Bear Ridge Speedway gearing up for their 55th consecutive year of racing on the infamous 1/4 mile clay oval.

Bear Ridge Speedway gearing up for their 55th consecutive year of racing on the infamous 1/4 mile clay oval.

Bear Ridge Speedway gearing up for their 55th consecutive year of racing
on the infamous 1/4 mile clay oval.


For Immediate Release                                                                                                                                              BRS-022121-1


Bear Ridge Speedway “the fastest dirt track in Vermont” is putting together another year of edge of your seat racing entertainment as they celebrate the 55th consecutive season at the Ridge with a banner line up of events with the return of long-standing sponsors.

It is hard to believe that the Ridge in 2022 will be celebrating 55 years of racing all of which have been owned and operated by the same family. Starting back in 1968 when Charles Elms working with George Barber introduced coupe racing to the hills of Vermont, a vision that 55 years later is still going strong as the Ridge continues to be the “Home of the Coupes”. Elms, with three others, would eventually buy the facility from Barber and then in the late eighties son C.V. “Butch” Elms, with a short term partner would purchase the track from his father, in 2022 Elms with wife April May Preston-Elms continue to host the best short track dirt racing in Vermont, making this one of the few tracks in United States that has for 55 years always been owned or operated by the same family.

This feat would not be possible without the many long-standing sponsors, under the DIRTcar banner weekly race night sponsors FMS NAPA of Bradford, Walker Motor Sales, Swenson Insurance, JTB Towing and Recovery (formally Interstate Battery) have been with the Ridge for decades. In addition to these corner stone sponsors, the Ridge is very fortunate to have several long-standing sponsors such as Wells River Savings Bank, Dennis Preston Builder, Woodsville Guaranty Savings Bank, Walker Motor Sales, Dead River Co., Valley Floors, Twin State Ford, Sabil & Sons, and Dad’s 4 By Tool & Supply who continue to support the weekly racing.  This year’s twenty-two-week racing season is filled out with Ron’s Fix It Shop, 95.3 & 107.1 the Wolf, Pellerin Auto Parts, Body & Automotive, Lucky’s Trailer Sales, and General Auto Salvage. All sponsors regardless of their length of support are what helps make the Ridge possible on a weekly basis, to host the best dirt car short track racing for our fans.

Of course, our 99 wfrd Weekly Racing Series Division Sponsors are also another key to our success, with Sabil & Sons sponsoring the first of our two headline divisions the DIRTcar Sportsman Modifieds and Wells River Chevrolet the sponsor of our second head line division the DIRTcar Sportsman Coupes. In addition the Ridge is proud to have the USAC DMA Midgets on the docket as a regular division along with the Late Models, LaValley Building Supply Dirt Stocks, Peanuts Auto Four Cylinders, and the Sting Vintage Race Cars 4/6 Cylinder Enduro Series.

FMS NAPA of Bradford will once again be hosting the first green flag, opening night, of the season on Saturday May 7th, 2022, following the annual Bear Ridge car show at the Bradford Fair Grounds from 10:00 to 1:00. Racing action will start at our infamous 6:00pm(ish).

Everyone is anxious to see the 2022 season, the Ridge’s 55th consecutive to kick into gear on May 7th, you will be able to hear April May and Butch as they join Stephen John once again for all the highlights of Bear Ridge Speedway from the week before and what is coming up every Friday morning from 6:45 to 7:00 on WYKR.

Our Season pass application form is available online at our website. There are several different options available. Check out our website for all the details.

2022 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, and to guaranty your number. All numbers are held until March 1st. To be eligible for the Bear Ridge Speedway points fund, and recognized at the annual awards banquet, drivers must hold a 2022 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 $12.00 a person and children 11 and under $2.00. Teens 12 to 16 and seniors 62 and older is $10.00. Military Discounts are available at $5.00 off for those with a valid ID.

The back gate (pit gate) ticket price for Bear Ridge Speedway and DIRTcar 2022 license holders is $30.00. Non-license holders is $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.

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 Questions can be sent to  Visa and Master card accepted


Contact: April May Preston-Elms                                                                               Email:

Phone: (802) 222-4052