The final race weekend of the 2013 Loudon Road Race Series season was held October 5-6, 2013 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.   With most of the class championships still up for grabs, the riders knew that a strong performance in the cooler weather, and in Sunday's case, rain, would be critical to season's standings.

Middleweight Grand Prix - "Dash for Cash" event

The Middleweight Grand Prix "Dash for Cash" event on Saturday afternoon was held under clear skies and cool temps in the mid to upper 60s.   The highly anticipated final race of the season for the class had the making for a dramatic finish to the championship.

After capturing victory in the September event, Scott Greenwood held an eight-point lead over defending champion Eric Wood.  Wood needed to best Greenwood by at least two finishing positions, which meant he'd need the help of riders like Christian Cronin or Shane Narbonne.  Cronin was in fine form during some of the day's earlier races, and Narbonne returned to LRRS action after driving solo across the country from the last AMA round in Laguna Seca, Calif., and had arrived at the track on Friday evening.

At the drop of the green flag, Greenwood and Narbonne shot from the front row in a drag race to Turn 1. Greenwood held in the inside and was able to earn the hole shot with Narbonne, Cronin, Wood and Cory Hildebrand falling in line behind him.  At the end of Lap 1, Wood made his way past Cronin and Narbonne and slotted into the second position.

With open track, Greenwood worked to build a gap encountering lap traffic.  Cronin was able to move past Narbonne and take over the third position, but shortly afterwards clipped the inside curb exiting Turn 7 with his engine case and low-sided out of the podium position directly in front of Narbonne.

Greenwood turned the fastest lap of the race on Lap 4 at a time of 1:11.595, and was able to stretch out to a two-second lead over Wood.  As Greenwood and Wood sliced through traffic, Wood was able to close the gap to Greenwood, gaining almost a full two seconds during Lap 5 and the battle was set for the second half of the race.

The two leaders ran close for laps 6 and 7 with Wood hoping for a break in traffic to be able to make a bid for the lead.  However, aboard his Argo Cycles Yamaha R6, Greenwood made no mistakes and was able to pull away and build a sizable lead over the remaining laps.

With the help of traffic and his consistent lap times, Greenwood held his position and earned his third victory of the season to claim the championship in the premier class of LRRS.  Wood brought home his Ducati 848evo in second position well clear of Narbonne's DAS Performance Suzuki GSXR600 in third. Joel Allen (fourth), Kip Peterson (fifth) and Cory Hildebrand (sixth) enjoyed a race-long battle, while Houk Nichols, Kristofer Knopf, Timothy Barber, Michall Weyant, Ryan Hobbs and Shawn Pigott rounded out the top 12.

Justin Pallein was able to claim victory in the Amateur Division over Keith Cotter.  Walter French Jr., Christopher Fifield and Clayson Baker rounded out the top five.  It was Pallein's sixth win in the class in seven 2013 starts.

On the podium, Bruce Berlinger, the voice of LRRS, was thoroughly impressed with the race action.  He commented how veteran racers Greenwood and Wood never fail to put in 100 percent effort, no matter what the circumstances and how all the top expert riders push each other to be at their best.

Asked for this thoughts on the podium, Greenwood said, "I got a good start and saw that Shane (Narbonne) and I were pretty even as we got deep into Turn 1.  I made sure I did just enough to grab the lead and from that point forward, I kept my head down, focused on having a mistake-free race.

"Christian (Cronin) and I had a race long battle earlier in the day so I knew he was going to be a factor, Eric (Wood) is always strong and Shane is a threat anytime he is in the field.  Anything can happen and tried to put in clean laps and build a lead if I could.

"Everything was great until about Lap 5.  I came upon a lot of traffic and a waving yellow flag, costing me a lot of time.  From there I tried to refocus and get back into the rhythm of knocking out quick laps.  My father handles the pit signals and he kept showing no gap all the way to the finish to keep me honest.

"The Dunlop tires were amazing as usual, and it feels great to earn the season championship in Middleweight Grand Prix.  To do it with a solid win at the final event makes it that much better.  It's been a great season overall and I have to thank all the longtime sponsors who have supported my program."

 

2013 Loudon Road Racing Series Overall Championship

 

Expert

1. Rick Doucette                             1764

2. Scott Greenwood                       1282

3. Shane Narbonne                        1028

4. Seth Hahn                                    978

5. Cory Hildebrand                         883

 

Amateur

1. Larry Graffam                             1050

2. Rick Kaeser                                  992

3. Bruce Marshall                           928

4. Justin Pallein                                920

5. Brad Erling                                   818

 

2013 Loudon Road Race Series Class Championships

 

125 Grand Prix

Expert - Jake Vader

Amateur - Harlan Hildebrand

 

Formula 40

Expert – Dennis Levesque

Amateur – Mike Clark

 

Formula 40 Lights

Expert – Rick Doucette

Amateur – Rick Kaeser

 

Formula 50 Lights

Expert – Dan Frisbie

Amateur – Rick Kaeser

 

GTL

Expert – Rick Doucette

Amateur – John Linn

 

GTO

Expert – Cory Hildebrand

Amateur – Roger Ealy Sr.

 

GTU

Expert – Scott Greenwood

Amateur – Larry Graffam

 

Heavyweight Superbike

Expert – Eric Wood

Amateur – Brad Erling

 

Heavyweight Supersport

Expert – Cory Hildebrand

Amateur – Justin Pallein

 

Lightweight Grad Prix

Expert – Rick Doucette

Amateur – Rick Kaeser

 

Lightweight Sportsman

Expert – Shane Narbonne

Amateur – Samuel Greenwood

 

Lightweight Superbike

Expert – Rick Doucette

Amateur – Rick Kaeser

 

Lightweight Supersport

Expert – Rick Doucette

Amateur – Bruce Marshall

 

Motard

Expert – Trevor Chiappisi

Amateur – Samuel Greenwood

 

Middleweight Grand Prix

Expert – Scott Greenwood

Amateur – Justin Pallein

 

Middleweight Superbike

Expert – Eric Wood

Amateur – Walter French Jr.

 

Middleweight Supersport

Expert – Scott Greenwood

Amateur – Justin Pallein

 

P-89 Lights

Expert – William Morey

Amateur – John Linn

 

Production Twins

Expert – Steven Heider

Amateur – Michael Vaughan

 

Super Singles

Expert – Trevor Arvidson

Amateur – Samuel Greenwood

 

Super Twins

Expert – Eric Wood

Amateur – Christopher Bouchard

 

Thunderbike

Expert – Rick Doucette

Amateur – Samuel Witham

 

Ultralight Superbike

Expert – Trevor Arvidson

Amateur – John Linn

 

Unlimited Grand Prix

Expert – Scott James

Amateur – Roger Ealy Sr.

 

Unlimited Superbike

Expert – Scott Greenwood

Amateur – Brad Erling

 

Unlimited Supersport

Expert – Scott Greenwood

Amateur – Justin Pallein