The Amsoil Nelcar Legends Tour was back at the rough and tough 3/8th mile Unity Raceway for what would sure to be another thrilling event. Going into the event, defending champion Bob Weymouth held the points lead over Evan Beaulieu and Terry Kirk, which with the two year end throwaways given to each driver for their worst two finishes, makes this to be a very interesting battle for the points lead. While the three title contenders were in their own battle, the rest of the field was ready to go for a win at Unity Raceway.
For the first race, it was the 10 of Ed Getty on the pole with the 81 of Dan Winter on the outside. Going into turn one on the first lap, the hood pin on the Winter's machine failed, leaving him with the hood right into his windshield, ending his heat race early. For the next restart, Getty was able to grab the lead in front of the 59 of Reid Lanpher. Meanwhile coming from the rear was the 30 of Ed Field, looking for another heat win at Unity. He caught Getty on the final lap, and made the pass in turn three. At the finish, Getty tried to sneak back underneath but it wasn't enough as Field took home the heat win. Getty was second while the 83 of Troy Talman finished third.
The second heat race rolled on to the track with the 49 of Pete Cannel on the pole with the 2 of Ryan Hammar on the outside. On the start, Hammar took the early lead while they were dicing it up hard for second spot. The 33 of Alan Smith, the 38 of Matt Bourgoine and Cannel rubbed fenders three wide off turn two with Bourgoine able to grab second. He was able to get around Hammar and cruise to yet another heat race win at what he calls his home track. Beaulieu rallied for second while Hammar rounded out the top three.
The 16 Legends Car field hit the track for the feature event next, and it was a thrilling race. On the start, pole sitter Ed Getty shot out to the early race lead, and he opened up a good straightaway lead on the rest of the field as he looked for his first win of 2011. While the field was in a mad dash for positions behind him, the 46 of Chad Harrington had to check up suddenly and spun going into turn three, ending his day early.
On the next restart it was Getty and Weymouth on the front row, two of the longest running Legends drivers in the field. Weymouth used the preferred outside groove to his advantage as he took the race lead, but Getty wasn't going to back down as he stuck with Weymouth for the lead while the Talman, Beaulieu, Field and Bourgoine were on their way to the front behind them. Getty had his hands full for second, and Weymouth was able to stretch his lead out, and take home the win, his second of 2011. Beaulieu hardly edged Getty for the second spot, while Field and Talman rounded out the top five in a thrilling finish.
After the race, Weymouth stretches out his points lead over Beaulieu as the season starts to reach its halfway point. The next race is this coming Thursday night at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway for autograph night at Thursday Night Thunder! Tickets are just $4 to get in. Next weekend however, is one of the races that each driver has circled on their calendars, New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sunday, July 16th in front of the big Nascar Sprint Cup Series crowd. Racing is slated to start around 10 AM. Be sure to come early to the Nascar race to see some of the next big stars and some of the best Legends drivers in New England in what is sure to be a very exciting event. For more news, info and how you can get your name written in history books at tracks such as NHMS, visit Nelcar.net.