Gary Siemons in the #5 had a spectacular night in the Mike's Automotive Sportsman Modified division. He won his qualifier, then started on the pole and finished on the pole, bringing him within 6 points of the lead. #77 Allan Hammond fought hard for his second place finish, holding off third place finisher #631 Todd Buckwold, current points leader and the night's hard charger Chad Turck in the #56, and #26 Jeff Huntington.
Legion Speedway's next race will be this Friday, July 4th at 5 PM. Gates will open at 2, hot laps at 4, and the green flag will wave at 5 for the O'Reilly Auto Parts Twilight Racing Challenge. After the racing is done, join us for a fireworks display!
Sportsman Modifieds: Jason Sanville
Late Model Sportsman: Matt Pike
Mini Stocks: Rich Willey
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