Hillsboro, NH– Jake Matheson Racing clinched the INEX/US Legend Cars Young Lions
national championship title on Oct. 27 at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
“Last season we set the goal to be a contender for the 2018 national title,” Matheson said.
“It took a lot of effort, but we made it.” He added, “We went into the weekend ranked third
behind two very tough competitors. So, I had my work cut out for me.”
Matheson and his team are accustomed to hard work, having raced his SignWorks New
England Legend Car in more than 30 races at 11 different tracks across the country. During
the course of the season, he earned six feature wins and over 20 top five finishes. In
addition, Jake is the 2018 Legend Car Champion at Seekonk Speedway in Massachusetts,
where he ran their weekly Fast Fridays Series.
The Unity Raceway racing program schedule for this Sunday, September 10, has been canceled out of concerns for track owner George Fernald’s health.
Fernald was hospitalized for nine days in late August with internal shingles, complicated by both meningitis and encephalitis. He returned home on Aug. 24, where he has been receiving treatments since.
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by Ken Minott
If Kevin Girard Jr had left any doubt over the past two seasons who the top dog in the Nelcar Legend ranks at Maine’s fastest track happens to be, he put an exclamation point on it with a statement win Saturday night in the INEX sanctioned National Qualifier at Wiscasset Speedway. The 30 lap race, sponsored by Four Season Synthetic “Your Amsoil Factory Connection”, showcased the top Nelcar regulars intermixed with several of the best from southern New England and beyond for a tripled purse and big trophies, not to mention valuable provisionals in the INEX Asphalt Nationals in Las Vegas. Girard took the lead shortly after a lap 8 restart and then held off a fierce challenge from Noah Korner, then cruised to a comfortable victory. The win highlighted a chilly but action packed night of racing at Wiscasset Speedway, with Group 2 in action. Other winners included Brent Roy, Nick Hinkley, Ben Tinker, and Kurt Hewins.
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Story by Chris Roy
Thomas Everson of Gilmanton NH will be racing in the #4NH legend car this race season. “We kicked off our 2017 Season at Citrus County Speedway for the US Legends Winter Nationals in February. Five days of racing against many of the top racers from the US and Canada. We left winter nationals sitting 10th in National Points for the Semi Pro Division. Our partnership with Kyle Beattie Racing and Driver Development Program has allowed us to really step up our racing performance. We plan to run a couple more races down south before our New England season begins on April 22nd.”
NELCAR begins their 2017 race season at Wiscasset on April 22nd. “Wiscasset is my favorite track to run on the NELCAR schedule so I am excited to kick off our NE schedule there this week.”
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by Lindsey Hammar
Lets start this article off with the actual definition of a ‘sport’. According to Dictionary.com, a sport is “an athletic activity requiring skill or physical prowess and often of a competitive nature, asracing, baseball, tennis, golf, bowling, wrestling, boxing, hunting, fishing, etc.” Everyone may have their own definition of what a sport really is, but how does saying that racing isn’t a sport make you feel better?
Growing up around racing and having to talk about it to other people, I was constantly hit with the comment that racing isn’t a sport. “All they do is turn left”, “how hard can it really be?”, “they only go around in circles…how is that a sport?”. These comments have followed me around since my brother first started racing cars in New England and I’m done not voicing my opinion about it.
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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.