SCARBOROUGH, Maine – Mother Nature apparently wanted a few extra holiday weekend hours to herself.
Midway through its feature events on Saturday night, fog and drizzle forced Beech Ridge Motor Speedway to pull the plug on its NASCAR Whelen All-American Series opening night. The 40-lap Pro Series main event will join the 35-lap Sport Series feature on next week's regularly scheduled program.
"Let's not wreck the equipment on opening day," track owner Andy Cusack said over the radio just prior to pulling the plug."
"I appreciate everyone trying. I appreciate everyone giving it a shot."
The Sport Series cars were brought out on the track after the conclusion of the Wildcat division feature and ran a series of hot laps. Track officials then conferred with several of the drivers in the field to get their opinions on track conditions before erring on the side of caution.
The early end to the night means there will be double features for both the Pro Series and Sport Series divisions next weekend. Qualifying was completed before the weather hit and will stand for the rescheduled features. Steve Carrier and Brad Babb would have comprised the front row, though Babb will likely miss the makeup date to compete in an ACT Late Model Tour race at nearby Oxford Plains Speedway on Saturday night.
Reigning track champion Dan McKeage qualified 11th.
In the two feature events that were completed, Dave Cameron won for the first time since 2008 in the 20-lap Roadrunner event, and Dan Bean cruised to a 30-lap victory in the Wildcat division.