Thanks to Butch Valley Jr. of New England Motor Racing Supply, I was given the opportunity to drive a sprint car this past summer. Butch Valley Sr. has known my family through auto racing for decades. The first race car he ever owned was purchased from my grandfather “Tinker”. It was the #77 car and they still use the same number successfully today.
Getting ready to go onto the track in theNEMRS #77 Sprint Car
Thanks to Renee Francis Michaud for the photos!
BRADFORD, VT – USAC DIRT MIDGET ASSOCIATION RACE RESULTS: June 16, 2012 – Bradford, Vermont – Bear Ridge Speedway
FRIST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Jamie Spalding (#93 Tefft), 2. Kevin Chaffee (#23 Matczak), 3. Tim Gallant (#33 Gallant), 4. Dean Christensen (#69 Miller), 5. Greg Olson (#0 Tefft), 6. Jack Arute (#26 Covey), 7. Jim Mossman (#1 Mossman), 8. Jeff Champagne (#77 Champagne). NT
SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Scott Holcomb (#91 Holcomb), 2. Joe Krawiec (#4 Matczak), 3. Adam Whitney (#12 Whitney), 4. Ray Miller (#1 Miller), 5. Dana Shaw (#6x Olson), 6. Chase Dowling (#76 Manafort), 7. Denny Zimmerman (#3 Matczak), 8. Dave Hotchkiss (#47 Miller). DNS: Jim Close (#7x Close), Connor Leighton (#84 Leighton). 2:39.78
FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Joe Krawiec, 2. Kevin Chaffee, 3. Scott Holcomb, 4. Jamie Spalding, 5. Chase Dowling, 6. Tim Gallant, 7. Ray Miller, 8. Adam Whitney, 9. Greg Olson, 10. Dave Hotchkiss, 11. Jack Arute, 12. Jim Close, 13. Dana Shaw, 14. Dean Christensen, 15. Denny Zimmerman, 16. Jim Mossman, 17. Jeff Champagne, 18. Connor Leighton.
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-9 Spalding, Laps 10-14 Holcomb, Lap 15 Chaffee, Laps 16-25 Krawiec.
NEXT USAC DMA MIDGET RACE: June 30, 2012 – Bradford, Vermont – Bear Ridge Speedway
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Thanks to Onion River Sports for putting on a great race!
The course is 4.3 miles long and climbs 2,550 vertical feet on the famous Mt.Mansfield Toll Road to the summit parking lot. The racecourse starts on pavement for a third of a mile, then switches to gravel for 4 miles.
Racers face a steady incline throughout the course, with a 10-degree maximum pitch. Among the rewards is one of the most spectacular views in the East, overlooking three states and Canada.
All participants must ride mountain bikes with tires at least 2 inches wide.