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Article Credits to: Richard Clogston The Legion Speedway in Wentworth NH welcomed the Sprint Cars of New England, or SCoNE,
to the quarter-mile dirt oval on Mother's Day.
They were joined by the Speedway's four regular divisions. The title sponsor for the evening was
Sabrena's Creative Styles of Northfield, NH.
Chris Donnelly in #17 won an exciting Sprint car main event, chased to the end by Dan "The Man" Douville's #7 and the #8 of Kevin Chaffee. A late race caution gave Douville a chance to take the win, but he was not able to capitalize.
The Sportsmen Modified feature ran its entire 25 laps without a caution. The #4 of DJ Robinson came from midfield at the start to get the win. Chris Donnelly came close to sweeping the two divisions he was entered in, but he and his Modified #20 had to settle for second, followed by the #96 of "Racin'" Jason Sanville.
The Super Street main event saw many lead changes, with Jack Whynot in #27 getting the victory. The #6 of Doug McPhail finished second. James Travis in #17 pulled off a daring last-corner pass of the #30 of Sam Comeau, but then failed the post-race tech inspection and was disqualified. This gave third to Comeau.
Chris Conroy in #78 won a hard-fought feature in the Bond Auto Parts Outlaw Mini-Stock class, followed by Tim Martin's # 83 and the #4 of Rob Gioia. Martin took the Bond Auto Parts Hard Charger award, advancing the most spots between the green and checkered flag and earning a $100 Bond Auto Parts gift card.
Luke Greenwood in #89 took his second consecutive 600cc Mini-Sprint feature. Second place was also a repeat for Rich Crooker's #21. Third went to Jamie Glidden's #4.
The Legion Speedway is located on Rt. 25
on the Wentworth/Rumney line.
Races are Sunday afternoon starting at 5 pm,
with gates opening at 2 pm, from May through September.
5/6/13 Turck, O’Hearn Triumph at Legion Opener
May 5, 2013 was opening night for the
Legion Speedway’s “Sunday Twilight” series (with trophies awarded by
ROC Trucking and rocyourhomebiz.com)
Former track champion Chad Turck (#56) started on the outside of
row 1 for the start of the Sportsmen Modified feature. He took the lead
on the first lap and never looked back, leading every one of the 25-laps which ran without a single caution. “Racin’” Jason Sanville’s #96
finished second, followed by pole sitter #4 DJ Robinson.
In the Super Street division it was another former champion that led every lap, this time from the pole. The #55 of Derek O’Hearn gave a dominant flag-to-flag performance to take the first feature of the year. Doug McPhail in #6 took second honors with veteran Jack Whynot’s #27 finished third.
Rob Gioia in #4 won a hard-fought Bond Auto Parts Outlaw Mini-Stock main event, holding off #78 Chris Conroy and #9 Jim Durkee. The 600cc Mini-Sprints came down to a battle between Luke Greenwood (#89) and Rich Crooker (#21), with Greenwood taking the checkered flag first. Third went to Drew Eldridge’s #7.
The year started off with a bang at Legion Speedway, hosting the first practice for the 2013 racing season. Had an awesome turnout with 40+ cars in attendance without any extra stipulations.
The cars worked in the additional eight loads of clay that have been put down on the track this year. By the end of practice the track was nice and smooth.
As I walk around the facility, you can notice some other changes as well.
The pit area has grown as well as the grandstand areas being updated. Si Allen states that this year will be the best year in history for the Legion Speedway.
The 2013 schedule includes 21 race dates to include visiting divisions throughout the year. The first race is a regular 4 division show on May 5, sponsored by ROC Trucking of Hebron, NH. Hot laps at 4:30. Heats start at 5. Don't miss it!
In response to several inquiries, the track will not be selling tires this season.
There will be fuel available at the track from Hawthorne Automotive of Franklin, NH. Check with them @ 603-934-6644 for grades and pricing.
Car Numbers and Pit Licenses
Spring is in the air, and it's time to register your car numbers and sign up for a Pit Membership for the 2013 season. Car numbers from 2012 will be held until April 1. After April 1 it is first come, first served, so act now and reserve your number.
Pit Memberships for 2013 are $40 before April 1 and $50 after April 1.
The 2013 Pit Fee is $25 with a membership, and $30 without.
The forms can be downloaded under the "Forms" tab above.
You can save time on opening day by downloading the W-9 tax form, and sending that in with your car registration. You can't get paid without it.
Checks should be made out to: Legion Speedway
Completed forms and checks should be mailed to:
320 Farm Road
West Windsor, Vt.
1/26/13 Legion Speedway Releases Weekly Schedule,
Seeks Stability and Continuity in 2013
WENTWORTH, NH – Co-Promoters Si Allen and Shawn Lawler have announced a 22 event schedule for Legion Speedway this season. The cost savings good news for competitors is that pit admission remains at 2012 levels, no changes in technical specifications or rules are on the horizon and equipment has been acquired to enhance technical inspections. Race fans are sure to appreciate that 2012 admission prices will remain unchanged in 2013.
“Our fans and competitors have told us that they really enjoyed the side-by-side racing and close competition they saw in 2012 so we’re not making any major changes for 2013,” speedway owner Allen said. “We’ll just step up the tech a little to make sure that everybody’s playing by the same rules. The track may be banked, but we want to give our competitors a level playing field.”
The track has acquired a new set of car scales, veteran technical inspector Matt Charbonneau will be head of tech and Mike Kondrat will be conducting cubic inch displacement checks. .
The Legion Speedway Sunday Twilight Series weekly program is unchanged from last year and will be headlined by the Sportsman Modifieds, along with the 600cc Mini Sprints, the Street Stocks and the Outlaw Mini Stocks.See/Print the 2013 Legion Schedule
The quarter mile clay oval will also host periodic visits by the Sprint Cars of New England, the Granite State Mini Sprints and the Outlaw Dirt Midgets.
The Legion Speedway all-Sunday season begins with an Open Practice on April 28, featuring free grandstand admission and ends with the Second Annual Wingless Sprint Weekend on September 22.
Sunday Twilight Series consists of Sportsman Modifieds, 600cc Mini Sprints, Street Stocks and Outlaw Mini Stocks. Gates open at 2:00 pm, hot laps are at 4:30 and the first green flag drops at 5:00.
Adult grandstand admission is only $10, with Juniors and Seniors at $8.00. Kids 11 and under are free with an accompanying paid admission and money saving Family Pack is just $25. Parking is always free. Pit admission is $25 for members and $30 for non-members.
Scenically situated in the Connecticut River Valley between the Green Mountains to the west and the White Mountains to the east, Legion Speedway is located on NH Route 25 at the Rumney/Wentworth town line and is easily reached via either I-93 or I-91.
For more information, visit www.legionspeedway.com
12/19/12 New Promotional Team Prepares For
New Year at Legion Speedway
BY MARK McKEON
WENTWORTH, NH – Legion Speedway owner Si Allen and third generation racer Shawn Lawler will be promoting Legion Speedway for the 2013 season. Previous promoters Wally and Janine Brown have stepped aside to concentrate on their primary business, Brownie’s Auto and Speed Shop on Route 4 in Enfield, NH.
“We owe a big debt of gratitude to Wally and Janine for stepping up and helping to get Legion Speedway up and running for its successful reopening in 2012,” Allen said. “We’re sorry that they won’t be promoting this year, but they both indicated that they’ll be dropping by during the summer as their work schedule allows and that we can continue to use them as a resource and a sounding board. We really appreciate that.”
Allen, who purchased the Speedway from American Legion Post 76 prior to the 2012 season, has raced in six decades. Starting in Sports Cars before moving on to asphalt Modifieds and Late Models, he is the 2005 Sprint Cars of New England Champion and a Past President of the Granite State Mini Sprints Racing Club.
Lawler’s racing connection began with his Grandfather, Don Lawler, began racing Modifieds in the early 1950’s and was known as a top driver at the Cheshire Fairgrounds Speedway in Keene. Shawna’s father Darrell Lawler followed in his father’s footsteps and did one of Shawn’s uncles. Shawn won the Granite State Mini Sprints 600cc championship in 2005 and the Sprint Cars of New England championship in 2007. He too, is a Past President of the Granite States club.
Allen and Lawler are looking to improve Legion Speedway while still providing racers with continuity and predictability. All classes – Sportsman Modifieds, Super Streets, 600 cc Mini Sprints and 4 Cyl Mini Stocks- will return for the 2013 and few, if any rules changes are anticipated. The Granite States Mini Sprints will be at Legion on an approximately bi-weekly basis and both the Outlaw Midgets and the Sprints Cars of New England will be making periodic visits.
“I really value the camaraderie I’ve felt in racing,” Lawler says “
and that’s something I want to maintain and grow at Legion." We have talented races and loyal fans so Si and I owe them as good a facility and as fair an environment as we can possibly provide. New race tracks aren’t being built to replace the ones that close and we want to keep Legion Speedway open and thriving for others who love racing as much as we do.”
The Legion Speedway schedule will be finalized soon
& and posted on this website.
Now that winter’s chill is upon us and the track is crusty and icy, it’s a good time to think warm thoughts about those we hold dear. We hope that your happy memories for 2012 include the time you spent among friends at Legion Speedway.
Legion Speedway’s success in 2012 was due to the efforts of many people and organizations: our fans, sponsors, drivers, car owners, mechanics and staff made it all possible. We especially want to thank Wally and Janine Brown for their efforts.
Plans for the 2013 are being formulated and we’ll be holding a meeting to gather input before any final decisions are made. We do plan to race on Sundays with our weekly classes, plus visits from the Granite State Mini Sprints, the Sprint Cars of New England and the Outlaw Dirt Midgets.
Thank you for your support in 2012; we look forward to an even more exciting 2013 and hope you’ll be there with us.
Legion Speedway October 28th
Banquet of Champions
The Legion Speedway Banquet was held at the VFW in White River Junction Vermont, on October 28th. The attendance of the Champions, crews, friends and family filled the Hall with laughter and chatter, coupled with an aura of celebration.
The evening started out with Happy Hour and moved on to a wonderful pot luck dinner. An extravagant feast was laid out, including many dishes brought in by the racers and their families. Thank you, to all who contributed, from the food set up to clean up.
Extreme Action Photo, the Legion Speedways professional photo team sponsored a 20 x 30 photo to each of the Champions,
as a thank you for supporting them this past racing season. Thank you Wally Morton and Deanna Roberts for all of your help this year and we are looking forward to seeing you in the springtime.
In addition to receiving a Bicknell racing jacket the track Champions were presented with an outstanding Trophy to remember their first racing season at the new Legion Speedway.
Thank you Allan Hammond, Modified Champion, Mark Brown, Street Stock Champion, Luke Greenwood, 600cc Mini Sprint Champion and Rob Gioia, Outlaw Mini Stock
We would like to thank all of the hard working staff, the Sponsors, Racers and Race Fans for making the first year at the all new Legion Speedway a great success.