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Greenwood claims his third Loudon Classic

Scott Greenwood (4), Christian Cronin (58) and Eric Wood (5) lead the way during the feature event of the Loudon Classic. Greenwood won for the third time.

Scott Greenwood (4), Christian Cronin (58) and Eric Wood (5) lead the way during the feature event of the Loudon Classic. Greenwood won for the third time.

LOUDON – With Christian Cronin hot on his wheels for the first 17 laps, Scott Greenwood, last year’s Loudon Classic runner-up, made sure he wouldn’t be second on the podium again. The Dunbarton native pulled away over the last three laps, eventually taking the checkered flag by more than seven seconds in America’s longest running motorcycle race.

“It means a lot to me,” said Greenwood, who also won the Loudon Classic Middleweight Grand Prix in 2003 and 2010. “I worked hard to try to put together a package that would be there for all 20 laps. I wish I was in a little better shape halfway through it, but I held on and maintained pretty well and was able to come out with a victory.”

Cronin finished second, but not without a fight for first place as the Loudon native stood strong with Greenwood for much of the race.

“After the halfway mark, I started getting really bad arm fatigue, there were points where I stopped using the break and couldn’t stop the motorcycle and my time dropped,” said Cronin, who placed a step up from last year’s race when he took third.

“I could hear (Cronin’s) bike a couple of times. … I started inching away and he wanted to keep me working, so he kept the gap at zero,” Greenwood said.

Eric Wood, who won in 2012 and came in fourth last year, rounded out the top three.

Motorcycle racing

Loudon Classic

Top 10

1. Scott Greenwood, Dunbarton

2. Christian Cronin, Loudon

3. Eric Wood, Ashburnham, Mass.

4. Tyler Sweeney, Lynn, Mass.

5. Joel Allen, Barrington

6. Tabor Rossi, Plymouth, Mass.

7. Riley Rodgers, Hollis

8. Jason Carter, Raymond

9. Kristofer Knopf, Boston, Mass.

10. Houk Nichols, Oxford, Conn.

Saturday’s other winners

Amateur Classic – Walter French Jr.

Sidecar (Modern) – Peter Essaff and Nick Bailey

Sidecar (Vintage) – Doug Donelan and Bob Bove

Formula 50 Lights – Shawn McCormick

Amateur Formula 50 Lights – John Donald

HW Supersport – Joel Allen

Amateur HW Supersport – Marcelo Lautert

Novice Rookie 1 – Ronald Slack

Novice Rookie 2 – Paul Ho-Sue

Moat Mountain Road Course – Shawn Buffington

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