Fort Kent driver Theriault holds off Taylor for his first ACT victory

Posted July 29, 2012, at 9:29 p.m.
Last modified July 29, 2012, at 10:30 p.m.

SCARBOROUGH — Fort Kent driver Austin Theriault battled Jeff Taylor for much of the race before recording his first American Canadian Tour victory in a race shortened to 112 laps Saturday due to rain.

Theriault had surged to the lead in his Pelletier Ford Fusion before the fourth and final caution flag flew in the Late Model race. Taylor of Farmington, who won last year’s ACT race at Scarborough, finished second and Dave Farrington Jr. of Jay took third to complete a rare all-Maine top three finish.

The 18-year-old Theriault took the lead for the final time on lap 108 and held on before rain ended the race in the 29-car field.

Glen Luce of Turner finished fourth in the race and was followed by Brian Hoar of Williston, Vt., Wayne Helliwell of Dover, N.H., Brent Dragon of Milton, Vt., T.J. Brackett of Buckfield, Eddie MacDonald of Rowley, Mass., and Rowland Robinson Jr. of Birch Harbor to round out the top 10.

Joey Polewarczyk Jr. of Hudson, N.H., last week’s winner of the TD North 250 at Oxford Plains Speedway, finished 11th in the ACT race.

SPEEDWAY 95: At Hermon, Wayne Parritt of Steuben and Andy Saunders of Ellsworth waged a side-by-side battle for the lead following a lap-11 restart until Parritt finally pulled ahead in the final five laps to win the Dysart’s Late Model feature Saturday night.

Saunders finished second with Donny Blanchard of Bangor taking third after a final-lap melee in turn three jumbled the finishing order. Deane Smart of Bradley and Burnham’s Frank Moulton were racing for the third position when the cars touched, sending Smart off the track in turn three and Moulton spinning as he rounded turn four, allowing Blanchard to take the third spot.

Head starter Jordan Harnish sent Moulton to the rear of the field at the finish for his part in starting the fracas. John Kalel II of Orrington was awarded fourth with Ryan Modery of Hermon, who had caused the lap 11 caution with his solo spin, fifth.

OTHER 95 RESULTS: Sport Four: 1. Donny Silva, Hudson, 2. Jason Bosworth, Cornville; 3. Fred Ashmore Jr., Hancock; 4. Steve Heath, Milo; 5. Emma Libby, Glenburn

Sportsman: 1. D.J. Moody, Prospect, 2. Kris Matchett, Skowhegan; 3. Jeremy Glazier, Appleton; 4. Brad Norris, Ellsworth; 5. Mike Overlock, Franklin

Strictly Streets: 1. Jim Carr Jr., Clifton; 2. Andrew McLaughlin, Harrington; 3. Alex Berry, Harrington; 4. Shawn Hamel II, Bangor; 5. Matt Kimball, Cornville

Bomber: 1. Darrell Durrell, Newburgh; 2. Andrew Crosby, Hermon; 3. Kyle Gallant, Veazie; 4. Chris Carroll, Greenbush; 5. Mark Lane, Newport

NATIONWIDE SERIES: Brad Keselowski planted an emphatic kiss on the yard of bricks at the finish line, becoming the first driver to celebrate a win at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in NASCAR’s Nationwide Series.

Elliott Sadler was fuming, certain that he should have been celebrating instead.

Keselowski took the lead when Sadler was penalized for jumping a late restart, then held on to win a controversial finish to the inaugural Nationwide race Saturday at the historic 2.5-mile track.

Keselowski said winning at Indy was special because of the track’s tradition.

“I’m glad to be some small part of that,” Keselowski.

Sadler passed Keselowski on a restart with 18 laps to go, but officials ruled that Sadler went too early and black-flagged him.

Sadler stayed on the track for several laps, apparently hoping officials would reconsider the penalty, before finally coming in with 12 laps to go and giving up the lead to Keselowski.

An agitated Sadler said Keselowski spun his tires on the restart — a brief loss of traction that would slow Keselowski down — and Sadler said he had no other choice but to surge forward because cars were stacking up behind him.

“You tell me what the protocol is if the leader beats me to the restart line — which he did and it’s on video just as clear as day — and then he spins his tires,” Sadler said. “It’s just like missing a shift. Do I stop and wait for him to get his shift right or do I stop and let him get his tires? Oh, yeah, by the way, I’m getting pushed by the 3 car, who’s also getting pushed by the 43 car.”

Keselowski said he hadn’t seen a replay, but his perception at the time was that Sadler was far enough ahead to justify the penalty.

“They just want it to be close and fair,” Keselowski said. “It was obvious that (Sadler) beat us by more than that. That’s NASCAR’s call.”

Sam Hornish Jr. was second, followed by Ty Dillon, Denny Hamlin and Austin Dillon.

The Dillon brothers are the grandsons of NASCAR team owner Richard Childress; Ty was making only his second career Nationwide start.

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