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WELCH TOPS MODS, GREENSLIT, SABINS STAY HOT JUNE 26 AT CLAREMONT

By Gary Dutton

            CLAREMONT, N.H.- Kyle Welch stormed past some stout competition Friday to win the Maurice Trailer Country Modified main event at Claremont Motorsports Park. It was the open-wheel series’ first event of the summer at the Thrasher Road speedplant.

            Street Stock ace Dave Greenslit and Pure Stock king Kodi Sabins each earned another victory lap at the June 26 event, while Dustin Thibodeau scored his first career victory in the night’s 20-lap Six Shooter feature.

            Week four in the pandemic-shortened season was, as the first three, a good one, as promoter Mike Parks guided the five-division, 70-plus-car event into the books in two and one-half hours.

            Defending speedway Sportsman Modified champ Brian Robie and potent Grantham wheelsman Mike Willis won the open-wheel heats, with the dynamic duo then leading the ground-pounders to battle in the night’s 35-lap main event.

            Willis blasted to the lead at the drop of the green, with Welch hooking onto his bumper to claim second. Three laps later, it was Robie holding the deuce and immediately going to work in the low groove below Willis.

            The first of three caution flags waved on lap ten, when Robie looped in turn four while bidding for the lead. The restart brought Welch to Willis’s side where, three laps later, he rocketed into the lead from the outside line, then holding Willis in his shadow to score the victory 22 laps later.

            Robie marched back through the field to begin his title defense with a strong third-place showing. Bay Stater Ben Byrne, solid all night, finished fourth, and Walt Hammond came home fifth.

            Dave Greenslit made easy work of winning his third R.E. Hinkley Oil Company Street Stock feature of the summer. The hometown hot shoe outran first Briana Akusis and then Joe Tetreault most the way, as Ascutney powerhouse Chris Riendeau put on a show of his town not far behind.

            Wheeling the Robbie Streeter ride, Riendeau claimed third on lap 15, then rode the low line to take second from the speedy Tetreault with three circuits to go. Randy Town got up for fourth, with Akusis completing her strong night’s work in fifth.

            Bruce Adams led the first 16 laps of the LaValley Building Supply Pure Stock feature, with Kodi Sabins then taking over on a restart and quickly leaving the field far behind as he blasted to his third win of the young season.

            Dylan Adams, on a rail all night, earned the runner-up hardware behind Sabins, with Green Mountain racer Robert Shaw third, Bruce Adams fourth, and rookie whiz Zach Richardson fifth on the night.

            Rookie Dustin Thibodeau led all the way to earn his first career win far ahead of defending Six Shooter champion Jeremy Blood. Ryan Carmen claimed the three-spot, Todd Maguira was fourth, and Ricky Melcher came home fifth.

            Bay State pilot Luke LeBrun outran a strong 20-car field in the night’s 25-lap NELCAR Legends feature. Jake Johnson was second, with Shaun Buffington third under the flags. The victory was LeBrun’s second of the series’ 2020 season.

Next Friday, July 3, Claremont Motorsports Park will host one of the area’s only aerial fireworks displays, with big time action on the track too, as the Granite State Pro Stock Series comes back to town to battle for 100 exciting green-flag laps. Time trials for this special holiday weekend event will begin at 7:15 p.m.

JUNE 26 TOP TENS:

SPORTSMAN MODIFIED: Kyle Welch, Mike Willis, Brian Robie, Ben Byrne, Walt Hammond, Russ Hersey, Kimmy Rivet, Stu McCormick, Cameron Houle, Cory Plummer.

STREET STOCK: Dave Greenslit, Chris Riendeau, Joe Tetreault, Randy Town, Briana Akusis, Kyle Buck, Cody Schoolcraft, Chris Emerson, Kenny Thompson, Raven Streeter.

PURE STOCK: Kodi Sabins, Dylan Adams, Robert Shaw, Bruce Adams, Zach Richardson, Alexis Aiken, Clark Brooks, Sean Lantas, Doug Nelson, Jim Carley.

SIX SHOOTER: Dustin Thibodeau, Jeremy Blood, Ryan Carmen, Todd Maguira, Ricky Melcher, Ray Luce, Chooch Snide, Keith Martin, Dakota Lanou, Stephanie Welcome.

Photo Credits Miss Ems Photos

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.