Jiffy Mart of Bradford P&H Truck Stop press 6/13/15

Jiffy Mart of Bradford P&H Truck Stop press 6/13/15

The Fairlee Flyer Kevin Chaffee wins two out of three in the USAC DMA Midgets, DIRTcar Sportsman Modifieds and Sprint Cars of New England feaures


For Immediate Release                                                                                                                                                                     BRS-061315-1


BRADFORD, VT – Don’t blink because you may not see the Fairlee Flyer as he flies thru the pits to his next event. “Fairlee Flyer” Kevin Chaffee, Bradford VT was a mere two positions short of making it a triple crown, competing in not one, not two, but three divisions winning two of the events and finish third in the other. Having gotten the warm up feature in the Midgets under his belt, Chaffee took to the ¼ mile clay oval in his Bond Auto DIRTcar Sportsman Modifieds sitting midpack of the full field of machines. Chaffee not in too much of a hurry worked his way methodically thru the pack, also taking advantage of the field being regrouped after a couple of cautions, to the front of the field. Josh Currier Newport NH started on point and looked to be headed for his first win of the season, surviving the bloody hounds on the restarts, but was not able to hold off the flyer as by lap 33 Chaffee said here I am and see ya later. Currier was able to hold on for the bridesmaid position for the night defending his spot from Jason Gray E Thetford VT who simply ran out of time to pick his way by Currier and set a challenge on Chaffee. At the checkers that is how the three would cross, as Chaffee made his second visit to victory lane for evening. Completing the top five were TC Forward and DJ Robinson, both with two of their better finishes for the season. Chaffee is the first repeat winner in the Bond Auto DIRTcar Sportsman Modifieds for the 2015 season. Claiming the Blackmount semi feature win was DJ Robinson his second of the year.

The night’s activities sponsored by Jiffy Mart of Bradford and P&H Truck Stop Wells River offered a little bit of everything with the wingless Midgets the Winged Sprint Cars of New England, the regular open wheel and fendered divisions and some great old timers from the Atlantic Coast Old Timers Group. ACOT had 11 legends on display for the fans and four of the brave ones took this open cockpit machines out on the track for a little action of their own. Always a delight to see, and hard to believe how it was, these are great group of gents who everyone enjoys getting a peak at.

The WYKR Sprint Cars of New England after their four wide parade laps took the green 18 strong for their thirty lap main event. Always the ones to watch the three musketeers of Chaffee, Dan Douville, and Chris Donnelly starting 14th thru 16th respectfully put on the show as they zigged and zagged their way to the front of the field. Toby Tatro and Luke Greenwood were too busy to pay any thought to what was going on behind them as they duked it out in a battle swapping the lead back and forth between. Greenwood would lead the most but unfortunately not the most important one as the musketeers had arrived at the front and Chaffee after being told by the photographer in victory lane after his midget race that he would see two more times this night as the winner, suddenly saw that he might be right. Chaffee captured the lead on lap 23 taking point for the remainder of the race. Donnelly and Douville battled for the runner up position with Donnelly getting the spot and Douville having to settle for third. Chaffee did claim his second win of the night and his third visit to victory lane. Troy Comeau and Luke Greenwood completed the top five.

Slow and steady wins the race and the ageless wonder Bob Shepard Topsham VT showed everyone just how that can work in the Wells River Chevrolet Sportsman Coupes. While Shepard worked his way from the back of the park the battle for the lead was fought between Rookie Todd Hayward and wily veteran Melvin Pierson. For 26 of the 30 laps the two fought the fight never knowing that both were soon to fall prey to the 28 machine as Shepard finally knocked on their doors taking the lead with just four to go. Shepard returning to the coupes in what could be seen as dajavous with the color scheme the same as many a day gone by picture (now if only we could get him to grow his hair back like it was years ago) has been hungry for a win, having not seen one in a long time. No oxygen was needed for him for this visit to victory lane, proving to all that time does sometimes make you better. Pierson held off Hayward for second with Hayward recording his best finish of the season in the third and final victory lane spot. The other elder of the group Buster Kathan finished fourth with Teddy “Salad bar” Salomaa coming home in third.

The USAC DMA Midgets were back home and with five of the drivers doing at least double duty these drivers are getting plenty of seat time and making for stiffer competition for the remainder of the field. With ages ranging from teens to seniors and all equally capable of making it to victory lane this division offers plenty of edge of your seat excitement for the fans. The dominance of the Manafort stable continues as once again Adam Pierson E Corinth VT came from deep in the pack to claim his second win of the year. The Matczak stable struggling of late finally had an in their book winning night as both drivers finished and finished well. As the veteran Jeff Horn brought the field to the green holding the point for several laps before succumbing to the Miller Stable driver Dean Christensen, Horn eager for one more win in his 50 years of racing found himself looking in from the outside as he slipped his way back to seventh. Christensen led for the bulk of the laps, but when Pierson grabbed the lead with seven to go, knew he would end up having to settle for at best runner up. Runner up is what he held on to with Kevin Chaffee in the Matczak machine knocking on his door. Coming home in fourth in his debut in the USAC Midgets was Derek Graham. With Josh Sunn finishing out the top five.

The Crazy Ed’s Limited Late Models, with three cautions slowing the field saw Brandon Gray grab the lead on lap two and cruise on to his fifth win of the season. Matt Lashua came across the line in second failing to bring home his new baby of less than a week a first place trophy. Returning Derrick Ohearn came home in third. Tim Martin and James Fadden completed the top five.

The Weglarz Property Service/F.M.S. Auto Parts Four Cylinders last on the night with just one feature to run. A third winner is finally able to be recorded in the record books this year as only Mike Ryan and Matt Boucher have had the honors so far. Jesse Durkee in a rear wheel drive grabbed the lead from Mike Ryan with only five to go and made to the checkers first, the first rear wheel car in this combined division in two years. Boucher and Ryan battled for the remaining top to victory lane spots with Boucher coming in one better the Ryan. Rounding out the top five were Jacob Roy and Justin Severance.

Bear Ridge Speedway’s 48th season of stock car racing continues on Saturday, June 20th sponsored by Wells River Savings Bank with a full card of racing plus the Four Cylinder make up race from 5/30 and a 4/6 cylinder Enduro. (USAC DMA Midgets off). Regular 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 www.bearridgespeedway.com.


UNOFFICIAL RESULTS – Jiffy Mart of Bradford & P&H Truck Stop

99ROCK Weekly Racing Series

Bear Ridge Speedway — Bradford, VT

Saturday, June 13th, 2015


Bond Auto DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Feature (40 laps)


1st             73        Kevin Chaffee

2nd            42c      Josh Currier

3rd             OO      Jason Gray

4th             1x        TC Forward

5th             4          DJ Robinson

6th             91        Tim Tucker

7th             42T      Robert Tucker

8th             15        Adam Pierson

9th             24        Jordan Fornwalt

10th           10s      Ryan Christian

11th           9          Michael Dunn

12th           O1       Mike Gendron

13th           34        Richie Simmons

14th           20        Chris Chambers

15th           40        Steven Flint

16th           12c      Jamie Ferland®

17th           11        Josh Sunn

18th           88        Thomas Kimball

19th           79        Ray Johnson®

20th           14        Tim Williams ®

21st           10        Derek Graham

22nd          115      Tom Forward

DNS          5          Gary Siemons


Blackmount Equipment Sales Semi Feature winner: #4 DJ Robinson


Wells River Chevrolet Sportsman Coupe Feature (30 laps)


1st       28        Bob Shepard

2nd      33        Melvin Pierson

3rd       17        Todd Hayward®

4th       13        Buster Kathan

5th       8          Teddy Salomaa

6th       44        Michael Danforth

7th       24        Jeremy Beckley

8th       21e      Matt Ellsworth

9th       71        Josh Harrington

10th     18        Jason Colbeth

11th     2          Tim Hodge

12th     11        Martin Mastic

13th     43        Earl Maxham

14th     16        Brian Chaffee

15th     3          Jason Horniak

16th     22        Thomas Placey

17th     5          Jonathon Covey®


USAC DMA Midgets Feature (25 laps)


1st       76        Adam Pierson

2nd      69        Dean Christensen

3rd       4          Kevin Chaffee

4th       5          Derek Graham

5th       67        Josh Sunn

6th       47        Scott Holcomb

7th       1R       Jeff Horn

8th       64        Andrew Barrows

9th       12        Adam Whitney

10th     57        Dylan Duhaime

11th     1W       Ray Miller

12th     46        Kenney Johnson

13th     33        Tim Gallant

14th     15        Jeff Champagne

15th     18c      Mike Chaffee

16th     96        Rob Williams

DNS   10       Rich Blanchard

Elliott Beveridge dash winner Adam Pierson


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

1st       OO      Brandon Gray

2nd      18        Matt     Lashua

3rd       55        Derrek O’Hearn

4th       83        Tim      Martin ®

5th       91        James Fadden

6th       5T        Travis  Smith

7th       2          Derrek Stearns

8th       3          David   Stearns


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


1st       88        Jesse   Durkee

2nd      61        Matt     Boucher

3rd       86        Mike    Ryan

4th       11vt     Jacob  Roy

5th       4J        Justin   Severance ®

6th       87        Don     Reynolds

7th       3          Charlie Lakin

8th       13        Hunter             Garduno

9th       28        Jim      Durkee

10th     8          Sean    Perron

11th     75        Derrik Counter

12th     65        Robert Welch ®

13th     23        Jason  Porter

14th     11        Kaitlyn Coates ®

15th     78        Richard           Potwin

16th     17        Justin   Blakely ®

17th     12        Shawn Chaloux ®

18th     31        Lisa      Austin (DNS)

19th     68        Derrick            Durkee (DNS)

20th     o7        Shawn Pallas (DNS)



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