Douville Sprints At Legion Speedway
WENTWORTH, N.H. – Dan Douville captured the 25-lap sprint-car feature on Wingless Weekend at Legion Speedway on Sunday afternoon.
Starting on the outside of the front row by virtue of a six car invert, Douville led from flag to flag. Finding grip at the extreme top of the quarter mile clay track, he charged just inches away from the wall for most of the race, his left front tire high in the air and nearly stationary on every straightaway.
“Sometimes you have to go where the bite is, and the bite was up top today,” Douville explained. “I thought I was going to get into the wall once in turn two, but I got back on the gas and she turned, so we were alright.”
Chris Donnelly raced from sixth to finish second, after dogging Douville for nearly 20 laps. Will Hull was third after a spirited battle with Mark Taylor, who was making only his third Sprint Car start.
Three-time and defending NEMA midget hampion Randy Cabral abandoned his accustomed asphalt environs to win the 25 lap Outlaw Midget feature.
Cabral capitalized on a lap 18 restart to pass Adam Whitney for the lead. Dana Shaw came from sixth to finish second and Tim Gallant was third.
In what may have been a new world’s record, no less than four drivers executed 360 degree spins without bringing out a caution flag in the 750/1000cc feature, enabling Kyle Smith to chalk up a wire to wire win.
Rob Walendy was second overall and first in the 750 class. Phil Bessette did a pirouette but recovered to finish third.
After two consecutive yellow flags on the opening lap, the 600cc Mini Sprint feature went green to checker and 2012 Track Champion Luke Greenwood lead every lap. Runner-up Spencer Allen gave Greenwood a run for his money early and third place finisher Rich Crooker was closing in at the finish.
Shania Covey scored a career first 500cc Mini Sprint win after she and fellow rookie Tyler Farnham tangled while racing for the lead and Farnham was unable to continue.