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Moultonboro, NH – The club’s 2012 plans are in place, the plow trucks are fueled, the race cars are tuned, the chains are prepared, the drivers and crews are eager to race, and the dedicated fans are ready. So what’s the hold up?? Just the thickness of the ice on Berry and Lee Ponds off Rt 25 in Moultonboro. As soon as we have safe ice, the racing begins. Historically, the ice racing season starts in mid-January and runs into the beginning of March.

The Lakes Region Ice Racing Club brings 5 classes of cars to either Berry or Lee pond each week: Juniors (13-15), 4 cylinder rear-wheel drive, 4 cylinder front-wheel drive, V8 stock, and modified. From the fearless juniors to the wicked fast modifieds, there is lots of close competition and action on the 1/3 mile oval track.

The Lakes Region Ice Racing Club races weekly on Sundays as long as ice conditions permit. A double-header weekend is scheduled for the last weekend in January when the annual Latchkey Cup is run. The Latchkey Cup is a benefit race for the Norris Cotton Cancer Center and raises several thousand dollars each year. This race draws cars from around New England and always enjoys great fan support. The Latchkey is on January 28th this year followed by a regular weekly race on Sunday the 29th.

The hearty fans enjoy the races from their vehicles or from one of the several spectator areas. You can bring a lunch or enjoy the hot food served at the on-ice concession, and spectator fees are still only $10 a carload ($20 for the Latchkey benefit race). Come early, catch all the practice, qualifying, and feature races.

Jack Cook of Moultonboro, the 2011 Modified Champion, and Ray Johnson of Thornton return to the ice this year to continue their weekly duels along with Ossipee’s young Jake Williams in his sprinter. Some of the 2011 juniors, including last year’s Junior Champion Alicia Taylor, are moving up into the 4-cylinder classes. After a rookie season full of learning, the Jeanson brothers of Sandwich return this year with their Toyota pickups. Most of last year’s drivers and cars are back along with a couple of new stockers that are in the works. Lots of cars means lots of good racing.

If you are a racer and would like to try racing on the ice in 2012, check the Club website for rules and contact one of the listed club members to learn how to get involved. If you are a race fan that has never been to an oval track ice race, come join us when the racing starts. The club website at www.LakesRegionIceRacingClub.com has the latest information about the racing schedule, tons of photos and video links, and club information.