CLAREMONT, N.H. – Ricky Bly and Bryan Town each did what he had to do Friday, Aug. 24, at Claremont Speedway, expanding their respective points leads with feature wins as the 2018 season hits its championship stretch run.
With only five events still scheduled this season, Bly, in the R.E. Hinkley Super Streets, and Town, currently atop the Pepsi Street Stocks, each earned his second consecutive victory lap to add to his respective points lead. Their gains though were minimal as next-in-line-to-the-throne pilots Dylan Bodreau and Chris Riendeau both turned in runner-up performances to stay very much in the title hunt.
In the T-Bird Mini Mart Wild Cats, divisional super man Zach Lyn was second fastest on the track but tops in the tech line to expand his championship points lead to more than two weeks’ worth of markers over his closest competitor. As September nears, Lyn’s second title in a row seems almost a foregone conclusion.
Jack McClay and Craig Smith led the Super Streets to the green to start their 40-lapper, with a lap-one jingle putting the caution flag quickly in play and sending a handful of cars pitside, forced to then refire from deep in the field. Among those losing valuable turf were Mark McClay and Ben Poland.
Jack McClay and Smith paced the thundering pack for the first five go-rounds, with Dylan Bodreau then storming into the deuce slot and gluing himself in McClay’s shadow. Ricky Bly claimed third on lap ten and the lead trio ran nose-to-tail.
Bly, who entered the night’s action with a slim, four-point, lead over Bodreau in his quest for back-to-back titles, was in perfect position when the Bodreau/McClay wobble occurred on lap 15. Seizing the momentary opportunity, the Sunapee speedster quickly took the lead and then never looked back en route to his third win of the summer, his second in as many weeks.
Bodreau spent the rest of the race glued to Bly’s bumper but had to settle for second on this night. Jack McClay was strong in third, with Poland and Mark McClay recovering from their opening-lap woes to finish fourth and fifth.
Bly now leads the points parade by seven markers. Smith, who struggled with mechanical bugaboos throughout the event, finished 14th on the night, suffering a big hit to his title aspirations.
Dave Greenslit set fast time for the first ten laps of the Pepsi Street Stock 25-lapper, then giving way to points leader Bryan Town, who’d started back in row four. Seven-time 2018 feature winner Chris Riendeau, who entered the night’s action only seven points behind Town, got up for second on lap 16 but could advance no further.
With the race run caution-free after lap one had been completed, Town’s blistering pace was no match for the rest of the field. He would take the checkers nearly 20 lengths ahead of Riendeau.
Lenny Silver, currently third in the title chase, was also third on the night. Greenslit came home fourth, with Robbie Streeter earning the five spot. Town’s four-point gain on the night, left him 11 ahead of Riendeau entering next Friday’s twin-25s.
Zach Lyn won the caution-free Wild Cat 25-lapper after Jim Carley’s first-under-the-checkers ride fizzled in tech. Rookie Haydon Grenier, who’d earlier scored his first career heat race win, was again rock-solid in second, with rookie phenom Kyle Templeton coming home third. Seth Melcher and Raven Streeter completed the top five.
Next Friday, Aug. 31, the Pepsi Street Stocks will run double features. The Super Streets and Wild Cats will be in action too, with post time set for 7 p.m.
Fans are reminded that the third 100-lap Open Modified event of the season will be run on Saturday, Sept. 8. For more information, please visit www.claremontspeedway.net.
Claremont Speedway Aug. 24 Top Tens:
Super Street: Ricky Bly, Dylan Bodreau, Jack McClay, Ben Poland, Mark McClay, Hayden Scott, Tyler Lescord, Ken Fowler, Ryan Currier, Justin Littlewood.
Street Stock: Bryan Town, Chris Riendeau, Lenny Silver, Dave Greenslit, Robby Streeter, Kenny Thompson, Jeff Morse, Briana Akusis, Ken Thompson, Lucas Wheeler.
Wild Cat: Zach Lyn, Haydon Grenier, Kyle Templeton, Seth Melcher, Raven Streeter, Cody Schoolcraft, Kyle Currier, Kirby Goodrich, Chris Carver.
Written by Gary Dutton.