Parritt prevails at Speedway 95

Posted Aug. 07, 2011, at 10:06 p.m.

HERMON — Wayne Parritt of Steuben, who returned to the track last week after a nine-year absence, held on for his first win of the season in the Late Model feature Saturday at Speedway 95.

Hermon’s Dale Swoboda finished in second place followed by John Kalel II of Orrington in third. Mike Hopkins of Hermon claimed fourth place with Duane Seekins of Stockton Springs finishing fifth.

OTHER SPEEDWAY 95 RESULTS

STRICTLY STREET: 1. Shelby Kimball (Cornville), 2. Andrew McLaughlin (Harrington), 3. Cody Brassbridge (Frankfort), 4. Ren Dore (Addison), 5. Shawn Hamel (Bangor); BOMBER: 1. Emma Libby (Glenburn), 2. Garret Hayman (Milford), 3. Scott Bonney (Bangor), 4. Travis Dodge (Troy), 5. Ryan Modery (Hermon); SPORT-FOUR: 1. Steve Heath (Milo), 2. Bradley Norris (Ellsworth), 3. Jay Robichaud (Eddington), 4. Matt Shaw (Burnham), 5. Keith Ogden (Dedham); SPORTSMAN: 1. Jeremy Glasier (Appleton), 2. Deane Smart (Bradley), 3. D.J. Modery (Prospect), 4. Steve Moulton (Holden), 5. Mike Overlock (Franklin)

Winterport Dragway

WINTERPORT — Robin Reynolds of Winterport earned a first place finish in the Point Series Number 4 race Saturday at Winterport Dragway. Jerry Hatch of Lubec finshed in second place. Gage Reynolds of Bangor and Jamie Ross of St. George were both semifinalists.

In other racing action, Robin Reynolds claimed victory in the Chevy Day race. Bob Reynolds of Winterport registered a second-place finish while Dwight Overlock of Owls Head was a semifinalist.

Unity Raceway

UNITY — Jeff Burgess of East Madison outdueled Freedom’s Dylan Turner to earn the win in the Late Model feature Saturday at Unity Raceway.

Turner crossed the line in second position while points leader David Folsom of Skowhegan finished third. Chad Dow of Fairfield came in fourth place followed by Montville’s Tyler Robbins in fifth.

OTHER UNITY RESULTS

WILDCAT: 1. Maurice Young (Chelsea), 2. Chris King (Burnham), 3. Carl McAlpine (Burnham), 4. Ben Gilbert (Pittsfield), 5. Ed Gilblair (Skowhegan); LEGENDS: 1. Mathew Burgoine (Newport), 2. Kevin Hutchens (East Waterboro), 3. Ed Field (Deep River, Conn.), 4. Evan Beaulieu (Durham), 5. Tery Kirk (Durham); PRO FOUR: 1. Tim Robinson (Clinton), 2. Norm Cummings Jr. (Augusta), 3. Lance Chapman (Benton), 4. Steve Rackliff (Starks), 5. Jamie Foster (Benton); MINI: 1. Mike Mason (Madison), 2. Zach Audet (New Sharon), 3. Tim Collins (Farmingdale), 4. Richard Jackson (Hudson), 5. Justin Moore (Madison); FLYIN’ 4: 1. Brad Bosworth (Cornville), 2. Ryan Ripley (Waldoboro), 3. Jayson Bosworth (Cornville), 4. Kyle Robinson (Clinton), 5. Bob Gerard (Augusta); CHALLENGER: 1. Chad Folsom (Skowhegan), 2. Eric Peavey (Clinton), 3. Rick Sirois (Norridgewock), 4. Samantha Farnham (Benton), 5. Mike Stowe (Waterville); ENDURO: 1. Kyle Turner (Freedom), 2. John McCarron (Newport), 3. Josh Spencer, 4. Chad Michaud (Fairfield), 5. Mike Mathieu (Oakland)

Ragan out

LONG POND, Pa — David Ragan’s wild-card chances took a serious hit when he crashed early at Pocono Raceway and finished 34th. Ragan has one win and is in 19th place, keeping him at least in the hunt over the final five races before the Chase field is set.

The top two drivers with the most victories in 11th to 20th place earn a wild-card spot for the playoffs. Brad Keselowski all but sealed up the first spot with his second victory of the season Sunday. Paul Menard has one win, but is in 14th place, leaving Ragan scrambling to avoid another poor finish as the competition heats up.

“We need to be in that top 12 or 13, or get a second win,” Ragan said. “There’s still a lot of racing left. There is going to be some bad luck for some of these other guys we’re racing for it.”

Harvick wins truck race

LONG POND, Pa — Kevin Harvick needed overtime to take the checkered flag.

Harvick stretched his fuel over extra laps and an extra day, breaking free on the green-white checkered finish to win the Trucks Series race on Sunday at Pocono Raceway.

Rain halted the event after 17 laps Saturday, so the race was squeezed in Sunday morning before the start of the Sprint Cup race. Joey Logano is on the pole for that one.

Harvick started from the pole and his only concern was stretching his fuel two extra laps on the scheduled 50-lap race. He conserved fuel and did what he needed to do in his first Trucks victory of the season.

“You just hope it didn’t screw itself up overnight,” Harvick said.

Harvick led 44 laps and was one of only two leaders in the second Trucks race on the 2½-mile triangle track. It was his 10th career win in the series and third top-10 finish of the season.

“We figured out a way to screw up pretty much every week,” he said. “The truck has been fast every week. You’ve got to keep doing the things you’ve been doing.”

He held off Kyle Busch and James Buescher on the final restart to win by a comfortable margin. Busch was second and Buescher third. Johnny Sauter and Austin Dillon round out the top five.

Sauter, the points leader, failed the post-race inspection. The right rear was too high and penalties were expected this week.

Busch and Harvick had to quickly scoot off to get ready for the Cup race. They had 500 grueling miles scheduled for later in the day. The rain messed with the weekend schedule, also bumping the ARCA race to Sunday for a racing tripleheader.

Todd Bodine was spun with two laps left to bring out the final caution. Harvick’s crew chief, Bruce Cook, voiced his concerns that there may not have been enough fuel in the No. 2 Chevrolet.

The caution helped conserve what was in the tank, and Harvick was on his way toward celebrating in Victory Lane.

Buescher, a Trucks regular, knew he couldn’t catch the Cup star on the overtime laps.

“I didn’t have anything for Kevin. He was in a league of his own,” Buescher said. “I didn’t have anything remotely close for him. We knew Kyle was coming fast. Maybe if it went green and not have that green-white checkered, we might have finished second. You hate losing to him, but you hate losing to anybody.”

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