Unity, ME — Unity Raceway is renowned as Maine’s toughest racing oval, yet over seventy of the best Pro Stock racers from throughout the Northeastern New England will tackle the track this Sunday afternoon in the richest race in the State of Maine this season, the $25,000-to-win DNK Select 250. If experience is a key factor it’ll be tough to top the most successful driver in track history, 10-time Unity Raceway Pro Stock champion Steve Nelson of Albion.
Nelson’s Unity resume is unmatched, and after a disappointing kickoff to the 2004 season his program seems to be turning around just in time for the biggest race in track history.
Success for Nelson could net a one-day payoff better than most of his championship seasons netted, but there are a host of others with a pretty healthy dose of Unity experience to contend with, along with the PASS invaders and several veterans with limited experience on the old fairgrounds oval.
Chief rivals for Nelson among the local crowd include his Albion neighbors, Matt Lee and Dean Fuller, the two most recent Pro Stock champions at Unity Raceway. Scott Chubbuck, the current Pro Stock points leader, expects to contend for the top prize, as does Randy Turner, a winner at Unity this past Saturday night in a 50-lap Triple Crown Series race.
Not to be overlooked on the local front is Racin’ Ralph Nason, winner of Unity’s biggest event last season, and a feature winner earlier this year. Nason, 64, leads a veteran presence that includes Maine racing legends Stan Meserve and Mike Rowe, among others.
Reigning Busch North Series champion Andy Santerre, a Cherryfield, Maine native now living in Mooresville, North Carolina, will step out of his Aubuchon Hardware-sponsored Busch North ride for a rare go before the home crowd. Former Busch North Series champion Dale Shaw and former NASCAR Weekly Series National Champion Ted Christopher are among the dozens of invaders with a legitimate shot to score the victory.
Defending Pro All Stars Series champion Ben Rowe, a winner in his last appearance at Unity, expects to be a threat, along with former series champion Sud’n Sam Sessions and current PASS point leader Johnny Clark.
DNK Select 250 weekend kicks off with Pro Stock practice Friday beginning at 10:00 a.m. That practice session will continue until 4:00 p.m., when Unity Raceway’s Thursday Thrillers series takes over Maine’s Toughest Racing oval for a special Friday night appearance, with practice at 5:00 p.m., and racing starting at 7:00 p.m.
A full day and night of action is set for Saturday, June 12, with Pro Stock practice running from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Unity’s weekly racing series divisions take over the track beginning at 3:30 p.m. with practice for all regular divisions, with racing action set to start at 6:30 p.m. Racing action will be followed by a Happy Hour session for all DNK Select 250 entrants.
Sunday, June 13 is the date of the inaugural DNK Select 250 Pro All Stars Series event. The pit gate swings open at 8:00 a.m. for the biggest event in Unity Raceway history, and the most lucrative payoff in all of Maine racing this season. Practice sessions kick off at 10:30 a.m., with heat races to qualify for the rich 250-lapper beginning at 1:00 p.m. Allison Legacy cars will run a race between the heat and consolation event for the DNK Pro Stocks, with NELCAR Legends filling the gap between the Pro Stock consis and the 250-lap main event, which should go to post at approximately 6:00 p.m. with what promises to be the most talented field of racers in track history.
The DNK Select 250 at Unity Raceway is sanctioned by the Pro All Stars Series. For rules, purse or ticket information, check out www.proallstarsseries.com, www.dnkselect.com, or www.unityraceway.net. For advanced reserved seating or spectator information call (207) 465-7266 or DNK at (888) 582-3465. Major credit cards will be accepted for both reserved grandstand tickets and competitor entry fees.
A full three programs of racing are planned for the June 11-13 weekend, with a full card of Unity Raceway action presented on both Friday and Saturday nights. Plenty of free parking is available. Unity Raceway is located on Route 139 in Unity, Maine. Free self-contained camping is available at the Speedway throughout the DNK Select 250 weekend, June 11-13, with all necessary amenities available within easy walking distance.
Note: Scott Chubbuck, subject of our most recent DNK Select 250 release, and wife Stacey are proud parents of a new son, born Saturday, June 5. Chubbuck did not race at Unity last Saturday, but the event was not a points race, so Chubbuck is the top-ranked Unity Raceway regular entering this weekend’s action
DNK Select 250 Entries as of June 1, 2004:
0 Dick McCabe Kennebunkport, Maine 4x NASCAR Touring champ
0 Sam Sessions South Paris, Maine PASS
0 Billy Whorff, Jr. Topsham, Maine Oxford Plains Speedway
0 Billy Penfold Yarmouth, Maine NASCAR Busch North
00 Ben Rowe Turner, Maine PASS
00 Jeremie Whorff Topsham, Maine Oxford Plains Speedway
00 Matt Lee Albion, Maine Unity Raceway
1 Randy Turner Freedom, Maine Unity Raceway
1 Al Hammond South Paris, Maine Oxford Plains Speedway
2 Stan Meserve Mooresville, North Carolina “Independent”
2 Jim McCallum Fall River, Mass. PASS
02 Eric Hudson Manchester, New Hampshire PASS / Lee USA
03 Gary Norris West Gardiner, Maine Unity Raceway
03 Scott Moore Anson, Maine Oxford Plains Speedway
4x Steve Nelson Albion, Maine Unity Raceway
04 Dean Fuller Albion, Maine Unity Raceway
7 Don Alexander Carmel, Maine Speedway 95
8 Cassius Clark Farmington, Maine PASS
08 Donnie Lashua Canaan, New Hampshire PASS
08 Mike Kimball Seabrook, New Hampshire PASS
9 Jarod Robie Candia, New Hampshire NASCAR Southeast Series
9 Tim Turner Freedom, Maine Unity Raceway
09 Kenny Wright Woolwich, Maine Wiscasset Raceway
10 Ralph Nason Unity, Maine Unity Raceway
10 Dan Gallant Bangor, Maine Speedway 95
11 Scott King Livermore, Maine Oxford Plains Speedway
12 Liane Lombardi Manchester, Connecticut Thompson Int’l Speedway
14 Tracy Gordon Strong, Maine PASS
14 Rick Martin Westport, Mass. PASS
17 Travis Benjamin Belfast, Maine PASS
17 Ray Parent Tiverton, Rhode Island Seekonk Speedway
19 Duane Seekins Stockton Springs, Maine Speedway 95
23 Lonnie Sommerville Saint John, New Brunswick New Brunswick Int’l Spwy.
24 Mike Rowe Turner, Maine PASS
25 Mike Thomas Etna, Maine Unity Rcaeway
29 Scott Chubbuck Wiscasset, Maine Unity Raceway / PASS
30 Lew Fortin Berwick, Maine Beech Ridge
31 Scott Albee Norridgewock, Maine Unity Raceway
32 Rodney Brooks Thomaston, Maine PASS (Mods)
33 Craig Anderson South China, Maine Unity Raceway
33 Richie Dearborn Hollis, Maine PASS
34 Jeff Burgess Oakland, Maine Unity Raceway
34 Ted Christopher Plainville, Connecticut NASCAR Modified Series+
35 Garry Johnson Hollis, Maine PASS
37 Larry Gelinas Scarborough, Maine PASS
38 Chuck LaChance Cushing, Maine PASS
40 Dan McKeage Gorham, Maine Beech Ridge
40 Gary Bellefleur Stetson, Maine Speedway 95
41 Peter Oakes Boothbay, Maine Wiscasset Raceway
41 Alex Shaw Hermon, Maine Speedway 95
45 Andy Santerre Mooresville, North Carolina NASCAR Busch North
49 Bub Raven Thorndike, Maine Unity Raceway
51 Ricky Rolfe Stoneham, Maine Oxford Plains Speedway
53 Billy Rodgers Old Orchard Beach, Maine Beech Ridge
54 Johnny Clark Farmingdale, Maine PASS
59 John Phippen, Jr. Bar Harbor, Maine Wiscasset Raceway
60 Dale Shaw Conway, New Hampshire ACT
60 Timmy Brackett Oxford, Maine Oxford Plains Speedway
66 Andy Shaw Conway, New Hampshire PASS
75 Gary Smith Bangor, Maine PASS
77 Jeff Taylor Mercer, Maine Wiscasset Raceway
83 Donnie Whitten Biddeford, Maine PASS
84 Scott Mulkern Falmouth, Maine PASS
91 Patrick Laperle St. Denis, Quebec ACT
91 George Fernald, Jr. Benton, Maine Unity Raceway
92 Jud Derbyshire Mont Vernon, Maine Unity Raceway
94 Dana Strout Benton, Maine Unity Raceway
97 John Flemming Halifax, Nova Scotia Maritime Pro Stock Tour
97 Walt Hammond Canaan, New Hampshire PASS
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