Hermon driver Hopkins captures two feature races at Speedway 95

Posted July 28, 2013, at 4:53 p.m.
Last modified July 28, 2013, at 8:26 p.m.

HERMON, Maine — Hermon’s Mike Hopkins took away two first-place trophies in the Dysart’s Late Models at Speedway 95 on Saturday night as he captured his third Fletcher/Phippen Memorial win and also won the Maine State Lottery 50-lap series race.

In the Fletcher Memorial race, Hopkins won the first 23-lap segment run on July 18, and came back to place second in the final 59-lap segment, held over from that rainout.

Hopkins led the final segment until lap 53, when Ryan Deane of Winterport ran him down, made the pass and led the final six laps for the win. Although Deane took the segment win, Hopkins took second to record the best overall performance in the two segments, giving him the overall win.

Ryan Deane, Deane Smart of Bradley, and John Kalel II of Orrington tied for the second with equal scores for the two segments. Paul White of Corinna came in fifth overall.

In the regularly scheduled Maine State Lottery 50 lap series event, Smart led from the drop of the green until a caution flag flew on lap-24 for a solo spin by Bangor’s Donnie Blanchard.

Hopkins, who started fifth in the 16-car field, had worked his way up to second when the caution came out, passed Smart on the restart and led the final 26 laps of the race. Smart fought off a tenacious Andy Saunders of Ellsworth for the second spot with Saunders, who started ninth, finishing third.

Kalel II finished fourth and White was fifth. By finishing third in the third series event, Saunders picked up the overall points title for the series, which will net him extra bonus money at the annual awards banquet in November.

OTHER 95 RESULTS — Strictly Streets (makeup): 1. Shelby Kimball, Cornville; 2.Jordan Pearson, Glenburn; 3. Matt Kimball, Cornville; 4. David Gray, Dixmont; 5. Emma Libby, Glenburn; (regular race): 1. David Gray, Dixmont; 2. Zach Audet, Skowhegan; 3. Jim Bragdon, Corinth; 4. Jordan Pearson, Glenburn; 5. Shelby Kimball, Cornville; Sportsman; 1. Kris Watson, Hermon; 2. Bradley Smart, Bradley; 3. Kris Matchett, Skowhegan; 4., Steve Moulton, Holden; 5. Ralph Melanson, Corinth; Sport-Fours: 1. Brad Bosworth, Cornville; 2. Jayson Bosworth, Cornville; 3. Ted Ryder, Carmel; 4. Donny Silva, Hudson; 5. Bradley Dolan, Glenburn; Bombers: 1. Denis Burns, Carmel; 2. Rick Gomm, Dixmont; 3. Chris Blanchard, Clinton; 4.Scott Bonney, Bangor; 5. Richard Jackson, Corinth

Block, Gelsomino win New England Forest Rally

At Newry, Hoonigan Racing’s Ken Block and Alex Gelsomino won their first New England Forest Rally (NEFR), round 5 of the Rally America National Championship, on Friday and Saturday after a closely fought battle with Subaru Rally Team USA’s David Higgins and Craig Drew.

Subaru Rally Team USA drove a nearly flawless event and pushed the Hoonigan camp hard all weekend, but Block and Gelsomino persevered with a 6.5 second buffer at the end.

Block and Gelsomino’s NEFR nearly came to an end when their Ford Fiesta H.F.H.V. experienced electrical problems on stage 11. They had no intercom communications for nearly 13 miles before the alternator quit on the transit back to service. Open Class rivals Rifat Sungkar and Steve Lancaster, who were in fourth place overall at the time, towed the Hoonigan Racing Team back to the service area so Hoonigan Racing Team could complete repairs and continue their race.

“It took a bit of good luck, it was a great battle with Subaru,” said Block, “I know a couple of these stages, so I put the hammer down and built a bit of a lead. I had some small problems and then a big problem with the alternator going out. What a struggle, I put everything into it, and drove my heart out.”

Rifat Sungkar and Steve Lancaster were able to climb from fourth place to third overall to complete the NEFR podium.

In the Super Production Class, David Sterckx and Karen Jankowski notched a third consecutive class win and also placed fourth overall in the event.

The Two-Wheel Drive category was a close fight won when Australia’s Brendan Reeves and Rhianon Smyth finally overtook fellow Australian rivals Will Orders and Toni Feaver on stage 11. Team Honda Research’s James Robinson and Ross Forde won Rally America’s B-Spec category.

The Maine Regional Rally and the New Hampshire Regional were both won by MAP Rally Team’s Mark Piatkowski and Robert Maciejski in their Open Light Class 2000 Subaru Impreza 2.5RS.

Wiscasset Speedway

Outlaw Mini: 1. George Fortin, Greene; 2. Shawn Kimball, Augusta; 3. Jimmy Childs, Leeds; 4. Darryl Moore, Oxford; 5. Nate Tribett, Richmond; Late Model Sportsman: 1. Steve Reno, West Bath; 2. Daren Ripley, Thomaston; 3. Nick Hinkley, Wiscasset; 4. Will Collins, Appleton; 5. Tyler Robbins, Montville; New England 4-Cylinder Pro Stock: 1. James Logan, Dighton, Mass.; 2. Craig Dunn, Strong; 3. Jeff Prindall, Lisbon Falls; 4. Dave Patten, Windham; 5. Dayl Kaulback; Mini Truck: 1. Opie Allard, Harpswell; 2. Gerry McKenna; 3. Corey Williams, Lewiston; 4. Ryan Farrar, Sumner; 5. Jeff Schmidt, Mechanic Falls; Super Stock: 1. James Osmond, Wiscasset; 2. Bobby Mesimer, Woolwich; 3. Josh Bailey, Wiscasset; 4. Dan Nessmith, Wiscasset; 5. Ryan Robinson, Clinton; Thunder 4s: 1. Cody Robbins, Winslow; 2. Kevin Sherman, Wiscasset;

3. Kalib Bernatchez, Vassalboro; 4. Curtis Anderson, Richmond; 5. Adam Armstrong, Bath;

Pro Stock: 1. Scott Chubbuck, Bowdoin; 2. Bill Penfold, Oxford; 3. Chris Thorne, Sidney; 4. Casey Nash, Richmond; 5. Shane Lane, Kingfield; Strictly Street: 1. Tasha Dyer, Arrowsic;

2. Corey Morgan, Lewiston; 3. Mike Moody, Topsham; 4. Zach Poland, Woolwich; 5. Chuck Gray, Wiscasset

Winterport Dragway

Super Pro/Pro Final: 1. Bob Cousins, Brewer; 2. Russell Calder, Campobello NB; Super Pro Eliminator Race: 1. Bob Cousins, Brewer; 2. Randy Therrien, Unity; Semifinalist: Rick Hunnewell, Ellsworth; Pro Eliminator: 1. Russell Calder, Campobello NB; 2. Bob Reynolds, Winterport; Semifinalist: Mike Jordan, Hancock; Bikes/Sleds: 1. Brittney Marston, Oakland;

2. Jim Marston, Fairfield; Street Eliminator: 1. Wayne Chadwick, S. China; 2. Bill Dammier, Deer Isle; Semifinalist: Gage Reynolds, Old Town; Street Trophy: 1. Ross Merrill Dover-Foxcroft; 2. J Gonyer Hudson; Jr. Dragster Results: 1. Emmitt Gardner Edmunds;

2. Johnathan Condon Chelsea

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