Harrington wins Coupe feature with last turn pass
–by T.J. Ingerson (@TJIngerson)
BRADFORD – Adam Pierson stayed perfect on Saturday night at Bear Ridge Speedway.
The winner of the first three Sabil & Sons DIRTcar Sportsman Modified feature events made it four-in-a-row as the East Corinth driver drove from a 21st place starting spot to win the R&M Automotive 40-lap feature.
“It’s pretty surreal that it’s been four-in-a-row,” Pierson said. “The last time I did three-in-a-row was back in the Coupe days. I just hope we can keep the momentum forward.
“It hasn’t hit me. A win is a win and I’ll take it no matter where I am at. It just doesn’t feel like it’s been four in a row. It just feels like I’m winning a race and I just take it one race at a time.”
Pierson threaded the needle multiple times on his march from 21st to first and utilized both the inside groove and outside groove to weave his way through the field. Pierson also made a few daring three-wide maneuvers, including one to get ahead of his chief rival shortly after the midway point in the feature.
“When you go three wide, you have to know who’s around you,” Pierson said. “You can make moves like that, but with certain people you can’t.
“It’s great to come up through. The track was very, very slick. I had to really backpedal in (turns) one and two. I made the outside work a little bit. Me and Kevin (Chaffee) had a wicked race going on all the way up through (the field).”
Pierson moved his way into the top spot as he worked to the inside of Terry Williams as the field completed lap 31. In the same maneuver, Chaffee tried to work around the both of them on the outside, but Pierson was able to power out of turn two for the lead.
Chaffee, of Bradford, moved from a 17th place starting spot to finish second. Like Pierson, Chaffee navigated his way through the field. He attempted to pressure Pierson on a green-white-checkered restart, but settled for second.
Gary Siemons of Orford, N.H. finished third with Williams, of Wells River, fourth. James Fadden of Lebanon, N.H. posted a career best fifth place finish in his freshman Modified season. Jordan Fornwalt, Josh Sunn, Josh Currier, Robert Tucker, and Tim Tucker finished sixth through tenth, respectively.
Multi-time Coupe champion Josh Harrington made a last lap, last turn pass on Matt Ellsworth to claim the win in the 30-lap Wells River Chevrolet DIRTcar Sportsman Coupe feature.
The Topsham driver traded the lead back-and-forth with Ellsworth multiple times throughout the event. Ellsworth would regain the lead from Harrington on lap 18, but would surrender it to Harrington on lap 24. Ellsworth, on the outside, would fight back and retake the lead, and created a comfortable gap.
However, Ellsworth slipped up in turns three and four, while Harrington found some extra grip on the bottom to power to the line and inch out the win over Ellsworth.
Defending division champion Bob Shepard of Corinth would finish third while Tim Hodge of Vershire was fourth. Thomas Placey of Bradford completed the top-five finishers. Mitchell Frost, Brian Chaffee, Stan Otterman, Jason Colbeth, and Earl Maxham finished sixth through tenth, respectively.
Tim Martin of White River Junction took the lead early in the 20-lap Mike Rivers Automotive Limited Late Model feature to claim the win easily.
Martin was pressured briefly by rookie T.J. Morse, of Danville, who settled for second. Wayland Childs finished third while Don Reynolds and John Neddo completed the top-five finishers.
Mike Ryan of Chelsea scored an seemingly easy win in the 20-lap Weglarz Property Service Four Cylinder feature over Buddy Welch, Jesse Durkee, Jim Durkee, and Kevin LaForest.
Bear Ridge returns to racing action on Saturday, June 4 with the USAC Dirt Midget Association on Woodsville Guaranty Savings Bank night.
UNOFFICIAL RESULTS – R&M Automotive Night
Bear Ridge Speedway, Bradford, Vt.
Saturday, May 28, 2016
Sabil & Sons DIRTcar Sportsman Modifieds (40 laps)
1. Adam Pierson, East Corinth
2. Kevin Chaffee, Bradford
3. Gary Siemons, Orford, N.H.
4. Terry Williams, Wells River
5. James Fadden, Lebanon, N.H.
6. Jordan Fornwalt, Bradford
7. Josh Sunn, White River Junction
8. Josh Currier, Newport, N.H.
9. Robert Tucker, West Topsham
10. Tim Tucker, Northfield
Wells River Chevrolet DIRTcar Sportsman Coupes (30 laps)
1. Josh Harrington, Topsham
2. Matt Ellsworth, Corinth
3. Bob Shepard, Corinth
4. Tim Hodge, Vershire
5. Thomas Placey, Bradford
6. Mitchell Frost, East Corinth
7. Brian Chaffee, Bradford
8. Stan Otterman, West Topsham
9. Jason Colbeth, Newbury
10. Earl Maxham, Bradford
Mike Rivers Automotive Limited Late Models (20 laps)
1. Tim Martin, White River Junction
2. T.J. Morse, Danville
3. Wayland Childs, Chelsea
4. Don Reynolds, Springfield
5. John Neddo, Barre
Weglarz Property Service Fast Fours (20 laps)
1. Mike Ryan, Chelsea
2. Buddy Welch, East Corinth
3. Jesse Durkee, South Royalton
4. Jim Durkee, West Hartford
5. Kevin LaForest, Barre
1 – Adam Pierson celebrates his fourth straight Sabil & Sons DIRTcar Sportsman Modified win on Saturday night at Bear Ridge Speedway. (T.J. Ingerson/VMM photo)
2 – Adam Pierson accepts the Sabil & Sons DIRTcar Sportman Modified race winner’s trophy after he claimed his fourth straight triumph. (T.J. Ingerson/VMM photo)