CLAREMONT, N.H. – Aaron Fellows returned to his stomping grounds at Twin State Speedway on Saturday night and claimed a pair of feature wins, most notably a wire-to-wire effort in the 40-lap Late Model main event.
Fellows, of Coydon, N.H., is a multi-time track champion at Twin State.
“Being the small, family team that we are, it's nice to be able to go out and do what we do like that,” said Fellows, 32, who also won a 35-lap Modified feature Saturday at the track while driving for a different car owner.
Fellows started on the pole in the season-opening event for Twin State's ACT Late Model Tour-sanctioned Late Models and was never seriously challenged as he drove to the win. He owns the No. 29F New England Outdoor Furnaces/Beard Sewer & Drain Ford Fusion himself, and said that getting the season started on the right foot is a good omen.
“It always seems like every year, that first race always dictates your season,” Fellows said. “If you start off on a bad note, it can carry on all year. So, I'm exceptionally happy to win this one. It seems like I've won a lot of first races of the season, and it always seems to set me up for a good year.
“When you put your ducks in a row right off, things work out. I've been a firm believer that the first race of the year – whether you're (multi-time ACT champion) Brian Hoar or whoever else, from the Sprint Cup Series down – means a lot. The guys who run well in the first race at every level seem to be good all year.”
Fellows also said that his job as a driver is made easy by the work the crew puts in both at the shop and at the race track. He relies heavily on input from Mitch Green at Crazy Horse Racing during the season.
“The biggest thing for me is Mitch at Crazy Horse,” he said. “We have great communication, and we talk two or three times a week. He's just a great guy to work with. Between his help, and a few family and crew members and all of their hard work, I don't think (winning) has a whole lot to do with my driving.”
Fellows led a group of Crazy Horse-prepared cars in the Top-10 at Twin State. Runner-up Guy Caron and third-place finisher Scott MacMichael get support from Crazy Horse, as do Mark Merrill (8th) and Bill Bernard (9th).
Winning did not come without its question marks for Fellows. Like most racers on opening day, Fellows was anxious to see if the changes made during the offseason would translate into results once he finally hit the track.
His trust in Green paid off.
“Mitch and I have been working on a lot of new stuff, and there were some things that he had learned that he wanted to try,” Fellows said. “That was big, and I put 100 percent of my trust in him. He's never, ever steered me wrong. This year, we converted over to a Ford, too, so I had some questions about that going in.
“It was nice to see it all work out the way it did.”
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