CLAREMONT, N.H. – Joe Brown slammed the pedal to the floor early Friday night at Claremont Speedway, kept it buried for 40 laps, and completed the task that had barely eluded him a few weeks past, as the hometown hot shoe won his career-first Super Street feature at the Thrasher Road speedplant.
Not to be outdone, Wildcat speedster Kyle Buck also earned his first victory lap Friday, dominating the four-holer feature to become his division’s second career-first winner in as many weeks.
But, while both Brown and Buck crafted first-ever successes Friday, Street Stock strongman Bryan Town busied himself doing what he’s done often in 2018; storming to victory lane.
Town’s Friday night score was his third feature triumph of the summer. He’s also won eight of nine heat races he’s entered and, but for a couple of wrong-place, wrong-time incidents, would probably be a five-time feature winner already. He is currently 22 points ahead of Chris Riendeau in the point parade.
Brown, firing from row one, led Ken Fowler early in the Super Street 40-lapper, with Alex Poisson charging forward to take the deuce on lap five before giving way to Ben Poland four go-rounds later. Points leader Craig Smith roared into third on lap ten, bringing his cousin, four-time 2018 winner Aaron Fellows with him.
Smith would claim second on lap 22, with Fellows following him through the low groove for third. Then ten lengths behind Brown, they would reel him in to race nose-to-tail behind him over much of their final eight trips around the third-mile but this night was Brown’s.
Taking one last shot at the opportunity set up by a lapped car, Smith rocketed low along the frontchute as the checkers waved, coming up a half length shy of Brown and, although still winless on the season, adding to his points lead with the night’s runner-up finish. With Fellows strong in third, Poland completed his strong night’s work in fourth.
Ricky Bly, still winless as he defends his 2017 track crown, came home fifth on the night, good enough to move him up to second in the points parade, 31 markers behind Smith with a full half-season still ahead. Brown and Poland won the night’s qualifying races.
Winless after eight events and sitting 12th in the Wildcat points parade, Kyle Buck added lots of sparkle to his season Friday, leading all the way to claim his first-ever victory far ahead of the rest of the field.
Rookie Jon Alden, himself bidding for win number one, held the deuce position all the way but, on this night, his hard work would net him the impressive runner-up finish, just ahead of fellow freshman Kyle Templeton, himself a first-time winner a week earlier. Victor Branch earned the four-spot, with Sam Giveen coming home fifth.
Second-generation Alstead hot shoe Kenny Thompson led the first ten go-rounds of the Street Stock feature, racing under a blanket with Chris Riendeau until the 25-lapper’s only caution bunched the field, giving Bryan Town all the chance he’d need on the ensuing restart, as he took control on the backchute, bringing Joe Tetreault with him and dropping Thompson to third.
Once at the point, Town had all bases covered, taking the checkers four lengths ahead of Tetreault, with Thompson a distant third, winning a strong three-car race over Riendeau and Dave Greenslit.
Next Friday, July 6, Claremont Speedway will celebrate Independence Day with its annual fireworks extravaganza. The Super Streets, Street Stocks, and Wild Cats will each contest extra-distance feature events, with the night’s racing action followed by a large aerial fireworks display.
Post time at Claremont Speedway is 7 p.m., with each event rain-dated to the following night as necessitated by inclement weather. For more information, please visit www.claremontpspeedway.net.
CLAREMONT SPEEDWAY JUNE 29 TOP TEN RESULTS: SUPER STREET: Joe Brown, Craig Smith, Aaron Fellows, Ben Poland, Ricky Bly, Alex Poisson, Hayden Scott, Mark McClay, Craig M. Smith, Ken Fowler. STREET STOCK: Bryan Town, Joe Tetreault, Kenny Thompson, Chris Riendeau, Dave Greenslit, Lenny Silver, Robbie Streeter, Briana Akusis, Chris Colburn, Nick Little. WILDCAT: Kyle Buck, Jon Alden, Kyle Templeton, Victor Branch, Sam Giveen, Kyle Currier, Raven Streeter, Jim Carley, Chris Carver, Zach Lyn.