Credit Photos: Mary and Peter Taylor – petespicks.smugmug.com
By Lisa and Rich Maguire
Last Saturday Wiscasset Speedway saw packed grandstands and some exciting racing action. The bright lights lit up Maine’s fastest oval for the spotlighted race of the evening, the Amsoil Nelcar Legends National Qualifier. Also on the schedule were the group one division of racing, including the Thunder Four Mini’s, ServePro of Biddeford Saco Prostocks, New England Four Cylinder Prostocks, and the Super Streets.
Starting of the evening was the thirty-five lap Amsoil Nelcar Legends Spotlighted feature. Prior to race beginning, the drivers had first competed in time trials to determine heat position. The heats finalized race start position, with the fastest at the front. At race time start the cream had risen to the top, and the three front runners battled for a win.
From the start, the #19 of Kevin Girard Jr set a grueling pace with an average speed of about 78 mph. Behind Girard was the #399 of Bob Weymouth. Weymouth and third place starter, Matt Grant of the #84, gave Girard a challenge. Girard was able to hold them off despite three cautions. On the restarts, Weymouth and Grant fought for position. Whoever started at the bottom of the track on the restart was able to advance to second using the inside advantage. However, when the trio flew under the checkered, it was Girard in first, Weymouth in second, and Grant rounding out the top three.
Patrick Dillon of Portland, Maine is racing the #45 legend car in the MOAT Mountain Legend road course series at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS). “I raced the NHKA Racing Series (Karting) for two years. I loved the racing experience and the NHKA group, but at 240 lbs. I broke a lot of kart parts. After totaling my last kart, I decided to invest in a Legends car.”
The road course at NHMS has long straight aways’, hair pin turns, inclines and declines, so for the race teams setting up the race cars is a lot of work. Though Patrick has quite a bit of experience racing on the road course. “Time, team and the people in the paddock. Between NHKA, The 24 Hours of Lemons and The Moat Mountain Road Course Series, I have quite a few laps on the track, but I’m still learning the course. In five years on the track, I’ve been happy with my line through turn three only a handful of times.
I’m grateful to have Bob Weymouth and Jeff Gaudette set up the car.
I’m lucky to have a team that pulls together when there’s a problem.
When teammate Luke Hiebert’s motor blew, Luke, Steve and myself, were able to replace the motor in an afternoon due the support of the track and other people in the paddock. The competition on the track is transitioned into help and support off the track.”
JR Motorsports Driver Topples NELCAR Field, Keeps Momentum
WISCASSET, Maine – Reid Lanpher of Manchester, Maine, capitalized on a late-race restart to take the lead with three laps remaining and win the 25-lap Amsoil NELCAR Legends Tour feature at Wiscasset Speedway in Wiscasset, Maine, on Saturday, July 6.
The victory was the first Legends win in a part-time schedule this season for the JR Motorsports development driver.
“I can’t remember a race I’ve had to work that hard for,” said the 15-year-old Lanpher. “I was not even close to being the fastest car there. We’d been third for a while there, and then we got shuffled back. I knew I wasn’t fast enough, but I let my tires cool down some and gave it all I had on the last restart. (more…)
Amsoil NELCAR Legends Tour: John Peters
Star Speedway Race Report
EPPING, N.H. – John Peters of Westbrook, Maine, finished a career-best third in the Amsoil NELCAR Legends Tour 25-lap event at Star Speedway in Epping, N.H., on Saturday, June 8. Peters’ first podium finish in his rookie season came after leading a handful of laps in a door-to-door battle for the top spot throughout the middle stages of the event. The night of career firsts continued for Peters, who also qualified a season-high third for the feature event in just his inaugural visit to the tight quarter-mile track with the No. 51 Cash For Clunkers/Derek Kneeland Racing Sedan. (more…)
WESTBROOK, Maine – John Peters of Westbrook, Maine, heads to a twin bill of Amsoil NELCAR Legends Tour racing this weekend, when the series holds 25-lap feature events both Speedway 95 in Hermon, Maine, on Saturday, April 20, and Oxford Plains Speedway in Oxford, Maine, on Sunday, April 21. Peters posted a career-best finish of seventh – the highest finishing rookie in the field – in the NELCAR season opener at Wiscasset Speedway two weeks ago, and he’ll be making his first visit to both tracks in a Legend car this weekend.
WHO: John Peters, Westbrook, Maine
TEAM: No. 51 Digby’s Variety/Cash For Clunkers Coupe
CREW CHIEF: Greg Peters, Westbrook, Maine
BEST CAREER SPEEDWAY 95 FINISH: N/A
LAST RACE AT SPEEDWAY 95: N/A
BEST CAREER OXFORD PLAINS SPEEDWAY FINISH: N/A
LAST RACE AT OXFORD PLAINS SPEEDWAY: N/A
WHAT: Amsoil NELCAR Legends Tour 25
WHERE: Speedway 95, Hermon, Maine (.333-mile oval)
WHEN: Saturday, April 20 – 2 p.m., practice; 5 p.m., qualifying; 6 p.m., race
WHAT: Amsoil NELCAR Legends Tour 25
WHERE: Oxford Plains Speedway, Oxford, Maine (.375-mile oval)
WHEN: Sunday, April 21 – 10 a.m., practice; 2 p.m., qualifying; 4 p.m., race
Amsoil NELCAR Legends Tour
LAST RACE: April 6, Wiscasset Speedway, Wiscasset, Maine (7th)
NEXT RACE: May 4, Beech Ridge Motor Speedway, Maine (.333-mile oval)
CURRENT POINTS POSITION: 7th (more…)