Racin’ With Jason: Brotherly love on track

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

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

Published: 5/19/2022 6:27:48 PM
Modified: 5/19/2022 6:26:03 PM

Chalk one up for Cole Littlewood in the sibling rivalry among Orange drivers.

Cole edged his brother Justin, first for the pole position, and later the victory last Saturday in the Late Model Sportsman division at Monadnock Speedway in Winchester, N.H.

Cole won the first starting spot by only .003 of a second over Justin and then led the whole 25-lap feature to take down his first win of the season. The Littlewood brothers are second and third in the points standings, with Justin in second by four points over Cole.

The highlight of the night was the 50-lap Teddy Bear Pools Street Stock Triple Crown feature. Winchendon’s Keith Johnson topped a stellar field to earn his second victory in three outings.

Wilbraham’s Tommy O’Sullivan, a threat to win every time he unloads at Monadnock, set the fastest time in qualifying. However, his night did not go so well, opening the door for Granby’s Adam Gray to take the lead until lap 23 when O’Sullivan’s nephew Chris Buffone went ahead. That only lasted a few laps, however, until Buffone brought out the caution.

That set the stage for Johnson to take the lead on a lap 28 restart. He held off Geoff Rollins and Holyoke’s Tim Wenzel to score the win. Scott Zilinski of Erving finished 12th.

For the second week in a row, Hatfield’s Tyler Leary led every lap in the NHSTRA Modified feature en route to the victory in the 30-lapper. Rollins was the runner-up for the second time on the night. Granby’s Nate Wenzel was third, followed by Deerfield’s Ben Byrne. Leary leads the points standings by eight over Byrne.

The Mini Stock feature saw quite the battle between Gordon Farnum, who won 11 races last season, and defending champion Louie Maher. The two swapped the lead five times over 25 laps, with Farnum pacing the final four circuits to earn his second win of the season. Jeff Asselin of Granby was third.

Orange’s Kevin McKnight, Athol’s Tim Griffith and Sunderland’s Jake Puchalski were fifth, seventh and eighth, respectively.

Colton Martin prevailed for the second week in a row in the Young Guns, followed by Dominick Stafford of Millers Falls and Gill brothers Owen and Zach Zilinski.

Race fans get twice the action this weekend at Monadnock. Saturday features the normal six NASCAR Advance Auto Weekly Series divisions, while Sunday presents the American-Canadian Tour, Pro All-Star Series (PASS) Modifieds and PASS Super Late Models.

Going for two

Subbing for Jimmy Blewett in Tommy Baldwin’s No. 7NY car, Doug Coby scored the win last Saturday in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race at Riverhead (N.Y.) Raceway. Coby was chosen to fill the seat while Blewett spent time with his daughter in the hospital.

Coby gets a chance to go back-to-back on Saturday as the Tour heads to Lee (N.H.) USA Speedway for the Granite State Derby. The event, put on by JDV Productions, features the 175-lap Tour race, a 100-lap Granite State Pro Stock Series race, a 50-lapper in the NHSTRA Mini Stocks Battle for the Belt series, and 25-lappers from the NEMA Lites and Pro-4 Modifieds.

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


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