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Merrill takes win at Twin State Speedway

The bangs and booms came courtesy of Atlas Fireworks, who lit the sky with a dazzling array of munitions. The on track action came courtesy of Mark Merrill in the Pro Late Models, who came back from a wreck two weeks ago to storm through heat racing and win the pole.

Once the feature started there was no looking back for the black and red 99 car, streaking out in front of the pack and barely feeling pressure as he rolled through the corners and on to the checkered flag. Applying the pressure was Todd Davis in the 34 car who was always close but never able to put himself in a position to pass for the lead. Likewise for third place finisher Dennis Stange. Bryan Town and John Meany Jr. filled out the top five.

Dana Smith had smooth sailing in the Modified feature, – once he got out of the traffic. Smith started mid-pack but wasted little time picking his way through the field and eventually grabbing the lead away for himself. A few laps later Smith was not only out front, but pulling a sizeable lead. Chris Riendeau and Aaron Whipple finished two and three. Heino and Nate Kehoe wrapped up the top five.

Scott MacMichael flew to first place in the Super Streets race leaving his competitors – and a late race wreck – in his wake. With just a few laps left second running Chris Wilk and third place Dola Holland came together coming out of turn two and ended up back in the pack for it. Russ Davis inherited second place and Nicholas Boivin took third. Kris Lyman and Joey Jarvis finished in the top five.

Jarvis won’t be denied in the Strictly Stocks division, starting at the back of the pack and working up to a large lead and taking his ninth win of the season. Ben Poland took second place ahead of Michael Spear in third. Tara Tarbell returned to the track with four more cylinders than when last she raced, finishing fourth. Kyle Davis took fifth.

Bruce Jaycox took the win in the Wild Cats race, flying by Kyle Small for the lead with five laps left and taking the checkered flag. Small took second and Jeremiah Losee finished third.

Seth Melcher took a win in the Sportsman division, battling with Jeff Murray before taking the lead spot. Murray finished second and Dylan Bodreau took third. Kaitlin Stone and Shaylyn Burke filled out the top five.

A track announcement that radios and mirrors would no longer be allowed at the track opened up some passionate conversation between management and racers at a pre-race pit meeting. Management presented that mirror-driving and radio coaching was having a negative effect on racing, which wasn’t argued by the racers. The main concern was one of safety for the drivers, many of whom require communication with a spotter to be sure of those around them. Modern race seats cut down on visibility, making a radio more than merely helpful as one car owner pointed out. The two groups agreed to compromise on the subject in the end. Radios and mirrors stayed in the cars, but all radio frequencies had to be reported to race command for future screening. The two groups will revisit the topic again next week.

Racing returns the Twin State Speedway on the fourth of July, sponsored by 1010 AM WNCL. Spectators will have a chance to make their own fireworks with On-Track burnouts. Even the kids can get in on the action with bike races – every kid who shows up with a bike gets in for free.

Looking ahead to the July 11 race, Twin State Speedway welcomes Pepsi Bottling Group for an on-track Pepsi party. Fans will have a chance to come down on the track and meet their favorite local drivers before the Pepsi Modifieds race for a $1,000 purse.

Also at the track July 5 is the Twin State Speedway Mud Bogs, featuring the dirtiest, nastiest 150’ of muck around.

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