HERMON — Newburgh’s Darrin Durrell had intended to run his new 1990 Honda Prelude in the Little Enduro class during opening night of Wacky Wednesday at Speedway 95.
“I painted it last Sunday and was testing it at the shop when the engine blew,” explained Durrell.
So he pulled out his old 1990 Prelude and took the checkered flag Wednesday by taking the lead on lap three and maintaining it over the final 17 laps.
He finished four car-lengths ahead of Hermon’s Andrew Crosby, who wound up being bumped back to third because he passed one car on a restart before the green flag was shown. That earned him a one-position penalty.
That moved Carmel’s Ted Ryder into second. Rounding out the top five were Chris Carroll of Greenbush and Michael Blaise of Hampden.
“The car was awesome for having no setup in it,” said the 44-year-old Durrell. “I put this together last-minute. I raced it for four years and it still goes good.”
Carroll said he was happy with his second.
“Not bad for my first time back. I haven’t raced in five years. I missed it,” said Carroll, who drove a 1993 Mitsubishi Eclipse.
Crosby said his 1988 Honda Prelude was “awesome,” and he didn’t complain about the scoring decision.
“I thought I was good to go, but they said ‘No.’ You never know when you’re out there on the track until you finish,” said Crosby.
There were 18 cars in the Little Enduro class and track officials decided to run them together rather than divide them into two classes.
The 18 cars were four more than they had in the other four classes, combined, as the threat of thunderstorms limited the car count as well as the attendance, estimated at 150.
Three of the feature races were reduced from 20 to 10 laps, the Little Enduro was a 20-lapper and the Big Enduro class, which was running the first of a three-race series, was 15 laps instead of 25.
Track co-owner Del Merritt and head judge Kim Baker gave the fans who stayed for all the feature races a pass to allow them to attend another Wacky Wednesday show for free.
In the Big Enduro race, Eddie Cobb Jr. of Lagrange won by 30 car-lengths over Hudson’s Shaun MacNevin. Shawn Racila of Dover-Foxcroft finished third.
The Stars of Tomorrow (youngsters) was won by 13-year-old Matt Kimball of Cornville, who beat Ricky Pease Jr. of Detroit by eight car-lengths. Hudson’s Emma Libby was third with D.C. Alexander of Carmel fourth.
Chelsea Young of Winterport led from start to finish in winning the Ladies Division.
Amy Houde of Howland finished second with Maria Miranda of Corinna third and Kayla Allen of Penobscot fourth.
The (full-sized) Trucks feature was won comfortably by Jim Carr Jr. of Clifton. Jeff Overlock Jr. of Hermon was second and Corinth’s Peter Drake had truck trouble and was third.