Humphrey, Unity Raceway gearing up for Last Chance 150 on Sept. 1

Posted Aug. 13, 2013, at 7:35 p.m.

UNITY, Maine — Jere Humphrey, who is in his first season leasing Unity Raceway, is getting ready for the second annual Last Chance 150 Late Model race at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 1.

Last year’s race was held at Spud Speedway in Caribou and was won by Fort Kent’s Austin Theriault, who is a development driver for Brad Keselowski Racing. Keselowski is a NASCAR Sprint Cup driver.

The winner will pocket at least $2,000 and could take home even more if sponsors chip in to sweeten the pot. Humphrey said the second-place finisher will make at least $1,000 and third place will get $750. The last-place finisher will pocket at least $100.

Humphrey said the winner of Unity’s weekly Late Model race takes home $650.

There will also be a Last Chance 44-lap race for four-cylinder cars and extended-lap races in all the other support divisions plus the only appearance of the season for the NELCAR Legends cars.

Winner of the Last Chance 44 will receive a $444 check compared to the $100-$150 they earn for a weekly race win.

He said the Late Model rules package will be similar to the ones used at Hermon’s Speedway 95 and Spud Speedway, as well as at Unity.

But the tire package is different at Wiscasset Speedway, he noted.

“We all use the American Racer tires, but Wiscasset uses Hoosier tires,” said Humphrey.

That would mean Wiscasset drivers would have to invest in American Racer tires, but Humphrey said that shouldn’t be a big deal.

“I think all the race teams [from all the tracks] are going to buy four or six new tires anyway because you don’t want to take a chance running on old tires [at the end of the race],” said Humphrey. “And they can use tires they bought here as practice tires for the Long John Weekend.”

Humphrey was referring to the Long John 100-lap Late Model feature at Unity Raceway on the weekend of Oct. 12-13.

Tires cost $120 apiece, and he said $5 of that is donated to the points fund. Drivers who finish atop the points standings will earn extra money from the points fund.

“It’s a little incentive play we have,” said Humphrey.

If there is bad weather Sunday, the race program will be bumped to Labor Day on Monday.

Humphrey is optimistic that the car count for the Last Chance 150 will be better than last year.

“We had 23 cars at Spud Speedway last year, and this year, we will be centrally located; and Wiscasset and [Speedway] 95 have had decent Late Model car counts,” he said. “I think we’ll match or beat last year’s car count.”

Ellsworth’s Fred Ashmore won last year’s four-cylinder feature at Spud Speedway.

Humphrey said that drivers who preregister for the Last Chance 150 or Last Chance 44 by Aug. 26 will have their names placed in a hat and they could win two pit passes at $25 apiece.

“We want to try to get more people involved,” he said.

Theriault earns a fifth

Theriault finished fifth in the Southern Super Series World Crown 300 at Gresham Motorsports Park in Jefferson, Ga., last Saturday night.

He qualified sixth in the Brad Keselowski Racing No. 29 Checkered Flag Foundation Ford Fusion.

It was his second straight top-five finish in one of Super Late Model’s most recognized events.

Theriault may have finished even higher but after taking new tires on lap 100, he and his race team elected not to use new tires on a lap-180 caution. They made some minor adjustments instead.

Theriault and his race team had intended to take new tires on the next caution, but it never came. He finished the race on tires that had logged 200 laps.

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