Scott Viets Wins Big in USAC Dirt Midget Association Action at Vermont’s Bear Ridge Speedway
Ellington, CT: USAC Dirt Midget Association driver Scott Viets enjoyed success in winning Saturday nights USAC race at Bear Ridge Speedway in Bradford VT. In total twenty one teams took the green flag for the evening’s main event including race legend Ken Schrader.
In heat race one the 78 driven by Stanley Otterman was on pole with the 11R of Alex Rose on the outside. Starting for her first time with the series was Lauryn Burd in the 21B. The battle for the top three positions was contested early with the 11R of Rose, quickly taking the point followed by Otterman in the 78 and Tim Gallant driving the 33 for the third spot. By lap three Gallant had moved into first with Rose dropping to second and Otterman now in third. On lap five Gallant in the 33 had stretched out the lead but a caution for the 09 of Amanda Habel spinning brought the field back together. When the green came back out the 33 of Gallant was still on point followed by the 11R of Rose and now the 93 of Jamie Spalding in the third position. The battle was tight for the lead but with the 11V of Vincent Lucca moving up quickly to contend. On the last lap and after being strong all race long, the 11R of Rose pulled off the track with mechanical issues. In the end it was Tim Gallant in the 33 taking the win followed by the 93 of Spalding and the 11V of Lucca for third.
Heat race two had the 18C of Mike Chaffee on pole with the 1W of Ray Miler starting outside next to Chaffee. As the green flag waived Chaffee and Miller quickly started the battle for the lead while the field behind them was running tight together. The 12 of Adam Whitney and the 5 of Tim Hodge ran side by side fighting for third with Hodge finally getting around Whitney and taking the third spot moving the 12 to fourth. The heat race would run without caution until the last lap when the 2 of Scott Viets and the 12 of Whitney would knock wheels with the 12 unable to finish the race. Chaffee in the 18C took the win followed by Ray Miler in the 1W for second with the 5 of Tim Hodge for third.
The third heat race kept the excitement going with the 47 of Scott Holcomb on pole and the 6 of Joe Krawiec starting on the outside. In this heat race was Ken Schrader in the Bobby Seymour prepared #29 starting last. The 47 of Holcomb, the 6 of Krawiec along with Dean Christensen in the 9 would battle for the top three positions for the first half of the race. While the top three focused on winning, Adam Pierson in the 76M was moving up quickly and took over third from Christensen. Meanwhile the 29 of Schrader was busy moving up the running order and was now in the fourth spot by lap six. The race stayed green for all eight laps and when it was over the 47 of Scot Holcomb came out on top followed by Pierson in the 76M for second and the 6 of Krawiec for third. Schrader would end up finishing fourth in the 29.
The Elliott Beveridge Midget Dash four lap race included the first and second place finishers of each heat race. The 47 of Scott Holcomb was on pole and the 18C of Mike Chaffee started second. The four laps went by quickly with Adam Pierson in the 76M repeating what he had done in his heat race and charged to the front. On the finish was the 47 of Holcomb taking the win from pole followed by Pierson in the 76M for second.
The Shirley & Mickey Bruleigh Memorial Night 25 lap feature double points race was action packed from flag to flag. Stan Otterman in the 78 was to be on pole but was having mechanical issues and elected to start in the rear which moved the 18C of Mike Chaffee to the pole. Taking over the 09 driving duties for Amanda Habel was noted Michael Waltrip Racing tire carrier Kevin White who was in the area for the NASCAR Cup race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The green flag waived and by the end of lap one Chaffee was strong followed by the 2 of Scott Viets for second and Ray Miller piloting the 1W for third. The top three would hold those positions for several laps with the 76M of Adam Pierson making good work of the outside groove and charging hard towards the front. Ken Schrader, who had never raced at the track, also took his 29 to the outside and followed Pierson on his march forward. The racing action was tight and fast from front to back with mid pack passing taking place on every lap. On lap fourteen Viets in the 2 would make his move around the 18C of Chaffee and take over the lead. This move by Viets would play out well for him as the race went on. The race was green until lap 20 when Miller in the 1W would spin which brought out the caution and tighten the field back up. When the green flag was displayed it was Viets holding point but the 76M of Adam Pierson would drive around the 18C of Chaffee for second which moved Chaffee to third. The last three laps would bring the fans to their feet as Tim Hodge in the 5 and Ken Schrader in the 29 battled for fourth and fifth spots. On lap twenty four Schrader would make his move on the outside and into third. Before the race could finish the last lap, the 57 of Dylan Duhaime would flip in turn two which brought out the red flag and ended the race. Duhaime was checked out by medics and would be fine. The final top three are Scott Viets of East Granby, CT in the 2, Adam Pierson from East Corinth, VT in the 76M and Ken Schrader from Concord, NC in the 29.
The win for Scott Viets, who has numerous wins in his racing career, is ranked as his top one as not only did he win against Adam Pierson and Ken Schrader but Viets daughter Bethany was in Victory Lane to celebrate with her dad. Bethany, who is a well-known wining midget driver, shared the moment by holding her dad’s trophy for the photo opts.
In other series news, well known NASCAR announcer Mike Joy was on hand for the racing action and held a meet and greet with the fans. In addition to Mike Joy, racing writer and publisher Len Sammons took in the races and interviewed several drivers.
The series will be back in action on July 26th at Bear Ridge Speedway in Bradford, Vermont for the Elliot Beverage Memorial Race which will honor one of racing greatest mechanics. This will be a 30 lap feature race with double points.
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