The Lowell native has all been speeding up lately, as he finished racing in the top four of his league at the fifth annual Milton CAT Midsummer Classic 250, on Saturday at White Mountain Motorsports Park in North Woodstock, New Hampshire.
The Pepperell native placed fourth overall in the Woodsville Guaranty Savings Bank Strictly Stock Minis. It was the latest test of endurance for domestic thrill seekers.
“I had a great run,” said Moulton, whose race went on non-stop, from the green light to the square flag for only the second time this season. “Door-to-door racing is very clean.”
According to Greater Lowell Tech graduate, there’s nowhere he’d rather be on the track, putting the pedal to the metal.
Moulton, 41, said, “It’s an addiction that a lot of people have warned me about beforehand. They were right. I don’t drink, smoke or take any drugs. Motorsport is my addiction.”
After the track burned at full speed, the 25-lap course tested Molton’s steel-eyed determination as he made his way through a highly competitive field. A member of HD Motorsports and team points leader, Moulton had to fight back after being forced to start racing in round two. Despite finishing eighth for most of the early times, he managed to make his way through the thick of things on lap 16. Bypassing the congestion on the track, while following the top two racers at the same time, the skilled driver held firm to the top spot. Finished Les Washburn of Bethlehem, New Hampshire. Fellow Granite State drivers Donny Baumgardner (North Woodstock, NH) and Jack Hayes (Littleton, NH) made the top three.
“Unfortunately, I ran out of laps just as I grabbed the three of them and had to settle for fourth,” Moulton said, noting the daunting task it took just to get there. “Adam Sicard passed car number 16 (it was the key). He uses the entire track and is hard to get without damage apparently.”
The local stars at White Mountain Motorsports Park gave crowds close to capacity a taste of what the weekly race looks like every week in North Woodstock, with roving teams participating from all over New England and Quebec, Canada. Moulton is happy to be part of the Northeast unit, which bodes well for plenty of local horsepower.
A lifelong gearhead and mechanic, Moulton has always been a big racing fan. It was only a matter of time before a spectator jumped into the driver’s seat in the amateur ranks.
“I’m an adrenaline junkie,” Moulton said. “I love fast cars and manufacturing. This is definitely not professional (racing), but I treat it like a pro. I work hard on the car. I paint the nose and remove almost all the rubber every two weeks it seems. I love that the car always looks new and is taken care of. I treat it the same mechanical way and it’s been as reliable as the car for two seasons now.”
Building his little inventory is just half the fun of this freestyle mechanic. The compact four-cylinder rear-wheel drive uses performance and storage for production parts, chassis, engines and tires. Miniature modified cars also require a drivetrain and suspension.
Moulton’s handiwork spans throughout his current ride, tearing the entire Acura Integra, before welding a full cage into his frame.
“I bought old two-stroke Integras for $800,” he said. “I built one. The second is for parts. I’ve invested about $4,500 in the car so far. Which is a drop in the bucket compared to what the late model owner is spending. With no accidents, some of these guys budget (about) $800 per week. I passed Lots of tires, but I’m pushing it hard.”
The 1,900-pound muscle car has 143 horsepower, which gives the original Lowell plenty of extra kick.
“It’s moving all the way,” said Moulton, whose best time in an elliptical quarter-mile was 15.2 seconds this season. “Your late models have 400 hp, and about 3,200 lbs. They spin 12.8 to 13 seconds on average.”
In 2021, Moulton christened his middle machine as she competed in five out of 16 races. After tearing his biceps in action, an injury that required surgery, the 6-foot, 260-pound rookie is back in action early wearing a cast, with a little extra help from Mother Nature in the form of three rains later.
“I drove a little shy, but I managed to get through the season and finish eighth in points,” he said.
Seems to raise the stakes even in the sophomore season.
“This year I walked out of the gate avenged,” Moulton said. “I’ve made minor changes to the car, and I’ve managed to push it to the podium three out of eight races so far, with two of them winning. I’ve been the point leader all season so far, and as crazy as it sounds, I’ll be in the championship in just over a year. In this. It feels great.”
Born and raised in Lowell, Moulton was not far from the road that grew up at the end of Lowell Link on Walnut Street. He joined Greater Lowell Tech and New Hampshire Tech, where his love for the automobile business quickly took root.
Currently, diesel tech is at the Thomas Bus dealership, and it’s no stranger to Moulton getting his hands dirty with these fuel-powered engines.
“I was really born into it,” Moulton said. “As a boy I dreamed of racing in go-karts, bikes or whatever I could get my hands on. When I got my license, I was in hell on wheels.”
Bought his first sportbike at the age of 21, he channeled an indoor Evel Knievel with some nail-biting results.
“I thought I was Johnny acrobatic,” he admits. “I crashed into it a lot and myself had enough trouble getting some police issued bracelets, but I grew up a lot after that.”
Despite his maturity, Moulton’s passion for hitting the gas pedal never dissipated.
“I’ve always needed speed and getting into the races is what I need,” said Moulton, who attended his first White Mountain event as a spectator five years ago. “I went to watch Tyler Thompson’s very young race in the kids’ division. Fast forward five years and he is now my direct competitor, only 12 points behind me in second place now.”
He also got a lot of support from his family. His daughters lend a helping hand, the eldest works in the pits, while the youngest helps him in the garage.
“It has become a lifestyle,” Moulton said. “They both want to race / I think this is a good way for them to build knowledge and also learn how to handle stressful and strategic situations.”
So what’s the biggest secret behind Molton’s recent success?
“Good stability and spine,” he said. “Something I finally figured out, I think. And some of it is just good luck. Also having good sponsors supporting me so I can buy the best tires and spare parts helps. I work on the car a lot to make sure nothing fails during the race. I put a wrench on all the bolts I check the alignment every week and check all four tires and the suspension after every ride in the car. When it’s all right, consistency comes into the picture.”
For the future, Moulton’s mindset remains focused on the next competition. He will return to Granite State on Saturday at Wayne’s Market Dwarf Car Special, August 6 at White Mountain Motorsports Park. Another time is set at 6pm with the full race day set for work.
“People should come and check it out,” Moulton said. “It’s your cheapest pleasure.”