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Cut above: Races no drag for lawn mower drivers

Littlefield, Pendleton, Young, Dyer, Tolman put pedal to metal for wins
By Zack Miller | Aug 30, 2018
Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer Eric Tolman of Warren pops a wheely on Aug. 25 during the Thunder Valley Lawn Mower Drag Races at the Maine Blueberry Festival and Union Fair.

Union — Riders, start your lawn mowers!

For the first time in the Maine Blueberry Festival/Union Fair’s long history, the roar of lawn mowers graced the grounds in the first annual Thunder Valley Lawn Mower Drag Races on Saturday, Aug. 25.

The event on the dirt track brought about 25 people, and mowers, to compete in five classes: stock, hydro, small super stock, big super stock and outlaw.

Watch video, and see more photos, below.

After the final mowers crossed the finish line, it was Dan Littlefield of Belfast who won the stock class; Cliff Pendleton of Lincolnville the hydro class; Joe Young of Warren the small super stock class; Brian Dyer of Lincolnville the big super stock class; and Eric Tolman of Warren the outlaw class.

The winners received trophies and $70, while second-place finishers won $30 per class, with additional cash prizes given to the top two (outlaw and big super stock) classes. Ribbons also were given to the top finishers in each class.

Drivers had to provide their own riding lawn mowers — which could be modified depending on class — and participate in races down a 150-foot long straight track in a double-elimination format.

All drivers had to wear a helmet, be at least 16 years of age with a valid driver’s license, and, if under age 18, have had a signed waiver from a legal parent or guardian.

Rules for all classes included: must be a stock mower engine, chassis, drive train and rear end transaxle, which cut grass at one time; working brakes and four wheels; naturally aspirated; pump gas (94 octane) only (octane boost allowed to 110 octane for engine protection); no zero-turn mowers allowed; and must have a kill switch or key.

Mowers were allowed to move up in as many classes as they like with the same mower.

The individual results from each class included:

Outlaw — Aaron Boetsch lost to Eric Tolman; and lost to George Heal in the consolation bracket. David Pike beat Heal; lost to Tolman; beat Heal; beat Brian Dyer; and lost to Scott Crockett in the consolation bracket. Heal lost to Pike; beat Aaron Boetsch; and lost to Pike in the consolation bracket. Crockett beat Cody Nelson; beat David Dyer; lost to Tolman; beat Pike; and lost to Tolman in the championship round. Nelson lost to Crockett; and lost to Brian Dyer in the consolation bracket. David Dyer beat Brian Dyer; lost to Crockett; and lost to Brian Dyer in the consolation bracket. Brian Dyer lost to David Dyer; beat Nelson; beat David Dyer; and lost to Pike in the consolation bracket. Tolman beat Aaron Boetsch; beat Pike; beat Crockett; and beat Crockett in the championship round. Tolman finished first.

Big Super Stock — Tolman lost to Brian Dyer; beat Greg Boetsch; beat Cliff Pendleton; and lost to Pike in the consolation bracket. Pike beat Greg Boetsch; lost to Brian Dyer; beat Crockett; beat Tolman; beat Aaron Boetsch; and lost to Brian Dyer in the championship round. Greg Boetsch lost to Pike; and lost to Tolman in the consolation bracket. Crockett lost to Aaron Boetsch; beat Daniel Bourkas; and lost to Pike in the consolation bracket. Aaron Boetsch beat Crockett; beat Pendleton; lost to Brian Dyer; and lost to Pike in the consolation bracket. Bourkas lost to Pendleton; and lost to Crockett in the consolation bracket. Pendleton beat Bourkas; lost to Aaron Boetsch; and lost to Tolman in the consolation bracket. Brian Dyer beat Tolman; beat Pike; beat Aaron Boetsch; and beat Pike in the championship round. Brian Dyer finished first.

Small Super Stock — Jon Ogletree beat Vance Johnson; lost to Dan Littlefield; beat Don Campbell; beat Johnson; and lost to Littlefield in the consolation bracket. Johnson lost to Ogletree; beat Jason Booth; and lost to Ogletree in the consolation bracket. Booth lost to Joe Young; and lost to Johnson in the consolation bracket. Young beat Booth; beat Campbell; beat Littlefield; and beat Littlefield in the championship round. Young finished first.

Hydro — Leslie Silvia lost to Ogletree; beat Brian Dyer; and lost to Littlefield in the consolation bracket; Ogletree beat Silvia; beat Littlefield; lost to Pendleton; beat Littlefield and lost to Pendleton in the championship round. Brian Dyer lost to Pendleton; and lost to Silvia in the consolation bracket. Littlefield lost to Ogletree; beat Silvia; and lost to Ogletree in the consolation bracket. Pendleton beat Brian Dyer; beat Ogletree; and beat Ogletree in the championship round. Pendleton finished first.

Stock — Jon Fishman lost to Donald Larrabee; beat Vicky Harriman; and lost to Larrabee in the consolation bracket. Larrabee beat Fishman; lost to Bryar Lyons; beat Fishman; and lost to Hannah Burke in the consolation bracket. Harriman lost to Lyons; and lost to Fishman in the consolation bracket. Lyons beat Harriman; beat Larrabee; lost to Littlefield; and lost to Burke in the consolation bracket. Kristin Heal lost to Littlefield; and lost to Burke in the consolation bracket. Burke lost to Lee Graf; beat Heal; beat Graf; beat Larrabee; beat Lyons; and lost to Littlefield in the championship round. Graf beat Burke; lost to Littlefield; and lost to Burke in the consolation bracket. Littlefield beat Heal; beat Graf; beat Lyons; and beat Burke in the championship round. Littlefield finished first.

Lawn mower drag racing
Lawn mower drag racing on Aug. 25 at the Union Fair. (Video by: Zack Miller)
Winners from each class include, from left, stock class Dan Littlefield, hydro class Cliff Pendleton, small super stock class Joe Young, big super stock class Brian Dyer and outlaw class Eric Tolman. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Eric Tolman of Warren, outlaw class winner. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Brian Dyer of Lincolnville, big super stock class winner. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Joe Young of Warren, small super stock class winner. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Cliff Pendleton of Lincolnville, hydro class winner. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Dan Littlefield of Belfast, stock class winner. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from Thunder Valley Lawn Mower Drag Races Aug. 25 at the Union Fair. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Thunder Valley Lawn Mower Drag Races Aug. 25 at the Union Fair. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Thunder Valley Lawn Mower Drag Races Aug. 25 at the Union Fair. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Thunder Valley Lawn Mower Drag Races Aug. 25 at the Union Fair. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Thunder Valley Lawn Mower Drag Races Aug. 25 at the Union Fair. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Thunder Valley Lawn Mower Drag Races Aug. 25 at the Union Fair. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Thunder Valley Lawn Mower Drag Races Aug. 25 at the Union Fair. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Thunder Valley Lawn Mower Drag Races Aug. 25 at the Union Fair. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Thunder Valley Lawn Mower Drag Races Aug. 25 at the Union Fair. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Thunder Valley Lawn Mower Drag Races Aug. 25 at the Union Fair. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Thunder Valley Lawn Mower Drag Races Aug. 25 at the Union Fair. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Thunder Valley Lawn Mower Drag Races Aug. 25 at the Union Fair. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Thunder Valley Lawn Mower Drag Races Aug. 25 at the Union Fair. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Thunder Valley Lawn Mower Drag Races Aug. 25 at the Union Fair. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Thunder Valley Lawn Mower Drag Races Aug. 25 at the Union Fair. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Thunder Valley Lawn Mower Drag Races Aug. 25 at the Union Fair. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Thunder Valley Lawn Mower Drag Races Aug. 25 at the Union Fair. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Thunder Valley Lawn Mower Drag Races Aug. 25 at the Union Fair. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Thunder Valley Lawn Mower Drag Races Aug. 25 at the Union Fair. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Thunder Valley Lawn Mower Drag Races Aug. 25 at the Union Fair. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Thunder Valley Lawn Mower Drag Races Aug. 25 at the Union Fair. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Thunder Valley Lawn Mower Drag Races Aug. 25 at the Union Fair. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Thunder Valley Lawn Mower Drag Races Aug. 25 at the Union Fair. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Thunder Valley Lawn Mower Drag Races Aug. 25 at the Union Fair. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Thunder Valley Lawn Mower Drag Races Aug. 25 at the Union Fair. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Thunder Valley Lawn Mower Drag Races Aug. 25 at the Union Fair. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Thunder Valley Lawn Mower Drag Races Aug. 25 at the Union Fair. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Thunder Valley Lawn Mower Drag Races Aug. 25 at the Union Fair. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Thunder Valley Lawn Mower Drag Races Aug. 25 at the Union Fair. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Thunder Valley Lawn Mower Drag Races Aug. 25 at the Union Fair. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Thunder Valley Lawn Mower Drag Races Aug. 25 at the Union Fair. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Thunder Valley Lawn Mower Drag Races Aug. 25 at the Union Fair. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Thunder Valley Lawn Mower Drag Races Aug. 25 at the Union Fair. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Thunder Valley Lawn Mower Drag Races Aug. 25 at the Union Fair. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Thunder Valley Lawn Mower Drag Races Aug. 25 at the Union Fair. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Thunder Valley Lawn Mower Drag Races Aug. 25 at the Union Fair. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Thunder Valley Lawn Mower Drag Races Aug. 25 at the Union Fair. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Thunder Valley Lawn Mower Drag Races Aug. 25 at the Union Fair. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Thunder Valley Lawn Mower Drag Races Aug. 25 at the Union Fair. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Thunder Valley Lawn Mower Drag Races Aug. 25 at the Union Fair. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Thunder Valley Lawn Mower Drag Races Aug. 25 at the Union Fair. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Thunder Valley Lawn Mower Drag Races Aug. 25 at the Union Fair. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Thunder Valley Lawn Mower Drag Races Aug. 25 at the Union Fair. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
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