Moulton captures Unity track title

Posted Sept. 27, 2010, at 9:42 p.m.
Last modified Sept. 28, 2010, at 6:19 a.m.

UNITY — Fairfield’s Jeff Burgess earned his fourth Late Model feature victory while Frank Moulton of Burnham finished 10th to claim his third straight Unity Raceway track championship over the weekend.

Ed Drake of Vassalboro finished second to Burgess followed by Poncho Darveau of Chelsea, Markus Lowe of Jackson and Steve Rackliff of Starks.

OTHER UNITY RESULTS

Super Street: 1. Nick Huff (Orrington), 2. Ricky Burgess Jr. (Waterville), 3. Artie Maguire (Bucksport), 4. Josh Bailey (Wiscasset), 5. Nate Weston (Madison); Wildcat: 1. Andy Turbovsky (Winslow), 2. Carl McAlpine (Burnham), 3. Chris King (Burnham), 4. Maurice Young (Chelsea), 5. Ed Sleeper (Vassalboro); Late Model Pro Four: 1. Corey Walker (New Vineyard), 2. Bryan Lancaster (Skowhegan), 3. Steve Rackliff (Starks), 4. Alex Fernald (Benton), 5. Ben Clark (Clinton); Monsta Mini: 1. Mike Wilson (Chelsea), 2. Dylan Lancaster (Skowhegan), 3. John Fortin (Vassalboro); Flyin’ Four: 1. Justin Moore (Madison), 2. Brad Bosworth (Cornville), 3. Cole Robinson (Clinton), 4. Lance Chapman (Benton), 5. David Folsom II (Skowhegan); Ladies: 1. Mika Wilson (Chelsea), 2. Alicia Goodwin (Clinton), 3. Chelsea Young (Winterport); Teen Thunder: 1. Ricky Pease (Detroit), 2. Wes Turner (Montville), 3. Kyle Robinson (Clinton), 4. Emily McAlpine (Burnham), 5. Colby Robbins (Montville); Enduro: 1. Donny Silva (Hudson), 2. Zack Gagnon (Clinton), 3. Kayla Allen (Bucksport), 4. Ryan Chadwick (Wiscasset), 5. George Fernald III (Benton); NELCAR Legends: 1. Kevin Hutchens (East Waterboro), 2. Ed Field (Deep River, Conn.), 3. Bobby Weymouth (Topsham), 4. Alan Smith (Lincoln), 5. Matthew Burgoine (Newport)

Winterport Dragway

At Winterport, Fred Hutchinson of Auburn defeated Jerry Hatch of Lubec to claim the Super Pro/Pro Final Sunday afternoon.

OTHER WINTERPORT RESULTS

Super Pro Eliminator: 1. Jerry Hatch (Lubec), 2. Dan Emerson (Hermon), semifinalist Nick Huff (Windham); Pro Eliminator: 1. Fred Hutchinson (Auburn), 2. Dave Kecki (Lowell), semifinalists Don Joy (Machias), Robin Reynolds (Winterport); Bikes/Sleds: 1. Brittney Marston (Fairfield), 2. Jon Weeks (Waterville), semifinalists Aaron Astle (Ellsworth), Joe Messina (Dexter); Street Eliminator: 1. Tim Wilcox (Easton), 2. Dan Poirier (Minot), semifinalists Bill Dammier (Deer Isle), Wayne Chadwick (South China); Street Trophy: 1. Brock Wakefield (Unity), 2. Ryan Francini (Winterport), semifinalists Nicole Spencer (Winterport), Gage Reynolds (Bangor)

Spud Speedway

At Caribou, Brandon York of Fort Fairfield cruised to victory in the US Army Young Guns feature Sunday while Adam Williams of Limestone finished fourth and claimed the championship. Connell McLean of Clearview, New Brunswick finished second. Emma Libby of Glenburn was third with Williams  and Ryan Modery of Hermon rounding out the top five.

OTHER SPUD RESULTS

Northern Lights: 1. Travis Beale (Dover-Foxcroft), 2. Steve Levesque (Mars Hill), 3. Galen Morrow (Limestone), 4. Don Rideout (Caribou), 5. Ken Cormier (Grand Isle), champion: Jason A. Levesque (Caribou); Street Stock: 1. Duane Dunifer (Hermon), 2. Shawn Hamel II (Bangor), 3. Shawn Racilla (Dover-Foxcroft), 4. Dana York (Fort Fairfield), 5. Bobby Anderson (Limestone), champion: Dana York; Super Street: 1. Kris Watson (Hermon), 2. Doug Sinclair (Hermon), 3. Jeff Willette (Presque Isle), 4. Mike Howlett (Easton), 5. Mike Kinney (Danforth); champion: Mike Howlett; Fast Fours: 1. Keith Thibeau (Fort Fairfield), 2. Rick Saucier (Wallagrass), 3. Matt Farnham (Mapleton), 4. Steve Heath (Dover-Foxcroft), 5. Steve Theriault (Fort Kent); champion: Connor Thibeau (Fort Fairfield)

Gibbs wants Hamlin to hit mute

DOVER, Del. — Joe Gibbs Racing president J.D. Gibbs isn’t trying to change Denny Hamlin’s outspoken ways. He just wants his star driver to use “good judgment” when he does address controversial topics.

Hamlin created a stir when he criticized Clint Bowyer’s excuse for why his car flunked a follow-up inspection after winning at New Hampshire. Kevin Harvick, Bowyer’s Richard Childress Racing teammate, retaliated against Hamlin during Saturday’s practice and the two Chase drivers exchanged profanities in the garage.

Gibbs spoke with Hamlin about his comments that sparked a weekend full of acrimony.

“I think looking back now, I think, yeah, he wishes he could take back some of that and not make that the issue that it’s become,” Gibbs said.

On Sunday, Hamlin did his talking on the track at Dover International Speedway. He finished ninth to stay atop the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship standings with a 35-point lead on four-time champion Jimmie Johnson.

Gibbs wasn’t worried about tempers flaring Sunday or perhaps down the line as the pressure grows in the title hunt. Gibbs wants to keep the focus on racing, not popping off.

“It’s just distracting. That’s what you don’t want, distractions when you’re in the Chase,” Gibbs said.

Hamlin considered the issue over.

“They wanted to voice their displeasure the way they did. That’s fine,” Hamlin said. “I didn’t see those guys really all day. So everyone I think was focused on their own race. I think there’s too much to lose within this Chase for anyone to really do anything that’s out of the ordinary or make a dumb move. There’s too much at stake for these race teams.”

Dover down

Dover Motorsports President Denis McGlynn told drivers in the prerace meeting not to be “self-conscious” about declining TV ratings and attendance. It was hard for them to miss all the empty seats Sunday at Dover.

The speedway has plenty of fans to target as entire sections were closed off and there was plenty of light in the turns. NASCAR estimated the crowd at 88,000. The track holds about 135,000 and it only looked slightly more than half full. McGlynn acknowledged before the race attendance would be light.

“It’s going to be up slightly from May, but we’re going to have a lot of empty seats,” he said.

He was right, but he’s not alone. NASCAR has seen attendance and ratings dip this season. McGlynn said he was working on ticket packages for Dover’s two NASCAR weekends next season that targeted the “lapsed fan.”

McGlynn plans nine family sections scattered around the stands for next year’s races. No smoking, no drinking and $10 tickets for kids under 14.

“We’re trying to make it an offer that an older guy can’t refuse,” he said. “Now he’s got no excuse not to bring his kids and grandkids out there.”

McGlynn would still like to expand the garage area, one of the smallest on the circuit, making it easier for teams to work and allow fans a more comfortable experience. He talked about buildinga platform overlooking the garage that would give fans a birds-eye view of the area.

“I think we can get that done just as soon as the economy improves,” McGlynn said.

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