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.