CLAREMONT, N.H. – Four drivers earned their first victory laps of the season Friday, July 12, at Claremont Motorsports Park; no small accomplishment on the tenth night of the 2019 season. And then there was Aaron Fellows.
While Fellows continued to baffle both fans and fellow competitors en route to his ninth feature win in a row, Dana Smith topped the Sportsman Mods for the first time this year, as did Joe Tetreault in the Street Stock main, Bruce Adams in the Pure Stocks, and Six-Shooter Eric Lanou. Both Adams and Tetreault were perfect on the night, also winning their qualifying races.
Jack McClay and Eric Martell led the R.E. Hinkley Late Model Sportsmen to the green, with McClay leading lap one before row-two starter Ricky Bly took command. Luke Hinkley and Ben Poland were soon in hot pursuit, but Fellows, starting scratch on the field, was up to third as lap ten went in the books, and cruised into second four laps later.
The 11-time-track champ inched ahead of Bly on lap 18 and then sailed to victory, taking the checkers six lengths ahead of last season’s champ, with Poland close behind in third. Hinkley, in his first Friday night run of the summer, was fourth, and Tyler Lescord came home fifth.
With a huge crowd on hand for the Five Dollar Fireworks event, nobody went away less than amazed with the three-car war that waged over the final 12 go-rounds of the Casella Street Stock feature.
Joe Tetreault started up front and after two close laps racing against Briana Akusis, then saw multi-race winner Dave Greenslit in his rearview mirror, bearing down from ten lengths back and, not far behind Greenslit, Chris Riendeau. Tetreault held an eight-length lead when a Raven Streeter looper on lap 18 brought Greenslit to his door and Riendeau to his bumper. And the battle was on.
With Greenslit in the high groove, and Tetreault down low, they swapped the lead back-and-forth through two subsequent cautions, with neither giving an inch. Greenslit held a wheel’s-length advantage on laps 28 and 29, but it was Tetreault scoring his first victory of the summer as the lead trio flew under the checkers glued together.
It was a Sunapee sweep in the Pepsi Sportsman Mods. Alyssa Rivera led the first five go-rounds of the main event, but two-time track champ Dana Smith, hungry for his first win of the season, then took charge on a restart and drove away.
Brian Robie – already a five-time winner this summer- was soon up to second and, a few laps later, it was Mike Smith powering into third but, on this night, Dana Smith had all bases covered as the laketown trio took the top three spots.
Chris Carver was the man on the point for the first ten laps of the Pure Stock main but when he was popped out of the lead to bring out the race’s second caution, and he and the offending party both refired from the rear, Kyle Templeton and rookie Bruce Adams moved to the front row.
Adams made quick work of taking command and speeding off to his first career victory. Templeton, the Pure Stock points leader, was strong in second, while first-timer Clark Brooks – at 11, already a Hudson champ, and weighing in at 58 pounds – made his Motorsports Park debut a successful one, earning the third-place trophy just ahead of Carver.
Eric Lanou led all the way to score his career-first Six-Shooter victory. Division kingpin Jeremy Blood, already an eight-time winner this summer, was second on the night, and Paul Colburn – an earlier heat race winner – earned the third-place hardware.
Claremont Motorsports Park will be silent next Friday, July 19, as the Thrasher Road speedplant takes its annual summer break before returning to action on July 26. For information on the speedway and its upcoming events, visit www.claremontmotorsportspark.com.
JULY 12 FEATURE FINISHES: LATE MODEL SPORTSMEN: Aaron Fellows, Ricky Bly, Ben Poland, Luke Hinkley, Tyler Lescord, Jack McClay, Ryan Bell, Mark Blair, Eric Martell. SPORTSMAN MODIFIEDS: Dana Smith, Brian Robie, Mike Smith, Kyle Welch, Kenny Thompson, Alyssa Rivera, Eric LeClair. STREET STOCKS: Joe Tetreault, Dave Greenslit, Chris Riendeau, Robbie Streeter, Mike Parks, Briana Akusis, Raven Streeter, Cody Schoolcraft, Travis Cass. PURE STOCKS: Bruce Adams, Kyle Templeton, Clark Brooks, Chris Carver, Cooper Roberge, Sammy Silva, Tom Englehart, Jon Alden, Richard Streeter, Jim Carley. SIX-SHOOTERS: Eric Lanou, Jeremy Blood, Paul Colburn, Eric Prescott, Earl Moul.