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Buffington Takes Road Race at Classic
The Amsoil NELCAR Legends Tour was back at New Hampshire Motor Speedway for one of the most insane weekends of the year, the 89th annual Loudon Classic, otherwise known as “Bike Week.” The field has been getting tight in recent road course races, as last year’s dominating driver, Shaun Buffington, has been shut out in the two road course races thus far this season by Evan Beaulieu and Reid Lanpher. However, on Sunday, he knew he had a shot to win and did not disappoint the many fans who came out to enjoy their day at “The Magic Mile.”
The fifth race of the Moat Mountain Legends Series showed 22 of the best Legends Car drivers, once again doing battle on the 1.6-mile road course. On the pole with a new track record in qualifying was defending Legends Tour champion, Evan Beaulieu, with current points leader Matt Bourgoine on his outside.
At the start, Beaulieu was able to get the jump into Turn 1 with the lead, but he had both Bourgoine and Lanpher hot on his heels as the top three were able to open up some distance on the rest of the field. It was all Beaulieu in the lead until the halfway point, when Lanpher started to close in and made his move to the race lead, which allowed both Bourgoine and Buffington to catch up and start a four-car battle for the lead.
The first yellow would come out with five laps to go. While battling for the lead, Lanpher went off in the downhill section of the track, along with Ryan Hammar (mechanical failure).
On the restart, with only five laps to go, Beaulieu opted to restart from the outside, with Buffington running next to him. The two had a drag race into the first corner, but Buffington was able to get around and take the lead. The two – who fought each other hard in the first road course race of the season – were once again running 1-2 for the win. Beaulieu would stalk Buffington for the final laps, but Buffington was able to open up enough distance to hold him off, as he took his first road course win of the season. Beaulieu finished second (for the sixth straight race), while Bourgoine rounded out the top three. Tom Gray and Bob Weymouth finished fourth and fifth, respectively.
After 10 races, Bourgoine holds on to the Amsoil NELCAR Legends Tour points lead, but it’s tight up at the top as Beaulieu sits only three points behind. In the Moat Mountain Legends Series at NHMS, Buffington was able to stretch out his points lead to four points over Beaulieu and 33 ahead of Lanpher.
The next stop for the Tour is at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway on Thursday, June 21, for the second round of VIP Thursday Thunder. Racing starts at 7 p.m. The Tour will be back at Star Speedway on Saturday, June 23 at 6 p.m. For more news, info and how you can get into Legends Car racing, visit nelcar.net.
1 Shawn Buffington
2 Evan Beaulieu
3 Mathew Bourgoine
4 Thomas A Gray
5 Bob Weymouth
6 Reid Lanpher
7 Dean Dezak
8 Taylor Martin
9 Mike Alton
10 Alan Smith
11 Matt Chagnot
12 Joey Parker
13 Trevor Bleau
14 Steve Johnson
15 Pete Cannell
16 Terry Kirk
17 Jim Karatsanos
18 Eric Williams
19 Wyatt Alexander
20 Dan Winter
21 Steven Miller
22 Ryan Hammar