July 26, 2013

Local Motorsports: Beech Ridge goes to wire

By Paul Betit pbetit@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

With six dates to go, the races for points in the four top divisions at Beech Ridge in Scarborough remain extremely tight.

DRIVER STANDINGS

PASS North Super Late Models

1. Joey Doiron, Berwick, 1315 points

2. Travis Benjamin, Morrill, 1303

3. Cassius Clark, Farmington, 1292

4. D.J. Shaw, Center Conway, N.H., 1256

5. Ben Rowe, Turner, 1222

NEXT RACE: Aug. 4, 150 laps, White Mountain Motorsports Park, North Wolfeboro, N.H.

ACT Late Models

1. Wayne Helliwell, Dover, N.H., 735

2. Jimmy Hebert, Williamstown, Vt., 702

3. Joey Polewarczyk Jr., Hudson, N.H. 695

4. Ray Parent, Tiverton, R.I., 633

5. Brent Dragon, Milton, Vt., 631

NEXT RACE: Sunday, 150 laps, at Devil's Bowl Speedway, West Haven, Vt.

"We've been fortunate that most of our point races in the past 10 seasons have come down to three or four points, which makes it unpredictable and exciting," said the track owner, Andy Cusack. "When it's close like this, one little thing can change a driver's season."

Going into Saturday night, Mike Rowe, the 63-year-old from Turner who became this season's first two-time winner in the Pro Stock division last Saturday night, holds a one-point lead over Dan McKeague of Gorham, who has moved up for the Sports Series.

Two former track champions, Kelly Moore of Scarborough and Bill Rodgers of Old Orchard Beach, as well as Steve Carrier of Saco, lie within 40 points of the lead in the Pro Stock Series.

The race is even tighter in the Sports Series, where four drivers are within 13 points of the leader, Frank Wear of Scarborough. Russell Moore of Scarborough is four points behind Wear, followed by Ben Tinker of New Gloucester, Sally Gherardi of Gorham and Garrett Hall of Scarborough.

The Wildcat Division appears to be a two-driver race. Lewis Anderson of Hollis holds an 11-point lead over Cole Watson of Naples.

In Roadrunners, just 23 points separate the points leader, Brandon Barker of Windham, from Shawn Brackett of Scarborough, who is in fifth place. In between lie Travis Burrows of Brownfield, Clayton Loubier of Gorham and David Turner of Buxton.

AFTER A one-week hiatus, Wiscasset Speedway will celebrate its 44th year of operation Saturday with a fireworks display and full night of racing.

The schedule includes a 25-lap feature for New England Pro Stocks, a 35-lap feature for Late Model Sportsman, a 20-lap feature for Strictly Stocks, a 25-lap race for Outlaw Minis, a 15-lap feature of Thunder 4s/Trucks, a 30-lap race for Pro Stocks and a 25-lap race for Super Stocks.

The track opened in 1969.

JOEY POLEWARCZYK of Hudson, N.H., picked up $25,000 last Sunday for winning the inaugural ACT International 500 for Late Models at Airborne Speedway in Plattsburgh, N.Y.

Joey Pole, as he is known to racing fans, won the first two 100-lap segments of the 300-lap race.

He then finished second in the final leg of the non-point event to finish ahead of the runner-up, Brian Hoar, an eight-time ACT champion from Williston, Vt.

This Saturday, the regional tour is back for a 150-lap race at Devil's Bowl Speedway in West Haven, Vt.

PASS NORTH will take a break until Aug. 4, when the Super Late Models will fire up for a 150-lap race at White Mountain Motorsports Park in North Woodstock, N.H.

On Aug. 6, the regional racing tour is scheduled to run the second leg of the Auto Le Quebecoise Triple Crown Series on the quarter-mile banked oval at Autodrome Chaudiere in Vallee Jonction, Quebec.

A Sprint Cup driver, Kyle Busch, the 2011 TD Bank 250 winner, is scheduled to race.

Paul Betit can be contacted at 791-6424 or at:

pbetit@pressherald.com

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