UNITY — Brian Whitney of Burnham added another extra-distance main event first-place trophy to his collection, outgunning reigning track champion Jeff Burgess of Fairfield in the 52-lap Late Model division main event on opening day at Unity Raceway on Saturday.
Whitney and Burgess swapped the race lead, and a little bit of paint, a couple of times during the closing laps in a competitive feature race highlighting the first stock car racing card in Maine this season. Whitney, who has been most successful in extra-distance event in recent seasons at Unity Raceway, led the vast majority of the race, first battling Palmyra racer Ajay Picard for supremacy.
Late in the event Whitney had not only the reigning track kingpin challenging, but the returning prodigy breathing down his tailpipes as well. Three-time Unity Raceway champion Frank Moulton of Burnham, who took a year off from competition at Unity, was in the mix as the laps wound down, eventually settling for a third-place finish behind Whitney and Burgess.
Early contender Picard held on to post a fourth-place finish. Mike Orr or Wiscasset rounded out the top-five. Main event winner Whitney also scored a heat race victory earlier in the afternoon.
OTHER UNITY RESULTS (Top five per class)
NELCAR Legends Cars (25 laps) 1. Mathew Burgoine, Newport; 2. Reid Lanpher, Manchester; 3. Kevin Hutchens, East Waterboro; 4. Alan Smith, Lincoln; 5. Bobby Weymouth, Topsham
Wildcat (25 laps) 1. Bryan Robbins, Montville; 2. Ed Gilblair, Skowhegan; 3. Brandon Bourne, East Wakefield, NH; 4. Brent Chase, Burnham.
Late Model Pro Four (25 laps) 1. Steve Rackliff, Starks; 2. Bryan Lancaster, Skowhegan; 3. Alex Fernald, Benton; 4. Jimmy Dennis, Benton; 5. Dylan Lancaster, Skowhegan
Monster Mini (25 laps) 1. Zach Audet, Skowhegan; 2. Tim Collins, Farmington; 3. Mike Wilson, Chelsea; 4. Cole Robinson, Clinton; 5. Matt Shaw, Burnham
Flyin’ 4 (20 laps) 1. Cody Robbins, Oakland; 2. Mika Stover, Augusta; 3. George Fernald III, Benton; 4. Kayla Allen, Penobscot; 5. 35 Kerlsyl Santos, Waterville
Challenger (25 laps) 1. Ken Lord, Waterville; 2. Robert MacDonald, Oakland; 3. Mike Flagg, Montville; 4. Mike Stowe, Waterville; 5. Christie Foster, Skowhegan