American-Canadian Tour - Beech Ridge (ME) - 8/6/16

Last updated: August 8, 2016 at 8:44 am
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Eddie MacDonald (left) and Brad Babb (right) talk in Victory Lane. (VTMotorMag.com photo)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What Won the Race: Brad Babb squared off with Eddie MacDonald once again, but this time was able to come away with the victory in a clean battle at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway.

 

The Finish:

1 15nh Brad Babb
2 17ma Eddie MacDonald
3 37vt Scott Payea
4 40vt Nick Sweet
5 27nh Wayne Helliwell, Jr.
6 5ct Dillon Moltz
7 5vt Bobby Therrien
8 30nh Rich Dubeau
9 23me Dave Farrington, Jr.
10 28me Rowland Robinson, Jr.
11 16me Travis Stearns
12 54vt Mike Ziter
13 31nh Luke Hinkley
14 1vt Devin O'Connell
15 61nh Ryan Olsen
16 9nh Kyle Welch
17 4ny Brandon Atkins
18 10nh Bryan Mason
19 99vt Cody Blake
20 82ma Mark Hudson
21 22ri Mark Jenison
22 77ma James Linardy
23 0nh Miles Chipman
24 88me Jeremy Welch
25 24ma Cornelius Flynn
26 00nh A.J. Panessiti

 

 

The Skinny: Eddie MacDonald started from the pole and got out to the early lead before surrendering the lead to Brad Babb on lap 21. The two drivers battled side-by-side before MacDonald took back the lead on a lap 26 restart.  Babb stalked MacDonald for the second half of the race before making the winning pass through lapped traffic on lap 66.

 

Winning Quote: "It was as good of a race as you could ask for. He ran me great and I can't thank him anymore.  I didn't really know what to expect with him.  I didn't think it was going to be too bad.  He did just what he had to do and ran me clean, and I think he'd tell you the same about me." - Brad Babb on racing with Eddie MacDonald

 

Winning Crew Chief: Bobby Babb

 

Winning Chassis: Distance Racing

 

Winning Shocks: Koni

 

Winning Engine: Butler MacMaster

 

On the Move: Dave Farrington, Jr. qualified 18th and took the green flag from the 26th starting spot after failing pre-race technical inspection, he is officially credited with gaining nine spots after finish ninth.

 

Biggest Loser: Miles Chipman started ninth and finished eight laps down in 23rd, a loss of 14 positions.

 

Notebook: Brad Babb returns to ACT action tonight after sitting out the series' last event at White Mountain Motorsports Park.

 

Travis Stearns will make his return to ACT competition tonight after an extended absence while the Richard Green Racing team focused on their Super Late Model program.

 

Thunder Road weekly warrior Cody Blake has made the trip to Maine for a rare ACT start away from the Barre, Vermont oval.

 

Eddie MacDonald started fifth and finished second to earn a plus-three in his qualifying heat. Brad Babb matched that feat in the second qualifying race.

 

Nick Campbell won the 30-lap Sports Series feature. Cole Watson won the 30-lap Wildcat feature.

 

Defending track champion Reid Lanpher pulled away on a late restart to win the Pro Series race.

 

Both Ryan Olsen and Dave Farrington, Jr. failed pre-race technical inspection and will start at the rear.

 

Staring Lineup:

1 17ma Eddie MacDonald
2 15nh Brad Babb
3 40vt Nick Sweet
4 27nh Wayne Helliwell, Jr.
5 16me Travis Stearns
6 5ct Dillon Moltz
7 30nh Rich Dubeau
8 54vt Mike Ziter
9 0nh Miles Chipman
10 37vt Scott Payea
11 28me Rowland Robinson, Jr.
12 99vt Cody Blake
13 1vt Devin O'Connell
14 5vt Bobby Therrien
15 9nh Kyle Welch
16 4ny Brandon Atkins
17 31nh Luke Hinkley
18 10nh Bryan Mason
19 00nh A.J. Panessiti
20 77ma James Linardy
21 88me Jeremy Welch
22 24ma Cornelius Flynn
23 82ma Mark Hudson
24 22ri Mark Jenison
25 61nh Ryan Olsen
26 23me Dave Farrington, Jr.


Heat Race Results
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Heat #1 Unofficial Results

1 54vt Mike Ziter
2 17ma Eddie MacDonald
3 4ny Brandon Atkins
4 5vt Bobby Therrien
5 9nh Kyle Welch
6 31nh Luke Hinkley
7 37vt Scott Payea
8 10nh Bryan Mason
9 22ri Mark Jenison

Heat #2 Unofficial Results

1 40vt Nick Sweet
2 15nh Brad Babb
3 99vt Cody Blake
4 23me Dave Farrington, Jr.
5 16me Travis Stearns
6 5ct Dillon Moltz
7 82ma Mark Hudson
8 00nh A.J. Panessiti
9 88me Jeremy Welch

Heat #3 Unofficial Results

1 27nh Wayne Helliwell, Jr.
2 28me Rowland Robinson, Jr.
3 1vt Devin O'Connell
4 0nh Miles Chipman
5 61nh Ryan Olsen
6 30nh Rich Dubeau
7 24ma Cornelius Flynn
8 77ma James Linardy

 

Consolation Race Results:

1 5ct Dillon Moltz
2 30nh Rich Dubeau
3 37vt Scott Payea
4 31nh Luke Hinkley
5 10nh Bryan Mason
6 00nh A.J. Panessiti
7 77ma James Linardy
8 88me Jeremy Welch
9 24ma Cornelius Flynn
10 82ma Mark Hudson
11 22ri Mark Jenison

 

Car Count: 26 ACT Late Models

 

Entry List: 

0NH Miles Chipman
1VT Devin O'Connell
4NY Brandon Atkins
5CT Dillon Moltz
5VT Bobby Therrien
9NH Kyle Welch
10NH Bryan Mason
15NH Brad Babb
16ME Travis Stearns
17MA Eddie MacDonald
22RI Mark Jenison
23ME Dave Farrington, Jr.
24MA Cornelius Flynn
27NH Wayne Helliwell, Jr.
28ME Rowland Robinson, Jr.
30NH Rich Dubeau
31NH Luke Hinkley
37VT Scott Payea
40VT Nick Sweet
54VT Mike Ziter
61NH Ryan Olsen
77MA James Linardy
82MA Mark Hudson
88ME Jeremy Welch
99VT Cody Blake
00NH A.J. Panessiti

 

Qualifying Format: There will be three 12-lap qualifying heat races qualifying the top-five finishers to the ACT plus-minus system.  There will then be a 12-lap consolation race qualifying the top-three drivers to the plus-minus. The rest of the 26-car grid will be set by the consolation race results.

 

Event Schedule: ACT qualifying heats will kick off the racing program at 7 p.m. ET.  They will be followed by a pair of Wildcat heats and a pair of Pro Series heats.  The Sports Series and Wildcats will run their prior to an ACT consolation race (if needed).  A 40-lap Pro Series feature will then be on tap before the ACT Coastal 100 to end the night.

 

Who to Watch For: Brad Babb is a former champion at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway and the defending winner of the event.  He knows the track better than the rest of the field and will be tough to beat.  Wayne Helliwell, Jr. has also been strong at Beech Ridge in the past and the defending ACT champion is hungry for his first win of the year.

 

Title Fight: Nick Sweet leads the way by 14 points over Scott Payea in the ACT point standings.

 

The Track: Beech Ridge Motor Speedway is a flat three-eighths mile oval located in Scarborough, Maine.  The track runs under the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series banner for their weekly racing program.

 

Weather: The weather forecast shows partly cloudy skies and temperatures in the mid to high 70s at post time.

 

Next Series Race: The American-Canadian Tour will have two weeks off before returning to competition at Oxford Plains Speedway (ME) on Oxford 250 weekend.  The race will take place on Saturday, August 27 -- the night before the Oxford 250 -- and the winner will receive a guaranteed starting spot in the $25,000-to-win race the next day.

 

 

 

Speed Central: Babb Wins Battle With MacDonald at Beech Ridge