Boniface Becomes Seventh Winner in Claremont Pro Stock Division
CLAREMONT, NH (July 1, 2002): The Pro Stock division appears to be
making a comeback with the car count up for the second week in a row.
Jim Boniface became the seventh different winner in as many weeks in the
Pro Stocks. Peter Daniels captured his sixth win, fourth in a row, in
the Modified division. Aaron Fellows shook the monkey off his back to
return to victory lane in the Late Models. Eric Martell had an emotional
victory in the Street Stocks. Rick Bly captured his second win of the
season in the Mini Stocks and Skip Harvey notched out his fifth visit to
victory lane in the Lightning Stocks.
Dave Davis led the Pro Stock field down for their main event on Pepsi
Night and led the first five laps. Davis gave way to Jim Boniface a lap
later and slipped to third as Bryon Baker followed Boniface on the way
to the front. Trailing the front three were Bucky Demers and Mike
Brousseau. Just past halfway, Boniface began to stretch his lead over
the field as the cars running second through fourth ran nose to tail and
side by side, but never changing positions completely. When the checkers
flew, Boniface became the seventh winner of the season in the Cellular
One Pro Stock division. Baker, Davis, Demers, and Brousseau rounded out
the top five.
Jack Bateman was the early pacesetter in the KIXX 100.5/93.5 Modified
Triple Crown race. Bateman maintained the lead for five laps until Bruce
Batchelder pulled alongside and put on a great show of side by side
racing. On lap 13, Batchelder gained the advantage and the lead as
Bateman slipped to fourth. Peter Daniels moved to second bringing along
Rusty Ball in the hunt. The leaders had to deal with slower traffic as
the race approached halfway. Batchelder and Daniels were setting a
blistering pace as they began to stretch their lead on the pack. With
just under twenty laps remaining the field was slowed when Pearl Dewey
spun in turn 4. This was just after Daniels had grabbed the lead.
Bateman, who had worked back to third, pulled into the pits with
problems. When the green flew, it was a shootout to the checkers, with
Daniels leading the way. Batchelder held on for second and Dwight Jarvis
carved a path to third. Kirby Monteith crossed the line fourth after he
was spun early in the race and Ed Kennedy rounded out the field. For
Daniels, it was his sixth victory of the season and fourth in a row
(something he has never accomplished in his career). Post race
inspection lead to disqualifications for Batchelder and Kennedy. The
official final five finish was Daniels, Jarvis, Monteith, Ricky Miller,
and Rusty Ball.
Chris Curtis grabbed the lead from polesitter Jamien Deschenes on lap
one as Deschenes quickly dropped to fifth in the Dunkin Donuts Late
Models. Aaron Fellows applied pressure to Curtis and finally made the
pass after a restart with ten laps to go. Dennis Greenwood kept the
leader in his sights from second followed by Andy Courchesne in third.
Courchesne and Monica Rook battled hard for the third spot with
Courchesne winning that race. Fellows held on for his second win of the
season. Greenwood and Courchesne maintained second and third. Bob Hagar
worked his way by Rook for fourth and Rook rounded out the top five.
Eric Martell led flag to flag in the ASETEX Street Stock feature.
Martell, who lost his wife to cancer earlier in the week, was determined
to keep his car in front of the hard-charging field. While the field was
slowed a few times for individual spins, Martell was able to hold off
Chris Bergeron and Doug Marsh who ran second and third from green to
checkers. Greg Sargent came back after a hard wreck did heavy damage to
his machine in a practice and finished fourth place. Nate Young
continued his solid performances this season by turning in another top
Rick Bly grabbed the lead from polesitter April May Gelineau on the
first lap of the ABC Motors Mini Stock race and never looked back. Bill
Clark trailed from second until the halfway mark when Walt Harris made
the pass and set his sites on the leader. Harris brought along Sean Page
in third as Clark slipped to fourth. Bly’s win was his second of the
season. Harris turned in his sixth top three finish in a row and becomes
the new point leader with his second place finish. Sean Page finished
third followed by Clark and Dave Crouteau. Clark refused inspection
after the feature and was disqualified; bumping Crouteau to fourth and
Gelineau rounded out the top five.
Skip Harvey, once again, went to victory lane in the Fleming Texaco
Lightning Stock division. It was Harvey’s fifth win of the season. Bubby
Hussey finished second followed by defending champion Joe Rogers.
Polesitter Ed Castor finished fourth followed by Ty Lescord rounding out
the top five.
This Saturday is Racing Against Cancer night presented by Fleming
Texaco. Fans, competitors, and local businesses have joined forces to
raise more than $2500 this season to fight cancer on the way to their
goal of $10,000. There will be a tent set up in the grandstands this
week with more information about the Racing Against Cancer™ team. The
night’s finale will be an exciting FIREWORKS show presented by Northstar
Fireworks. The first race is at 6:06pm. As always, the Family Four-Pak
will get 2 Adults and 2 Kids great seats for JUST $20.00. For more
information, log on to www.claremontspeedway.com or call the track
hotline at 603-543-3160.