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Ice racing club hosts Latchkey Cup

MOULTONBOROUGH — The Lakes Region Ice Racing Club ran the first day of a weekend doubleheader automobile, oval track ice racing Saturday on Berry Pond. Saturday featured the largest ice racing event in the northeastern United States, the 29th annual Latchkey Cup. Ice racers from the Milton and Jaffery clubs again joined the Lakes Region racers to make the Latchkey the largest ice race in the northeast.
The Latchkey Cup is a benefit event for the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center and was run Saturday in front of a large crowd on Berry Pond. Racing started with the hot laps and qualifying heats for the five divisions of cars: juniors, 4-cylinder front-wheel drive, 4-cylinder rear-wheel drive, V8 stock, and modifieds
First out was the 4-cylinder division and last week's winner, Tim Chase of Northfield, took the checkers followed by Moultonboro's Alicia Taylor.
The modified feature, sponsored by Ambrose Brothers. Inc of Meredith, took to the ice next with Jake Williams of Ossipee taking the lead and the win after early leader Rick Martel of Moultonboro broke an axle.
Jackie Martel of Moultonboro lead the early laps of the junior division feature with Chris Taylor, also of Moultonboro, working his way past at the mid-point for the victory.
The growing V8 stock division took to the track for the final event of the day. With masterful driving and a well-executed pit stop for an electrical repair, Moultonboro's Mike Frank took the win. John Stephens  and Adam Cahoon finished second and third, respectfully.
The racers return to the ice on Sunday at 12:30 on Berry Pond for the regular weekly race. Check the club's website at www.LakesRegionIceRacingClub.com or the Facebook page for the latest race/ice status, information about coming events, and for race photos.
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