North Adams' Poirot Has Big Holiday Weekend in New Hampshire

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WINCHESTER, N.H. -- North Adams’ Kevin Poirot celebrated July Fourth by winning his division in the Winchester Speedpark’s Championship Series on Saturday.
Poirot finished second in the day’s first race and first in the second race in the 30-plus B Division. He earned 47 season points in the process and ended the weekend in second place in the division.
On Sunday, Poirot raced to second- and third-place finishes to finish second on the day behind season points leader Brenden Johnson of Somers, Conn. Through three days of racing this summer, Johnson has 133 points to Poirot’s 119.
Also on Saturday, Savoy’s James Williams placed third in the 30-plus C Division after finishing third in both his races, and Cheshire’s Paul Cantarella was second in the 40-plus C Division after a pair of second-place showings. Dominic Arnold of North Adams was third in the 50 7-8 Division.
Williams placed third on Sunday in the 30-plus C Division, again by finishing third in a pair of races. Cantarella was third on Sunday in the 40-plus C Division with a pair of third-place finishes.
Other area residents racing at Winchester this weekend (by division, with finish) included:
50 4-6: Quinn Marran, Pittsfield, 25th.
50 cc Non-Race Bike Class 1: Jaxon Taylor, Adams, 10th; Marran, 14th.
50 Open: Dominic Arnold, North Adams, 6th; Tyler Cyrulik, Savoy, 12th.
50 7-8: Cyrulik, 11th.
65 Open: Landon Nowak, Cheshire, 6th; Colt McLear, Adams, 7th; Audrina Anello, 23rd.
65 7-9: Audrina Anello, Adams, 18th.
65 10-11: McLear, 4th; Nowak, 8th.
Youth C: Eric Rougeau, Savoy, 13th.
250 C: Rougeau, 25th.
450 A: Matt Tovani, Savoy, 10th.
450 C: Brad Garvie, Adams, 14th.
Open A: Tovani, 8th.
Open C: Garvie, 23rd.
30-plus C: Paul Cantarella, Cheshire, 6th.
Bike Class 1: Trey McDarby, Lee, 5th.
50 Open: Arnold, 4th; Cyrulik, 11th.
50-7-8: Arnold, 5th.
65 Open: McLear, 7th; Hannah Burtt, Pittsfield, 25th.
65 7-9: Anello, 24th.
65 10-11: McLear, 5th; H. Burtt, 11th; Nowak, 14th.
85 12-15: Owen Burtt, Pittsfield, 6th.
Supermini: O. Burtt, 12th.
30-plus C: Cantarella, 9th.
50 cc Non-Race Bike Class 1: McDarby, 5th.
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