Jeff Burgess of Fairfield won his fourth Late Model feature race of the season Saturday night at Unity Raceway, while an eventful 10th-place run was more than enough for Frank Moulton of Burnham to nail down his third consecutive track championship at the third-mile oval track.

Burgess was stuck deep in the pack as the 23-car field went 23 laps before the caution flag waved, but a rash of yellow fever over the next several laps eliminated many front runners from contention for the win, including Mike Hodgkins of Jefferson, who led most of that race-opening green flag stretch.

Ed Drake made a late charge into second, bouncing back after being spun from the lead by Moulton when the champion’s right front tire went flat. Moulton later got into David Folsom I of Skowhegan while racing for third position after the white flag waved, triggering a controversial yellow-checkered finish.

Burgess drove to victory lane with Drake posting an impressive second-place finish. Poncho Darveau of Chelsea claimed his third straight podium finish since returning to competition after a five-year hiatus, crossing the line third in the Mo Young’s #03. Rookie Markus Lowe of Jackson finished fourth, with Steve Rackliff of Starks ending with a season-best fifth-place finish.

Darveau and multi-time Unity Raceway Pro Stock champion Dean Fuller of Albion were victorious in Late Model heat race action.

The NELCAR Legends Cars touring series closed their championship season at Unity Raceway with the 16-year-old ‘K-Man’ claiming victory in the race, and a 40-something guy who’ll still race bikes — even on ice — wrapping up the 2010 series championship with a third-place finish.

NELCAR Legends Cars races at Unity are rarely filled with caution flags, but the series finale was far from the norm, with multiple examples of minor mechanical failure turning into multi-car melees. The chief victim was  Evan Beaulieu of Durham, who entered the night’s competition nine points behind Bobby Weymouth of Topsham, the aforementioned 40-something bike racer who paid oval track dues at Unity Raceway, Wiscasset Raceway and other venues before finding a home with NELCAR. Beaulieu was wrecked trying to take evasive action to avoid the disabled mount of early contender Tyler Jordan of Scarborough.

Eventual winner Kevin “K-man” Hutchens nearly suffered the same fate of driving into someone’s wreck as Bobby Timmons broke a hub just as it appeared he was going to take the lead away from the eventual winner — Timmons was hooked up — but at the checkered flag it was Hutchens in front of the field and new champ Weymouth, with Alan Smith of Lincoln and Matthew Burgoine of Newport closing the top five.

Nick Huff of Orrington made it two straight wins in the Racin’ Paper Super Street Division, bouncing back from early adversity to prevail in the 25-lap main event. Huff and Nate Weston, this year’s champion in the class, clashed while racing for the lead on more than one occasion during the 25-lap event, and after a restart found both at the back of the lineup Huff made progress while Weston encountered further problems, along with Josh Bailey. When the checkered flag flew it was Huff racing underneath it first in front of Ricky Burgess of Waterville, who took a turn or two pacing the field before settling for runner-up honors. Artie Maguire of Bucksport claimed the third-place trophy in front of Bailey and Weston.

Andy Turbovsky of Winslow did all he could do, attempting to come from behind in the championship chase in the Keystone Automotive Wildcat Division, entering the night nine points behind Chris King of Burnham in the title bout. Turbovsky could do no better than to win the 20-lap main event, and the “Lazy Boy” one-handed his way to another popular feature race triumph.

Carl McAlpine of Burnham, a multi-time division champion, kept things interesting in the end and claimed runner-up honors, while King drove from the back of the starting lineup into third position under the checkered flag, claiming the Wildcat championship by seven points, unofficially. Mo Young of Chelsea and Ed Sleeper of Vassalboro rounded out the top five.

Already champion of the Aable Auto Parts Flyin’ 4 Division, Justin Moore of Madison aced the 50-lap special for the entry-level, four-cylinder class in dominant fashion, never more than a car-length from the lead. Teenage Brad Bosworth of Cornville stayed close to the champion and claimed runner-up honors, with official third-place finishing honors earned by Clinton teenager Cole Robinson — still to young for a learner’s permit let alone a driver’s license.

Young Robinson crossed the line in fourth position, but apparent third-place finisher Tim Collins did not pass postrace technical inspection with illegal tires that should have been enough to win the race with ease. Lance Chapman of Benton bounced back from several altercations to post a fourth-place finish, with early race front runner David “Deuce” Folsom II of Skowhegan rounding out the top five in the official finishing order.

Despite a hard hit into the turn four sand pile during the 50-lap Waterville Oaks Ladies Division race run in conjunction with the Flyin’ 4 class, Mika Wilson of Chelsea was the chief survivor and winner in both heat race and feature event competition. Wilson had already clinched the 2010 championship in the division. Alicia Goodwin of Clinton was second-best in the Ladies class, with Chelsea Young of Winterport finishing third, nailing down season-long, runner-up honors.

Corey Walker of New Vineyard closed his championship season in dominant fashion with a 20-lap feature win in the Uncle Henry’s Late Model Pro Four Division. Walker’s closest rival in the race, Ben Clark of Clinton, crashed coming out of turn four on the final lap, handing second-place to Bryan Lancaster of Skowhegan. Multi-time division champ Steve Rackliff was third under the checkered flag, followed by Alex Fernald and Clark.

Mike Wilson wrapped up yet another championship season in the Monster Energy Drink Monsta Mini class with a feature race victory. Dylan Lancaster of Skowhegan claimed runner-up honors, with John Fortin of Vassalboro finishing third.

Ricky Pease of Detroit drove to his first feature win in the Geo & Sons Teen Thunder main event, leading throughout the non-stop event by a comfortable margin. Newly-crowned Teen Thunder champion Wes Turner of Montville prevailed in a thrilling, three-car battle for second position. Kyle Robinson of Clinton edged Emily McAlpine of Burnham for the final podium finishing position. Colby Robbins of Montville was the fifth-place finisher.

On Saturday, Oct. 2 Unity Raceway will kick off with a car show in the track parking lot at 9:30 a.m., with trophies awarded to the top three cars in 11 classes. At 2 p.m. action shifts to the race track for a Fernald Frenzy Fun racing program, highlighted by a pair of 50-lap Enduro races. Following that competition Be Bop Bob hosts a track dance.

The 2010 Unity Raceway season concludes on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 9-10 with the annual “Longjohn” program, with heat races on Saturday and feature events on Sunday. Late Models and Wildcats will race 100 laps on Longjohn Weekend, with all other weekly divisions contesting 50-lap feature events.

The individual results from Sept. 25 races were:

Late Model — 1, Jeff Burgess, Fairfield; 2, Ed Drake, Vassalboro; 3, Poncho Darveau, Chelsea; 4, Markus Lowe, Jackson; 5, Steve Rackliff, Starks; 6, Ajay Picard, Palmyra; 7, Chuck Colby, Newcastle; 8, David Folsom I, Skowhegan; 9, Dylan Turner, Freedom; 10, Frank Moulton, Burnham; 11, Danny Smart, Buxton; 12, Richard Jordan, Kingfield; 13, Willy Pelotte, Oakland; 14, Darren Doucette, Sidney; 15, Will Collins, Appleton; 16, Dean Fuller, Albion; 17, Brenton Parritt, Steuben; 18, Mike Hodgkins, Jefferson; 19, Nick Hinckley, Wiscasset; 20, Seth Raven, Waldo; 21, Dickie Byron, Madison; 22, Louis Picard, Palmyra; and 23, Dave Farrington, Jay. Heat winners: Darveau and Fuller.

Racin’ Paper Super Street — 1, Nick Huff, Orrington; 2, Ricky Burgess Jr., Waterville; 3, Artie Maguire, Bucksport; 4, Josh Bailey, Wiscasset; 5, Nate Weston, Madison; 6, Rick Turner, Montville; 7, Steve Rackliff, Starks; and 8, Mark Dodge, Anson. Heat winner: Huff.

Keystone Automotive Industries Wildcat — 1, Andy Turbovsky, Winslow; 2, Carl McAlpine, Burnham; 3, Chris King, Burnham; 4, Maurice Young, Chelsea; 5, Ed Sleeper, Vassalboro; 6, Andrew McLaughlin, Harrington; 7, Ian Bresnahan, West Bath; 8, Brad Norris, Ellsworth; 9, Eddie Gilblair, Skowhegan; 10, Al Libby, Brooks; 11, Ed Gilblair Sr., Skowhegan; and 12, Todd Rollins, St. Albans. Heat winners: Sleeper and McAlpine.

Uncle Henry’s Late Model Pro Four — 1, Corey Walker, New Vineyard; 2, Bryan Lancaster, Skowhegan; 3, Steve Rackliff, Starks; 4, Alex Fernald, Benton; 5, Ben Clark, Clinton; and 6, Tim Robinson, Clinton. Heat winner: Walker.

Monster Energy Drink Monsta Mini – 1, Mike Wilson, Chelsea; 2, Dylan Lancaster, Skowhegan; and 3, John Fortin, Vassalboro. Heat winner: Wilson.

Aable Auto Parts Flyin’ 4 — 1, Justin Moore, Madison; 2, Brad Bosworth, Cornville; 3, Cole Robinson, Clinton; 4, Lance Chapman, Benton; 5, David Folsom II, Skowhegan; 6, Kris Matchett, Skowhegan; 7, Rodney Williams, Oakland; 8, Zach Audet, New Sharon; and 9, Brian Dickey, Madison. Heat winner: Moore.

Waterville Oaks Ladies — 1, Mika Wilson, Chelsea; 2, Alica Goodwin, Clinton; and 3, Chelsea Young, Winterport. Heat winner: Wilson.

Geo & Sons Teen Thunder — 1, Ricky Pease, Detroit; 2, Wes Turner, Montville; 3, Kyle Robinson, Clinton; 4, Emily McAlpine, Burnham; and 5, Colby Robbins, Montville. Heat winner: Pease.

Enduro (Top five of 16) — 1, Donny Silva, Hudson; 2, Zack Gagnon, Clinton; 3, Kayla Allen, Bucksport; 4, Ryan Chadwick, Wiscasset; and 5, George Fernald III, Benton.

NELCAR Legends Cars — 1, Kevin Hutchens, East Waterboro; 2, Ed Field, Deep River, Conn.; 3, Bobby Weymouth, Topsham; 4, Alan Smith, Lincoln; 5, Matthew Burgoine, Newport; 6, Pete Cannell, South Berwick; 7, Bobby Timmons, Windham; 8, Tyler Jordan, Scarborough; 9, Evan Beaulieu, Durham; 10, Terry Kirk, Durham; 11, Carl Blandina, Milford, Conn.; and 12, Kendall Curit, Windham. Heat winners: Burgoine and Timmons.

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