'Wicked' good time on track July 7 at Unity RacewaySecond straight Late Model win for Fuller in second start
Unity — Dean Fuller of Albion won his second straight Late Model feature race Saturday night, July 7 at Unity Raceway — in just his second start of the 2012 season.
Fuller, a champion in the old Pro Stock class at Unity a decade ago, roared from the back of the field twice, aided in part by a restart incident that forced race — and points — leader Ajay Picard of Palmyra to the pit area.
Fuller roared by Will Collins of Waldoboro shortly thereafter, then outran Brian Whitney of Burnham to the checkered flag. Collins held on for a third-place finish. Picard rebounded to claim a fourth-place finish, in front of Dan Trask of Chelsea. Picard won the heat race.
Ryan Robinson of Clinton won the Wildcat main event by about an inch over Craig Robbins of Montville. Robinson and Robbins battled side-by-side for most of the 20-lap distance, thrilling the grandstand crowd as points leader Brent Chase of Burnham followed. Robinson, Robbins and Chase filled the podium, with Chris King of Burnham and Zach Audet of Skowhegan rounding out the top five. George Fernald III of Benton won the heat race.
The Wicked Good Vintage Racing Association was on hand, competing in its historical oval track hardware with four classes split into two on-track 20-lap events.
Wally Henderson of Litchfield bested Bob Symonds of Casco and Kevin Waterhouse of West Paris in the Wicked Good Late Model class. Paul Pierce of Lincolnville outgunned Kris Watson of Hermon in the Wicked Good Outlaw Division. John Lizotte of Freeport was tops in Wicked Good Modified competition, while John Rice of Bristol triumphed in the Wicked Good Sportsman class.
Steve Rackliff of Starks dominated the 20-lap feature race for Late Model Pro Four competitors, surviving several restarts against Clinton veteran Tim Robinson to get the job done. Robinson earned runner-up honors, with points leader Alex Fernald of Benton crossing the line in third. Norm Cummings Jr. of Augusta ended fourth, followed by Scott Horne of Benton. Rackliff was triumphant in the heat race.
Clinton teen racer Kyle Robinson claimed victory with a last-lap move past the previous week’s winner, Matt Shaw of Burnham, in the 20-lap Monster Mini Stock main event. It was Robinson’s first win since moving up from the Teen Thunder class. Robinson and Shaw were joined on the podium by Tim Collins of Farmingdale. Brent Roy of Vassalboro and Wes Turner of Montville rounded out the top five. Shaw won the heat race.
Nate Tribbett of Richmond worked his way steadily through the pack, passed Paul Shorette of Waterville coming out of the final turn on the final lap and scored victory in the 20-lap Flyin’ 4 Division feature race. Shorette ended with second-place honors, with Benton racer Henry Boudreau bouncing back to finish third after spinning while leading earlier in the race. Mike Dulaney of Richmond was fourth, followed by Samantha Farnham of Benton. Boudreau won the heat race.
Robert MacDonald of Oakland made a late-race move pay off in the 20-lap Challenger Division main event, to beat Ed Archer Jr. of Skowhegan to the finish line. Bob Corson of Benton led the first half of the race and claimed the third-place trophy. John Fortier of Oakland was the fourth-place finisher, in front of Rick Sirois of Norridgewock. Archer won the heat race.
Kyle Jackson of Fairfield stayed hot in Teen Thunder competition, outrunning Colby Robbins of Montville to the checkered flag. Robert Dyer of Canaan claimed the third-place trophy, in front of Adam Fernald of Benton. Dyer won the heat race.
Racing continues Saturdays at 7 p.m. Unity Raceway is located on School Street (Route 139). For more information, call 453-2021.
The individual July 7 race results were:
Late Model (35 laps) — 1, Dean Fuller, Albion; 2, Brian Whitney, Burnham; 3, Will Collins, Waldoboro; 4, Ajay Picard, Palmyra; 5, Dan Trask, Chelsea; and 6, Danny Smart, Buxton.
Wildcat (20 laps) — 1, Ryan Robinson, Clinton; 2, Craig Robbins, Montville; 3, Brent Chase, Burnham; 4, Chris King, Burnham; 5, Zach Audet, Skowhegan; 6, Joe Harriman, Liberty; 7, George Fernald III, Benton; 8, Bryan King, Burnham; 9, Wes Turner, Montville; and 10, Andy Turbovsky, Winslow.
Late Model Pro Four (20 laps) — 1, Steve Rackliff, Starks; 2, Tim Robinson, Clinton; 3, Alex Fernald, Benton; 4, Norm Cummings Jr., Augusta; 5, Scott Horne, Benton; and 6, Bill Ellis, Parkman.
Monster Mini (20 laps) 1, Kyle Robinson, Clinton; 2, Matt Shaw, Burnham; 3, Tim Collins, Farmingdale; 4, Brent Roy, Vassalboro; 5, Wes Turner, Montville; 6, Cole Robinson, Clinton; and 7, Paul Jackson, Fairfield.
Flyin’ 4 (20 laps) — 1, Nate Tribbett, Richmond; 2, Paul Shorette, Winslow; 3, Henry Boudreau, Benton; 4, Mike Dulaney, Richmond; 4, Samantha Farnham, Benton; 5, Alica Goodwin, Clinton; and 6, Cody Robbins, Oakland.
Challenger (20 laps) — 1, Robert MacDonald, Oakland; 2, Ed Archer, Skowhegan; 3, Bob Corson, Benton; 4, John Fortier, Oakland; 5, Rick Sirois, Norridgewock; and 6, Mike Flagg, Montville.
Teen Thunder (12 laps) — 1, Kyle Jackson, Fairfield; 2, Cody Robbins, Montville; 3, Robert Dyer, Canaan; and 4, Adam Fernald, Benton.
Wicked Good Vintage Racing Association Late Model (20 laps) — 1, Wally Henderson, Lichfield; 2, Bob Symonds, Casco; 3, Kevin Waterhouse, West Paris; 4, Scott Tucker, Winthrop; 5, Keith Smalley, Warren; 6, Caleb Willette, Winslow; 7, Neil Martin, Freeport; 8, Rosie Gerry, Lincolnville; and 9, Roger Raymond, Palmyra.
Wicked Good Vintage Racing Association Modified (20 laps) — 1, John Lizotte, Freeport; and 2, Haggie Pratt, Dexter.
Wicked Good Vintage Racing Association Outlaw (20 laps) — 1, Paul Pierce, Lincolnville; 2, Kris Watson, Hermon; 3, Kenny Robinson, East Machias; 4, Bob Guyon, Monmouth; 5, Mike Millette, Brewer; 6, Lyle Turtleotte, LaGrange; 7, Don Mehurn, Lincolnville; 8, Woody Davis, Glenburn; 9, Chris Hogan, Old Town; and 10, Tim Reynolds, Bradley.
Wicked Good Vintage Racing Association Sportsman (20 laps) — 1, John Rice, Bristol; 2, Shawn Racilla, Dover-Foxcroft; and 3, Dennis Fish, Livermore.
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