Stock car racing

Clark wins John Phippen Memorial Race at Unity Raceway

King, Fernald score June 16 track wins
By Staff | Jun 18, 2012

Unity — Johnny Clark of Farmingdale made his first appearance in a couple of years pay off, earning more than $2,500 with a victory in the Twin 59s in memory of "Big John" Phippen Sunday, June 17 at Unity Raceway.

Clark, who won the first 59-lap race, outpointed second-race victor Frank Moulton of Burnham for the overall victory. Josh St. Clair of Liberty was third overall, with the top five filled out by Ajay Picard of Palmyra's and Dylan Turner of Freedom.

“This victory means a lot, both to me and my father,” the winner said in victory lane, after performing the familiar "Big John" Phippen victory lap, running laps around the winning car, owned by Dean Fuller of Albion, while waving the checkered flag. “He won a race here in 1981 and in tech they thought there’s no way he could beat John Phippen without cheating.

“When I won my first Pro Stock race at Wiscasset it was John Phippen who finished second.” That race was a 150-lap special event, when Clark was just 17-years-old.

“This is my third win on Father’s Day at Unity, but my first as a father,” Clark said. “I wanted to win this race real bad for my father. I’ll tell you, these Late Models are a lot harder to drive than the Pro Stocks I’ve won with here before.”

In the first 59-lap event, Brian Whitney of Burnham led much of the distance, swapping the lead late in the race with Johnny Clark, who got to the checkered flag first by less than a car length over Whitney. Josh St.Clair was third, with Dylan Turner coming from last starting position to finish fourth. Moulton was fifth.

Moulton took command from David Folsom I of Skowhegan midway through the second half of the main event, outrunning Ajay Picard to the finish line. Johnny Clark, Ryan St. Clair and Josh St. Clair rounded out the top five.

Chris King of Burnham outran points leader Brent "Pooch" Chase, also from Burnham, in the 25-lap Wildcat Division event. Bryan Robbins of Montville was the official third-place finisher after Kris Matchett of Skowhegan failed a post-race technical inspection. Joe Harriman of Liberty was fourth, followed by Ed Gilblair of Skowhegan.

Tim Robinson of Clinton drove the Jimmy Dennis #38 to a convincing win in the 25-lap Late Model Pro Four race. Bryan Lancaster of Skowhegan earned runner-up honors, with the podium filled by Alex Fernald of Benton. Bryan Lancaster of Skowhegan and Norm Cummings, Jr. of Augusta rounded out the top five.

Zach Audet continued his dominance of the Monster Mini Stock class with another impressive win. Tim Collins of Farmingdale was the best of the rest in the 25-lap event. Brent Roy of Vassalboro ended up in third position, followed by teenaged Clinton brothers Kyle and Cole Robinson.

Cody Robbins of Oakland charged from the back of the starting grid to win the 25-lap race for the Flyin’ 4 Division in spectacular fashion, getting past Mike Mathieu of Oakland on the final circuit. Mathieu, who led the first 24 laps, crossed the finish line in second. Ed Archer of Skowehgan was third, followed by Mike Dulaney of Richmond and Alica Goodwin of Clinton.

Ken Lord of Waterville completed a weekend sweep of the action in the six-cylinder Challenger Division. Robert MacDonald of Oakland was the runner-up. Christie Foster of Skowhegan led the majority of the event, ending in third position. Mike Flagg of Montville and Rick Sirois of Norridgewock rounded out the top five.

Kyle Jackson of Fairfield made a late-race charge past Colby Robbins of Montville to claim victory in the 15-lap main event for Teen Thunder Division competitors. Robert Dyer of Canaan finished third, in front of Danielle McAlpine of Burnham.

The individual race results from June 17 were:

Late Model (twin 59-lap races, overall finish) — 1. Johnny Clark, Farmingdale; 2. Fran Moulton, Burnham; 3. Josh St. Clair, Liberty; 4. Ajay Picard, Palmyra; 5. Dylan Turner, Freedom; 6. Ryan St. Clair, Liberty; 7. David Folsom I, Skowhegan; 8. Brian Whitney, Burnham; 9. David "Deuce" Folsom II, Skowhegan; 10. John Clark, Farmingdale; 11. M.J. Sliva, Fairfield; 12. Jeff Burgess, Fairfield; 13. Will Collins, Waldoboro; 14. Nick Huff, Hampden; 15. Tyler Robbins, Montville; and 16. Mike Orr, Wiscasset.

Late Model (first 59-lap race) — 1. Johnny Clark, Farmingdale; 2. Brian Whitney, Burnham; 3. Josh St. Clair, Liberty; 4. Dylan Turner, Freedom; 5. Frank Moulton, Burnham; 6. David Folsom I, Skowhegan; 7. David "Deuce" Folsom II, Skowhegan; 8. Jeff Burgess, Fairfield; 9. Ajay Picard, Palmyra; 10. Ryan St. Clair, Liberty; 11. John Clark, Farmingdale; 12. Will Collins, Waldoboro; 13. Tyler Robbins, Montville; 14. M.J. Silva, Fairfield; 15. Nick Huff, Hampden; and 16. Mike Orr, Wiscasset.

Late Model (second 59-lap race) — 1. Frank Moulton, Burnham; 2. Ajay Picard, Palmyra; 3. Johnny Clark, Farmingdale; 4. Ryan St. Clair, Liberty; 5. Josh St. Clair, Liberty; 6. M.J. Silva, Fairfield; 7. Dylan Turner, Freedom; 8. John Clark, Farmingdale; 9. David Folsom I, Skowhegan; 10. David "Deuce" Folsom II, Skowhegan; 11. Nick Huff Hampden; 12. Jeff Burgess, Fairfield; and 13. Will Collins, Waldoboro.

Wildcat (25 laps) — 1. Chris King, Burnham; 2. Brent Chase, Burnham; 3. Bryan Robbins, Montville; 4. Joe Harriman, Liberty; 5. Ed Gilblair, Skowhegan; 6. Mike Moore, Smithfield; 7. Wayne Ambrose, Jr., Brunswick; and 8. George Fernald III, Benton.

Late Model Pro Four (25 laps) — 1. Tim Robinson, Clinton; 2. Bryan Lancaster, Skowhegan; 3. Alex Fernald, Benton; 4. Dylan Lancaster, Skowhegan; 5. Norm Cummings Jr., Augusta; 6. Scott Horne, Benton; and 7. Steve Rackliff, Starks.

Monster Mini (25 laps) — 1. Zach Audet, Skowhegan; 2. Tim Collins, Farmingdale; 3. Brent Roy, Vassalboro; 4. Kyle Robinson, Clinton; 5. Cole Robinson, Clinton; 6. Fred Ashmore, Jr., Hancock; 7. Donny Silva, Hudson; 8. Michael Bolduc, Windsor; 9. Wes Turner, Montville; and 10. Mike Wilson, Chelsea.

Flyin’ 4 (25 laps) — 1. Cody Robbins, Oakland; 2. Mike Mathieu, Oakland; 3. Ed Archer Jr., Skowhegan; 4. Mike Dulaney, Richmond; 5. Alica Goodwin, Clinton; 6. Samantha Farnham, Benton; 7. Henry Boudreau, Benton; and 8. Kayla Allen, Bucksport.

Challenger (15 laps) — 1. Ken Lord, Waterville; 2. Robert MacDonald, Oakland; 3. Christie Foster, Skowhegan; 4. Mike Flagg, Montville; 5. Rick Sirois, Norridgewock; 6. Troy Rusconi, Clinton; and 7. Bob Corson, Benton.

Teen Thunder (15 laps) — 1. Kyle Jackson, Fairfield; 2. Colby Robbins, Montville; 3. Robert Dyer, Canaan; and 4. Danielle McAlpine, Burnham.

King, Fernald score June 16 wins

Chris King of Burnham won a thrilling Wildcat Division main event, while Alex Fernald scored his first feature win in the Late Model Pro Four class in Saturday night, June 16 competition at Unity Raceway.

Six-time Pro All Stars Series Champion Johnny Clark of Farmingdale and Brian Whitney of Burnham earned front row starting position for Sunday’s Big John Phipen Memorial Race for the Late Model division. Other main event winners were Zach Audet of Skowhegan, Cody Robbins of Robbins of Montville, Ken Lord of Waterville and Robert Dyer of Canaan.

Chris King prevailed in an ultra-competitive Wildcat Division 20-lap event, swapping the lead several times with eventual third-place finisher Ryan Robinson of Clinton before turning back a stiff challenge from Craig Robbins of Montville, who crossed the line in second. Robinson, who led the majority of the event, ended up with a third-place finish. Points leader Brent "Poochie" Chase of Burnham was the fourth-place finisher, with Mike Moore of Smithfield rounding out the top five. Chase won the heat race.

Alex Fernald of Benton celebrated his graduation from Lawrence High School in Fairfield on the previous Saturday, then led every lap of his 20-lap main event to win the Late Model Pro Four feature event in dominant fashion, outrunning multi-time division champion Steve Rackliff of Starks to the checkered flag by a huge margin to post his first career win in Maine’s fastest four-cylinder racing division. Rackliff claimed runner-up honors after a fierce, race-long battle with Tim Robinson of Clinton. Bryan Lancaster of Skowhegan and Norm Cummings Jr. of Augusta rounded out the top five.

Brian Whitney of Burnham, currently tied with Burgess for the top spot in the Unity Raceway championship standings, cruised to an easy win in the second Late Model 20-lap event, earning the other front row starting position in Sunday’s Phippen Memorial Classic. Josh St. Clair of Liberty and Ajay Piacrd of Palmyra earned the other guaranteed starting position for the Twin 59-lap main events Sunday.

Reigning champion and current points leader Zach Audet of Skowhegan earned another victory in the 20-lap main event for Monster Mini Stock competitors, though he needed a late-race caution flag to erase a huge lead built by Matt Shaw of Burnham to claim victory following the subsequent restart. Shaw held off Tim Collins of Farmingdale to grab runner-up honors. Cornville brothers Jayson and Brad Bosworth rounded out the top five. Shaw won the heat race.

Cody Robbins of Montville led wire-to-wire, scoring his third main event triumph of the season in the 20-lap event for Flyin’ 4 Division competitors. Nate Tribbett of Richmond was the best of the rest, with the podium filled by Ed Archer of Skowhegan. Mike Mathieu of Oakland and Mike Dulaney of Richmond rounded out the top five. Robbins also won the heat race.

Points leader Ken Lord of Waterville claimed yet another victory in the six-cylinder Challenger class, again outrunning teammate Robert MacDonald to the checkered flag. Christie Foster of Skowhegan did a standout job claiming third position in a borrowed car after her regular mount was sidelined in the heat race. Mike Flag of Montville and Bob Corson of Benton rounded out the top five. Lord won the heat race.

Robert Dyer of Canaan claimed victory in the first race of the season for the Teen Thunder class. The 14-year-old racer held off challenges from Colby Robbins of Montville to post his victory. Kyle Jackson of Fairfield finished in third position.

The individual race results from June 16 were:

Wildcat (25 laps) — 1. Chris King, Burnham; 2. Craig Robbins, Montville; 3. Ryan Robinson, Clinton; 4. Brent Chase, Burnham; 5. Mike Moore, Smithfield; 6. George Fernald III, Benton; 7. Richard Jackson, Fairfield; 8. Wes Turner, Montville; 9. Ed Gilblair, Skowhegan; 10. Eddie Gilblair, Skowhegan; and 11. Joe Harriman, Liberty.

Late Model Pro Four (20 laps) — 1. Alex Fernald, Benton; 2. Steve Rackliff, Starks; 3. Tim Robinson, Clinton; 4. Bryan Lancaster, Skowhegan; 5. Norm Cummings Jr., Augusta; 6. Scott Horne, Benton; 7. Dylan Lancaster, Skowhegan; and 8. Bill Ellis, Parkman.

Monster Mini (20 laps) — 1. Zach Audet, Skowhegan; 2. Matt Shaw, Burnham; 3. Tim Collins, Farmingdale; 4. Jayson Bosworth, Cornville; 5. Brad Bosworth, Cornville; 6. Brent Roy, Vassalboro; 7. Mike Wilson, Chelsea; 8. Kyle Robinson, Clinton; 9. Jeff Prindall, Lisbon Falls; 10. Cole Robinson, Clinton; 11. Michael Bolduc, Windsor; and 12. Wes Turner, Montville.

Flyin’ 4 (20 laps) — 1. Cody Robbins, Montville; 2. Nate Tribbett, Richmond; 3. Ed Archer, Skowhegan; 4. Mike Mathieu, Oakland; 5. Mike Dulaney, Richmond; 6. Bruce Nickerson, Skowhegan; 7. Alica Goodwin, Clinton; 8. Kayla Allen, Bucksport; 9. Samantha Farnham, Benton; 10. Daymon Dodge, Troy; and 11.Henry Boudreau, Benton.

Challenger (15 laps) — 1. Ken Lord, Waterville; 2. Robert MacDonald, Oakland; 3. Christie Foster, Skowhegan; 4. Mike Flagg, Montville; 5. Bob Corson, Benton; and 6. Troy Rusconi, Clinton.

Teen Thunder (15 laps) — 1. Robert Dyer, Canaan; 2. Colby Robbins, Montville; 3. Kyle Jackson, Fairfield; 4. Driver's name unavailable, Augusta; and 5. Danielle McAlpine, Burnham.

Late Model Heat 1 (20 laps) — 1. Johnny Clark, Farmingdale; 2. Jeff Burgess, Fairfield; 3. Ryan St. Clair, Liberty; 4. Mike Orr, Wiscasset; 4. Will Collins, Waldoboro; 5. Bryan Robbins, Montville; 6. Nick Huff, Hampden; and 7. John Clark, Farmingdale.

Late Model Heat 2 (20 laps) — 1. Brian Whitney, Burnham; 2. Ryan St. Clair, Liberty; 3. Ajay Picard, Palmyra; 4. David "Deuce" Folsom, Skowhegan; 5. Frank Moulton, Burnham; 6. David Folsom I, Skowhegan; and 7. M.J. Silva, Fairfield.

Granite State Pro Stock Series

The Granite State Pro Stock Series will head to the Pine Tree State on Saturday, June 23 to visit the tricky one-third mile Unity Raceway for race number two of the season. More than 20 cars are expected for the 112-lap main event and the series only appearance in Maine in 2012.

Drivers from across New England are expected to travel to Maine, including 15-year old Derek Griffith of Hudson, N.H. Griffith scored a second-place finish in his first Pro Stock race in the season-opening David’s House 106 at Monadnock Speedway.

Rich Eaton of Seabrook, N.H., Mike Parks of Walpole, N.H., Fran Colson of Gardner, Mass., Carl Eriksson of Deep River, Conn., Jay Sands of Seabrook, N.H., Zig Geno of Canterbury, N.H., and Barry Gray of Belchertown, Mass., all are expected to attend.

The Grante State Pro Stock Series 112-lap main event will be accompanied by Unity Raceway’s regular card of racing. The pits gates will open at 2 p.m., practice will begin at 4 p.m. with heat races starting at 7 p.m. There will be an autographic session featuring the Granite State Pro Stock Series stars, as well. A Sunday, June 24 rain date has been scheduled in case of inclement weather. Grandstand tickets will be $15 with those ages 10 and under free.

Courier Publications sports staff can be reached by phone at 207-594-4401 or by email at sports@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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