Monadnock Speedway to host 'Christmas in July'

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WINCHESTER, N.H. — Monadnock Speedway will host the third leg of the six-race NHSTRA Mini Stock "Battle of the Belt" along their regular six divisions of NASCAR racing on Saturday evening. It's Christmas in July night, so fans are encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy to be donated to local charity and receive five dollars off their $15 adult admission price. The racing action will begin at 6 p.m.

Vernon resident Solomon Brow is currently atop the Late Model Sportsman standings with 250 points. Vernon's Hillary Renaud is ranked fourth in the Street Stock division, Vernon's Pat Houle is currently 13th in Mini Stock points, Putney's Joe Brittain is in 13th position in the Pure Stock class, and Putney's Dana Shephard is 21st in the Mini Stock standings.

Atlas Pyrotechnics put on a fireworks display on Saturday night at the speedway.

Les Hinckley took the lead from the pole and led the first 24 laps of the Valenti Modified Racing Series Firecracker 100 before giving way to Todd Patnode. Patnode was firmly in command of the race until a two-car confrontation brought out the caution flag on lap 67. That was Mother Nature's signal to drizzle some more moisture on the event. At that point VRMS officials yellow-checkered the race, awarding the win to Patnode. Jeff Gallup was second and Rob Richardi finished third.

In the other two heats, Rich Hammann won the 25-lap Pure Stocks event and Louis Maher prevailed in the Mini Stock feature.

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