Cabral, Stergios Take NEMA/Rifchin Memorial Prize at Claremont
NEMA returned to the Claremont Motorsports Park for the first time in five years this past Saturday. Randy Cabral pulled off a “hail mary” pass with seven laps remaining in the NEMA feature, passing Todd Bertrand and leader Mike Horn to take down his third win of the season. In the Lites feature, PJ Stergios passed leader Jim Santa Maria with five laps remaining to take down the victory.
The race celebrated Marvin Rifchin, who was a long time supporter of NEMA. Marvin’s contributions to the industry have been nationally recognized. In 1999, he was inducted into the NEAR Hall of Fame. In 2003, he was inducted into the SEMA Hall of Fame. Throughout the 60′s, 70′s, 80′s, and into the 90′s, Marvin’s tires helped deliver countless NEMA victories and championships with guys like Russ Stoehr, Bill Eldridge, Al Pillion, Dave Humphrey, Lee Smith, Joey Coy, and Drew Fornoro just to name a few.
FELLOWS, SKILLINGS CHAMPIONS WITH FRIDAY WINS AT CLAREMONT
Bly scores a first and second at the September 25 Champ Night event.
By Gary Dutton
CLAREMONT, N.H.- Both Aaron Fellows and Desmond Skillings wrapped up their 2020 Claremont Motorsports Park championship seasons with feature wins on September 25.
And while neither Kodi Sabins or Dustin Thibodeau earned a Championship Night victory lap, each left the third-mile oval Friday as the champion of his division. Dave Greenslit, on the other hand, came into Friday’s Street Stock feature already a back-to-back champion, having clinched the title on September 11.
Sunapee speedster Ricky Bly, himself a former track champion at the Thrasher Road speedplant, had a night to remember too, topping the Street Stock thriller and then quickly ducking pitside to strap into his LMS entry, in which he finished second on the night.
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.
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.
150-LAP PRO STOCK, ENDURO, MORE SUNDAY, SEPT.6 AT CLAREMONT
NO FRIDAY RACES THIS WEEK
CLAREMONT, N.H. – The powerful Granite State Pro Stock Series returns to Claremont Motorsports Park this Sunday, September 6, for 150 laps of big time feature racing presented by Newport Chevrelot, And with a $10,000 winner’s purse up for grabs, this one is sure to draw a crowd.
There will be no racing this Friday, September 4, at the Thrasher Road speedplant, as. promoter Mike Parks, who also heads the GSPSS series, is bringing the big show to town on Sunday, when the seven-decade-old oval will celebrate Labor Day Weekend in style.
Along with the Granite State Pro Stock Series event – the biggest race is series history – there will also be an added-laps, added-payoff event for the Street Stocks, as the multi-track NHSTRA brings its Battle for The Belt series to town.
HIRSCHMAN $10K WINNER, FELLOWS FINDS MAGIC AUGUST 28 AT CLAREMONT
By Gary Dutton
CLAREMONT, N.H. – He’s often referred to as Big Money Matt, and Friday at Claremont Motorsports Park Keystone State super star Matt Hirschman showed why.
Fighting through all kinds of early-event adversity, Hirschman passed rising star Matt Kimball on lap 70 of the Maurice Enterprises 100 main event to earn the $10,000 winner’s purse.
He’d been ricocheted into the turn two wall in his heat race, looked mediocre at best for half his consi, but then found his stride when the big bucks were on the line.
Promoter Mike Parks, with major support from hometown businessman Maurice Hurd, put a dandy together. With the Thrasher Road speedplant’s largest crowd in decades on hand for the big show, Hirschman and the other 25 Open Modified starters – 33 teams attempted to qualify – staged a classic battle.