Austin Theriault Scores PASS Super Late Model Victory at Beech Ridge

Austin Theriault Scores PASS Super Late Model Victory at Beech Ridge

by September 16, 2013 0 comments

A gorgeous late summer day greeted race fans at the beautiful Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough, Maine on Sunday, and they were treated to some great racing in all three PASS. divisions that participated on the final day of the event.

Young Austin Theriault carried the checkered flag in the 300 lap Super Late Model event, but it was a challenge from the start as he led for the first four laps before outside pole sitter, Corey Bubar took over until a lap 90 restart for a minor spin by Kyle Desouza. At this point racing became intense as some of the top cars were starting to make their way through traffic and were headed to the front. Theriault got the jump on the restart, and Kelly Moore erupted from the fourth spot, and jumped to the second spot at the green. Travis Benjamin also slipped by Bubar, and Michael Landry worked Bubar’s inside for fifth. While Theriault led the race, Bubar battled his way back into the second spot before the caution flew once again for a minor spin in turn two. Suddenly, Travis Benjamin headed to the pits, the hood went up, and apparent mechanical problems eliminated the 2013 TD Bank 250 from any more action.

As the race continued, Theriault fought off all comers including DJ Shaw, Bubar, Kelly Moore, Johnny Clark and Cassius Clark. Around lap 225 Mike Rowe muscled his way into the top five and looked to be a contender until lapped traffic slowed his progress and the leaders slipped away. A Bryan Kruczek spin on lap 288 set up a mad dash to the finish, as Theriault, Shaw, Bubar, Cassius Clark, Derek Ranstrom and Mike Rowe filled the top three rows. When the green dropped Theriault got the jump, but Ranstrom dove underneath Shaw for second, and then pulled up to the door of the leader with nine laps to go. Ranstrom couldn’t make the pass on the leader, and Shaw slipped back by for the second spot. At this point Theriault opened up a five car length advantage and cruised to the victory. Shaw held on for second, Ranstrom third, Bubar fourth and Cassius Clark rounded out the top five. Positions sixth through ten included Kelly Moore, Mike Rowe, David Oliver, Scott Mulkern and Tony Ricci.

The PASS Mods were once again out in force and young newcomer Gary Thorne lead the first twenty-four laps before Mark Lucas weaved his way through traffic and into the lead. Lucas brought Scott Alexander and Mitch Miller with him setting up a dandy of a finish. While Lucas was at the point, Miller battled his way by Alexander and then set his sights on the leader. As the white flag waved, Miller pulled to the outside lane to challenge for the win but ran out of real estate as the checkers flew. Lucas collected the win and extended his points lead heading into the final at Oxford Plains Speedway on Saturday, September 28th. Miller settled for second ahead of Alexander, Travis Buzzell and Mark Lundbland Jr..

The PASS Sportsman ran a 100 lap race that saw Joe Pastore score another impressive win as he dominated the show, defeating Rusty Poland, Carey Martin whom edged out Clyde Hennessey in a photo finish for the third spot. Ricky Burgess completed the top five.

The PASS championships will be decided in all divisions at Oxford Plains Speedway on Saturday, September 28th. Post time is 1pm.

Press Release
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