CLAREMONT, N.H. – Aaron Fellows stayed perfect on the season Friday, September 6, at Claremont Motorsports Park, while Street Stock ace Chris Riendeau stormed to his fourth win of the summer to close to within two championship points of division leader Dave Greenslit entering the season’s final show.
Eleven-year-old Clark Brooks earned his second Pure Stock victory lap in as many weeks Friday, and Eric Lanou won for the second time this season in the Six-Shooters.
Fellows, who’s won all 15 outings in the R.E. Hinkley Late Model Sportsman division this summer, also clinched the division title – his 12th track championship at the Thrasher Road speedplant – with Friday night’s victory. Like many of the 14 victories that preceded it, Friday’s triumph came with the trademark Fellows blend of both patience and raw power.
Mark Blair led lap one of the LMS main, then giving way to Ryan Bell, who would set fast time the next nine go-rounds. Jack McClay took charge on a restart, pacing the field for 11 laps before Fellows, diving low into turn one, rocketed to the point on lap 21 and never looked back.
Windsor’s Robert Hagar got up for second on lap 27 but would advance no further, taking the checkers a dozen lengths behind Fellows. Ben Poland, in the mix all night, earned the third-place hardware after having earlier topped his heat race.
Raven Streeter was the man to beat early in the Casella Street Stock feature, before giving way to Chris Riendeau on lap five. While Riendeau would make easy work of scoring his fourth win of the summer, one of the event’s major happenings occurred when Dave Greenslit dropped a driveshaft on lap 23, coasting into the infield to finish 12th in the event.
Greenslit’s misfortune, coupled with Riendeau’s strong outing, left the pair only two points apart heading into next week’s season finale. Alstead’s Kenny Thompson was second in Friday’s 30-lapper, with hometown hot shoe Briana Akusis solid all night to come home third.
Rich Streeter led the first four go-rounds of the Pure Stock feature, then giving way to rookie powerhouse Dylan Adams, who opened up an enormous lead, only to see it evaporate on a lap-17 caution. The yellow brought 11-year-old Clark Brooks to Adams’ side, and the Raymond, N.H. youngster wasted no time in taking charge on the ensuing restart.
With Brooks sailing to his second win in as many weeks, Adams earned his fifth podium finish in six outings, followed under the checkers by his father, fellow rookie Bruce Adams, whose third-place run moved him to within two points of division leader Kyle Templeton, who came home fourth on the night.
Second-generation pilot Eric Lanou won his second Six-Shooter feature of the season, outgunning Paul Colburn in a spirited competition over much of the 15-lapper. Colburn’s runner-up finish placed him one spot ahead of 11-time 2019 winner Jeremy Blood, whose podium finish clinched the divisional championship for him. Claremont Motorsports Park will conclude its 2019 racing season next Friday, September 13, when it hosts its annual Championship Night event, featuring four divisions of racing plus three Enduro classes, including the speedway’s popular Red Neck Enduro series.
The season finale could be a wild one, as the Friday the 13th event will go off under a full moon. For more information, please visit www.claremontmotorsportspark.com.
SEPTEMBER 6 FEATURE RESULTS: LATE MODEL SPORTSMAN: Aaron Fellows, Robert Hagar, Ben Poland, Jack McClay, Ryan Bell, Tyler Lescord, Josh Currier, Mark Blair, Eric Martell, Kenny Fowler, Dennis Bell. STREET STOCK: Chris Riendeau, Kenny Thompson, Briana Akusis, Raven Streeter, Cody Schoolcraft, Robbie Streeter, Tim Akusis, Tyson Hayes, Chris Emerson, Nick Little, Kirby Goodrich, Dave Greenslit, Kyle Buck, Brad Zahesnky. PURE STOCK: Clark Brooks, Dylan Adams, Bruce Adams, Kyle Templeton, Seth Melcher, Rich Streeter, Tom Engelhart, Sammy Silva, Jim Carley, Camdyn Curtis, Bruce Cantara Jr., Chris Carver, Amber Brehio. SIX-SHOOTER: Eric Lanou, Paul Colburn, Jeremy Blood, Eric Prescott, Earl Moul, Amy Jaycox.