CLAREMONT, N.H. – Mike Willis Jr., the youthful star of open-wheel racing from just up the road in Grantham, scored the biggest victory of his young career Saturday at Claremont Speedway.
The 26-year-old Modified pilot earned the $6,000 winner’s check by topping a talent-laden field to win the Ron Bouchard’s Auto Stores 100 Tri-Track Open Modified Series main event at the Thrasher Road oval. It was Willis’ first-ever Tri-Track victory.
In the night’s Street Stock feature, 65-year-young Lenny Silver took his first victory lap in many moons, sweeping both his qualifying race and the 25-lap feature to move atop his division’s points race.
Wildcat points leader and defending track champion Zach Lyn won his first feature race of the summer, while the Super Street feature was suspended when light rain arrived during lap 19 of the scheduled 40-lapper. The race will be resumed at that point Friday night, June 1, with Ben Poland leading the field to the green.
Les Hinkley sat on the front row outside of Willis at the start of the night’s main event and, while Willis would lead the first three go-rounds, it was Hinkley who opened up mammoth leads over the next 50-plus laps.
Willis, with a fresh right rear, began his march back through the 27-car field on lap 42, taking second 40 laps later and then rushing past Ronnie Silk out of turn four to take command on lap 96.
With Silk’s spent rubber going away from him, much as Hinkley’s had earlier, Ryan Preece’s end-of-race charge netted him the runner-up finish. Matt Hirschman’s strong night’s work was good for third, Tommy Barrett came all the way from 27th to earn the four-spot, and Silk sailed home in fifth.
The win was the first for Willis at his former home track in more than three years.
Briana Akusis and Robbie Streeter led the Street Stocks to the green, with Dave Greenslit and fast-flying Bryan Town quickly closing in while further back – rushing forward from row seven – Lenny Silver was on the charge.
Greenslit led on lap four, giving way to Town after two more trips around the third-mile oval. Joe Tetreault then motored past Greenslit for second but his night would end with a hard meeting with the turn-three wall on lap 19.
A lap-22 brush-up between Town and Chris Riendeau would be all Silver needed, as the Newport veteran took command on the ensuing restart and never looked back, speeding off to his first win in more than a decade. Kenny Thompson earned the deuce spot, Chris Colburn came home third, Streeter was fourth, and Akusis rounded out the top five.
Rookie Kyle Templeton started up front and led the first 19 go-rounds in the Wildcat feature, then giving way to Zach Lyn, who would lead Templeton under the checkers six laps later.
One of four rookies in the night’s starting field, Templeton’s runner-up finish was a career-best. Kyle Currier moved up to second in the points parade with his third-place finish, Kyle Buck was fourth on the night, and veteran Chris Davis came home fifth.
Next Friday, June 1, Claremont Speedway will host its annual Little League Night event. The night’s action will begin with the 21-lap conclusion of the May 26 Super Street feature, and include a full three-division card of racing, with the Street Stocks set to battle in a 50-lap main event.
CLAREMONT, N.H. – Hayden Scott made his first outing of the season a memorable one Friday at Claremont Speedway, topping the 52-lap Dean Smith Memorial Super Street main event.
Wildcat hot shoe Kodi Sabins also earned his first victory lap of the summer Friday, while Chris Riendeau stayed atop the Street Stock points parade by rocketing to his second feature in three weeks.
Scott, a three-time feature winner a summer ago, made his first outing of the season Friday, May 18, at the storied third-mile speedplant. Firing from row four on the 20-car field, he dashed through all the chaos around him to lead the last 22 laps en route to victory in the second annual Dean Smith Memorial event.
Ricky Bly sat on the pole as the 52-lapper went green, but it was fellow row-one starter Craig Smith, of Unity, who led the first go-round. A lap later, Bly had the point and would set a fast pace the next dozen laps, as Aaron Fellows’ image grew larger and larger in his rearview mirror.
Fellows dove low through turn three to take command on lap 14 but Bly took charge again after a Tyler Searles looper brought out the event’s first caution three laps later.
Fellows duplicated his turn-three move on lap 21, again taking the point and when Bly spun on lap 23, it was Ben Poland quickly up to second, from where he would take charge four laps later when, under caution, the leading Fellows ride eerily coasted to a stop, much as it had a week earlier.
Poland and Craig Smith, of Newport, now owned the front row, with Smith’s sights set squarely on winning his father’s memorial race but that plan went by the wayside when he and Poland refired from the back of the pack on lap 31, moving Scott to the lead, from where he never looked back.
The hometown pilot would earn his first win of the year ten lengths ahead of steady Dylan Bodreau, with much of the rest of the pack spinning along the frontchute as the event concluded with a yellow/checkers finish. Smith, of Newport, was third on the night, Allen Fellows completed his solid run in fourth, and the other Craig Smith, he of Unity, came home fifth. Newport’s Smith moved to the top of the points chart, as mechanical woes dropped Mark McClay deep in the finish.
Street Stock star Chris Riendeau took the lead from polesitter Lenny Silver on lap seven and never looked back in their 25-lap feature but, while the Ascutney pilot was able to drive away at will en route to his second win of the summer, the racing behind him sizzled.
Dave Greenslit got up for second on lap 11; with week-two winner Bryan Town taking the deuce nine laps later while Silver floated as far back as fourth in the fast-paced event. The Newport veteran, though, was far from done. Blasting back to third, Silver sailed low through turn two on the final go-round to score his season-best runner-up finish. Bryan Town was strong in third, Greenslit came home fourth, and Randy Town completed his solid night’s work in fifth.
Kodi Sabins started up front in the Wild Cat go round, giving way to Zach Lyn on lap four, then staying glued to his bumper until reclaiming the top prize on lap 22 and taking the checkers three laps later with Lynn just inches behind.
Previously unbeaten Josh Rondeau got up for second on lap 13 but would head pitside six laps later, watching from there as Sabins led Lyn under the checkers. Chris Davis was strong all night to claim the three-spot, Kyle Templeton impressed in fourth, and Kyle Currier came home fifth.
Next Saturday, the storied Tri-Track Modified Series will make its first-ever stop at the Thrasher Road oval, with a $6,000-to-win, 100-lap main event bringing nearly 40 open-wheel missiles to the speedway. The Super Streets, Street Stocks and Wild Cats will all be in action too.
With the huge event set for Saturday, May 26, there will be no Friday night racing on Memorial Day weekend. In the event of rain Saturday, the full card will be contested Sunday. For more information, please visit www.claremontspeedway.net.
CLAREMONT SPEEDWAY; MAY 18 RESULTS:
SUPER STREET: Hayden Scott, Dylan Bodreau, *Craig Smith, Allen Fellows, **Craig Smith, Ryan Currier, Ricky Bly, Ken Fowler, Tyler Lescord, Matt Sonnhalter. * Newport, N.H. **Unity, N.H. STREET STOCK: Chris Riendeau, Lenny Silver, Bryan Town, Dave Greenslit, Randy Town, Kenny Thompson, Chase Curtis, Chris Colburn, Robbie Streeter, Briana Akusis. WILDCAT: Kodi Sabins, Zach Lyn, Chris Davis, Kyle Templeton, Kyle Currier, Victor Branch, Jim Carley, Sam Giveen, Raven Streeter, Jon Alden.
CLAREMONT, N.H. – Mark McClay won the Super Street main event Friday, May 11, at Claremont Speedway, moving to the top of the early season points parade with his second top-three outing in as many weeks.
In the Street Stocks, Bryan Town scored his first victory of the summer; while Wildcat ace Josh Rondeau stayed perfect on the season, duplicating his opening night feature win.
Bay State Mini Stocker Nick Anderson was declared the winner of the North East Mini Stock Tour 50-lapper after the apparent winner fell in the tech line. It was the Bay State pilot’s second NEMST feature win.
Mark McClay and Ricky Bly led the Super Streets to the green, with McClay rocketing into the lead as an intense four-car battle for second quickly took form. The first of two lap-five cautions when Ricky Bly, running third, was punted in turn two, ditto for Dylan Bodreau on the attempted restart.
When lap six went into the book, it was McClay still up front, Joe Brown in the deuce spot, and opening night winner Aaron Fellows – from row five – already up to fourth and knocking on Ben Poland’s door for third. A lap later, Fellows had taken the spot, and on lap eight he was second.
By lap 15, McClay and Fellows had pulled away, with Brown and Craig Smith waging a mighty battle for third far behind them. The race, though, was hardly over. Caution number three waved on lap 21, with Fellows coasting slowly to a stop sans driveshaft. Fellows’ misfortune moved Smith to second but a late-race caution brought Brown again to his bumper and, as McClay sped off to victory, Brown held the deuce the last trip around to earn the runner-up spot. Newport’s Smith was third, Bly returned from his early-race looper to claim the four-spot, and Bodreau fired back for fifth.
Bryan Town led all the way in the Street Stock 25-lapper, getting the jump on fellow row-one starter Dave Greenslit and then never looking back.
Opening night winner Chris Riendeau – firing from row five – took third from Joe Tetreault on lap nine and then flew low through turn one to claim second on the 20th go-round but, on this night, Bryan Town had everyone covered, taking the checkers far ahead of the speedy Riendeau. Greenslit, who’d won his heat race earlier, completed his strong night’s work in third, Tetreault was steady in fourth, and Sunshine Towner Lenny Silver earned the five-spot.
Former Wildcat champion Kodi Sabins, making his first run of the season, led the first two circuits of the four-cylinder feature before mechanical failure sent him looping unassisted in turn two to bring out the 25-lapper’s only caution.
Kyle Currier grabbed the point with Sabins gone, but week-one winner Josh Rondeau was already up to third and took command on lap four, then running out the race to duplicate his victory of six days earlier. As on opening night, it was 2017 champ Zach Lynn taking the checkers second, and Currier earning the three-spot. Rookie Jon Alden notched his first speedway top-five with his fourth-place run, and veteran Chris Davis came home fifth.
The NEMST finish was decided in the tech line. Apparent runner-up Nick Anderson was awarded the win, Cody LeBlanc was second, and Desmond Skillings was moved up to third.
Next Friday, May 18, Claremont Speedway will hold its annual on-track Fan Appreciation Party, with fans urged to arrive early to participate in the popular event. The Super Streets will square off in the night’s main event, the 52-lap Dean Smith Memorial Race, with a full card of Street Stock and Wild Cat racing scheduled as well.
Post time at the Thrasher Road oval is 7 p.m. and, should it rain, the entire event will be run the following day, Saturday, May 19. For more information, visit www.claremontspeedway.net, or the speedway’s facebook page.
CLAREMONT SPEEDWAY MAY 11 RESULTS: SUPER STREET: Mark McClay, Joe Brown, *Craig Smith, Ricky Bly, Dylan Bodreau, Kenny Fowler, **Craig Smith, Ryan Currier, Alex Poisson, Tyler Searles. *Newport, N.H. **Unity, N.H. STREET STOCK: Bryan Town, Chris Riendeau, Dave Greenslit, Joe Tetreault, Lenny Silver, Chris Colburn, Kenny Thompson, Randy Town, Briana Akusis, Robbie Streeter. WILDCATS: Josh Rondeau, Zach Lynn, Kyle Currier, Jon Alden, Chris Davis, Victor Branch, Kyle Templeton, Jim Carley, Chris Carver, Raven Streeter. NEMST: Nick Anderson, Cody LeBlanc, Desmond Skillings.
PLENTY LOOKING FOR HOME TRACK ADVANTAGE AT TTOMS SEASON OPENER
Seekonk, Mass. (May 8, 2018): A total of 50 cars have filed entries to compete with the Tri-Track Open Modified Series (TTOMS) during the 2018 season. The eclectic roster includes former series champions and Modified racing standouts; veteran competitors and up-and-comers. It is the series opener at Claremont Speedway; however, that may just provide the best opportunity for an upset.
With Ron Bouchard's Auto Stores 100 presented by SPAFCO and Jerico being the inaugural race at Claremont Speedway for the Tri-Track Open Modified Series, the home track advantage could pay dividends to one of the locals.
The local racers may be considered by some to be dark horses to win but the likes of 2017 Tour-Type Modified champion Dana Smith and 2017 Modified feature winner Brian Robie, both of Sunapee, NH, will be among the contenders at the 1/3 mile asphalt oval. Claremont’s Tour Type Modified regulars Nick Salva of Cheshire, CT, and CJ Bolton consistently posted strong finishes in 2017.
Wiley veterans –the Swanzey, NH, contingent, Todd Patnode and Kirk Alexander, both of West Swanzey and Russ Hersey of Swanzey, have racked-up impressive stats at Claremont Speedway. They will undoubtedly make a run at the victory. Cameron Sontag of Sterling, MA, and Mike Willis, Jr. of Grantham, NH, will also be on-hand to defend their home turf.
The inaugural Ron Bouchard's Auto Stores 100 at Claremont Speedway presented by SPAFCO and Jerico is slated for Saturday, May 26, 2018. The event is the first- ever Saturday night special event for Claremont Speedway. Featuring the $6k to win 100-green flag lap main event for the tour-type Modifieds, the night's race card also includes Super Streets, Street Stocks and the 4-cylinder Wildcats.
Grandstand Admission for the Saturday, May 26 event is only $25. Kids ages 6-12 are admitted for $10 and ages 5 and under are free. Pit gates open at 1PM. Practice gets underway at 3PM when the grandstands open. Feature racing is slated for 6PM.
For complete information on Claremont Speedway, visit claremontspeedway.net.
The Ron Bouchard Auto Parts 100, presented by SPAFCO and Jerico, is also made possible with the help of a strong list of associate sponsors with a ton of racing heritage including Broad Brook Heating & Cooling, Fred Wilcox, Bruce Brennenstuhl, Fuller RV Rentals and Sales, Fuller's Car Laundry, Ballard Trucks, Metcalf Paving, Pat's Auto Center, George Summers Trucking, Ashaway Cement Products, Mad River Construction, Bradford Motors, Dunn's Corner Repair, Twin Cedars, Central Mass Tree and Ed French & Son Paving.
The four race TTOMS schedule includes the Ron Bouchard Auto Parts 100 at Claremont Speedway, the prestigious Open Wheel Wednesday 100 at Seekonk Speedway on Wednesday, June 27, the traditional SBM 125 at Star Speedway on Saturday, July 28 and the Haunted Hundred, also at Seekonk on Saturday, October 27.
To learn more about the Tri-Track Modified Series, visit tritrackmods.com.
CLAREMONT, N.H.- Aaron Fellows romped to victory in Saturday night’s 40-lap Super Street feature race at Claremont Speedway. Chris Riendeau held off Lenny Silver to top the opening night Street Stock feature, Josh Rondeau earned the Wildcat victory lap, and Pine Tree State pilot Jacob Dore led early and often to win the Granite State Pro Stock Series 100-lap main event.
Friday evening showers moved the Thrasher Road speedplant’s scheduled first-of-the-summer event to Saturday – the rain date format will be used throughout the season – but the 24-hour delay did little to slow the speedy Fellows.
Firing from alongside Joe Brown on row one, the 11-time track champion quickly drove away, leading Brown early and, by lap ten, leading by almost a full straightaway over Ben Poland, with third very much up for grabs further back. The second of three caution flags waved on lap 17, as defending champ Ricky Bly spun out of fourth after cutting a tire. The restart brought Craig Smith, of Newport, closer to the front, along with a charging Mark McClay.
McClay, from row six, would claim third on lap 21 and then the deuce a dozen laps later but on this night had to settle for second, 15 lengths behind Fellows. Poland completed his strong night’s work in third, Smith came home fourth, and steady Dylan Bodreau earned the five-spot. Bly began his title defense with a ninth-place finish.
Bryan Town set the pace early in the Street Stock feature, but on this night, it was Chris Riendeau who had the field covered. Riendeau, from row three, charged into the lead out of turn four on the sixth go-round and never looked back. Lenny Silver grabbed the deuce a lap later but couldn’t take advantage of a lap-15 restart and had to settle for the well-earned runner-up finish ten laps later. Enfield’s Joe Tetreault earned the three-spot, Town was fourth, and Kenny Thompson came home fifth. Town and Tetreault were earlier heat race winners.
The Wildcat feature closed the night’s action with Josh Rondeau leading all the way to win the caution-free 25-lapper, holding 2017 division champion Zach Lyn in his shadow all the way. With Rondeau and Lyn leaving the rest of their field far behind, third place was very much up for grabs. Kyle Currier would win that battle, with Freddie Rogers coming home fourth, and Chris Davis earning the five-spot.
Newbury’s Scott MacMichael started up front in the 100-lap Granite State Pro Stock main event and led the first two laps, two circuits marred by a pair of cautions and one red flag stoppage, the latter thrown for a six-car turn-one crash that eliminated five cars, including that of hometrack favorite Guy Caron.
When the smoke had cleared, Jacob Dore, of Sanford, Maine, was at the point, where he would sit for the final 98 laps, but seldom without someone knocking loudly at his door.
MacMichael and Mike O’Sullivan led the pursuit pack early, with both Joey Doiron and Matt Frahm charging through the field to join the hunt up front. O’Sullivan’s bid would end with a flat tire on lap 93, with Frahm spinning caution-free out of second a lap later. Dore, watching it all happen behind him in his rear-view mirror, easily beat Doiron to the checkers. MacMichael’s hard work was rewarded with the third-place finish, Barry Gray was fourth, and Jeremy Davis fifth.
Claremont Speedway will resume its 2018 racing season this Friday, May 11, when the fast third-mile hosts the North East Mini Stock Tour, along with a full card of racing by the Super Street, Street Stock, and Wild Cat weekly racing series divisions. Post time is 7 p.m.
CLAREMONT SPEEDWAY MAY 5 TOP TENS: SUPER STREET: Aaron Fellows, Mark McClay, Ben Poland, *Craig Smith, Dylan Bodreau, Craig Smith, Alex Poisson, Joe Brown, Ricky Bly, Tyler Lescord. * Craig Smith, Newport, N.H., second Craig Smith, Unity, N.H. STREET STOCK: Chris Riendeau, Lenny Silver, Joe Tetreault, Bryan Town, Kenny Thompson, Dave Greenslit, Chris Colburn Chris Emerson, Robbie Streeter, Briana Akusis. WILDCATS: Josh Rondeau, Zach Lynn, Kyle Currier, Freddie Rogers, Chris Davis, Chris Carver, Jon Alden, Raven Streeter, Ken LaFont, Bryanna Cook. GSPSS: Jacob Dore, Joey Doiron, Scott MacMichael, Barry Gray, Jeremy Davis, Cory Casangrande, Luke Hinkley, Ray Christian III, Matt Frahm, Nick Lascuola.