HERMON, Maine — Steuben’s JR Robinson won one of the two Dysart’s Late Model qualifiers to gain a front-row spot for the 40-lap feature then led from start to finish in Speedway 95’s Advance Auto Parts season opener on Saturday.
Dana Wilbur of Frankfort chased Robinson for the entire distance, but was unable to unseat him from the top spot, despite a last chance effort on a lap 38 restart.
Defending division champ Kris Matchett of Skowhegan battled side by side with Milford’s Dean Smart for the third spot for over half the event, taking the third spot at the finish, with Smart finishing fourth. Steve Kimball of Holden rounded the top five.
Other Speedway 95 results
(Top 5; place, car number, driver, hometown)
Casella Recycling Street Stocks: 1. 07 Cody Brassbridge, Monroe; 2. 6 Shane Tatro, Levant; 3. 24 Jeff Alley, Machias; 4. 14C Anthony Constantino, Sumner; 5. 94 Steve Rackliff, Starks
Casella Waste Systems Sport Four: 1. 38 Joey Doyon, Winterport; 2. 23 Lewis Batchelder, Dixmont; 3. 3x Caleb Bernatchez, Vasselboro; 4. 07 Roy Hathorn, Brownville
Coca-Cola Caged Runners: 1. 25 Brad Bellows China; 2. 70 Dylan Dewitt, Carmel; 3. 04 Durbon Davis, Hermon; 4. 76 Andrew Crosby, Hermon; 5. Casey Bellows, Fairfield
Cap’s Tavern Modified Enduro: 1. 74 Keith Drost, Stetson; 2. 20 Ben Merrill, Corinth; 3. 62 Andrew Crosby, Hermon; 4. 9 Gil Cote, Newport; 5. 78 Dustyn Carrow, Carmel
Kenny U-Pull Road Runners: 1. 34 Jason Trundy, Newburgh; 2. 71 Troy Gould, Winterport; 3. 79 Alvin McNevin, Clifton; 4. 18 Craig Holm, Bangor; 5. 80 Kevin Hathaway, St. Alba
Oxford Plains Speedway
At Oxford, Jeff Taylor of Farmington drove to a convincing victory Saturday night, winning the Budweiser Championship Series Super Late Model race at Oxford Plains Speedway.
Taylor, the most prolific track champion in modern day Oxford Plains Speedway history, last won at the track in a 2015 Pro All Stars Series race. He last won in weekly competition driving a Late Model in 2011. His last weekly racing series Super Late Model victory came in 2006, the year he earned his ninth, and most recent, track title.
Taylor wired the field in the 50-lapper, following up an impressive heat race victory that set the stage for the night’s main event. Curtis Gerry, the championship points leader entering the race, drove from deep in the starting lineup t finish in second position, remaining atop the early-season rankings.
Ryan Robbins of Dixfield, the only multi-race winner in Budweiser Championship Series Super Late Model action a year ago, posted his third straight top-five finish, crossing the line in third position. Winterport’s Ryan Deane was the fourth-place finisher, with Ivan Kaffel of Raymond filling out the top five.
Other Oxford results
Allen’s Coffee Flavored Brandy Street Stock (30 laps): 1 61 Matt Dufault. Turner; 2 1 Billy Childs, Jr., Leeds; 3 36 Richard Spaulding, Lisbon; 4 Skip Stanley, Oxford; 5 4 Jordan Russell, Norway.
Bandit (20 laps): 1 18 Dustin Salley, Mechanic Falls; 2 52 Chad Wills, Oxford; 3 44 Jeff Libby, Poland; 4 26 Tyler Green, Turner; 5 24 Travis Verrill, Oxford
Figure 8 (20 laps): 1 4 Kyle Kilgore, South Paris; 2 12 Charlie Hall, Oxford; 3 00 Larry Lizotte, Poland; 4 2 Dale Lawrence, Minot; 5 07 Kyle Glover, Oxford
Rookie (10 laps): 1 Brady Childs, Leeds; 2 95 Maddy Herrick, Norway; 3 8 Owen Stuart, Naples; 4 29 Sophie Green, West Paris.
Classic Lites (25 laps): 1 04 Stew McCormack. Plaistow. NH; 2 30 Duane Skofield, Plaistow, NH; 3 40 Derrick Marsan, Methuen, MA; 4 45 Paul Marsan, Methuen, MA; 5 18 Eric Skofield, Plaistow, NH
NH driver wins PASS race
At Epping, New Hampshire, reigning Pro All Stars Series North Super Late Model Champion DJ Shaw of Center Conway, New Hampshire, drove to his second win of the season Saturday night in a wild Little Webb’s Tire & Fuel 150 at Star Speedway.
Longtime Star Speedway competitor Joe Squeglia of Derry, New Hampshire, who led a healthy chunk of the 150-lap race, rebounded from a couple of mid-race skirmishes to earn runner-up honors. Nick Sweet of Barre, Vermont, posted an impressive third-place finish after lining up for the race in 20th position.
Six-time PASS North Super Late Model champion Johnny Clark of Farmingdale made a late charge into fourth spot after setting the race pace for several laps before misfortune struck. Reid Lanpher of Manchester started dead last in the 23-car field, got caught up in the wreck that took out two drivers, made what seemed like a dozen pit stops and then drove back into the top five as the checkered flag waved.
Other Maine finishers
6. 94 Garrett Hall, Scarborough; 11. 7 Travis Benjamin, Belfast; 13. 39 Scott Chubbuck, Wiscasset; 14. 4 Ben Rowe, Turner; 19. 9 Alan Tardiff, Lyman; 21. 01 Mike Hopkins, Hermon
Kennebec Equipment Rental Outlaw Mini (35 laps): 1. 10 Jimmy Childs, Leeds; 2. 20 Jason Kimball, Pittston; 3. 2 Rob Greenleaf, West Bath; 4. 8 Kyle Willette, Waterville; 5. 08 Brady Romano, Livermore Falls
Norm’s Used Cars Strictly Streets (25 laps): 1. 24 Jonathon Emerson, Sabattus; 2. 51x Bryan Robbins, Monville; 3. 23 Zachary Emerson, Sabattus; 4. 29 Brad Erskine, Solon; 5. 13 Shawn Emery, Limington
Wood Pellet Warehouse Late Model Sportsman (40 laps): 1. 17 Chris Thorne, Sidney; 2. 27 Jake Hensbee, Whitefield; 3. 33 Josh St. Clair, Liberty; 4. 26 Andrew McLaughlin, Harrington; 5. 22 Branden Fowler, Rome
K&A Property Services Modifieds (20 laps): 1. 77 Nick Reno, West Bath; 2. 1 Adam Chadbourne, Woolwich; 3. 2X Wayne Whitten Jr., Kennebunk; 4. 48 Brian Treadwell, Hancock
Wicked Good Vintage Hobby (20 laps): 1. 5 John Knapp, Bowdoinham; Early Late Model (25 laps): 1 22 Mark Zacadelli, Warren; Outlaws (20 laps): 1 94 Bill Pierce, South Bristol