Three New Faces in Claremont Victory Lane
Claremont, NH (July 14, 2002): The level of competition at Claremont
Speedway continues to rise as more and more new faces make it to victory
lane on a weekly basis. This past Saturday, Monica Rook returned to
victory lane for the first time this season with a win in the Late
Models. Mike Parks became the ninth different winner in the Pro Stock
division in as many weeks. Mark McClay held off a charging field in the
Street Stocks for his first win this season. Repeat winners for the
night included Peter Daniels in the Modifieds, Walt Harris in the Mini
Stocks, and Joe Rogers in the Lightning Stocks.
The ABC Motors Mini Stocks kicked the night off with their 20-lap
feature. John Ross Jr. led the field to the green and paced the pack for
the first five circuits. Walt Harris applied pressure after moving up
from his third starting position and made the pass on Ross on lap six.
Ross slipped through the field in the next couple of laps as Harris
tried to stretch his lead with Dale Squires and Dave Crouteau in tow.
Squires applied pressure to the end, but Harris crossed the line for the
checkers first, capturing his second win of the season. Squires,
Crouteau, Sean Page, and Ross rounded out the top five.
The Cellular One Pro Stock action continues to heat up on a weekly basis
as the car counts continue to rise, as does the number of winners. Mike
Parks jumped out to the early lead as Dave Davis and Mike Brousseau
battled for the second spot. One caution just before halfway kept the
field tight. On the restart, Parks maintained the lead and Brousseau
gained the upper hand in the battle with Davis. Parks held on to the
wire and became the ninth different winner in a row. Brousseau turned in
another solid podium finish in second followed by Jim Boniface, Davis,
and Matt Waite rounding out the top five.
The Dunkin Donuts Late Model field had trouble getting up to speed as
numerous cars continued to tangle early on. Jamien Deschenes tried to
shake off his season-long bad luck from the pole position, but was
unable to do it as Monica Rook carried momentum on a restart, propelling
her to the lead. Deschenes had transmission problems and his race ended
a couple of laps later. Mark Blair, who was the next challenger for the
lead fell from the race with a motor failure. The next competitor to
challenge Rook was Bob Hagar and he did it with a vengeance. Relentless
in pressure, Hagar kept the nose of his car inches from the back of
Rook’s car all the way to the checkers, but was unable to muster a pass.
Rook captured her first win of the season with Hagar turning in a solid
second place. Jim Thompson turned in his first top three of the season,
followed by Noel Bergeron and Aaron Fellows rounding out the top five.
Peter Daniels continued his winning streak in the KIXX 100.5/93.5FM
Modifieds with his sixth victory in a row. Sean Bodreau and Les Mardanes
put on the early show with a nice race for the lead, but both would drop
from the top five following a restart on lap seven. Jack Bateman became
the leader on the restart and turned in a solid performance holding off
Peter Daniels for a number of laps. Daniels tried to pass to the inside
of Bateman, but couldn’t make it stick. So, Daniels went to the outside
and the pair raced cleanly for a number of laps before Daniels finally
completed the pass. Bateman lost one more position before the checkers
to Dwight Jarvis, but settled into third. The three crossed the line for
the checkers in that order followed by Kirby Monteith and Dennis Albro
completing the top five.
Joe Rogers captured another win in the Fleming Texaco Lightning Stocks
after a slightly rougher than normal main event. The win pads Roger’s
point lead. Zach Lamott finished second and Colby Hodgden rounded out
the top three. Robert Tedford suffered a concussion during an incident
in the Lightning Stock feature, but at press time was fine and no other
injuries are reported.
Mark McClay was on top of his game in the ASETEX Tire & Auto Street
Stock feature and led all but the first lap. McClay didn’t lead without
a lot of pressure. The first ten cars ran nose to tail from the initial
green. Richard Paradis tried lap after lap to make the pass, but had to
also protect his position as Doug Marsh tried to move forward. No passes
were made and McClay captured his first win of the season. Paradis and
Marsh maintained second. Chris Bergeron’s fourth place finish keeps him
atop the points and Ed Laquire completed the top five.
Claremont Speedway takes its annual summer break on July 20th, but
returns to action on July 27th for the conclusion of the Late Model
“Stash the Cash” series. New England Dodge Dealers presents a full card
of racing and some lucky fan will walk away with CASH! 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.