Buffington Sweeps Legends Tripleheader
Buffington Sweeps Legends Weekend
Buffington Completes Tripleheader Sweep
Road Course; May 18: Shaun Buffington completed a weekend sweep in a tripleheader for the Granite State Legends Cars. He fought for the lead with Mike Alton on Sunday to earn his fourth win in five Moat Mountain Road Course Series races this year.
Alton passed Buffington midway through the race, but the reigning champion wrestled the lead back and pulled away for the win.
Behind the two leaders, Tom Gray and Taylor Martin battled one another for third. Martin had held off Gray on the mini-oval on Saturday night, and Gray returned the favor on Sunday. This time, he held the spot in front of Martin and raced well to hold her off.
Taylor Martin Earns Career-Best Finish
Mini-Oval; Sat., May 17: Shaun Buffington won his second Sign Works Oval race in as many tries this season, but Taylor Martin created the biggest headline in the race. Shortly after being passed by Tom Gray, midway through the race, Martin used a crossover move to get back to second. From there, she held off the 18t car of Gray in a nose-to-tail battle to the finish.
Dating back to June 1, 2013, Martin had registered 11 straight third-place finishes on the mini-oval, while the TS Motorsports teammates of Buffington and Gray had taken turns finishing 1-2. The second-place finish helped Martin break the lock that TS Motorsports had near the top of the podium and opens the opportunity for her to win her first race at NHMS.
Buffington Goes from 10th to First
Road Course; Sat., May 17: Shaun Buffington charged through the field en route to a win at the Moat Mountain Road Course on May 17th. He started tenth and quickly made his way to second before the first of two cautions flew. When the race resumed, he took the lead.
"The car...it doesn't matter if it starts up front or not," he said. "It shows that its a great piece, it can come from the back. I couldn't waste too much time, letting the leaders get away, but it worked out."
Mike Alton, who won the pole in a draw, finished second. "I did everything I could just to hang with (Buffington)," he said. With two to go, he backed off but found himself quickly under fire from Tom Gray. "I saw Tom right in my rear view mirror, and said I better pick up the pace here. Finished out second, happy to be here."
Gray, who finished third after starting from the back, had this to say about his finish: "I was able to close a little, but when I got to close on Mike, it popped out of gear and I'd lose and I'd gain. For me, it was a very trying race."