PHOTO: Shane Race (#22) runs three-wide en route to his Sportsman Coupe victory at Bear Ridge Speedway on Saturday. (Alan Ward photo)

Shane Race wins four-way tie for Coupe victory

BRADFORD — Adam Pierson grabbed his fourth victory of the season at Bear Ridge Speedway in Bradford on Saturday night. Pierson padded his championship point lead in the Bond Auto Parts DIRTcar Sportsman Modified division with a win in the 30-lap Sabil & Sons Towing feature.

After starting ninth on the 16-car field, Pierson rode his No. 15 Wing’s Market & Deli/CDR Concrete-sponsored Bicknell chassis on the outside lane to take lead on lap 13.

“The outside groove is my favorite groove of all-time,” Pierson beamed in victory lane.

Jason Gray of East Thetford recovered from a hard crash last week to finish in second place. Kevin Chaffee of Fairlee finished third, followed by Jeff Elliott and Justin Comes.

Shane Race of South Strafford won a two-segment race in the Wells River Chevrolet Sportsman Coupe division after a four-way tie-breaker. Race finished seventh in the first 30-lap segment, then won the final round for a total score of eight points. Race tied with Gene Pierson, Jr., Bob Shepard, and Josh Harrington, and took the overall win based on his better final-segment finish. Pierson, Shepard, and Harrington finished in positions 2-4, with Terry Williams fifth overall. Harrington won the first segment.

Tyler Stygles of Bradford put a small cushion under his point lead in the A Notch Above Automotive Limited Late Model division by winning the 20-lap feature. Fourteen year-old rookie Jordan Fornwalt finished second ahead of Ray Johnson, Robert Tucker, and Troy Comeau.

Weglarz Property Service Fast Four driver Kevin Harran of St. Johnsbury jumped back into the point lead with his fourth win of the year. Travis Hull and rookie Bobby Bell completed the podium, followed by Steve Bell and Danny Doyle.

Groton’s Eric Lang posted his eighth KDD NAPA Auto Parts Hornet win of the season with a final-lap pass of Mike Stender. Tom Placey, Don Reynolds, and Charlie Lakin were next in line.

Rookie Spencer Allen of Plainfield, N.H., took his first career win in the Granite State Mini Sprint 600cc feature ahead of Rich Crooker and Zach Herbert. Chad Southworth of Fairlee also got his first win in the 500cc race, with 11 year-old Dylan Rock second and Troy Boissoneau third.

Travis King of Corinth won the 10-lap Hornet Stinger youth division feature over Kodie Pittman and Geoff Durphey.

Bear Ridge Speedway is back in action on Saturday, September 3 as Dead River Oil Company presents the 99ROCK Weekly Racing Series, plus the WYKR Sprint Cars of New England and the Hornet Queens. Racing action begins at 6:00pm.

Lebanon Valley Speedway in Lebanon, N.Y., will host a New England Dirt Track Championships qualifying race on Thursday, September 1 as part of the “Mr. DIRT Track USA” event originally scheduled for August 25. The winner of the DIRTcar Sportsman Modified feature will be awarded a guaranteed starting spot in the New England Dirt Track Championships at Bear Ridge Speedway on Sept. 24.

UNOFFICIAL RESULTS — Sabil & Sons Towing Night
Bear Ridge Speedway — Bradford, Vt.
Saturday, August 27, 2011

(# – denotes rookie)

Bond Auto DIRTcar Sportsman Modified (30 laps)
1. Adam Pierson, Fairlee
2. Jason Gray, East Thetford
3. Kevin Chaffee, Fairlee
4. Jeff Elliott, Benton, N.H.
5. Justin Comes, Middlebury
6. Dan Eastman, Thetford Center
7. # Josh Sunn, White River Junction
8. Jack Cook, Moultonboro, N.H.
9. Louie Cadwell, Vershire
10. Bryan King, Corinth

Wells River Chevrolet Sportsman Coupe (30 laps x 2)
1. Shane Race, South Strafford (8 pts.)
2. Gene Pierson, Jr., East Corinth (8 pts.)
3. Bob Shepard, West Topsham (8 pts.)
4. Josh Harrington, Topsham (8 pts.)
5. Terry Williams, Wells River (9 pts.)
6. Steve Ellsworth, Corinth (11 pts.)
7. Melvin Pierson, East Corinth (12 pts.)
8. # Jason Colbeth, Newbury (13 pts.)
9. Kane Pike, Bradford (17 pts.)
10. Louie Cadwell, Vershire (19 pts.)

A Notch Above Automotive Limited Late Model (20 laps)
1. Tyler Stygles, Bradford
2. # Jordan Fornwalt, Bradford
3. Ray Johnson, Campton, N.H.
4. Robert Tucker, East Corinth
5. Troy Comeau, Rumney, N.H.

Weglarz Property Service Fast Four (20 laps)
1. Kevin Harran, St. Johnsbury
2. Travis Hull, Graniteville
3. # Bobby Bell, St. Johnsbury
4. Steve Bell, St. Johnsbury
5. Danny Doyle, Barre

KDD NAPA Auto Parts Hornet (20 laps)
1. Eric Lang, Groton
2. Mike Stender, South Strafford
3. Tom Placey, Bradford
4. Don Reynolds, Springfield
5. Charlie Lakin, Groton

Hornet Stinger (10 laps)
1. Travis King, Corinth
2. Kodie Pittman, Corinth
3. Geoff Durphey, Springfield

Granite State Mini Sprint 600cc (20 laps)
1. # Spencer Allen, Plainfield, N.H.
2. Rich Crooker, Nashua, N.H.
3. Zach Herbert, Laconia, N.H.
4. Terry Reil, East Barre
5. Jake Williams, Center Tuftonboro, N.H.

Granite State Mini Sprint 500cc (20 laps)
1. Chad Southworth, Fairlee
2. Dylan Rock, Enfield, N.H.
3. Troy Boissoneau, Bedford, N.H.
4. Chris Lussier, Fair Haven
5. # Stephen Hutchinson, Manchester, N.H.