MAURICE ENTERPRISES OPEN MODIFIED 100 FRIDAY AT CLAREMONT
CLAREMONT, N.H. – It is, without doubt, one of the biggest race’s of the year at Claremont Motorsports Park.
The Maurice Enterprises 100 comes to town this Friday, August 28, when the top Open Modified teams in the Northeast will converge on the storied third-mile speedplant, all gunning for the $10,000 winner’s purse up for grabs in this huge event.
Paying $1,100 just to qualify and take the green in Friday night’s big event, this one is drawing the best in the business. Among those already signed up for this one are a virtual who’s who of Modified racing. Matt Hirschman, John McKennedy, Ron Silk, Andy Jankowiak, Chuck Hossfeld, they’re all in, along with Les Hinckley, Kirk Alexander, hometrack star Brian Robie, and many more.
SONNHALTER WINS BELT RACE, FELLOWS NOW 25-0 AT CLAREMONT
Claremont Motorsports Park August 21 event story
By Gary Dutton
CLAREMONT, N.H. – It rained cats and dogs, just like Hurricane Katrina; it rained Friday at Claremont Motorsports Park. Later, the lights went out, and still later, the fog rolled in.
But when all was said and done, Aaron Fellows had won his 25th consecutive feature race at Claremont Motorsports Park. Not to be outdone, Dave Greenslit earned his sixth victory lap of the summer, both Zach Richardson and Jeremy Blood stayed red hot, and Matt Sonnhalter topped the Mini Stock 50-lapper, all Friday after the rain had stopped.
For thousands of years, Claremont motorheads have known that as long as Mt. Ascutney can still be seen rising beyond turn two, racing high on Thrasher Road will go on. Friday, with the pits nearly full, the mountain suddenly disappeared but, after a half-hour-plus super soaking, there it was again.
BYRNE, PATNODE SPLIT MODIFIED TWINS SATURDAY AT MONADNOCK
By Gary Dutton (Track Staff Writer)
WINCHESTER, N.H. – There was no dominant driver in Saturday’s Modified twinbill on the high banks of Monadnock Speedway.
Ben Byrne (Deerfield, Ma) and Todd Patnode (Swanzey, NH) each won a 35-lap NHSTRA feature but, like everyone else in the 22-car field, took a beating in one or the other go-rounds.
Tough nights? They were abundant, Trevor Bleau was bounced around to 16th and 14th place finishes, and Matt Kimball, although second in the nightcap, left the track knowing he could have won both races.
Street Stock ace Tommy O’Sullivan (Wilbraham, Ma) earned his first victory lap of the summer August 22, while Aaron Fellows won his track-high ninth 2020 main event. Timmy Leblanc (Hinsdale, NH) scored his second victory, and Chris Davis (Winchester, NH), who’d blown up three engines the previous four weeks, also won for the second time.
BYRNE TOPS HOMETRACK MODS SATURDAY, AUG. 15, AT MONADNOCK
WINCHESTER, N.H. – Ben Byrne won the one he absolutely needed to, and led for 58 laps in the other one Saturday, August 15, at Monadnock Speedway.
The Deerfield, Mass. star won his fourth NHSTRA Modified feature in week nine of the 2020 racing season at the high-banked oval, staying barely alive in the Mod Squad’s championship points standings, and then led the first 58 go-rounds of the Tri-Track Open Modified Series big dance before giving way to Les Hinkley.
Byrne was one of a half dozen Monadnock weekly racing series gunners competing in both Modified events.