Monteith and Raymond Grab WINS at Claremont Speedway
CLAREMONT, NH (May 4, 2002): Kirby Monteith and Peter Daniels put on one
of the greatest races in the history of the track this past Saturday
night with Monteith the victor. Veteran short tracker Roger Raymond
returned to victory lane in the Pro Stocks. Defending champion Aaron
Fellows won in the Late Model division. Nate Young ran away from the
field with his win in the Street Stocks. John Ross Jr. ended his win
drought in the Mini Stocks and Paul Harvey captured his second win in as
many weeks in the Lightning Stock division. And, all of this excitement
was done before 9:45pm!
Kirby Monteith has returned to the top of his game with a win and a
second place finish in the first two weeks of racing at Claremont. And,
the person he did battle with on Saturday can claim the same attribute.
Defending champion Peter Daniels could not muster enough to pass
Monteith in the 35-lap event, but he did manage to pull alongside for
some intense side-by-side action for a number of laps. Monteith used a
lapped car for a pick to capture the permanent lead. Batchelder and
Jarvis had a similar battle for third with Batchelder maintaining the
upper hand. When the checkers flew and everyone caught their breath, it
was Monteith, Daniels, Batchelder, Jarvis and Rusty Ball rounding out
the top five. Ball did lead a couple laps early.
Veteran Roger Raymond graced victory lane in the Pro Stocks after making
passes by a very competitive number of drivers including Bucky Demers,
Mike Parks, Jim Boniface, and Dave Davis. Demers led a good portion of
the race until Raymond mounted a challenge with less than 10 laps to go.
A late race caution flew when Parks and Demers, who were running second
and third at the time, got together set up a shoot-out. Raymond held on
followed by Mike Brousseau, Bryon Baker, Dave Davis, and Larry Gelinas
completing the top five.
Aaron Fellows returned to victory lane after doing battle with Monica
Rook from the initial green. Fellows started on the outside pole, but
quickly moved to the point with Rook in tow. Rookie Jamien Deschenes
maintained the third spot before giving way to Robert Hagar and settling
in for fourth, as the leaders spaced themselves from the pack. Mike
Benson finished fifth for the night. Rook becomes the first female to
lead a point race in the Late Model division in the track’s history.
Nate Young started on the pole in the Street Stocks and quickly decided
that he didn’t want anything to do with the rest of the field as he ran
away to his first win of the season. Ed LaQuire tried catching Young,
but had to pull off just past halfway with a mechanical failure. Sam
Earle moved to the second spot where he remained followed by week one
winner Chris Bergeron. Mark McClay finished fourth followed by Russ
Davis with another top five finish. The Street Stock race was
John Ross Jr. led a three-car breakaway in the Mini Stock division. Sean
Page and Walt Harris kept the race exciting and close as the laps
dwindled down. Ross ended his win drought with the win and Page finished
a close second. Harris’ car was skipping most of the night and faded a
bit at the end, but managed to hold on for third. April May Gelineau
finished fourth, followed by Dale Squires.
Paul Harvey won his second race of the season in the Lightning Stocks.
Mike Clow, who challenged for the lead, late in the race, followed
Harvey across the line. Joe Rogers turned in a solid third place.
Smith Buick/Dartmouth Motors presents a night of racing this weekend
with Spectator Drags being added to the card of action. The one-on-one
drags will surely draw a number of competitors for a purse based on
number of entrants. Rules have been posted on the Claremont Speedway
Racers can get some extra practice this week as the track opens the 1/3
mile to competitors from Noon to 2PM. The pit gate opens at 11:00AM and
will be closed at 12:30pm. The pit gate will re-open at 3:00pm for those
that do not participate in early practice.
The first green flag will wave at 6:06pm. Bring the whole family out and
use the Family 4-Pak (2 Adults, 2 Children – JUST $20) to catch a full
night of excitement with 6 divisions of racing. For more information,
call the track HOTLINE at 603-543-3160 or log on to