FELLOWS, CHASE CURTIS, WENZEL, DOUGLAS JOIN ROBIE AS MONADNOCK CHAMPS
Five 2020 Track Champions Crowned September 26 at Monadnock Speedway
By Gary Dutton
WINCHESTER, N.H. – Aaron Fellows (Croydon, NH), Chase Curtis (Rutland, MA), Nathan Wenzel (Granby, MA), and Mike Douglas (Northfield, MA) each won championships Saturday, September 26 at Monadnock Speedway, with Fellows and Wenzel both scoring Super Saturday feature wins on the final event of the season.
NHSTRA Modified ace Brian Robie had clinched his division’s 2020 crown a week earlier but, strongly in the hunt for top NASCAR Division 1 points – he entered Saturday’s event tied for fourth in the national ranking – the Sunapee speedster was third in Saturday’s 40-lap main event.
Swanzey, NH hot shoe Todd Patnode, the speedway’s Modified champion a year ago, moved up to second in the final 2020 tally by winning his fourth feature race of the year. Hillary Renaud (Vernon, VT) & topped the Street Stocks, impressive in her second victory of the summer.
ROBIE CLINCHES MODIFIED TITLE, FOUR CROWNS STILL UP FOR GRABS
By Gary Dutton
WINCHESTER, N.H. – Trevor Bleau (Troy, NH) won the race Saturday night at Monadnock Speedway that had eluded him all season. But, while Bleau won the battle, Brian Robie won the war.
With Robie’s strong third-place outing in Saturday’s NHSTRA Modified main event, the Sunapee star clinched the 2020 track title. The speedway’s other four divisional crowns, however, will all wait to be decided on the final day of the season.
Bleau, the runner-up a week earlier, was one of three first-of-the-season feature winners Saturday. On the fourteenth event of the summer, Emerson Cayer (Contoocook, NH) and C.J. Johnson (Keene, NH) also earned their first victory laps of the year.
PATNODE TOPS MODIFIED THRILLER, FELLOWS WINS ELEVENTH
By Gary Dutton
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.
BONSIGNORE TOPS WHELEN MODS, FIRST OF YEAR FOR KIMBALL IN HOMETRACKERS SUNDAY, AUGUST 30, AT MONADNOCK
By Gary Dutton (Track Writer)
WINCHESTER, N.H. – Justin Bonsignore has Monadnock Speedway pretty well figured out. Sunday, the Empire State star won the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Wade Cole Memorial 200 at the storied high-banked quarter-mile.
It was Bonsignore’s third Whelen Tour victory at Monadnock, duplicated big scores here in 2013 and 2014, the latter the famed all-green 200-lapper. When Bonsignore won that one, in fact, Sunday’s main event namesake, Wade Cole, was in the field, as was open-wheel legend Ted Christopher.
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.