Daniels Grabs Mod “Triple Crown” – Round 1 at Claremont Speedway
CLAREMONT, NH (June 2, 2002): Peter Daniels continued his winning ways
by not only winning the first round qualifier in the Modified Triple
Crown series, but also nailing down his third victory in five weeks of
racing. Matt Waite won in the Pro Stocks and became the fifth competitor
to win in as many weeks in that division. Jamie Lanou also became the
fifth winner in the competitive Late Model division. Greg Sargent
returned to victory lane in the Street Stocks for the first time this
season. Bill Clark returned to action in the Mini Stocks and captured
the win. Skip Harvey held off a strong field to capture his third win of
the season in the Lightening Stocks.
Round one in the Triple Crown series was exciting as the KIXX 100.5
Modified division went the distance in a 50-lap main event. Sean Bodreau
#1 put his Jack’s Competition Engines machine firmly in front of the
21-car field early. Bodreau stretched out his lead, but Gary Casella #80
was unrelenting in his pursuit, challenging on a number of occasions.
While the pair spaced themselves from the field, Rusty Ball #20, Bruce
Batchelder #97, and Kirby Monteith #84 battled in out in the third
through fifth positions. As Bodreau maintained the race as it approached
halfway, Peter Daniels #76 cracked the top five from his 12th starting
spot. About the same time, Casella got a bit sideways and lost a few
positions. Ball moved to second temporarily until Daniels picked him off
for the position. Daniels brought along Monteith, Batchelder, and Jack
Bateman #47 in his chase to catch Bodreau. On lap 33, Daniels moved into
the lead and never released it despite heavy challenges from Monteith.
With ten laps remaining, Batchelder spun which brought the field back
together. Lurking in fourth position, Dwight Jarvis #28 got a jump on
the restart and passed Bodreau and went to work on Monteith. Dwight
charged hard to the inside as the laps dwindled and made contact with
Monteith bringing out another caution. Jarvis was able to maintain his
position, as Monteith has to refire at the tail end of the lead lap
cars. Daniels took the checkers followed by Jarvis and Bodreau as the
top three qualifiers in the Triple Crown. Rookie Jim Storace #22L turned
in his best finish of the season in the Pep Boys-sponsored car with a
fourth and Casella salvaged a top five.
Matt Waite led an eight-car Pro Stock field took the green flag for
their 30-lap feature. Waite led Bucky Demers #26, Mike Brousseau #1 in
the Cellular One-sponsored car, Bryon Baker #11, and the Aubuchon
Hardware car of Dave Davis #28 for 30 circuits without a single change
in positions. The win is Waite's first of the season.
Andy Courchesne #36 set the pace for the Dunkin Donuts Late Model
division. But, Robert Hagar applied a little bit of pressure to
Courchesne’s Oxbrook Home Sales car early on, eventually spin him and
both drivers were sent to the rear of the field. Jamie Lanou grabbed the
lead after the caution and held off Dennis Greenwood as the field reeled
off some green flag laps. Richard Lamotte was content holding down third
until Aaron Fellows challenged for the position. Fellows would
eventually pass Greenwood and challenge Lanou in the last two laps but
never making it stick. Lanou grabbed his first win of the season and
Fellows maintained his point lead in second. Greenwood held on to third
followed by Lamotte and Mark Blair #3 rounding out the top five.
David Anthony #17 and Greg Sargent put on a great show of side by side
racing in the ASETEX Tire & Auto Street Stock division. Anthony led the
field through the halfway point, but from lap eight through thirteen,
Sargent challenged for the lead running the outside groove in the
Claremont Pet & Aquarium #1. Sargent completed the pass on lap thirteen
and checked out on the field. Ed LaQuire made a huge charge in his
Domino’s car to finish third from his 11th place starting spot. Russ
Davis #5 and Doug Marsh #10 put on a similar show as the leaders for the
fourth position as Marsh challenged on the outside in Jim’s Marine
Camaro. When the white flag flew, Marsh completed the outside pass.
Sargent won the race followed by Anthony, LaQuire, Marsh, and Davis.
Bill Richards out the Smith Auto Sales #07 out in front of a growing ABC
Motor Mini Stock field early. Nose-to-tail from first through eighth to
ninth positions, the field quickly put some tight green flag racing laps
in the history books. Dale Squires was poised in second position when
Richards got a bit sideways as the field approach halfway. Squires led a
few laps before Bill Clark relieved him of the top spot. Richards and
Squires jockeyed for third and Walt Harris maintained fourth until
challenging Richard in the Sugar Hill Speedway #2. At the checkers,
Clark won his first race of the season, Squires maintained third, and
Walt Harris, Dave Crouteau, and John Ross Jr. rounded out the top five.
Skip Harvey and Bubby Hussey broke away from the NAPA Lightening Stock
field and looked to finish in that running order until Hussy lost a
handle on the #01 with just a few laps to go. Joe Rogers took advantage
of the situation and followed Harvey across the line for the checkers.
Ed Castor finished third followed by Hussey, and Zac Lamott.
This week, Dunkin Donuts presents the Late Models “Stash the Cash”
Qualifier as the division will compete for 40-laps to determine the
qualifiers that will be paired off with some lucky fans to win CASH
following Claremont’s summer break in July and Round 2 of the “Stash the
The action doesn't stop with the Late Models. Claremont Speedway offers
five other divisions including Modifieds, Pro Stocks, Street Stocks,
Mini Stocks, and the Lightening Stocks. Racing action starts at 6:06pm.
As always, the Family Four-Pak will get 2 Adults and 2 Kids great seats
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