by Shawn Sicard
Cars finally gathered at Riverside Speedway for the 2013 season this past Sunday at the NAPA Car Show. The amount of work put into these machines in the off-season was evident as there were many beautiful race cars that took to the track. Fans poured in to admire the race cars on display, mingle with drivers, and had a chance to win some NAPA gear with trivia questions throughout the day. Judges roamed the track looking at cars, and trophies were awarded to the top 3 rides in each division. I wouldn’t have wanted to be a judge, because there were a lot of hard decisions to make.
The North Country Ford Late Model division has grown significantly, and there were some amazing machines on hand for the fans to enjoy. Quinny Welch made his presence felt immediately in his return to full time action at Riverside with a win in the Car Show. His black and green Crazy Horse chassis Late Model sure turned some heads. The Mason brothers also made a statement that they mean business in 2013, as they brought two eye-catching cars to the show, with Corey grabbing second and Bryan picking up third in the judge’s eyes. This division has really solidified over the off-season, with multiple teams that will compete for wins week in and week out.
A new name for the Sign Depot Limited Late Model division brought out some creativity in color schemes. Jourdan Davis switched from a silver race car last year to a bright orange ride for the 2013 season and was awarded top honors at the NAPA Car Show. Bill Stebbins JR, who always has some beautiful machines, grabbed the second spot, while new comer Matt Remick was awarded third. The competition was fierce in the Limited Late Models for Car Show and will definitely be stout on the track as well.
The Town and Country Motor Inn Street Stock division had some absolutely gorgeous race cars on display. After all was said and done, Josh Barney was awarded top prize with his Berlin City/Seventh Street Graphics Dodge Neon with an amazing vinyl job on that automobile. “Nitro” Nick Gilcris put a lot of effort into his silver and purple Honda Prelude, and took home second. Last year’s champion “Stormin” Keith Normand received the third place trophy.
In the Ouellette Trucking Angels division, Sierra Moulton made her return to Riverside Speedway a memorable one by impressing the judges with her new automobile to grab the first place trophy for the Car Show. Her blue and green Chevy Cavalier certainly will stick out on the track this year. Last year’s championship runner-up, Vanessa Brown, took second with her “Fight Like a Girl” Dodge Neon, and Jaime Carbone was rewarded with third for her brand new Ford Escort painted up by Bennett’s Auto Repair.
Matthew Kopp took top honors at the NAPA Car Show with his North Country Ford Probe in the Marshall Insurance Agency Daredevil division. Kopp, with help from his entire racing family, built the new Probe this year, and it looks amazing. Zach Savage grabbed the second place trophy, and Dylan “The Dragon” Laleme picked up third. Laleme certainly would’ve contended for the win in the Car Show had he not had a mishap in Open Practice just a couple of weeks before which landed “The Dragon” on his roof.
Finally, the Pure Stocks were awarded their trophies as well. Dalton, NH’s Dave Glidden received top honors for his Timberwolf Logging and Excavating/JWS Woodyard Buick Riviera. Richie Veilleux grabbed second with his Chevy Impala, and James Record took third. Record and Veilleux put on quite a show in practice, racing side-by-side numerous laps on the edge of taking each other out. The wheels were just a chirping and smoke billowed from the right front tires with these automobiles, and with more racers coming, this division will prove to be a cheap and easy way for the average person to get into racing.
Rite Aid of Lancaster has finished it’s fundraiser for the Children’s Miracle Network. Crystal Crane and company did some amazing work and raised $630 by raffling off a Riverside Speedway season’s pass for the 2013 season. After all was said and done, Karen Danfourth from Lunenburg, VT was the grand prize winner. We want to thank all involved, especially Rite Aid of Lancaster, for putting on such a great raffle.
Don’t forget, the Riverside Speedway Fantasy Racing game will be out this week. It is free to join, easy to play, and will give you an extra incentive to cheer on some of the drivers at Riverside this season. Look for it in this week’s North Woods Weekly newspaper!
Join us Saturday as we open our season with the NAPA Opening Weekend, featuring the “Cabin Fever 50”. All divisions will be on hand for their first chance at going after their respective championships. Everybody is tied for first place right now! Until then, keep your tires clean and your motor running strong!