If you think there is any chance Jon Weeks puts his 1984 Kawasaki GPZ 1100 away for good and calls it a racing career any time soon, think again.

“Oh heck no. Heck no,” The 62-year-old Waterville resident said when asked if he has had any thoughts of retirement. “The numbers may say I’m over the hill, but what I do on the track is all that matters to me and I’m still very competitive there.”

Last Sunday at Winterport Dragway’s largest bikes and sleds event of the season — aptly named, because they “never have come up with a good name for it” according to Weeks, the Fifth Annual Big $$$ Bikes, Sleds, ATVs Meet — Weeks took home a third place finish.

“It had 20 racers show up, which is a little down, but we had a conflict with New England Dragway. They had a special thing going on the same day,” Weeks said. “All and all we were pretty happy with the turnout. It’s been a pretty good season.”

Through eight events, Weeks is currently in third place in the points standings with 160 points and trails both Paul Keaten (183 points), of Athens, and Frank John (170 points), of Brooklin.

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Oxford Plains Dragway held a special event Friday night in memory of Aaron Bennett, a long-time driver at the track who passed away suddenly last September. A 1984 graduate of Fryeburg Academy, Bennett owned and operated B&B Performance Carquest and Bennett Transportation.

“He was just an all-around great guy that everybody knew and I actually knew him from high school,” Dragway publicist Jennifer Preece said. “I put together a memorial night for him at Oxford Plains Dragway because he drag raced there when we were in high school and as we grew up. He’s always been into cars.”

“…It’s just a way of saying, ‘Hey, we remember you and we miss you.'”

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Farmingdale’s Johnny Clark has gotten off to a fast start since setting his sights on preparing for the Oxford 250. Since taking fifth in the weekly 50-lap Super Late Model race at Oxford Plains Speedway on July 25, Clark has notched a third on Aug. 1 and a win on Aug. 8. He also placed eighth in the PASS North race on Aug. 2 at the track. … Manchester’s Reid Lanpher continues to be locked in a tight race for the points lead in the Pro Series at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway. Heading into Saturday’s race he trails Garrett Hall by just three points in the standings. … At Wiscasset Speedway, West Gardiner’s Kamren Knowles holds a 30-point lead over Jake Hendsbee, of Whitefield, in the New England 4-Cylinder Pro Stock division. Richmond’s Cody Tribbett has a 78-point lead in the Outlaw Mini division over Jimmy Childs, of Leeds, while Tribett’s cousin, Meranda Martin, also of Richmond, paces the Thunder 4 Mini division with a 40-point lead over Michael Harrison, of Pownal. Jeff Burgess, of Fairfield, continues to lead the Pro Stock division with a 22-point advantage over Ellsworth’s Andy Saunders. … At Unity Raceway, Saunders (Pro Stock), John Kalel (Late Model), Zach Audet (Wildcat), Tim Robinson (Outlaw Mini), Jason Trundy (Monsta Mini), Dustin Lancaster (Flyin 4’s), Casey Bellows (Super Stock) and Lexi Roach (Teen Thunder) are the current division leaders.

Evan Crawley — 621-5640

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