By Dan Walker
Scarborough, Maine- Being a 5 time track champion at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway helped Bobby Babb secure the biggest win of the season as his experience paid off in winning the Coors Light 100 on Saturday night. Babb bolted from the outside pole position to lead the early laps over David Oliver and Brockie Gerry. The first caution waved on lap 4 setting the table for Oliver to lead a lap before Babb went back in front on lap 6.
Bub Bilodeau moved to second place on lap 15 and tried to chase down Babb for the next 27 circuits but Babb stayed 4 car lengths in front. On lap 42 the caution flag waved setting the stage for the anticipated battle between the 2 fastest cars all season. Bilodeau shot into the lead on the restart but Babb went back to the outside groove and took back the top spot on lap 47.
The race stayed green thru the next 30 laps with Bill Rodgers and T.J. Brackett moving into second and third as Bilodeau faded a little bit. The final caution flag waved on lap 86 setting the stage for the veteran Babb against the young driver in T.J. Brackett. As the green waved Brackett took the lead but Babb quickly moved to the faster outside groove and took back the lead on the 91st lap.
The final 9 laps were all about Bobby Babb as T.J. Brackett made a last lap mistake and spun his car out of second place. Babb sailed under the checkered flag with Bilodeau getting second place over Oliver in third. Rodgers was fourth with Tim Brackett fifth. Rounding out the top ten were D.J. Shaw, Brockie Gerry, Shawn Twomey, T.J. Brackett and Mike Maietta Jr.
David Vaughn won his first Sport Series main event on Saturday night in convincing fashion. Patrick Thorne had his best run as a Sport Series rookie as he led the first 19 laps of the race. The only caution flag of the race came on lap 19 and that was where Vaughn took the lead and pulled away for the win. Jeff Charland was second followed by Andy Field in third. Jason Gammon and Clyde Hennessey filled fourth and fifth.
Richard Randall was the surprise winner of the night, not that the reigning champion winning a race should be a surprise but it looked like second place would be all he could get on this night. Jesse Tolman was in control of the entire race with Randall behind by a few car lengths as the race headed for the final laps. On the final lap Tolman was blocked by the lapped car of Glenn Bradbury for some reason and Randall made an inside pass for the lead on the final half lap to steal the win. Tolman was second with Dan Bean third. Gary Babineau and Cole Watson rounded out the top finishers.
Shawn Brackett led only the final 2 laps to take the Road Runner feature win. Casey Corkum led 17 laps before he spun handing the lead to Mark Hill. Brackett moved around Hill on the next lap and took the win. Hill finished second and David Palmer third. Dan Bernier and Corkum rounded out the top five.