CLAREMONT, N.H. – Sportsman Modified rookie whiz Kyle Welch crafted himself an early wedding present, Aaron Fellows made it 13 in a row, and Jeremy Blood hit double digits. It all happened Friday, August 23, at Claremont Motorsports Park.
Dave Greenslit prevailed in his latest tooth-and-nail battle with Chris Riendeau, as the dynamic duo continued their nearly deadlocked dash to the 2019 Street Stock championship. In the Pure Stocks, rookie strongman Bruce Adams romped to his second feature win of the summer, closing to within ten markers of the top of the four-holer points parade.
In the Pepsi Sportsman Modified feature, Dana Smith jumped all over the opening lead, gunning to take full advantage of points leader Brian Robie’s absence. Rookie open-wheel phenom Kyle Welch, who’ll be absent next Friday as he puts racing aside long enough to get married, was quickly glued to Smith’s bumper. And the battle was on.
Nose-to-tail, wheel-to-wheel, Smith and Welch sailed at breakneck speed for 20 laps, Welch then low-lining turn two and giving his worthy foe a more-than-gentle nudge to bull into the lead and charge off to the third win of his abbreviated rookie campaign. Smith, second on the night, used the runner-up finish to close in on Robie, with fellow Sunapee speedster Mike Smith finishing his strong night’s work in third.
Ben Poland led the first 14 laps of the R.E. Hinkley Late Model Sportsman main event, running a perfect line to hold Superman Aaron Fellows in his shadow. Fellows, though, as he’d done in the previous dozen weeks, then put on his not-this-week-Ben move to take charge and dash off to his 13th win in as many races.
Poland, potent all night, again claimed the runner-up hardware. Jack McClay was third with the awaiting checkers in sight when getting his bell rung in a turn-four jingle. Tyler Lescord, completely uninvolved in McClay’s demise, moved up to claim the three-spot.
Dave Greenslit powered past Cody Schoolcraft to take command on lap two of the Casella Street Stock feature, with first Robbie Streeter and then Joe Tetreault riding in his shadow. Chris Riendeau, firing from row five, reeled the leader in on lap 13 but could advance no further.
With the pair running glued together for 17 circuits, Greenslit earned his third victory lap of the summer, with Riendeau and Tetreault joining him in trophy row.
Bruce Adams and Clark Brooks – all 11 years and 58 pounds of him – battled for the first nine laps of the Pure Stock feature, with Adams then taking charge and bringing his son, fellow rookie Dylan Adams, with him.
At the checkers, it was the elder Adams prevailing by a carlength to score his second win of the summer and, with it, move to within ten points of division-leading Kyle Templeton, who finished fifth on the night. Dylan Adams was the runner-up, with Raymond, N.H.’s pint-sized Brooks strong in third.
Earl Moul led the first three go-rounds of the Six-Shooter 15-lapper, then giving way to two-time winner Paul Colburn. When all was said and done, though, it was Jeremy Blood basking in victory lane after his tenth win of the season. Colburn was second, and Eric Lanou third.
With only three weeks remaining in the 2019 racing season at Claremont Motorsports Park, the third-mile oval will be buzzing with excitement next weekend, with two full events on tap.
On Friday, August 30, it’s Back To School Night, with all five CMP weekly divisions competing, round four of the 2019 Red Neck Enduro Series, and lots of specials for the kiddies. Two days later, on Sunday, September 1, the Granite State Pro Stock Series will headline a huge card of racing, including the Street Stock Battle For The Belt series, the Red Necks, and more.
AUGUST 23 FEATURE FINISHES: LATE MODEL SPORTSMAN: Aaron Fellows, Ben Poland, Tyler Lescord, Kenny Fowler, Jack McClay, Ryan Bell, Eric Martell, Mark Blair, Dennis Bell. STREET STOCK: Dave Greenslit, Chris Riendeau, Joe Tetreault, Kenny Thompson, Larry Riendeau, Cody Schoolcraft, Briana Akusis, Robbie Streeter, Raven Streeter, Hillary Renaud, Chip Laquire. PURE STOCK: Bruce Adams, Dylan Adams, Clark Brooks, Seth Melcher, Kyle Templeton, Jim Carley, Camdyn Curtis, Chris Carver, Bruce Cantara Jr., Rich Streeter, Sammy Silva, Chris Conroy. SPORTSMAN MODIFIED: Kyle Welch, Dana Smith, Mike Smith, Alyssa Rivera, Eric LeClair, Kenny Thompson. SIX-SHOOTER: Jeremy Blood, Paul Colburn, Eric Lanou, Amy Jaycox, Earl Moul.