Bleak forecasts and gloomy skies surrounded the days leading up to the return of the North East Mini Stock Tour along with its sponsors Texas Roadhouse and Twisted Tea to the one third mile flat oval in Hermon, ME. The last race at Speedway 95 for the NEMST was held in May of 2009 the first year of the mini stock touring series which has since become one of the most recognized in New England.
PASS Super Late Models Chase Garrett Hall at Speedway 95
Scarborough, Maine racer first repeat victor this year
Hermon, Maine – Garrett Hall of Scarborough charged into contention from his sixth row starting position, battling his way to victory lane Sunday in a rain-plagued 150-lap Pro All Stars Series Super Late Model race that went the scheduled distance at Speedway 95 in Hermon.
Hall, who said he was told the track “was flat and bumpy” had never seen the track prior to Sunday’s event. After several rain delays interrupted practice sessions and qualifying races, weather continued to threaten, so Hall – starting back in the field as a previous 2016 race winner on the series, wasted little time making his way through the field on the tight track.
Hermon’s John Curtis Jr. fought off a late race challenge from 2015 division champion Brenton Parritt of Steuben to win the 40 lap Dysart’s Late Model feature at Speedway 95 Saturday night. Curtis led the majority of the laps in the event, but Parritt closed up following a mid-race restart and challenged Curtis over the last half of the race. Parritt finished second with Wayne Parritt Jr. of Steuben finishing third. Deane Smart of Bradley was fourth and Trey Brown of Winterport finished fifth in his first ever Late Model feature race.
Winterport’s Ryan Deane started the Hopkins Landscaping Late Model Series finale on the pole and led the pack for all 50 laps on the way to his third win of the season. Deane was followed closely by Andrew McLaughlin of Harrington, who mounted a serious mid race challenge but was unable to take the top spot away from Deane. Only one caution slowed the field, and it set up a 2 lap dash to the finish, but Deane was able to hold off McLaughlin and take the win.
Bradley’s Deane Smart made it two in a row at Speedway 95 Saturday night as he fought his way to the checkered flag in the Dysart’s Late Model feature. Starting on the outside pole for the 40 lap event, Smart first raced side by side with defending division champion Brenton Parritt of Steuben, who was racing in a car borrowed from his brother Wayne. Smart and Parritt battled for the lead for the first 22 laps, many of them side by side. In turn 2 on lap 23, the top five cars, all running in a group, ended up in an incident that eliminated Hermon’s John Curtis Jr., as well as Parritt, who attempted to return to competition but was forced to park the car for the night. On the restart, Smart took the lead, but by lap 28, Joey Doyon of Winterport had made his way from the 13th starting spot to challenge Smart for the lead. With Smart on the outside and Doyon on the inside, the duo circled the track side by side, swapping the lead for the final 12 laps, with Smart winning by a car length at the checkers. Doyon was second, followed by Wayne Parritt Jr. of Steuben. Winterport’s Ryan Deane finished fourth with Dana Wilbur of Frankfort again picking up a strong top five finish. Brenton Parritt successfully defended his 2014 points title by again finishing atop the standings for 2015. The Late Model points ended a week earlier than the other divisions, as they will race the final Hopkins Landscaping series event next Saturday, which does not earn regular season points for the drivers.
(Hermon, Me) The rain in the forecast held off for another evening of racing at Speedway 95 in Hermon Saturday Night August 22nd.
After a runner-up finish in the qualifier, Bobby Seger, Jr. of Winterport found the right set-up for the feature, driving what he called in victory lane, the fastest car he has ever driven. Despite a back and forth side-by-side race with Jordan Pearson of Hermon for the first few laps of the series race in the third and final Cassella Waste Street division Pine Tree Waste series race, Seger used lapped traffic to grab the top spot and bury the field to the checkered flag. The commanding win for Seger secured for him the series championship. Pearson finished second with Asa Jones of Sullivan finishing third.
The Darlings Ford Sportsmen series went caution free for both the heat and the feature with Holden’s Steve Kimball taking the top spot. Shane Tatro of Levant finished in the second position with rookie Trey Brown of Winteport crossing the line for third. Both the heat and the feature went caution free.