BRADFORD, VT – Over 50 kids from ages 2 to 14 signed up for the always anticipated and exciting kids’ bike races for the Interstate Battery of Newmont sponsored event on Saturday August 2, 2014 at Bear Ridge Speedway.  The drivers were divided into four groups and, depending on their age bracket, went for a quarter lap to two complete laps for the checkers.  Every kid there was of course a winner, and who knows which one will be the future Chris Donnelly or Kevin Chaffee of the Ridge.

DJ Robinson looked poised to win his first ever event at the Ridge in the DIRTcar Bond Auto Sportsman Modifieds dominating the majority of the event after taking the lead on lap one.  Having made it to victory lane as the bridesmaid and first runner up, Robinson was hungry to make it a full sweep.  Unfortunately for Robinson, Kevin Chaffee had other plans for the course of the night.

Starting in the seventeenth position it took Chaffee 38 laps to work his way to the front.  Chaffee took the lead away from Robinson with two laps to go and held him off for his third win of the year. Robinson was able to hold on to second with Ed Patterson, who had struggled as of late, was able to claim the third and final victory lane spot.  Chris Donnelly came home in fourth with Gary Siemons rounding out the top-five.

Billy Simmons likes having extra money on the line in the DIRTcar Wells River Chevrolet Pro Stock Sportsman Coupes.  The Brass Ring Challenge had grown to two hundred dollars, and Simmons capitalized on his outside pole position and a green to checkers event to grab the checkered flag and the brass ring.  This is the second time this year that the challenge has been won and both times it went to Simmons.

Jeff Robbins starting from the third position stayed right with Simmons moving up to the second-place spot.  Jason Horniak finally had a good run and moved up from his fourth-place starting spot to third.  Teddy Salomaa and Logan Oliver rounded out the top five.

Next week is the Coupe Madness event which is sure to offer plenty of racing excitement for the fans.  As of press time, the drivers have collected over 200 laps and are set to be competing for over $8000.00 in purse and lap money.  Will Simmons be able to capitalize on this extra money event or will Josh Harrington get the monkey off his back and take home most of the gold?

The USAC DMA Midgets were off this week. They will be returning next week for the John Poor memorial night sponsored by Walker Motors.

It seemed to be full moon madness for the Laquerre’s Sports Limited Late Models.  Several cautions slowed the pace of the 20-lap event and when the dust finally settled current points leader Jason Giguere was able to keep his nose clean and come out on top.

Rob Williams after taking a week off, was right back in form coming home in second with James Fadden claiming the final victory lane spot. Mike Greene III finished fourth with Derek Stearns coming home in fifth.

Charlie Lakin is trying desperately to close the gap between point leader Mike Ryan and himself.  All season long the battle for the championship has been building between the two of them with the lead swapping back and forth.  Currently, Ryan sits on top and Lakin is doing everything he can to finish ahead of him.  On Saturday night, he did just that coming home the winner, but with Ryan finishing in the bridesmaid position Lakin’s gain in the standing was minimal.

Joining them in victory lane was Rob Gioia, the first fast four across the line.  Hornets Cody Stearns and Chris LaForest completed the top-five.

Bear Ridge Speedway’s 47th season of stock car racing continues on Saturday, August 9th for the ROCK99 Weekly Racing with the John Poor Memorial sponsored by Walker Motor Sales. The card will include the weekly Bond Auto Parts DIRTcar Sportsman Modified, Wells River Chevrolet DIRTcar Pro Stock Sportsman Coupe, USAC DMA Midgets, Laquerre’s Sports Limited Late Model, Weglarz Property Service Fast Four, and KDD NAPA Auto Parts Hornet divisions.

Regular show admission pricing 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 www.bearridgespeedway.com.

UNOFFICIAL RESULTS – Interstate Battery of Newmont night

99ROCK Weekly Racing Series
Bear Ridge Speedway — Bradford, VT
Saturday, August 2, 2014

Bond Auto DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Feature (40 laps)
73 Kevin Chaffee
4 DJ Robinson®
27 Ed Patterson
OO Jason Gray
5 Gary Siemons
20 Chris Donnelly
34 Richie Simmons
1x TC Forward®
28 Bob Shepard
O1 Mike Gendron
42c Josh Currier
10 Derek Graham
10s Ryan Christian®
24 Jordan Fornwalt
17 Travis Shinn
91 Tim Tucker
15 Gene Pierson
77 Allan Hammond
9 Mike Dunn
X Bryan King
42t Robert Tucker
1B Travis Barker

DIRTcar Wells River Chevrolet Pro Stock Sportsman Coupe Feature (30 laps)
34 Billy Simmons
4 Jeff Robbins
3 Jason Horniac
8 Teddy Salomaa
26 Logan Oliver®
24 Jeremy Beckley
16 Brian Chaffee ®
44 Michael Danforth
18 Jason Colbeth
21 Matt Ellsworth
22 Thomas Placey
71 Josh Harrington
81 Louie Cadwell
43 Earl Maxham
33 Melvin Pierson
14 Mitchell Frost®
13 Buster Kathan
77 Bob Kilburn
32 Jerry Catterall

USAC DMA Midgets (30 laps)
Off

Laquerre’s Sports Limited Late Model Feature (20 laps)
23 Jason Giguere
7 Rob Williams®
91 James Fadden
29 Mike Greene III
2 Derrick Stearns®
3 Travis King
57 Kevin Harran®
18 Matt Lushua
94 Cary Moulton®

Weglarz Property Service Fast Fours/KDD NAPA of Bradford Ridge Runner Hornets (20 laps)
3 Charlie Lakin
86 Mike Ryan
4 Rob Gioia
71 Cody Stearns®
56 Chris LaForest
87 Don Reynolds
24 Bobby Bell
81 John Dunham
O1 Steve Bell
31 Lisa Austin
23 Jason Porter
111 Jacob Roy®
1 Alicia Taylor
8 Sean Perron

-Bear Ridge Speedway Press Release. Photo Credit: Alan Ward

Chaffee Captures Third DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Win of 2014