From the monthly archives: "July 2008"

OXFORD, Maine – After giving up the lead in her last three Allen's Coffee Flavored Brandy Ladies division starts, Missy Blash wouldn't be denied in her second try of Wednesday night at Oxford Plains Speedway.

Blash finally finished what — and where — she started, holding off six-time feature winner Dottie Patria and first-race rival Deanna Robertson to earn the first 20-lap Acceleration Series victory of her career.

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Newburgh, NY July 26, 2008 – Former ALNRS competitor Tayla Orleans Wins big in her return to the ALNRS.  Tayla started last in the 13 car field and went from the back to the front in dominating fashion.  Second place went to Randolph, VT. native Dylan Smith. Rounding out the top three was former two time ALNRS Champion Anthony Frissora from Shrewsbury, MA who returned to the series in a car fielded by G&S Racing. Stay tuned for complete results from the ALNRS North/South Shootout.

Lee, NH (July 28, 2008) – The weekly racing group known as the unpredictable Hobby Stocks will be in the spotlight Friday night when the non-profit organization Planet Aid presents the 50 lap “Doug Ricker Memorial Race” for the popular division. A strong field of entries is expected for the annual event. Friday’s program will also be presented by USG Corp. 

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Bill; Dixon drove around  Scott McDaniels with nine laps remaining to earn his first Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Mod win at Riverside Speedway Saturday night.. McDaniels raced home second and Ron Henry finished third. It was the first PASS Mod podium finish of 2008 for all three drivers.

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       BARRE, VT – Troy Gray earned a soggy $2,000 check at Barre’s Thunder Road on Sunday night after winning the 24th Annual M&M Beverage Enduro 200, a survival-of-the-fittest stock car race that featured a half-hour rain storm and two rollovers.  Gray, 40, of Fairlee drove a 1995 Mitsubishi Eclipse #00 sponsored by C.W. Gray & Sons and Connecticut Valley Auto Auction.

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Racing and Santa returned to Unity Raceway this week. After a week delay, the Unity Variety and Video Wildcats were able to compete in their extended feature. The heat race saw door to door action between Maurice Young and Dustin Hubbard. Hubbard used the inside groove to make the pass and take home the checkered flag for the heat race win. The feature saw Tim Hudson take the #4 to the lead. Hubbard and veteran, Mike Hodgkins, start reeling in Hudson. Hubbard again uses the inside lane to make the pass on Hudson for the lead. Hodgkins also uses the inside trying to make the pass.

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SPEEDWAY 95 NEWS RELEASE July 26th, 2008

By Bill DaButler

 (Hermon, Me)  Budweiser night was held at Speedway 95 in Hermon on Saturday, July 26th.

In the Pro-Limited heat race, Brenton Parritt of Steuben suffered mechanical issues and had to leave the race, but hard work on the vehicle between the heat and feature brought Parritt back out for the feature race, where he took the lead early and held it to the checkered flag. Last weeks feature winner Dale Swoboda crossed the line for second, with Duane Seekins of Stockton Springs in third, in the caution-free race.

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Spencer storms to Late Model victory Daigle wins first in wild Mini finale

OXFORD, Maine – The reborn paint scheme of motion picture race car Lightning McQueen caught just about every fan's eye when Dennis Spencer Jr. rolled onto the track Saturday night at Oxford Plains Speedway.
As for Spencer, he thought the prettiest sight of the evening was the one in his rear-view mirror.
With Travis Stearns and Daren Ripley dicing it out side-by-side for some 20 laps and holding back Shawn Martin in the process, Spencer was untouchable on the way to his first 40-lap Oxford Networks Late Model victory of the season.

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Varney belts triple; Phillips, Metivier, Haskell score first wins in current divisions at OPS

OXFORD, Maine – Brandon Varney matched a pair of records Friday night in the JARRacing Photography Go Kart Series at Oxford Plains Speedway.
Varney posted three feature wins across two classes in one evening, tying a previous mark owned by Dave Farrington Jr. And with his pair of triumphs in Box Stock, the 2006 division champion knotted Kelsey Babb for the all-time number of victories in that class with nine.
Three other drivers celebrated firsts on a busy double-feature night, one that made up for a rainout in June.
Kyle Metivier, a former champion in youth classes, picked up his initial victory in the 15-and-up Unrestricted division. Dylan Haskell matched that effort, completing his successful jump to Purple Plate with a checkered flag after numerous past wins in Box Stock.
Ryan Phillips continued this season's trend of first-time OPS conquerors, celebrating his breakthrough Oxford victory in the Gold Plate opener.
Stephen Beattie swept the Star Champ features, extending his winning streak to eight races . Varney's double dip in Box Stock made it six overall in the entry-level group this summer.
Varney (Purple Plate), Tyler Braunschweig (Unrestricted) and Josh Brown (Gold Plate) also posted their third victories of the campaign. Spencer Thompson and Jacob Hendsbee each prevailed for the second time in Blue Plate.
In his Box Stock domination, Varney took the lead on Lap 5 of each half.
Kyle Mooney backed up his recent two-race winning streak with a pair of runner-up trophies. Chase Staples and Ethan Brown swapped third and fourth in the twin sprints, with newcomer Alicia Perry fifth in each round.
Varney grabbed the advantage from Owen Poisson on lap 2 of the Purple opener. Point leader and reigning champion Evan Armington kept pace with a second-place run, followed by Zachary Rich, Haskell and Poisson.
Haskell led every lap of the nightcap, denying two charges by Armington. Rich closed in to make it a three-car battle before settling for the final trophy in front of Varney and Poisson.
Thompson topped Hendsbee on the halfway lap of the Blue Plate debut. Champion Troy Davis led the ever-present Varney across the stripe in the chase for second, trailed by Cody Chiasson and Chris Staples Jr.
Nobody could catch Hendsbee in the finale, with Chiasson and Varney completing the top three after Davis failed the post-race weight inspection. The probable culprit was an early wreck that sheared the entire body of sheet metal off his #24 kart.
Avery Spear and Staples moved up the ladder to complete the top five.
Phillips carved out a wire-to-wire win in the initial Gold Plate dash, denying defending champ Spencer Morse and David Blackwell. Brady Smith and Josh Brown were next in line.
Brown navigated his way around Katrina Bright on lap 5 of the encore. Phillips charged from the rear of the field for a valiant second, backed by Blackwell, Morse and Bright.
Beattie won the first Star Champ encounter with ease, leading every lap and finishing alone on the track. Mike Ricker put up a solid fight in round two, with the duo swapping the lead three times before Beattie took command for keeps on lap 12.
Ten Unrestricted karts made for a wild night in the fast division. Braunschweig ran and hid after wrestling the lead from Aaron Collomy on lap 3 in his victory. Dan Pelletier Jr. denied Metivier for second in that battle, followed by Collomy and Kayla Ashline.
Metivier was peerless in the nightcap, leading from the get-go and holding point leader Robbie Wentworth at bay down the stretch. Charlie Tyler, Ashline and Collomy rounded out the to p five.
The JARRacing Karts will return to action in two weeks on Friday, August 8. OPS returns to life Saturday at 6:30 with feature racing on the big track in six divisions.

UNRESTRICTED #1 (20 laps): 1. Tyler Braunschweig, West Newfield; 2. Dan Pelletier Jr., East Poland; 3. Kyle Metivier, Lisbon; 4. Aaron Collomy, Saco; 5. Kayla Ashline, Pittston; 6. Charlie Tyler, Buxton; 7. Matt Langevin, Gorham; 8. Robbie Wentworth, Conway, N.H.; 9. T.J. Laro, Arundel. DQ: Jeremy Wentworth, Conway, N.H.
Lap leaders: Collomy 1-2, Braunschweig 3-20.

UNRESTRICTED #2 (20 laps): 1. Kyle Metivier, Lisbon; 2. Robbie Wentworth, Conway, N.H.; 3. Charlie Tyler, Buxton; 4. Kayla Ashline, Pittston; 5. Aaron Collomy, Saco; 6.  Dan Pelletier Jr., East Poland; 7. Tyler Braunschweig, West Newfield; 8. Jeremy Wentworth, Conway, N.H.; 9. T.J. Laro, Arundel; 10. Matt Langevin, Gorham.
Lap leaders: Metivier 1-20.

STAR CHAMP #1 (20 laps): 1. Stephen Beattie, Conway, N.H. DQ: Mike Ricker, Sebago.
Lap leaders: Beattie 1-20.

STAR CHAMP #2 (20 laps): 1. Stephen Beattie, Conway, N.H.; 2. Mike Ricker, Sebago.
Lap leaders: Ricker 1-7, Beattie 8, Ricker 9-11, Beattie 12-20.

GOLD PLATE #1 (20 laps): 1. Ryan Phillips, Buxton; 2. Spencer Morse, Waterford; 3. David Blackwell, Brunswick; 4. Brady Smith, Porter; 5. Josh Brown, South Paris; 6. Kyle Metivier, Lisbon; 7. Katrina Bright, Wilton. DQ: Zach Harmon, Buxton>
Lap leaders: Phillips 1-20.

GOLD PLATE #2 (20 laps): 1. Josh Brown, South Paris; 2. Ryan Phillips, Buxton; 3. David Blackwell, Brunswick; 4. Spencer Morse, Waterford; 5. Katrina Bright, Wilton; 6. Brady Smith, Porter; 7. Zach Harmon, Buxton; 8. Kyle Metivier, Lisbon.
Heat winners: Bright 1-4, Brown 5-20.

BLUE PLATE #1 (20 laps): 1. Spencer Thompson, Oxford; 2. Troy Davis, Windham; 3. Brandon Varney, Lewiston; 4. Cody Chiasson, Peru; 5. Chris Staples Jr., Brunswick; 6. Jacob Hendsbee, Whitefield. DQ: Avery Spear, Oxford.
Lap leaders: Chiasson 1, Hendsbee 2-9, Thompson 10-20.

BLUE PLATE #2 (20 laps): 1. Jacob Hendsbee, Whitefield; 2. Cody Chiasson, Peru; 3. Brandon Varney, Lewiston; 4. Avery Spear, Oxford; 5. Chris Staples Jr., Brunswick; 6. Spencer Thompson, Oxford. DQ: Troy Davis, Windham..
Lap leaders: Hendsbee 1-20.

PURPLE PLATE #1 (20 laps): 1. Brandon Varney, Lewiston; 2. Evan Armington, Lovell; 3. Zachary Rich, Casco; 4. Dylan Haskell, West Baldwin; 5. Owen Poisson, Brunswick.
Lap leaders: Poisson 1, Varney 2-20.

PURPLE PLATE #2 (20 laps): 1. Dylan Haskell, West Baldwin; 2. Evan Armington, Lovell; 3. Zachary Rich, Casco; 4. Brandon Varney, Lewiston; 5. Owen Poisson, Brunswick.
Lap leaders: Haskell 1-20.

BOX STOCK #1 (20 laps): 1. Brandon Varney, Lewiston; 2. Kyle Mooney, New Gloucester; 3. Chase Staples, Durham; 4. Ethan Brown, South Paris; 5. Alicia Perry, Windham; 6. Brodie M orse, Waterford; 7. Ethan Matot, Casco.
Lap leaders: Morse 1-4, Varney 5-20.

BOX STOCK #2 (20 laps): 1. Brandon Varney, Lewiston; 2. Kyle Mooney, New Gloucester; 3. Ethan Brown, South Paris; 4. Chase Staples, Durham; 5. Alicia Perry, Windham; 6. Brodie Morse, Waterford; 7. Ethan Matot, Casco.
Lap leaders: Morse 1, Staples 2-4, Varney 5-20.

Naples ME (July 27,2008) Johnny Clark took the high road around a fading Cassius Clark on lap 99 and led the final 31 laps to win  the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Summerfest 150 at Groveton New Hampshire’s Riverside Speedway. The victory was the second of 2008 for the two time PASS North Super Late Model Champion. Travis Benjamin, Derek Ramstrom, Ben Rowe and Adam Bates completed the top five in the rain shortened event that took the checkers at lap 130.

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By Dan Walker
Scarborough, Maine- Bobby Babb scored the NASCAR Whelan All American Series 40 lap Pro Series win on Saturday night at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway.  Joining Babb in victory on the night were Frank Wear, Lewis Anderson and Trevor Graffam. The 40 lap Pro Series feature race saw Mike Maietta Jr in the early lead with Steven Jones hanging in for second.  Jones made a move for the lead on lap 2 but Maietta Jr was still hanging to his outside.  The quest for victory ended on lap 5 for Jones when he spun while leading sending Maietta Jr back to the front.   Maietta held off T.J. Brackett from laps 5 through 11 as Steve Carrier and Bobby Babb were quickly coming to the front in the outside groove.  On lap 20 Carrier got to second place but that only lasted 1 lap because Babb went flying past him on the next lap.    Babb kept his foot in the gas pedal still on lap 21 and disposed of Maietta as he took the lead.  Carrier and Maietta found themselves in a  disagreement over space on the track on lap 29 as Carrier got into Maietta and both cars spun.  The final restart would be entertaining as Babb and Brackett diced for the lead but in the end again Bobby Babb drove to victory lane as Brackett finished in a very solid second position.  Dan McKeage was third with Bub Bilodeau and Dave Oliver fourth and fifth.

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       ST-EUSTACHE, QC – Rain has forced the postponement of the Serie ACT Castrol stock car race at Autodrome St-Eustache in St-Eustache, QC near Montreal on Saturday, July 26.  The St-Eustache 200 was scheduled to be the fourth of nine events on the 2008 Serie ACT Castrol schedule.  Twenty-six Late Model stock cars were on hand before the inclement weather swept in. Officials from the American-Canadian Tour (ACT) and Autodrome St-Eustache have announced that the St-Eustache 200 will now be part of a doubleheader weekend on September 20/21.  The 200-lap event will run on Saturday, Sept. 20 with the 14th Annual St-Eustache 300 on Sunday, Sept. 21.

The Serie ACT Castrol returns to action on Sunday, August 3 at Autodrome Montmagny Speedway in Montmagny, QC.  For more information, call (802) 244-6963 or visit or