Busy driver Zach Audet looking to snap his previous high for race wins

Zach Audet shows off his car in the winners circle after a recent victory at Speedway 95 in Hermon.
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Zach Audet shows off his car in the winners circle after a recent victory at Speedway 95 in Hermon.
By Larry Mahoney, BDN Staff
Posted Aug. 10, 2012, at 4:56 p.m.

SKOWHEGAN, Maine — Zach Audet won 14 races last season, including six in a row, and he captured the Monsta Mini Class points championship at Unity Raceway. He also drove a handful of races at Hermon’s Speedway 95.

He has already won 13 races between the two tracks this season.

“I’m trying to beat last year’s record,” said Audet, a Farmington native and 2003 Mt. Blue High School graduate who now lives in Skowhegan.

He won’t win a points championship this season because he has missed races at both tracks. Both tracks hold their races primarily on Saturday nights.

He wound up fifth in points in the Monsta Minis and ninth in the Wildcats at Unity Raceway.

“I’m just looking to win races,” said Audet. “That’s the object of the game. Finishing second is like kissing your sister.”

He has won four Sport-Four features at Speedway 95 and nine races at Unity Raceway.

He intends to race exclusively at Speedway 95 the rest of the season.

His four wins at Speedway 95 ties him with Glenburn’s Bradley Dolan for the most victories in the class.

Audet has taken the checkered flag in two of the last three Sport-Four races at Speedway 95.

He began racing when he was 14. His father and uncle used to race and it didn’t take him long to embrace it.

“When it’s in the blood, it’s in the blood,” said the 27-year-old Audet.

He said he gets an adrenaline rush from racing.

“It’s a very addictive sport,” said Audet, who enjoys racing at both tracks.

“I like the competition better at 95. There’s more cars,” said Audet. “I like both tracks. I race with a good group of people at Unity but I also like the guys I race with at Speedway 95.”

He and crew chief Ed Archer work on his car along with Mike Mason, who owns Tire King where Audet works.

He has been able to secure a solid stable of sponsors, all of whom sponsored him a year ago as well.

“I couldn’t do what I’ve done without my sponsors,” said Audet, who has eight sponsors including his fiancee, Lacey Merrill.

Audet drives a Honda Prelude that he used to own but sold to Joe Blair recently and he just bought a new one that he has raced twice and notched a win with it at Speedway 95.

He travels a lot to race but he doesn’t mind.

“I’m used to it now and it’s worth it because it’s fun,” said Audet, who also enjoys demolition derbies. “No matter what you do for fun, you’re going to have to travel.”

95 schedules demolition derby

Speedway 95 will hold its first demolition derby in 11 years on Sept. 5 beginning at 7 p.m.

Thrillmaster Jim “Crash” Moreau will also be there with his stunt show.

“We’re trying to attract a different fan base,” explained Kim Baker Allen, office manager and head scorer at Speedway 95.

This Sunday, the track will be the site of a car show and swap meet 10 a.m-4 p.m.

Cars from the 1950s up to today’s models will be featured and there will be several vendors including car parts dealers.

Moffitt has successful debut

Brett Moffitt, who drives for Hattori Racing and competition director Andy Santerre of Cherryfield in the K and N Pro Series East circuit, continues to lead the points after finishing fifth at Iowa Speedway last weekend.

Hattori Racing teammate Sergio Pena was third and is ninth in the points.

Moffitt holds a 20-point lead over rookie Kyle Larson with four races left.

Moffitt also made his Nationwide Series debut at Iowa Speedway last weekend and finished ninth for RAB Racing in the U.S. Cellular 250.

Moffitt is from Iowa.

Moffitt and Pena signed autographs and mingled with drivers and fans at Speedway 95 last month along with Santerre during the second annual Ikey Dorr Memorial race.

Pena was interviewed by an ESPN crew during his visit to 95 for an “Outside the Lines” piece depicting the plusses and minuses of the Drive for Diversity program designed to get more minorities and women involved in NASCAR.

http://bangordailynews.com/2012/08/10/sports/busy-driver-zach-audet-looking-to-snap-his-previous-high-for-race-wins/ printed on August 23, 2014