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.
CLAREMONT, N.H. – Third generation hot shoe Dylan Bodreau scored his first victory of the summer Friday at Claremont Speedway, topping the 40-lap Super Street main event, while Super Streeter Chris Riendeau and Wildcat ace Zach Lyn each tripled up.
Hometrack racer Jamie Ferland edged his father, Danny, to win the NEAR Modified feature, and Bay State pilot Curt Snow topped the visiting antiquer’s Sportsman 15-lapper.
Bodreau led early and often in the Super Street feature, setting a fast pace over the final 39 trips around the third-mile speedplant to become his division’s fourth different winner this summer. His victory, coupled with Craig Smith’s third-place run, pulled him within four points of the division-leading Smith.
Tyler Lescord and Alex Poisson led the field to the green but Bodreau, firing from row two, wasted little time in staking his claim to the point position. Rocketing low under Lescord out of turn four, he took command as lap two entered the books.
Smith caught a big break on lap seven, spinning along the frontchute with help but somehow watching the whole field scatter around his looping car without contact. That good fortune would be rewarded later, as he stayed atop the championship points chase.
Hayden Scott, bidding for his second win of the season, rocketed into third on lap six, and second the next rime around, but on this night Bodreau had the field covered. Smith got back up for third on lap 17 and for much of the final 23 go-rounds Bodreau, Scott and Smith raced under a blanket.
Defending track champ Ricky Bly continued to struggle with his new ride but his diligence was rewarded with the night’s fourth-place finish which, coupled with his heat race victory, kept him solidly in fourth in the 2018 points chase, with plenty of season still ahead of him. Mark McClay, a two-time feature winner already this summer, came home fifth on the night.
It may have seemed unfair to the rest of the field for Street Stock kingpin Chris Riendeau to start his night’s 25-lapper on row one, but that’s the hand dealt out Friday night by the handicapping system and Riendeau took full advantage of it.
Rookie Nick Little was the deuce man the first two go-rounds, then giving way to fellow first-year shoe Robbie Streeter. Points leader Bryan Town, from row three, was marching steadily forward, while Riendeau was pulling away.
Town got up for second on lap six and, while he would close some of the monstrous gap between himself and Riendeau, on this night he settled for an impressive runner-up finish. Two-time winner Dave Greenslit was solid in third, Streeter strong in fourth, and Kenny Thompson steady all night to claim the five-spot.
Raven Streeter and Jon Alden made up the all-rookie front row of the Wildcat starting grid, with Alden pouncing quickly on the point and then setting fast time over the first 17 trips around the fast third-mile before Zach Lyn took charge and then darted off to score his third win of the summer, a dozen lengths ahead of the rest of the field.
Third-generation oval-tracker Kyle Templeton held the deuce the final seven go-rounds to score his season-best runner-up finish, just ahead of fellow rookie Alden. Veteran Chris Davis was fourth on the night, and hometown pilot Kyle Buck came home fifth.
Next Friday, June 22, it’s Trivia Night at Claremont Speedway; come early and bring your racing knowledge. Fans are reminded that the speedway’s annual fireworks extravaganza is now only two weeks away, on Friday, July 6.
JUNE 15 RESULTS: SUPER STREETS: Dylan Bodreau, Hayden Scott, Craig Smith, Ricky Bly, Mark McClay, Ben Poland, Alex Poisson, Tyler Lescord, Tyler Searles, Allen Fellows. STREET STOCKS: Chris Riendeau, Bryan Town, Dave Greenslit, Robbie Streeter, Kenny Thompson, Briana Akusis, Lenny Silver, Ken Thompson, Nick Little, Mike Salois. WILDCATS: Zach Lyn, Kyle Templeton, Jon Alden, Chris Davis, Kyle Buck, Kyle Currier, Victor Branch, Raven Streeter, Jim Carley, Chris Carver.
With the recent success of the Ron Bouchard's Auto Stores 100 sponsored by Spafco and Jerico Tri-Track Open Modified Series race that took place on May 26, Claremont Speedway officials and the Racing Guys are excited to announce the proposed purse structure for the open Modified race scheduled for Saturday, August 18.
With a full field of the ground-pounders set at 26 cars, the winner of the 100-lap event will take home at least a $ 4,000 winner’s share which could increase to $ 5,000 if the winning driver previously competed in two of three Tri-Track Open Modified Series races prior to this event (Claremont-May 26, Seekonk-June 27, and Star-July 28.) $ 250 bonuses are also set for the runner-up and third place finisher under that same criteria.
The total proposed purse for the event is set at just under $ 30,000 with the top eight finishers taking home at least $ 1,000. Race teams will pocket $ 700 should they qualify for the event. Tri-Track Series rules will be used to maintain consistency from the earlier event.
Lap sponsorship is available at $ 25 each to be used towards the purse. If you are interested in sponsoring a lap, please contact speedway officials.
The R.E. Hinkley Super Streets, Pepsi Street Stocks, and T-Bird Mini Marts Wildcats will also be part of the race card that night as well. Past Claremont Speedway Modified champions will also be invited back and recognized for this special event.
Registration for the August 18 event is $100 and forms are available at www.claremontspeedway.net/modified. Claremont Speedway is also hosting an open Modified event on Saturday, September 8. The proposed purse for that event is still being finalized. Questions related to event registration and rules should be directed to speedway officials.
CLAREMONT, N.H. – Super Street king Aaron Fellows won his third race of the summer Friday at Claremont Speedway. Ditto for Wildcat star Josh Rondeau, who topped the four-holer’s 40-lap main event.
Street Stock hot shoe Bryan Town moved to the top of his division’s points parade, but the hometown racer again saw defeat jump from the mouth of victory as, for the second week in a row, he was punted from the lead with the checkered flag almost in his hand.
Dave Greenslit has led only three of the past 75 Street Stock feature laps at the Thrasher Road speedplant, one a week ago and two on Friday night. Both times, though, he’s won the race, as late-race misfortune again found Town on Friday.
Chris Colburn led the early laps of the Street Stock 25-lapper, staged a classic mid-race battle with Joe Tetreault and then held the point until Town darted low through the west end of the track and took the lead with two to go. As a week earlier, Greenslit wasn’t far behind.
And, like a week earlier, Town’s bid for win number two this summer was again thwarted, this time as he was sent looping down the frontstretch, with Greenslit – completely uninvolved in Town’s demise – again riding the SS Opportunity to victory lane.
Lenny Silver, taking the checkers in Greenslit’s shadow, earned his third deuce finish of the young season, with Tetreault capturing the third-place hardware for his solid night’s work. Briana Akusis, fresh of her first-ever heat race win, claimed the four-spot, and Town moved to the top of the points parade by coming home fifth.
Hometown star Joe Brown dominated the first 21 go-rounds of the Super Street 40-lapper, losing a monstrous lead to a lap-22 caution, then holding the point through two more slow-downs before opening the door ever so little on lap 27 and watching Aaron Fellows dive low into turn one and take the lead as they hit the backchute.
Once in front, the 11-time track champion simply drove away from the rest of the field, guiding his Richardson Racing rocketship to victory by a country mile. Brown, though, had lots of muscle of his own, out-dueling Dylan Bodreau to sail home second.
Bodreau’s third-place run moved him five points closer to the top of his division. Hayden Scott was fourth on the night, and two-time 2018 feature winner Mark McClay came home fifth. Points leader Craig Smith earned the six-spot to end the night nine markers ahead of McClay, with Bodreau now only a dozen out of the top spot.
Windsor’s Josh Rondeau started up front in the night’s 40-lap Stewart LaClair Memorial Wildcat feature and, on this night, the only question was who would finish second.
Matt Gaufin held the deuce until looping in a late-race mushroom cloud of smoke and steam, with dynamite Zach Lynn then moving up to add to his divisional point lead with the night’s runner-up finish. Kodi Sabins was strong in third, Gordon Farnhum claimed the four-spot, and rookie Jon Alden came home fifth.
Next Friday, June 15, it’s Racer’s Reunion Night at Claremont Speedway. NEAR, the New England Antique Racers will be in town to join the Super Streets, Street Stocks, and Wildcats in a full night of high-speed oval track action. Post time is 7 p.m. and in the event of rain, the show moves to Saturday, same time, same place.
JUNE 8 RESULTS: SUPER STREETS: Aaron Fellows, Joe Brown, Dylan Bodreau, Hayden Scott, Mark McClay, Craig Smith, Tyler Lescord, Ken Fowler, Ben Poland, Alex Poisson. STREET STOCKS: Dave Greenslit, Lenny Silver, Joe Tetreault, Briana Akusis, Bryan Town, Robbie Streeter, Ken Thompson Sr., Mike Salois, Chris Colburn, Chris Riendeau. WILDCATS: Josh Rondeau, Zach Lynn, Kodi Sabins, Gordon Farnhum, Jon Alden, Zach Morse, Kyle Currier, Victor Branch Jr., Chris Davis, Kyle Buck.
CLAREMONT, N.H. – Dave Greenslit was fastest when it counted most, leading the last two go-rounds of a green-white-checkered finish to top the 50-lap Street Stock feature Saturday, June 2, at Claremont Speedway.
Zach Lyn earned his second Wildcat victory lap in as many weeks, while Aaron Fellows and Mark McClay split a pair of Super Street features and Craig Smith moved atop the points parade after pitching two top-threes.
Friday night’s rain moved the week’s racing meet to Saturday – it was the third Saturday event of the young season at the Thrasher Road speedplant – but the 24-hour delay did nothing to slow Aaron Fellows.
The night’s racing began with the 21-lap conclusion of the rain-suspended Super Street feature of a week earlier. Ben Poland and Fellows led the field back to green, with Poland first under the flags as lap 20 was recorded but then watching Fellows fly low through the east end of the oval to take charge a lap later and quickly drive away.
One of the best races of the night pitted Poland against Craig Smith as they battled for second, with Smith winning the two-spot, 20 carlengths behind Fellows. Poland, strong and steady all night, came home third, Ryan Currier was solid in fourth, and Dylan Bodreau’s fifth-place run kept him briefly tied with Smith atop the points chart.
The nightcap saw Fellows again first under the flags but his Richardson Racing ride fell short in the tech line, moving apparent runner-up Mark McClay to the winner’s circle. It was McClay’s second win of the summer, equaling Fellows second score from earlier in night.
Ricky Bly, second in the nightcap, stayed firmly in the points race, although still winless this summer as he defends his 2017 track crown. Craig Smith’s three-spot finish put him atop the division’s leader board, seven markers ahead of McClay, with Bly only ten behind.
Ben Poland was fourth on the night, with Alex Poisson a season-best fifth. Dylan Bodreau, caught in someone else’s mess on lap two, finished out of the money, dropping from first to fourth in the points parade, 13 back of the leading Smith.
Briana Akusis and Chris Colburn sat on the front row as the Street Stock 50-lapper went green, with Akusis setting a fast pace the first three go-rounds, and Colburn then taking charge on a restart.
Lenny Silver, looking to duplicate his victory of a week earlier, took second from Dave Greenslit on lap five but would get no closer, pitting with mechanical woes 23 laps later. Bryan Town moved to the front on a lap-28 restart, with Travis Cass dashing up to challenge him four laps later.
A Town-Cass brush-up after Cass sailed through the east-end grass on lap 49 again changed the leader board, with Colburn inheriting the point and Greenslit – quiet but steady all night – firing alongside him.
Greenslit was strong on the restart, holding Colburn in his shadow as he darted under the checkers. Kenny Thompson finished his solid night’s work in third. Chris Riendeau was fourth aboard a brand-new ride, and rookie Robbie Streeter earned a career-best fifth.
Polesitter Jon Alden led the first two laps of the Wildcat feature but a rookie mistake caused him to cough up the lead on a lap-two restart, putting reigning four-holer champ Zach Lyn at the point, from where he drove away from the field to earn his second win in a row.
Victor Branch had the deuce all the way but, on this night, the speedy Lyn was in a class of his own, taking the checkers 20 lengths ahead of his closest competitor. Steady Chris Davis claimed the three-spot, Alden was fourth, and rookie Raven Streeter earned a career best fifth. In earlier qualifying action, rookie Kyle Templeton scored his first career win.
Claremont Speedway will return to action Friday, June 8, with the Wild Cats contesting a special 40-lap feature race and the first of three fan-favorite Spectator Race events scheduled for this summer. The Super Streets and Street Stocks will also compete, with racing underway at 7 p.m.
CLAREMONT SPEEDWAY JUNE 2 RESULTS: SUPER STREETS: MAY 26: Aaron Fellows, Craig Smith, Ben Poland, Ryan Currier, Dylan Bodreau, Joe Brown, Ricky Bly, Mark McClay, Tyler Searles, Tyler Lescord. SUPER STREETS, JUNE 2: Mark McClay, Ricky Bly, Craig Smith, Ben Poland, Alex Poisson, Allen Fellows, Matt Sonnhalter, Ken Fowler, Tyler Searles. STREET STOCKS, 50 LAPS: Dave Greenslit, Chris Colburn, Kenny Thompson, Chris Riendeau, Robbie Streeter, Bryan Town, Briana Akusis, Mike Salois, Travis Cass, Dave Donahue. WILDCATS: Zach Lyn, Victor Branch, Chris Davis, Jon Alden, Raven Streeter, Erin Aiken, Jim Carley, Bryanna Cook, Kyle Currier, Kyle Templeton.