The Loudon RoadRace Series (LRRS) returns to New Hampshire Motor Speedway this weekend for their sixth event of 2009 with Loudon's own Christian Cronin near the front of the pack.
This past July, Cronin followed Eric and Jeff Wood's Penguin Roadracing School to New Jersey Motorsports Park, as an instructor. Just three years earlier, Cronin was a Penguin student.
"It felt a little weird having other people that are just learning follow me around when I was just there," said Cronin.
With a quick ascent to the top of the sport, Cronin has come on strong this season to challenge veteran riders such as Jeff Wood and Scott Greenwood.
"I think it's great, said Cronin, "seeing as they've been doing this since I've been born pretty much. It's odd to see how the faster you go, the more respect you get."
Cronin is a part of a rising group of young standouts in the local motorcycle racing scene, which includes 17-year-old Cory Hildebrand of Milford, N.H.; 18-year-old Brent Lyskawa of Londonderry, N.H.; and 19-year-old Shane Narbonne of Tyngsboro, Mass. The four young guns were in Virginia last weekend for an American Motorcycle Association race.
"They're great," said Cronin. "They're all my buddies. Shane's definitely the biggest threat."
Cronin and Narbonne are evenly-matched and have a friendly rivalry, which is sure to continue this weekend. In 30 LRRS races this season, Cronin has 27 podium finishes. He is second in points in the MW Gran Prix division, just 40 points behind Wood.
The Loudon RoadRace Series will compete on Saturday, August 22 and Sunday, August 23 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Gates open at 8:00 a.m. each day.