SCARBOROUGH, ME — One week after qualifying for the prestigious Oxford 250 twice, and failing post-qualifying technical inspection twice, Tyler King returned to his home track of Beech Ridge Motor Speedway (ME) looking to redeem himself on Saturday night. The 19-year-old from Livermore Falls, Maine did just that by taking the lead from Dave Farrington, Jr. on lap 36 and fending off a last lap bump from Farrington to win the 40-lap Pro Series feature.
The win for King is his second Pro Series win of the 2014 season.
“This is an awesome win,” said King after the race. “Coming from the rear, it doesn’t get much better than that. It kind of sucked taking the week off from here last week, but this is a good way to come back from a disappointing 250.”
For the first half of Saturday night’s race at the 1/3-mile oval, King didn’t seem to be a contender for the race win. When early leaders Michael Fowler and Corey Bubar tangled on lap 32, it opened the door for a shootout between King and Farrington over the closing laps.
Farrington, who took over the lead after the incident with Fowler and Bubar, held King off on the first restart on lap 33 but King was able to use the inside lane and a little bit of contact to take over the lead on lap 36. Farrington made a last ditch effort entering turn three on the final lap and the two cars made contact as they banged doors down the frontstretch. King was able to hold off Farrington by a whisker at the stripe.
“Those late cautions helped us a ton and the last one I made count,” King told Speed51.com powered by JEGS. “Those last three laps were intense. It felt like the right front tire was starting to go down a little bit. The car dragged up the track a little bit and that’s how he was able to get under me. Luckily, I held on.”
Farrington, who entered the night atop the Pro Series point standings, kept that honor but was disappointed after his third straight runner-up finish in the division.
“I was pretty much screaming over the radio for it just one time to stay green,” Farrington said. “We’ve had so many scenarios here where we’re out front and have the race won before someone in the back wrecks. It’s so aggravating.
“It’s still a great points race for us compared to anyone else contending for the championship. One of these times, it might turn into a win.”
Bobby Timmons would complete the podium with a third-place finish while battling an ill-handling racecar for most of the night.
“My dad came on the radio during one of the last restarts and said, ‘keep digging, bud.’ I told him that I couldn’t reach the shovel any more. I had dug that deep. I don’t know what happened. The 40 (Dan McKeage) and 47 (Kelly Moore) got tangled up there and I got by Kelly at the end.
“It was a lot of fun racing with him (Moore). I don’t think I’ve ever said that before. Everybody that knows the history between me and Kelly Moore know that.”
Moore, who won last week’s feature event, finished fourth. McKeage rebounded from an early race spin into a sand pile to complete the top-five.
Dan Wink (Wildcats) and Frank Wear (Sport Series) were also feature winners during a thrilling night of racing action at the 1/3-mil Scarborough, Maine oval.
Beech Ridge returns to action next Saturday, August 1 with another exciting night of NASCAR Whelen All-American Series action at 7pm ET.
-By Brandon Paul, Speed51.com Northeast Editor – Twitter: @Brandon_Paul51
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