J.R. Baril powered past pole sitter Carey Martin on the initial green flag and led all 75 laps to capture Sunday’s PASS Sportsman season opener at Lee (NH) USA Speedway. Martin chased Baril to the checkers with Joe Pastore Jr., Crag Smith and Rusty Poland third through fifth.
Baril was out front all the way but the win was by no means a runaway. Martin pressured Baril for all but the final five stanzas, trying every move and trick in the book to wrestle the lead away as the pair of veterans battled for the lead. Martin got to Baril’s left rear on several occasions and drew even with ten to go, but the defending PASS Sportsman champ had to back out for a spinning car in the low groove, ending his best shot at the win.
Baril was up to Martin’s challenge as the Lee veteran handled all the pressure Martin could muster as the pair worked lapped traffic. All eyes in the the full house at Lee USA glued on the battle up front, as well as a nose to tail war for third through fifth between Pastore, Smith and Poland.
The race was slowed by four caution periods for minor incidents. The top ten all completed the 75 lap distance.
The PASS Sportsman will join the PASS North Super Late Models and Mods at Scarborough Maine’s Beech Ridge Motor Speedway on May 5th. The first green flag waves at 3:00 PM.
UNOFFICIAL RESULTS – PASS Sportsman Series – LEE USA Speedway, Lee NH – 4/15/2012
1 88 J.R. Baril, Haverill MA 2 18 Carey Martin Denmark ME 3 Joe Pastore Jr. Gorham ME 4 15 Craig Smith Waterboro ME 5 44X Rusty Poland Windham ME 6 75 Douglas Wolfe Jr. Buxton ME 7 60 Scott Dorr Portland ME 8 36 Nathan Leavitt Buxton ME 9 58 Lyman McKeage Gorham ME 10 02 Geoff Rollins Groton ME 11 01 Sammy Gooden Whitefield ME 12 8 Clyde Hennessey Windham ME 13 83 Ryan Green Berwick ME 14 10 Donny Morse Windham ME 15 101 Rob Drew Center Lovell ME 16 44 Jerrod Ledger Groveton NH 17 68 Johnathan Ledger Colebrook NH 18 38 Dan McKeage Gorham ME 19 89 Kyle Roy Barrington NH 20 36X Peter Cook W. Nottingham NH 21 81 Raymond Dinsmore Alfred ME 22 51 Bill Ahern
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