BRADFORD, VT – Two rookies made it to victory lane on Perry Oil Service night at Bear Ridge Speedway (VT) on Saturday night. TC Forward scored the win in the DIRTcar Bond Auto Parts Sportsman Modified feature and fellow rookie DJ Robinson claimed his best finish of the season with a third-place run.
Tyler Austin and DJ Robinson brought the full field of cars to the green for their 40-lap main event on Perry Oil Service night. Austin would be unable to hold on to his prime starting position as the laps ticked off. Robinson, on the other hand, was able to hold off most of the challenges he encountered while leading the first half of the race.
Robinson would eventually find himself having to give up the top spot to rookie TC Forward. Forward who worked his way from mid-pack to the front found himself right where he has wanted to be all season as the laps ticked off, in no other position but first.
Jason Gray coming from deep in the pack worked his way to second-place, the only veteran driver in victory lane. Robinson was able to hold on for third when the checkers finally waved. Josh Currier and points leader Donnelly completed the top five.
In the DIRTcar Wells River Chevrolet Pro Stock Sportsman Coupes, Thomas Placey and Jeremy Beckley have had their struggles throughout the season. With both drivers more than anxious to make it back to victory lane before the season ends, Saturday night proved to be both their nights. Beckley started from the outside pole positio with Placey starting right behind him. Placey took over the lead on lap 2 and never looked back. Beckley held on for secon,d with the pole sitter Mitchell Frost falling back to third. Completing the top-five were Michael Danforth and Logan Oliver.
The USAC DMA Midgets had their first annual Elliott Beverage Midget Memorial Race on Saturday night. A special award was given to Beverage’s lifelong friend Frank Manafort during the drivers meeting by Mark Hann. It was announced that for this race the driver who made it to victory lane would receive a special trophy along with their crew chief, as that was the role Beverage played for years with the Manafort racing team.
For this race it was only fitting that Manafort’s number one guy, Adam Pierson, who weekly has to start from the back of the pack as he ultimately ends up winning, would once again do it this week. Pierson took over the lead on lap 14 and said goodbye to the rest of the field. Pierson’s team mate Josh Sunn came home in second with Dean Christensen coming home in third. Anthony Nocella and Scott Viets completed the top-five.
Jason Giguere continues to solidify his points lead in the Laquerre’s Sports Limited Late Models. Giguere took the lead away from James Fadden on lap 4 and cruised to his fourth win of the season. Brandon Gray took over the second place spot on a restart bumping the pole sitter James Fadden back to third. At the checkered flag that is how they crossed the line. Mike Greene and Derrick Stearns completed the top-five.
Hunter Garduno claimed his second win in the Weglarz Property Service Fast Fours/KDD NAPA Ridge Runner Hornets, with fellow hornet competitor Mike Ryan coming home in second. Rob Gioia made his way to third for the overall with Bobby Bell and Cody Stearns completing the top-five.
Bear Ridge Speedway’s 47th season of stock car racing continues on Saturday, August 2nd for the ROCK99 Weekly Racing sponsored by Interstate Battery of Newmont. The card will include the weekly Bond Auto Parts DIRTcar Sportsman Modified, Wells River Chevrolet DIRTcar Pro Stock Sportsman Coupe, Laquerre’s Sports Limited Late Model, Weglarz Property Service Fast Four, and KDD NAPA Auto Parts Hornet divisions. Plus the Granite State Mini Sprints will be on hand. This is also the week for the anxiously awaited Kids Bike Races. USAC DMA Midgets will have the week off.
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.
-Bear Ridge Speedway Press Release. Photo Credit: Alan Ward