By Gary Dutton
CLAREMONT, N.H. – Celebrate the Independence Day summer weekend this Friday, July 2, at Claremont Motorsports Park with five divisions of Advance Auto Parts Weekly Racing Series competition, a show-capping 50-lap Red Neck Enduro, and, of course, a huge aerial fireworks display.
For more than seven decades, people from throughout the region have flocked to the Thrasher Road speedplant to crown the Fourth of July weekend with a full night of oval track racing and a gigantic fireworks show.
The Noise R Us folks from nearby Newport, N.H. will again be providing the pyrotechnic thrills Friday, with the top drivers in northern New England battling in a full night of on-track excitement.
The Route 103 Auto Late Model Sportsmen will be in action Friday, with Sunapee speedster Ricky Bly gunning to keep his winning streak alive. The R.E. Hinkley Oil Street Stocks have battled tooth-and-nail all summer, as have the 30-plus LaValley Building Supply Pure Stockers, from which rookie Dylan Zullo has emerged as the man to beat.
The In City Sugar Shack Mini Stocks and Avery Insurance Six Shooters will also be in action Friday, and the swarming Red Neck Enduro 50-lapper will conclude the night’s event.
Post time Friday at Claremont Motorsports Park is 7 p.m. Adult admission is only $15, with 65-year-plus seniors admitted for only$10. Parking, of course, is always free.
By Gary Dutton
CLAREMONT, N.H. – Haydon Grenier swept a pair of 25-lap In City Sugar Shack Mini Stock feature races Friday night at Claremont Motorsports Park, adding to his divisional points lead with his sixth and seventh victories of the summer.
Grenier hasn’t finished out of first at the Thrasher Road oval since April 30, when he took the checkers in second place.
The hometown hot shoe was one of four divisional points leaders helping their cause with feature wins Friday. Ricky Bly topped the Late Models, rookie sensation Dylan Zullo won his third in the Pure Stocks, and Six Shooter Rocket Man Dustin Thibodeau, like Grenier, won for seventh time.
The Peanuts Auto Sales 602 Dirt Modifieds were back in town for their second CMP event of the season, with Ryan Christian taking the checkers just ahead of round-one winner Tanner Siemons.
Grenier got to the front early in the first Mini Stock go-round, taking the lead from row-one starter Ray King Jr. on lap three and never looking back. Slowed only by two lap-14 cautions, he scored the win four lengths ahead of King, with Ryan Carman earning best-of-the-rest honors in third.
King had to settle for second again in the nightcap, after surrendering the point to Grenier on lap 11. Joe Olmstead came home third in this one, staying in the top three all 25 laps to join Grenier and King on trophy row.
Ryan Bell led the first ten laps of the Route 103 Auto Late Model Sportsman main event, before giving way to Sunapee blaster Ricky Bly.
Bly, who had a huge night a week ago at Lee, dominated this one, finishing almost a full straight ahead of Bell to earn his third CMP victory lap of the summer. Veteran shoe Joe Bates came home third Friday, while division strongman Ben Poland had a rare DNF night and was credited with seventh, losing a dozen markers to Bly in their championship points battle.
Dylan Zullo may soon be on the market for a new trophy room. The teen Pure Stock star was second on the track, but fastest through the tech line Friday to score the third win of his rookie campaign, that along with three seconds and a third in the still-young season.
JD Stockwell led the 23-car Pure Stock field to the green, running strongly in the top three all 25 laps.
Zullo, coming from deep on the grid, dropped Stockwell to third on lap 19, lost it back to him on 23, and reclaimed it with the white flag in the air but, with the apparent winner failing post-race inspection, was awarded the win Stockwell’s strong night’s work netted him a seaon-high second, and steady Zach Richardson came home third.
Dustin Thibodeau ran wild over the Six Shooter field Friday, romping to his seventh win in eight 2021 outings. Firing from row five, alongside Robert Shaw, the Charlestown charger dropped Shaw to second on lap ten and then quickly checked out on the rest of the 14-car field.
Shaw’s runner-up finish was his seventh of the year, along with one win, keeping him solidly in the points chase. Ben Bushey earned the third-place hardware, holding off former track champ Jeremy Blood for his spot on the podium.
Next Friday, July 2, Claremont Motorsports Park will host its ever-popular Independence Day weekend Noise R Us Fireworks show, featuring five divisions of NASCAR Advance Auto Parks Weekly Racing Series competition, a huge aerial fireworks display, and a show-closing 50-lap Red Neck Enduro.
CLAREMONT MOTORSPORTS PARK JUNE 25 TOP TENS:
LATE MODEL SPORTSMAN: Ricky Bly, Ryan Bell, Joe Bates, Jesse Emerson, Chris Emerson, Matt Winter, Ben Poland, Scott Boisvert.
MINI STOCK: (May 28 make-up feature) Haydon Grenier, Ray King Jr., Ryan Carman, Joe Olmstead, Chris Judd, David Pratt III, David Thibodeau, Dan Young, Brayden Morrie, Erin Aiken.
MINI STOCK: (Regular feature) Haydon Grenier, Ray King Jr., Joe Olmstead, Ryan Carman, Erin Aiken, David Pratt III, Sean Lantas, Dan Young, David Thibodeau, Chris Judd.
PURE STOCK: Dylan Zullo, JD Stockwell, Zach Richardson, Travis Sykes, Kyle Buck, Andrea, St.Amour, Drake Nelson, Doug Nelson, Brandon Picknell, Seth Melcher.
SIX SHOOTER: Dustin Thibodeau, Robert Shaw, Ben Bushey, Jeremy Blood, Mark Laroche Jr., Xander Stillwell, Steve Miller, Chooch Snide, Bucky Thibodeau, Andy LeClair.
602 DIRT MODIFIED: Ryan Christian, Tanner Siemons, Tim LaDuc, Brent Warren, Matt Lashua, Todd Buckwold, Lenny Pillsbury, Tom Kimball.
By Gary Dutton
Photo By Miss Em's Photography Adventures
CLAREMONT, N.H. – The exciting 602 Dirt Modifieds will make their second run of the summer Friday at Claremont Motorsports Park, with the third-mile speedplant also hosting double features for its In City Sugar Shack Mini Stocks.
Joining the Minis and dirt demons June 25 at the Thrasher Road oval will be the Route 103 Auto Late Model Sportsmen, swarming LaValley Building Supply Pure Stocks, and Avery Insurance Six Shooters.
Bear Ridge stalwart Tanner Siemons topped the Dirt Mods back on May 21, leading CVRA veterans Vince Quenneville and Tim LaDuc under the checkers. Friday, he’ll be among the favorites when the flexible flyers hit the pavement for round two.
Hometown hot shoe Haydon Grenier enters Friday’s Mini Stock twinbill atop the points parade, having taken his fifth victory lap of the summer a week ago. He’s sure to be heavily tested again this week by Ray King, Matt Sonnhalter and company in the night’s two feature events.
Action gets underway promptly each Friday at 7:00 p.m. at Claremont Motorsports Park, located on Thrasher Road, a convenient five-minute drive from both Claremont’s city center and, from the west, I-91, exit 8, in Vermont.
For more information, please visit www.claremontmotorsportspark.com.
By Gary Dutton
Photos provided by Miss Em's Photography Adventures
CLAREMONT, N.H. – Joey Jarvis won the prestigious Cody LaFont Memorial Race for the second year in a row Friday at Claremont Motorsports Park, winning one of the three 20-lap segments to edge Nick Houle in a tiebreaker to score the $1,000 victory over the swarming 28-car Pure Stock field.
Seth Melcher, Jarvis, and Josh Rondeau were each segment winners, with Jarvis racing to a runner-up finish in the nightcap to secure the victory. Houle had two seconds and a third to finish one spot shy of winning. Rookie sensation Dylan Zullo was close behind in third.
Jarvis got up to third on lap six of the third round, then holding Houle in his shadow the next 14 go-rounds to score the overall win as he followed Rondeau under the checkers.
Early on, Steve Morris was the first of several LaValley Building Supply Pure Stockers to headbutt the wall in significant fashion. Ken LaFont later did a wild up-and-over in round two, while former track champ and LaFont race winner Kodi Sabins finished the same segment sunside-up on the backchute.
The R.E. Hinkley Oil Company Street Stock brigade showed up in full combat mode Friday. Torn sheet metal, clouds of tire smoke, and more than a few differences of opinion made this 25-lapper colorful.
Former track champ Chris Emerson led laps one through five. The next three went to Jack McClay, and then it was Dave Greenslit’s turn at the point. The 2020 division ace, though, had to pit for repairs on lap ten, moving Chris Riendeau and Cody Schoolcraft up to row one, with Schoolcraft then taking charge.
The recent UNH grad, once in front, never looked back en route to his second 2021 feature win. Greenslit finished his night in the pits; ditto for late-race dropout Jack McClay, while both Joe Tetreault and Briana Akusis were bashed out of top-three finishes.
Emerson earned his first trophy of the season with his runner-up performance, and Trevor Rock avoided much of the mayhem around him to finish third.
Matt Kimball took the lead from Geoff Rollins on lap ten of the NHSTRA Modified feature, stretching his advantage to then lead Rollins by a dozen lengths as they sailed under the checkers.
Cory Plummer, able to return from a huge heat race wreck, was solid in third in Friday’s 35-lapper. Kimball’s victory lap was his second of the summer at the Thrasher Road speedplant.
It’s never a good idea for the rest of the field to start 2020 champ Dustin Thibodeau up front in a Six Shooter race, but that’s where the handicapping system placed him Friday.
Thibodeau led all the way in the caution-free 20-lapper, crushing the 14-car field for his sixth win of the still-young season. Robert Shaw was strong in second, and Ben Bushey came home third.
Front row starter Joe Olmstead led the first three go-rounds of the Mini Stock 25-lapper, then giving way to Ray King. Haydon Grenier followed King to the front and rode in his shadow until low lining out of turn two to take charge on lap 17.
Once in front, Grenier never looked back, taking the checkers six lengths ahead of King, with Olmstead holding strong in third. The win was Grenier’s fifth of the season.
Next Friday, June 25, the Mini Stocks will contest double features, the 602 Dirt Modifieds will make their second stop of the season, and a full card of Advance Auto Parts Weekly racing will be on tap at Claremont Motorsports Park.
CLAREMONT MOTORSPORTS PARK JUNE 18 FEATURE FINISHES:
PURE STOCK CODY LAFONT TRIPLE 20s: Joey Jarvis, Nick Houle, Dylan Zullo, Nolan McClay, Josh Rondeau, Craig Smith, Brandon Picknell, JD Stockwell, Zach Richardson, Drake Nelson.
STREET STOCK: Cody Schoolcraft, Chris Emerson, Trevor Rock, Joe Tetreault, Briana Akusis, Andrew Brousseau, Kayleigh Eastman, Jack McClay, Scott Wade, Ronnie Carman.
NHSTRA MODIFIED: Matt Kimball, Geoff Rollins, Cory Plummer, Walt Hammond, Art Heino, Kirby Goodrich, Mike Smith.
SIX SHOOTER: Dustin Thibodeau, Robert Shaw, Ben Bushey, Eric Lanou, Bucky Thibodeau, Jeremy Blood, Chooch Snide, Marc Laroche Jr, Lucas Bernatchy, Xander Stillwell.
MINI STOCK: Haydon Grenier, Ray King, Joe Olmstead, Ryan Carman, Brayden Morrie, Sean Lantas.
By Gary Dutton
CLAREMONT, N.H. – The Sixth Annual Cody LaFont Memorial Race, postponed earlier this summer by rain, will be contested this Friday, June 18, at Claremont Motorsports Park, atop a five-division card of racing at the third-mile speedplant.
The NHSTRA Modifieds will be back in town too, bringing their special brand of thundering excitement to the storied Thrasher Road oval, along with a full slate of competition by the R.E. Hinkley Oil Company Street Stocks, In-City Sugar Shack Mini Stocks, and the Avery Insurance Six Shooters.
Pure Stock powerhouse Joey Jarvis will be gunning to repeat his LaFont Memorial victory of a summer ago when the first of three Pure Stock 20-lappers goes green Friday night.
Jarvis held off Dylan Adams and Alexis Aiken to carry the checkers in 2020, when the tribute race was run as a single 35-lapper. Jarvis, who’s already scored a win this summer, will have his work cut out for him as he goes up against rookie sensation Dylan Zullo – two wins and three runner-up scores already this season- Kodi Sabins, and an All Star cast Friday.
A field of 40 competitors is expected in for this one, with the Pures bringing in 30-plus warriors on a weekly basis in 2021. Twenty positions on Friday’s starting grid for the LaFont Memorial Race were set in pre-rain qualifying on May 28, with the balance of that starting field to be determined in consi rounds.
Andrew Martell won his first career Modified feature when the open-wheeled rocketships were here back on May 14, barely missing a twinbill sweep after finishing second to veteran star Todd Patnode in that event’s nightcap. Geoff Rollins had a pair of top-threes that night, with Sunapee ace Brian Robie – victorious in one of two Modified features last weekend at Monadnock – also having a solid night.
Post time is 7:30 p.m. each Friday at Claremont Motorsports Park, located on Thrasher Road, just a five-minute drive from Claremont’s city center or from I-91 in Vermont.
Photo credit: Miss Em's Photography Adventures
By Gary Dutton
CLAREMONT, N.H. – Rain forced early postponement of most of Friday’s scheduled racing event at Claremont Motorsports Park. The night’s planned five-division card was halted when a third round of showers swept in with only five heat races completed.
Twice earlier, showers had soaked the Thrasher Road third-mile. Twice speedway promoter Mike Parks had rolled up his sleeves and soldiered on. Twice, a large posse of racers had strapped in and dried the track. The third time, though, was too much.
Friday’s early washout was the second of the young season, those happening after a complete rainout back on April 30.
Late Model Sportsman stars Ricky Bly and Ben Poland had won their respective qualifiers in anticipation of the night’s scheduled LMS triple 20s before the rain came, and the Pure Stockers had set their feature lineup with three heats. Miles McClay, second in last week’s 25-lapper, escaped injury when his ride slammed violently into the turn-two wall Friday.
Next Friday, June 18, the NHSTRA Modifieds will lead a five-division night of racing at Claremont Motorsports Park. The Route 103 Auto Late Model Sportsmen will have the night off so they can compete in a Battle for The Belt event at Lee.
The June 18 event will start where it was suspended Friday. The Six Shooters were on the track and readying to start their heat race when Friday’s event was halted.
For more information, please visit www.claremontmotorsportspark.com, or view the third-mile speedplant’s facebook page.
CLAREMONT, N.H. – Ricky Bly and Ben Poland will be cranking up their rivalry when the Route 103 Auto Late Model Sportsmen square off in three 20-lap features Friday, June 11, at Claremont Motorsports Park.
Bly and Poland both won their second feature event of the summer a week ago at the Thrasher Road speedplant and, while Bly will enter Friday’s racing with the slimmest of championship points leads, Poland will be chomping at the bit to unseat him atop the leader board.
And, while potent pair is always among the top performers in the exciting LMS field, they’re hardly the whole show. Opening night winner Dallas Trombley will be looking for his second victory lap of the season but to reach that goal he’ll have to outrun a field that includes not only Poland and Bly, but hard chargers Ryan Bell, Tyler Lescord, Hayden Scott and many others.
Friday’s event at CMP – the seventh of the 2021 season – will include five divisions of exciting NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Racing Series competition. Along with the Late Model Sportsmen, the Street Stocks, Mini Stocks, Pure Stocks – more than 30 strong – and Six Shooters will also be in action.
Post time each Friday at Claremont Motorsports Park is 7:30 p.m.
Photos by Miss Em's Photography Adventures
By Gary Dutton
CLAREMONT, N.H. – Street Stock ace Dave Greenslit won the Mike Richardson Memorial Race Friday, June 4, night at Claremont Motorsports Park.
Ricky Bly and Ben Poland split a pair of Late Model Sportsman caution-free 25-lappers, and rookie Pure Stock sensation Dylan Zullo soared to his second win in a row, to go along with three runner-up outings in the deep and talented division.
Mini Stock blaster Haydon Grenier used a late-race pass to earn his fourth victory lap of the summer, Dustin Thibodeau put his week-ago problems behind him Friday to score his track-high fifth 2021 win, and Drake Nelson dodged 30 other crazies to top the show-closing Red Neck Enduro.
Jeremy Zullo led early in the R.E. Hinkley Fuels Street Stock feature, giving way to Jack McClay on a lap-seven restart. McClay, a former track champ, set a face pace over the next 17 laps, but Dave Greenslit, coming from row four, was relentless.
Greenslit took the low groove through the west end, taking control on lap 24 and then roaring to his second win of the summer. Cody Schoolcraft used a last-turn rub to snatch second from McClay in the annual Mike Richardson tribute race.
Sunapee pilot Ricky Bly started up front in the first Route 103 Auto LMS 25-lapper, edging past Tyler Lescord to lead lap one and then driving away to hold off Ben Poland for the win. Ryan Bell finished a distant third.
In the night’s second LMS go-round, it was Poland starting up front and, like Bly earlier, leading every lap. Bly got up for second on lap five and closed a huge gap between himself and Poland but, in this one, had to settle for second. Haydon Scott came home third.
Upstart LaValley Building Supply Pure Stock hot shoe Miles McClay took control of his 25-lap feature on lap three and quickly set his sights on victory lane. Fellow rookie Dylan Zullo, though, had other plans.
With CMP promoter Mike Parks starting all 29 entrants in Friday’s feature, Zullo – from row seven – had his work cut out for him. Inching past McClay on lap 17, the hometown flyer then checked out, adding to his Pure Stock points lead by winning his second in a row. The McClay brothers, Miles and Nolan, were impressive in second and third.
Nick Skillings and Kodi Sabins were at the front of the In City Sugar Shack Mini Stock main event when they danced too closely on a lap-21 restart. Haydon Grenier then took charge and dashed off to his fourth win of the season, taking the checkers ahead of potent Ray King and first-time trophy finisher Braydon Morrie.
Dustin Thibodeau sat up front as the Avery Insurance Six Shooter feature went green, never a good sign for the rest of the field.
Roughed up by someone else’s error a week earlier, Thibodeau took no prisoners in Friday’s 20-lapper, finishing a country mile ahead of runner-up Robert Shaw. Ben Bushey flashed some late-race magic to claim the three spot.
In the nightcap Red Neck Enduro 50-lapper, Drake Nelson sliced through the wall-to-wall mayhem to earn the gold. Robert Shaw was strong in second, with Mr. Enduro himself, Leon Keniston, coming home third.
Claremont Motorsports Park will return to action next Friday, June 11, when the Late Model Sportsmen battle in triple-20 features atop a five-division card of racing. Post time is 7:30 p.m.
CLAREMONT MOTORSPORTS PARK JUNE 4 TOP TENS:
MIKE RICHARDSON MEMORIAL STREET STOCK: Dave Greenslit, Cody Schoolcraft, Jack McClay, Joe Tetreault, Brian Robie, Briana Akusis, Jeremy Zullo, Joe Arena, Travis Cass, Rawind Laquire.
LATE MODEL SPORTSMAN: (Make-up of May 28 rainout): Ricky Bly, Ben Poland, Ryan Bell, Hayden Scott, Alyssa Rivera, Tyler Lescord, Cam Curtis, Craig Smith, Scott Boisvert, Chris Emerson.
LATE MODEL SPORTSMAN (regular event): Ben Poland, Ricky Bly, Hayden Scott, Ryan Bell, Alyssa Rivera, Cam Curtis, Craig Smith, Matt Winter, Chris Emerson, Ben Lambert.
PURE STOCK: Dylan Zullo, Miles McClay, Nolan McClay, Travis Sykes, Brandon Picknell, Amy Jaycox, Raven Streeter, Zach Richardson, Nick Little, Carlos Grenier,
MINI STOCK: Haydon Grenier, Ray King, Brayden Morrie, Nick Skillings, Kodi Sabins, Chris Judd, Joe Olmstead, Richard Stockwell, Davis Thibodeau, Desmond Skillings.
SIX SHOOTER: Dustin Thibodeau, Robert Shaw, Ben Bushey, Bucky Thibodeau, John Thibodeau, Paul Colburn, Jeremy Blood, Marc Laroche Jr., Eric Lanou, Xander Stillwell.