Hermon, Maine — Cassius Clark of Farmington survived a rough-and-tumble finish to wrestle victory away from DJ Shaw in Sunday’s Hight Chevrolet 150 Pro All Stars Series Super Late Model race at Speedway 95 in Hermon, Maine.
BRENTON PARRIOTT WINS LATE MODLE FEATURE AND SERIES AT 95
Brenton Parritt of Steuben took the lead from Hermon’s John Curtis Jr. on lap 38 of the 50 lap Hopkins Landscaping and Paving series race Saturday night at Speedway 95 and won that night’s feature event as well as the overall title for the three race series. John Kalel II of Orrington led the first 21 laps until a caution flag slowed the action for a spin in turn one by Wayne Parritt Jr. On the restart, Parritt got by Kalel, and led until lap 30, when Wayne Parritt Sr. brought out the yellow after a rubbing incident with Carmel’s Chris Ryan. When the green dropped again, Curtis forged ahead of Parritt to lead laps 31 through 37, when Parritt again got by Curtis to take the lead for good. Curtis finished second with Kalel finishing third. Wayne Parritt Jr. came back from his early race spin to record a fourth place finish, and Harrington’s Andrew McLaughlin came in fifth.
PARRITT FAMILY TOPS SPEEDWAY 95 LATE MODEL ACTION
Wayne Parritt Jr. of Steuben won his career first Dysart’s Late Model feature at Speedway 95 Saturday night, with his Uncle, Brenton Parritt of Steuben taking the second spot, and his father, Wayne Parritt Sr. finishing in third. Parritt Jr. started the 40 lap event on the pole, and battled with Deane Smart of Bradley side by side for the first 16 laps, until the caution flag slowed the field for a turn 3 spin by Winterport’s Ryan Deane. On the restart, Parritt Jr. pulled away from Smart and led the rest of the way to the checkers. While Parritt Jr. drove to his first win in the division, Uncle Brenton was moving up from his fourth place starting position to second. Meanwhile, Wayne Sr. was picking up positions from his 11th place start, until, on lap 24, it was all three Parritts in the top three. It remained that way to the end, with Smart holding on for a fourth place finish. John Curtis Jr. of Hermon finished fifth.
ANDREW CROSBY TOPS MODIFIED ENDURO FIELD
Hermon’s Andrew Crosby took off from the outside pole position in the 20 lap Modified Enduro feature at Speedway 95 Friday night and led the entire distance to pick up his first win of the season. Hampden’s Travis Beale started the event in the 8th spot and worked his way up through the field in the caution free race to place second at the finish. Rick Gomm of Dixmont finished third, followed by Rhonda Cain of Hermon in fourth and Shawn McNevin of Hudson in fifth.
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PAUL WHITE TAKES LATE MODEL WIN AT SPEEDWAY 95
John Curtis Jr. of Hermon and Paul White of Corinna started on the front row of the Dysart’s Late Model feature at Speedway 95 Saturday night, and 40 laps later they were still side by side, with Paul White half a car ahead when they crossed the finish line. Curtis led the first 24 laps, until a caution came out for a spin by Lloyd Nickerson of Corinth that also collected Hermon’s Dale Swoboda as he tried to get by Nickerson as he spun. On the restart, White took the lead for the next six laps, until Curtis again challenged for the lead. The pair raced side by side and swapped the lead for the next 10 laps with Curtis making a last chance bid for the lead on the final lap, but fell just short at the line. Curtis finished second with Harrington’s Andrew McLaughlin in third. Fourth went to Brenton Parritt of Steuben with Wayne Parritt Jr. of Steuben finishing fifth. Nickerson and White won the qualifying races for the division.
TRAVIS BEALE TAKES MODIFIED ENDURO WIN AT 95
Travis Beale of Hampden started ninth in the 12 car Modified 4/6/8 cylinder Enduro division feature Wednesday night at Speedway 95 and by lap 10 was in a fierce battle for the lead with Milo’s Dustin Lancaster, who had led from the pole to that point. Beale and Lancaster raced side by side, swapping the lead almost every lap until Beale took the lead for good with 3 to go. Beale was first under the checkers, followed by Lancaster in second. Third went to Rhonda Cain of Hermon, a former champion in the Ladies division, with Dixmont’s Rick Gomm in fourth. Fifth place went to Hermon’s Andrew Crosby.
EMMA LIBBY CAPTURES CAREER FIRST SPORTSMAN WIN AT 95
Sixteen year old Emma Libby of Glenburn led the first 13 laps of the 25 lap Darling’s Ford Sportsman feature at Speedway 95 Saturday night, but lost it to points leader Kris Matchett of Skowhegan on a lap 14 restart. As Matchett pulled away from the teen driver, Libby held on to the second spot until Matchett unexpectedly slowed on the 23rd lap. Libby was able to overtake him and cruise to her first win as a rookie in the division. Dean Clements of Brooks, making his first appearance since an early season wreck sidelined his activity, took second with Jay Robichaud of Eddington, also returning after several weeks away following an accident that seriously damaged his car, finished third. Fourth went to pole sitter Karl Stanhope of Hampden with Matchett limping home in fifth with a sick engine. Matchett won the division’s single qualifying race.
Andrew McLaughlin came back from last week’s disappointing fourth place finish after leading for 35 laps to finishing half a lap ahead of the field in the 40 lap Dysart’s Late Model feature at Speedway 95 Saturday night. Starting on the outside pole, McLaughlin battled side by side with pole sitter Nick Jenkins of Milo for the first two laps, but took the lead for good on lap 3 and led to the checkers in the caution free race. McLaughlin stretched out his lead while Jenkins battled with John Curtis Jr. of Hermon for over 20 laps for the second spot, which Jenkins took for good on lap 28 and held to the finish. Curtis then engaged in a battle for third with Orrington’s John Kalel II for laps 30 through 38, with Kalel taking the spot for a third place finish. Brenton Parritt of Steuben then got by Curtis on the final lap to take fourth, with Curtis ending up in fifth. Dean Smart of Bradley and Brenton Parritt of Steuben won the night’s qualifiers Zach Audet of Skowhegan led the Coca Cola Sport 4 35 lap Street Landscaping series event #2 from pole to checkers, holding off Cornville’s Brad Bosworth through three cautions to take the win. Bosworth missed a shift on the original start and played catch up for the whole race, finishing in second just ahead of his brother Jayson Bosworth, also of Cornville, who finished third. 12 year old Dylan Street of Old Town ran a strong race, finishing in fourth, holding off a stiff challenge from Milford’s Garett Hayman, who came from the back of the pack following a lap 5 spin into the turn three wall to finish fifth. Sixth place in the series event went to Carmel’s Ted Ryder, with Hermon’s Andrew Crosby in seventh. Jeremy Scott of Carmel, Ed Archer Jr. of Clinton and Darren Durrell of Newburgh rounded out the top ten in that order. Audet and Bosworth were the heat race winners and started the event on the front row.
For the second week in a row, Speedway 95′s attempt to kick off its Wacky Wednesday season was thwarted by Mother Nature, as rain began to fall just prior to the beginning of the night’s activities. In attendance and ready to participate were cars in the new 100% stock 4/6/8 cylinder Enduro, Modified 4/6/8 cylinder Enduro, Stars of Tomorrow and Full size pick-up trucks. This night’s racing will be made up on Friday, July 25 as an added race to that week’s scheduled racing. All Wacky Wednesday divisions will race twice that week, with the regularly scheduled show on Wednesday, July 23, then the make up night on Friday. July 25. With only 10 race meets scheduled for the brief season, track owner Del Merritt wanted to give the racers an opportunity to race as often as possible within the 10 weeks scheduled between June 25 and August 27a.
Following it’s regularly scheduled show on Saturday, July 5, Speedway 95 will resume it’s Saturday night racing on July 26, after a two week lay-off, with no racing scheduled for Saturday, July 12 and Saturday, July 19. Speedway 95 will present “Monster Truck Mayhem” on Friday July 18 and Saturday July 19.
For the second time in the four races run in the Dysart’s Late Models at Speedway 95 this season, the feature race was won by mere inches when Brenton Parritt of Steuben held off a late race charge from 2013 champion Andy Saunders of Ellsworth, who was driving a car borrowed from Orrington’s Jim Robichaud. Parritt started the 40 lap feature event in the 8th spot, took the lead from Corinth’s Lloyd Nickerson on lap 7, and led the rest of the way to the checkers. Meanwhile, Saunders and Ryan Deane of Winterport worked their way through the field and became locked in a lengthy battle for the second spot, which Saunders finally won on lap 35. Saunders then set his sights on Parritt, but ran out of laps as Parritt crossed the finish line with his bumper just ahead of Saunders when the checkered flag flew. Saunders finished second with Deane in third. Nick Jenkins of Milo finished fourth with Andrew McLaughlin of Harrington finishing in fifth after recovering from a lap 9 incident with Nickerson that sent both cars to the rear of the field on the restart. John Kalel II and Nickerson won the night’s Late Model qualifiers.