Bangor Raceway driver logs 4,000th win


Eight competitors reach Turn 1 at Bass Park Raceway during harness racing held in Bangor on Monday, June 10. Heath Campbell of Bangor won his 4,000th race as a driver at the raceway on May 31.
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Eight competitors reach Turn 1 at Bass Park Raceway during harness racing held in Bangor on Monday, June 10. Heath Campbell of Bangor won his 4,000th race as a driver at the raceway on May 31.
Posted June 19, 2013, at 9:25 a.m.

BANGOR — Heath Campbell of Bangor won his 4,000th harness race as a driver on May 31 at Bangor Raceway. Campbell entered the night with 3,998 wins and was scheduled to drive for nine of the races on the Friday’s race card. The 4,000th win came during Campbell’s ninth race of the night, driving Pembroke Easy Call who crossed the finish line first.

“This is an extremely elite class that Heath has entered into,” said Michael Hopkins, director of raceway operations at Hollywood Casino Bangor. “He has been racing in Maine for more than 20 years, and he has a tremendous track record in that time. We are happy for him and were proud to see his 4,000th win happen here in Bangor.”

Campbell, 41, is a native of Lewiston, but spent part of his childhood in Canada. He is no stranger to the racing scene in Maine, racing actively in Bangor and Scarborough and on the fair circuit in August. He is a third-generation horseman, and his brother, Drew, is also a trainer and a horseman, with more than 3,100 wins under his belt. Heath Campbell was named Maine Driver of the Year last year after setting a personal record of winning $1.14 million in purses.

The 130th season of racing at Bangor Raceway began the first weekend in May.

Live harness racing at Bangor Raceway takes place  every Monday, Tuesday, and Friday through July 20, with Saturday race cards added July 13 and 20, and special Fourth of July racing on Independence Day. Post times on Mondays and Tuesdays are at 5 p.m. The 5 p.m. post time will be in effect on Saturdays in July as well, while Friday night post times will remain at 6 p.m.

Admission to the grandstand is free. Race programs are sold at the track starting the day before racing for $2 each. For information, log onto hollywoodcasinobangor.com/Racing/Schedule.

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