Buffington Still the Man To Beat, Tops Field at Loudon
Story by Matt Grant
July 26, 2014
Loudon, NH - The Amsoil NELCAR Legends Tour rolled through the gates of the largest speedway in New England, the New Hampshire Motor Speedway, to race the 14th event on the calendar. The drivers competing regularly at the track with the Granite State Legends Cars were also present, as the race was considered a "combination" for both series. Another beautiful summer day graced the area, and 13 drivers took to the uniquely shaped quarter mile for their 25 lap feature event.
The 2 of Darren Johnson and the 70 of Tylar Braunschweig made up the front row after the random draw. On the first turn of the first lap, a crash involving Johnson and the 18 of multi time NHMS winner Tom Gray brought out the red flag, effectively ending both of their nights. On the restart, Braunschweig took control of the lead, but it was short lived as the 23 of Shaun Buffington quickly found his way to the point, a place he is very familiar with at NHMS. The 96 of Wyatt Alexander and the 38 of Mathew Bourgoine, two of the top points runners in NELCAR, made their way towards the front as well, and battled hard with NHMS regular Taylor Martin in the 20. The rest of the laps were run incident free, as Buffington, one of the winningest legends drivers in New England, cruised to another win at his home track! Wyatt Alexander matched his career best legends finish with a 2nd place effort, and points leader Mathew Bourgoine rounded out the podium. Taylor Martin posted a 4th place finish, and Tylar Braunschweig brought home 5th.
The Tour makes its next stop at Thursday Thunder for round eight, will Mathew Bourgoine get back to his winning ways, or will someone else emerge the victor as Reid Lanpher did last week? You'll have to see for yourself! Just $4 to catch the mid week entertainment all your friends have been raving about, so get to the track! For more about legends cars and how YOU can become part of this great series, visit www.NELCAR.net, Like NELCAR on Facebook and Follow us on Twitter @NelcarLegends.
1-23s Shaun Buffington - Plainfield, CT - P
2-96 Wyatt Alexander - Ellsworth - Y
3-38 Mathew Bourgoine - Newport - P
4-20 Taylor Martin - Windham, NH - S
5-70 Tylar Braunschweig - W. Newfield - P
6-399 Bob Weymouth - Topsham - M
7-19t Alan Smith - Lincoln - M
8-8 Matt Chagnot - Derry, NH - M
9-45 Patrick Dillon - Portland - M
10-18t Tom Gray - Sprague, CT - M
11-11 Joseph Wisialko* - Westwood, MA - S
12-28 Nick Wisialko* - Westwood, MA - S
13-2 Darren Johnson* - Pembroke, NH - M
* denotes rookie