Orange’s Kevin McKnight wins at Monadnock

  • Pictured is Orange’s Kevin McKnight following his win in the Mini Stock series at Monadnock Speedway in Winchester, N.H., on June 9. Courtesy Photo/Emily Miller

Monday, June 11, 2018

WINCHESTER, N.H. — On June 9, Monadnock Speedway hosted seven divisions of racing action. Geoff Rollins earned his second win in the Sportsman Modified as did Richard Vincent in the Thunder Stocks. Tyler Leary celebrated his fourth Super Stock win, while Orange’s Kevin McKnight cruised in victory lane for the first time this season.

Nate Wenzel earned his third win in the Young Guns. The Granite State Legends and Bandoleros visited and Shaun Buffington (Legends) and Giovanni Ruggerio (Bandoleros) found victory lane.

The Granite State Bandoleros 20-lap feature came first. At the start, Giovanni Ruggiero took a lead and never looked back on his way to capture the win.

The Young Guns 15-lap event came next. Sammy Silva chased Nate Wenzel the entire race, trying everything to take the lead, but Silva couldn’t make the pass. On lap 4, Silva made contact with Wenzel, but both drivers recovered and held position. Wenzel captured his third win of the season as Silva finished second.

The Granite State Legends then took to the track for their 25-lap event. Shaun Buffington set the pace early, but contact with lapped traffic on lap 19 sent him to the end of the lead cars. Buffington found himself restarting in 11th. Michael Blasky lead through a series of cautions until he was caught up in an accident that sent him to the pits. Jake Matheson assumed the lead for the final restart on lap 24. However, Buffington worked his way to second and made a last lap pass for the win.

Mini Stocks then zipped onto the track for their 25-lap event. Orange’s Kevin McKnight jumped out to an early lead but slowed on a caution during lap two. McKnight resumed the lead on the restart. Matt Kimball drove into the top five by lap 15 and into second by lap 20. Kimball made McKnight sweat during the last two laps but couldn’t pass McKnight. McKnight took first and Kimball finished second.

The Super Stocks came next. Before the first lap was complete, Geoff Rollins brought out a caution after losing his right-front tire. On the restart, Solomon Brow took the lead, but before the second lap completed, Dennis Stange made contact with the front stretch wall, bringing out the caution again. Brow resumed the lead on the restart. On the seventh lap, Nancy Muni spun with help from Tyler Leary. Brow resumed the lead on the restart. Lap 10 saw a caution for Rollins’ spinning. Brow felt pressure from Marc Curtis on the restart, but Brow retained the lead. On lap 20, Leary pressured Brow. He gained the lead on lap 21. Leary held on for the win.

The Thunder Stocks thundered onto the track for their 25-lap feature next. Chase Curtis took the lead at the start. Lap two saw a caution for Douglas Mclean, Hillary Renaud and Josh Nutter coming together in turns three and four. On the restart, Curtis resumed the lead. The race slowed by three more cautions before the halfway mark of the race. Curtis lead until lap 16 when Richard Vincent motored around him for the lead. Craig Chaffee took second on lap 20. The race slowed one last time on lap 23. Vincent eventually held on for the win.

The Sportsman Modifieds was the last on the track. Alyssa Rivera took the lead early. The race slowed on lap 9 for Brian Robie, Eric LeClair and Mark Hayward. The accident ended the night for Robie and LeClair. Rivera lead following the restart until a caution on lap 12 for Ben Byrne’s lost fluid. Kim Rivet got caught in the fluid, ending her night as well. Rivera resumed the lead, Joel Monahan and Matt Kimball battled for second behind her. Monahan won that battle. On lap 19, Geoff Rollins passed for the second spot. Rollins took the lead from Rivera on lap 29. Rollins captured the win.

On June 16, Monadnoc Speedway hosts the Mini Stock Showdown, Sportsman Modifieds, Super Stocks, Mini Stocks, Lightning Stocks, Thunder Stocks and Young Guns at 6 p.m.

On June 17, the Summit Jeep Mudbog Mudslingers returns featuring Opens, Pros, Outlaws, Modifieds, 8 cylinder and 4/6 cylinder. Races start at noon.

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