CLAREMONT, N.H. – Ricky Bly and Chris Riendeau both stayed hot when it counted the most Saturday, September 8, at Claremont Speedway, while Nutmeg State flyer Ron Silk was the night’s big money winner, duplicating his victory of three weeks earlier in the Open Modified 75-lapper.
In Saturday’s nightcap event, Wildcat Kyle Templeton continued his potent rookie campaign, storming to his fourth stop of the summer in Daddy’s Pizza Victory Lane.
Ryan Bell and Tyler Lescord sat on row one of the R.E. Hinkley Super Streets as their 40-lapper went green, with Bell quickly taking charge and then holding the point position until fellow Charlestown pilot Ben Poland scooted past both Bell and Ricky Bly to lead the pack on lap ten.
Poland, like Bell before him, would stage a strong run at the head of the field until Bly dove low through the east end of the track to take charge at the 20-lap mark. A lap later Dylan Bodreau muscled up to second and the top two – locked in a tight points battle for the 2018 Super Street crown – would run nose-to-tail until Bly widened the margin with two laps to go.
The Sunapee speedster’s win was his fourth of the summer, and third in a points race, giving him a 14-point lead over Bodreau with three events remaining. Jackpot Jack McClay was third on the night, Craig Smith, victorious a week earlier, came home fourth, and Bell completed his strong night’s work in fifth.
The Pepsi Street Stock feature totally changed in the last half trip around the speedplant. Bryan Town, who’d entered the night’s action six points ahead of Chris Riendeau, had taken the lead from Chris Colburn on the sixth go-round and, with the checkered flag in sight, was holding Riendeau at his back bumper as he charged toward his sixth win of the summer.
Fate, though, then slammed down its hammer, as Town’s ride went up in smoke and Riendeau sailed past the crippled leader to score his track-high ninth victory, moving back atop the points parade, five markers better than Town.
Dave Greenslit, solid all night, earned the runner-up spot; Lenny Silver was third, Briana Akusis fourth, and Robbie Streeter fifth. Town’s nightmare finish netted him the sixth-place finish.
Kyle Currier and Kirby Goodrich went to war early in the T-Bird Mini Mart Wild Cat 25-lapper, with Goodrich holding a slim advantage when the caution waved on lap eight. After a quick shuffle, Currier led again as lap nine went in the books before then giving way to row-four starter Kyle Templeton.
Once in front, the Claremont rookie quickly drove away from the field to post his fourth victory of the summer. Rookie Raven Streeter – who earlier in the day had competed on the football field for his Mascoma Royals – scored a career-best runner-up finish, and Seth Melcher came home fifth.
Currier and Goodrich rounded out the night’s top five, and division leader Zach Lyn could only muster an 11th-place finish but still ended the night 94 points ahead of Templeton.
Russ Hersey led the first 64 go-rounds of the Modified 75-lapper and appeared destined for his first visit of the summer to Daddy’s Pizza Victory Lane. Powerhouse Ronnie Silk, though, had other plans and, on this night, a superior tire use strategy, reeling Hersey in, taking charge on lap 65, and taking the checkers seven lengths ahead of the Swanzey star.
Silk, this time at the controls of the ride Chase Dowling had guided to a fourth-place finish here three weeks earlier, earned his second big Thrasher Road payday, this one worth $3,000. Former track champ Dana Smith was strong in third, Charlestown’s Brian Robie came home fourth, and Mainiac Brad Babb claimed the five spot.
Next Friday, September 14, Claremont Speedway will host the second annual Four-Cylinder Nationals, an event that drew 39 cars last year.
The Super Streets, Street Stocks, and Wildcats will all be in action too, battling for valuable championship points as the 2018 racing season nears its completion and the all new four-cylinder Red Neck Enduro division will compete in its first official race. Post time at Claremont Speedway is 7 p.m. each Friday.
CLAREMONT SPEEDWAY SEPTEMBER 8 TOP TENS: MODIFIED 75 LAPS: Ron Silk, Russ Hersey, Dana Smith, Brian Robie, Brad Babb, Andy Jankowiak, Dana DiMatteo, Jeff Gallup, Les Rose, Jeff Murray. SUPER STREET: Ricky Bly, Dylan Bodreau, Jack McClay, Craig Smith, Ryan Bell, Ben Poland, Jeremy Zullo, Tyler Searles, Alex Poisson, Matt Sonnhalter. STREET STOCK: Chris Riendeau, Dave Greenslit, Lenny Silver, Briana Akusis, Robbie Streeter, Bryan Town, Luke Wheeler, Jeff Morse, Erin Aiken. WILD CAT: Kyle Templeton, Raven Streeter, Seth Melcher, Kyle Currier, Kirby Goodrich, Jim Carley, Victor Branch, Cody Schoolcraft, Chris Carver, Haydon Grenier.