Category Archives: Claremont Motorsports Park

Claremont Motorsports Park and The Racing Guys to hold $10,000 to win Open Comp. Event!

Claremont Motorsports Park, Maurice Enterprises, The Racing Guys and The Long Island Mod Maniac, along with numerous sponsors are proud to present the Racers Honoring Racers 100. This race will be an open competition style event for pavement Modifieds on August 28th, 2020.

This race was originally scheduled to be run at the Waterford Speedbowl but due to unforeseen circumstances, the races organizers as well as its loyal sponsors have decided to move it to Claremont Motorsports Park and honor some of the tracks local heroes.

This race will be run in honor of a number of the legendary modified drivers that made their names at Claremont Motorsports Park. Some of the invitees will be Dwight Jarvis, Peter Daniels, Punky Caron and Donnie Miller among others.  “We really want to honor the modified drivers that made their names at Claremont Motorsorts Park”, said race co-promoter Dick Williams. “With all that is going on in the world and the state of CT, it just wasn’t going to happen at Waterford so we got together with Mike (Parks) and here we are. We can’t wait to get some of the greats that put this speedway on the map together and pay homage to them.” Details of the events that will honor the living legends of the Claremont Modifieds will be announced in the coming weeks along with a schedule of events for race day.

Williams, Parks, Maurice Hurd Jim Schaefer and Wayne Coates have put together a huge purse for this event, totaling in excess of $45,000. The winner’s portion will be $10,000 with a goal of a minimum check for $1100 to take the green flag.

“We are still seeking sponsorship for this event”, said race supporter and Claremont native Maurice Hurd. “Things are coming together nicely but the more we get, the more we can give back to the teams. Hopefully with this announcement there will be a local buzz and we can get some local businesses involved.”

With this event moving to the Thrasher Road speed plant the excitement continues to grow around the track and first year promoter Mike Parks. “Despite all of the craziness in the world today our season has started off pretty well. We had two very successful pay-per-view events and are just now welcoming back our fans”, stated Parks during a recent break in his very busy schedule. “This event is just the Icing on the cake for an amazing 2020 season.” Parks went on to say, “I can’t thank Dick (Williams) and his group enough for helping to bring this event to Claremont Motorsports Park. All of those guys, Dick, Jim (Schaefer), Wayne (Coates) and Maurice (Hurd) have been huge in making this happen and I can’t thank them enough”.

This event will be a 100 green flag laps with heat races and consis to qualify the starting field. In addition to the Tour Type Modifieds the NHSTRA Sportsman Modifieds will be in action along with the Late Model Sportsmen, Street Stocks, Six Shooters and Pure Stocks.

A full schedule of events for the nights racing will be released soon along with pit gate fees and grand stand ticket pricing. All state guidelines still in place will be followed for the safety of fans, competitors and staff alike.

For more information and updates on this event and its schedule or any of the happenings at the track, go to www.claremontmotorsportspark.com or follow them on facebook.

Claremont Motorsports Park Welcomes Back Fans

Friday night June 19, Claremont Motorsports Park will swing open the gates and welcome in fans for the first time in 2020.

    After a pair of highly successful pay per view events with empty grandstands, the third mile oval on Thrasher Rd. will race in front of a live crowd. Grandstands will open at 5:30 with heat races starting at 7:30 to be promptly followed by feature events for all six divisions in action.

   “While it has been great to be racing it just isn’t the same without our loyal fans”, stated track promoter Mike Parks. “This track has always had a loyal following and it will be awesome to have them back cheering on their favorite drivers”. He went on to say “We value the safety of everybody involved and will be doing everything possible to practice good social distancing.” He then added,  “We love our fans, drivers and teams and want to make sure everyone stays healthy”.

   Grand stand admission will be $10 for adults, $5 for kids 6 to 12 and kids under 6 will be free. The concession stand as well as the beer garden will be open as well with plenty of food and beverage.

   Headlining this event will be the N.H.S.T.R.A. Late Model Sportsman division. This will be their first time on the track in 2020 and the racing is expected to hot and heavy. Many of the drivers expected to compete have logged practice laps but this will be their first laps run in anger.

   Also on the card will be the Exit Realty New England Truck Series who will contest The You-tube Guy 55. A number of the top competitors on the tour have filed early entries and a solid field of trucks is expected.

   The RE Hinkley Oil Company Street Stocks will race in front of fans for the first time in 2020. They have contested two absolute barn burners won by 2019 champ, David Greenslit and young gun Jimmy Renfrew Jr. The “streeters” have become one of New Englands most exciting and popular divisions over the last few years and will without a doubt, prove it again Friday night.

   Both the Six Shooters and the Lavalley Building Supply Pure Stocks have two races under their belts in 2020 and the racing has been spectacular. Both will be racing for points for the first time this season as the championship hunt kicks off for all competing divisions.

   For this event fans will be asked to follow the social distancing guide lines set forth by the state of New Hampshire. While in line for tickets or concessions, race fans will be asked to stay six feet apart. While seated it is asked that spectators maintain groups of ten or less and spread apart from other groups. Masks are recommended and fans will be asked to follow all social distancing practices possible.

   For more information check out www.claremontmotorsportspark.com as well as facebook. 

BIG CAR COUNT, EMPTY STANDS, AS RACING RETURNS TO CLAREMONT

By Gary Dutton

            CLAREMONT, N.H. – Racing is alive and well again in the Twin State Valley. Claremont Motorsports Park hosted its first event of the summer Friday, June 5, with more than 90 teams on hand to strut their stuff at the storied third-mile speedplant.

            The pandemic-rules event played to an empty house – it was, however, televised – but otherwise went off perfectly, with a full field of Granite State Pro Stock Series teams providing the night’s main attraction with their series’ season-opening Let’s Go Racing 100-lapper.

            Nutmeg State bomber Ray Christian III took charge late to win the GSPSS main event, duplicating his Claremont victory of last autumn, with hometrack stars Dave Greenslit, Kodi Sabins, and Eric Lanou also earning inaugural night victory laps.

            Greenslit, on a rail all night, started up front in the R.E. Hinkley Street Stock 30-lapper and never looked back. Using his earlier heat race victory to earn a front-row starting slot, he held the 22-car field in his mirror from green to checkers.

            Chris Buffone held the deuce spot until coasting to a stop mid-race, with Max Dolliver then taking up the chase. Dolliver was fast but, on this night, no match for Greenslit, who started the new season where he’d left off last autumn. Chase Curtis, steady all night, came home third, with former speedway open-wheel champ Brian Robie fourth, and Chris Curtis fifth.

            Sabins, like Greenslit, swept both his opening night heat and feature events, topping the LaValley Building Supply Pure Stock 25-lapper with ease, blasting off at the drop of the green and then easily social distancing himself from the rest of the 28-car field to win in a romp.

            Robert Shaw kept Sabins in sight, settling for a strong runner-up finish, edging Chris Conroy for the deuce spot after a spirited battle. Super soph Dylan Adams was fourth on the night, and Randy Phillips came home fifth.

            Dustin Thibodeau led the first 13 go-rounds of the Six Shooter feature, with Eric Lanou getting serious about the whole thing at mid-race, then diving low through turn four to take command as lap14 went in the books. Once in front, the second-generation racer never looked back, taking the checkers a dozen lengths ahead of Thibodeau.

            Paul Colburn, like Thibodeau an earlier heat race winner, finished his strong night’s work in third. Defending division champ Jeremy Blood was fourth on the night, and Adam Knowles came home third.

            Joey Doiron led the Pro Stock field to the green, with first Casey Call and then Angelo Belsito riding in his shadow until Belsito used the outside lane to rocket into the lead on lap 36. This one, though, was far from over.
            While Belsito would lead for more than 50 laps, he’d do it with both D.J. Shaw and Ray Christian III draped all over him. Christian took charge late, bringing Shaw with him, to score the third GSPSS victory of his career, the last two at Claremont. Belsito finished at Shaw’s bumper to claim the third-place hardware.

STREET STOCKS: Dave Greenslit, Max Dolliver, Chase Curtis, Brian Robie, Chris Curtis, Jaret Curtis, Chris Riendeau, Steve Dickey, Bill Clement, Mike Hopkins.

PURE STOCKS: Kodi Sabins, Robert Shaw, Chris Conroy, Dylan Adams, Randy Phillips, Matt Winter, Bruce Cantara, Doug Nelson, Bruce Adams, Sammy Silva.

SIX SHOOTERS: Eric Lanou, Dustin Thibodeau, Paul Colburn, Jeremy Blood, Adam Knowles, Ben Bushey, Ryan Carmen, Todd Smith, Chad Snide, Dakota Lanou.

GSPSS: Ray Christian III, DJ Shaw, Angelo Belsito, Gabe Brown, Joey Polewarczyk Jr.
Photo Credit Miss Em’s Photos