SCARBOROUGH, MAINE — When Livermore Falls, Maine driver Tyler King arrived at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway (ME) on Saturday afternoon he was determined to bounce back from a rough week at the tracks season-opening event on May 24. After breaking a valve in the engine that week, which relegated him to a 27th-place finish, King and his team put a new engine in the car for Saturday’s event.
With a new power plant under the hood, King was able to respond from last week’s problems in style by leading 49 of the 50 laps en route to winning the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Pro Series feature at Beech Ridge on Saturday.
“The car was really fast,” King told Speed51.com powered by JEGS. “It was an awesome race. To be able to start out front and dominate that way was awesome after the week we had last week. It’s a huge confidence booster. It will definitely help keep us motivated for the rest of the season.”
Starting from the outside pole position after finishing second in his qualifying heat race, King jumped out to an early lead over pole sitter Mike Landry. Landry, Kelly Moore, and Donnie Colpritt all attempted to steal the show from King on early restarts, but only Colpritt was able to mount a real challenge.
Colpritt of Scarborough, Maine was able to steal the top-spot as the top-two crossed the stripe on lap 22, but King quickly battled back on the inside to regain the top-spot.
Following the final restart on lap 23, King was able to pull away from the field and put his No. 11 on cruise control while the rest of the field raced for second.
“I knew if we got out in front of them we’d be pretty good, but I didn’t know how the other guys coming up through would be,” said King. “Once we got out front after that last restart, I knew we were in pretty good shape.”
Dan McKeage of Gorham, Maine, who started from the 12th position, was able to make his way by Colpritt for the second spot with six laps remaining but time was not on his side as he tried to chase down King.
“With a 50-lap race you still have to do a little bit of riding, but after a little while Tyler (King) just took right off,” said McKeage. “I kind of settled in behind Donnie and got by him with about five-to-go.
“If Tyler would have taken the top on that restart, I was pretty good on the bottom for a couple laps and might have been able to give him a run, but not because I had a better car.”
Colpritt, who looked very strong in the early stages of the event, finished the event in third. Scarborough, Maine’s Kelly Moore and last week’s feature winner Corey Bubar rounded out the top-five.
Bobby Timmons, Dave Farrington, Jr., Charlie Colby, Michael Fowler, and Reid Lanpher finished in positions six through ten, respectively.
Racing resumes at the 1/3-mile Scarborough, Maine oval next Saturday, June 7 with more NASCAR Whelen All-American Series action featuring the Pro Series, Sports Series, and Wildcats.
NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Pro Series Feature Unofficial Results
Beech Ridge Motor Speedway – May 31, 2014
|3||16||Don Colpritt, Jr.|
|7||23||Dave Farrington, Jr.|
By Brandon Paul, Speed51.com Northeast Editor – Twitter: @Brandon_Paul51. Photo Credit: Speed51.com Photo