Photos – ACT at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway 8-9-2014 by Eric LaFleche
Nick Sweet Snags ACT Victory at Beech Ridge
Scarborough, ME – Barre’s Nick Sweet became the 7th different American Canadian Tour winner in the 7th event of the 2014 season when the tour visited Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough, ME on Saturday, August 9. Sweet led for the majority of the event, but not without fierce contention and multiple lead changes with runner-up finisher Ben Ashline.
Ashline slipped out of the lead after starting on the pole with a plus five in ACT’s unique plus/minus handicap system. Outside pole sitter Stephane Descoste of Oka, Quebec led through the early stages of the event until Sweet took over on the 24th circuit. Sweet made the charge from his 8th place starting position and built a comfortable lead once he reached the point.
Waterbury, VT – The American Canadian Tour (ACT) will next appear at the Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough, ME on Saturday, August 9. The Hudson, New Hampshire native, Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. (Pole) has to be considered a favorite to win the race. In the 2014 ACT Championship standings Pole has a comfortable 56 point lead over second place racer Jimmy Hebert, from Williamstown, VT. He is also winless so far during the 2014 campaign.
Pole has compiled an impressive record during the first half of the 2014 season. In the ACT races to date, the 97NH team has three second place finishes, two third place finishes and two fourth place finishes. He also led the Pro All Star Super Late Model event at Beech Ridge and contended for wins in the Star and White Mountain events he entered this year, and also recently won the Lee USA Granite State Pro Stock race. Pole won the 150 lap Beech Ridge ACT event in 2010; he was runner up to Eddie MacDonald from Rowley, MA in 2013.
Nineteen year-old Tyler King, of Livermore Falls, won Saturday’s NASCAR Nite Pro-Series 40-lap feature event.
7/26/2014 Beech Ridge Results
After taking a week of from feature racing, Oakland’s Mike Landry paced the 20-car field to the green flag. Landry led until lap four when rookie Mike Fowler, of Scarborough, was able to claim the lead from Landry with ease. Fowler who was fast in qualifying, opened up a multiple car-length lead over Landry and the entire field.
Veteran Kelly Moore, of Scarborough, captured his first NASCAR Nite Pro-Series victory of the 2014 season Saturday night.
Richard Pelton, of Scarborough, led the 19-car field to the green flag, however surrendered the lead to rookie Nick Cusack, also of Scarborough, going into the first corner. Cusack led the field until lap seven when Scarborough’s Mike Fowler captured the lead from Cusack.
Fowler a rookie in the division, opened up a multiple car length lead over Cusack and the rest of the field. By the halfway mark, both Kelly Moore and Dan McKeage had successfully made their way inside the top three. Both Moore and McKeage started inside the top ten.
Jake Madore, of Arundel, picked up his first career Sport Series NASCAR Nite victory Saturday night.
Madore paced the field to the green flag, however surrendered the lead to Windham’s veteran Reggie Leeman on lap two. Leeman, who finished second the previous week, led until a caution on lap 15 which bunched the field back together.
On the ensuing restart, Madore chose the inside lane on the leaders lane choice giving Leeman the outside. Madore and Leeman battled side-by-side for multiple laps until Madore was able to edge Leeman going into the first turn.
Clyde Hennessey, of Windham, followed Madore and passed Leeman as well. Hennessey worked his way to the outisde of Madore and battled for 15 laps trying to capture the lead from Madore. Coming to the checkered flag Madore was able to beat Hennessey by a nose length and capture his first win.
In the Southern Maine Chrysler Dodge Jeep 150-lap PASS Super Late Model division, Joey Doiron, of Berwick, survived a couple of late race restarts to pick up his first victory of the year in the Pro All-Star Series touring division.
Top Five Feature Finishes
Pro All-Star Series
1. Joey Doiron, Berwick
2. Austin Theriault, Fort Kent
3. Curtis Gerry, Waterboro
4. Mike Rowe, Turner
5. Scott Mulkern, Falmouth
1. Jake Madore, Arundel
2. Clyde Hennessey, Windham
3. Dave Langlais, Springvale
4. Frank Wear, Buxton
5. Doug Wolfe, Gorham
1. Justin Karkos, Livermore
2. Jon Brill, Bridgton
3. Jason Webster, Standish
4. Cole Watson, Naples
5. Lewis Anderson, Buxton
Windham’s Corey Bubar took the victory in the Pro Series 125 Saturday night, in a dominating performance. Bubar led most of the extended race and went on to be the first repeat winner in the Pro Series division.
After capturing the pole spot in qualifying, Bubar led the 25-car field to the green flag. Bubar led until a early race caution bunched the field back together. On the restart, Bubar faced Charlie Colby, of Newcastle. After battling side-by-side for a few laps, Colby was able to edge Bubar going into the first turn to capture the lead. Colby opened up a two car-length advantage over Bubar, but a caution on lap 26 set the two up for battle again.
Colby chose the outside leaders lane choice giving Bubar the inside groove. Bubar was able to pass Colby coming out of the fourth turn to regain the lead. Veteran Bryan Kruczek, of New Market, NH, started to charge his way to the front. By lap 30, Kruczek had passed Colby and set his sights on Bubar. On lap 39, Kruczek passed Bubar with ease and opened up a five car length advantage.
MIKE ROWE LOOKING TO MAKE IT TWO PASS SLM WIN IN A ROW AT BEECH RIDGE MOTOR SPEEDWAY
The Pro All Stars Series Super Late Models head back to Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough, Maine on Saturday night, July 5th for the Southern Maine Motors, Firecracker 150. Defending race winner, Cassius Clark will try to get back on track after struggling in the early going on the PASS North Series in 2014. Last year Clark held off a late race challenge from Mike Rowe, Travis Benjamin, Joey Doiron and Corey Bubar.
Newcastle’s Charlie Colby won the 50-lap Pro Series feature event. On a late race restart, Colby battled side-by-side with Tyler King, of Livermore Falls, for five laps until he was able to edge King going into the first turn.
Mike Landry, of Oakland, paced the 22-car field to the green flag and was able to take the lead going into turn one. Landry and veteran Steve Carrier, of Saco, battled for the top spot until Carrier was able to edge Landry on lap four.
Carrier opened up his lead over Landry until a caution on lap eight bunched the field back together. On the restart, Carrier choose the outside lane and it proved successful as he was able to re-claim the lead. Carrier and Landry battled nose to tail and pulled away from the rest of the field over the short green flag run.
On a spectacular Saturday night at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway, Tyler King, of Livermore Falls opened the second week of the NASCAR Nite by grabbing his first victory of the season.
King who started in the second starting position battled side-by-side in the opening laps with Oakland’s, Mike Landry for the top spot. On lap four King edged Landry by a nose at the line to claim the top spot. A caution on lap 12 would re-group the 24-car field. Scarborough’s, Don Colpritt also took second from Landry and faced King on the restart.