A long hard winter may have caused dismay to some, but not the Lakes Region Ice Racing Club. The club raced on eight weekends this year, making the 2014 one of the longer seasons in recent years. On Saturday the racers, friends and families gathered at the Moultonboro Lions Club to crown the 2014 champions and celebrate the season.
The Lakes Region club races on oval tracks prepared on Lee and Berry ponds with 4 divisions of cars: Juniors, 4 Cylinders, V8 Stocks, and Modifieds. A champion for each division is determined based on the season points system.
The nearly a hundred banquet attendees were treated to another fantastic buffet dinner prepared by Melanie Martel. Country music and dancing followed the awards portion. The evening's festivities were MC'd by racers and club officials Mike Horsch and Jack Cook. After the awarding of the raffle prizes, the efforts of club volunteers, the plow guys, and the many race sponsors were acknowledged. A special Sportsman of the year award was made to Derek Jeanson of Sandwich to acknowledge his dedication to the Club. Each of the divisions were then awarded trophies and prizes.
16 year-old Cody Burns, of Center Harbor, took the Junior championship for 2014. Next season Cody moves into the adult, rear wheel drive, 4
cylinder division driving the wicked fast, Scott Burns' Landscaping Nissan. Trevor Greene and Garrett Poitras finished as the second and
third place Juniors respectively.
Alley Ripley of Center Ossipee was crowned the V8 Stock class champion. Alley drove her Monte Carlo to consistently good finishes every week to take the points lead. The runner up was Matt Morrill followed by Adam Cahoon.
The super competitive, 4 Cylinder division champion was Tim Chase of Northfield. Tim, driving his bright yellow Toyota MR2, came out on top by a mere 8 points over rival Matt Taylor, who finished second in the championship run. Fabian Smith claimed the 3rd spot.
DJ Mills of Wolfeboro Falls was named the 2014 Modified division champion. DJ drove his winged sprint car to 3 victories and several solid finishes over the 8 week season. Jake Williams was second followed by Jack Cook.
For the last 30 racing seasons the Lakes Region Ice Racing Club has hosted a special charity race called the Latchkey Cup. This year's Latchkey Cup was a great success, raising $6,350 for local charities. Over the last year donations were made to three local families each with a member fighting cancer. The club also donated to two other families with medical conditions and sponsored three scholarships to local students.
The Club would like to thank all the volunteers, racers, sponsors, and especially the fans that made the 2014 season a great success and we look forward to seeing all our friends back on the ice next year. Check the club's website at www.LakesRegionIceRacingClub.com and Facebook page for the latest club information, rules updates, and photos.