It couldn’t have been a better day to host the premiere snow race in the Northeast this past Saturday as the 2018 edition of Winter Blast 100 entertained a grandstand full of spectators on a beautiful 40-degree day in January.
One hundred and five cars, trucks, SUV’s and vans lined up on the snow covered Speedway 51 powered by the Autosaver Group in Groveton, New Hampshire. The event was sponsored by Mom of Lancaster, Batch’s Kwik Stop, the Sign Depot, Around the Clock Auto Repair, North Country Family Restaurant and Dalton Mountain Motorsports.
The day started off with the award for Best Dressed Vehicle presented by North Country Family Restaurant. The award was a beautiful trophy and $100. As all one hundred and five cars lined up on the backstretch, 10-year-old Summer Boutin delivered both the Canadian and American national anthems, wowing the fans. Summer received a standing ovation for her renditions.
Aaron Bennett prepared the track, and as track official Dick Therrien put it, “It was the best snow track I’ve ever seen. It was smooth as silk and perfect for racing.”
The race got underway a little bit late due to the huge line of people trying to get into the grandstands, but once it started the fans were hooting and hollering for their favorite drivers as it was total mayhem around the track. With people spinning and crashing everywhere, the race cars and their passenger (yes, passengers) were having the time of their lives.
Highgate, Vermont’s Richie Turner led past the halfway point before Northfield, New Hampshire’s, Shane Labraney took over the point. A flat tire took Turner out of contention leaving Labraney with a one-lap lead over Brendan Moodie.
Moodie un-lapped himself on lap 81 but a left front tire was going down, thus not allowing Moodie to catch the leader. The race ended with Labraney the winner, Moodie second, Jesse Mastine third, Scott Corey fourth and Reggie Theroux rounding out the top five.
-Speedway 51 Press Release
-Photo credit: Alan Ward / Big Al’s Photos