SKOWHEGAN — “Give me a Saturday night my baby by my side … Old dirt road and I’ll be just fine … A simple life and I’ll be okay … Here in small town USA …”

That song — “Small Town USA” — by country artist Justin Moore blared from speakers Saturday at Boondocks Raceway on Dudley Corner Road, off U.S. Route 2, where the blacktop ends and dirt-track auto racing begins.

“Perfect,” racetrack owner Sonya Williamson said, hearing the song from the raceway tower. “You got the dirt roads, the country music blasting — that’s what this is all about. But instead of racing on the back roads you can do it right here in small town USA — right here in Skowhegan. It’s just a fun redneck thing.”

Saturday’s racing was the last regular meeting of the 18-race season that began in June.

This coming Saturday will be the end-of-season finale, with a 50-lap enduro race for stock, four-cylinder front-wheel-drive cars; a 30-lap stock, rear-wheel-drive heat and race; a smash ’em, crash ’em demolition derby; a ramp and obstacle race; and a boat and camper race, where drivers seek to knock a boat or camper off the other guy’s hitch.

“Anyone that shows up with a boat or an old camper on a trailer — they can take whatever vehicle they want to haul it around — what they try to do is to knock the person’s boat or camper off the trailer and whoever has the most left on the trailer wins.”

All of the races have cash prizes and trophies provided by 15 or more area sponsors. Gates open at 10 a.m. and the show is set to begin at noon.

Admission for spectators is $7, pit admission is $15 and drivers in the demolition derby pay a $25 entry fee. There will be a concession stand and possibly a beer garden for spectators, depending on licensing. Drinking is not allowed in the pits or by any of the drivers.

This year is her second season running races at the dirt track, which measures one-third of a mile, Williamson, 40, of Skowhegan said. She took over the former Get ‘Er Done Raceway in 2009 and bought a lot of her equipment from the Bullwinkle Raceway in Greenville Junction when it closed.

“It’s old fashion dirt-track racing, but with current rules,” she said. “There’s more give to dirt; it’s a world of difference out here. You’ve got to have more control — you don’t stick as well as you do on asphalt. You need to be in more control and to be in more control you need to use your head just as much as you do the steering wheel and the pedal.”

Driver Karen Lancaster, 42, of Madison, one of only two female drivers at Boondocks, said she is ready for Saturday. Landry, who has three wins in the novice class this season, will run in the 50-lap enduro with her 2003 Ford Focus.

“I do it just for fun,” she said.

Her competition, Mike Landry, 43, of Skowhegan, who will be driving his Nissan Altima, said he expects Saturday’s 50-lapper to be a good race.

“I’m going to race her competitively because she is bringing herself up in the boondock (novice) class and I think she’s going to be good in our class; she’s a good driver,” Landry said. “I’ve got 15 wins this season. I’m number one right now.”

Doug Harlow — 612-2367

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