Frost claims first career Coupe feature win
BRADFORD – Kevin Chaffee stopped Adam Pierson’s dominance on Saturday night at Bear Ridge Speedway.
The Bradford driver raced through the field to take the top spot from D.J. Robinson on lap 26 following a restart. Chaffee was then forced to hold off Pierson in the closing stages of the 40-lap Sabil & Sons DIRTcar Sportsman Modified feature to earn the win.
Pierson, of East Corinth, had to work from the rear of the 25-car field after he failed to earn his handicapped starting spot in heat race qualifying. The point leader and driver who entered the event the winner in every feature event this season was forced to settle for second.
Robinson, of Sharon, finished third while Tim Hodge of Vershire and Mike Dunn of North Haverhill, N.H. completed the top-five finishers.
Three-time champion Gary Siemons, rookie James Fadden, Louie Cadwell, Jordan Fornwalt, and Trevor Rocke finished sixth through tenth, respectively.
Mitchell Frost grabbed his first career Wells River Chevrolet DIRTcar Sportsman Coupe feature win in their 30-lap event.
The East Corinth driver took the lead from veteran driver Buster Kathan on lap seven and then was caught in a back-and-forth, side-by-side battle with hometown driver Jason Horniak. Horniak would take the top spot with two laps to go, but a caution flag would allow Frost to take advantage to reclaim the lead and gain the win.
Frost was the fifth winner in five Sportsman Coupe events this season.
Horniak finished second while former champion Jason Colbeth of Newbury third. Rookie Chris LaForest of Barre and hometown favorite Thomas Placey completed the top-five drivers. Josh Harrington, Tim Hodge, Michael Danforth, Matt Ellsworth, and multi-time defending champion Bob Shepard finised sixth through tenth, respectively.
While Pierson’s win streak was stopped in the Sportsman Modifieds, he stopped Josh Sunn’s own streak in the Laquerre’s Sport USAC Dirt Midget Association.
Pierson, the two-time defending champion of the division, would take the lead on lap 10 to claim the win in the 20-lap feature event. Sunn, of White River Junction, finished second while Adam Whitney of Warren finished third.
Jeff Horn, Robert Tucker, Ray Miller, Kenney Johnson, Jeff Champagne, Alex rose, and Manny Dias completed the top-ten finishers.
Tim Martin of White River Junction picked up the win in the 20-lap Mike Rivers Automotive Limited Late Model feature.
Martin finished ahead of Wayland Childs and Don Reynolds on the podium while T.J. Morse and Brian Bishop finished fourth and fifth.
Mike Ryan of Chelsea won the 20-lap Weglarz Property Service Four Cylinder feature over Buddy Welch, Jesse Durkee, Jim Durkee, and rookie Kevin LaForest.
Johnny Scarborough of Bomoseen claimed the win in the 600cc Granite State Mini Sprint feature over Kyle Belliveau and Tony Shaw.
Owen Carbee of South Ryegate won the 500cc Granite State Mini Sprint feature over Bob Griffin and Ed Vickery.
Bear Ridge Speedway races on Saturday, June 11 with Mekkelsen RV night. The Sprint Cars of New England will be in attendance as well as “Madness” night for the Four Cylinders and Kid’s rides. Post time is set for 6:00pm.
UNOFFICIAL RESULTS – Woodsville Guaranty Savings Bank Night
Bear Ridge Speedway, Bradford, Vt.
Saturday, June 6, 2016
(# — denotes rookie)
Sabil & Sons DIRTcar Sportsman Modifieds (40 laps)
1. Kevin Chaffee, Bradford
2. Adam Pierson, East Corinth
3. D.J. Robinson, Sharon
4. Tim Hodge, Vershire
5. Mike Dunn, North Haverhill, N.H.
6. Gary Siemons, Orford, N.H.
7. # James Fadden, Lebanon, N.H.
8. Louie Cadwell, North Thetford
9. Jordan Fornwalt, Bradford
10. # Trevor Rocke, Orange, N.H.
Wells River Chevrolet DIRTcar Sportsman Coupes (30 laps)
1. Mitchell Frost, East Corinth
2. Jason Horniak, Bradford
3. Jason Colbeth, Newbury
4. # Chris LaForest, Barre
5. Thomas Placey, Bradford
6. Josh Harrington, Topsham
7. Tim Hodge, Vershire
8. Michael Danforth, Corinth
9. Matt Ellsworth, Corinth
10. Bob Shepard, West Topsham
Laquerre’s Sport USAC Dirt Midget Association (20 laps)
1. Adam Pierson, East Corinth
2. Josh Sunn, White River Junction
3. Adam Whitney, Warren
4. Jeff Horn, Ashland, Mass.
5. Robert Tucker, West Topsham
6. Ray Miller, Granby, Conn.
7. Kenney Johnson, Bethany, Conn.
8. Jeff Champagne, Westfield, Mass.
9. Alex Rose, Keene, N.H.
10. Manny Dias, Attleboro, Mass.
Mike Rivers Automotive Limited Late Models (20 laps)
1. Tim Martin, White River Junction
2. # Wayland Childs, Chelsea
3. Don Reynolds, Springfield
4. # T.J. Morse, Waterbury
5. Brian Bishop, Bridport
Weglarz Property Service Four Cylinders (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
Granite State Mini Sprint 600cc (20 laps)
1. Johnny Scarborough, Bomoseen
2. Kyle Belliveau, Hopkinton, N.H.
3. Tony Shaw
Granite State Mini Sprint 500cc (20 laps)
1. Owen Carbee, South Ryegate
2. Bob Griffin, Sunapee, N.H.
3. Ed Vickery
1 – Kevin Chaffee celebrates his Sabil & Sons DIRTcar Sportsman Modified win on Saturday night at Bear Ridge Speedway. (Alan Ward photo)
2 – Kevin Chaffee (#73) races to the outside of D.J. Robinson (#4) for the lead on Saturday night at Bear Ridge Speedway in the Sabil & Sons DIRTcar Sportsman Modified feature. (Alan Ward photo)
3 – Adam Pierson won the Laquerre’s Sport USAC Dirt Midget Association feature. (Alan Ward photo)