Hopkins perseveres for another victory at Speedway 95

Posted Aug. 06, 2012, at 12:15 p.m.

HERMON — Despite having 100 pounds added to his car in the interest of competition, having a distributor break in his qualifying race and starting 18th in a 20-car field of Dysart’s Late Models, Mike Hopkins of Hermon methodically worked his way up through the field for a victory at Speedway 95 Saturday night.

With the aid of five caution flags closing the field up, Hopkins took the lead for good from Ellsworth’s Andy Saunders on a lap-37 restart and led the final 13 laps to win the 50-lap Sinclair Towing Service series event.

Saunders finished in the second spot after leading for 23 laps until Hopkins took the top spot away in the closing laps. Brenton Parritt of Steuben finished in third with Dean Smart of Bradley running a strong race to finish fourth. Phil Richardson of Hermon challenged Smart for the position over the final five laps, but Smart was strong enough to relegate Richardson to fifth.

OTHER 95 RESULTS: Sportsman: 1. Steve Moulton, Holden; 2. Jeremy Glazier, Appleton; 3. Kris Watson, Hermon; 4. Kris Matchett, Skowhegan; 5. Dustin Bisson, Greene; Strictly Street: 1. Andrew McLaughlin, Harrington; 2. Jim Carr Jr., Clifton; 3. Ryan Beale, Cherryfield; 4. Matt Kimball, Cornville; 5. Alex Berry, Harrington; Sport-Four: 1. Zach Audet, Skowhegan; 2. Darren Durrell, Newburgh; 3. Ted Ryder, Carmel; 4. Emma Libby, Hudson; 5. Rick Saucier, Eagle Lake; Bomber: 1. Jeremy Scott, Carmel; 2. Garett Hayman, Milford; 3. Fred Ashmore Jr., Hancock; 4. Chris Carroll, Greenbush; 5. mark Lane, Newport

OXFORD PLAINS SPEEDWAY: OPS returned to normal Championship Series action on Saturday night. After a busy TD Bank 250 weekend, teams had a week off. The night was capped by a win by Gary Chiasson, his first ever in a Late Model. He was followed by Dave Farrington Jr., Tommy Ricker, Tim Brackett and Travis Stearns.

OTHER OXFORD RESULTS: Runnin’ Rebel: 1. Craig Bartlett, 2. Dustin Salley, 3. Jonah Farrington, 4. Brady Romano, 5. Jeff Hebert; Mini Stock: 1. Jimmy Childs, 2. Rob Greenleaf, 3. Dan Morris, 4. Ashley Marshall, 5. Matt Moore; Strictly Stock: 1. Dave Tripp, 2. Ryan Hewins, 3. Zach Bowie, 4. Ryan Robbins, 5. Rick Spaulding

WINTERPORT DRAGWAY: Bob Cousins of Brewer captured the Super Pro/Pro Final while Robin Reynolds Winterport finished second.

OTHER WINTERPORT RESULTS: Super Pro Eliminator: 1. Bob Cousins, Brewer, 2. Paul Henckel, Old Orchard Beach, Semifinalist Dan Emerson, Hermon; Pro Eliminator: 1. Robin Reynolds, Winterport, 2. Jon Canty, West Gardiner, Semifinalist Bob Reynolds, Winterport

Bikes/Sleds: 1. Justin Wood, Topsham, 2. Keith Wood, Topsham, SemiFinalist Bruce Colmeau, Saco; Street Eliminator: 1. Dan Poirier, Minot, 2. Christine Leeman, Letang NB, Semifinalist Donnie Perkins, Blue Hill; Jr. Dragster: 1. Johnathan Condon, Chelsea, 2. Emmitt Gardner, Edmunds; Mustang vs. Camaro Race: 1. Bill Dammier, Deer Isle, 2. Christine Leeman, Letang NB, Semifinalist Dustin Ward, Unity, Semifinalist Wayne Chadwick, S. China

Nostalgia Day Race: 1. Jon Canty, W. Gardiner, 2. Bill Dammier, Deer Isle , Semifinalist Tom Ireland, Winterport, Semifinalist Mike Whitaker, S. China

NATIONWIDE SERIES: Some fatherly advice helped Elliott Sadler adjust his attitude after a controversial penalty cost him a race in Indianapolis last week.

Sadler rebounded from that much-talked-about restart penalty to win the NASCAR Nationwide race at Iowa Speedway on Saturday night in Newton, Iowa.

Before Sadler left North Carolina on Thursday, his dad told him he could either wallow in self-pity or come out with greater determination to keep and build on his series points lead.

“He said, ‘You’ve got to fight for your right to be in the position you’re in, and don’t let these guys take this championship from you. You can either lay over and die or you can stand up and fight,’” Sadler said. “He wanted me to come and fight this weekend.”

Sadler’s No. 2 Chevrolet was on the pole with a track-record qualifying speed of 135.141 mph and was near or at the front of the pack the entire race. He overtook Justin Allgaier on the 192nd of 250 laps and went on to his fourth victory of the season.

Sadler denied Ricky Stenhouse Jr. a fourth straight victory on the 0.875-mile track, and increased his lead in the series standings to 18 points over Richard Childress Racing teammate Austin Dillon.

Allgaier was second, followed by Sam Hornish Jr., Michael Annett and Stenhouse.

Danica Patrick, who crashed early in Indianapolis last week, finished 11th.

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