Daniels Captures Fifth in a Row, Stebbins Ninth Winner in Pro Stocks at
Claremont, NH (July 7, 2002): Peter Daniels, Lebanon, NH, continued his
winning ways on Saturday after capturing his fifth consecutive victory
and seventh of the year in the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series presented by
Dodge Modified division. Dan Stebbins became the ninth different winner
in as many weeks in the Cellular One Pro Stock division. Larry Riendeau
captured his first win of the season in the Dunkin Donuts Late Models.
Sam Earle won his second race of the season in the Street Stocks, as did
Sean Page in the Mini Stocks. Bubby Hussey closed out the night by
winning the Lightning Stock feature.
Peter Daniels is setting a blistering pace in the KIXX 100.5/93.5
Modified division this season, but keeping pace with a single win each
are Dwight Jarvis and Kirby Monteith. Sean Bodreau tried to set a pace
early on Saturday night, but numerous cautions early plagued the field.
Bodreau remained at the point until Monteith challenged him for the lead
and tangled. Ed Kennedy inherited the lead, but a few laps later tangled
with Dwight Jarvis for the lead, bringing out another caution. Daniels
grabbed the lead on the next restart and brought along Monteith who had
stormed back to the front. Monteith applied pressure to the checkers,
but couldn’t complete the pass. Jarvis worked his way back to the front
to finish third followed by Rusty Ball and Bodreau.
Modified disqualifications to Bruce Batchelder Sr. and Ed Kennedy on
June 30th were reviewed by Claremont Speedway and NASCAR and were
retracted this past week.
The Cellular One Pro Stock division has been resurrected and car counts
are on the rise, as is the number of different winners after Saturday
night’s action. Dan Stebbins grabbed the early lead in the 30-lap main
event and stretched it out. Meanwhile, Jim Boniface, Mike Brousseau, and
Bucky Demers battled for second through fourth. Dave Davis cracked the
top five by the halfway mark, while Brousseau and Demers battled side by
side for second. Brousseau got the upper hand and set sights on the
leader. With one last shot to pass as the field approached to take the
white, Brousseau and Stebbins got sideways off turn four. Stebbins
recovered quickly without loosing a spot and went on to become the ninth
winner in nine weeks of action. Demers and Boniface got by Brousseau for
second and third. Brousseau and Bryon Baker rounded out the top five.
Larry Riendeau and Jamien Deschenes put on a great show of side by side
racing for the first five laps of the Dunkin Donuts feature before Aaron
Fellows got into the mix. Fellows paced Deschenes and quickly reeled in
Riendeau. A couple of spins kept the fields close as the caution flew.
With eight laps to go, Riendeau got the jump on the green flag run to
the checkers. Chris Curtis charged by Fellows on the double-file restart
and followed Riendeau across for the checkers. Fellows maintained third.
Joe and Jamie Lanou rounded out the top five.
David Anthony looked like the car to beat through the first half of the
ASETEX Tire & Auto Street Stock feature. Anthony jumped out to an early
lead, but had Sam Earle in tow. The pair quickly stretched out the lead
on the pack as Chris Bergeron, Doug Marsh and Ed LaQuire battled it out
in the top five. A mid-race caution sent Anthony to the pits because the
exhaust was dragging. Earle inherited the lead and what turned out to be
his second win of the season. Bergeron finished second. LaQuire won the
tight battle with Marsh for third. Marsh and Richard Paradis rounded out
the top five.
Sean Page and Dave Crouteau took it down to the wire in the ABC Motors
Mini Stock division, but in the end it was Page capturing his second win
of the season. Dale Squires, John Ross Jr., and Bill Richards rounded
out the top five.
The Fleming Texaco Lightning Stocks raced the curfew on Saturday, but
managed to squeak in a great show. Ty Lescord appeared to be on his way
to his first victory, but a late restart put 16-year-old Bubby Hussey in
a position to challenge. Hussey made the pass with four to go. Hussey
captured the win followed by Lescord, Joe Rogers, Al Lamery, and Colby
Hodgden rounding out the top five.
This week, the Fleming Texaco Lightning Stocks will run an extra
distance race as McDonald’s presents a full card of racing which
includes the return of spectator races. Instead of cars this time, the
field is open to trucks only. Once again, some lucky child will leave
with a new bike. 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.