T.C. Forward and Melvin Pierson grab the 1st win in the DIRTcar Sportsman Modifieds and Coupes Opening night of Bear Ridge Speedway’s 50th season of racing.

T.C. Forward and Melvin Pierson grab the 1st win in the DIRTcar Sportsman Modifieds and Coupes Opening night of Bear Ridge Speedway’s 50th season of racing.

T.C. Forward and Melvin Pierson grab the 1st win in the DIRTcar Sportsman Modifieds and Coupes Opening night of Bear Ridge Speedway’s 50th season of racing.

For Immediate Release                                                                                                                                                                      BRS-050717-1

                 It was thought that the anticipation and waiting of the first green flag of Bear Ridge Speedway’s 50th year of racing was going to have to go on for yet another week when all woke up to over cast skies moisture in the air and the knowledge that every other track in New England had already canceled due to rain. But for 28 years the man at the helm of our hidden gem has taken on the challenge that mother nature has thrown him and more often than not, has been declared the winner. This night turned out to be no exception. The annual Bradford car show was canceled due to the wet conditions of the field used. Showers came on and off throughout the afternoon but by 3:30 the graders were out working the clay oval and right on schedule the first green flag was waived at 6:00 pm(ish). Those that made the trip and were lucky enough to find a parking spot and a seat to be a part of the historic opening night of 50 years of racing at the Ridge were not disappointed.

The small in size buy mighty in speed and performance Laquerre’s Sports USAC DMA Midgets were the first to hit the track. Most of these guys trek from far away to be a part of the full card weekly racing and for those that have a great night it is well worth the trip. it proved to be well worth the trip.  When things don’t go your way the trek back home can me be long. Opening night for one of the veterans of this class has made both those trips with the scales seemingly to be tipped more to the longer trip home, so being able to start the season on the right foot is a huge milestone. Dean Christiansen driving one of the Ray Miller stable machines, starting from the second row was able to get to second place quickly but seemed unable to get to the point as Manny Dias dominated the first nineteen laps. On the last lap Christiansen made the move that got Dias loose enough to lose his ground giving Christiansen the opportunity he needed to take the lead and go on to steal the win. Dias was able to hold on to second and third went to Adam Whitney. Andrew Barrows and Jeff Horn completed the top five. The Laquerre’s Sports USAC DMA Midgets will return to the Ridge in two weeks for their next scheduled event.

The Wells River Chevrolet DIRTcar Sportsman Coupes were next on the track for their thirty lap main event. The full field of the Ridge’s co-premiere division were led to the green by Melvin Pierson driving the Jon Covey machine and Earl Maxhim. Maxhem quicly learned that he still has a few kinkds to work outas he slipped back in the pack for a disappointing finish outside the top ten. Pierson on the other hand appears t have come out of the gate primed for perfection as he dominated the event. A role over would bring out the red flag, when the fans saw Matt Ellsworth go for a wild ride in turn four landing on his roof. Ellsworth climbed out of his car making the slow walk to the pits as his machine made the trip bad on a double hook. When racing resumed it was still all Pierson as he went on to grab the win. Joining him in the record books for making it to victory lane in the Ridge’s 50 year of racing was last year’s champion Jason Horniac coming up from seventh and Jason Colbeth. Todd Hayward and Gene Pierson coming out of retirement for the 50th season of racing at the Ridge rounded out the top five.

Up next came the pounding thunder of the Sabil & Sons DIRTcar Sportsman Modifieds. Todd Fenoff and TC Forward brought the full field of cars to the green with Robert Tucker and Steve Flint close behind. Forward was able to get the jump of Fenoff for the point and would check out on the field. The man on the move who would have loved to have seen just a few more laps was Derek Graham. Graham having taken a year off was ready to get back at it. And his dominate perforamance of the night showed just how eager he was. Starting from deep in the pack he picked his way to the front and would fall one spot short of the checkers coming home in second. Joining Forward and Graham in victory lane was Trever Rocke. Terry Williams and Robert Tucker finished fourth and fifth.

The C.A. Miller Limited Late Models put on an exciting show for the fans with Wayland Childs being able to hold off Ryan Christian for the win. Brian Campbell crossed the line in third grabbing the final victory lane spot.

With last year’s champion in the Weglarz Property Service Four Cylinders making the big leap to the Sportsman Modifieds, and several new drivers signing up for the season this division could prove to offer some great racing excitement in 2017. Tonight, the remaining veterans were still able to get the job done with Jesse Durkee grabbing the win. Jason Porter making the trip weekly from Maine was able to grab second with Bobby Bell in third. Charlie Lakin and Buddy Welch completed the top five.

Bear Ridge Speedway’s 50th season of dirt car racing continues Saturday, May 13th, sponsored by Alarmco Inc of Bradford VT with the Sabil & Sons DIRTcar Sportsman Modifieds, Wells River Chevrolet DIRTcar Sportsman Coupes, C.A. Miller Inc Limited Late Models, and the Weglarz Property Service Four Cylinders. Plus the Sprint Cars of New England will be on hand. The Laquerre’s Sports USC DMA Midgets are off this week. Special general admission for the 99Rock Weekly Racing Series is $13 for adults (age 18-61), $10 for teens (12-17) and seniors (62+), and $2 for children; Visa and MasterCard are accepted.  Racing begins at the famous “6:00-ish” start time.

Season passes are still available for general admission, Adults is $180.00, Seniors and Teens $150.00.  2017 membership and car owner applications are available on line or by calling 603/222-4052.

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. Remember “Dirt where every lap is the last lap” we continue to offer the best source of good inexpensive high quality entertainment for families.

Bear Ridge Speedway is located off exit 16 of I91 on to Rte 25 west 1 mile to South Road up the hill to Kidder Rd. The green will wave every Saturday starting May 6th at 6:00 pm(ish). Be sure to check the web www.bearridgespeedway.com Questions can be sent to brsdirt@charter.net

UNOFFICIAL RESULTS – 50th Season of Racing Opening Night sponsored by FMS NAPA Auto Parts

99ROCK Weekly Racing Series

Bear Ridge Speedway — Bradford, VT

Saturday, May 6 2017


Sabil & Sons DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Feature (40 laps)

1          1x        TC Forward

2          10        Derek Graham

3          63        Trevor Rocke

4          97        Terry Williams

5          42T      Robert Tucker

6          10s      Ryan Christian

7          631      Todd Buckwald

8          77        Chris Clark®

9          34        Richie Simmons

10        115      Tom Forward

11        22        Tyler Maxham®

12        42c      Josh Currier

13        9          Michael Dunn

14        4          DJ Robinson

15        86        Mike Ryan

16        8          Stephen Lary®

17        40        Steven Flint

18        87        Todd Fenoff

19        97H     Alan Hammond

DNS: Adam Piersron


Wells River Chevrolet Sportsman Coupe Feature (25 laps)

1          33        Melvin Pierson

2          3          Jason Horniak

3          18        Jason Colbeth

4          20        Todd Hayward

5          15        Gene Pierson

6          96        Thomas Placey

7          51        Danny Doyle

8          50        Tyler Stygles

9          16        Brian Chaffee

10        77        Robert Kilburn

11        5          Tanner Siemons®

12        2          Earl Maxham

13        28        Bob Shepard

14        63        Mike Stender®

15        24        Jeremy Beckley

16        56        Chris LaForest

17        71        Josh Harrington

18        23        Derrick Stearns®

19        21e      Matt Ellsworth

DNS: Jeff Rob0bins


Laquerre’s Sports USAC DMA Midgets Feature (20)

1          69        Dean   Christensen

2          42        Manny Dias

3          12        Adam   Whitney

4          64        Andy    Barrows

5          A1        Jeff      Horn

6          5          Derek  O’Hearn®

7          1B        Joe      Krawiec

8          10        Jeff      Champagne

9          3          Seth     Carlson

10        9m       David   Moniz

C.A. Miller Limited Late Model Feature (15 laps)

1st       O2       Wayland          Childs

2nd      10s      Ryan   Christian

3rd       12        Bryan  Campbell

4th       87        Don     Reynolds


Weglarz Property Management 4-Cylinder Feature (20 laps)


1st       88        Jesse   Durkee

2nd      13        Jason  Porter

3rd       24        Bobby  Bell

4th       3          Charlie Lakin

5th       65        Robert Welch

6th       33        Erin      Vien®

7th       71        Rodney           Davis

8th       1          David   Durkee

9th       21        Harry   Davidson

10th     2          Deven Stearns

11th     82        Peter   Burt®

12th     8          Sean    Perron

13th     62        Wayne LaBree®

14th     83        Mike    Sherburne

15th     7          Andrew            Royston®

16th     12        Steve   Bell

17th     17        Shane  Stygles

18th     75        Derrick Counter

19th     0vt       Kelly    Miller Jr®


Contact: April May Preston                                                                             Email: brsdirt@charter.net