Nick Sweet Snags ACT Victory at Beech Ridge
Scarborough, ME – Barre’s Nick Sweet became the 7th different American Canadian Tour winner in the 7th event of the 2014 season when the tour visited Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough, ME on Saturday, August 9. Sweet led for the majority of the event, but not without fierce contention and multiple lead changes with runner-up finisher Ben Ashline.
Ashline slipped out of the lead after starting on the pole with a plus five in ACT’s unique plus/minus handicap system. Outside pole sitter Stephane Descoste of Oka, Quebec led through the early stages of the event until Sweet took over on the 24th circuit. Sweet made the charge from his 8th place starting position and built a comfortable lead once he reached the point.
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Waterbury, VT – The American Canadian Tour (ACT) will next appear at the Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough, ME on Saturday, August 9. The Hudson, New Hampshire native, Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. (Pole) has to be considered a favorite to win the race. In the 2014 ACT Championship standings Pole has a comfortable 56 point lead over second place racer Jimmy Hebert, from Williamstown, VT. He is also winless so far during the 2014 campaign.
Pole has compiled an impressive record during the first half of the 2014 season. In the ACT races to date, the 97NH team has three second place finishes, two third place finishes and two fourth place finishes. He also led the Pro All Star Super Late Model event at Beech Ridge and contended for wins in the Star and White Mountain events he entered this year, and also recently won the Lee USA Granite State Pro Stock race. Pole won the 150 lap Beech Ridge ACT event in 2010; he was runner up to Eddie MacDonald from Rowley, MA in 2013.
Nineteen year-old Tyler King, of Livermore Falls, won Saturday’s NASCAR Nite Pro-Series 40-lap feature event.
7/26/2014 Beech Ridge Results
After taking a week of from feature racing, Oakland’s Mike Landry paced the 20-car field to the green flag. Landry led until lap four when rookie Mike Fowler, of Scarborough, was able to claim the lead from Landry with ease. Fowler who was fast in qualifying, opened up a multiple car-length lead over Landry and the entire field.
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Veteran Kelly Moore, of Scarborough, captured his first NASCAR Nite Pro-Series victory of the 2014 season Saturday night.
Richard Pelton, of Scarborough, led the 19-car field to the green flag, however surrendered the lead to rookie Nick Cusack, also of Scarborough, going into the first corner. Cusack led the field until lap seven when Scarborough’s Mike Fowler captured the lead from Cusack.
Fowler a rookie in the division, opened up a multiple car length lead over Cusack and the rest of the field. By the halfway mark, both Kelly Moore and Dan McKeage had successfully made their way inside the top three. Both Moore and McKeage started inside the top ten.
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Durham, ME – After a week off from racing, Evan Beaulieu and the 56 Hancock Lumber team are ready to get back on track this weekend at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway. The last two events have been eventful ones for the team, but they are rested and ready to make a charge during the second half of the season. Last season at this time was when Beaulieu started to come into his own as a rookie in the super competitive Pro Series at Beech Ridge.
“It’s been a tough season for us that’s for sure, we had a lot of expectations going into this year the way we finished last year,” Beaulieu said of his season so far, “Unfortunately we haven’t been able to get everything to click right, whether it be the setup, the tire sizes, my driving, there’s a lot to being competitive in this division, I think we’ve made gains over the off week making our car much better than it’s been all year, I’m excited to see what we have on Saturday.”
Jake Madore, of Arundel, picked up his first career Sport Series NASCAR Nite victory Saturday night.
Madore paced the field to the green flag, however surrendered the lead to Windham’s veteran Reggie Leeman on lap two. Leeman, who finished second the previous week, led until a caution on lap 15 which bunched the field back together.
On the ensuing restart, Madore chose the inside lane on the leaders lane choice giving Leeman the outside. Madore and Leeman battled side-by-side for multiple laps until Madore was able to edge Leeman going into the first turn.
Clyde Hennessey, of Windham, followed Madore and passed Leeman as well. Hennessey worked his way to the outisde of Madore and battled for 15 laps trying to capture the lead from Madore. Coming to the checkered flag Madore was able to beat Hennessey by a nose length and capture his first win.
In the Southern Maine Chrysler Dodge Jeep 150-lap PASS Super Late Model division, Joey Doiron, of Berwick, survived a couple of late race restarts to pick up his first victory of the year in the Pro All-Star Series touring division.
Top Five Feature Finishes
Pro All-Star Series
1. Joey Doiron, Berwick
2. Austin Theriault, Fort Kent
3. Curtis Gerry, Waterboro
4. Mike Rowe, Turner
5. Scott Mulkern, Falmouth
1. Jake Madore, Arundel
2. Clyde Hennessey, Windham
3. Dave Langlais, Springvale
4. Frank Wear, Buxton
5. Doug Wolfe, Gorham
1. Justin Karkos, Livermore
2. Jon Brill, Bridgton
3. Jason Webster, Standish
4. Cole Watson, Naples
5. Lewis Anderson, Buxton
SCARBOROUGH, ME — In an event sponsored by adult beverage company Miller Lite, it was 16-year-old Reid Lanpher who stole the show during Tuesday night’s American Celebration 50-lap Pro Series feature at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway (ME). Lanpher continued a trend set by Pro Series drivers Tyler King and Corey Bubar by becoming the third straight (fifth out of last six) winner of the event not of legal drinking age.
After starting from the ninth position, Lanpher from Manchester, Maine used the inside lane to work his way through the field and eventually power to the inside of Mike Fowler to take the lead on lap 10. With a fast car underneath him during an event that went caution-free, Lanpher would never look back on his way to claiming his first career NASCAR Whelen All-American Series victory at Beech Ridge.
Windham’s Corey Bubar took the victory in the Pro Series 125 Saturday night, in a dominating performance. Bubar led most of the extended race and went on to be the first repeat winner in the Pro Series division.
After capturing the pole spot in qualifying, Bubar led the 25-car field to the green flag. Bubar led until a early race caution bunched the field back together. On the restart, Bubar faced Charlie Colby, of Newcastle. After battling side-by-side for a few laps, Colby was able to edge Bubar going into the first turn to capture the lead. Colby opened up a two car-length advantage over Bubar, but a caution on lap 26 set the two up for battle again.
Colby chose the outside leaders lane choice giving Bubar the inside groove. Bubar was able to pass Colby coming out of the fourth turn to regain the lead. Veteran Bryan Kruczek, of New Market, NH, started to charge his way to the front. By lap 30, Kruczek had passed Colby and set his sights on Bubar. On lap 39, Kruczek passed Bubar with ease and opened up a five car length advantage.
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MIKE ROWE LOOKING TO MAKE IT TWO PASS SLM WIN IN A ROW AT BEECH RIDGE MOTOR SPEEDWAY
The Pro All Stars Series Super Late Models head back to Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough, Maine on Saturday night, July 5th for the Southern Maine Motors, Firecracker 150. Defending race winner, Cassius Clark will try to get back on track after struggling in the early going on the PASS North Series in 2014. Last year Clark held off a late race challenge from Mike Rowe, Travis Benjamin, Joey Doiron and Corey Bubar.
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Newcastle’s Charlie Colby won the 50-lap Pro Series feature event. On a late race restart, Colby battled side-by-side with Tyler King, of Livermore Falls, for five laps until he was able to edge King going into the first turn.
Mike Landry, of Oakland, paced the 22-car field to the green flag and was able to take the lead going into turn one. Landry and veteran Steve Carrier, of Saco, battled for the top spot until Carrier was able to edge Landry on lap four.
Carrier opened up his lead over Landry until a caution on lap eight bunched the field back together. On the restart, Carrier choose the outside lane and it proved successful as he was able to re-claim the lead. Carrier and Landry battled nose to tail and pulled away from the rest of the field over the short green flag run.
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Scarborough, ME – After a rough start to the 2014 season, Evan Beaulieu and the 56 Hancock Lumber team rebounded in a big way this past weekend. Beaulieu lead laps in the 50 lap Pro Series feature at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway on his way to a sixth place result in what he described as one of the roughest races he’s been a part of. This was a satisfying result for the team, as they have fought to make their car competitive throughout the first three races, Beaulieu was ecstatic after the race.
“This feels so good to have a great run tonight, we had a competitive car, this team did a great job and I was on the wheel tonight,” Beaulieu said after the 55 minute feature event, “We were a rocket for the first three or four laps after a restart, and after that the car just kept tightening up through the run and that ended up costing us the win, but we are making gains and I’m thrilled to just get a good finish, we had a lot of fun tonight and that’s what it’s all about.”
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Scarborough, ME – Evan Beaulieu and the #56 Hancock Lumber team were looking forward to getting back on track this past weekend for race two at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway, however the race didn’t go as planned. After running in the top ten, Beaulieu was involved in a chain reaction incident that sent his Chevrolet for a spin off turn four, putting him one lap and out of contention.
“We had a decent car tonight, I just really hate it for all my guys there that we were caught up in an incident, we are all working hard and we want to be up there contending in the top five like we know we’re capable of,” Beaulieu said sounding dejected after the race, “We probably had a top ten car tonight and they stacked up in front of me and I got out of it, looking back I should’ve just kept digging and we may not of been put in that spot.”
Scarborough, ME – Evan Beaulieu and the #56 Hancock Lumber Chevrolet team began their 2014 campaign at the Beech Ridge Motor Speedway this past weekend. Beaulieu had to overcome an issue during his heat race and start the race in the 28th spot and finish 15th to open the season. After a rough race, Beaulieu was happy to survive the 50 lap feature.
“We had an ignition issue in the heat race and that put us back, that’s what I’m most upset about because we had a great opportunity to start well,” Beaulieu said of the finish, “We got too tight in the feature though and I couldn’t make much progress like I feel we should have, but this is our first full race with this car and we have some adjustments to make, we will get it.”
Turner, Maine’s Mike Rowe took over the lead on a lap 101 restart and cruised home to victory in the Southern Maine Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep 150 at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough, Maine this past Saturday afternoon. The legendary veteran edged out Travis Benjamin and Austin Theriault for the win.
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