Racin’ With Jason: Orange’s Cole Littlewood earns first win of Monadnock season.

  • Orange's Cole Littlewood celebrates his victory in the Late Model Sportsman feature last Saturday at Monadnock Speedway in Winchester, N.H. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/CHIP CORMIE

  • Orange's Cole Littlewood celebrates his victory in the Late Model Sportsman feature last Saturday at Monadnock Speedway in Winchester, N.H. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/CHIP CORMIE

Published: 7/29/2021 6:51:31 PM
Modified: 7/29/2021 6:51:35 PM

Cole Littlewood wanted something his brother already had — a checkered flag this season in the Late Model Sportsman division at Monadnock Speedway.

Cole, of Orange, can cross that off the list after his victory last Saturday at the Winchester, N.H., quarter-mile. Littlewood took the lead early in the race and held on to the win over Ryan Currier and points leader Cam Curtis, who has won four times this season.

While Cole Littlewood was a first-time winner this year in the Late Models, the NHSTRA Modifieds saw a familiar face in Victory Lane as Todd Patnode prevailed for the second race in a row and third time this season. It was a walk in the park for Patnode, as the division’s points leader grabbed the top spot on lap 15 and cruised from there. Trevor Bleau and Scott MacMichael joined him as podium finishers.

Wilbraham’s Tommy O’Sullivan made one of his occasional appearances in the Street Stocks division, and he came away with the checkers. O’Sullivan bumped Kenny Thompson out of the way on lap 22 and emerged victorious for the third time in 2021. Thompson held off O’Sullivan’s nephew, Chris Buffone of Belchertown, for second.

Multiple-time winners were the name of the game in three other divisions, as Gordon Farnum took his fifth win in Mini Stocks, Nick Houle claimed his fourth in Pure Stocks and Eddie Petruskevicius prevailed for a whopping seventh time in the Young Guns class.

Farnum pulled away from Ray King on lap 13 to earn the win two weeks after a dreadful showing in the last race. King was second and Kevin Clayton third.

Houle passed Jake Bosse on lap 16 in the Pure Stocks and sped off to the win. Bosse stayed in second, while Kyle Robinson Newell used a nice move to take third from Turners Falls teen J.D. Stockwell.

Petruskevicius did double duty, winning the Young Guns event before strapping in to finish eighth in the Pure Stocks.

The Northeast Midget Association (NEMA) was on hand for its annual Iron Mike Memorial event. John Zich Jr. assumed the point from Doug Cleveland on lap 17 of 30 and stretched it out for the win over Avery Stoehr and Alan Chambers. Paul Scally nipped Jake Trainor to win the NEMA Lites event, with super shoe Randy Cabral rounding out the podium.

The speedway will host its Gear Jammers Truck Show and Truck Pulls this Friday and Saturday before resuming racing on the oval on Saturday, Aug. 7.

Big money players

Some decent sized purses were dished out last weekend, between the SK Lights at Stafford (Conn.) Motor Speedway on Friday and the Tri-Track Open Modified Series’ SBM X 125 at Star Speedway in Epping, N.H.

Derek Debbis took home the win and $5,600 in prize and contingency money by winning the SK Lights’ Dunleavy’s Modifiedz Night 40-lapper, thanks to a “gambler’s challenge” bonus of $3,750. Debbis repeated as winner of the race, which paid out more than $13,000 in posted awards.

The Tri-Trackers contested the third race of their season, with Matt Hirschman proving why they call him “Big Money.” Hirschman took home his 13th Tri-Track win and more than $14,000.

The series’ next race is Saturday, Aug. 14 at Monadnock.

Stafford will host an 80-lap open Modified race this Friday.

Jason Remillard is a copy editor and page designer at the Greenfield Recorder. He can be reached at jremillard@recorder.com and followed on Twitter @racinwithjason

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