June 20, 2018
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Randy Therrien captures Super Pro victory at Winterport Dragway

By Staff and Wire Reports, Special to the BDN

WINTERPORT, Maine — Randy Therrien of Unity raced to victory in the Super Pro/Pro Final at Winterport Dragway Saturday.

Eugene Newton Jr. of Belmont finished second in the event.

OTHER WINTERPORT RESULTS: Super Pro Eliminator: 1. Randy Therrien, Unity, 2. Jerry Hatch, Lubec, Semifinalist Ray Roach, Saint John N.B., Semifinalist Bob Cousins, Brewer; Pro Eliminator: 1. Eugene Newton Jr., Belmont, 2. Randy Herrick, Stockton Springs, Semifinalist Dwight Overlock, Owl’s Head; Bikes/Sleds: 1. Paul Keaten II, Athens, 2. Jon Weeks, Waterville, Semifinalist Dennis Greene, Sidney; Street Eliminator: 1. Les Foss, Bar Harbor, 2. Marcel Busque, Pittsfield, Semifinalist Brock Wakefield, Unity; Ford Day: 1. Craig Cousins, Hermon, 2. Marcel Busque, Unity, Semifinalist Bob Cousins, Brewer; Darlings Ford Gamblers: 1. Jerry Hatch, Lubec, 2. Robin Reynolds, Winterport, Semifinalist Willy Larrabee, Stockton Springs, Semifinalist Bob Cousins, Brewer

OXFORD PLAINS SPEEDWAY: At Oxford Saturday night, Billy Childs Jr. won a hotly contested Late Model feature over Dave Farrington Jr. in the final tuneup before next weekend’s TD Bank 250.

Austin Theriault finished third in the race, Bryan Mason was fourth and Travis Stearns was fifth.

OTHER OXFORD RESULTS: Running Rebel: 1. Brady Romano, 2. Troy Jordan, 3. Jonah Farrington, 4. Dustin Salley, 5; Justin Larsen; Mini Stock: 1. Rob Greenleaf, 2. Calvin Rose Jr. 3. Darrell Moore, 4. Scott Farrington, 5. Ashley Marshall; Strictly Stock: 1. Ryan Robbins, 2. Kurt Hewins, 3. Matt Williams, 4. Corey Morgan, 5. Zach Bowie

NEW ENGLAND FOREST RALLY: At Newry on Sunday, the Rockstar Energy Drink Rally Team of Antoine L’Estage from St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, and co-driver Nathalie Richard from Halifax, Nova Scotia won their third consecutive New England Forest Rally.

The team won the first six stages and took a commanding lead. As their rivals dealt with thickening dust that obstructed their views L’Estage contended with poor grip being the first on the road, sweeping away the gravel before the others had a chance to race the stage.

“It went really well,” said L’Estage, “Friday is where we made our time and then tried to keep our nose clean and not make any mistakes. For us it’s a great win and another great season.”

L’Estage and Richard are on a string of success having recently won the last two Rally America national events and all the Canadian Rally Championship events this year.

The Rockstar Energy Drink commanded the rally from their dominant position to win 21 seconds in front of the Subaru Rally Team USA of David Higgins from Trefeglwys, Mid Wales and Craig Drew from Bristol, United Kingdom.

But the Subaru team has much to celebrate after locking up the 2012 Rally America National Championship at the New England Forest Rally with one more national event left on the calendar. The pair just needed a sixth place or better finish to take national honors. This is Higgins and Drew’s second consecutive Rally America National Championship.

Another first was made when Canadian Rally Championship regular Ugo Desgreniers from Orford, Quebec and Erik Kirby from Sherbrooke, Quebec took their first America podium coming in third overall in their 2005 Subaru WRX STI. They achieved the result partly due to another CRC contender Leonid Urlichich and Carl Williamson dumping their Subaru into a swamp on stage 7 when they held third overall, thus giving the position to Desgreniers.

Australia’s Summit Rally Team won the Two-Wheel Drive (2WD) Class. Will Orders from Melbourne, Australia and co-driver Toni Feaver from Perth, Australia entered just three Rally America events this year and won two. The team will leave for Australia after the New England Forest Rally, but not after placing an exclamation point beating one of America’s best 2WD drivers, Chris Duplessis from Mason Township, Maine, by 41.6 seconds at his home event.

Duplessis has a larger prize in mind; the 2WD National Championship. Duplessis hoped to win this event so he could just start the next round of the Rally America National Championship to capture the title (one point is given for a start). Now he needs five more points to take the 2WD title.

NATIONWIDE SERIES: Brad Keselowski slipped in front when Kevin Harvick got into a traffic jam. Then Harvick got mad.

Keselowski took the checkered flag in Saturday’s Nationwide race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, N.H. while Harvick fumed about the inexperienced driver who got in his way even though she had been lapped.

“It’s somebody who shouldn’t be on the racetrack, who has no clue what they’re doing in the race car,” Harvick said, directing his anger at Amber Cope. “She wants to be Danica Patrick, but she can’t hold her helmet.”

Keselowski capitalized when Harvick was forced to slow down with about 21 laps left in the 200-mile race at the one-mile oval, pulling ahead and winning by about six car lengths.

“I caught a little bit of a break in traffic,” Keselowski said, “but that’s the way it goes.”

The pole-sitter had lost the lead to Harvick at about the 150th lap when Patrick’s Chevrolet bumped Jason Bowles’ Toyota, bringing out the yellow flag. When the race restarted, Harvick shot in front.

Would Keselowski have won if Harvick and Cope hadn’t slowed down like a pair of rush-hour commuters?

“There’s no way of really knowing that. The odds were probably not in my favor,” Keselowski said. “You catch good breaks and bad breaks. It was a bad break for us when the yellow came out to begin with.”

The 28-year-old Cope is one of the twin nieces of Derrike Cope, who won the Daytona 500 in 1990. Her only other race in the Nationwide series was in May at the Iowa Speedway where she was sent off the track on the 203rd lap of the 250-lap race for driving too slowly.

On Saturday, Harvick couldn’t figure out where she was going as he tried to get by her while she was far out of contention.

“You’ve got to make a decision off of what direction the car was going and (her car) was going up (the high side of) the race track and I committed to the bottom and it committed to the bottom, too,” he said.

Keselowski led for the most laps, 131. Now he’d like to make it a double when he competes on Sunday in the Sprint Cup, where he’s ninth in the standings with three wins, tied for the most with Tony Stewart.

“Kevin raced me hard and there are very few guys that I’d like to race more than Kevin,” he said. “You’re always going to have some traffic. You’re always going to have those that don’t know where you’re at. That’s part of the series, different driver learning and trying to pick up their awareness on the race track.”

Austin Dillon finished third, followed by Sam Hornish Jr. and Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Rounding out the top 10 were Kasey Kahne, Elliott Sadler, Justin Allgaier, Jamie McMurray and Ryan Truex.

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