Track prep finally underway for the 51st consecutive season of racing



Track prep finally underway for the 51st consecutive season of racing

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With snow falling as late as last weekend, people are beginning to wonder if spring will ever come, and if tracks across New England will be ready to open. Have no fear Bear Ridge Speedway “the fastest dirt track in Vermont” is moving full throttle ahead, as we finally are able to get into the track and start preparations for 2018 our 51st consecutive season of racing.
The “99ROCK wyfrd” Weekly Racing Series is taking shape as well with registrations coming in daily. If the number of applications already received is any indication of what they year holds in store for us, we can expect a banner year of competitors in all divisions. With a lot of drivers suddenly realizing they are out of time to get their cars ready, they often forget until practice day to get in those applications, so we are expecting a bumper crop of apps over the next few weeks. Drivers if you haven’t gotten your app in yet, why not take a break from getting and get your paperwork in, to save time and waiting in line on practice and opening days!
With Derek Graham set to defend his title in the Sabil & Sons DIRTcar Sportsman Modifieds this is going to be the division to watch, as there ae many hungry drivers who would love to be able to dethrone him. Will Ryan Christian be able to make this the year, competing in two divisions weekly Christian has had plenty of seat time at the Ridge and is definitely a strong contender. Will Richie Simmons finally be able to have the year of his dreams and knock them both out of the park? Don’t forget about Terry Williams and Robert Tucker, both drivers who would make fine and worthy champs. The competition will start on May 5th and escalate weekly until championship night September 22, so be sure to mark your calendar as “Busy at the Ridge” to see how these exciting battles pan out.

The Wells River Chevrolet DIRTcar Sportsman Coupes numbers are coming in really strong and there are sure to be some fierce battles there as well.
So far on top of the list with the most registrations are the Laquerre’s Sports USAC DMA Midgets. This means that Dean Christenson will definitely have his work cut out to defend his championship for his famed car owner Ray Miller. The Midgets will be present opening night and will once again be returning bi weekly for competition at the Ridge.
The C.A. Miller Limited Late Models are boasting impressive number s for this year as well as the Weglarz Property Service Four Cylinders.
Don’t forget to stop y and see us for our 17h annual Upper Valley car show on April 28th located once again at the Fireside Inn in W Lebanon from 10:00 to 1:00. Weather permitting the track will be open for a practice session exclusively for the cars in attendance for the complete show. The annual car show at the Jiffy Mart ~ Bradford Mini Mart on Saturday May 5th will be followed by practice session in the afternoon. The 99ROCK wfrd weekly racing season will then see weekly competition in all five divisions starting that same night May 5th. Racing will kick into gear at 6:00 pm(ish), based on track conditions.
Fans, don’t forget to get your season pass to be able reserve your seat behind the grandstands! There will be a limited number of spots available to fans who want to bring in their own chairs to sit directly behind the grandstands in designated spots only. Season pass holders will also benefit from being able to enter the grand stands fifteen minutes before the gates are open at 3:00 to the rest of the public. Season pass forms with reserved space requests are available for down load on the web. The season pass price is $180.00 the reserved seat is just $50.00 more. Both added together are less than paying weekly.
2018 driver and crew membership applications are now available on the website. Be sure to get yours sent in early to beat the lines on opening day. To be eligible for the Bear Ridge Speedway points fund, and recognized at the annual awards banquet, drivers must hold a 2018 Bear Ridge Speedway or DIRTcar license, compete in the required number of events and run on track designated tires as indicated in the rule book.
The price of a regular show general admission (front gate) ticket for adults (ages 17 to 61) is $10.00 a person and children 11 and under $2.00. Teens 12 to 16 and seniors 62 and older is $8.00. Military Discounts are available at $2.00 off for those with a valid ID. The back gate (pit gate) ticket price for Bear Ridge Speedway and DIRTcar 2018 license holders is $20.00. Non-license holders are $25.00 (both prices are in addition to the front gate ticket.)
The 2018 kid’s club membership is only $12.00 per child, infant to 11 years old, ($10.00 with front gate ticket stub), and once you are a member you get in free the rest of the season!
Don’t forget you will be able to hear all the highlights from the week before and what is coming up every Friday morning from 6:30 to 7:00 on WYKR.
Bear Ridge Speedway is as an alcohol-free family friendly entertainment spot, with our goal to make each experience at the Ridge better than the last. We continue to offer the best source of good inexpensive high-quality entertainment for families.
Visa and MasterCard are accepted. Racing begins at the famous “6:00-ish” start time starting Saturday May 5th.
Bear Ridge Speedway is located on Kidder Road in Bradford, VT, just off Exit 16 on Interstate 91. For more information, call (802) 222-4052 or visit www.bearridgespeedway.com. Questions can be sent to brsdirt@charter.net Visa and Master card accepted
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Contact: April May Preston Email: brsdirt@charter.net
Phone: (802) 222-4052

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