HERMON — Cherryfield’s Ryan Beale took the lead for good on the seventh lap of the 35-lap Pepsi Beverage Company series event at Speedway 95 Saturday night becoming the first two- time winner in the division in 2012.
The lead swapped three times in the first six laps as water spilling from a car near the back of the field caused the track to become slippery for the first few laps, but dried up quickly enough so a caution wasn’t deemed necessary.
Andrew McLaughlin of Harrington started from the pole after winning the qualifier earlier in the program and led the first six laps until Shelby Kimball of Cornville was able to take the point when McLaughlin slipped in the water. Kimball’s lead was short-lived though as she, too, had to slow momentarily, allowing Beale to take the lead for good on lap seven.
McLaughlin finished second with Kimball finishing third, about three car lengths behind McLaughlin. Jim Carr of Clifton and Cody Brassbridge of Frankfort rounded out the top five.
LATE MODEL: 1. Dale Swoboda (Hermon), 2. Andy Saunders (Ellsworth), 3. Deane Smart (Bradley), 4. Brenton Parritt (Steuben), 5. John Kalel II (Orrington); SPORTSMAN: 1. Steve Moulton (Holden), 2. Nate Weston (Norridgewock), 3. D.J. Moody (Prospect), 4. Kris Matchett (Skowhegan), 5. Brad Norris (Ellsworth); SPORT FOUR: 1. Bradley Dolan (Glenburn), 2. Andrew Crosby (Hermon), 3. Becky Elston (Carmel), 4. Keith Odgen (Holden), 5. Steve Heath (Milo); BOMBER: 1. Andrew Crosby (Hermon), 2. Jeremy Scott (Carmel), 3. Mark Sawyer (Corinth), 4. Mark Lane (Newport), 5. Garett Hayman (Milford); LATE MODEL/MODIFIED: 1. Kevin Waterhouse (West Paris), 2. Wally Henderson (Litchfield), 3. Mark Thurlow (Lincolnville); OUTLAW/SPORTSMAN: 1. Kris Watson (Hermon), 2. Tim Reynolds (Milford), 3. John Rice (Bristol)
AT UNITY RACEWAY — Jeff Burgess of Fairfield nailed down his second feature race victory this season in the 35-lap Late Model main event Saturday night.
Burgess, who held a narrow, one-point win in his defense of the Unity Raceway track championship over Burnham’s Brian Whitney entering the night’s action, stalked Whitney throughout the race, finally making his move to the point with only three laps remaining.
Whitney, already a two-time winner in early-season action, had to settle for second after setting the pace for 30 laps. Three-time track champion Frank Moulton of Burnham crossed the finish line in third position, followed by Ajay Picard of Palmyra. Mark Dodge of Unity, who led the first two circuits, rounded out the top five. Whitney won the heat race.
WILDCAT: 1. Brent Chase (Burnham); 2. Chris King (Burnham); 3. Ed Gilblair (Skowhegan); 4. George Fernald III (Benton); 5. Joe Harriman (Liberty); LATE MODEL PRO FOUR: 1. Steve Rackliff (Starks); 2. Tim Robinson (Clinton); 3. Alex Fernald (Benton); 4. Dylan Lancaster (Skowhegan); 5. Scott Horne (Benton); MONSTER MINI: 1. Zach Audet (Skowhegan); 2. Tim Collins (Farmingdale); 3. Mike Wilson (Chelsea); 4. Cole Robinson (Clinton); 5. Brent Roy (Vassalboro); FLYIN’ 4: 1. Nate Tribbett (Richmond); 2. Ed Archer Jr. (Skowhegan); 3. Kayla Allen (Penobscot); 4. Paul Shorette (Waterville); 5. Mike Dulaney (Richmond); CHALLENGER: 1. Ken Lord (Waterville); 2. Robert MacDonald (Oakland); 3. Christie Foster (Skowhegan); 4. Robert Corson (Benton); 5. Troy Rusconi (Clinton)