May 21, 2018
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Jayson Bosworth capitalizes on late restart to pass brother Brad for Sport 4 victory at Speedway 95

By Larry Mahoney, BDN Staff

HERMON, Maine — Cornville’s Jayson Bosworth knew he had one more chance to pass his older brother Brad on a green-white checkered flag (two laps) restart in the Sport 4 feature at Hermon’s Speedway 95 Saturday night.

His brother chose to start on the outside since he was leading the race when an accident involving Hermon’s Andrew Crosby and 12-year-old Dylan Street of Old Town brought out the caution flag. Jayson was running second at the time so he started on the inside.

Newburgh’s Darrin Durell was in the third spot and was behind Jayson Bosworth on the restart.

Sixteen-year-old Jayson Bosworth wound up passing his brother on the outside almost immediately as Brad Bosworth got caught in the middle of a three-wide battle also involving Durrell.

That enabled Jayson Bosworth to edge out his brother by a couple of car-lengths with Durrell finishing a close third in front of a crowd of 741.

Brad Bosworth, who is 20, had built a huge lead in the 35-lapper but two late-race cautions erased his comfortable margin.

“The car had been fast but when that last caution came out, it kind of sucked,” said Brad Bosworth. “On the restart, I missed a shift.”

Jayson said he knew he would need “my best restart of the year” if he was going to pass his brother.

“I went outside because he missed a shift like I had on the previous restart,” said Jayson. “I knew if my brother made a mistake, I had to go [around him]. He got caught in the middle.”

“It’s not a three-wide track,” said Brad Bosworth.

Durrell ran impressively on the inside groove and had good restarts.

“My car was strong on the restarts but when I got it up to [full] speed, the engine broke down,” said Durrell.

Durrell drove a Honda Prelude while the Bosworths had Acura Integras.

“The Bosworths have good cars and they’re fun to race with. They race you clean. It was a good race,” said Durrell.

Garett Hayman of Milford was fourth and Carmel’s Ted Ryder was fifth. Just eight of the 20 cars that started the race wound up finishing it. It was the first race in a three-race Sport 4 series.

In the 40-lap Late Model feature, Steuben’s Brenton Parritt captured his first win of the season by surviving a restart with eight laps remaining. Parritt took the lead on the first lap after starting second to pole-sitter Paul White of Corinna.

Parritt led the rest of the way.

“The car was pretty stout. It was the best one I’ve had in a few years here,” said Parritt. “I knew there would be a [late-race] caution sometime. You aren’t going to have a cakewalk. The crew did a hell of a job.”

Winterport’s Ryan Deane wound up second, with Harrington’s Andrew McLaughlin, Hermon’s Mike Hopkins and Corinth’s Lloyd Nickerson rounding out the top five.

“I knew right from the get-go that Brenton was the man to beat,” said McLaughlin, who added that he was happy with his finish after starting seventh.

“The car was good right up until the end when it got a little too loose,” said McLaughlin.

Deane said his car was also loose.

“If it was a little tighter, I could have given him a run,” said Deane, who started eighth among the 14 cars in the 40-lap event.

In the 25-lap Sportsman and Strictly Street features, Skowhegan’s Kris Matchett and Harrington’s Alex Berry each remained perfect on the season with their third wins.

Matchett started last in the six-car Sportsman race but took the lead on lap 14 and crossed the finish line 10 car-lengths ahead of Bradley’s Deane Smart.

D.C. Alexander of Glenburn was third with Kris Stanhope of Hampden fourth and Glenburn’s Emma Libby finishing fifth.

In the Strictly Street race, Berry took the green flag ninth in the 14-car field but worked his way to the front and took the lead for good on lap 13.

He pulled away to win by 25 car-lengths.

Winterport’s Bobby Seger was second, Burnham’s Chris King was third and completing the top five were Cornville’s Matt Kimball and Machias’ Jeff Alley.

There were three features in the Wicked Good Vintage Racing series.

The Outlaws-Sportsman Class saw Tim Reynolds of Bradley drive his outlaw 1972 Ford to victory by 10 car-lengths over Winthrop’s Bob Guyon in his 1941 Lincoln. Hermon’s Kris Watson was third in his 1935 Chevy followed by Bristol’s John Rice in his ’72 Ford and Orono’s C.D. Farnsworth in a 1969 Ford Mustang.

In the Late Model division, Lincolnville’s Mark Thurlow was the winner in his 1960 Chevy. He crossed the finish line one car-length ahead of Bobby Symonds of Casco in his ’57 Chevy. Winslow’s Norris Willette (’56 Ford), Winthrop’s Scott Tucker (’64 Ford) and Warren’s Keith Smalley ’55 Chevy) completed the top five.

Dean Grant of Detroit posted a four car-length triumph in the Late Model-Modified Class in his ’55 Chevy. Mark Collins of Hope (’57 Ford) was second, followed by Lincolnville’s Rosey Gerry (’51 Ford), Fairfield’s George Harding (’35 Plymouth) and West Paris’ Brian Hughes (’57 Chevy).


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