Tom Gray Wins in Nelcar at NHMS
The Amsoil Nelcar Legends Tour raced back into the Granite State this past weekend at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway for another exciting race on the quarter-mile. With its tight turns and hard braking, it is without a doubt one of the most challenging tracks for the local drivers.
With 20 cars on the track things will get crowded in a hurry. Practice times once again determined the starting line up for the heat races and there were a few familiar faces at the front of the field.
Shaun Buffington in car No. 23 started on the pole with the No. 3 of Nick Ladyga on his outside for the first heat race. Buffington took off with the lead, but Ladyga was staying right on his bumper as he wanted the lead with the No. 56 of Evan Beaulieu right behind in third.
Buffington and Ladyga swapped paint a few times in their battle for the win, but at the finish it was Buffington once again on top with Ladyga in second and Beaulieu in third.
For the second heat race, Tom Gray started on the pole with the No. 38 of Matt Bourgoine starting from second. The race went virtually incident free, as Gray pulled away with the win and Bourgoine finished second with the No. 59 of Reid Lanpher in third.
It was Buffington and Gray once again in the top spots for the feature, as they have been solid all season at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, finishing in the top two spots in each race ran on the oval so far this year. The first caution flew on lap three when Lanpher went for a spin off turn four. Buffington was able to get back out to the lead on the next restart as he and Ladyga challenged each other hard as Gray, Beaulieu and Bourgoine were right in tow. At the halfway point, contact between Ladyga and Buffington sent the undefeated driver at NHMS for a spin, and Ladyga a penalty to the rear, giving opportunity to Gray, who inherited the race lead. After a few challenges from Beaulieu, Gray was able to hold him off and take his first win at NHMS! Beaulieu finished right behind in second, with Buffington coming from the rear of the field with just 12 laps left to finish third. Bourgoine and Ladyga rounded out the top-five.
With the second place run, Beaulieu is able to grow his points lead to 61 points over Bob Weymouth in the Amsoil Nelcar Legends Tour points, and Buffington still holds a 65 point lead over Gray. The Tour is off next weekend but will return to NHMS in two weeks on Sept. 3. For more news, info, and how you can race at "The Magic Mile" in one of the most fun cars to drive, visit Nelcar.net.