Hermon’s Mike Hopkins started on the pole for the 100 lap John Phippen/Allen Fletcher Memorial race for Late Models at Speedway 95 Thursday night and led every lap until the checkered flag fell. Hopkins margin of victory over second place John Kalel II of Orrington was 1.28 seconds after a lap 87 caution bunched the field for the finish. Frank Moulton of Burnham finished a strong third with Brian Whitney of Burnham and Joey Doyon of Winterport rounding out the top five. Two cautions and one red flag slowed the action throughout the 100 lap distance, with 8 out of the 13 cars starting the race making it to the end. In addition to the lap 87 caution, Joey Doyon and Wayne Parritt of Steuben brought out the first yellow on lap 16 when they spun each other on the front stretch. Both were able to continue after a quick trip to the pit for repairs. On lap 39, Dale Swoboda of Hermon ended up in the back stretch wall, bringing out the red flag while crews loaded his wrecked racer onto a flatbed. Swoboda was uninjured.
D.J. Moody of Prospect out dueled Steve Moulton of Holden after a lap 16 restart and held the lead until the end of the 25 lap event. The two rubbed fenders and doors over the final 9 laps, allowing tempers to flare when the top three stopped on the front stretch for victory lane interviews which were cancelled due to the actions of the drivers when they got out of their cars. Third place finisher Jeremy Glazier of Appleton held off pole sitter Kris Matchett of Skowhegan, dropping him to fourth at the finish. Derek Mingo of Lamoine was fifth.
In Strictly Street action, Andrew McLaughlin of Harrington took the lead from Alex Berry, also of Harrington, on a lap 22 restart and went on to post the win in the 25 lap feature. Jim Carr Jr. of Clifton also snuck by Berry on the final lap to place second, with Berry finishing third after first battling with Cornville’s Shelby Kimball for the first 14 laps, then leading until the lap 22 caution bunched the field. Fourth went to Kimball with her brother, Matt Kimball of Cornville finishing fifth.
Zach Audet of Skowhegan ran and hid from the Sport-Four field as he led from the outside pole to the checkers in the 20 lap feature. Pole sitter Donny Silva of Hudson ran second until lap 12 when he went to the pit with mechanical issues. Bradley Dolan of Glenburn then got by Emma Libby of Glenburn to finish second with Libby getting her second third place finish in as many weeks. Fourth went to newlywed Becky Elston-Burns of Carmel with Brad Bosworth of Cornville in fifth.
The Bomber feature was halted after the 20 minute time limit passed before the scheduled 20 laps were completed. A pair of false starts by Andrew Crosby of Hermon delayed the start of the race, until he was sent to the rear of the field. Garett Hayman of Milford took the lead on the third attempt to start the race and held it through several restarts until the race was called with only 10 laps completed. Scott Bonney of Bangor finished second with Emma Libby of Glenburn in third. Fourth went to Jeremy Scott of Carmel with Russell Blenkhorn of Bucksport in fifth.