October 29, 2012

AUTO RACING: Parritt wins Long John

Morning Sentinel Staff

UNITY -- Bretton Parritt of Steuben bided his time Saturday and made a late move to win the 100-lap Late Model feature race at the annual Long John at Unity Raceway.

Palmyra native AJ Picard led most of the way in the 23-car event before Parritt caught him.

"He didn't get the lead for quite awhile," track owner Ralph Nason said. "The race kind of came to him. His car was really good."

Parritt won $1,500 for his first-place finish. Andy Saunders of Ellsworth was third followed by Will Collins. In all, 67 race teams competed in five events, with a lot of help from volunteers.

"They chimed in and made it work," Nason said. "It was successful."

The track closed during the summer after George Fernald Jr., who leased it from Nason, cited financial difficulties. It opened again just for the Long John.

"That's it for this," Nason said. "I'm going to lease it (next year). I'm not going to run it."

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