BRADFORD, VT – With rain looming on Bradford Bull Dogs Benefit night at Bear Ridge Speedway (VT) on Saturday night, track officials were able to put a night of racing in the record books while only suffering one delay due to weather.

The second spoiler of the year in the DIRTcar Bond Auto Sportsman Modifieds happened Saturday night when Bob Shepard found himself  leading the pack back to the green flag with five laps to go.  Shepard, who was celebrating his 63rd birthday this week, couldn’t think of a better birthday present to give himself.  Unfortunately for Shepard another shoe having suffered a two year dry run was on a mission and ready to take away the gold from anyone in his way. A rain delay on lap 19 changed the condition of the track and Shepard, while able to hold on to the lead for most of the event, found Josh Sunn flying by on the outside on lap 37. Sunn would lead the remaining three circuits and claim the checkers with Shepard holding on for second. Finishing in third was Richie Simmons with his best finish of the season. Completing the top-five were Kevin Chaffee and Chris Donnelly.

It was all Earl “The Squirrel” Maxham in the DIRTcar Wells River Chevrolet Pro Stock Sportsman Coupes. Maxham grabbed the lead after a complete restart and never looked back. Louie Cadwell worked his way up to the second-place spot but was unable to set any challenges on the lead. Billy Simmons starting from the last spot, after taking a week off due to the birth of his baby daughter, methodically worked his way to the front and by lap 12 found himself challenging Cadwell for the runner up spot. Simmonds grabbed the runner up spot from Cadwell on lap 25 and that would be the way they crossed the line on the final lap. Jeff Robbins and Thomas Placey came home fourth and fifth.

The USAC DMA Midgets were off this week. They will be returning next week for Old Timers night sponsored by Sabil & Sons.

The Laquerre’s Sports Limited Late Models put on a great show for the fans making it 18 laps before a caution for a lone car spin out.  Jason Giguere back from vacation moved to the lead half way thru the event with Rob Williams in tow. When the checkers waved Giguere claimed his sixth win of the season. Williams maintained the runner up position with James Fadden coming home in third. Mike Greene and Derek Stearns completed the top-five.

A wild finish in the KDD NAPA Weglarz Property Service Ridge Runner Hornets and Fast Fours saw Cody Stearns able to capture the win over Mike Ryan and Charlie Lakin. The first Fast Four across the line was Rob Gioia. Chris LaForest and Jesse Durkee completed the top-five.

In addition to the regular divisions, the Granite State Mini Sprints and Sprint Cars of New England were on hand to offer some great racing excitement for the fans.

In the O’Reilly Auto Parts Granite State Mini Sprints 500cc Chris Carbee claimed the win with Josh Boissoneau and Tom Chaffee in second and third. For the 600 cc division, Kyle Belliveau came home the winner with Rich Crooker and Matt Seymour in second and third.

The WYKR Sprint Cars of New England started off slow with a wreck on lap one. When racing resumed Chris Donnelly was seen topless, having rolled his machine and then having to remove his wing to finish competition. While unable to pose a serious threat to the wings, Donnelly held his own. Jacob Williams grabbed the checkers this time over Dan Douville and Kevin Chaffee. Clay Dow and Luke Greenwood rounded out the top-five.

Bear Ridge Speedway’s 47th season of stock car racing continues on Saturday, August 23rd for the ROCK99 Weekly Racing with Old Timer night sponsored by Sabil & Sons. The card will include the weekly Bond Auto Parts DIRTcar Sportsman Modified, Wells River Chevrolet DIRTcar Pro Stock Sportsman Coupe, USAC DMA Midget, 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

UNOFFICIAL RESULTS – Swenson Insurance night

99ROCK Weekly Racing Series
Bear Ridge Speedway — Bradford, VT
Saturday, August 16, 2014

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

DIRTcar Wells River Chevrolet Pro Stock Sportsman Coupe Feature (30 laps)
43 Earl Maxham
34 Billy Simmons
81 Louie Cadwell
4 Jeff Robbins
22 Thomas Placey
26 Logan Oliver®
18 Jason Colbeth
44 Michael Danforth
8 Teddy Salomaa
71 Josh Harrington
16 Brian Chaffee ®
14 Mitchell Frost®
3 Jason Horniac
32 Jerry Catterall

USAC DMA Midgets (30 laps)

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

Weglarz Property Service Fast Fours/KDD NAPA of Bradford Ridge Runner Hornets (20 laps)
71 Cody Stearns®
86 Mike Ryan
3 Charlie Lakin
4 Rob Gioia
56 Chris LaForest
29 Jessy Durkee
24 Bobby Bell
54 Ryan Farnham
17 Deven Stearns®
1 Jack Cook
7 Brian Bishop
28 Dave Durkee
87 Don Reynolds
31 Lisa Austin
8 Sean Perron
81 John Dunham


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

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