Week number two featured lightning on the track as well as lightning in the skies at Riverside Speedway & Adventure Park in Groveton, New Hampshire, but Mother Nature held off the rain until after the final checkers flew and post race interviews took place. Winners on the night included Mike Giroux, Justin Harris, Doug Collins Jr., Kiya Rogers, and Cody Lapan.
The main event of the night featured the R.N. Craft Street Stocks. Last week’s winner, Todd Libby, who has dominated the division as of late had to start at the rear and make his way to the front against a highly competitive field of cars. Outside pole sitter “Lightning” Mike Giroux from North Hatley, Quebec jumped from the outside pole position and into the lead, stretching it out to half a straightaway lead in the early going. Behind Giroux, Cole Watson and Kevin Durgin battled hard for the runner-up spot, as Libby started to reel the pair in. Libby finally disposed of the pair and he set his sights on Giroux. With two laps remaining, Libby pulled to the outside and challenged for the lead, but a lapped car closed down Libby’s lane and Giroux hung on for his first ever win at Riverside. Libby, Watson, Durgin and Robert Audet rounded out the top five.
The New England Dwarf Car Series challenged the Top Furniture Lil Rascals in a forty lap main event, one that featured several cautions throughout the race and ended on a caution for a nasty crash as Young Paxton Call crashed hard on lap 37 into the back stretch wall. Due to the number of cautions, yellow and checkers flew, ending the race which was dominated by Justin Harris, last week’s Lil Rascals winner. George Helliwell raced home second, ahead of Duane Skofield, Chris Sullivan, and Howard Switser.
Lancaster racer Anthony Benoit started deep in the field in the Bad Boy Mowers of Morrisville Cyclone 4’s and took over the lead from Doug Collins Jr. with four laps remaining, and went on to his first ever victory as well, until he failed post race inspection giving the win to Doug Collins Jr. Second spot was awarded to Jarid Matthieu. Third through fifth finishers included Nicole Ouellette, Austin Letourneau and Traci Dean. Fifth place finisher, Derrick Stearns was also DQ’d.
A short field of White Mountains Community College Lightning 4’s saw Cody Lapan picking up a hard fought win over Cassie Leonard, Evan Gilbert and Kamryn Ledger. Unfortunately both Leonard and Ledger were DQ’d and Evan Gilbert was given the second place trophy.
Kiya Rogers proudly captured the Claudette and Dean’s Place DareDevil Youth Racers checkered flag and took the top trophy back to Maine with her. Karson Theroux battled her to the finish coming up just short at the stripe, settling for second place. Brandon Sheldon, Brayden Blais and Conner Sherburne completed the top five.
Next Saturday night, Top Furniture of Gorham, New Hampshire will sponsor all the evening’s activities. The 350 Supers will make their 2022 debut along with the Lil Rascals,
Lightning 4’s, Mattix Mad Dogs 6 & 8 cylinders and the DareDevil youth racers. Post time is 6pm. For more information on Riverside Speedway, visit their website at www.riversidegroveton.com or visit Facebook. Riverside Speedway & Adventure Park is located at 78 Craggy Road in Groveton, New Hampshire.