The Amsoil Nelcar Legends Tour returned to the New Hampshire Motor Speedway this past weekend as part of the Nascar Sprint Cup Series Sylvania 300 weekend. The Legends Cars closed out an exciting “Short Track Saturday” at the “Magic Mile.” The sun was setting but the Legends were on track for a thrilling event.
At the front of the field for the feature event was the usual suspect, Shawn Buffington in the new white 23s with Taylor Martin in the 20 on his outside. On the start, Buffington was able to get to the lead but when the field came back around to complete lap one, the 39 of Nick Lascoula and the 33 of Alan Smith made contact racing for fourth, and collected the 59 of Reid Lanpher. Lanpher went for a wild ride, barrel rolling three times before coming to a rest just before turn one. Lanpher was able to walk away from the scary incident, and once proved how safe the Legends Cars are.
After the great crew workers at NHMS cleaned up the mess in turn one, the field went back to green. Buffington once again got out to the lead while Evan Beaulieu in the 56 moved into second with Martin and Lascoula behind him. The race was running very clean until with just nine laps to go, Lascoula hit the wall off turn two, and brought out the race’s second yellow flag.
A restart with just five laps remaining had two of the best Legends Cars drivers in the northeast on the front row looking to grab a win in front of the thousands of fans on hand to watch. When the green flag waved, nothing was going to stop Buffington. At the completion of the event, he took the checkered flag, his fourth straight win on the Nascar weekends. Beaulieu would finish in second, with Martin finishing third. Dan Winter in the 81 car grabbed his best career finish with a fourth place finish after coming back from the wreck earlier in the race and Bob Weymouth in the 399 rounded out the top five.
The Legends Cars put on a great show in front of the great crowd on “Short Track Saturday” and will be back at the “Magic Mile” October 6th and the 7th for a double header weekend on the Road Course, which will be the conclusion of both the Amsoil Nelcar Legends Tour season and the Moat Mountain NHMS Series. The Tour will be in action next week as well, as they will head to Oxford Plains Speedway in Oxford, Maine on Sunday, September 30th. This will be the first event in three years for the Tour on the famous oval, and will be part of the final Pro All Stars Series North event. Racing is set to start at 1:30 on Sunday. For more news, info and how you can get into a Legends Car, visit Nelcar.net.
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