Scarborough, ME –Reid Lanpher of Manchester, Maine nailed down his first Pro All Stars Series North Super Late Model victory of the season Saturday night, dominating the non-stop, 150-lap event.
Lanpher, who had posted three runner-up finishes in six PASS North starts earlier this year, stalked an intense battle between Trevor Sanborn and Garrett Hall through the opening stages of the race before driving around the competition to win by almost five seconds.
Closest to Lanpher under the checkered flag was Curtis Gerry of Waterboro, like winner Lanpher a recent track champion at the venerable Scarborough speedplant. Gerry’s second-place finish snapped a four-race win streak he had amassed in part-time PASS North competition, a streak that got underway at the PASS North finale at Oxford last season.
Sanborn, of East Parsonsfield, raced with the leaders throughout the ultra-quick event and earned a third-place finish. Sanborn also turned in the fastest lap in the race while battling with Hall for the early race lead. Mike Rowe, the 67-year-old Maine and New England Racing Hall of Famer from Turner, made all of the kids earn their finishes while crossing the finish line in fourth position.
Two-time PASS North champion DJ Shaw of Center Conway, New Hampshire claimed a fifth-place finish after starting the 150-lap race from 13th position. Shaw, who entered the action on top of the PASS North Super Late Model championship points standings, padded his advantage slightly with that run.
Sixth-place finisher Brandon Barker of Windham was the final racer in the finishing order able to remain on the lead lap with high-flying winner Lanpher. Justin Drake of Burnham, Scarborough’s Hall, Billy Rodgers of Old Orchard Beach and Cassius Clark of Farmington rounded out the top ten.
Ben Tinker of New Gloucester stayed atop the PASS Mods rankings with his third victory of the season in his 40-lap main event. Tinker, the defending champion on the touring series, rebounded from an uncharacteristic spin off turn two, as well as a minor brush against the concrete backstretch wall en route to victory lane.
Tinker took the lead away from Bruce Helmuth of Wales, who was seeking his second consecutive win. Helmuth settled for runner-up honors, with Austin Teras of Gray racing from the back of the pack into third position in just his second PASS Mods race. Adam Gray of Belchertown, Massachusetts was the fourth-place finisher, just ahead of Freeport’s Jariet Harrison.
The next event for both the Pro All Stars Series North Super Late Models and the PASS Mods will be contested at Oxford Plains Speedway in Oxford, Maine. For more information visit proallstarsseries.com or call (207) 539-8865.
Unofficial results from Pro All Stars Series North Super Late Model and PASS Mods divisions from Beech Ridge Motor Speedway; Scarborough, Maine showing finishing position, car number, driver’s name, driver’s hometown:
Super Late Model (150 laps) 1 59 Reid Lanpher, Manchester, ME; 2 7 Curtis Gerry, Waterboro, ME; 3 29 Trevor Sanborn, East Parsonsfield, ME; 4 24 Mike Rowe, Turner, ME; 5 60 DJ Shaw, Center Conway, NH; 6 88 Brandon Barker, Windham, ME; 7 09 Justin Drake, Burnham, ME; 8 94 Garrett Hall, Scarborough, ME; 9 53 Billy Rodgers, Old Orchard Beach, ME; 10 39 Cassius Clark, Farmington, ME; 11 4 Brad Babb, Windham, ME; 12 12 Derek Griffith, Hudson, NH; 13 51 John Peters, Westbrook, ME; 14 7 Travis Benjamin, Morrill, ME; 15 9 JT Thurlow, Windham, ME; 16 14 Scott McDaniel, Livermore, ME; 17 97 Joey Polewarczyk, Jr., Hudson, NH; 18 44 Rusty Poland, Windham, ME; 19 73 Joey Doiron, Berwick, ME; 20 15 Mike Hopkins, Hermon, ME; 21 16 Adam Gray, Belchertown, MA; 22 40 Dan McKeage, Gorham, ME; 23 4 Ben Rowe, Turner, ME; 24 36 Ryan Robbins, Dixfield, ME; 25 9 Kyle Welch, Lempster, NH.
PASS Mods (40 laps) 1 19 Ben Tinker, New Gloucester, ME; 2 25 Bruce Helmuth, Wales, ME; 3 10 Austin Teras, Gray, ME; 4 60x Adam Gray, Belchertown, MA; 5 85 Jariet Harrison, Freeport, ME; 6 16 Patrick Sullivan, Poland, ME; 7 2 Matty Sanborn, Windham, ME; 8 9 Jeff Moon, New Gloucester, ME; 9 27 Josh Hedges, New Bedford, MA; 10 14 Mark Napolitano, North Yarmouth, ME; DQ 60 gary Shackford, Center Conway, NH.
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