CLAREMONT, N.H. – Ryan Bell was on a rail Friday, September 14, at Claremont Speedway, topping the R.E. Hinkley Super Street feature and, with his first career victory in the highly competitive division, becoming the ninth different Super Street winner this summer.
NEMST star Emerson Cayer was the night’s big money winner, earning more than $3,000 for his victory in the Four-Cylinder Nationals 100-lapper, but Street Stock star Bryan Town scored a victory of his own.
Town’s big night came without benefit of a victory, as the hometown speedster was able to combine his own strong runner-up outing with Chris Riendeau’s misfortune to move back atop the Pepsi Street Stock point standings. With only two events remaining in the 2018 season, Town now leads his division by 11 points.
The Red Neck Enduro made its speedway debut, with former Wildcat winner Kyle Buck topping the 36-car field in an adventuresome 35-lapper. Unity’s Bruce Adams earned the runner-up hardware in the no-caution-flags event, and long-ago Street Stocker Todd Maguira came home third.
Tyler Searles, the only Green Mountain Boy in the starting field, set fast time the first trip around in the Super Street 40-lapper, but Charlestown’s Ryan Bell – firing from row two – then took charge and never looked back en route to his first stop in Daddy’s Pizza Victory Lane.
Iron man Jack McClay got up for second on lap four, bringing points leader Ricky Bly with him into the top three but, with the final 37 laps run caution free, Bell was never challenged, taking the checkers eight lengths ahead of McClay.
Bly’s third-place run gave him a small but important boost in the championship points race. Mark McClay was fourth on the night, and Dylan Bodreau came home fifth, ending the night 18 points behind Bly. Craig Smith, who had a violent meeting with the backchute wall in his heat race, came back to finish sixth in the main event.
Stevens High School sophomore Briana Akusis was fast in the Pepsi Street Stock feature, hitting the stripe even with Chris Colburn as lap one went into the books and then taking charge and leading the pack the next 18 go-rounds.
Dave Greenslit, strong all night, grabbed the lead on a lap 18 restart bringing Bryan Town with him. That caution – the first of the race – was important, as the yellow waved when points leader Chris Riendeau coasted to a stop on the backchute. With Town in second, and Riendeau reduced to spectator status in the pits, the points pendelum that had clobbered Town on the last lap a week earlier, swung back his way Friday.
Greenslit’s win was his third of the summer. Lenny Silver earned the third-place hardware, and Akusis’ impressive run netted her the fourth-place finish. Joe Tetreault came home fifth.
Emerson Cayer got to the front in the NEMST 100-lapper on lap 34, battled back and forth with Matt Kimball for ten laps, and then led the rest of the way to earn more than $3,000. Hometrack hot shoe Kodi Sabins was second on the night, Bay State veteran Louis Maher came home third, and Cliff Bennett – making the haul all the way from Pleasant Lake, Indiana – finished fourth.
Former Mod champ Joey Jarvis set fast time in a round of mid-show radar runs around the fast third-mile.
Next Friday, September 21, Claremont Speedway will host its annual Race Against Cancer event, giving fans a chance to meet their favorite drivers up close and personal, as the speedway community comes together to help the Friends of Norris Cotton Cancer Center.
The R.E. Hinkley Super Streets, Pepsi Street Stocks, and T-bird Mini Mart Wild Cats will all be in action in their 20th racing event of the summer, and children are advised to bring their bicycle helmets so they can participate trackside in the summer’s last outing of the Kiwanis of Claremont Big Wheel races. Post time is 7 p.m.
CLAREMONT SPEEDWAY SEPT. 14 TOP TENS: SUPER STREET: Ryan Bell, Jack McClay, Ricky Bly, Mark McClay, Dylan Bodreau, Ben Poland, Craig Smith, Alex Poisson, Tyler Searles, Ken Fowler. STREET STOCK: Dave Greenslit, Bryan Town, Lenny Silver, Briana Akusis, Joe Tetreault, Robbie Streeter, Chris Emerson, Lucas Wheeler, Chris Colburn, Chris Riendeau.
CLAREMONT, N.H. – Ricky Bly and Chris Riendeau both stayed hot when it counted the most Saturday, September 8, at Claremont Speedway, while Nutmeg State flyer Ron Silk was the night’s big money winner, duplicating his victory of three weeks earlier in the Open Modified 75-lapper.
In Saturday’s nightcap event, Wildcat Kyle Templeton continued his potent rookie campaign, storming to his fourth stop of the summer in Daddy’s Pizza Victory Lane.
Ryan Bell and Tyler Lescord sat on row one of the R.E. Hinkley Super Streets as their 40-lapper went green, with Bell quickly taking charge and then holding the point position until fellow Charlestown pilot Ben Poland scooted past both Bell and Ricky Bly to lead the pack on lap ten.
Poland, like Bell before him, would stage a strong run at the head of the field until Bly dove low through the east end of the track to take charge at the 20-lap mark. A lap later Dylan Bodreau muscled up to second and the top two – locked in a tight points battle for the 2018 Super Street crown – would run nose-to-tail until Bly widened the margin with two laps to go.
The Sunapee speedster’s win was his fourth of the summer, and third in a points race, giving him a 14-point lead over Bodreau with three events remaining. Jackpot Jack McClay was third on the night, Craig Smith, victorious a week earlier, came home fourth, and Bell completed his strong night’s work in fifth.
The Pepsi Street Stock feature totally changed in the last half trip around the speedplant. Bryan Town, who’d entered the night’s action six points ahead of Chris Riendeau, had taken the lead from Chris Colburn on the sixth go-round and, with the checkered flag in sight, was holding Riendeau at his back bumper as he charged toward his sixth win of the summer.
Fate, though, then slammed down its hammer, as Town’s ride went up in smoke and Riendeau sailed past the crippled leader to score his track-high ninth victory, moving back atop the points parade, five markers better than Town.
Dave Greenslit, solid all night, earned the runner-up spot; Lenny Silver was third, Briana Akusis fourth, and Robbie Streeter fifth. Town’s nightmare finish netted him the sixth-place finish.
Kyle Currier and Kirby Goodrich went to war early in the T-Bird Mini Mart Wild Cat 25-lapper, with Goodrich holding a slim advantage when the caution waved on lap eight. After a quick shuffle, Currier led again as lap nine went in the books before then giving way to row-four starter Kyle Templeton.
Once in front, the Claremont rookie quickly drove away from the field to post his fourth victory of the summer. Rookie Raven Streeter – who earlier in the day had competed on the football field for his Mascoma Royals – scored a career-best runner-up finish, and Seth Melcher came home fifth.
Currier and Goodrich rounded out the night’s top five, and division leader Zach Lyn could only muster an 11th-place finish but still ended the night 94 points ahead of Templeton.
Russ Hersey led the first 64 go-rounds of the Modified 75-lapper and appeared destined for his first visit of the summer to Daddy’s Pizza Victory Lane. Powerhouse Ronnie Silk, though, had other plans and, on this night, a superior tire use strategy, reeling Hersey in, taking charge on lap 65, and taking the checkers seven lengths ahead of the Swanzey star.
Silk, this time at the controls of the ride Chase Dowling had guided to a fourth-place finish here three weeks earlier, earned his second big Thrasher Road payday, this one worth $3,000. Former track champ Dana Smith was strong in third, Charlestown’s Brian Robie came home fourth, and Mainiac Brad Babb claimed the five spot.
Next Friday, September 14, Claremont Speedway will host the second annual Four-Cylinder Nationals, an event that drew 39 cars last year.
The Super Streets, Street Stocks, and Wildcats will all be in action too, battling for valuable championship points as the 2018 racing season nears its completion and the all new four-cylinder Red Neck Enduro division will compete in its first official race. Post time at Claremont Speedway is 7 p.m. each Friday.
CLAREMONT SPEEDWAY SEPTEMBER 8 TOP TENS: MODIFIED 75 LAPS: Ron Silk, Russ Hersey, Dana Smith, Brian Robie, Brad Babb, Andy Jankowiak, Dana DiMatteo, Jeff Gallup, Les Rose, Jeff Murray. SUPER STREET: Ricky Bly, Dylan Bodreau, Jack McClay, Craig Smith, Ryan Bell, Ben Poland, Jeremy Zullo, Tyler Searles, Alex Poisson, Matt Sonnhalter. STREET STOCK: Chris Riendeau, Dave Greenslit, Lenny Silver, Briana Akusis, Robbie Streeter, Bryan Town, Luke Wheeler, Jeff Morse, Erin Aiken. WILD CAT: Kyle Templeton, Raven Streeter, Seth Melcher, Kyle Currier, Kirby Goodrich, Jim Carley, Victor Branch, Cody Schoolcraft, Chris Carver, Haydon Grenier.
CLAREMONT, N.H. – On the 17th night of the season – 17 up and 17 down, as the third-mile speedplant continued its rainout-free roll through its 2018 schedule – Craig Smith roared to victory in the night’s 40-lap R.E. Hinkley Super Street main event August 31 at Claremont Speedway.
Smith, who has suffered through varied mechanical woes since falling out of the points lead a month ago, put it all together Friday, leaving the field far behind him as he stormed to victory, the eighth different Super Street feature winner of the season and 21st unique weekly racing series competitor to grace Daddy’s Pizza Victory Lane this summer.
Pepsi Street Stock strongman Chris Riendeau topped the night’s twin-25 event to score his track-high eighth feature win of the summer and pull to within six points of division-leading Bryan Town.
Rookie speedster Kyle Templeton scored his third victory in the T-Bird Mini Mart Wildcat 25-lapper, cementing his hold on second in the seasonal points parade, still far behind defending champ Zach Lyn, who was Friday’s runner-up.
Smith started up front in the Super Street go-round, leading Ryan Currier around the track the first ten laps, with Mark McClay then completing his charge from deep in the pack to take over the deuce. Jack McClay would power into third two laps later but on this night the brothers would have to content themselves battling for second, as Smith simply drove away.
Ricky Bly’s fourth-place outing kept him atop the championship points chase, nine markers ahead of Dylan Bodreau, the night’s fifth-place finisher. Smith and Jack McClay were heat race winners.
Lenny Silver was victorious in the first Street Stock 25-lap segment, setting fast time the final 20 laps to take the checkers ahead of Chris Riendeau and Bryan Town. Riendeau, though, saved his best for last.
Chris Emerson led the first five go-rounds of the nightcap, then giving way to Dave Greenslit, who would set fast time for nine laps before Riendeau stormed to the front where, once there, he would easily outdistance Silver and Kenny Thompson to the checkers.
Riendeau’s nightcap win gave him the tie breaking overall victory ahead of Silver, moving him to within six points of Town in the points chasse. Town had earlier helped himself by earning his 11th heat race win of the season, each worth five championship points. Town was fourth overall on the night, and Greenslit came home fifth.
Kyle Templeton led early and often in the night’s Wildcat 25-lapper, as the race of the night roared on behind him between Zach Lyn and upstart Haydon Grenier. Lyn prevailed by inches to earn the runner-up hardware just ahead of the rookie. Cody Schoolcraft and Seth Melcher rounded out the top five.
In an 11-car exhibition race, the Red Neck Enduro division made its speedway debut, with Dave Lescord guesting on the flagstand. Former Wildcat strongman Kyle Buck won the four-holer event.
Next Saturday, September 8, Claremont Speedway will host its third and final Open Modified event of the season, a 75-lap, $3,000-to-win showcase of the finest open-wheeled racers in the Northeast. The Super Street, Street Stock, and Wild Cat divisions will each compete in support of the Modified main event.
There will be no racing Friday, September 7, at Claremont Speedway. The Saturday night event will start at 6 p.m. and is not rain-dated. For more information, please visit www.claremontspeedway.net.
CLAREMONT SPEEDWAY AUGUST 31 TOP TENS: SUPER STREET: Craig Smith, Mark McClay, Jack McClay, Ricky Bly, Dylan Bodreau, Ben Poland, Alex Poisson, Hayden Scott, Andrew Martell, Ryan Currier. STREET STOCK: (Cumulative finish: twin-25 event): Chris Riendeau, Lenny Silver, Kenny Thompson, Bryan Town, Dave Greenslit, Robbie Streeter, Jeff Morse, Chris Colburn, Chris Emerson, Briana Akusis. WILDCAT: Kyle Templeton, Zach Lyn, Haydon Grenier, Cody Schoolcraft, Seth Melcher, Kirby Goodrich, Raven Streeter, Kyle Currier, Chris Carver, Ken Lafont.
Five action packed divisions of racing to be headlined by the $3500 to win Rocky Ridge Trucks 150 lap pro stock race this Sunday, September 2nd at 5:00pm at Claremont Speedway in Claremont, NH. Joining the Granite State Pro Stock Series presented by Springfield Buick GMC is the North East Mini Stock Tour. Their 50 lap event this Sunday night will be a good test of mettle for their 100 lap $1500 to win national event on September 14th.
Local flavor will be abound with a 40 lap $1000 to win Super Street feature, a 35 lap $750 to win Street Stock feature, and a 25 lap Wildcat feature. But that's not all, many local stars will be coming back to Claremont Speedway to join the GSPSS regulars for our 150 lap main event. Guy Caron, Aaron Fellows, Byron Baker, Jimmy Zullo, Luke Hinkley, Ricky Bly, and Josh King are some of the 26 drivers pre-entered into the big show.
And a big show it will be, “We are thrilled this is the first GSPSS promotion of a full event with the help of Springfield Buick GMC and Rocky Ridge Trucks” series President Mike Parks said. “With our support divisions everything looks incredibly stout as the response has been huge.” “Coming on this weekend is Asetex Tire & Auto in Claremont, NH whom will be posting fast time awards during time trials, $150 for first, $100 for second, and $50 for third.” “This certainly will be one of our largest events of the 2018 season.”
General Admission: $20, children ages 6-12 $5, Pit Gate Admission: $40
Racing begins at 5:00pm
Drivers pre-entered for the Rocky Ridge Trucks 150:
#08 Mike O'Sullivan #05 Jacob Dore #39 Nick Lascuola #18 Mike Scorzelli #29 Barry Gray #00 Jimmy Renfrew Jr #93ct Ray Christian III #21 Josh King #72 Guy Caron #43 Devin O'Connell #7 Cory Casagrande #9 Kyle Welch #73 Joey Doiron #42 Aaron Fellows #09 Jeremy Davis #m32 Steven Murphy #24 Todd Patnode #11 Bryon Baker #10 Jimmy Zullo #1x Todd Stone #31 Luke Hinkley #09nh Ricky Bly #40 Mike Mitchell #15 George Bessette #4 Tommy O'Sullivan #60 DJ Shaw
For more information please visit our website www.gspss.net and follow our social media channels Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube.
CLAREMONT, N.H. – Ricky Bly and Bryan Town each did what he had to do Friday, August 24, at Claremont Speedway, expanding their respective points leads with feature wins as the 2018 season hits its championship stretch run.
With only five events still scheduled this season, Bly, in the R.E. Hinkley Super Streets, and Town, currently atop the Pepsi Street Stocks, each earned his second consecutive victory lap to add to his respective points lead. Their gains, though, were minimal as next-in-line-to-the-throne pilots Dylan Bodreau and Chris Riendeau both turned in runner-up performances to stay very much in the title hunt.
In the T-Bird Mini Mart Wild Cats, divisional super man Zach Lyn was second fastest on the track but tops in the tech line to expand his championship points lead to more than two weeks’ worth of markers over his closest competitor. As September nears, Lyn’s second title in a row seems almost a foregone conclusion.
Jack McClay and Craig Smith led the Super Streets to the green to start their 40-lapper, with a lap-one jingle putting the caution flag quickly in play and sending a handful of cars pitside, forced to then refire from deep in the field. Among those losing valuable turf were Mark McClay and Ben Poland.
Jack McClay and Smith paced the thundering pack for the first five go-rounds, with Dylan Bodreau then storming into the deuce slot and gluing himself in McClay’s shadow. Ricky Bly claimed third on lap ten and the lead trio ran nose-to-tail.
Bly, who entered the night’s action with a slim, four-point, lead over Bodreau in his quest for back-to-back titles, was in perfect position when the Bodreau/McClay wobble occurred on lap 15. Seizing the momentary opportunity, the Sunapee speedster quickly took the lead and then never looked back en route to his third win of the summer, his second in as many weeks.
Bodreau spent the rest of the race glued to Bly’s bumper but had to settle for second on this night. Jack McClay was strong in third, with Poland and Mark McClay recovering from their opening-lap woes to finish fourth and fifth. Bly now leads the points parade by seven markers. Smith, who struggled with mechanical bugaboos throughout the event, finished 14th on the night, suffering a big hit to his title aspirations.
Dave Greenslit set fast time for the first ten laps of the Pepsi Street Stock 25-lapper, then giving way to points leader Bryan Town, who’d started back in row four. Seven-time 2018 feature winner Chris Riendeau, who entered the night’s action only seven points behind Town, got up for second on lap 16 but could advance no further.
With the race run caution-free after lap one had been completed, Town’s blistering pace was no match for the rest of the field. He would take the checkers nearly 20 lengths ahead of Riendeau.
Lenny Silver, currently third in the title chase, was also third on the night. Greenslit came home fourth, with Robbie Streeter earning the five spot. Town’s four-point gain on the night, left him 11 ahead of Riendeau entering next Friday’s twin-25s.
Zach Lyn won the caution-free Wild Cat 25-lapper after Jim Carley’s first-under-the-checkers ride fizzled in tech. Rookie Haydon Grenier, who’d earlier scored his first career heat race win, was again rock-solid in second, with rookie phenom Kyle Templeton coming home third. Seth Melcher and Raven Streeter completed the top five.
Next Friday, August 31, the Pepsi Street Stocks will run double features. The Super Streets and Wild Cats will be in action too, with post time set for 7 p.m.
Fans are reminded that the third open Modified event of the season, this one a 75-lapper, will be run on Saturday, September 8. For more information, please visit www.claremontspeedway.net.
CLAREMONT SPEEDWAY AUGUST 24 TOP TENS: SUPER STREET: Ricky Bly, Dylan Bodreau, Jack McClay, Ben Poland, Mark McClay, Hayden Scott, Tyler Lescord, Ken Fowler, Ryan Currier, Justin Littlewood. STREET STOCK: Bryan Town, Chris Riendeau, Lenny Silver, Dave Greenslit, Robby Streeter, Kenny Thompson, Jeff Morse, Briana Akusis, Ken Thompson, Lucas Wheeler. WILD CAT: Zach Lyn, Haydon Grenier, Kyle Templeton, Seth Melcher, Raven Streeter, Cody Schoolcraft, Kyle Currier, Kirby Goodrich, Chris Carver.
CLAREMONT, N.H. – Nutmeg State Modified ace Ronnie Silk led the final 16 laps of the Claremont Open Modified 100 Saturday, August 18, to pocket the $4,000-plus winner’s purse at the Thrasher Road speedplant.
While the former Whelen Modified champion was the night’s big winner, both Ricky Bly and Bryan Town left the oval with big smiles in place too; each having won his division’s feature race and, in so doing, reclaimed the top spot in his respective 2018 championship race. Rookie star Kyle Templeton was the night’s Wildcat winner.
Dana DiMatteo set fast time for the first 22 go-rounds of the Modified 100, then giving way to Les Hinkley, who, as he had done earlier this summer in a Tri-Track Series event here, piled up lap after lap atop the leader board.
Hinkley had the point when a routine caution on lap 80 sent most of the front runner’s pitside for fresh rubber. Todd Patnode elected to chance staying on old rubber, staying out and taking the lead, with Silk, then third, pulling up behind him on the restart, before taking his first lead of the race three laps later.
Hinkley was quickly back up to second but had to content himself with the runner-up finish, glued to Silk’s bumper. Patnode, Chase Dowling, and Russ Hersey completed the top five.
Ben Poland took the lead from Tyler Lescord on lap two of the R.E. Hinkley Super Street 40-lapper, then opening a comfortable margin as Dylan Bodreau, Ricky Bly, and Mark McClay battled for second. A lap-21 brushup sent Bodreau to the turn-three grass and McClay to Poland’s side.
Bly charged into second on lap 24 and took the lead five laps later, then picking up a dash of gold paint on his backside before darting off to victory. Poland, strong all night, earned the runner-up hardware, with Bodreau roaring back to third on the final trip around the third-mile oval. McClay and Ken Fowler rounded out the top five.
The win was Bly’s second of the summer but only his first in a points race. It moved him back atop the chart, two markers ahead of Bodreau, whose last-lap dash to third saved him from going four down.
Robbie Streeter and Briana Akusis brought the Pepsi Street Stocks to the green but, after an opening lap Kenny Thompson looper, Bryan Town quickly took control.
The second caution of the race brought seven-time winner Chris Riendeau to Town’s bumper and the battle was on. The two would trade paint over the next 13 laps, with Riendeau finally muscling into the lead on lap 22, only to have a Mike Salois looper put Town back at the point.
With Riendeau firing from outside, Dave Greenslit hooked onto Town’s shadow to take second but Lenny Silver, who’d refired from the back earlier in the event, had saved his best for last, rocketing into second as the checkers waved. Greenslit was third, with Thompson and Riendeau completing the top five.
Town’s visit to Daddy’s Pizza Victory Lane placed him eight points ahead of Riendeau with a half-dozen events remaining in the season.
Rookies Cody Schoolcraft and Kyle Templeton led the T-Bird Mini Mart Wildcats to the green, with Templeton – currently second in points – taking command on lap four and then never looking back en route to his second victory of the summer.
Seth Melcher inched past Schoolcraft for second on lap ten but the rookie, in only his third career event, would budge no more. With Templeton winning by a country mile, both Melcher and Schoolcraft posted career-best finishes. Erin Aiken, in a rare 2018 appearance, was strong in fourth, and rookie Haydon Grenier came home fifth. Schoolcraft had earlier scored his career-first heat race victory.
Claremont Speedway will return to action next Friday, August 24, with a full three-division card of racing plus, for the younger set, another fun round of Big Wheel racing. The Super Street, Street Stock, and Wildcat divisions will all be in action, with post time set for 7 p.m.
CLAREMONT SPEEDWAY AUGUST 18 TOP TENS: MODIFIED: Ronnie Silk, Les Hinkley, Todd Patnode, Chase Dowling, Russ Hersey, Tommy Barrett, Dana Smith, Brian Robie, Jeff Murray, Kirk Alexander. SUPER STREET: Ricky Bly, Ben Poland, Dylan Bodreau, Mark McClay, Ken Fowler, Tyler Lescord, Hayden Scott, Ryan Bell, Alex Poisson, Justin Littlewood. STREET STOCK: Bryan Town, Lenny Silver, Dave Greenslit, Kenny Thompson, Chris Riendeau, Briana Akusis, Robbie Streeter, Erin Aiken, Chris Emerson, Mike Salois. WILDCAT: Kyle Templeton, Seth Melcher, Cody Schoolcraft, Erin Aiken, Haydon Grenier, Raven Streeter, Jim Carley, Kyle Currier, Mikayla Duval, Ken LaFont.
CLAREMONT, N.H. – Mark McClay romped to victory Friday, August 10, at Claremont Speedway, scoring a no-doubt-about-it win in the 40-lap Super Street main event. It was the Charlestown pilot’s third stop of the summer in Daddy’s Pizza victory lane.
Pepsi Street Stock ace Chris Riendeau earned his track-high seventh triumph of the summer but could gain no championship ground on foe Bryan Town, whose runner-up finish left him still a single point from the top of the leader board. And in the T-Bird Mini Mart Wild Cats, Zach Lyn put together another perfect 55-point night to remain miles ahead of the field in his quest to duplicate the championship he roared to a summer ago.
Ben Poland’s hope for back-to-back Super Street victories evaporated quickly, as the Charlestown hot shoe’s potent 00 ride looped along the frontchute at the drop of the green, collecting a stray competitor as it stopped mid-track in turn one; done for the night before the opening lap was completed.
Mark McClay, firing from outside on row one, would lead all the way, setting a blistering pace ahead of first pole man Ken Fowler and then top points-chasers Ricky Bly and Dylan Bodreau.
The top three would be set by lap six, with Bly in the deuce slot and Bodreau glued to his bumper in third but, while McClay would win by nearly a full straightaway, the action in his mirror was furious. Bodreau was briefly in second on lap 24 and the two would trade paint over the final ten circuits before Bly completed his runner-up performance to close to within two markers of the division-leading Bodreau.
Jack McClay, in his second run of the summer, took the checkers in fourth, and Fowler completed his strong night’s work in fifth. Mark McClay’s victory bumped him from seventh in the points parade to fifth with seven events still ahead.
Briana Akusis led the first six go-rounds of the Street Stock 25-lapper, then giving way to division strongman Bryan Town. A lap later, Chris Riendeau had powered into second and the battle was on.
Riendeau muscled under Town through turn four to lead as lap 16 went in the books and then held his adversary at bay the final nine flights around to earn his track-high seventh win of the 2018 season. With Town second, the 14-year-old Akusis finished her impressive run with her career-first podium finish.
Dave Greenslit was fourth, and Kenny Thompson, whose team had labored to replace their clutch after practice, came home fifth. Town’s runner-up feature showing, coupled with his earlier heat race victory, left him only one point behind Riendeau in the race to the championship.
Kyle Currier led the first three laps of the T-Bird Mini Mart Wild Cat feature, giving way to Jeff Morse on lap seven and then watching iron man Zach Lyn cruise by on the next go-round. Morse would give Lyn a strong run, pitting while leading on lap 19 as Lyn then took charge and stormed off to his fifth win of the season. Rookie powerhouse Kyle Templeton was second on the night; Seth Melcher came home third, with Currier and Haydon Grenier rounding out the top five. Templeton and Lyn topped the heats.
Next Saturday, August 18, Claremont Speedway will host one of its biggest events of the summer, the 100-lap Claremont 100 Open Modified event, with many of the top names in the sport coming to town to vie for the $4,000 winner’s purse up for grabs in this huge event
There will be no Friday night racing this week. Post time for Saturday’s big event is 6 p.m., with the R.E. Hinkley Super Streets, Pepsi Street Stocks, and T-Bird Mini Mart Wild Cats all supporting the headlining Mod Squad.
CLAREMONT SPEEDWAY AUGUST 10 RESULTS: SUPER STREET: Mark McClay, Ricky Bly, Dylan Bodreau, Jack McClay, Ken Fowler, Alex Poisson, Tyler Lescord, Tyler Searles, Craig Smith, Andrew Martell. STREET STOCK: Chris Riendeau, Bryan Town, Briana Akusis, Dave Greenslit, Kenny Thompson, Lenny Silver, Robbie Streeter, Nick Little. WILD CAT: Zach Lyn, Kyle Templeton, Seth Melcher, Kyle Currier, Haydon Grenier, Jon Alden, Raven Streeter, Jim Carley, Ken Lafont, Chris Carver.
CLAREMONT, N.H. – Kodi Sabins won the Cody LaFont Memorial Race Friday, July 27, at Claremont Speedway, a victory that meant a ton to him, Putting together a third-place run in the first 25-lap go-round and then acing the nightcap, the Windsor hot shoe topped the second annual event run in honor of his fallen friend.
Earning his first victory lap of the summer, Kenny Thompson stormed to victory in the Pepsi Street Stock feature race, while third-generation star Dylan Bodreau made easy work of gobbling up the field en route to his second R.E. Hinkley Super Street win of the season, good enough to place him back atop his division’s points race after a dozen weeks of racing.
The Northeast Classic Lites series was in town Friday and Bay State star Robbie Bryant blasted through the field to lead the final 15 laps of the Full Moon event for the motorcycle-engine-powered missiles.
Bodreau started up front in the Super Street 40-lapper, firing alongside Tyler Lescord and immediately pulling away from all contenders. On this night, the hometown speedster was untouchbable but, far behind him, many battles were being waged.
Aaron Fellows and Ricky Bly, racing for third-place when the sparks flew, traded paint at both ends of the track at mid-race, both pitting and then returning but never again factors. Ben Poland’s strong bid for victory went awry on lap 24 and, in the closing go-rounds, Joe Brown and Craig Smith swapped enamel but, on this rain-threatened Friday night, Dylan Bodreau simply drove away.
Following the Claremont pilot into Daddy’s Pizza Victory Lane, Judge Joe Brown – who’d arrived at the track too late to run a heat race - came home second, with Craig Smith just inches behind. Tyler Lescord’s strong run netted him the fourth-place finish, and steady Alex Poisson came home fifth.
In the first T-Bird Mini Mart Wildcat 25-lapper – round one of the twin Cody LaFont Memorial 25s – Zach Lyn started in row two, immediately grabbed the point and – as he’s done many times over the past few years – sped away to victory.
Kyle Templeton chased Lyn under the flags in second, and Kodi Sabins came home third, putting himself in good position to later earn the over-all victory. Lyn, for winning the first 25-lap segment, earned a $100 bonus.
Chris Davis and Chris Riendeau – the Ascutney pilot doing double duty on the night – led early in the second 25-lap go-round, with Sabins reeling Riendeau in on lap five, dropping him to seconds five circuits later, and then running out the event from the point to earn the overall top prize. Templeton was second on the night, Lyn third, with Davis and Seth Melcher rounding out the top five.
Street Stocker Kenny Thompson had victory in his grasp when it was punted away from him in his heat race Friday. In the night’s feature, he was taking no chances.
Starting up front the Alstead teen never looked back, rocketing to his first win of the summer, then joined in Daddy’s Pizza Victory Lane by runner-up Dave Greenslit and number three man Lenny Silver.
Chris Riendeau’s fourth-place run brought him to within a single point of Bryan Town, eighth on the night after earlier winning his qualifying race. Briana Akusis hard work earned the teen driver the fifth-place finish.
Next Friday, August 3, Claremont Speedway returns to action with a full card of Super Street, Street Stock, and Wildcat racing. Round two of the popular Spectator Drags will be held, along with Big Wheel racing for the children, personal bicycle helmets required. Post time is 7 p.m.
JACK IS BACK! If competition atop the R.E. Hinkley Super Streets isn’t tough enough already, 2016 track champion Jack McClay will be back in action Friday after recovering from surgery earlier this summer. For more information on this and all other events, please visit www.claremontspeedway.net.
CLAREMONT SPEEDWAY JULY 27 TOP TENS: SUPER STREET: Dylan Bodreau, Joe Brown, Craig Smith, Tyler Lescord, Alex Poisson, Mark McClay, Ricky Bly, Tyler Searles, Aaron Fellows, Allen Fellows. STREET STOCK: Kenny Thompson, Dave Greenslit, Lenny Silver, Chris Riendeau, Briana Akusis, Robbie Streeter, Nick Little, Bryan Town, Chris Colburn. WILDCAT: Kodi Sabins, Kyle Templeton, Zach Lyn, Chris Davis, Seth Melcher, Chris Riendeau, Victor Branch, Zach Morse, Haydon Grenier, Chris Carver.
The last of three extra distance events for the T-Bird Mini Mart Wildcat division is next Friday night, July 27, and it will be run in memory of a former driver of the division. The 2nd Annual Cody LaFont Memorial Twin 25’s will boast nearly $ 4,000 in purse offerings including several race winner bonuses for the 4-cylinder division at Claremont Speedway. This event was created by the LaFont family to serve as a remembrance of their son and a race bearing his name at the place he treasured most was the best way to do so.
The race itself will continue to be two 25-lap segment events. The best average overall finisher of the two segment events will be declared the event winner and will pocket a minimum of $ 600 for their efforts. Each segment winner will also receive a $ 100 bonus as part of the total purse. There are also two $ 50 heat race winner bonuses. With a full field set at 24 cars, drivers will need to qualify through heat races to make the segment portion of the event. In addition, race teams will need to register with the speedway if they have not already.
Last year, 18 drivers participated in the augural event with 2016 champion Kodi Sabins sweeping both segment races for the overall win. 2017 champion Zach Lyn finished second while Matt Gauffin was third. Lyn is the current points leader at Claremont and Gauffin at Monadnock Speedway in the Lightning Stock division. The T-Bird Mini Mart Wildcat division has seen seven different feature winners this season in eleven events with four grabbing their first-career feature win.
The purse additions were made possible through the generous sponsorships from the LaFont family, Blue Springs Ice, Kidder’s Automotive, Gomer’s Trucking, Joe’s Family Car Care, Rich’s Lawn Care, Wade’s Ice Cream, Mercedes West Photograph, Andrew Lapointe Carpentry, B&B Campers, Marro’s Home Center and the Mill Pond River Pigs.
Speedway registrations forms and divisional rules can be obtained on the speedway's website while questions concerning the event can be directed to track officials by email or message.
CLAREMONT, N.H. – Ricky Bly earned his first checkered flag lap of the season, Wildcat rookie Jon Alden won his first ever, and the Chris Riendeau Express kept rolling Friday, July 13, at Claremont Speedway.
Bly won one segment of the prestigious Mike Richardson Sr. Memorial Super Street race and crossed the finish line third in the nightcap to claim the overall victory in the 75-lap event. The non-points race was the Sunapee speedster’s first score of the summer, although he currently sits atop the Super Street points parade as the speedway enters its annual summer break week.
The 17-year-old Alden led the final 22 laps of the Wildcat feature to score his first career feature win ten carlengths ahead of Zach Morse. With the win, the North Springfield, VT rookie became the fourth Wildcat driver in as many weeks to earn his first victory, joining Kyle Templeton, Kyle Buck, and Victor Branch as first-time winners.
Riendeau’s points-sweeping night – he won both the Street Stock feature and heat race – brought the Ascutney star to within four points of division leader Bryan Town. It was Riendeau’s fifth victory of the summer, tying him with Super Streeter Aaron Fellows for most wins.
Aaron Fellows set fast time, turning a 15.223 lap to earn the pole in the first 35-lap segment of the Richardson Memorial Super Street event, firing alongside his cousin, Craig Smith, whose 15.227 effort placed him on the front row. Dylan Bodreau and Hayden Scott made up row two of the 18-car field.
Ricky Bly, diving low through turn one, ended Bodreau’s 18-lap run at the front on lap 31, then holding the Claremont hot shoe in his shadow over the final four laps to score the win. Craig Smith followed them under the checkers as the trio hit the stripe nose-to-tail. Scott was fourth in the 35-lap go-round, and Fellows was fifth.
In the 40-lap nightcap, Allen Fellows set fast time the first two trips around, giving way to Ben Poland on lap three, with son Aaron following Poland forward to claim the deuce. Five laps later, Aaron had the lead and once in front, the younger Fellows never looked back.
Craig Smith, who’d qualified in a second car after his night’s planned ride broke during practice, got up for second on lap 26 but a very savvy Bly, knowing what he needed to claim the overall top prize, cruised in third the final seven laps, earning his first win of the year in the no-points event.
Hometown pilots Dylan Bodreau and Joe Brown came home fourth and fifth respectively, in both the second segment and overall finish of the Richardson Memorial.
Rookie Robbie Streeter led the first two go-rounds of the Street Stock feature, then giving way to a very fast Chris Colburn. Chris Riendeau made it his race, though, on lap seven, taking the lead and then driving away from the field to score his fifth win in eleven 2018 events.
Colburn, strong all night, earned the runner-up finish, Dave Greenslit was third, Lenny Silver fourth, and Bryan Town came home fifth to maintain his divisional points lead at the halfway mark of the season.
Firing from row three, rookie pilot Jon Alden took the lead on lap four of the Wildcat 25-lapper and never looked back. Zach Morse, bidding for his first win, settled for a strong second, ten lengths behind Alden. Kyle Templeton earned the third-place hardware just ahead of Zach Lyn, and Kyle Buck came home fifth.
Lyn, although winless in more than a month, continued to be the gold standard in the four-holer class, maintaining a 70-point lead over Alden at the mid-summer break.
Claremont Speedway Thrasher Road speedplant will return to action on July 27, when the North East Classic Lites join the R.E. Hinkley Super Streets, Pepsi Street Stocks, and T-Bird Mini Mart Wild Cats in a full card of oval track action.