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Matt Calley 500cc Winner, Ben Bachand Claims the 600cc Feature

Posted 2017-07-25 at 18:40

The O'Reilly Auto Parts Granite State Mini Sprint Club returned to The Bear Ridge Speedway Saturday July 21st. In what seems like a broken record, weather once again came into play as there was a significant rain delay after the 500cc Main Event delaying the 600cc Main by almost two hours.

When the green flag flew in the 500cc Feature Matt Calley in the #17 jumped into the lead from the third starting position before a lap was complete. With two laps in the books there was a massive pileup coming out of turn four that involved nine cars and ended the night for the #46 of Tyler Vickery, the #51 of Riley Chaffee and the #96 of Matt Collins with Collins getting worst of it ending up on his side. When racing resumed Calley once again assumed command of the event. At the halfway point Calley led the #45 of Eric Relation and the #48 of Brandon Caron. As the laps clicked off Caron slowly faded to the back, eventually retiring with mechanical issues. With the race staying green the rest of the way Matt Calley crossed under the checkers first to take the win. Eric Relation bounced back from a wild ride at The Legion Speedway the previous week to claim the second spot with the #54 of Will Pinkham Jr third. The #71Owen Carbee was fourth with Ken Stridsburg in the #6 rounding out the top five. Both Carbee and Stridsburg came from the rear as they were involved in the lap two pileup.

When the 600cc Main Event finally went green Ban Bachand in his #8 grabbed the lead from the outside pole position. As the race wore on Kyle Belliveau in the #15 moved to the second spot and started closing the gap that Bachand had built, but ran out of laps leaving Ben Bachand to take the victory in his first appearance of the year. Kyle Belliveau finished a strong second but was never able to seriously challenge for the lead with Dick Lamotte in his #18 scoring another podium finish in third. The #7 of Drew Eldridge finished fourth with the #9 of Kyle Pittman fifth.

Heat race wins in the 500's went to Brandon Caron and Kyle Pittman with Kyle Belliveau winning the 600cc Heat.

The next event on the calendar for the O'Reilly Auto Parts Granite State Mini Sprints is this Friday, July 28th at The Legion Speedway in Wentworth, NH.


Images courtesy of Alan Ward


 
Unofficial Results, Bear Ridge Speedway, Saturday, July 22nd 2017
 

Granite State Mini Sprints 500cc
1  Matt Calley
2  Eric Relation
3  Willie Pinkham Jr
4  Owen Carbee
5  Ken Stridsburg
6  Kyle Pittman
7  Brian Lakin
8  Keisha Boissoneau
9  Logan Osmer
10 Branson Caron
11 Jordan Eldridge
12 Tyler Vickery
13 Riley Chaffee
14 Matthew Collins
 
Granite State Mini Sprints 600cc
1  Ben Bachand
2  Kyle Belliveau
3  Dick Lamotte
4  Drew Eldridge
5  Kyle Pittman
6  Adam Cunningham
7  Tyler Jones
8  Bradley Osgood-DNS


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