|History revisited and Demers goes two in a row at Claremont Speedway
Bucky Demers made it two wins in a row in the late models while John Lavoie continued his mastery of the super streets on a beautiful night to be at the race track. The weather couldn’t have been more perfect and the racing equally as good as Hayden Scott Dominated the Wildcat main event and Gary Colburn returned to victory Lane in the limited Sportsmen at Claremont Speedway.
The first Feature event run was for the Claremont Speedway Limited Sportsmen and it was a barn burner. “The Polish Prince” Tyler Janovski jumped out to the early lead and paced the field as points leader Gary Colburn and last weeks winner “King” Kenny Thompson gave chase. At the midpoint of the event Colburn made an aggressive move to the bottom of the race track and took over the top spot. A few laps later Janovski got loose and Thompson was in position to pounce, moving himself to second. This is how they would finish but not without several laps of very exciting action. Chris Emerson would finish fourth and in his first trip to the speedway Andrew Merritt would round out the top five. Kenny Thompson, who has been on a roll for the last two weekends, was the heat race winner.
The next division to take to the track was the Sanel Auto Parts Wildcats and from lap one they put the wild in wildcat. On the first of twenty five laps the cars went into turn one four wide with cars all over the race track and even into the grass of the infield. Everyone would emerge unscathed but a caution for an incident involving two cars on the back stretch would slow the field and allow them to try it all over again. Attempt number two would be more of the same but this time the field completed the lap and the race was on. Hayden Scott would waste no time getting to the front and running away to a commanding lead. Several cautions would allow the field to close up on Scott but to no avail as he would not be denied on this night. The battle for second was waged for most of the event as Josh Rondeau tried everything he could to get around Craig Smith who was driving a car he purchased from Rondeau last season. Late in the event points leader Alexis Aiken joined that fight and she and Rondeau pushed and shoved there way to the finish. In the end Smith wound up second with Rondeau holding on to third, Aiken fourth and Kodi Sabins completed the top five. Sabins and Scott were the heat race winners.
The R.E Hinkley super streets rolled onto the speedway with contenders scattered throughout the starting line up. Rookie competitor Bryan Laquire led the field to green but it was point leader John Lavoie, starting on the inside of row three, that that was able to work traffic the best. On a midrace restart Lavoie was able to work the outside lane to perfection and take over the lead. Craig Smith continued to be the most consistent driver in the division with his second place finish and Ben Poland rounded out the top three as his team gets closer to figuring out their new car. Jack McClay and Joe Tetreault would finish fourth and fifth respectively while Dylan Bodreau and Tyler Lescord would take the heat race wins.
The North American late model division completed the night and it was Bucky Demers crossing under the checkers first, to make it two wins in a row. Early in the forty lap main event it was Luke Hinkley that looked to have the car to beat. A lap twelve restart would be his undoing as Demers would drive around the outside and run untouched to the win. Hinkley would wind up second while Tyler Alati, in his first race of the season, would finish third in a team car to Demers. Jeremy Zullo continues to run strong as he finished fourth and Art Heino finished fifth in the feature as well as winning the heat race.
Also in action on Friday night were the Senior Tour Auto Racers or S.T.A.R. These are race cars or replicas of race cars that competed in New England over the last half century or more. As is tradition at Claremont Speedway, George Powers started them standing on the front stretch with the cars flying by him as they come up to speed. This is the way races were started in the early years of the sport and for the last seventeen years Powers has been doing it at Claremont Speedway, restoring an age old tradition to the track. The night didn’t start well for the STAR tour as a two car incident sent the nineteen car, a 1974 Pinto bodied racer driven by Charlie Wilcox, hard into the turn four wall. This heat race incident ended the night for Wilcox, who was not injured, as well as Rich Mosher in his 1937 Chevy coupe bodied car. The feature went off without a hitch and was won by James Allen in a 1978 mustang. Bobby Turner, a long time Claremont Speedway modified competitor finished second and Scott Poirier in his pinto bodied car finished third. In the sportsman division Robert Harless in a 1937 Ford Sedan took the win while Charlie Lima in a 36 Chevy Coupe finished second and Joe Keefner in 1975 AMC Gremlin wound up third.
Claremont Speedway will be back in action Friday night June fifth with an on track meet and greet at intermission. Fans will be able to meet the stars that put on the show at the track every week and check out their cars on the race track. The one hundred lap late model race that was scheduled for this Friday night has been postponed until later in the season, date to be determined. Also on Saturday night June sixth the first mud bog and sand drag event of the season will be held. Racing starts at eleven am with classes for street legal vehicles all the way up to the high flying open class screamers. Claremont Speedway is located on Thrasher Rd in Claremont NH. Racing is every Friday night starting promptly at 7:30. For more information go to www.claremontspeedway.net Or check us out on facebook at www.facebook.com/claremontspeedway.