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Skowhegan driver claims mini stock race on Loudon road course

Mike Mason of Skowhegan drives into the second turn on the final lap of a North East Mini Stock Tour race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on May 12, 2012. Mason went on to win.
Mike Mason of Skowhegan drives into the second turn on the final lap of a North East Mini Stock Tour race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on May 12, 2012. Mason went on to win. Buy Photo
Posted May 13, 2012, at 8:32 p.m.
Mike Mason of Skowhegan drives into turn one with Minot's Scott Farrington (22) trailing at New Hampshire Motor Speedway during a North East Mini Stock Tour race on May 12, 2012. Mason went on to win.
Mike Mason of Skowhegan drives into turn one with Minot's Scott Farrington (22) trailing at New Hampshire Motor Speedway during a North East Mini Stock Tour race on May 12, 2012. Mason went on to win. Buy Photo

LOUDON, N.H. — Skowhegan’s Mike Mason retook the lead from Scott Farrington of Minot with three laps remaining to win the 20-lap North East Mini Stock Tour opener at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday.

Mason lost the lead on a restart with five laps to go after pacing the first 15 laps from the pole.

“I shifted to fifth instead of third,” said Mason of the restart, who earned his first career win on the tour. “That’s been my weak spot — missing shifts on restarts.”

It was the first race for the NEMST on the 1.6-mile, 12-turn road course. The series features four-cylinder stock cars. Twenty-eight of the 32 entrants started the race.

Mason said he had no previous road racing experience.

“It’s great. I didn’t think [my first series win] would come this soon, and I didn’t think it would come at the road course,” said Mason.

Farrington claimed second followed by John Kelly of New London, Conn., Shawn Swallow of Stark, N.H., and Mark Panaroni of Ivoryton, Conn.

OTHER FINISHERS:: 6. Pete Zalarite (Niantic, Conn.), 7. Christofer King (Derry, N.H.), 8. Roger Ducharme (Foster, R.I.), 9. Calvin Rose (Turner), 10. Cory Dentino (Lancaster, Mass.), 11. Louis Maher (N. Brookfield, Mass.), 12. Nic Skillings (Warner, N.H.), 13. Alicia Thatcher (Pascoag, R.I.), 14. Dan Morris (Auburn), 15. Desmond Skillings (Antrim, N.H.), 16. Loren Smith (Allenstown, N.H.), 17. Danny Field (Deep River, Conn.), 18. Nick Maniatis (Hooksett, N.H.), 19. Scott Michalski (S. Killingly, Conn.), 20. Chad Baxter (Pascoag, R.I.), 21. Matt Sonnhalter (E. Thetford, Vt.), 22. Emerson Cayer (Contoocook, N.H.), 23. Mike Parker (Bradford, Vt.), 24. Glenn Colvin (Clinton, Conn.). 25. Justin King (Derry, N.H.), 26. Jeff Prindall (Lisbon Falls), 27. Matthew Lomabardi (Tewksbury, Mass.), 28. Billy Osborne (Plaistow, N.H.)

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