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Riley Chaffee Wins in the 500's, Zach Herbert Dominates the 600's

Posted 2018-09-11 at 23:18

The Advanced Auto Parts Granite State Mini Sprits finally had their Wingless Night at The Legion Speedway Friday evening, September seventh after being rained out twice.

As is the normal the 500cc class ran their Feature event first and it started with a caution before a single lap was complete. On the restart the #46 of Tyler Vickery surged to the front to lead the first lap but by the time two laps were complete the #86 of Cody Willette had moved to the top spot, relegating Vickery to second. By lap five the hard charging Riley Chaffee in his #51 had taken the second spot, dropping Vickery to third. Just a lap later the caution flew again for the #12 of Carson Williams who had problems in turn one. On the restart Willette retained the lead but Riley Chaffee started to apply pressure for the top spot. Chaffee was successful and took over the lead just past the halfway mark with the #96 of Matt Collins following him to take second. The caution then flew for one of the infield marker tires that was kicked into the racing groove on the backstretch. By this time the #45 of Eric Relation had taken over the third position. The yellow flew again after just one more lap of green flag racing, this time for the #42 of Ryan Farwell and Cody Willette. On the restart Relation was able to pass Collins to take second but neither one had anything for Riley Chaffee, who had to survive another restart after the #17 of Matt Calley, the #10 of Rich Gilpatrick and the #88 of Ed Vickery tangled on the backstretch with three laps to go. At the checkers, it was Riley Chaffee taking the win, his second of the season. Eric Relation was second with Matt Collins third. Cody Willette was fourth and Ryan Farwell completed the top five.

The 600cc Main Event was all Zach Herbert. Just like in the 500cc class, the caution flew before a lap was complete as the #00 of Bradley Osgood encountered issues. Herbert in his #14 blasted from seventh to first on the restart before lap one was complete. Tony Shaw in the #20 ran second for a few laps before the #7 of Drew Eldridge took the spot, dropping Shaw to third. The last caution of the race occurred with four laps complete for the #15 of Kyle Belliveau, who spun on the front stretch. As soon as the race went back to green Herbert once again started to distance himself from the field. Drew Eldridge maintained a comfortable second and Kyle Belliveau worked his way back to third with five laps left in the event. At the checkers it was Zach Herbert with his fifth win of the year. Drew Eldridge was second and Kyle Belliveau third. Tony Shaw was fourth and the #17 of Tyler Jones rounded out the top five.

Heat Race wins went to Tyler Vickery and Eric Relation in the 500's with Mark Wiggett taking the win in the lone 600 heat.

The next event on the calendar for the Advanced Auto Parts Granite State Mini Sprints is Friday September 14th at the Legion Speedway and this event will be non points fun night that has been added to the schedule due to all the rainouts. The season Concludes the following night, September 15th at Bear Ridge Speedway with a club sponsored barbeque after the racing. The annual banquet will conclude the season on October 13th. For more information please log onto

Images courtesy of Alan Ward

Unofficial Results, Legion Speedway, September 7th 2018

Granite State Mini Sprints 500cc

  1.  Riley Chaffee
  2.  Eric Relation
  3.  Matt Collins
  4.  Cody WIllette
  5.  Ryan Farwell
  6.  Ed Vickery
  7.  Tyler Vickery
  8.  Rich Gilpatrick
  9.  Carson Williams
  10. Matt Calley
  11. Tom Chaffee
  12. Clyde Farwell-DNS

Granite State Mini Sprints 600cc

  1.  Zach Herbert
  2.  Drew Eldridge
  3.  Kyle Belliveau
  4.  Tony Shaw
  5.  Tyler Jones
  6.  Willy Ostertag
  7.  Nick Ostertag
  8.  Mark Wiggett
  9.  Bradley Osgood


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