Week 10 in the Books!
Submitted by: Christine Boesch on 2014-07-14 at 10:00
Legion Speedway had another close call with Mother Nature this Sunday. After a brief rain delay during qualifying, they managed to get the O'Reilly Auto Parts Twilight Racing Challenge in just before the rain moved back in for the night. Kids' rides were scheduled for intermission, but were cancelled due to the weather. They will be rescheduled. Visiting series Lucas Oil POWRi Outlaw Midgets made their third appearance at the track this season.
The Enfield Garage Outlaw Mini Stocks rolled onto the track first. Despite quite a few cautions, the racing for the front spots was intense. John Knight in the #12K came from the back after an early spin and raced hard for the third spot, but didn't have quite enough to get around Aaron Bunker in the #55. Chris Conroy in the #78 was the winner, Dave Durkee took second in his #67, and Aaron Bunker was third in the #55.
With only two Bond Auto Parts Pure Stocks making it to the track, officials decided to run them with the Peanuts Auto Super Streets, but have separate trophy presentations for the two divisions. Ryan Ovitt in the #77 finished ahead of Cassie Ottati in the #54. The Super Streets had a bigger turnout than usual, with some new cars and some drivers returning after a week or two off. Their race was also plagued with cautions, but again the racing up front was spectacular. Wade Prentice in the #4 and Sam Comeau in the #30 raced hard for the lead, but about the time flagman Scott Ovitt was showing halfway, Derek O’Hearn in the #55 shot to the front and kept the lead until the checkers flew. Prentice maintained a comfortable second for the rest of the race, and Comeau held off Charlie Pickering in the #V8 to take third.
The POWRi Lucas Oil Outlaw Midgets put on an exciting show, as they do every time they visit Legion Speedway. Adam Pierson in the #76M started sixth and went to the top of the track, where he quickly worked his way to the lead, and stayed there until the checkered flag waved. His teammate Josh Sunn was close on his heels, but didn't have quite enough to get around, so he settled for second in his #76. Third place finisher was the #29.
Last out were the Mike's Automotive Modifieds, who ran their race in the light sprinkle that turned into real rain almost as soon as the race was over. Jeff Huntington in the #26 started on the pole and held onto the lead for much of the race, while rookie Dennis McLeod started on the outside pole in the #31 and held onto second for quite a few laps. After an unfortunate racing incident, McLeod spun and went to the rear, where he fought hard to get back to the front, but came up short. Art Heino in the #61 raced hard to work his way to the lead in the second half of the race, and took home his first feature win of the season. Early leader Jeff Huntington finished second in the #26 after battling hard to hold off Heino and #5 Gary Siemons took home the third place trophy.
Legion Speedway's next race will be Sunday, July 20, when the Granite State Mini Sprints return to the track. Gates open at noon, hot laps at 2 and the green flies at 3.
Sportsman Modifieds: Jason Sanville
Late Model Sportsman: Matt Pike
Mini Stocks: Rich Willey
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