WINCHESTER, N.H. — Ricky Whipple romped to victory in the 57-lap John Zellman Memorial Pure Stock feature Saturday, May 8, at Monadnock Speedway, however in post-race inspection, Davis was awarded the win.
Cam Curtis flexed his muscles to top the Late Model Sportsman main, with Chris Buffone taking no prisoners en route to the Street Stock victory.
Mini Stock ace Gordon Farmum earned his first victory lap of the season Saturday, while Six Shooter powerhouse Dustin Thibodeau’s first career outing on the high banks netted him the win, and Jake Bosse was victorious for the second week in a row in the Young Guns.
Pure Stock powerhouses Chris Davis and Kodi Sabins led the 21-car field to begin the 57-lapper, which would sail by in breakneck fashion, as all 57-circuits around the high banks were run without cautions. Davis was the man on the point for the first 23 go-rounds.
But while Davis was fast, Ricky Whipple was on a rail. Dropping Davis to second on lap 24, he then sped away and hid. Sabins, a distant second with the white flag in the air, suddenly coasted to a stop in the infield, handing the runner-up spot back to Davis, with former Modsman Joey Jarvis completing his charge from row five to finish third. (in post-race inspection the official top three were Chris Davies, Joey Jarvis and JD Stockwell).
Robert Hagar led early and often in the LMS 25-lapper but, on this night, teen star Cam Curtis had the hot hand. Curtis dropped Hagar to second on lap 18 and pulled away.
Hagar finished strong, though, sailing to the runner-up finish ahead of the Bay State Curtis twins, Chase and Jaret. Cole Littlewood was fifth.
Chris Buffone, who’d struggled on opening night, put all his ills behind him Saturday. Starting up front, he led all the way in the 25-lap Street Stock feature to finish well ahead of strong and steady runner-up Nathan Wenzel.
Alstead, N.H. hot shoe Rupert Murdoch came home third, just ahead of Hillary Renaud and Tim Wenzel. Opening night winner Tommy O’Sullivan – Buffone’s uncle – took the night off.
In the Mini Stocks, it was four-holer star Gordon Farnum leading all the way. Opening night winner Ray King kept Farnum in sight but had no answer for the Fitzwilliam hot shoe. Kevin Cormier came home third, just ahead of Louie Maher and division rookie Mike Douglas.
Travis Hollis led the first 21 laps of the Six Shooter main, but Claremont kingpin Dustin Thibodeau, in his first-ever Monadnock run, used the high groove to finally take control and top the division’s first feature race of the season. It was Thibodeau’s second victory of the weekend.
Hollis was strong in second, with Brandon Mailhot steady for third. Hollis and Mailhot were the earlier qualifying race winners.
Jake Bosse made it two in a row in the novice Young Guns. Fast Eddie Petruskevicius earned the runner-up hardware, with Jeff Moffat third. Leilei Daniels won Saturday’s Young Gun heat race.
Monadnock Speedway will return to action next Saturday, May 15, with a full card of NHSTRA racing, featuring the mighty Modifieds’ third outing of the season.. For more information, please visit www.monadnockspeedway.com.
-Monadnock Speedway Press Release
-Photo credit: Emily Miller