UNITY — One is trying hard to race without the stress of a points title chase weighing on his wheels. The other is a seven-time track champion who is adjusting to a new racing home.

Together, Chris King and Maurice Young are putting on quite a show at Unity Raceway this summer, running fender to fender in the Wildcat series.

Young, 35, of Chelsea, edged out King, the defending points champ, on Saturday night in a 20-lap feature to maintain his points lead.

“We’ve been close all year,” said Young, a seven-time Wiscasset Raceway points champ who started racing at Unity this year.

Added King, 40, of Burnham: “This is supposed to be fun, and it is. It’s been a good year.”

The two were out in front much of the race Saturday. King led the first eight laps before Young capitalized on a restart and never relinquished the lead.

Young took his No. 3 car to Unity this summer after Wiscasset owner Doug White, who is trying to sell the track, couldn’t find a buyer. Drivers were left scrambling to find a new track.

Despite finishing no worse than third in 11 races this summer, Young says he is still adjusting to his new home.

“We’re still trying to find our line here,” he said. “This is a whole different place. I’m still learning. I knew it was going to be a challenge and I’d figured I’d be … I’m still not to my liking.”

Still, it’s been a successful season for Young.

“Yeah, I can’t (whine) to much,” Young added. “We’ve been in the top three 10 straight times, so we are doing something right. But we’re still trying to get the car right.”

King needed a late-season charge to claim the Wildcat points title last season.

“Last year, it was a lot more stressful for me,” King said. “It was my second year of racing and we were in it the whole way. We were gaining ground every week. It was really, really close. This year we are just going out and racing.”

Also at Unity on Saturday, Jeff Burgess won the 35-lap Late Model feature that was marred by six cautions. Burgess, who is second in points but was struggling of late, held of Dylan Turner and points leader David Folsom I.

Burgess took control on a restart with five laps left to take the checkered flag.

“It was a little bit stressful,” Burgess said of the cautions. “It was real hot in the car, but you just had to get through it and we did.”

Burgess snapped a winless drought that stretched to the first week of June.

“It was nice to get a win,” he said. “It was more than needed, just for morale purposes.”

Brian Whitney started on the pole and led the first 17 laps but he made contact with a few cars along Turn 2 that ended his night.

Lance Chapman won the opening 20-lap Pro Fours feature of the night. The field started with nine cars but just four finished after several mechanical failures and spinouts depleted the field.

Monsta Mini points leader Zach Audet, 26, of Skowhegan, finished second to Mike Mason in another 20-lap feature. Audet was gunning for his ninth victory of the season, but lost the lead with two laps to go. However, he padded his lead in the class thanks to an early departure from reigning points champ Mike Wilson of Chelsea.

Wilson headed for the pits with three laps left and finished a distant seventh. He was running second in the points to Audet.

Austin Clemons of Norridgewock won a Teen Thunder 15-lap race for the second consecutive week.

Brad Bosworth won the Flyin Fours race.

Bill Stewart — 621-5640

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