Column By: BILLY HODGES / RPW – BENNINGTON, VT – Times are changing for dirt racer Chris Bisson heading into the 2023 season.
After spending 2022 at Albany-Saratoga Speedway, splitting time between the Limited Sportsman and Sportsman divisions, the Bennington, VT driver is shifting focus to a new race track and, with even more excitement, a new division.
“We’re going to make the move to Glen Ridge Motorsports Park for 2023,” Bisson said. “We’re also going to run their headline class, the 358-Modifieds and I can’t wait for what’s to come.”
The Bisson Motorsports team will have a 2021 Bicknell chassis they never assembled at their disposal for this coming season and a pair of Small Block Modified engines to bolt between the framerails.
“My dad (racer Dick Bisson) bought the motors to run himself,” he said. “Unfortunately, he’s been fighting cancer and can’t race anymore so he offered me the chance. I’m jacked for the opportunity.”
Last season, his third in the sport, Bisson claimed one win at Lyle Devore’s Malta, NY oval. With his switch of division mid-season, Chris wasn’t in contention for a point title, placing 43rd in Sportsman while coming home 20th in Limited.
With the change, Bisson began to gain valuable experience, getting faster and faster with each lap on track. It’s that experience, Chris feels, will help him with the move to the Ridge in ’23.
“I’ve always loved running Glen Ridge,” he said. “We ran there a couple times last season but work didn’t let us do more. I think we’ll be good there because it’s a short track and I love short tracks. It’ll also be good for me because we won’t really kill the equipment.”
Bisson wants to do well in his first year in the 358-Modified class, but he’s keeping perspective.
“This season is all about having fun,” he said. “We want to run as best as possible, but we’re going to Glen Ridge to have as much fun as we can.”
Chris’ father got him in to the sport at a very young age, and since then, racing’s been his whole life.
“I can’t thank my dad, Uncle Alonzo and Scott Duell for their advice and help,” he said. “This season will be my fourth behind the wheel and I’m hoping our best yet.”
This season, Chris Bisson and the 435 team is ready for a new track, and new class and a whole new beginning.