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Hersey Scores Claremont Win

Claremont Speedway, Claremont NH 7.7.2017

Sometimes they say it’s better to be lucky than good. In Russ Hersey’s  case sometimes its good to be both. The Swanzey NH pilot started with an ill running race car early in the day and after the crew did their magic, Hersey turned it into a Valenti Modified Racing Series victory at the 1/3 mile speedway.

An electrical problem that plagued the team relegated Hersey to a last place starting position after missing his qualifying round. Even after repairs were made and Hersey was granted hot laps, more adjustments were needed and Hersey was on his way to his first VMRS win of 2017. Racing his way into third place by lap 36 Hersey trailed race leader young Dylan Rock of Enfield NH and younger Sammy Rameau of Westminster MA. Rock and Rameau waged war for the lead for thirty laps until Rameau dove hard into the third turn and tapped Rock’s rear bumper. That’s all it took for Rock to spin from the lead. Under yellow Rock had to restart in the rear and Rameau was put back for causing the altercation. Now Hersey became the new race leader and had nothing but clean air in front of him.

“I can’t thank the guys enough, it’s been a hell of a week, they put in a lot of hours and we really weren’t that good early. We chased a wiring issue that kept us out of the heat race and didn’t get much practice. Just to get the twelve laps in to get the tires on equal footing with everyone else I could tell the car was not to my liking. When we came in and made a few adjustments it really started to rock and roll and I tried to be easy on the gas and made big circles. It seemed like the easier I went the bigger lead I got. The car was great.” Hersey added, “I have a ton of laps here and some wins so it was like the home track advantage, plus everybody gave me plenty of room. I couldn’t be any happier for the.first time out of the box, so now I hope we can carry some momentum forward.”

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Jack McClay Doubles Up; Three First-Time Winners July 7 at Claremont Speedway

CLAREMONT, N.H.- Jackpot Jack McClay rocketed to victory Friday, July 7, at Claremont Speedway, becoming the first two-time winner this summer in the third-mile oval’s Super Street division. He was the night’s only repeat winner.

Russ Hersey, no stranger to the speedway’s victory lane, scored his first career series win in the visiting Valenti Modified Racing Series 100-lap main event, while young guns Chris Colburn and Zach Lynn each earned his career-first victory lap at the Thrasher Road speedplant.

With a huge crowd on hand to take in both the nightcap fireworks display and the Modified 100-lapper, McClay – the speedway’s 2015 track champion – showed both spectators and his fellow competitors alike that he’d brought some fireworks of his own.

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Hersey Scores First Valenti Modified Racing Series Win at Claremont

Claremont, NH. – Long-time New Hampshire racer Russ Hersey, of Swanzey, accomplished what he set out to do 14-years ago – to win a Valenti Modified Racing Series race and it finally happened Friday night, July 7, at historic Claremont Speedway, Claremont, NH.

The win is also the first VMRS victory for car owner Warren Mordenti, who with his late father “Billy” has fielded modified race cars since the series inception in 2003.

Hersey started 15th in a 15-car field and didn’t make a run to the front in the early going. Pole sitter Mike Willis Jr. of Grantham, NH, led the first seven laps until Dylan Rock, of Enfield, NH, snuck by and led the field for the next 30-laps.

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Pitkat New England Short Track Showdown Champion

New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon, N.H.
A R Bodies, Valenti Modified Racing Series 50

The Valenti Modified Racing Series highlighted the weekend at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway and when the checkers waved Woody Pitkat of Sturbridge MA driving the Mayhew Tools sponsored #52 stood number one on the podium.

Pole sitter Steve Masse of Bellingham MA and Ted Christopher of Plainville CT charged off turn four at the drop of John Spence Jr’s’ green flag but by the end of lap one Pitkat raced by both to lead for the first of nine visits to the head of the pack.

“It was just a great day. It started out frustrating because of the tire stagger we wanted, but it turned out to be an awesome show. We put on a good show for the fans that were here. I want to thank Steve from Gunsmoke, he owns the car and if it wasn’t for him I wouldn’t be here. And this crew won me the race, we chased an electrical problem all day yesterday, it’s all them. All I had to do was hold the wheel. It’s always awesome to run with Ted (Christopher) because he’s always good up here, and its nice to see Steve (Masse) run up front because he does whatever he can do to get to the race track. It was good to see Steve up there contending for the win” Pitkat also added “There’s a lot of stuff going on in your head on what you can do and can’t do and racing with some of these people you don’t know what they’re going to do, so it was good to be up front in clean air.” Continue reading ‘Pitkat New England Short Track Showdown Champion’

Pitkat Wins Valenti Modified Racing Series Debut at Loudon

Pitkat Tops VMRS Field At New Hampshire Motor Speedway Debut

Loudon, NH. – 17-lead changes, and a hard fought battle right down to the finish, highlighted Saturday afternoon’s 50-lap race for open-wheel Modifieds when the Valenti Modified Racing Series made it’s first ever start at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon New Hampshire.

Woody Pitkat, of Sturbridge, Massachusetts, led the race 9-times before taking down his first VMRS win for 2017 and his fourth series victory. Pitkats’s last series win was October 15, 2016, at Thompson, Connecticut.

The race was part of The New England Short Track Showdown produced by race organizer Bob Guptill.

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Claremont Speedway Rained Out

The races for Friday,  June 16 have been canceled due to the weather. We are working with the Street Stock Showdown Series on a new date.

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Third Time is Not a Charm – Rained Out Yet Again

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6/15/2017 — For the third time in eight chances this season, Claremont Speedway has been forced to cancel its racing card due to the weather forecast. With over a 50 % chance of rain and temperatures only in the lower 60’s, speedway officials made the difficult decision early this afternoon. With the debut of the new Street Stock Showdown Series originally scheduled to take place tomorrow night and the fact many race teams were traveling from southern New England, officials felt it was in the best interest of all involved. Claremont Speedway officials are working with Bob Guptill, series promoter, on a new date with hopes to announce it in the very near future. The R.E. Hinkley Super Streets and T-Bird Mini Mart Wildcats were also scheduled to run their sixth race of the season.

Our summer schedule is just beginning to heat up as next week all four divisions of the Newport Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series take to the track. Fireworks and stars and cars of yesterday highlight our June 30th racing card. The Senior Tour Auto Racers make their annual visit to the speedway with the Supers, Limiteds, and Wildcats all racing before a huge fireworks display closes out the night.

In the month of July, we welcome back the Valenti Modified Racing Series for some open-wheeled awesomeness. After a week off, the T-Bird Mini Mart Wildcats will run their extra distance event of the season. The Cody Lafont Memorial Twin 25’s are set to take place on July 21. An increased purse has been created by the Lafont family and generous sponsors with a $ 500 take home prize to win the overall event. Each segment winner will pocket an additional $ 75 and drivers who take the green will receive $ 100. Currently, 21 drivers are eligible to compete as there is a prerequisite of having competed in one Wildcat event prior to the Lafont Twin 25’s.

Craig Smith, Two Others Win First of Year June 9 at Claremont Speedway

CLAREMONT, N.H. – Craig Smith, of Newport, won the Super Street feature Friday, June 9, at Claremont Speedway. He was one of three drivers scoring their first victory of the young season on Friday.

A week after he came up just short of winning his father, Dean’s, memorial race at the Thrasher Road speed plant, Smith made a late-race pass to became his division’s fifth different feature winner in as many weeks this season.

Wild Cat Kodi Sabins, the speedway’s reigning four-cylinder champion, earned his first victory lap of the summer; ditto for Limited Sportsman racer Joe Tetrault, while Modified ace Dana Smith outran Dwight Jarvis in a battle of open-wheel strongmen to post his second win of the season.

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Russ Davis Tops Super Streets at Claremont Speedway

CLAREMONT, NH – Radical Russ Davis roared to victory Friday, May 19, at Claremont Speedway, topping a 21-car field to win the night’s 40-lap Super Street main event.

Wild Cat Greg Millette became the third-mile oval’s first multiple-race winner this season, matching his opening night victory in the four-cylinder division. Kenny Thompson won the Limited Sportsman feature, his first win of the summer, and Nick Anderson was victorious in the visiting Northeast Mini Stock Tour 50-lapper.

In the first Spectator Race event of the summer, Enfield’s Robbie LaCroix’s undefeated streak came to an end when he looped his 1934 coupe in turn three as Kyle Buck sped away to win the finale.

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Dwight Jarvis, Mark MccClay Win at Claremont Speedway

CLAREMONT, NH – Modified superstar Dwight Jarvis did what he’s done often over the past 40-plus seasons Friday, May 12, at Claremont Speedway. The 62-years-young Ascutney phenom led from green to checkers to win his first outing of the season.

Other winners Friday at the Thrasher Road speedplant included Mark McClay, who outran a blockbuster 23-car Super Street field to notch his first win of the season, Tyler Janovsky, who led early and often to top the Limited Sportsmen, and Dale Squires Jr., who scored his career-first Wild Cat feature win.

In the Modified main event, Jarvis fired from the pole and never looked back as he added the night’s feature win to his earlier heat race victory.

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Scott Big Winner on Opening Night at Claremont Speedway

CLAREMONT, NH – Super Street super sophomore Hayden Scott scored the biggest win of his young career on Claremont Speedway’s 2017 opening night, Friday, April 28, and with it, a $1,000 payday, topping the third-mile speed plant’s 75-lap main event.

Scott, winless a summer ago in his rookie Super Stock campaign, started his second season with a bang, leading the final 46 laps of Friday night’s Richardson Memorial Race feature to lead veteran strongmen Ricky Bly and Jack McClay under the opening night checkers.

Other winners on the speedway’s 70th opening night included Sunapee speedster Dana Smith, who dominated the 30-lap Modified feature, Wild Cat ace Greg Millette, who wired his caution-free 25-lapper, and reigning Limited Sportsman champion Scott Vien, who, like both Smith and Millette, led all the way to top his division’s feature race.
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Jonathan McKennedy Awarded “Premier Touring Series Driver of the Year” at Northeast Motorsports Expo

Augusta, Maine – At this past weekend’s 29th Annual Northeast Motorsports Expo, open wheel Modified standout Jonathan McKennedy was awarded the “Premier Touring Series Driver of the Year”.

Sponsored by Mainely Motorsports Television, (MainelymotorsportsTV.com) and its popular Host Steve Perry, the honor is a tell-tale of top-Series driver results from the past season.

Host Steve Perry explained, “The Premier Touring Series Driver of the Year” is a comparison of best season to best season of all our top New England drivers from ACT, MRS, NASCAR, and PASS competition.

“During the 2016 season,” continued Perry, “this driver stood out above all the rest.

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First Annual New England Short Track Showdown at New Hampshire Motor Speedway Headlines 11-Race Schedule for Granite State Pro Stock Series in 2017

WALPOLE, N.H. — The Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS) announced an exciting 11-race schedule for the 2017 season on Saturday. The schedule includes events in four different states across a total of 10 different race tracks, giving plenty of variety for both drivers and fans.

Headlining the schedule will be the first annual New England Short Track Showdown at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in July.

The season will begin with a stop at Lee USA Speedway on Sunday, April 30, a three-eighths mile flat track in Lee, N.H. In 2016, championship runner-up D.J. Shaw scored the victory at Lee, holding off Derek Griffith and Bryan Kruzcek in the final stages to take the checkered flag.

The GSPSS will attempt the inaugural event at the quarter-mile Riverhead Raceway for a second time in 2017, this time on Saturday night May 20. In 2016, drivers practiced for the event but rain forced the cancellation and there was no reschedule date.

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NEMST Announces 4-Cylinder Nationals

Claremont Speedway to Host $1500 to Win 4-Cylinder Nationals

2017 North East Mini Stock Tour presented by Twisted Tea

12/5/16

The NEMST has continued its growth across the east coast while providing the biggest and best races for mini stock competitors nationwide. The latest addition to the 2017 schedule is the first annual standalone 4-Cylinder Nationals event. The 100 green flag lap event will be the longest race in NEMST history and put driver, team, and machine at the maximum test to outlive the race.

The 4-Cylinder Nationals will feature a guaranteed winners purse of $1500 and all cars that make the feature will receive a minimum of $150 to start. In addition to the huge purse of over $8000 in cash there will be heat race and consolation race bonuses and feature event lap leader money. Up to 6 10 lap heat races, 2 consolation races, and 1 NEMST high points provisional will set the 27 car starting field.

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Davis, Griffith & Shaw Thrill Claremont Fans in a Classic Twin State 100 Finish

CLAREMONT, NH — The Twin State 100 saw some new drivers on the roster adding to the variety seen in all of the GSPSS races started this year. George Bessette of Danbury, CT., Tommy O’Sullivan, of Wilbraham, MA., and local racer Jimmy Zullo of Claremont, NH all added their names to the list of already competitive list of drivers running.

Last year’s winner Derek Griffith and newcomer to Claremont, DJ Shaw set the pace early in the day, both attaining 13.9 lap times in practice. Mike O’Sullivan of Springfield, MA. and Bill Ahern of Billerica, MA. started on the front row. Guy Caron of Lempster, NH took an early lead, showing his knowledge of the track. Griffith, Shaw, and Davis quickly made their way through the pack to the top five in the early laps of the race. Caron led for twenty-five laps until the first caution flew for Glenn Martel as he spun in turn two.

On the restart, Shaw took advantage of his position near the front, and captured the lead which he would hold for a total of sixty-six laps of the race. On lap forty-seven, hometown racer Jimmy Zullo found himself in the pit for the first time in the feature after he hit the front stretch wall in practice. He continued to battle the car throughout the night. On lap fifty-five Cory Casagrande of Stafford Springs, CT and George Bessette of Danbury, CT made contact in turn four.
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Davis, Griffith & Shaw Thrill Claremont fans in a Classic Twin State 100 finish

The Twin State 100 saw some new drivers on the roster adding to the variety seen in all of the GSPSS races started this year. George Bessette of Danbury, CT., Tommy O’Sullivan, of Wilbraham, MA., and local racer Jimmy Zullo of Claremont, NH all added their names to the list of already competitive list of drivers running.

Last year’s winner Derek Griffith and newcomer to Claremont, DJ Shaw set the pace early in the day, both attaining 13.9 lap times in practice. Mike O’Sullivan of Springfield, MA. and Bill Ahern of Billerica, MA. started on the front row. Guy Caron of Lempster, NH took an early lead, showing his knowledge of the track. Griffith, Shaw, and Davis quickly made their way through the pack to the top five in the early laps of the race. Caron led for twenty-five laps until the first caution flew for Glenn Martel as he spun in turn two.

On the restart, Shaw took advantage of his position near the front, and captured the lead which he would hold for a total of sixty-six laps of the race. On lap forty-seven, hometown racer Jimmy Zullo found himself in the pit for the first time in the feature after he hit the front stretch wall in practice. He continued to battle the car throughout the night. On lap fifty-five Cory Casagrande of Stafford Springs, CT and George Bessette of Danbury, CT made contact in turn four.

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North East Street Stock Tour Invaders to Challenge Claremont Regulars

NO. STONINGTON, CT – Is there such a thing as home field advantage in stock car racing? Perhaps.

They may not be called Street Stocks, but Claremont Speedway’s Limited Sportsman Division bears a striking resemblance to the production cars raced in the North East Street Stock Tour (NESST). In fact, this Friday night at the quirky, New Hampshire oval, the two will race together in an NESST-sanctioned race.

NESST part-timer, Tyler Janovsky, finished 10th in the opener at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, a place where he has minimal experience. His home track is Claremont Speedway. He began racing there in 2012, prior to the track’s closure. He then became a regular at Monadnock Speedway in the Thunder Stocks were he was able to amass two race wins and Rookie of the Year honors.

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GSPSS Announces 2016 Race Schedule

The Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS) has announced an 11-race schedule for the 2016 season. The schedule includes stops at Riverhead Raceway and Wiscasset Speedway for the first time in series history, along with eight races in the state of New Hampshire and one in Connecticut.

The season will start on Friday, May 13, when the Pro Stocks travel to Claremont Speedway in Claremont, New Hampshire. In August of 2011, Chris Wilk scored the victory at Claremont, while, in April of 2015, eventual series champion Derek Griffith took down the checkered flag.

After a two week break for driver’s to get their rides ready, the 1/4 mile Monadnock Speedway will play host to the series on Saturday, May 28, closing out the month of May with a battle on the high-banked oval. Matt Frahm and Barry Gray took victories when the Pro Stocks visited in 2014.

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NEMST Releases 2016 Schedule

2016 NEMST Schedule
April 9 Lee USA Speedway Practice Lee, NH
April 10 Lee USA Speedway Lee, NH
May 1 TSMP Road Course Thompson, CT
May 15 Speedway 95 Hermon, ME
June 4 New London-Waterford Speedbowl Waterford, CT
June 18 Oxford Plains Speedway Homecoming Oxford, ME
July 3 TBA TBA
July 9 TSMP Oval Thompson, CT
July 29 Claremont Speedway Claremont, NH
August 6 Speedway 51 Groveton, NH
August 28 Oxford Plains Speedway 250 Oxford, ME
September 10 Speedway 51 Groveton, NH
October 14 TSMP Oval Heats Thompson, CT
October 15 TSMP Oval Feature Thompson, CT

This schedule is tentative. Additional dates WILL be added. Maximum number of dates will be twelve events.

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New Race Director & Pits Manager Named at Claremont Speedway for 2016

ANNOUNCEMENTS!

We are happy to welcome two new additions to our Claremont Speedway crew.

Rick Chambers will be joining Claremont Speedway as our Race Director for the 2016 Season. Rick spent a handful of years working on Jack Bateman’s Modified Racing Series. During his time on the series Rick worked as a Spotter, as the Head Tech, and also spent two years as Race Director on the Series. Rick also spends his free time as a referee for local sporting events. Rick brings a strong background with him to this role. Race competitors and race fans can be assured that the quality of the racing at Claremont Speedway will be the best around next year!

We would also like to Welcome Ken Silva to Claremont Speedway’s staff. Ken will be working as our Pits Manager in 2016. Ken has spent many years in the racing industry. Prior to moving to the area, Ken spent many years working at Seekonk Speedway in various roles. Most recently Ken has been working at Monadnock in the Handicapper role. Ken will be communicating information to the race teams, and ensuring that everything in the pits flows nicely to ensure an efficient race event occurs.

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Tentative 2016 Granite State Pro Stock Series Schedule

GSPSSThe Granite State Pro Stock Series provided a tentative 2016 schedule today at their meeting at Thompson.

The Granite State Pro Stock Series will race up to 14 events. The season opener is May 13 at Claremont (NH) Speedway. Charter member Monadnock Speedway has its first of two races on May 28. Lee (NH) USA Speedway has the third race on June 3. Two July events are TBA.

Monadnock will be the first venue to have double-digit series races on August 13 for the JBH 100. Claremont will run its second event on August 19. A tentative inaugural race at Wiscasset (ME) Speedway is September 4 with an optional practice day September 3.

Star Speedway in Epping, NH will host the ISMA Supermodifieds with Granite State for the Star Classic on September 10. The September 24 race at White Mountain Motorsports Park in N. Woodstock, NH will be the 50th series race. An October 22 race location is TBA.

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Former NEMA Champion Butch Walsh Passes Away

Frederick T. Walsh

HYANNIS – Frederick T. (Butch) Walsh died at Cape Cod Hospital on Aug 22, 2015.

Butch was born in Dover, MA, in 1941, to the late Thomas and Alice Walsh.

He was a skilled automotive technician, and champion motor racer in modifieds, super modifieds, midgets, sprints and motorcycles.
Butch was the 1966 NEMA rookie of the year, 1973 NEMA leading driver, and 1994 Grand National Champion N.E. Short Track. Three term president of NEMA and a member of NEMA Hall of Fame.

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Magical Night for Chambers, Captures First NEMA Win at Claremont; Nocella Wins Lites

Bridgewater, MA — This past Friday evening, NEMA made a return to Claremont Speedway.  Beautiful weather, despite a grim forecast, and a professionally run operation greeted the winged warriors at the Speedway.

“I’m still at a loss for words.  I don’t even know what to say,” were the first words from Jim Chambers on Saturday, following his first ever NEMA win at Claremont Speedway.

In the NEMA feature, Chambers bolted out into the lead on lap one.  A caution for an altercation involving Paul Scally, brought the field back to its original formation.  On the restart, which would be the only one of the race, Chambers quickly took command again.

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VMRS: Szegedy Disqualified, Pasteryak Wins at Claremont

Canaan, NH. — Following post race inspections at Claremont Speedway, Claremont, NH, on July 10, 2015, the # 85 car, powered by an 18-degree engine, was found to have a non-compliant carburetor pursuant to the 2015 Modified Racing Series rulebook. As a result, the # 85 car has been disqualified from Friday’s event. Car # 5ct (Chris Pasteryak) is declared the winner.

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Valenti Modified Racing Series Returns to Claremont Friday

Canaan, NH. — It’s been four years since the Valenti Modified Racing Series last turned a wheel at Claremont Speedway, but the likes of Dwight Jarvis, Todd Patnode, Kirk Alexander, Russ Hersey, Mike Willis Jr., Matt Mead, and Donnie Lashua, are eager to ‘go home’ Friday night, July 10, when the Valenti Modified Racing Series returns to the famed New Hampshire speedway for the first time since 2011.

The Claremont track has been the site of much success for Jarvis with feature wins and championships. When the subject of Claremont comes up and it’s storied history over the last 42 years, the name Dwight Jarvis always pops up in conversation. He’ll be a fan favorite Friday night.

Patnode, Alexander, Hersey, and Lashua, are veteran racers also with success at Claremont in both modifieds and pro-stocks. All could be factors on their ‘home turf.’
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A Family Tradition:  Bryan Town Joins the North East Street Stock Tour Ranks

BryanTownRideNESST2015NORTH STONINGTON, CT – Bryan Town will take his talents on the road, as the Charlestown, NH native will chase the inaugural North East Street Stock Tour Championship.

Town is carrying on the family tradition, as the driver of the Neat, Sweet, and Discrete Cleaning Service/ Route 12 Auto Sales/ Dairy Joy Ice Cream Chevy Monte Carlo follows in his father’s (Randy), uncle’s (Chet Utton), and cousins’ (Dale and Jason Utton) footsteps.  Town will run the entire North East Street Stock Tour (NESST) schedule, as well as run part-time at Claremont Speedway.

Beginning his racing career in 2005, Town quickly showed he had talent in the driver’s seat.  After winning the Street Stock championship in 2007, he moved to the Late Model division, running part-time, while attending Wyotech Automotive School.  In 2012, the team travelled to Devil’s Bowl with the Late Model, and finished a respectable third place in the overall standings.  Going back to his roots the following year, Town jumped back into the Street Stock division, running both Claremont Speedway and Monadnock Speedway (NH), and enjoyed success in 2014, winning nine (9) races between the two tracks. 

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Derek Griffith Dominates Claremont 125

Gray and Parks round out podium

Claremont, NH – Derek Griffith picked up his first career Granite State Pro Stock Series victory in dominating fashion as Claremont Speedway opened up a new chapter.

Griffith, of Hudson, NH became a quick study in his first visit to the tricky quarter-mile oval. His first laps around the speedway were some of the fastest he would turn all night, and the quickest of the 13 cars that arrived. He also led second round practice as well.

Two rounds of qualifying saw Jeremy Davis pick up the first round over Tom O’Sullivan and Cory Robert. Larry Gelinas and Bryon Baker rounded out the top five.

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Claremont Speedway Preview

Claremont to Open Friday Night with Granite State Pro Stocks

Claremont (NH) Speedway will be back in action this season. Four people bought the former Twin State Speedway track during the offseason. New ownership did some remodeling to make it look more presentable for fans. The track’s 4 divisions will be returning: the ACT Late Models, Super Streets, Limited Sportsman, and Wildcats.

The Granite State Pro Stock Series will open the season on Friday night with a 125 lap race. Thrillin’ Dillon Moltz won the season opening Icebreaker at Thompson (CT) Speedway Motorsports Park. It will be the first race for the series since 2011, when Chris Wilk claimed the inaugural event. Several touring series will be visiting including the Valenti Modified Racing Series July 10, and the NEMA Midgets and NEMA Lites on August 21. The track will have the Sunday Karting Series and Mud Bog Series. The track will host four combination car shows and concerts. The acts will be announced.

It is all about nostalgia for the new owners. Phil Hayes, one of the new owners, has been going to the speedway for 35 years. “It was always in the back of my mind ever since I was a kid that I would run a racetrack,” Hayes said.

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Back to Where it all Began: Granite State Pro Stock Series Returns to Claremont Speedway

Walpole, NH — The Granite State Pro Stock Series returns to the place where it all began; Claremont Speedway, April 24.

The series, now in the fourth year of existence, held the inaugural event at Claremont Speedway (formerly Twin State Speedway) in August of 2011, which saw Chris Wilk of Mendon, VT, fend off a late-race charge from Donnie Lashua to pick up the victory.

Former NH State Champion Barry Gray was a contender in the 2011 event, before a spin early in the race sent the Belchertown, MA resident to the rear. Gray battled his way through the field, and challenged Wilk for the lead on lap 64. The two made contact, sending Wilk sliding, and leaving Gray with right-front suspension damage, forcing him to retire from the race.

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Valenti Modified Racing Series Season Preview

The postponed Bond Auto Parts Spring Dash 100 at Monadnock Speedway will host the Valenti Modified Racing Series season opener on May 2. It will be the first since 2006 that the series has opened their season at the New Hampshire quarter mile oval and where it started in April 2004. Kirk Alexander, the series winningest driver, will return to full-time competition. Reigning champion Justin Bonsignore and Art Barry will not defend their title, opting for weekly SK Modified racing at Stafford (CT) Motor Speedway.

The 16 race schedule will visit Airborne Park (NY) Speedway, Beech Ridge (ME) Motor Speedway, Claremont (NH) Speedway, Devil’s Bowl (VT) Speedway, Lee USA (NH) Speedway, Monadnock (NH) Speedway, New London-Waterford (CT) Speedbowl, Oxford (ME) Plains Speedway, Seekonk (MA) Speedway, Stafford (CT) Motor Speedway, and Thompson (CT) Speedway Motorsports Park.

Stafford will host three races. Beech Ridge (August 1) Claremont (July 10) and Oxford (August 29, AIM Recycling Oxford 250 weekend) return, while Devil’s Bowl will be hosting its inaugural race July 24. The season finale is the World Series of Speedway Racing at Thompson October 17.

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