57th opening night at the Ridge goes in the record books a huge success.

57th opening night at the Ridge goes in the record books a huge success.

57th opening night at the Ridge goes in the record books a huge success.

For Immediate Release                                                                                                                                                                      BRS-05042024-1

It was a full day of activities and racing action with the annual festivities starting at the Bradford Fair Grounds with over seventy cars showing off their machines for the fans who stopped by. A huge thank you goes out to the Fair committee for once again holding this event. From there the drivers made their way up to the Ridge for their first spin around the famed quarter mile clay oval in an exclusive practice session for the attendees. By the time the first green waved on opening night sponsored by F.M.S. NAPA of Bradford close to a hundred drivers were waiting anxiously to grab the first green flag of the 57th consecutive season of racing at the Ridge. We can’t thank the fans, the competitors, crews, and families enough for making opening night of our 57th consecutive season always owned or operated by the Elms family such a huge success!! THANK YOU.

The first feature winners of the 57th consecutive season sponsored by F.M.S. NAPA Auto Parts of Bradford VT were Jason Gray in the Sabil & Sons DIRTcar Sportsman Modifieds; Michael Danforth in the Wells River Chevrolet DIRTcar Sportsman Coupes; Xtreme DIRTcar DMA Midgets Daniel Piastka, High Country Dispensary Late Models Kelly Miller, LaValley Building Supply Dirt Stocks Dustin Towle, Woodsville Power Equipment Ridge Runners Randy Morrill.

Jason Gray the past four seasons reigning champion of the Sabil & Sons DIRTcar Sportsman Modifieds had to earn his keep on opening night coming from mid pack to score his first win on his quest for making history by earning a fifth championship in a row. Chris Huntington found himself starting on the pole and was able for twenty-three laps before finally succumbing to Gray. Gray had to do it the hard way on the outside and after nearly a dozen laps of side-by-side racing was able to wear Huntington down and take the lead on lap twenty-three. Only a couple of cautions slowed the pace, but the restarts were enough to change the order of third back, as the outside groove was not the place to be. Huntington would fall victim to that lane and fall back to sixth by the time the checkers waved. Robert Tucker and DJ Robinson would join Gray in victory lane in that order, with Max Dolliver after having to pit for a flat tire under caution on lap ten fought his way back to the fourth place spot with Tad Kingsbury back in action as a rookie in the Mods taking home fifth.

The Wells River Chevrolet DIRTcar Sportsman Coupes are seeing a bit of a resurrection in 2024 with four rookies joining the ranks in hopes of giving the wily veterans a little competition this season. Everyone’s dream is to come out of the gate hot and Michael Danforth, your 2023 rookie of the year did just that. With the help of his Hall of Fame Gramp Gene Pierson he dogged Ricky Sanville for twenty-four laps before being able to best him for the point. From there Danforth went on to score the win, his second in his career, with Sanville holding on for second. Cooper Hodge joined the pair in third. Cody Gregoropoulos and Terry Williams rounded out the top five.

In the Xtreme DIRTcar DMA Midgets Ethan Durocher held on for thirteen laps before Daniel Piastka was able to take advantage of lapped traffic and jump to the lead. From there Piastka cruised on to claim the first checkers of the 2024 season. Durocher was shuffled back on the outside and would fall back to fifth by the time the checkers waved. A rare experience last year’s rookie of the year and track champion had difficulty coming out of the box and would finish next to last, giving everyone what they hoped for, a bit of bad luck for him and good luck for us. Two of those drivers would be teammates of the Matczak stable. Manny Dias would advance one position from his starting one taking home second with teammate Will Hull joining the pair in third. Justin Sheridan and Ethan Durocher rounded out the top five.

Kelly Miller beat last year’s track champion Matt Lashua in the High-Country Dispensary Late Models. Lashua was able to hold on to third with Scott Heath, last year’s rookie of the year joining the two veterans in victory lane in third. Mark Cole crosses the line in fourth with John Davis completing the top five.

In the LaValley Building Supply Dustin Towle took the lead on lap two and never looked back as he drove on to his first win in almost two years. Towle had to hold of the hard-fought efforts of Mike McClay, who once again found himself in second place, after finishing 2023 in the bridesmaid position. Aren Keene had a very impressive run coming home in the final victory lane spot. Tyler Tremblay and Brian King rounded out the top five. Last year’s track champion Andrew Fitzgerald had a tough night finishing in sixteenth.

The Woodsville Power Equipment Ridge Runners had a great showing of cars for opening night with several new faces geared up to tame the quarter mile clay oval. Randy Morrill took advantage of his second row starting spot to finally make it past Matthew Durphey on lap fourteen and go on to win his first race in over two years. Durphey looked poised to win the race holding off the pack for those first fourteen laps, but mechanical issues took him pit side, leaving him to dream of his win yet another day. Doug Kenny crossed the line second, but a post-race inspection saw him disqualified which moved Michael Paton to second and Travis Burroughs to third. Returning champ Kevin LaForest comes home in fourth with Kelly Miller Jr. taking home fifth.

Coming up this Saturday May 11th sponsored by Falken Tires is the first of two events hosted by Sabil and Sons DIRTcar Sportsman Modifieds, for the VP Racing Fuels DIRTcar Sportsman East Series. The event sponsored will see the winner taking home $1,057.00 and everyone taking the green a minimum $100.00. In addition, you can expect a full card of racing with the Wells River Chevrolet DIRTcar Sportsman Coupes, LaValley Building Supply Dirt Stocks, Woodsville Power Equipment Ridger Runners and visiting when at the Ridge R.E. Hinkley Granite State Mini Sprints. The Extreme DIRTcar DMA Midgets and High-Country Dispensaries Late Models are off, returning to action on May 18th. This is a SPECIAL ADMISSION show with adults, teens and seniors at $15.00.

Remember in today’s society we could all use a little more family entertainment, and the Ridge is your best place to be for just that. The admission price is more than reasonable; the show top-notch, the food superior, and the family friendly atmosphere is just what you are looking for!

Tune in to hear April May and Butch as they join Stephen John for all the highlights of Bear Ridge Speedway from the week before and what is coming up every Friday morning from 6:30 to 7:00 on WYKR, and on the world wide web!

The price of a regular show general admission (front gate) ticket for adults (ages 17 to 61) is $12.00 a person. Seniors 62 and older $10.00. Teens 12 to 16 WITH a paying adult $10.00, and children 11 and under WITH a paying Adult $2.00. 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 2024 license holders is $30.00. Non-license holders are $35.00 (both prices include the front gate ticket.)

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.

Please stay safe and be kind to others!

Visa and MasterCard are accepted. Racing begins at the famous “6:00-ish” start time every Saturday starting in May thru September.
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


UNOFFICIAL RESULTS – 57th Season of Racing sponsored by FMS NAPA Auto Parts of Bradford VT night.

99ROCK Weekly Racing Series

Bear Ridge Speedway — Bradford, VT

Saturday May 4, 2024


Sabil & Sons DIRTcar Sportsman Modifieds (35 laps)


1st       00        Jason Gray

2nd      42T      Robert Tucker

3rd       4          DJ Robinson

4th       29        Max Dolliver

5th       09        Tad Kingsbury ®

6th       9h        Chris Huntington

7th       86        Mike Ryan

8th       26        Jeremy Huntoon

9th       16        Brian Chaffee

10th     3          Jeff Huntington

11th     66        Tim Churchill

12th     02        Wayland Childs

13th     3H       Kyle Huntington

14th     631      Todd Buckwold

15th     24p      Ashton Pierson

21        Earl Maxham DNS


HEAT one:      Tad Kingsbury

HEAT two:       DJ Robins

Sting Vintage Race Cars Buster Kathan Dash for Cash winner: Tad Kingsbury


Wells River Chevrolet DIRTcar Sportsman Coupes (30 Laps)


1st       44        Michael Danforth JR

2nd      93        Ricky Sanville

3rd       17        Cooper Hodge

4th       12        Cody Gregoropoulos

5th       16        Terry Williams

6th       21e      Matt Ellsworth

7th       20        Todd Hayward

8th       2          Tim Hodge

9th       3          Jason Horniak

10th     66        Alexander Pushee

11th     89        Lucas Wheeler ®

12th     96        Rob Williams ®

13th     27        Matthew Borst ®

14th     56        Jeremy Huntoon

15th     11        Josh Harrington

16th     28        Bob Shepard

17th     69x      AJ Pushee ®


HEAT one:      Terry Williams

HEAT two:       Todd Hayward


Xtreme DIRTcar DMA Midgets Feature (25 laps)


1st       1B        Daniel Piastka

2nd      3          Manny Dias

3rd       2          Will Hull

4th       17        Justin Sheridan

5th       9          Ethan Durocher

6th       0          Keith Brown

7th       91        Wayne Koehler

8th       52k      Todd Mable

9th       01        John Forlano

10th     02        Anthony Marvuglio ®

11th     7          Brandon Piastka

12th     76        Chris Murray

13th     19        Stephen Krueger ®


HEAT one:      Ethan Durocher

HEAT two:       Daniel Piastka


High Country Dispensary Late Model Feature (20 Laps)


1st       04        Kelly Miller Sr

2nd      316      Matt Lashua

3rd       16        Scott Heath

4th       6x        Mark Cole

5th       96        John Davis

6th       2B        Ryan Avery

7th       70        Robb Rugg


HEAT one:      Ryan Avery


LaValley’s Building Supply Dirt Stockers (20 Laps)


1st       60        Dustin  Towle

2nd      82        Mike    McClay

3rd       35        Aren    Keene

4th       27        Matt     Pike

5th       32        Tyler    Tremblay

6th       X          Bryan   King

7th       25        Timothy Blake

8th       44        Keith    Mansur

9th       18D     Dawn   Rumrill

10th     81        Dana   Carter

11th     42        Jacob  Hall Larson

12th     5j         John    Fields

13th     6x        Chris    Cole

14th     71x      Tyler    Fellows

15th     71        James Thompson

16th     55        Andrew Fitzgerald

17th     1x        Nathan Felch

18th     94        Ryan    Sayers


HEAT one:      Dana Carter

HEAT two:       Dustin Towle


Woodsville Power Equipment Ridge Runners (20 laps)


1st       28        Randy Morrill

2nd      1          Michael Paton

3rd       53        Travis  Burroughs

4th       49        Kevin   LaForest

5th       04        Kelly    Miller Jr.

6th       54        Katie    Burroughs

7th       5          Tim      Davis

8th       17        Shane Stygles

9th       66        Kyle     Morris

10th     50        Matt     Lucas

11th     26        Noah   Mathieu

12th     64        Matthew Durphey

13th     4          Mystery Driver

14th     21        Braiden Wyman

15th     08        David   Hunt Jr.

16th     55        Rick     Stygles

17th     3          Travis  King

18th     9          Raven Streeter

63        Doug   Kenny D’qd post race inspection


HEAT one:      Travis Burroughs

HEAT two:       Tim Davis


Joe Mama’s Sporting Goods 4/6 Cylinder Enduro

First Event 5/25/2024