From the monthly archives: "August 2008"
The cloudy morning turned into a wonderful afternoon for the final race of August. The crowd was there in anticipation of what the Flying Fernald was going to jump thru this year. The fans were pleased to find out it was another mobile home. This year the jumping vehicle was a mini van. The jump had to be just perfect. George again proved to be right on the mark as he cleared the whole trailer on the first jump. The fans were in for a treat as he made the jump a second and third time. The only thing that calmed him down was the van had seen it's better day. We can only wonder what next year will bring.

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By Bill DaButler

(Hermon, Me) The Coca Cola Strictly Streets finished their 3 race series two weeks later then planed after the action was washed out on August 16th. Pole Sitter Wayne Parritt, Jr. of Steuben earned the pole for their final 35-lap race of the season Saturday night, August 30th, but was overtaken by Jordan Pearson of Glenburn for the win. Parritt ended the night in second, with Brad Norris of Ellsworth in the third spot. The 1-2-3 finish mirrored the final points standing of the series, with the win putting Pearson on top. In the regular standings for the division, 22 points separate Wayne Parritt, Jr. from second place Brad Norris, with next week the final race of the season for the Strictly Streets.

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DAREN RIPLEY WINS NAPA 100 LATE MODEL MAIN AT WISCASSET
 
 
    Over the past eighteen years Darren Ripley has established himself as an extra distance specialist on the highbanks of Wiscasset Raceway; perhaps one of the best in the track's history. Saturday night he added another line to his already stacked resume by dominating the NAPA 100 at the "Center of Speed". He led the race wire to wire, surviving the race's three cautions and then holding off a late race challenge by Chris Thorne and TJ Watson to pickup the victory. Ripley, who has piled up a long list of 100 lap wins in Super Street, Late Model and Prostock competition over the years, was also the runnerup in the annual Coastal 200 back in May. The victory highlighted a full program of action at Wiscasset Raceway sponsored by NAPA Auto Parts, represented by ten area NAPA stores. The only time Ripley appeared to have a serious run at his lead was on the final restart of the race on lap 90.

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OXFORD, Maine – So much for playing it conservatively.

Five drivers entered Polly's Variety Championship Night at Oxford Plains Speedway with a relatively comfortable point lead Saturday. None of them left anything to chance, however, finishing in the top five to clinch their championships in style.
By running fourth in the Oxford Networks Late Model 40-lap feature, Travis Adams won his third consecutive crown and fourth of his career.

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By Dan Walker

 

Scarborough, Maine-Labor Day weekend racing at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway set the stage for championship weekend and the final race of the season next week and Bub Bilodeau is in position to trace for the title.   Bilodeau took down the 40 lap Pro Series feature win on Saturday setting up a battle between himself and Bobby Babb for top honors for the season. 

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OXFORD, Maine – Jason Black limped across the finish line Friday night on a flat right front tire to win the 75-lap Unicel Motor Mayhem full-size Enduro, completing a sweep of the two events at Oxford Plains Speedway this season.

Black took the lead on lap 8 and eventually lapped the remainder of the field, a development that proved necessary when the telltale sparks shooting from the side of his ride worsened as the white flag appeared.

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      VALLÉE-JCT., QC – Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. of Akron, OH has posted a “team” bonus for the Coors Light 200 “Showdown at Chaudière” all-star Late Model stock car event at Autodrome Chaudière in Vallée-Jonction, QC on Saturday, Sept. 6.  The race will feature the top 11 drivers from the U.S.-based American-Canadian Tour (ACT) and the top 11 drivers from the Québec/Ontario-based Série ACT Castrol.

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       BARRE, VT – Veteran stock car driver Dave Whitcomb of Essex Junction earned his 20th career Late Model victory at Barre’s Thunder Road in the NAPA Auto Parts/Make-A-Wish 50-lap event on Thursday night.  Whitcomb charged around David Chagnon of Colchester to take the lead on lap 40, then sped to the win.  Jamie Fisher of Shelburne followed Whitcomb around Chagnon two laps later to finish in second place.  Chagnon, who set a career-high mark in third place one week ago, equaled his best finish by
completing the podium.

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CHARLOTTE, NC (August 28) – As the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South Super Late Models get ready for this weekend’s Piedmont Pride 125 presented by 93.1 FM The Wolf, the series championship is gearing up to be quite a battle.  Coming to Caraway Speedway, PASS South points leader Corey Williams is in a tight battle that sees him leading fifth place in points Mark Gibson by just 74 points.  It could be the unknowns, however, that will play the biggest factor in who leaves Caraway in the best position for the championship.

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       BARRE, VT – A huge cast of Late Model stock car racing stars will flock to Barre, VT’s Thunder Road on Sunday, August 31 for the 30th running of the Bond Auto Labor Day Classic 200.  The $5,000-to-win event is the tenth of 12 races for the American-Canadian Tour (ACT), and will feature the region’s top short track talent, as many as 50 or more championship-caliber drivers.

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COLBY AND MCCOLLET ARE BIG WINNERS SATURDAY NIGHT AT WISCASSET
 
 
    Saturday night at Wiscasset Raceway Chuck Colby and Pete McCollet each picked up their third victory of 2008 in their respective divisions. In doing so, they helped put in two of the most exciting races of the season at "Maine's Center of Speed". Colby ran door to door with Bangor's Gary Smith for the final nine laps of the 50 lap feature for the Clark's Car Crushing Prostocks and the pair put on a show for the fans. Smith started from the pole position and held the early lead over Jeff Burgess through the first 19 laps until a flat tire and bad right front wheel bearing would send Burgess into the tire wall in turn two. Charlie Colby (Chuck's father) would move up to the 2nd position for the restart. The next five laps Smith and Colby would trade the lead back and forth while Chuck Colby moved up to third from his 8th starting position. The next caution wouldn't come out until lap 42 when Charlie Colby would loose his hold on the race track coming out of turn four and go spinning down the front stretch to the infield. The lap 42 restart would bring the younger Colby up to challenge Smith on the outside.

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Fan Appreciation/Champions night proved to be fun for young and old. The largest crowd of the season saw the past champions signing autographs, while current drivers filled up the track meeting fans face to face. It was a fun night for all. Track management would like to thank everyone that made this event one to remember.

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By Bill DaButler

(Hermon, Me) Linnehan’s Credit Now! Auto Company sponsored racing in the big way this weekend at Speedway 95, giving away a 2005 Ford Explorer valued at $10,000 to Ron Burns of Bangor, and tickets and pit passes to the upcoming Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire Speedway to Mary Overlock of Hermon.

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       BARRE, VT – Three Vermont Late Model stock car drivers will slug it out for the 2008 “King of the Road” Track Championship at Barre’s Thunder Road on Thursday night, as NAPA Auto Parts and Make-A-Wish present the final regular weekly event of the season at 6:30pm.  Eric Williams of Hyde Park holds a narrow 16-point lead over two three-time champions, Cris Michaud of Northfield and Montpelier’s Phil Scott, who are deadlocked in a second-place tie entering the final 50-lap race.

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Lee, NH (August 24, 2008) – – The weekly NASCAR Whelen All-American Series continues Friday night when Lee USA Speedway, Route 125, Lee, NH, will host its annual Prime Storage sponsored, “Lance Davis Memorial Shoot-Out”honoring the late local racer. Davis was a long-time regular competitor who passed away a few years ago. The New England Legends cars are also scheduled.
 

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