HERMON — Darrin Durrell grew up with former Sprint Cup driver Ricky Craven in Newburgh.
“He used to drive the number 12 car. That’s why I drive the number 12,” explained Durrell.
Durrell did Craven proud on Saturday night, taking the lead on the eighth lap and never giving it up en route to a 10 car-length victory over Old Town’s David Ogden in the 50-lap Little Enduro feature at Speedway 95.
It was his first win of the season.
Durrell started fifth but maneuvered up to second by the eighth lap. Pole-sitter Ogden spun out on lap eight and that enabled Durrell to take the lead.
“The car was the best it’s been all year. It was getting better toward the end of the race,” said the 43-year-old Durrell, who drives a 1990 Honda Prelude. “The biggest thing was getting around the oil and water on the track.”
Ogden said it was a patch of oil that caused him to spin out. But he wasn’t sure. So he went to the pits.
“I thought I had a flat tire,” explained Ogden. “But we checked it out and there was oil all over the car. The car was good.”
Ogden returned before the restart but, because he had pitted, he had to start in the back [15th].
He managed to pick his way through the 20-car field to earn his second-place finish.
“I just picked my way [through the field] and stayed out of trouble,” said Ogden who added that he was “very happy” with his finish.
Bangor’s Donny Blanchard finished third with Seal Cove’s Ken Ogden winding up fourth and Orneville’s Jason Lancaster finishing fifth.
Blanchard had started third while Ken Ogden and Lancaster began the race sixth and seventh, respectively.
Milo’s Chad Badger had started second but spun out early.
Durrell pocketed $250 for the win.
In the Super Street race, Lamoine’s Derek Mingo was looking at a second or third place finish until race leader Jeremy Glasier of Appleton suffered a flat right rear tire with just two laps to go in the 25-lap race.
Mingo and Mike Overlock battled it out for the win and Mingo was able to pull ahead by half a car-length on the back stretch and maintain that slim edge at the finish line.
Franklin’s Overlock was second. Hermon’s Doug Sinclair finished third, Glasier wound up fourth and Winterport’s Meghan Allen was fifth.
“I got lucky when [Glasier’s] cut his tire,” said Mingo. “After I got the lead, I still saw the nose of [Overlock’s] car. I was hoping I could keep the momentum. The car had enough bite coming out of turn four to maintain the lead.”
Mingo also credited Overlock for “running me clean” and not taking him out on the last lap.
“I just don’t have the motor that the other guys have,” said Overlock who also thought Glasier “messed the toe (wheel angle)” of his car when the two got tangled up earlier in the race.
Shawn Hamel II of Bangor won the Strictly Street feature as he took the lead on lap two and beat Jim Carr Jr. of Clifton across the finish line. Hamel’s dad, Shawn Hamel, was third followed by Shawn Racila of Dover-Foxcroft and Andrew McLaughlin of Harrington.
“The car handled pretty good,” said Hamel II. “It was a little loose. But once I got out front, it was pretty good.”
Carr Jr. said his car was “too loose.”
Hamel’s dad said he couldn’t challenge his son due to problems with his distributor.
“My car need more oomph. It needs more power,” said Hamel.
Dedham’s Keith Ogden won the Sport Four feature by taking the lead with four laps left and holding off Milo’s Steve Heath.
Exeter’s Gary Richards was third, Ellsworth’s Bradley Norris was fourth and Lagrange’s Rick Grant wound up fifth.
Ogden and Richards each led segments of the race before Ogden took the lead for good.
“We worked on the set up all afternoon,” said Ogden. “We put new right side tires on it and that gave it better grip.”
There were five cars apiece in the Strictly Streets and Super Streets and six in the Sport-Fours.