Langille Tops Canadian Contingent with Championship at Little Gator Legend Cars Winter Nationals
After a season that saw Braden Langille score 17 victories, a Maritime League of Legends Tour Championship and the Tim’s Corner Motorsports Power Performer of the Year Award, the Shubenacadie, Nova Scotia driver wasted little time on kickstarting 2020.
Langille took home two wins and four podium finishes in five races en route to the Little Gator Legend Cars Winter Nationals Pro Legend Championship at Citrus County Speedway. Langille, driving a car out of the Farbo Motorsports stable with Riley Halverson on the team, clinched the title on Friday with a third place finish in a rain shortened Pro feature. The championship is his second at the event after winning the Bandolero Outlaw title at Winter Nationals in 2015 at Orlando Speedworld.
Langille locked down the title with a nine point advantage over North Carolina’s Bryson Ruff after the five races in four days. Ruff, who drives for Devo Motorsports, had Ryan Mackintosh turning the wrenches on his racecar. Mackintosh also helped steer Texas driver Scott Anderson to a big win in the Masters division on Friday.
Sam Rogers made the move to the Pro division on the week. The Lower Onslow, Nova Scotia driver mixed it up with the best Legend car drivers and would finish eighth in points with three top ten finishes.
Gage Gilby scored a podium finish in Race Three of the week in the Bandolero Outlaw division at Little Gator Legend Cars Winter Nationals. Gilby, who is a Winter Nationals rookie, finished 7th in points for the week on the strength of three top ten finishes in four races. The Outlaws lost their final race of the week on Friday due to rain. Whitney Meggs won the Little Gator Legend Cars Winter Nationals Outlaw championship with two victories and four top fives in four races.
After five races in the Young Lions division at Little Gator Legend Cars Winter Nationals, Hubley, Nova Scotia’s Owen Mahar and Bedford, Nova Scotia’s Dylan Dowe found themselves tied for ninth in the championship standings. Mahar captured two top tens, including a fourth place finish on Thursday afternoon, to kick off his first full season behind the wheel of a Legend car. Dowe took his 860 Motorsports prepared ride with Jeff Jordan as his spotter to three top ten finishes over the five races. North Carolina driver Jaiden Reyna cruised to the championship in the class with four wins and five top fives.
Calgary, Alberta’s Ira Laughy made his return to Little Gator Legend Cars Winter Nationals with a 5th place finish in the final Masters points for the week. Laughy, the 2016 event champion in the Masters division at Orlando Speedworld, raced to two top fives and four top ten finishes with a third place on Tuesday being the highlight. Laughy’s car is prepared by Chase Pistone Inc. The “crazy old men” lived up to their moniker in the final two days of racing but when the dust settled, it was a familiar name atop the standings with Minnesota’s Tim Brockhouse winning the week over Georgia’s Robbie Woodall and Scott Moseley.
The Beginner Bandolero championship was won by Olivia Murray with four wins on the week. Alex Meggs raced to the Bandolero Bandit title by three points over Garrett Gumm. Two wins and three runner-up finishes help guide Janson Marchbanks to a Semi Pro Little Gator Legend Cars Winter Nationals championship.
You can re-visit every competitive lap of the 2020 Little Gator Legend Cars Winter Nationals at Citrus County Speedway with the on-demand video broadcast from LegendsNation.tv, complete with the call of the races by Tim Terry, Jeff Jordan and Carl Cormier. A full recap from the event can be found at LegendsNation.com.
Several Maritime teams are already making plans for the next major multi-day INEX event, the Spring Battle at Lil Texas Motor Speedway. The event runs from March 25th to 29th, leading into the NASCAR Cup Series O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.