("Late Model winner Randy Potter")
Another great night of racing is in the books at the North Country’s Riverside Speedway for R & R Fireworks/ Lancaster Auto Sales night.
Steve Patnaude started the night off with a win in the second heat in the North Country Ford Late Models and went on to pick up the win in the semi-feature, giving him 2/3 of the Triple Crown. Come feature time, Patnaude would have to fend off the rest of the field to complete the coveted accomplishment. Matt Carbone started the race by rocketing out to the front. Carbone had a great car, and found himself door to door with Randy Potter on a restart. The two made contact in turns one and two, and after another lap an accordion spin brought out another caution. Bryan Mason and Potter got into another battle for the ages, fighting door-to-door for the final laps. Potter would come away with the win, and the point lead after the race, making him Riverside’s representative to the ACT Invitational 500. Bryan Mason would settle for second, Corey Mason third, Brandon Lambert and Mike Kenison would complete the top five.
Jerrad Ledger and “Old School” Mike Paquette had a great battle for the lead in the Sign Depot Limited Late Model feature. Paquette led for the majority of the race, but Ledger caught the veteran and made the pass on a restart with four laps to go. Paquette would hold on to second and Jourdan Davis would bring his automobile across the line third. Aaron Smith and Doug Laleme rounded out the top five. The finish is pending a final decision from tech, and an official announcement this coming week.
The Town and Country Inn and Resort Street Stocks had some fireworks for their feature event. Alex Kopp led all but the final few laps in the 25 lap race, but couldn’t quite hold off the point leader Jamie Heath who overtook Kopp and drive off for the win. Cole Kilby is on a hot streak, winning last week and finishing second this week. “Nitro” Nick Gilcris overcame being shuffled to the back early in the race by flying through the field to finish third. Jason Kenison and Kopp would finish out the top five.
The Northeast Pro 4 Tour came to town for their first ever event and ran a two segment race for their feature event. Bryan Lancaster dominated in the first 12 lap segment, winning by almost a half a lap. Joe Allard and Jay Bennett would finish second and third, and Ken McIlvaine and Tim Hines completed the field. When the second segment came out, Lancaster and Allard battled it out right up to the last lap as the two made contact approaching the checkered flag. Allard would come out the victor by the better finish in the second segment, taking the inaugural race for the Pro 4’s. Lancaster and Bennett would finish second and third overall respectively.
The DK-N-Sons Pure Stocks had another eventful run for the evening. Point leader Richie Veilleux took a beating from last week’s winner Dave Glidden for a few laps mid-race. Glidden was pushing Veilleux around the track like a wheelbarrow for nearly two laps, until Veilleux’s car got hooked up and pulled away. Glidden survived to take second, and Oxford, Maine’s James Record would finish third. After tech was completed, Veilleux had an issue with tire sizes, and failed tech. This gives Glidden his second straight win, and gives Record second.
Siera Sanschagrin would pick up her second career victory in the Ouellette Trucking Angels division. Sanschagrin would fend off former champ of the division Vanessa Brown to take the checkers. Jenna Randall would come back from going over turns one and two to finish third. Tina Leveille and Jaime Carbone would round out the top five.
Zach Savage picked up his second feature win of the year in the Marshall Insurance Agency Daredevils divisions. Savage was flanked by Matthew Kopp and Anthony Benoit who would bring his truck across third.
(From l-r: "Third place Nick Gilcris, Winner Jamie Heath, and Second place Cole Kilby")
ALL PHOTO CREDIT: ALAN PLUMMER