Daniels Captures Claremont Season Opener
(Claremont, NH – April 27, 2002): Claremont Speedway kicked off its 56th
season with a familiar face visiting victory lane. Peter Daniels
captured his first win of the 2002 season in the NASCAR Weekly Racing
Series Modified division presented by KIXX 100.5 FM. Daniels was one of
six drivers to visit victory lane on opening night. Bryon Baker won the
Cellular One Pro Stock feature. Andy Caurchenes opened the Dunkin Donuts
Late Model season with a win. Chris Bergeron dominated the ASETEX Tire &
Auto Street Stocks feature. Dave Croteau survived the ABC Motors Mini
Stock feature for his first win and Paul Harvey closed the night with a
win in the NAPA Lightning Stock division.
Peter Daniels visited victory lane nine times during the 2001 season and
wasted no time chasing more wins in 2002. Kirby Monteith got the early
jump for the lead as the field took the green and did battle with Bruce
Batchelder and Jack Bateman early on. Daniels began his challenge for
the lead ten laps into the race and by halfway had charged past
Monteith. Daniels and Monteith raced nose to tail through several
restarts following cautions for spins. The pair took the checkers in the
order they maintained for twenty laps followed by Bruce Batchelder,
Dwight Jarvis and Sean Bodreau. Bodreau passed more cars than anyone as
he had charged early to the top five from a 13th place starting spot
before spinning just past halfway. But, a strong charge put him fifth
for the night and is surely a driver to watch in the coming weeks.
Bryon Baker led the Pro Stock field from the pole position and never
looked back as he went on to win the season opener. Baker and Jim
Boniface battled side by side for position for many laps, but Baker
managed to maintain the upper hand. Boniface kept pace until the end,
mounting many challenges, but never mustered enough for the pass. Bucky
Demers did battle with Wayne Helliwell Jr. and Mike Brousseau for the
third position for much of the main event, but the trio remained in that
respective order for 25 laps of the 30-lap race.
Andy Caurchenes paced the Late Model division for 25 laps. Caurchenes
grabbed the lead on lap one from the second place starting position. The
leader spaced himself after several cautions slowed the field early. Joe
Lanou, Charlie Wheeler, and Monica Rook did battle for second place
until the halfway point. Rook made her move on a restart for the second
spot and successfully held Lanou and Wheeler off as Robert Hagar joined
the mix for the 3rd spot. Rook challenged Caurchenes for the lead in
closing laps, but settled for second as the pair took the checkers.
Hagar finished third after starting fourteenth and was followed by Joe
Lanou and Charlie Wheeler rounding out the top five.
Chris Bergeron wasted no time stretching out a lead on the Street Stock
field after a brief battle with Russ Davis. Davis battled with Doug
Marsh for second position as the laps dwindled away, but managed to
maintain the position at the checkers. Marsh finished third followed by
Sam Earle in fourth. Earle crossed the line with a hard charge from
fifth place finisher Ed LaQuire. The Street Stock division is strong
again this season and the excitement will mount each week in the race
for the championship.
A lap on tangle amongst several drivers in the Mini Stock division gave
polesitter Walt Harris an early 1/2 track lead. April May Gelineau
tracked Harris down by halfway in a very strong car. A couple laps
later, Gelineau got into Harris and brought out the first caution. With
Harris and Croteau refiring from the rear, Dave Croteau found himself in
the lead and on his way to the win. John Ross Jr. finished second
followed by Rick Bly, Kevin Ferland, and Steve Ferland rounding out the
Paul Harvey opened the Lightning Stock season with a win followed by
Alan Lamery in second and last year’s champion Joe Rogers in third. This
entry level division started off with a firm number of entries.
Twin State Welding presents a Trackside Party and a night of racing this
Saturday. Spectators are invited trackside this weekend to meet the
stars and see the cars at a Trackside Party. This is a great opportunity
to chat with drivers and to get autographs. Admission to the Trackside
Party is FREE and the gate opens at Noon.
For more information, please call the track at 603-543-3160 or log on to