When the Nick’s Pit Stop Legends take to the track for the first time this season, much of it will look the same. Many of the same competitors will be back behind the wheel of familiar cars, but there is one major upgrade from 2012 that the fans may notice, experience and growth.
This is the second season for the Legends at Seekonk, and with a year under their belts, some of the younger drivers will more seat time in a place they are already familiar with.
Shawn Buffington returns as the perennial favorite, after picking up a handful of wins and the 2012 Nick’s Pit Stop Legends championship. He was also a winner with the NELCAR group, at NHMS, and a few other venues last year. Already this season he has sat in victory lane, winning the NELCAR season opener at Wiscassett Speedway in Maine. When a driver comes off the season he did last year, and starts off strong the following season, you know he is already in mid season form.
His teammate Thomas Gray was able to keep pace with Shawn, winning a couple of races, and following him to the stripe when he wasn’t leading him. A couple more wins, and a break from the mechanical gremlins that fought him a couple of times, and Tom continues to be a championship threat.
Nick Lascoula picked up his first Legends win last year, and the former SYRA 600 champion showed that he can be a contender. This will be only his third season behind the wheel of a Legend car, and with a trip to Atlanta Motor Speedway to race the INEX Nationals last fall, he is ready for the challenge of the upcoming season.
Nick Ladyga is another SYRA veteran, and showed his quick learning last year, picked up a few wins here in 2012. If he can get through the full season without incident, he quickly becomes a challenger for the Nicks Pit Stop Legends Championship if he competes all season. Rumor has a new LM in his fleet, and a new challenge for the young competitor.
Justin Travis returns behind the wheel as a teammate to Curtis Snow this year. Travis was quick in the opening practice, and is hoping for some consistent runs. He has won in the Street Stocks several times, and with his experience at the track, his biggest learning curve will be the narrower and shorter Legends car.
Curt Snow, Jordan Lamothe, Matt Carpenter, and a few others return as well, while a couple have moved on. 2013 should be an exciting season for the Nick’s Pit Stop Legends.