1. 98 Walt Hammond
2. 78 Vince Quenneville Jr
3. 36x Tim LaDuc
4. 357 Marty Kelly
5. 91 James Fadden
6. 10 Ryan Christian
7. 631 Todd Buckhold
8. 18 Matt Lashua
9. 70 Lenny Pillsbury
10. 36 Brian Whitimore
11. 17 Jim Morgan
12. 28 Josh Ruel
13. 37 Todd Randlett
14. 21 Jamey Ferland
15. 88 Walt Hammond Jr
1. 22 Thomas Placey
2. 23 Robert Tucker
3. 4 Jeff Robbins
4. 1 Jeremy Hodge
5. 93 Ricky Sanville
6. 69 Alexander Pushee
7. 91 Alfred O’Heare
8. 71 Josh Harrington
9. 43 Earl Maxham
10. 50 Tyler Stygles
Late Model Sportsman
1. 29 Aaron Fellows
2. 01 Robert Hagar
3. 28 Ricky Bly
4. 77 Cam Curtis
5. 26 Chase Curtis
6. 33 Jaret Curtis
7. 30 Haydon Scott
8. 15 Tyler Lescord
9. 25 Dallas Trombley
10. 8 Ryan Bell
11. 72 Victor Branch
12. 10 Jeff Murray
13. 31 Tyler Tewksbury
14. 00 Ben Poland
15. 7 Joe Bates
16. 21 Chris Jackman
17. 3 Ryan Currier
18. 51 Joe Brown
19. 8 Kenny Fowler
1. 49 Jimmy Renfrew Jr
2. 66 Ricky Bly
3. 20 David Greenslit
4. 11 Ryan Bell
5. 64 Chris Riendeau
6. 88 Hillary Renaud
7. 73 Joe Tetreault
8. 02 Briana Akusis
9. 5 Kyle Buck
10. 06 Scott Wade
11. 87 Tyson Hayes
12. 75 Brian Town
13. 7 Erik Smith
14. 91 Jessie Emerson
15. 35 Chris Lindquist
16. 02 Jimmy Zullo
17. 55 Robbie Streeter
18. 18 Ronnie Carman
19. 81 Andrew Brousseau
20. 96 Rawlind Laquire
1. 33 Matt Sonnhalter
2. 83 Hayden Grenier
3. 90 Desmond Skillings
4. 34 Justin Trombley
5. 46 Gorden Farnum
6. 69 Louis Maher
7. 4 Joe Katula
8. 43 Dana Shepard
9. 08 Ryan Carman
10. 36 Kodi Sabins
11. 5 David Pratt
12. 50 David Elliot
13. 57 Pat Houle
14. 98 Mike Douglas
15. 24 David Thibodeau
16. 95 Cale Skillings
17. 1 Joe Olmstead
18. 11 Nick Skillings
19. 40 Nadine Coates
20. 51 Chris Judd
1. 21 Dustin Thibodeau
2. 95 Chris Colburn
3. 87 John Thibodeau
4. 33 Jonathon Alden
5. 12 Chooch Snide
6. 28 Todd Maguira
7. 46 Dakota Lanou
8. 32 Eric Lanou
9. 03 Jeremy Blood
10. 06 Paul Colburn
11. 72 DQ, Todd Smith
NHSTRA Modifieds – Race # 1
1. 25 Brian Robie
2. 25 Aaron Fellows
3. 24 Todd Patnode
4. 4 TJ Bleau
5. 50 Bill Kimball
6. 04 Stu McCormack
7. 07 George Helliwell
8. 03 Joel Monahan
9. 11 Matt Kimball
10. 5a Alyssa Rivera
11. 99 Kimmy Rivet
12. 77 Walter Hammond
13. 03 Soloman Brow
14. 1 Nathan Wenzel
15. 23 Brad Zahensky
16. 7 Kirby Goodrich
NHSTRA Modifieds – Race # 2
1. 11 Matt Kimball
2. 24 Todd Patnode
3. 4 TJ Bleau
4. 50 Bill Kimball
5. 25 Brian Robie
6. 03 Joel Monahan
7. 04 Stu McCormack
8. 77 Walter Hammond
9. 99 Kimmy Rivet
10. 07 George Helliwell
11. 03 Soloman Brow
12. 1 Nathan Wenzel
13. 23 Brad Zahensky
14. 25 Aaron Fellows
15. 5a Alyssa Rivera
1. 20 David Greenslit
2. 66 Ricky Bly
3. 88 Hillary Renaud
4. 73 Joe Tetreault
5. 49 Jimmy Renfrew
6. 1x Adam Gray
7. 02 Jimmy Zullo
8. 35 Chris Lindquist
9. 20 Andrew Davis
10. 64 Jerod Weston
11. 03 Timothy Wenzel
12. 02 Briana Akusis
13. 75 Chris Emerson
14. 7 Erik Smith
15. 55 Chris Riendeau
16. 11 Ryan Bell
17. 18 Ronnie Carman
18. 81 Andrew Brousseau
19. 2 Chris Buffone
20. 06 Scott Wade
21. 91 Jessie Emmerson
22. 79 Trevor Rocke
23. 5 Scott Vien
24. 87 Tyson Hayes
1. 74 Randy Cabral
2. 48 Todd Bertrand
3. A1 Mike Horn
4. 8 Jake Trainor
5. 47 Sammy Swindell
6. 87 Doug Cleveland
7. 30 Paul Scally
8. 16 Matt O’Brian
9. 21 Joe Baily
10. 19 Richie Coy
11. 97 Jim Santa Maria
12. 7 Alan Chambers
13. 39 Avery Stoehr
14. 17 Kyle Valeri
15. DNS Ben Seitz
1. 11 PJ Stergios
2. 97 Jim Santa Maria
3. 21 Joe Bailey
4. 19 Richie Coy
5. 35 Avery Stoher
6. 88 Chase Locke
7. 17 Kyle Valeri
8. 55 Drew Eldridge
9. 16 Matt Seavy
10. 94 Tiana Kibbie
11. 00 Bradley Osgood
Pro Four Modifieds
1. 0 Randy Cabral
2. 24 Ben Ashford
3. 67 Doug Meservey Jr.
4. 95 Ryan McPartland
5. 37 Al Reiser
6. 62 Cody Rose
7. 4 Justin Forfad
8. 2 Henry Sarignano
9. 9 JR Gorman
10. 66 Craig Phillips
Exit Realty Pro Trucks
1. 10 Andrew Morin
2. 38 Conner Souza
3. 24 Jason Ferriera
4. 2 Duane Noll
5. 97 Dave Koenig
6. 71 Devon Jencik
7. 2 Jim Boyle
8. 1 Lucas Leone
9. 89 Zach Robinson
10. 15 Gerard Giordano Jr
11. 71 Ariana Jencik
12. 78 Emma Monohan
13. 18 Nick Cashman
14. 31 Ryan Vanasse
15. 32 Randy Burr
16. 87 Jimmy Thompson
1. 21 Dustin Thibodeau
2. 32 Eric Lanou
3. 95 Chris Colburn
4. 28 Todd Maguire
5. 7 John Voorhees
6. 03 Jeremy Blood06 Paul Colburn
7. 46 Dakota Lanou
8. 33 Jonathan Alden
9. 87 John Thibodeau
10. 12 Chooch Snide
11. 72 Todd Smith
12. 933 Leon Keniston
1. 36 Kodi Sabins
2. 4 Joey Jarvis
3. 23 Mark McClay
4. 79 Zach Richardson
5. 1 Nick Houle
6. 14 Nolan McClay
7. 451 Dylan Adams
8. 95 Leon Keniston
9. 67 Brandon Lavoie
10. 26 Bruce Adams
11. 71 Kevin Boucher
12. 5 Kyle Buck
13. 45 JD Stockwell
14. 01 Jimmy Zellman
15. 00 James Rhodes
16. 88 Chris Carver
17. 8 Sean Lantas
18. 71 Shelby Kirk
19. 53 Damien Houle
20. 65 Doug Nelson
21. 20 Andrea St. Amour
22. 07 Robert Shaw
23. 3 Mike Merlin
DQ 16 Chris Davis
DNS 04 Jorden Keefe
1. 0 - Alby Ovitt
2. 14 - Andrew Harmon
3. 7x - EJ Flanagan
4. 10 - Ryan Christian
5. 933 - Leon Keniston
6. 564 - Robert Shaw
7. 9 - Eric Danieli
8. 53 - David Flanders
9. 725 - Drake Nelson
10. 16 - Alex Darin
11. 420x - Xander Stillwell
12. 63 - Shane Garon
13. 22 - Jim Zellman
14. 318 - Chooch Snide
15. 129 - Freddie Rogers
16. 96 - Kayleigh Eastman
17. FN0 - Chris Riendeau
18. 13 - Lucas Bernatchy
19. 31 - Mark Martin Jr.
20. 19 - Rick Coull
21. 43 - Nicholas Sheppard
22. 118 - Eric Griffin
23. 42R - Kenneth Ricketts
24. -13 - James Mason
25. 25 - Ryan Partridge
26. 81 - Wyatt Osgood
27. 28 - Amy Wilkins
28. 18 - Matt Lashua
29. 908 - Ron Carleton
30. 29j - Jake Puchalski
31. 25 - Andrew Plumb
32. 9 - Phil Osgood
33. 35 - Patrick Kilburn
34. 007 - Rozwell Mason Jr.
35. 321 - Bre Nelson
36. 69s - Tom Steele
37. 77c - Candace Callum
38. 37 - Mikey McCann
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By Gary Dutton
CLAREMONT, N.H.- Both Aaron Fellows and Desmond Skillings wrapped up their 2020 Claremont Motorsports Park championship seasons with feature wins on September 25.
And while neither Kodi Sabins or Dustin Thibodeau earned a Championship Night victory lap, each left the third-mile oval Friday as the champion of his division. Dave Greenslit, on the other hand, came into Friday’s Street Stock feature already a back-to-back champion, having clinched the title on September 11.
Sunapee speedster Ricky Bly, himself a former track champion at the Thrasher Road speedplant, had a night to remember too, topping the Street Stock thriller and then quickly ducking pitside to strap into his LMS entry, in which he finished second on the night.
Bly was one of two first-of-season feature winners Friday. On the 15th event of the pandemic-abbreviated 2020 season, Josh Rondeau also earned his first victory lap this year.
Aaron Fellows, with nine wins and a runner-up finish in ten Late Model Sportsman runs this summer still could have lost the championship Friday. A slim chance, perhaps, but his 13th track championship was not a done deal.
Confusing? Consider Friday’s Late Model Sportsman starting grid: three number eights, a pair of twenty-nines, and two drivers both answering to Craig Smith. But there was only one Aaron Fellows.
Coming from row four, Fellows pulled alongside race leader Joe Brown on lap 14, with Brown then coming down-track and spinning, moving Ben Poland up to the deuce and bringing Ricky Bly along with him.
After a friendly nudge, Bly was up for second on lap 27, but had nothing for Fellows, whose tenth win of the season ran his two-season, two-championship stat line to 27-1. Poland completed his strong 2020 campaign in third.
Dave Greenslit, his second championship in a row all wrapped up, had nothing to prove Friday. Ricky Bly, a late-season entry into the Street Stocks, could imagine nothing better than winning the Championship Night main event. Together, they staged the best battle of the night.
Bly took the lead from Robbie Streeter on a lap ten restart, with Greenslit moving to his bumper two circuits later. Never more than inches apart, they raced tooth-and-nail over the final 18 laps, with Bly prevailing. Greenslit smoke-showed his championship year in second, and Kyle Buck was strong in third.
Antrim’s Desmond Skillings took the lead from his son Cale on lap 13 of the Mini Stock feature and never looked back, en route to his fourth win of the season and, with it, the 2020 championship.
Hometown hot shoe Hayden Grenier, victorious September 11, entered Friday’s Championship Night go-round only eight points behind Skillings but finished deep in the field after being bounced about twice. Nick Skillings, Desmond’s younger brother, claimed runner-up honors, with Baltimore, VT teen Camdyn Curtis strong in third.
It was a huge night for the Rocketman team in the Pure Stock feature. Josh Rondeau won his first event of the summer, while Kodi Sabins locked up the championship farther back in the top ten, and Joey Jarvis, aboard a Rondeau ride, came home second.
Dylan Adams, competing in his first full season, was tied for the title lead two weeks ago, only to fall to mechanical failure. Friday, he was strong in third but unable to overtake Sabins.
Race leader Chris Colburn floated high in turn two with one lap to go in the Six Shooter feature, then watching three cars quickly sail past him. Paul Colburn inherited the top spot and, with it, his fifth win of the summer. Colburn, though, could gain only two points on race runner-up Dustin Thibodeau, who won his first career championship.
Friday’s Championship Night event concluded the regular weekly racing series 2020 season at Claremont Motorsports Park. The storied oval will, however, host one more event this season, the two-day Fall Challenge on October 17 and 18. For more information, please visit
CLAREMONT MOTORSPORTS PARK SEPTEMBER 25 TOP TENS:
LATE MODEL SPORTSMAN: Aaron Fellows, Ricky Bly, Ben Poland, Chris Riendeau, Allen Fellows, Bucky Demers, Joe Brown, Craig Smith, Tyler Lescord, Cole Littlewood.
STREET STOCK: Ricky Bly, Dave Greenslit, Kyle Buck, Trevor Rocke, Jimmy Zullo, Chris Lindquist, Ronnie Carman, Erik Smith, Robbie Streeter, Robert Hagar.
MINI STOCK: Desmond Skillings, Nick Skillings, Camdyn Curtis, Dave Pratt III, Aaron Thompson, Dave Thibodeau, Ray King, Richard Stockwell, Hayden Grenier, Erin Aiken.
PURE STOCK (unofficial): Josh Rondeau, Joey Jarvis, Dylan Adams, Robert Shaw, Nolan McClay, Bruce Adams, Jim Carley, Kodi Sabins, Zach Richardson, Andrew Brousseau.
SIX SHOOTER: Paul Colburn, Dustin Thibodeau, Ryan Carman, Chris Colburn, Jeremy Blood, Dakota Lanou, Ray Luce, Todd Maguira, Chooch Snide, Scott Wade.
By Gary Dutton
CLAREMONT, N.H. – Ryan Bell topped Friday, September 11, night’s 50-lap main event at Claremont Motorsports Park, as Aaron Fellows’ 26-race winning streak steamed to an end and Dave Greenslit locked up his second track crown in a row.
While Fellows quest for back-to-back perfect seasons stopped Friday, the speedway’s winningest driver wasn’t beaten on the track, falling rather to a crash-caused overheating problem while leading midway through the LMS feature.
Other winners Friday included Hayden Grenier, scoring his first victory of the summer in the Mini Stocks, Pure Stock superstar Kodi Sabins, and top Six Shooter points man Dustin Thibodeau.
With two first-of-season winners on the track’s14th night of the season, things tightened, if only slightly, in their respective points races entering the final regular season event. Of the third-mile oval’s six divisions, only the Street Stock championship has been decided.
It took a bit for the Late Model Sportsman Patriot’s Day 50 presented by Joe’s Family Car Care to get underway. After two aborted tries at the original start, the third attempt was a mess, with Joe Bates and a half-dozen others scattered along the frontchute and still no completed laps in the books.
On attempt number four, Ben Poland took charge, then holding the point until Fellow’s took charge on lap 24. Fellows’ lead would be brief, though, as he quickly headed pitside, his ride badly overheating due to air dam damage sustained in the lap-zero pileup.
The next rapid-fire caution was for Poland, with Bell then inheriting the lead and never looking back en route to his first win of the summer, Fellows’ first loss. The Charlestown pilot’s victory Friday left him 32 points behind Fellows entering the September 25 season finale.
Ricky Bly, a former track LMS champion, finished Friday’s 50-lapper in Bell’s shadow, the second top-three of the night for the Sunapee star.
Raven Streeter led the first seven laps of the Street Stock feature, then getting rudely deposited in turn four. Cody Schoolcraft then moved to the top spot but Dave Greenslit, on a mission, took charge a lap later and never looked back. Joe Tetreault got up for second but had nothing for the two-time champ, and Ricky Bly came home strong in third.
Hayden Grenier led all the way in the Mini Stock 25-lapper, social distancing far ahead of the field. Nick Skillings was second, and his brother Desmond third. Desmond Skillings takes a ten-point lead over Grenier into the championship night event.
Kodi Sabins’ last-lap pass of Rocketman teammate Josh Rondeau led him to his ninth victory lap of the summer. With Rondeau rock solid in second and Kyle Templeton, aboard Sabins’ backup car third, it was a Rocketman sweep in the Pure Stock trophy row.
Dylan Adams, who entered the night’s action tied with Sabins atop the leader board, took a huge points hit when a broken brake line dropped him to last in the 20-car field.
Six Shooter star Dustin Thibodeau took the lead from Todd Maguira on lap 11 and then held Paul Colburn at bay to score his fourth victory of the summer. Maguira’s hard work brought him home in third. Thibodeau enters championship night competition 16 points ahead of Colburn.
Claremont Motorsports Park will be silent next Friday, September 18, but will return to action with its final Friday night event of the season when it holds its 2020 Championship Night on September 25. For more information, please visit www.claremontmotorsportspark.com.
CLAREMONT MOTORSPORTS PARK SEPTEMBER 11 TOP TENS:
LATE MODEL SPORTSMAN: (Unofficial at press time) Ryan Bell, Ricky Bly, Ben Poland, Cole Littlewood, Hayden Scott, Bucky Demers, Leo Martin, Kenny Fowler, Tyler Lescord, Allen Fellows.
STREET STOCK: Dave Greenslit, Joe Tetreault, Ricky Bly, Trevor Rocke, Cody Schoolcraft, Travis Cass, Briana Akusis, Kenny Thompson, Kyle Buck, Raven Streeter.
MINI STOCK: Hayden Grenier, Nick Skillings, Desmond Skillings, Erin Aiken, Emerson Cayer, Ray King, Cale Skillings, Rye Greineder, Tim Paquette, Aaron Thompson.
PURE STOCK: Kodi Sabins, Josh Riendeau, Kyle Templeton, Jim Carley, Bruce Adams, Zach Richardson, Sean Lantas, Doug Nelson, Robert Shaw, Nolan McClay.
SIX SHOOTER: Dustin Thibodeau, Paul Colburn, Todd Maguira, Scott Wade, Todd Smith, Jeremy Blood, Chris Colburn, Ryan Carman, Ray Luce, Dakota Lanou.
By Gary Dutton
CLAREMONT, N.H. – Derek Griffith put together the perfect night Sunday at Claremont Motorsports Park.
The 23-year-old Pro Stock star won his heat, then drew the pole starting position for Sunday’s Newport Chevrolet 150 Granite State Pro Stock Series main event at the storied third-mile. The top starting spot in hand, he then led all 150 laps to pocket the $10,000 winner’s purse, the biggest prize ever in series history.
But, while both Griffith and Street Stock Richard Tetreault Memorial 73 winner Jimmy Renfrew each led all the way, it was Red Neck Enduro daredevil Jimmy Zullo’s victory-from-the-jaws-of-defeat move that got the loudest applause. Snaking through the some-kind-of-crazy traffic with two laps to go, Zullo darted past Kyle Buck to top the 63-car, 50-lap nightcap event.
Other winner’s in Sunday night’s Labor Day Weekend races at the Thrasher Road speedplant included Windsor’s Kodi Sabins, who sizzled in winning his eighth Pure Stock feature of the summer, and Six Shooter strong man Paul Colburn, who earned his fourth 2020 victory lap.
Griffith and Gabe Brown had the fastest times in GSPSS qualifying, with Griffith almost eclipsing the track record. They then each won their respective heat race, with Griffith garnering the pole in a redraw, and starting up front alongside Luke Hinkley as the 150-lap main event went green.
Griffith led all 150 laps, with first Brown, and then Angelo Belsito, from lap 27 on, trying to reel him in. Slowed only by two quick cautions, the Griffith-Belsito-Brown express sailed by quickly. Belsito, who won here July 24, was strong in second, but had no answer for Griffith.
Like Griffith, Street Stock ace Jimmy Renfrew started up front and never looked back, holding the point for all 73 laps. But hometrack hot shoe Dave Greenslit, second under the checkers Sunday, was a big winner too. Greenslit’s runner-up performance was all he needed to wrap up the multi-track NHRSTA 2020 Battle for The Belt series title.
Greenslit and Brian Robie battled tooth-and-nail for the deuce spot before Robie was dumped out of third by an overzealous fourth-place runner. That moved Joe Tetreault, who’d been strong all night, up to third, where he finished his strong night’s work in trophy row in his father, Richard’s, memorial event.
Sunday’s victory was Renfrew’s second of the summer at the Claremont oval. He also topped a Street Stock feature here on June 12.
Kodi Sabins stormed past Sean Lantas on lap two of the Pure Stock feature and never looked back. Slowed by just a single caution en route to his eighth win of the summer, Sabins held off Dylan Adams and Kyle Templeton, the latter aboard Sabins’ backup 36X machine.
In the Six Shooters, upstart Todd Smith led the 17-car field on its first three journeys around the third-mile oval. Paul Colburn, from row three, then took charge. But while nobody would slow the speedy Colburn, Smith was strong too, picking up his second trophy in as many weeks with Sunday’s career-best runner-up finish. Top points man Dustin Thibodeau came home third.
And if you think traffic is crazy where you live, you should have seen Sunday’s 63-car Red Neck Enduro. Like veteran city cabbies, Jimmy Zullo, Kyle Buck, and Leon Keniston got the job done in this 50-lapper. Sunday’s victory was Zullo’s second Red Neck win this year.
NELCAR Legends kingpin Shawn Buffington topped the motorcycle-powered racers’ 25-lapper. Brandon Martinez was second, and Luke Lebrun, victorious here earlier this year, came home third.
Claremont Motorsports Park returns to action this Friday, September 11, with a full card of racing on its 14th week of the exciting 2020 season. For more information, please visit www.claremontmotorsportspark.com.
CLAREMONT MOTORSPORTS PARK SEPTEMBER 6 TOP TENS:
GSPSS NEWPORT CHEVROLET 150: Derek Griffith, Angelo Belsito, Gabe Brown, Cory Casagrande, Joey Doiron, Joey Polewarczyk, Luke Hinkley, Mike O’Sullivan, Jake Matheson, Josh King.
STREET STOCK RICHARD TETREAULT MEMORIAL 73 LAP: Jimmy Renfrew, Dave Greenslit, Joe Tetreault, Jaret Curtis, Ricky Bly, Tommy O’Sullivan, Robert Hagar, Chase Curtis, Brian Robie, Trevor Rocke.
PURE STOCK: Kodi Sabins, Dylan Adams, Kyle Templeton, Amy Jaycox, Sean Lantas, Robert Shaw, Bruce Adams, Zach Richardson, Doug Nelson, Nick Little.
SIX SHOOTER: Paul Colburn, Todd Smith, Dustin Thibodeau, Chris Colburn, Ray Luce, Ronnie Carman, Dakota Lanou, David Piper, Ryan Carman, John Vorhees.
RED NECK ENDURO 50: Jimmy Zullo, Kyle Buck, Leon Keniston, Chad McAlpine, Shane Lebraney, Desmond “Rattlesnake” Skillings, Drake Nelson, Cody Hodge, Josh Thibodeau Jr., Bre Nelson.
CLAREMONT, N.H. – The powerful Granite State Pro Stock Series returns to Claremont Motorsports Park this Sunday, September 6, for 150 laps of big time feature racing presented by Newport Chevrolet, and with a $10,000 winner’s purse up for grabs, this one is sure to draw a crowd.
There will be no racing this Friday, September 4, at the Thrasher Road speedplant, as promoter Mike Parks, who also heads the GSPSS series, is bringing the big show to town on Sunday, when the seven-decade-old oval will celebrate Labor Day Weekend in style.
Along with the Granite State Pro Stock Series event – the biggest race is series history – there will also be an added-laps, added-payoff event for the Street Stocks, as the multi-track NHSTRA brings its Battle for The Belt series to town.
Better yet, the popular Redneck Enduro Series rolls again, with the likes of Jimmy Zullo, Matt Gauffin, and Leon Keniston leading a field of up to 50 cars in Sunday’s nightcap event.
The Pure Stocks and Six Shooters will be in action too, but the night’s main attraction is the Pro Stock biggie. Among those pre-entered for this one are Ray Christian III and Angelo Belsito, both previous GSPSS winners here earlier this season, hometown hot shoe Luke Hinkley, former series champions Mike O’Sullivan and Joey Doiron, and a virtual all-star lineup including Larry Gelinas, Joey Pole, Ben Rowe, and D.J. Shaw.
CMP weekly racing series competitors will be going all out Sunday, as there are now only two points races remaining in the 2020 season. Post time for Sunday’s Newport Chevrolet Pro Stock 100 event is 5 p.m.
By Gary Dutton
CLAREMONT, N.H. – He’s often referred to as Big Money Matt, and Friday at Claremont Motorsports Park Keystone State super star Matt Hirschman showed why.
Fighting through all kinds of early-event adversity, Hirschman passed rising star Matt Kimball on lap 70 of the Maurice Enterprises 100 main event to earn the $10,000 winner’s purse.
He’d been ricocheted into the turn two wall in his heat race, looked mediocre at best for half his consi, but then found his stride when the big bucks were on the line.
Promoter Mike Parks, with major support from hometown businessman Maurice Hurd, put a dandy together. With the Thrasher Road speedplant’s largest crowd in decades on hand for the big show, Hirschman and the other 25 Open Modified starters – 33 teams attempted to qualify – staged a classic battle.
Big Gun Ronnie Silk started up front and led the first 66 laps, until pitting quickly under caution for fresh rubber, something Hirschman, Les Hinkley and others had done way back on lap 16.
Back under green, Bennington, N.H. second-genner Matt Kimball took control, battling Hinckley for the lead until Hirschman stormed to the front on lap 70 and drove away.
Kimball, certainly out-financed by most of the field and, in most cases, far shy on major league lap time, was impressive in second, just ahead of Hinckley. Silk, on fresher tires, came home fifth, just behind western New Yorker Andy Jankowiak. Monadnock regular Trevor Bleau won the non-qualifiers Dash for Cash.
A late-race caution flag played a major role in keeping Aaron Fellows perfect on the season in the Late Model Sportsmen. Polesitter Ryan Bell had opened up an enormous lead when an Eric Martell looper on lap 26, brought Ben Poland and Fellows to his bumper.
A subsequent routine caution two laps later put Fellows at Bell’s side and, with a furious low dive into turn three five laps later, Fellows was off to his ninth win of the summer and 26th consecutive victory at the third-mile speedplant.
Dynamite Dave Greenslit took full control when Chris Emerson and Kyle Buck jingled on lap five, then holding off Cody Schoolcraft and eventual runner-up Chris Riendeau to earn his seventh 2020 Street Stock victory lap.
Kodi Sabins led all but the first go-round of the caution-free Pure Stock 30-lapper to run away and hide for his seventh victory lap this season. With the final finish still unofficial at press time, Joey Jarvis was second, and Robert Shaw third.
Points leader Dylan Adams came from 15th on the starting grid to finish sixth, just ahead of lap-one leader Amy Jaycox.
Desmond Skillings took the lead from brother Nick on lap five of the Mini Stock feature and then never looked back en route to his third win of the season. Desmond’s son, Cale, finished second, with brother Nick third to complete the family photo shoot in victory lane.
Top Six Shooter points man Dustin Thibodeau took the lead from Todd Smith on lap 14 and then held off the all-out assault of Paul Colburn to score his third win of the summer. Smith, strong all night, earned his first trophy with a third-place finish, while Jeremy Blood was sixth, ending his three-race winning streak.
Claremont Motorsports Park will be silent next Friday, September 4, but returns to action on Sunday, September 6, when the Granite State Pro Stock Series comes to town, with a $10,000-to-win 100-lapper taking center stage atop a full card of racing.
For more information, please visit www.claremontmotorsportspark.com.
CMP AUGUST 28 TOP TENS:
MAURICE ENT OPEN MODIFIED 100: Matt Hirschman, Matt Kimball, Les Hinckley, Andy Jankowiak, Ron Silk, Eric Goodale, Craig Lutz, Austin Kochenash, Calvin Carroll, Matt Swanson.
LATE MODEL SPORTSMAN: Aaron Fellows, Ryan Bell, Ben Poland, Robert Hagar, Dallas Trombley, Allen Fellows, Tyler Lescord, Camdyn Curtis, Bucky Demers, Joe Bates.
STREET STOCK: Dave Greenslit, Chris Riendeau, Cody Schoolcraft, Kyle Buck, Joe Tetreault, Jimmy Zullo, Briana Akusis, Robbie Streeter, Chris Emerson, Chris Lindquist.
MINI STOCK: Desmond Skillings, Cale Skillings, Nick Skillings, Hayden Grenier, Ray King, Richard Stockwell, Rye Greineder, Aaron Thompson, David Pratt III.
SIX SHOOTER: Dustin Thibodeau, Paul Colburn, Todd Smith, Todd Maguira, Ray Luce, Jeremy Blood, Ryan Carman, Scott Wade, Chooch Snide, Dakota Lanou.
PURE STOCK: Kodi Sabins, Robert Shaw, Zach Richardson, Sean Lantas, Dylan Adams, Amy Jaycox, Bruce Adams, Doug Nelson, Josh Rondeau, Doug Nelson.
Claremont, NH (August 26, 2020): There is a lot of buzz about this weekend’s open Modified race at Claremont Speedway, rightfully so, for the robust and talent-laden roster. But, for the locals of the Speedway and grassroots fans, those that are being honored and the sentiment behind the race is equally as exciting.
When the likes of Matt Hirschman, Ron Silk, Jon McKennedy, Mike Willis and the 31 other drivers take to the speedway for qualifying on Friday night, they will be doing so in honor of great drivers, who, not only built their legacy but that of Claremont Motorsports Park as well.
“I guess I never really thought about it until last week when we I attended the luncheon,” said current Claremont Motorsports Park Promoter and racer himself, Mike Parks. The luncheon, coordinated by Maurice Hurd of title sponsor Maurice Enterprise, was a celebration of the legends.
“I looked around at all the guys that, as a kid, I watched battle week-in and week-out during the glory days of Modified racing at Claremont,” added Parks.
Honored will be Rusty Ball, Bruce Batchelder, Jack Bateman, Jerry Bly, Ronnie Bodge, Ernie Boudreau, Punky Caron, Peter Daniels, Danny Ferland, Goodwin Hannaford, Dwight Jarvis, Donnie Miller, Bobby Turner and Alan Whipple.
Pits open at 1pm for Modifieds and 3pm for all other divisions. Practice will get underway with heat races starting at 7:15pm. Features will roll off at approximately 8:30pm.
Qualifying for the 100-lap main event will include heat and consolation races. Late Model Sportsmen, Street Stocks, Mini Stocks, Pure Stocks and Six Shooters will complete the night’s racing card. General admission is $30 for adults and $5 for children ages 6-12 will be available at the track on race day.
In addition to the lucrative $10,000 to win for the Modifieds, the race will pay $1,100 to take the green. Specialty awards including the $200 Lu-Mac’s Package Store Hard Luck Award will also be on the line. Lap sponsorships have been secured to ensure that a purse is in place for the B-Main. Non-qualifiers will also receive a portion of the purse which exceeds $50,000.
For drivers, teams and fans, this ‘one-off’ event is likely even more poignant in what has become knowns as the COVID -era. With facilities everywhere shuttered because of state guidelines, the racetracks of New Hampshire have become somewhat of a haven for competitors and fans alike.
A race of this caliber is a much-needed boost to grassroots racing in New England.
“Watching the quality of the field that will be assembled at our little racetrack in New Hampshire, that’s what I am looking forward to the most,” said Parks. “I really think we will have one of the most talented group of drivers that you can assemble - from the Modified Tour, Race of Champions (RoC), Tri-Track and Modified Racing Series’ teams and local track champions. We’ve got the best of the best!”
The Racers Honoring Racers 100 presented by Maurice Enterprises, will have the best of the best, honoring out best of the best!
Parks recalls a particularly memorable night with Donnie Miller. “I was working with his son [the late Ricky Miller] on the Modified. At this point Donnie was pretty well out of the seat. We raced at Monadnock on Friday night with Ricky, with no plans to race the rest of the weekend”.
After some good-natured ribbing about his age and waning ability from Parks at the race shop the next day, Donnie challenged his ‘agitator’ to get the car ready, they were going racing.
“So, I did,” said Parks. “Donnie was in his best form that night. We just showed up and won!”
Of the 35 drivers entered, any one of them could show up and win on Friday night for the 100-lap open Modified event.
“Between the Speedway officials, Maurice Enterprises, Dick [Williams] along with all his team and The Racing Guys, we have an $50,000.00 event, “added Parks “It’s kind of mind blowing from my perspective. I really believe that this could be one of the best events in all of New England for 2020.”
Maurice Enterprises 100 Entry List (as of August 26, 2020): 06 Les Hinckley; 06 - Sam Rameau; 07 - Patrick Emerling; 1H - Chuck Hossfeld; 1J - Bobby Jones; 3 - Jeff Murray; 3 - Matthew Swanson; 5 - Tommy Barrett; 6 - Woody Pitkat; 7 - Kurt Vigeant; 7 - Jon McKennedy; 12 - Andy Jankowiak; 14 - Scott Wylie; 15 - TJ Bleau; 16 - DJ Shaw; 17 - Danny Knoll Jr; 23 - Mike Douglas Jr.; 25 - Brian Robie; 25 - Calvin Carroll; 26 - Bucky Demers; 27 - Derek Robbie; 44 - Anthony Sesely; 46 - Craig Lutz; 50 - Ron Silk; 50K - Matthew Kimball; 50 - Carl Medeiros Jr.; 55 - Ryan Doucette; 58 - Eric Goodale; 60 - Matt Hirschman; 66 - Austin Kochenash: 71 - Brad Babb; 76 - Kirk Alexander; 78 - Diego Monahan; 82 - Anthony Nocella; 83 - Mike Willis.
By Gary Dutton
CLAREMONT, N.H. – It rained cats and dogs, just like Hurricane Katrina; it rained Friday at Claremont Motorsports Park. Later, the lights went out, and still later, the fog rolled in.
But when all was said and done, Aaron Fellows had won his 25th consecutive feature race at Claremont Motorsports Park. Not to be outdone, Dave Greenslit earned his sixth victory lap of the summer, both Zach Richardson and Jeremy Blood stayed red hot, and Matt Sonnhalter topped the Mini Stock 50-lapper, all Friday after the rain had stopped.
For thousands of years, Claremont motorheads have known that as long as Mt. Ascutney can still be seen rising beyond turn two, racing high on Thrasher Road will go on. Friday, with the pits nearly full, the mountain suddenly disappeared but, after a half-hour-plus super soaking, there it was again.
With fish now jumping in the infield, promoter Mike Parks and the stars and cars of the venerable speedplant rolled up their collective sleeves and, with a slight delay, were off to the races.
Qualifying races were quickly run, including a Pure Stocker won by Green Mountain Boy Doug Nelson aboard his Shaggin’ Wagon entry, a Saturn station wagon of all things, and then it was feature time.
Reigning Six Shooter king Jeremy Blood took the lead from Todd Maguira on lap seven of their 20-lapper and then sped off to his third victory in a row. Charlestown’s Paul Colburn finished in Blood’s shadow, and points leader Dustin Thibodeau was third.
The Pure Stock feature was, again, a dandy! Zach Richardson low-lined past Bruce Adams on lap ten and never looked back en route to his second victory in a row and third of the season.
With the white flag in sight, Joey Jarvis moved up to second, just ahead of Bruce Adams, with son Dylan Adams coming home fourth to stay atop the points parade. Robert Shaw was strong in fifth.
Briana Akusis set fast time the first five go-rounds of the Street Stock main event, then giving way to Cody Schoolcraft. Brian Robie and Dave Greenslit were sailing through the pack and, on lap nine, the battle was on.
After some great back-and-forth racing, Greenslit held the point the last five laps to add another victory lap to his impressive list. Robie finished at his back bumper, with Chris Riendeau just behind in third.
It could be said that Aaron Fellows toyed with the pack in his earlier heat race win. In the feature, though, the Croydon super star wasn’t fooling around. Coming from row three, he took the lead from Ryan Bell on lap five and then drove away, staying perfect on the year at Claremont Motorsports Park.
Bell, strong all night, scored his second deuce finish of the summer, with fellow Charlestown hot shoe Ben Poland coming home third.
Gordon Farnum, king of the Monadnock Mini Stockers this year, led the first 32 laps of the Battle of The Belt main event, then giving way to Vermont star Matt Sonnhalter as his tires began to fade.
Desmond Skillings, Cody Leblanc, and Skillings’ younger brother Nick then went to war for the runner-up spot, with the elder Skillings – like his brother, already a two-time Claremont winner this summer – prevailing. Leblanc was rock solid in third, while Farnum finished the night fifth in the 15-car field.
Jerry Humiston topped the New England Antique Racers Sportsman 12-lapper. John Adams was second, and Jeremy Huntoon third. Ken Brown won the NEAR Modified feature, taking the checkers ahead of Gomer Taylor and Scott Decota.
Next Friday, August 28, Maurice Enterprises will present the biggest event of the summer at Claremont Motorsports Park, an Open Modified 100-lapper paying a whopping $10,000 to win. A virtual all-star list of 32 teams has already signed on for this huge event.
For more information, please log in at www.claremontmotorsportspark.com or visit the speedway’s Facebook page.
AUGUST 21 CMP TOP TENS:
MINI STOCK (50-lap Battle For The Belt Event): Matt Sonnhalter, Desmond Skillings, Cody Leblanc, Nick Skillings, Gordon Farnum, Ray King, Pat Houle, Louis Maher, Daniel Sweeney, Bill Chaffee.
LATE MODEL SPORTSMAN: Aaron Fellows, Ryan Bell, Ben Poland, Joe Brown, Dallas Trombley, Camdyn Curtis, Matt Winter, Eric Martell, Mark Blair, Chris Jackman.
STREET STOCK: Dave Greenslit, Brian Robie, Chris Riendeau, Cody Schoolcraft, Randy Town, Kyle Buck, Robbie Streeter, Briana Akusis, Raven Streeter, Trevor Rocke.
PURE STOCK: Zach Richardson, Joey Jarvis, Bruce Adams, Dylan Adams, Robert Shaw, Kodi Sabins, Doug Nelson, Jim Rhodes, J.D. Stockwell, Andrew Brousseau.
SIX SHOOTERS: Jeremy Blood, Paul Colburn, Dustin Thibodeau, Todd Maguira, John Vorhees, Zach Washburn, Todd Smith, Keith Martin, Scott Wade.
By Gary Dutton
CLAREMONT, N.H. – Modified star Mike Willis won his first open-wheel feature of the summer Friday, August 14, at Claremont Motorsports Park.
Aaron Fellows stayed perfect on the year, scoring his track-high seventh 2020 victory, while Jeremy Blood won his fourth, and both Desmond Skillings and Zach Richardson took his second victory lap this season on Friday. It was Fellows’ 24th consecutive CMP win over the past two years.
Sunapee speedster Mike Smith led the first four rapid-fire trips around the speedplant in the Maurice Trailer Country Modified main event, then giving way to Grantham’s Willis, who rocketed low around the west end of the third-mile to take the lead.
With no cautions, Willis was untested the rest of the way. Smith, though, had a good one of his own going, keeping two-time winner and defending track king Brian Robie in his shadow to come home strong in second. Robie’s bronze medal finish kept him atop the points parade.
Low into turn one and gone? Yup, it happened on lap nine this week. Aaron Fellows rocketed under early race leader Ben Poland on the west end of the oval and took off to stay unbeaten this summer in Late Model Sportsman racing.
Poland was strong in second, with Joe Brown, second a week earlier, solid in third.
The Lavalley Building Supply Pure Stocks have been putting on some great shows of late, and Friday’s 25-lapper fit right in. Jim Carley, from outside of row one, set the fast pace the first two go-rounds, with Zach Richardson then taking over at the point. Carley, though, wasn’t through.
Carley stayed strong in second, as Joey Jarvis, Dylan Adams, and company battled fast and furious behind him. When the race’s first caution waved on lap 19, it was Adams taking full advantage of the restart.
With a first and a second to his credit the last two times out, the sophomore speedster rocketed under Richardson to take control, but things weren’t over yet. Richardson, making full use of the low groove himself, led by a wheel with two to go, then holding Adams in his shadow to win his second feature of the season.
Robert Shaw stayed strong on the summer, nudging Kodi Sabins uptrack on the final corner to steal third. Carley, who along with Jarvis were the big losers in the late-race restart, completed the top five.
Desmond Skillings led all the way in the In City Sugar Shack Mini Stock main, holding brother Nick at bay to earn his second victory lap of the summer. Hometown hot shoe Hayden Grenier was strong in third, edging Green Mountain State powerhouse Matt Sonnhalter for the third-place hardware.
Starting Jeremy Blood on the front row usually spells trouble for the rest of the Six Shooter field, and Friday’s feature was no exception. With the handicap system putting Blood up front for the second week in a row, the defending track champ took full advantage of his good fortune, leading all the way for his fourth 2020 victory.
With no cautions, this one went quickly. Top points man Dustin Thibodeau was second on the night, and three-time winner Paul Colburn came home third.
Richie Johnson, of Middleboro, MA., swept both the Spectator one-on-one drag competition and the 15-lap Spectator race. Speedway Street Stock regular Kyle Buck, while no match for Johnson’s potent Camaro, stung the rest of the field for second, aboard a Honda Fit, no less.
Next Friday, August 21, it’s Fan Appreciation Night II at Claremont Motorsports Park where, for the second time this season, just a five-dollar bill will get you in for a full night of exciting oval track racing. For more information, please visit www.claremontmotorsportspark.com.
CLAREMONT MOTORSPORTS PARK AUGUST 14 TOP FIVES:
MODIFIED: Mike Willis, Mike Smith, Brian Robie, Stu McCormack, Walt Hammond.
LATE MODEL SPORTSMAN: Aaron Fellows, Ben Poland, Joe Brown, Ben Menard, Matt Winter.
MINI STOCK: Desmond Skillings, Nick Skillings, Hayden Grenier, Matt Sonnhalter, Matt Boucher.
PURE STOCK: Zach Richardson, Dylan Adams, Robert Shaw, Kodi Sabins, Jim Carley.
SIX SHOOTER: Jeremy Blood, Dustin Thibodeau, Paul Colburn, Todd Maguira, Ray Luce.