American-Canadian Tour – Beech Ridge (ME) – 8/6/16
Last updated: August 8, 2016 at 8:44 am
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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.
|5||27nh||Wayne Helliwell, Jr.|
|9||23me||Dave Farrington, Jr.|
|10||28me||Rowland Robinson, Jr.|
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.
|4||27nh||Wayne Helliwell, Jr.|
|11||28me||Rowland Robinson, Jr.|
|26||23me||Dave Farrington, Jr.|
Heat Race Results:
Heat #1 Unofficial Results
Heat #2 Unofficial Results
|4||23me||Dave Farrington, Jr.|
Heat #3 Unofficial Results
|1||27nh||Wayne Helliwell, Jr.|
|2||28me||Rowland Robinson, Jr.|
Consolation Race Results:
Car Count: 26 ACT Late Models
|23ME||Dave Farrington, Jr.|
|27NH||Wayne Helliwell, Jr.|
|28ME||Rowland Robinson, Jr.|
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.