|Don Scarborough Wins First Of Year At Bear Ridge|
BRADFORD, VT - As far as streaks go, Don Scarborough is glad he's started a new one.
The Bradon Bandit has always won his fair share of Modified features at Bear Ridge Speedway but this season had seen him do everything but land in the winner's circle at the cozy quarter-mile. Cut tires, runner-up finishes, engines gone sour; Scarborough had seen them all.
Saturday, though, he finally won his first Bear Ridge feature of the summer and, when victory finally came, it came with ease. Although, he'd run only about half of the events at Bear Ridge this season, the fact that the 2001 season was 16-weeks old and Scarborugh was still winless had many people perplexed; but nobody more than Scarborough.
And, to make Bear Ridge's first event of September, even more unique, Scarborough wasn't the only first-of-the-season winner in Saturday night's racing. Sportsman Coupe driver Tom Meyette who, like Scarborough, had raced to a handful of near misses, finally put his Ford-powered Coupe in victory lane on Bixby Auto & Power Equipment Night.
While both Meyette and Scarborough were taking their first bow of the year, Pro-Street Stock chauffeur Ryan Pierson did what he's done frequently this summer, storming to his 11th victory of the year. In the Fast Fours, Bob Taylor proved that his July 28 victory was no fluke, picking up his second win of the year Saturday.
In the Mekkelsen RV Modified main, Dick Moses and Brad Phelps brought the field down to begin their 25-lapper. The night's muscle, though would come from rows four and five, as Scarborough. Jim Ryan and Troy Gray all charged to the front.
With Scarborough winning with relative ease, Ryan redeemed his absence of a week earlier by scoring the runner-up finish. Gray, bidding for two wins in a row, settled for third on the night. Brian Whittemore and Gene Pierson Jr. won the heats, but neither would be a factor in the main event.
With only two points races left in the season, Chris Donnelly has all but sewn up the 2001 Modified championship, probably a good thing, as Donnelly crashed out of Saturday's feature on the first lap, relegating him to a ninth-place finish.
In the Sportsman Coupes, Tom Meyette accomplished what no other Ford pilot had done this year, winning the night's 20-lap feature. In getting the monkey off his own back, Meyette kept Terry Williams scratching his head and wondering just what he's got to do to carry the checkers.
While Williams had to go home happy with his runner-up finish, he probably also went home frustrated. It was his third second-place outing in the last four events at Bear Ridge and, with the season fast winding down, he's still looking for his first victory.
Josh Harrington was third on the night, with Richard Simmons and Nathan Locke rounding out the top five. Williams and Doug Titus won the heat races.
In the Pro-Street Stocks, Ryan Pierson kept on rolling. Coming from tenth on the starting grid, Pierson outran Dan Eastman to earn his 11th victory lap of the season. Eastman, marching all the way from 14th, was a solid second, with Richard Glode strong again in third.
Alex Zeller had a season high in fourth, with Shawn Pallas fifth. Bob Gioia won his heat race, with Bryan King earning the win in the second qualifier.
In the Fast Fours, Bob Taylor started sixth, got to the front, and then held off five-time winner Chris McKinstry to take his second victory lap of the year. Dean Switser Jr., Matt Pike and Andy Johnson completed the top five.
Jared Cook started the feature hoping for a triple crown night after having won his heat and the semi-feature but then struggled in the main and was scored 13th. Andy Johnson won the other heat race.
Bear Ridge Speedway will continue its 2001 Saturday night racing schedule through September 22. This Saturday, Sept. 15, its Pepsi Special Night, with all four weekly divisions in action, along with a four-cylinder WYKR Enduro.
The highlight of the night's racing action will be the 11th and final leg of the 2001 Twin State Modified Series. Randy Howe enters the 40-lap Series feature atop the point standings through ten completed events. Post time Saturday is 6:30 p.m. and adult admission is still only $8.
Bear Ridge is conveniently located just off I-91, Exit 16. Take Route 25 west for one-half mile and follow the signs up the hill. For more information, call 603-787-6352 or, on race day, call the track at 802-222-4052.
MODIFIED TOP TEN: Don Scarborough, Jim Ryan, Troy Gray, Dick Moses, Rob French, Gene Pierson Jr, Brad Phelps, Jack Cook, Chris Donnelly and Brian Whittemore.
SPORTSMAN COUPES: Tom Meyette, Terry Williams, Josh Harrington, Richard Simmons, Nathan Locke, Earl Maxham Jr, Kevin Menard, Evan Kingsbury, Kevin Chaffee and Steve Ellsworth.
PRO-STREET STOCK TOP FIVE: Ryan Pierson, Dan Eastman, Richard Glode, Alex Zeller and Shawn Pallas.
FAST FOURS: Bob Taylor, Chris McKinstry, Dean Switser Jr, Matt Pike and Andy Johnson.