Keith Carzello never stopped charging forward Saturday, May 17, at Monadnock Speedway, surviving two early-race spins and then soaring through the field to make a last-lap pass and win his second Sportsman Modified feature in as many weeks.
Super Stock hot shoe Tom Carey III also made it two in a row, outgunning John Lavoie en route to the checkers. In the Mini Stocks, it was Mike Stebbins winning his second event of the season; earning the checkers this time in his backup car.
Young Gun Daniel Wesson scored his first career victory Saturday, Bryan Town earned his first victory lap of the season in the Thunder Stocks, and David Berghman topped the Pro 4 Modified feature. Joby Tucker and Scott Poirier were the victors in New England Antique Racers events.
Eric Leclair and Joey Kendall led the Sportsman Modifieds to the green, battling for first as lap one was completed, when half the field behind them scattered wildly along the front stretch after team cars of Keith Carzello and Steve Fifield made contact. The Steve Fifield and JT Cloutier rides sustained the heaviest damage in the melee that sent five cars to their trailers.
Back under green, Leclair would lead lap two before giving way to Kendall, who would then pace the field until an abrupt meeting with the turn-two wall on lap eight. Tyler Jarvenpaa, glued to Kendall’s bumper before the crash, then took charge, leading for 20-plus laps until Carzello worked his last-lap magic.
Bill Kimball, holding the deuce spot most of the way, saw his hope of a strong finish dashed on lap 26 when contact was made between him and Todd Patnode in turn four to bring out the last caution of the event. Kimball’s misfortune was just what Carzello needed, rocketing into second on the restart and then scoring the win with his last-lap heroics four laps later.
With Jarvenpaa finishing at Carzello’s bumper for second, Scott MacMichael completed his strong night’s work in third. Brian Chapin and Leclair rounded out the top five.
Nancy Muni-Ruot held the point in the Super Stock main event for 16 laps, then giving way to Tom Carey III. A lap later, John Lavoie would claim second and the chase was on.
Carey and Lavoie would pull away from the field and, on this night, Carey had all his bases covered, scoring his second win in as many weeks, two carlengths ahead of Lavoie. Muni-Ruot was strong in third, with Bill Johnston and Tyler Leary rounding out the top five.
Dana Shepard led the early laps of the Mini Stock feature, with Mike Stebbins, Eric Pomasko, and Julia Raymond battling for position close behind. Stebbins, who had inched ahead twice before only to have the caution come out, took the lead on lap eight, with he and Raymond then racing side-by-side the next four trips around the high banks.
Stebbins, on this night, would not be denied, taking the checkers two lengths ahead of the charging Raymond. Joe Rogers was solid all night to come home third, Pomasko was strong in fourth, and Shepard claimed fifth.
Cole Littlewood was running away with the Young Guns feature when misfortune came knocking. Running 20 lengths ahead of his closest competitor on lap seven, contact with a slower car would end Littlewood’s run at the point.
Daniel Wesson and Hailey Guy then battled for the lead, with Guy’s strong run going up in smoke a lap later. Dylan Morse would suffer a fate similar to Littlewood’s while running second on lap 13, quickly pulling his ride back under him to only lose two spots.
Wesson, although strongly challenged, would not be denied his first career victory, taking the checkers ahead of Mike McGoldrick, Matt Kimball, Morse, and Littlewood.
Bryan Town took the lead from early race leader Jason Barden on lap eight of the Thunder Stock feature and never looked back. Dave Greenslit moved up to second on lap 14 but could not overtake Town, who made his first Monadnock run of the year a successful one.
With Greenslit solid in second, Henry Martin was next under the checkers, his third podium finish in as many events. Barden came home fourth, and Scott Vien claimed fifth.
David Berghman wired the Pro-4 Modified feature. Norm Wrenn III chased him all the way to score the runner-up finish, and Chubs Lausier was third. Tom Royer piloted the first Lite racer under the checkers.
This Saturday, May 24, the Granite State Pro Stock Series makes it first of two stops this season at Monadnock Speedway, competing in a 100-lap main event on the high banks. The Sportsman Modifieds, Super Stocks, Mini Stocks, Young Guns, Lightning Stocks, Thunder Stocks, and Vintage Outlaws will also be in action. Post time is 6 p.m.
Sportsman Modifieds: Keith Carzello, Tyler Jarvenpaa, Scott MacMichael, Brian Chapin, Eric LeClair, Todd Patndoe, Bill Kimball, Greg Williams, Adam Norton, Nichole Ouellette, Joe Kendall, Steve Fifield, Kim Rivet, JT Cloutier, Leslie Keyser, Trevor Bleau
Super Stocks: Tom Carey III, John Lavoie, Nancy Muni, Bill Johnston, Tyler Leary, Dave Striebel, Robert Hagar, James Thompson, Ian MacDonald, Tyler Lescord, Alyssa Rivera
Mini Stocks: Mike Stebbins, Julia Raymond, Joe Rogers, Eric Pomasko, Dana Shepard, Beth Adams, Chris McTaggart, Justin Faford, Cameron Sontag, Joel Monahan, DJ Lazelle, Tim Paquette, Joe Collins, Kevin McKnight
Thunder Stocks: Bryan Town, Dave Greenslit, Henry Martin, Jason Barden, Scott Vien, Marshall Usher, Paul Barnard, Craig Chaffee, James Nowakowski, Caleb Cashman, Tyler Janovsky
Young Guns: Daniel Wesson, Mike McGoldrick, Bill Kimball, Dylan Morse, Cole Littelwood, Colton Smith, Michelle Leh, Devin Guy, Justin Littelwood, Jessica Laflam, Alicia Springer, Hayley Guy