WENTWORTH, N.H. – Legion Speedway owner Si Allen and third generation racer Shawn Lawler will be promoting Legion Speedway for the 2013 season.
Previous promoters Wally and Janine Brown have stepped aside to concentrate on their primary business, Brownie’s Auto and Speed Shop on Route 4 in Enfield, N.H.
“We owe a big debt of gratitude to Wally and Janie for stepping up and helping to get Legion Speedway up and running for its successful reopening in 2012,” Allen said. “We’re sorry that they won’t be promoting this year, but they both indicated that they’ll be dropping
by during the summer as their work schedule allows and that we can continue to use them as a resource and a sounding board. We really appreciate that.”
Allen, who purchased the speedway from American Legion Post 76 prior to the 2012 season, has raced in six decades. Starting in Sports Cars before moving on to asphalt Modifieds and Late Models, he is the 2005
Sprint Cars of New England Champion and a Past President of the Granite State Mini Sprints Racing Club.
Lawler’s racing connection began with his Grandfather, Don Lawler, began racing Modifieds in the early 1950’s and was known as a top driver at the Cheshire Fairgrounds Speedway in Keene. Shawna’s father Darrell Lawler followed in his father’s footsteps and did one of Shawn’s uncles. Shawn won the Granite State Mini Sprints 600cc
championship in 2005 and the Sprint Cars of New England championship in 2007. He too, is a Past President of the Granite State club.
Allen and Lawler are looking to improve Legion Speedway while still providing racers with continuity and predictability. All classes – Sportsman Modifieds, Super Streets, 600 cc Mini Sprints and 4 Cyl Mini Stocks- will return for the 2013 and few, if any rules changes are
anticipated. The Granite States Mini Sprints will be at Legion on an approximately bi-weekly basis and both the Outlaw Midgets and the Sprints Cars of New England will be making periodic visits.
“I really value the camaraderie I’ve felt in racing,” Lawler said. “That’s something I want to maintain and grow at Legion. We have talented races and loyal fans so Si and I owe them as good a facility and as fair an environment as we can possibly provide. New race
tracks aren’t being built to replace the ones that close and we want to keep Legion Speedway open and thriving for others who love racing as much as we do.”