What Won the Race: Anthony Nocella took the lead away from Tony Ricci on lap 49 and drove away on a late-race restart to score his fourth Modified Racing Series win of the 2017 season.
The Finish: (Full finish not available immediately after race)
Unofficial Top Five
The Skinny: Polesitter Tony Ricci and Josh Contara swapped the lead a handful of times in the first half of the 75-lap race. Meanwhile, Anthony Nocella patiently worked his way to the front and took advantage of a caution on lap 48 to drive around Ricci and take over the lead for good.
Winning Quote: “The last couple years, I guess this is the third in a row up here, I kind of took a liking to the track. The car is always good here and we always come back with close to the same setup.” – Anthony Nocella
Winning Crew Chief: “Group Effort”
Winning Chassis: Race Works
Winning Shocks: Pro Shocks
Winning Engine: Petit Racing Engines
On the Move: Andy Shaw started shotgun on the field in 18th and charged to a fourth-place finish, a gain of 14 spots.
Biggest Loser: Josh Cantara started third and led lap early on before being involved in an accident on the frontstretch with Ryan Doucette.
Heat Race Results:
Heat 1 Unofficial Results
Heat 2 Unofficial Results
Heat Race Lineups:
Car Count: 19 Modifieds
Qualifying Format: There will be two 12-lap Modified Racing Series qualifying heats.
Event Schedule: Racing begins at 7 p.m. with qualifying heats for the Modified Racing Series, Pro Series Wildcats and Sports Series. There will then be features for the Wildcats (30 laps), Pro Series (40 laps), Sports Series (35 laps) and Modified Racing Series (75 laps).
Who to Watch For: Anthony Nocella will certainly be a driver to keep an eye on after winning and finishing second in a pair of twin 50s at Beech Ridge in 2016. Multi-time PASS Modified champion Andy Shaw could play the role of underdog as he has more experience at Beech Ridge than any driver in the field.
Title Fight: Anthony Nocella leads Jeff Gallup by 56 points in the championship standings.
The Track: Beech Ridge Motor Speedway is a 1/3-mile oval located in Scarborough, Maine.
Weather: Temperatures are in the mid 70s with partly cloudy skies above the race track.
Next Series Race: The Modified Racing Series heads to Stafford Motor Speedway (CT) for the second and final time this season on Friday, September 1.
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