Photos by Miss Em's Photography Adventures
By Gary Dutton
CLAREMONT, N.H. – Street Stock ace Dave Greenslit won the Mike Richardson Memorial Race Friday, June 4, night at Claremont Motorsports Park.
Ricky Bly and Ben Poland split a pair of Late Model Sportsman caution-free 25-lappers, and rookie Pure Stock sensation Dylan Zullo soared to his second win in a row, to go along with three runner-up outings in the deep and talented division.
Mini Stock blaster Haydon Grenier used a late-race pass to earn his fourth victory lap of the summer, Dustin Thibodeau put his week-ago problems behind him Friday to score his track-high fifth 2021 win, and Drake Nelson dodged 30 other crazies to top the show-closing Red Neck Enduro.
Jeremy Zullo led early in the R.E. Hinkley Fuels Street Stock feature, giving way to Jack McClay on a lap-seven restart. McClay, a former track champ, set a face pace over the next 17 laps, but Dave Greenslit, coming from row four, was relentless.
Greenslit took the low groove through the west end, taking control on lap 24 and then roaring to his second win of the summer. Cody Schoolcraft used a last-turn rub to snatch second from McClay in the annual Mike Richardson tribute race.
Sunapee pilot Ricky Bly started up front in the first Route 103 Auto LMS 25-lapper, edging past Tyler Lescord to lead lap one and then driving away to hold off Ben Poland for the win. Ryan Bell finished a distant third.
In the night’s second LMS go-round, it was Poland starting up front and, like Bly earlier, leading every lap. Bly got up for second on lap five and closed a huge gap between himself and Poland but, in this one, had to settle for second. Haydon Scott came home third.
Upstart LaValley Building Supply Pure Stock hot shoe Miles McClay took control of his 25-lap feature on lap three and quickly set his sights on victory lane. Fellow rookie Dylan Zullo, though, had other plans.
With CMP promoter Mike Parks starting all 29 entrants in Friday’s feature, Zullo – from row seven – had his work cut out for him. Inching past McClay on lap 17, the hometown flyer then checked out, adding to his Pure Stock points lead by winning his second in a row. The McClay brothers, Miles and Nolan, were impressive in second and third.
Nick Skillings and Kodi Sabins were at the front of the In City Sugar Shack Mini Stock main event when they danced too closely on a lap-21 restart. Haydon Grenier then took charge and dashed off to his fourth win of the season, taking the checkers ahead of potent Ray King and first-time trophy finisher Braydon Morrie.
Dustin Thibodeau sat up front as the Avery Insurance Six Shooter feature went green, never a good sign for the rest of the field.
Roughed up by someone else’s error a week earlier, Thibodeau took no prisoners in Friday’s 20-lapper, finishing a country mile ahead of runner-up Robert Shaw. Ben Bushey flashed some late-race magic to claim the three spot.
In the nightcap Red Neck Enduro 50-lapper, Drake Nelson sliced through the wall-to-wall mayhem to earn the gold. Robert Shaw was strong in second, with Mr. Enduro himself, Leon Keniston, coming home third.
Claremont Motorsports Park will return to action next Friday, June 11, when the Late Model Sportsmen battle in triple-20 features atop a five-division card of racing. Post time is 7:30 p.m.
CLAREMONT MOTORSPORTS PARK JUNE 4 TOP TENS:
MIKE RICHARDSON MEMORIAL STREET STOCK: Dave Greenslit, Cody Schoolcraft, Jack McClay, Joe Tetreault, Brian Robie, Briana Akusis, Jeremy Zullo, Joe Arena, Travis Cass, Rawind Laquire.
LATE MODEL SPORTSMAN: (Make-up of May 28 rainout): Ricky Bly, Ben Poland, Ryan Bell, Hayden Scott, Alyssa Rivera, Tyler Lescord, Cam Curtis, Craig Smith, Scott Boisvert, Chris Emerson.
LATE MODEL SPORTSMAN (regular event): Ben Poland, Ricky Bly, Hayden Scott, Ryan Bell, Alyssa Rivera, Cam Curtis, Craig Smith, Matt Winter, Chris Emerson, Ben Lambert.
PURE STOCK: Dylan Zullo, Miles McClay, Nolan McClay, Travis Sykes, Brandon Picknell, Amy Jaycox, Raven Streeter, Zach Richardson, Nick Little, Carlos Grenier,
MINI STOCK: Haydon Grenier, Ray King, Brayden Morrie, Nick Skillings, Kodi Sabins, Chris Judd, Joe Olmstead, Richard Stockwell, Davis Thibodeau, Desmond Skillings.
SIX SHOOTER: Dustin Thibodeau, Robert Shaw, Ben Bushey, Bucky Thibodeau, John Thibodeau, Paul Colburn, Jeremy Blood, Marc Laroche Jr., Eric Lanou, Xander Stillwell.