Mekkelsen RV Press 6/11/16

Mekkelsen RV Press 6/11/16

Sunn gets his first win in Sabil & Sons DIRTcar Sportsman Modifieds
Pierson first repeat winner in the Wells River Chevrolet DIRTcar Sportsman Coupes.

For Immediate Release BRS-0061116-1

BRADFORD, VT – It may have been raining at your house and you decided to stay home, but the skies cleared for racing to start at about 6:30 setting up the track for some very fast racing on Mekkelsen RV night. It goes to prove once again that Promoter CV “Butch” Elms WILL do everything in his power to get the show in despite surrounding conditions.
The visiting WYKR Sprint cars of New England were in the house for their second event of the season. The track conditions provided for a rough start for the field of twenty cars with a couple of flips in the early laps stopping the pace. Once the guys and gals figured out the track was wicked fast and to drive it accordingly they settled in to some great racing going green to checkers from lap three to the end. Kevin Chaffee doing double duty took the lead on the last restart holding on to the point until lap fourteen when Chris Donnelly grabbed the point and went on to score the win. Chaffee held on for second with Lacey Hanson coming home in third. Jacob Williams and rookie Matt Hoyt completed the top five.
Tommy Kimball felt pretty good with his car in the Sabil & Sons DIRTcar Sportsman Modifieds as he brought his car around to take the green for their 35 lap main event. He was able to hold on to the point and survive three restarts before succumbing to Josh Sunn who has been anxious for a win all season. Sunn took the lead from Kimball on lap eighteen. Sunn would pull away from the field only having to hold off the hungry beasts behind him on a couple of restarts late in the race. Gary Siemons and Ryan Christian battled it out for second and were happy to see the restarts as knew it would be their best chance to knock off Sunn. Unfortunately for them Sunn was having nothing to do with losing the point and held them off to take home his first win of the season in the Sportsman Modes. Lapped traffic would be the demise of Christian and the blessing of last week’s feature winner Kevin Chaffee with one lap to go, as Chaffee would get by Christian to take the third and final victory lane spot. Siemons crossed the line in second with James Fadden and Todd Buckwold completing the top five.
Melvin Pierson makes it back to victory lane in the Wells River Chevrolet Sportsman Coupes claiming his second win of the season the first repeat winner. Pierson starting from mid pack took advantage of a couple of early cautions to take the lead away from rookie Stan Otterman on lap seven. Pierson led the remaining 18 green to checkers laps over Matt Ellsworth who is still looking for his first win of the season. As the laps ticked off Jason Horniac worked his way to the front picking up Josh Harrington along the way. Horniac would be the lucky one to claim the final victory lane spot with Pierson and Ellsworth, leaving Harrington and Otterman to complete the top five.
The Laquerre Sports USAC DMA Midgets were off this week, returning next week June 18th.
Rookie Wayland Childs adds his name to the feature winners list in the Mike Rivers Automotive Limited Late Models. Starting on the pole track he was able to hold off the pack to grab his first win over Tim Martin and TJ Morse. Bryan King driving the Derrick Stearns machine came home in fourth with John Neddo taking the fifth place spot.
The Weglarz Property Service Four Cylinder had their madness night which means extra money on the line and laps to earn it. The field collected enough laps to run three twenty-three lap segments
Charlie Lakin earned the point of the first segment securing the most laps sponsored. Unfortunately luck wasn’t going quite Lakin’s way as by lap seven he had fallen out of the money spots. Jim Durkee dominated the first segment leading all but the first two laps and crossed the line first with Danny Doyle and Jesse Durkee right behind him. Mike Ryan and Buddy Welch crossed fourth and fifth. In Segment two the start was inverted from the on track cars from the first segment giving Bobby Bell the point. He held on until lap six when the caution waved. Danny Doyle grabbed the lead on the restart and went on to cross the line in first with Jim Durkee and Jesse Durkee in second and third. Buddy Welch and Jacob Roy took fourth and fifth. Segment three once again a starting line up from the prior segment two, put rookie Tyler Cloutier on the point which he held on to until lap seven when Buddy Welch grabbed the point. Buddy stayed on point beating out Mike Ryan and Jim Durkee at the line. Danny Doyle and Jesse Durkee completed the top five.
The combined finishes were added together giving Jim Durkee the overall winner beating out Danny Doyle by one point Buddy Welch grabbed third beating out Jesse Durkee by one point. Mike Ryan earned fifth overall.
Bear Ridge Speedway’s 49th season of stock car racing continues on Saturday, June 18th with the New Digs for Dogs Benefit featuring the Sabil & Sons DIRTcar Sportsman Modifieds, Wells River Chevrolet DIRTcar Sportsman Coupes, Laquerre’s Sports USAC DMA Midgets, Mike Rivers Automotive Limited Late Models, and the Weglarz Property Service Four Cylinders. Plus ACOT-the Atlantic Coast Old Timers, all brought to you by Jiffy Mart of Bradford. Bring in two dog items and get $2.00 off one General Admission Ticket. Regular General Admission applies $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

99ROCK Weekly Racing Series
Bear Ridge Speedway — Bradford, VT
Saturday, June11, 2016

Sabil & Sons DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Feature (35 laps)
1st 11 Josh Sunn
2nd 5 Gary Siemons
3rd 73 Kevin Chaffee
4th 10s Ryan Christian
5th 91nh James Fadden ®
6th 631 Todd Buckwold ®
7th 97 Terry Williams ®
8th F82 Thomas Kimball
9th 42c Josh Currier
10th 97H Alan Hammond
11th 9 Michael Dunn
12th 42T Robert Tucker
13th 91 Tim Tucker
14th 18 Matt Lashua ®
15th 20vt Chris Chambers ®
16th 12 Stevie Bell
17th 70 Lenny Pillsbury ®
18th 70c Kevin Dickinson ®
19th 4 DJ Robinson
20th 1x TC Forward IV
21st 63 Trever Rocke ®
22nd 40 Steven Flint
23rd 12c Jamie Ferland
24th 7 Robert Thurston ®
Heat winners:
Heat one: Matt Lashua
Heat two: Ryan Christian
Heat three: Josh Sunn
Blackmount Equipment Semi Feature winner: #10s Ryan Christian

Wells River Chevrolet Sportsman Coupe Feature (25 laps)
1st 33 Melvin Pierson
2nd 21e Matt Ellsworth
3rd 3 Jason Horniak
4th 71 Josh Harrington
5th 78 Stan Otterman ®
6th 2 Tim Hodge
7th 22 Thomas Placey
8th 44 Michael Danforth
9th 56 Chris LaForest ®
10th 43 Earl Maxham
11th 13 Buster Kathan
12th 42 Tyler Maxham ®
13th 16 Brian Chaffee
14th 28 Bob Shepard
15th 18 Jason Colbeth
16th 14 Mitchell Frost

Laquerre’s Sports USAC DMA Midgets Feature (20 laps)
Off Return 6/18/16

Mike Rivers Automotive Limited Late Model Feature (20 laps)
1st O2 Wayland Child ®
2nd 83 Tim Martin
3rd 11 TJ Morse®
4th 2 Bryan King
5th 15 John Neddo

Weglarz Property Management 4-Cylinder Feature (Madness night three 23 lap segments)
Segment #1 top five:
1st 9 Jim Durkee
2nd O2 Danny Doyle
3rd 88 Jesse Durkee
4th 86 Mike Ryan
5th 65 Robert Welch
Segment #2 top five:
1st O2 Danny Doyle
2nd 9 Jim Durkee
3rd 88 Jesse Durkee
4th 65 Robert Welch
5th 11vt Jacob Roy
Segment #3 top five:
1st 65 Robert Welch
2nd 86 Mike Ryan
3rd 9 Jim Durkee
4th O2 Danny Doyle
5th 88 Jesse Durkee
Overall finish:
1st 9 Jim Durkee
2nd O2 Danny Doyle
3rd 65 Robert Welch
4th 88 Jesse Durkee
5th 86 Mike Ryan
6th 11vt Jacob Roy
7th 3 Charlie Lakin
8th 49 Kevin Laforest ®
9th 17 Shane Stygles
10th 13 Jason Porter
11th 193 Alex Theroux
12th 91x Tyler Cloutier
13th 24 Bobby Bell
14th 83 Mike Sherburne
15th 29J Justin Stockman®
16th 8 Sean Perron

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Phone: (802) 222-4052