Corey Bubar’s rollercoaster season full of wins and misfortune came to an end on a positive note Saturday night at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway (ME) when he captured his fourth Pro Series win of the 2014 season.
Bubar started the 40-lap feature from the outside of the front row, took over the top spot from John Peters on lap 4, and set a torrid pace on his way to carrying the checkered flag in front of a huge crowd at the third-mile Maine oval on the track’s final NASCAR Nite of the season.
“It’s good to end the season on a high note,” said Bubar. “When you get out front you can kind of run where you want. I definitely didn’t think we were going to be good on the restarts because I was too tight in the center but once I got out front I was alright.”
Throughout the season, Bubar was one of the fastest cars in the Pro Series division on a regular basis but mechanical failures and “being in the wrong place at the wrong time” got in the way of his goal of winning the track championship. He ended the year ninth in the championship standings.
“We definitely had some bad luck this year,” Bubar told Speed51.com powered by JEGS. “We had a fast race car all year pretty much, but had a few mechanical problems.”
Despite recording the most wins in the division this season, Bubar doesn’t believe he’ll make another attempt at winning the track championship next season. Instead, he’ll pick and choose the races he’ll run at Beech Ridge and with local Super Late Model touring series.
“This year was kind of a shot in the gut,” said Bubar. “We had a little too high of expectations. There were a few mechanical things we could have probably controlled putting it back together, but it is what it is.”
Steve Carrier used a top-five starting spot Saturday night to battle within the top-three for the majority of the event before coming home in the runner-up spot. Rookie Jacob Dore recorded his most impressive performance of the 2014 season by rounding out the podium in the third position.
Bobby Timmons ended the season with a solid fourth-place finish, a spot in which he would also end up finishing in the division point standings. Dave Farrington, Jr. completed the top-five on his way to claiming the 2014 track championship and the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Maine state championship.
Speed51.com will have more on Farrington’s championship and the 2014 season at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway later this week.
-By Brandon Paul, Speed51.com Northeast Editor – Twitter: @Brandon_Paul51
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