CLAREMONT, N.H. – It’s the coveted solo trip around the racetrack that Aaron Fellows had taken hundreds of times prior to Friday night at Claremont Speedway. For rookie Kyle Templeton, it was a first-time experience he’ll never forget.
Friday, Fellows and Templeton each earned a victory lap. Ditto for Street Stock star Bryan Town.
Ken Fowler led the Super Streets the first five go-rounds of their 40-lap feature, slowed twice by routine cautions. Aaron Fellows, though, was in a class of his own on this night, passing both Hayden Scott and Fowler before lap six went in the books and then pulling away from the field.
Ricky Bly got up for second on lap 29, with Craig Smith claiming third two laps later; the two then racing under a blanket over the last nine go-rounds, as Bly earned his season-best runner-up finish and Smith added to his divisional points lead by coming home third.
Fellows’ victory was his fourth of the season. Previous 2018 feature winners Hayden Scott and Dylan Bodreau rounded out the top five, after each had won his earlier qualifying race.
Victor Branch, aboard a new ride, jumped all over the lap-one lead in the Wildcat 25-lapper, quickly opening a huge lead over fast rookie Kyle Templeton. His big advantage would evaporate on lap six, though, when a Sam Giveen looper bunched the field back up, and Templeton proved quicker on the restart.
Branch, glued to Templeton’s bumper, was in second when the next caution waved, watching the pack drive by as he looped along the frontchute. That brought three-time feature winner Zach Lyn – the four-holer division’s gold standard over the last two summers – to Templeton’s shadow but, on this night, the rookie refused to bend.
The grandson of long-ago dirt track hot shoe Nathan Bly, Templeton earned his first career victory lap in only his eighth race. Lyn stayed comfortably atop the points chart with his runner-up finish, with Branch charging back through the pack to claim the three-spot. Jon Alden was a solid fourth, and Kyle Currier came home fifth.
The potent front row of Lenny Silver and Kenny Thompson led the Street Stocks to the green, with Silver quickly pouncing on the lead as he, Thompson, and Bryan Town sailed around the third-mile under a blanket. Town got by Thompson for second on lap four, streaked low under Silver early in lap six, and then quickly pulled away, watching Silver and Chris Riendeau battle for second in his rearview mirror. When the checkers waved, the Claremont pilot had earned his second victory of the summer by nearly a full straightaway.
Silver completed his solid night’s work two lengths ahead of Riendeau. Chris Colburn got up for fourth, and Thompson came home fifth. Town’s win, along with his earlier heat race victory, left him 13 markers atop the points chart through eight completed events.
Next Friday, June 29, Claremont Speedway will again host a three-division card of racing. There will be a bicycle giveaway for the kids, courtesy of the stars and cars of the Super Street division, and another round of Big Wheel races. Post time is 7 p.m.
Fans are reminded that the speedway’s annual fireworks event is just a few weeks away, set for Friday, July 6. For more information, please visit www.claremontspeedway.net.
CLAREMONT SPEEDWAY JUNE 22 RESULTS:
SUPER STREETS: Aaron Fellows, Ricky Bly, Craig Smith, Hayden Scott, Dylan Bodreau, Ben Poland, Tyler Lescord, Mark McClay, Ken Fowler, Alex Poisson.
STREET STOCKS: Bryan Town, Lenny Silver, Chris Riendeau, Chris Colburn, Kenny Thompson, Dave Greenslit, Robbie Streeter, Mike Salois, Dave Donahue, Ken Thompson.
WILDCATS: Kyle Templeton, Zach Lyn, Victor Branch, Jon Alden, Kyle Currier, Sam Giveen, Raven Streeter, Jim Carley, Chris Carver, Kyle Buck.