(Photo Credit Alan Plummer)
Champions Crowned at Riverside Banquet
Riverside Speedway’s champions were honored on November 16th at the Town and Country Inn and Resort in Gorham, NH.
Doug Laleme had a night to remember as he was crowned the champion in the Sign Depot Limited Late Models, narrowly besting Chandler Davis, while Jourdan Davis finished third. Not only was he crowned champion, Laleme was given the Hard Charger Award, as well as the big award, Driver of the Year. Laleme’s big night was due to the fact he only finished outside the top 4 in 2013 once. Also picking up a couple of awards, Aaron Smith was voted Most Improved and Sportsmanship awards. Bill Stebbins, JR picked up the Hard Luck plaque.
Bryan Mason beat out his brother Corey Mason and Brandon Lambert to take the crown in the North Country Ford Late Models. Corey Mason did pick up the Hard Charger award due to his 3 wins and 2 Triple Crowns. Lambert also picked up some hardware by grabbing the Most Improved award. Matt Carbone was voted for the Sportsmanship award, and Jeremy LaCoss nabbed the Hard Luck Award in the Late Models.
Jamie Heath was crowned champion in the Town and Country Inn and Resort Street Stocks. Heath finished with a commanding lead over Nick Gilcris and Cole Kilby. Jenna Randall had a large night as well, as the Stark, NH driver picked up the Most Improved driver in the Street Stocks, as well as the Hard Charger and Hard Luck awards in the Ouellette Trucking Angels. Jared Plumley was given the Sportsmanship award in the Street Stocks, and Cole Kilby picking up the Hard Luck award. Anthony LaCoss was honored for Rookie of the Year in the Street Stocks.
LaCoss was also honored by being awarded the Jake McDowell award. The award was given by Ryan Robinson and Diane Roy in honor of Jake McDowell, the late racer of Riverside Speedway, for LaCoss’ demeanor and driving style.
The Ouellette Trucking Angels’ Vanessa Brown picked up her championship trophy. Brown beat out Randall and Tina Leveille on the final night of the year. Leveille also grabbed the Sportsmanship award, as well as Most Improved award. Sierra Moulton was given the title of Rookie of the Year in the Angels as well.
In the DK-N-Sons Pure Stocks, James Record picked up his first ever championship trophy. Record beat Dave Glidden and Richie Veilleux in the overall standings to win the inaugural championship. Record was also given the Sportsmanship award in the Pure Stocks. Jay Bennett grabbed the Hard Charger award for his strong finishes, and Glidden was given the Hard Luck award.
Matthew Kopp was given the first ever JR Driver of the Year in the Marshall Insurance Agency Daredevils. Kopp was given the award due to his on and off track accomplishments. Also being honored in the Daredevils, Zach Savage, Dylan Laleme, Anthony Benoit, and Daniel Benoit, JR.
The Riverside Speedway Mother of the Year was handed out to Dorothy Stebbins. Her son, Bill Stebbins, JR, had a tough year, and Dorothy’s determination and support were key to being honored with the award. Also receiving special awards, Dan Sidney, crew chief for Doug Laleme, was given the Bobby Shores Award. Mike Paquette was honored by the Steve Stiles Chief of Excellence Award. The Plumley family was given the Pete and Nancy Marshall Sportsmanship Award. Finally, the North Country Ford team of Keith Kopp, Dana Graham, Matt Plumley, and Alex Kopp were honored for their second straight Tom Doyon Pit Crew Challenge victory.
There were three inductees to the Riverside Speedway Hall of Fame. Bobby Shores, JR was honored for his dedication to the track. The recently passed Chet McLain also was inducted to the Hall. McLain built Riverside Speedway in 1964 and got the track up and running. Also, in a surprise ceremony, Steve Patnaude was invited to the Hall of Fame for his dedication to the track, his Blast from the Past ceremonies, and his work with the Hall of Fame.
(Photo Credit Alan Plummer)