UNITY, Maine — The car counts may have been low and there was a rain delay of approximately an hour between the heat races and the features, but those fans who stuck around got their money’s worth at Unity Raceway Saturday night as there were a number of close finishes including a three-car photo finish in the Flyin’ Fours.
Winslow’s Paul Shorette led the Flyin’ Fours from the start until the last lap, when Henry Boudreau of Bristol and Cody Robbins of Vassalboro reeled him in coming off the fourth turn and squeezed by him in a scintillating three-wide finish.
Boudreau captured the win by the nose of his car with Robbins finishing second and Shorette winding up third.
“I didn’t think I could get him because my car was pushing [up the track],” said the 23-year-old Boudreau, who captured his second win. “It was a close one. I didn’t know I had won [at the finish line].”
“There was nothing I could do about it because my car was pushing,” said Shorette.
Robbins said, “I tried to make it work but the car didn’t go.”
The Challenger feature saw Skowhegan’s Ed Archer start last among seven cars but make his way to the front and pass Waterville’s Ken Lord with just two laps remaining to pick up the first win of his career.
“My car handled great at the beginning of the race,” said Archer, who noted that he had finished second the previous two weeks. “I knew I could catch him. I hit my marks. [Lord] was better going into the corners and I was better getting off the corners.
“It’s a great feeling to get that first win,” Archer said.
“He got me [at the end],” Lord said.
Completing the top five were Horace Crawford of Fairfield, Mike Flagg of Montville and Bob Corson from Benton.
The Late Model race saw Ajay Picard of Palmyra lead from start to finish and hold off Albion’s Dean Fuller by five car-lengths to collect his first win of the season.
“The car has been really good all season but we had just run into some bad luck,” said Picard.
“Ajay ran a real good race,” said Fuller, who had his two-race winning streak snapped.
Kevin Douglass of Sidney was third followed by Danny Smart of West Buxton and Dan Trask of Chelsea.
In the Wildcats, Burnham’s Chris King, who had lost the lead on a lap-19 restart to George Fernald III of Benton, returned the favor two laps later and notched his fifth victory of the season.
“I didn’t wait so long to go on the last restart,” said King. “We had some unusual restarts but it all worked out for me in the end.”
“I didn’t get a good restart. My tires were hot and I spun them,” explained Fernald III. “Chris had a real good car.”
Craig Robbins of Montville crossed the finish line in third place with Brent Chase of Burnham and Zach Audet of Skowhegan completing the top five.
In the Pro-Fours, Clinton’s Tim Robinson took the lead on lap 14 from Starks’ Steve Rackliff by maneuvering around him on the outside groove and he withstood a late charge by Rackliff to take the checkered flag.
“I held the outside [groove] pretty tight. That was the faster way around the track,” said Robinson.
Rackliff said his car was “pretty good” but Robinson ran a good race and is tough to beat.
Alex Fernald of Benton was third with Bryan Lancaster of Skowhegan winding up fourth and Norm Cummings Jr. of Augusta finishing fifth.
In the Monsta-Mini’s, Tim Collins of Farmingdale capitalized on a late-race restart to slip past Vassalboro’s Brent Roy, who appeared to be on his way to victory until a caution forced the final restart with four laps remaining.
“I missed a shift on the restart. It was my fault,” said Roy.
“I had missed a gear on a previous restart. I knew I had to get him on the last restart,” said Collins, who picked up his first win of the season.
John Fortin of Vassalboro was third with Clinton’s Kyle Robinson and Cole Robinson completing the top five.
The Teen Thunder Class saw Canaan’s Robert Dyer earn the victory.
“My dad [Darren Dyer] and a friend of his made a couple of changes to the car and that made it better,” explained Dyer, who is 14 years old and collected his second victory of the season and third of his career.
He won a race last year.
Waterville’s Kyle Jackson was second with Montville’s Colby Robbins, Adam Fernald of Benton and John Leach of Augusta rounding out the top five.
There were 48 cars spread among the seven classes with the Wildcats and Flying Fours having the best turnouts with nine cars starting each of their races while the Late Models and Teen Thunder had the fewest with five apiece.