May 20, 2019
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Brown survives late charge by Matchett to win Sportsman class at Speedway 95

HERMON — Fifteen-year-old Trey Brown of Winterport was the points champion in Speedway 95’s Stars of Tomorrow class for youngsters 17 and under a year ago before moving up to the Sportsman class this year.

Brown finished third in his Sportsman debut a week ago before notching his first win in the division Saturday night as he held off Skowhegan’s Kris Matchett by less than a car-length.

Brown won five of seven Stars of Tomorrow races a year ago.

Matchett drove his car into the back of Brown’s between turns three and four on the final lap but stopped short of spinning him out and Brown was able to edge him at the finish line.

Early in the race, Brown, riding in second place, slid up the track and sideswiped leader Matchett, causing Matchett’s car to wobble. Matchett regained control of the car but Brown was able to move past him and take the lead for good.

Brown apologized to Matchett after the race.

“I didn’t mean to [bump him],” Brown said. “I think I hit a bump on the bottom of the track and I ran up into him. That’s racing, I guess.”

“He got into me a little bit coming out of [turn] four and got me off sideways and I had to chase the car up the [track],” Matchett said. “I had a couple of opportunities where I probably could have dumped him but I just wanted to let him know I was there and I didn’t appreciate it.”

Brown got the message.

“He’s pretty good like that [racing clean]. It could have ended up a lot worse,” Brown said.

Levant’s Shane Tatro finished third and rounding out the top five were Deane Clements of Brooks and Ralph Melanson of Hudson.

For the second straight week, there were just four cars in the Late Model class.

Steuben’s Brenton Parritt, last year’s points champion, led from start to finish. He finished three car-lengths ahead of Hermon’s John Curtis Jr., with Bradley’s Deane Smart coming in at third and 13-year-old Dylan Smith of Old Town at fourth.

“The car was a lot better than last week,” said Parritt, who finished fourth a week ago. “We tried some new stuff last week. We had a problem with the shocks and the upper control arm.

“We have a lot more work to do. I’d be happier if there were more cars but I’m here and that’s all that matters. There are cars out there but maybe it was too cold or it’s too early [for them to show up].”

There were only 30 cars, four fewer than last week, in the four regular classes.

Winterport’s Bobby Seger Jr. captured the Street class by six car-lengths over Sullivan’s Asa Jones. Rounding out the top five were Holden’s Keith Ogden, Franklin’s Greg Pung and Machias’ Jeff Alley.

Hampden’s Travis Beale got tangled up in a wreck on the back stretch and his car hit the tire wall hard. An ambulance was summoned and Beale was able to walk into the ambulance on his own power.

“The car was awesome,” Seger said. “I had some smoke coming into the cockpit the last five laps. I don’t know what was going on. The car was real good right off the trailer. A lot of hard work went into this car. I have a lot of people to thank, like Joey Doyon, my brother Bruce Coulter and my dad Bob Seger.”

Hermon’s Andrew Crosby cruised to an easy victory in the Sport-4 race, the first of a three-race series. He also won a week ago.

He finished over 40 car-lengths ahead of Exeter’s Gary Richards, with Hermon’s Jeff Overlock, Newburgh 15-year-old Dustan Durrell and Bradley’s Sam Betts finished third, fourth and fifth.

“I didn’t expect to be this fast. It’s a miracle,” Crosby said. “I didn’t have enough to get around Richards in the heat race but the car went a lot better in the feature.”

“He was terrible fast,” said Richards, whose car overheated and didn’t finish last weekend’s race. “We tuned our car up but it still ran warm.”

Mathew Bourgoine of Newport won the Amsoil NELCAR Legends cars feature for mini-cars patterned after vehicles from the 1930s and 1940s.

It was his third straight Speedway 95 win dating back to last season.

“I love this track. it’s a different animal than the other tracks in Maine. It’s a little more gutsy,” said the 19-year-old Bourgoine, who started ninth in the 10-car field. “The car was great at the beginning but started fading and got loose at the end of the race.”

Lincoln’s Alan Smith wound up two car-lengths behind Bourgoine. Windham’s Matt Grant was third, Braden Langille of Nova Scotia was fourth and Old Orchard Beach’s Kevin Girard Jr. was fifth.

“[Bourgoine] came rolling by everybody. I left him a little room on the outside but I didn’t think there was enough room for him to get by. He did. That’s why he’s the three-time points champion. He knows how to make the moves,” the 21-year-old Grant said.

“It felt good being up there as an old man running with these young guys who are fast every week,” the 54-year-old Smith said.



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