Bradford Bull Dogs Benefit sponsored by Swenson Insurance Inc

Bradford Bull Dogs Benefit sponsored by Swenson Insurance Inc

Brian Chaffee get the win in DIRTcar Sportsman Coupes with Mike Dunn getting it done in the DIRTcar Sportsman Modifieds



For Immediate Release                                                                                                                                                                     BRS-081515-1


BRADFORD, VT – It took four hours from the time practice was supposed to start for the first green to wave on a features only night due to the rain on the annual Bradford Bull Dogs Benefit night sponsored by Swenson Insurance Co. As always when it comes to getting in the show, if you come, you can rest assured promoter C.V. Butch Elms will do everything in his power to get it done, and this time when the rainbow came out the infamous “Bear Ridge Speedway Jet Dryer” was cut down and track drying began. Because of time constraints a features only format was put in place and at 9:00 pm the first feature of the night hit the track with conditions being fast and smooth for some of the best racing seen a the Ridge in 2015.

The Sprint Cars of New England made their way around the ¼ mile clay oval in fine fashion, with a new winner beating out the veterans. Butch Valley Jr was able to capitalize on his front row starting position and hold off the hard fought challenges of Dan Douville and last visits feature winner Scott Holcomb. Both crossed the line behind Valley in that order.

It was all about the wings as the Granite State Mini Sprints were also in the house both sporting good fields of cars for the night. In the 500cc’s your top three were Matt Hoyt, Bob Griffin and Sean Beinhaur. In the 600cc’s victory lane was visited by: Kyle Belliveau, Tim Beard and Benjamin Bachand

The DIRTcar Bond Auto Parts Sportsman Modifieds saw a new winner this week making Mike Dunn the tenth of the year. Dunn was able to take advantage of his front row starting spot and hold off the hard fought challenges of Gary Siemons who was waiting for Dunn to slip up once to be able to slip underneath him. Dunn held strong and went on for his first win of the season. As Siemons worked the leader Steve Bell in his best performance of the year, looked poised to be making his first victory lane visit in a Sportsman Mod. Unfortunately this race would be a half a lap too long as Adam Pierson was able to track him down and get by him on the last lap to take away the third place finish. Bell held on for fourth with Josh Currier coming home in fifth.

Brian Chaffee wrecked his primary car early in the season and brought out the car he had in his garage and took it to a feature win the first time out in the DIRTcar Wells River Chevrolet Sportsman Coupes. This week Chaffee was back in his primary car ready to take his favorite machine to victory lane. Chaffee starting up front fought the battle for the lead with Jeremy Beckley and finally was able to take over the point with just five laps to go, and hold off Beckley for his second with of the season. Joining Chaffee and Beckley in victory lane in the third place spot was Tim Hodge. Michael Danforth and Jason Horniak rounded out the top five.

The USAC DMA Midgets will return August 22 on Old Timers Night sponsored by Sabil & Sons.

An asphalt legend hit the dirt in the Crazy Ed’s Limited Late Models and it may have been the first time in history that father and son competed on the clay. Donny Lashua was in the backup car of son Matt Lashua and made it up to third mid-way thru the race. Son Matt starting up front was able to hold of the regulars Tim Martin and James Fadden for the point. Father Lashua came across the line one spot short of victory lane in fourth as he watched his son drive on for his second win the season over James Fadden and Tim Martin. Matt Boucher rounded out the top five.

The Weglarz Property Service/F.M.S. Auto Parts Four Cylinders saw a new winner as Hunter Garduno was able to hold off the very hard fought challenges of Jesse Durkee and rookie Robert Welch. David Durkee and Justin Severance completed the top five.

Bear Ridge Speedway’s 48th season of stock car racing continues on Saturday, August 22nd with Old Timers Night sponsored by Sabil & Sons Inc with a full card of racing plus the USAC DMA Midgets. Regular general admission pricing applies for the 99Rock Weekly Racing Series at $10 for adults (age 18-61), $8 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.

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


UNOFFICIAL RESULTS – Swenson Insurance, Bradford Bull Dogs Benefit night

99ROCK Weekly Racing Series

Bear Ridge Speedway — Bradford, VT

Saturday, August 15th, 2015


Bond Auto DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Feature (40 laps)

1st       9          Michael Dunn

2nd      5          Gary Siemons

3rd       15        Adam Pierson

4th       12        Steve Bell®

5th       42c      Josh Currier

6th       115      Tom Forward

7th       10        Derek Graham

8th       OO      Jason Gray

9th       24        Jordan Fornwalt

10th     11        Josh Sunn

11th     73        Kevin Chaffee

12th     42T      Robert Tucker

13th     4          DJ Robinson

14th     91        Tim Tucker

15th     12c      Jamie Ferland®

16th     10s      Ryan Christian

17th     88        Thomas Kimball

18th     34        Richie Simmons

19th     1x        TC Forward

20th     40        Steven Flint®

(DNS)  26        Jeff Huntington


Wells River Chevrolet Sportsman Coupe Feature (30 laps)

1st       16        Brian Chaffee

2nd      24        Jeremy Beckley

3rd       2          Tim Hodge

4th       44        Michael Danforth

5th       3          Jason Horniak

6th       33        Melvin Pierson

7th       28        Bob Shepard

8th       18        Jason Colbeth

9th       8          Gene Pierson

10th     13        Buster Kathan

11th     11        Martin Mastic

12th     21e      Matt Ellsworth

13th     43        Earl Maxham

14th     5          Mike Chaffee

15th     14        Mitchell Frost

16th     22        Thomas Placey

17th     71        Josh Harrington

18th     17        Todd Hayward

19th     20        Tom Chaffee


USAC DMA Midgets Feature (25 laps)

Return August 22, 2015


Crazy Ed’s Limited Late Model Feature (20 laps) top 5

1st       18        Matt     Lashua

2nd      91        James Fadden

3rd       83        Tim      Martin ®

4th       67        Donny Lashua

5th       71        Matt     Boucher


Weglarz Property Management/F.M.S. Auto Parts 4-Cylinder Feature (20 laps) top 5


1st       13        Hunter Garduno

2nd      88        Jesse   Durkee

3rd       65        Robert Welch ®

4th       6          David   Durkee

5th       4J        Justin   Severance ®


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