Submitted by: Christine Boesch on 2014-08-04 at 9:40
After their first week off due to rain, Legion Speedway was back in action with the O'Reilly Auto Parts Twilight Racing Challenge on Sunday with high car counts in all divisions and great wheel to wheel racing. SCoNE returned to the track after a month without racing and after the regular features, the enduro cars took the track for thirty laps.
Dan the Dirt Man graded just before the sprint cars took the track, giving them an ultra-smooth surface to run on. The race for lead had everyone on the edge of their seats, with several lead changes before Chris Donnelly in the 17 took the checkered by a nose. Clay Dow in the 58 had to settle for second, and rookie Luke Greenwood in the 89 took third and stood in the winners' circle for the first time in a 360 sprint. Fourth place finisher Rick Martel in the 28 led quite a few laps, but was passed by Greenwood near the end of the race. After two red flags and several cautions, only thirteen of the eighteen car field finished the race. The first red flag was for 7x Dan Douville who flipped in turn three, ending his night. A few laps later the red flag came out again after contact between two cars, ending both Steve Hutchinson's night in the 13 and Christine Boesch's in the 23.
01 Ryan Avery won his qualifier and was the victor in the Mike's Automotive Sportsman Modified feature. He started on the pole and had to hold off Todd Buckwold in the 631 and the 5 of Gary Siemons to earn his win. Buckwold finished second and Siemons took third. In his qualifier, 61 Art Heino caught a tire on the back stretch and launched into the air nose first, flipping twice before coming to a stop on all four. He did not start the feature.
Photo courtesy of Chris Harvie
In the Bond Auto Parts Pure Stock/Peanuts Auto Super Street race, there were again only two Pure Stocks. Ryan Ovitt was the victor in his 77 and Dennis Thorogood finished second in the 65. Derek O'Hearn worked his way from the back to take the checkered in his 55, while his old car the 55x, piloted by JP Vaillancourt, came in third. Charlie Pickering came in second in the V8, although with several lead changes and close racing, the win was up for grabs right until the last lap.
John Knight in the 12K, current points leader of the Enfield Garage Outlaw Mini Stocks, added another first place trophy to his collection. Chris Conroy finished second in the 78, and 67 Dave Durkee finished third.
The enduro had a lower than expected car count, but was entertaining nonetheless, as the track was soaked prior to the race and everyone struggled to keep their cars pointing in the right direction. The winner of the 30-lap race was Doug Boucher in the 91, a regular at the track who competes in the super street division.
Join us next week, August 10, for the O'Reilly Auto Parts Twilight Racing Challenge and our annual powder puff race! 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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