Chase Locke, Randy Cabral Best in NEMA at LEE USA’s First Responder Freedom 300 Night
The Northeastern Midget Association rolled into the Wrenn family’s LEE USA Speedway this past Friday evening for the Freedom 300/First Responder’s September 11th tribute. Great car counts across all divisions showcased some of the best drivers in New England at the New Hampshire oval. In the NEMA Lites, after so many “so close” scenarios for the youngster Chase Locke, he finally took down his first ever NEMA Lites victory, and in convincing style. In the NEMA feature, Randy Cabral inherited the lead after teammate Todd Bertrand suffered a heart breaking flat tire with seven laps to go, as the eight time champion took down his first back to back victory in many years.
In the Lites feature, NJ’s Richie Coy blasted out into the lead from the pole position on lap one. Coy was quickly hounded by the young Chase Locke in the Chester General Store/Locke Crane Services #88. Locke followed Coy closely, and made a bid for the lead on lap nine. Once in command, Locke began to set a torrid pace, with his fastest lap of the feature coming on lap nine, a 14.182 second lap. Lap after lap, Locke began to distance himself from the field, clicking off consistent 14.3 second laps. Behind him, veterans Jim Santa Maria and PJ Stergios were engaged in a battle for the second spot, with Stergios taking over the spot on lap twenty.
WINCHESTER, N.H. – Todd Patnode (Swanzey, NH) made a late-race pass to earn his third NHSTRA Modified feature of the year Saturday (September 12) at Monadnock Speedway.
The high-banked speedplant completed its 13th event of the season Saturday, and when all was said and done, one driver had taken her first victory lap of the year, Aaron Fellows (Croydon, NH) had stormed to his track-high eleventh feature win, and the sizzling Curtis twins, Jaret and Chase, were again tied atop the Street Stock title race.
The Six Shooter division made its maiden Monadnock run Saturday, with southern-staters Brandon Mailhot (Epping, NH) and Adam Knowles first and second under the flags, and Granite State Mini Cup ace Skeeter Beerce was dominant in both his heat and feature races.
LOUDON, N.H. – A wild finish featuring a mind-blowing 20 lead changes in the last 20 laps, Bobby Santos III found a way to keep points leader Justin Bonsignore in his rearview mirror for the last few turns to earn a hard-fought checkered flag at the Musket 200 presented by Whelen Saturday afternoon during the third annual Full Throttle Fall Weekend, earning his sixth win at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Wayne Helliwell Jr. won the ACT 75 while Shaun Buffington won both Granite State Legends Cars events.
Santos hung back in the pack until lap 167 when he slingshot around a trio of frontrunners going into turn three and pulled a similar move a few turns later to take the lead, setting up a thrilling string of lead changes with Bonsignore. The two traded the lead 20 times over 20 laps; Bonsignore dominating turn three and Santos showing how to pass going into turn one. Over and over they traded places, with Ron Silk briefly nudging his way into second, with four laps remaining. Bonsignore took the spot back, but not before Santos took advantage and drove just far enough away from the other leaders to keep from being caught before the checkered flag waved.
BELL BIG WINNER, FELLOWS STREAK ENDS, GREENSLIT CLINCHES SEPTEMBER 11 AT CLAREMONT MOTORSPORTS PARK
By Gary Dutton
CLAREMONT, N.H. – Ryan Bell topped Friday, September 11, night’s 50-lap main event at Claremont Motorsports Park, as Aaron Fellows’ 26-race winning streak steamed to an end and Dave Greenslit locked up his second track crown in a row.
While Fellows quest for back-to-back perfect seasons stopped Friday, the speedway’s winningest driver wasn’t beaten on the track, falling rather to a crash-caused overheating problem while leading midway through the LMS feature.
Other winners Friday included Hayden Grenier, scoring his first victory of the summer in the Mini Stocks, Pure Stock superstar Kodi Sabins, and top Six Shooter points man Dustin Thibodeau.
Griffith Dominates 10K to win GSPSS Newport Chevrolet 150
The Granite State Pro Stock Series held its biggest event ever on Sunday and Derek Griffith dominated the day.
It was a picture perfect day for racing in southern New Hampshire as the gates swung open for an incredible day of racing at Claremont Motorsports Park. The highlight of the day would be the presentation of the $10,000 check to the races winner but qualifying and 150 laps of intense racing had to take place first.
As the Crazy Horse Racing fast time challenge played out, two things became apparent. First; Derek Griffith was going to be a force to be reckoned with and second; point leader Ray Christian III was in trouble.
Jimmy Renfrew Jr $1500,00 Richer after Granite State Nationals Victory
By Gary Dutton
CLAREMONT, N.H. – Derek Griffith put together the perfect night Sunday at Claremont Motorsports Park..
The 23-year-old Pro Stock star won his heat, then drew the pole starting position for Sunday’s Newport Chevrolet 150 Granite State Pro Stock Series main event at the storied third-mile. The top starting spot in hand, he then led all 150 laps to pocket the $10,000 winner’s purse, the biggest prize ever in series history.
But, while both Griffith and Street Stock Richard Tetreault Memorial 73 winner Jimmy Renfrew each led all the way, it was Red Neck Enduro daredevil Jimmy Zullo’s victory-from-the-jaws-of-defeat move that got the loudest applause. Snaking through the some-kind-of-crazy traffic with two laps to go, Zullo darted past Kyle Buck to top the 63-car, 50-lap nightcap event.
Williams, Donahue Take Caron Fabrication Twin 100s at White Mountain
N. Woodstock, NH — Ellington, CT’s Ronnie Williams and Graniteville, VT’s Stephen Donahue were both standing tall after 100 laps of action at N. Woodstock, NH’s White Mountain Motorsports Park on Saturday, September 5. Williams won the Honor to Essential Workers 100 for the Modified Racing Series (MRS) while Donahue captured the Leaf Peepers 100 for the Foley Oil & Propane Late Models on Caron Fabrication Night.
Williams earned his first career MRS victory in the first series visit to White Mountain since 2005. Despite a lower car count than what series officials were expecting, the action was hot and heavy for the ground-pounders. West Swanzey, NH’s Kirk Alexander, the winner of the last MRS event at the track, grabbed the early lead off the outside pole. Alexander easily paced the field for the first half of the event while Williams and Bellingham, MA’s Woody Pitkat worked their way through the field.
Therrien Asserts Control Late for Labor Day Classic Victor
Barre, VT — Hinesburg’s Bobby Therrien saved his best for last to win the Optical Expressions Berlin Labor Day Classic 200 on Sunday, September 6 at Barre’s Thunder Road. Therrien got the top spot for good from Barre’s Jason Corliss on a lap-140 restart and stormed into the sunset for his fourth career win both at Thunder Road and on the American-Canadian Tour (ACT).
Therrien started sixth for the 200-lap endurance test and put on a charge early. The 2018 “King of the Road” moved around Matt White into the runner-up spot on lap 22 and went to work reeling in polesitter Stephen Donahue. Therrien went around the outside of Donahue for the lead on the 42nd circuit. However, after the second caution on lap 45 for Ryan Kuhn broken suspension, it was Donahue who got the jump to regain the point.
Silk Gets Late Break for Win in Thompson 150 Barnburner
Thompson, CT — Norwalk, CT’s Ron Silk had both the fast car and good fortune he needed to triumph over a stout NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour field in a wild and wooly Thompson 150 at Connecticut’s Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park on Thursday, September 3.
Silk was handed the lead under caution on lap 149 when NASCAR Cup Series invader Ryan Preece ran out of fuel. The veteran Silk then held off point leader Justin Bonsignore on a green-white-checkered overtime finish to capture his 14th career Whelen Modified Tour victory and put an end to Bonsignore’s grip on the historic speedway.
ACT Stars Aim to Outmuscle Thunder Road Locals at Labor Day Classic
Waterbury, VT — The American-Canadian Tour (ACT) continues its torrid late-summer stretch this Sunday, September 6 at Barre, VT’s Thunder Road. The 42nd Optical Expressions Berlin Labor Day Classic begins the final stretch of the quest to crown the 29th ACT Late Model Tour Champion.
Sunday’s event is the 75th time the ACT Tour will hold a point-counting event at Thunder Road. This makes it the most frequently-visited track for the series by far. As such, it always plays a pivotal role in deciding the championship. The Labor Day Classic is part of the schedule for the 14th time and presents a unique challenge for top runners such as Jimmy Hebert, D.J. Shaw, Ryan Kuhn, Bryan Kruczek, and Dylan Payea.