Fireworks and Firecracker 40's!
Submitted by: Christine Boesch on 2014-07-07 at 10:15
Thanks to some very well-timed rain and Dan Bowne's track prepping skills, Legion Speedway had its best racing surface of the season for the O'Reilly Auto Parts Firecracker 40's on July 4th. Instead of qualifiers and features, the modifieds, super streets, and outlaw mini stocks ran two twenty lap segments, and the pure stocks raced two fifteen lap segments. Visiting series Sprint Cars of New England ran their regular 10 lap qualifiers and 30 lap feature. After the racing was done and it got dark enough, the track had an impressive fireworks display by Noise R Us to celebrate Independence Day.
The first division to take the track was the Enfield Garage Outlaw Mini Stocks. Overall winner Aaron Bunker in the #55 finished fourth segment one, and a win in his second run propelled him the top spot of the evening. Second place went to Dave Durkee in his #67, who finished third and second in the two segments, and #78 Chris Conroy took home third overall after winning segment one and finishing fifth in segment two.
The Bond Auto Parts Pure Stocks were the second division to take the track. #77 Ryan Ovitt found his way to the front with little trouble and won the first segment. He started and finished on the pole for race two, securing his title as overall victor. Ronnie Bryson in the #5x started second in both races and held on to his spot in both races for an overall second place finish. Cassie Ottati came in third overall, for her first appearance in the winners' circle this year.
#V8 Charlie Pickering had an outstanding night in the Peanuts Auto Super Streets. He came from next to last to win the first race, which earned him the pole in segment two. Pickering raced hard to be the first across the line again and be the night's overall victor. Winners' circle regular #525 JP Vaillancourt finished second and third, which put him in second for the evening. Nick O'Haire was the third place finisher in his #09.
The Mike's Automotive Modifieds were the last division to run the two segment race. Todd Buckwold in the #631 and Ryan Avery in the #01 each won a segment and finished second in the other. Buckwold was the overall winner, though, as a tie was broken by finish in the second segment, which was Buckwold's winning run. Long-time racer Jack Cook has been having a good season at the Legion Speedway and Friday was no exception. He took fourth and third in his #1NH, which put him third place at the end of the two segments.
Photos by LinMat Photo
Last to take the track were the Sprint Cars of New England. The track held so much moisture, even they weren't kicking up any dust. #6X Mark Cole swept the night, winning his heat and the feature. Working hard to catch him was Jake Williams in his #73, but he had to settle for second. Chris Donnelly was third in his #17, after working his way up from his twelfth place starting position.
Legion Speedway's next race will be on Sunday, July 13. Pits open at noon, hot laps at 2, and the green waves at 3.
Sportsman Modifieds: Jason Sanville
Late Model Sportsman: Matt Pike
Mini Stocks: Rich Willey
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