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Fierce Competition Will Surely ‘Break the Bank’ at Claremont Speedway
By Bob Stanhope
Claremont, NH: The competition in the ASETEX Tire & Auto Street Stock
division has been nothing less than fierce over the past few weeks.
Twenty to twenty-four car fields take the green each week and almost any
one of the competitors has a chance to win. This has made the race for
the championship extremely tight.

Chris Bergeron of Claremont has maintained his spot at the top of the
points since the beginning of the season. With one win, and nine top
five finishes, Bergeron will be the first one to tell you that it isn’t
easy to hold off drivers that just want to win. Though Bergeron
currently has a 46 point lead over second place, one bad week in the
remaining five could be all it takes for competitors like Nate Young of
Newport to pounce on such an opportunity.

Young has visited victory lane twice this season, but he has also been
caught up in some of the ‘action’ that can happen when starting from
mid-pack. Young only has a four-point lead on Doug Marsh of Claremont.

Marsh, a previous champion at Claremont Speedway, has yet to visit
victory lane in 2002. But, his consistent finishes have put him in the
mix of things. Also in the mix is Greg Sargent of Claremont, Ed LaQuire
of Newport, Richard Paradis of Sunapee, and Sam Earle of Cornish.
Combined, they are all within 50-80 points of the leader. To some, that
may seem like a lot of points with the season winding down, but last
week’s action shifted more than half of the top ten around in points.

This Saturday night, the Street Stocks will go the distance in a 40-lap
finale to the ‘Break the Bank’ series presented by Bly Machine and
T-Bird and a lucky fan will walk away with a cash prize. Five fans were
paired off with the top five finishing Street Stock drivers from round
one of the ‘Break the Bank’ series. The highest finishing driver of
those five, along with the corresponding fan, will win the ‘Break the
Bank’ honors.

Ed LaQuire won round one of the ‘Break the Bank’ and it is the last win
he had this season. He will look to snap that drought on Saturday. The
other four qualifiers are Nate Young, Chris Bergeron, Sam Earle, and
Doug Marsh. A number of these drivers will be donating a percentage of
their winnings to the Racing Against Cancer™ Team. Their contributions
will likely help this year’s fundraising effort break the $5000 mark.

Along with the Streets, a full card of racing is on tap. 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 or call the track hotline at 603-543-3160.