Jeff Burgess jumped out to an impressive start this season, grabbing three victories at Wiscasset Speedway and two more at Unity Raceway.

“We had a great start,” said Burgess, the 2011 Late Model points champ at Unity. “But now we’re kind of in pieces.”

Burgess, a Fairfield native, wrecked his ride last Friday at Unity and will be out of action for a few weeks. His car needs a new frame and front end.

“We got wrecked and now we’re in the process of gathering parts,” he said. “It could be a lot worse, but it’s still not good. She’s down for the count. We took the motor out and she needs some work. We’ll be back in a few weeks.”

Burgess added he plans to stick to his plan of bouncing around from track to track this summer. He’ll race at Unity, Wiscasset and Speedway 95 in Hermon. Burgess may also slip in a few races elsewhere.

“We have a few irons in the fire,” he said. “We’ll see if they come true. We want to leave all avenues open.”

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Pittston teen Dan Snow is close to rolling out the family’s Late Model this season.

The 15-year-old Snow, who just completed his freshman year at Gardiner Area High School, plans to start the car up this weekend with an eye on returning to Speedway 95 in Hermon in a week or two.

“It’s sitting in the trailer now,” he said. “I plan on pulling it out this weekend, put it up on scales and check it out. We’ll start it up and check it out.”

A broken collarbone slowed Snow’s summer on the track last year.

Snow practiced a few times and drove a modified car as well.

“I ran some karts as well,” he said. “I came into it late last year. I’m ready now.”

Sam Snow, Dan’s father, serves as crew chief. Poncho Darveau, a Chelsea native who is the son of Maine Racing Hall of Fame driver Dave Darveau, also helps the team out.

“I’ve been doing this since I was 6,” Dan Snow said. “I’m looking forward to running it again this summer.”

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After consecutive off weekends, the Pro All Stars North will resume with a new-to-the-schedule race at Oxford Plains Speedway on Sunday.

The series was scheduled to be off this weekend but recent rainouts forced OPS owner and PASS president Tommy Mayberry to alter the schedule.

“We haven’t done it for so long that we probably forgot how to do it,” Cassius Clark said with a laugh.

Clark, of Farmington, is third in the standings with 635 points. Joey Doiron, of Berwick, leads with 664 points while Travis Benjamin, of Morrill, is second with 638.

“I don’t care at this point where we race just so long as we can,” said Clark, who has a victory in three starts.

“We’ve had a lot of success at Oxford so this schedule change doesn’t hurt us. We’re certainly ready to go.”

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Left turns: Beech Ridge Motor Speedway will hold the first of its two autograph sessions on Saturday night. Every car in all four NASCAR Nite divisions will be at the front stretch of the track. Drivers will be available for a meet-and-greet with the fans. … The No. 22 Shell-Penzoil Ford Fusion driven by Sprint Cup driver Joey Logano will be at Rusty’s Market in Topsham on Wednesday. The car, which is part of the first annual NASCAR day at the market, will be on location from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine. A racing simulator will also be set up for fans. … Richmond Karting Speedway will host a night race on June 28, the only one scheduled this season. The gates open at 4 p.m. … Unity Raceway is hosting a champions night today. Several past points champions will be on hand at 6:30 p.m. to sign autographs and meet the fans. “They’ll be handing out pictures and telling old stories,” said Jere Humphrey, who leases Unity. “A few might bring a vehicle, too.”

Bill Stewart — 621-5640

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