Story By: MIKE PARKS / CLAREMONT MOTORSPORTS PARK – CLAREMONT, NH – The fourth annual Dean Smith Memorial 52-lap Late Model Sportsman Race will be featured Friday, July 10, at Claremont Motorsports Park, the showcase event of the night’s seven-division card of racing.
The $1,000-to-win biggie honors the memory of the Newport racer, racing father, racing uncle, and all-around good guy who passed away unexpectedly in 2017. Last year’s Smith Memorial Race was won by track champion Aaron Fellows, Smith’s nephew.
The ground-pounding Sportsman Modifieds will also be in action Friday, set to square off in their second race of the summer at the Thrasher Road speedplant. Round-one winner Kyle Welch will lead the open-wheeled rockets again Friday, trying to repeat that victory over a stout field that includes 2019 track champ Brian Robie, Russ Hersey, and Mike Willis.
In the event of inclement weather, Friday’s card will be rain-dated to later this season, with next Friday, July 17, night’s event already put together and ready to roll.
It will be Fan Appreciation Night on July 17 at the storied third-mile oval, with that night’s adult grandstand admission only $5 per person. The show will feature increased car counts as well, with the Street Stocks competing in a $500-to-win 36-lapper, courtesy of 360 Design Lab, while both the Pure Stocks and Six Shooters will vie for $300 winner’s purses, courtesy of Newport Chevrolet.
Post time for Friday racing at Claremont Motorsports Park is 7:30 p.m. The speedway is conveniently located just a five-minute drive from both I-91 and Claremont’s city center.