Bradford Vt, 23 May 2015 - The NAPA/Ossipee Auto Parts Sprint Cars of New England (SCoNE) tour made it's second stop of the 2015 racing season with a visit to Bear Ridge Speedway in Bradford,Vt. last Saturday night.
Since the previous SCoNE event was rained out and there have been no 2015 points awarded, the drivers again drew for starting positions in the qualifiers and lined up with the rookies in the back. 2009 SCoNE champion Tunk Berry in the beautiful new 11 car took the first qualifier from the pole with Butch Valley in second. Jake Williams started on the pole in the second qualifier and led the whole way for the win, followed by Kevin Chaffee.
Before the track intermission, the top 3 cars from each qualifier lined up for the new 5-lap Dash for Cash series sponsored by NH Groundscapes. Starting on the front row, Will Hull jumped out front and set sail. Second place finisher Kevin Chaffee didn't have time to catch Will once he cleared traffic.
The 30-lap SCoNE feature was preceded by a 4 wide parade lap. Will Hull jumped out to an early lead, setting a fast pace. Kevin Chaffee got to Will at the half way point and using an inside line swept by him. While Kevin set the pace up front and eventually claimed the checkers, Will Hull and Danny Douville battled for second and third. A fine run by Tyler Austin gave him a 4th place finish.
Missing from the feature was 2014 champion Chris Donnelly. Chris' motor died in the 2nd qualifier and despite the efforts of several mechanics, the venerable 17 car missed the feature.
Tyler Austin in 01 car was able to race up front most of the night with the veterans in both his qualifier and the feature. Tyler's 4th place feature finish made for a very impressive night for a young man in only his 7th sprint car race.
It was a short night for Rick Martel who lost the motor in his #28 car in hot laps. Rick loaded up his car before the qualifiers. Lacey Hanson's night also ended prematurely with a pace lap collision causing front end damage.
SCoNE welcomed dirt midget driver Scott Holcomb, of Granby. Ct to the ranks of the sprint cars. Scott finished 7th in his first night in a sprint car.
The next SCoNE race is at Legion Speedway on June 7th with double SCoNE features. Get the latest SCoNE news and information at www.NESprintCars.com and on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/nesprintcars - Come Race With Us
Complete Results (unofficial):
1. Kevin Chaffee, 8
2. Will Hull, 61
3. Dan Douville, 7x
4. Tyler Austin, 01
5 Jake Williams, 73
6. Butch Valley, 77
7. Scott Holcomb, 91
8. Patrick Smith, 21
9. Tunk Berry, 11
10. Dennis McLeod, 31
11. Steve Hutchinson, 13
12. Wade Prentice, 4
13. Christine Boesch, 23
14. Luke Greenwood, 89
15. Lauren Boisvert, 22
16. Lacey Hanson, 33