Tuesday, 10 October 2017 23:12

Paul Bunyan 250 to honor Maine's veterans

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HERMON - The Paul Bunyan 250 will make its way to Hermon this weekend, as Speedway 95 wraps up its 51st year in action. And what's lined up should be a big treat for racing fans of all ages.

"I'd just like them to go away and have them say they had the greatest time this summer at Speedway 95," track owner Del Merritt said Tuesday.


Saturday and Sunday will see a variety of racing in the season finale, with the 7th-annual Ikey Dorr Memorial Street Stock race and the Darlings.com Late Model 150 main-eventing a busy two days. Other races will be held throughout the weekend, with proceeds going towards benefiting Maine's Vertans' Homes. Speedway 95 traditionally pays it forward towards those who served, and Merritt wanted to ensure the final weekend of the season would be in their honor.


"[Veterans] seem to be always on the second burner for everybody," he said. "And everybody seems to be raising money for everybody but the ones that has [sic] made it possible for us to be here. So I think it's a great event," he said.


Pits open 10 a.m. Saturday.


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Jon Alba joined ABC 7 and FOX 22 in September of 2015 to serve as sports director and anchor. He is a graduate of Quinnipiac University, where he served as general manager of the school's television station Q30 Television for two years.

During his tenure, Q30 was named "College Television Station of the Year" by the College Media Association in 2014, and picked up additional national award recognition as well. Jon has been acknowledged by the Society of Professional Journalists for his commitment to sports journalism, including his investigative work while covering Quinnipiac Athletics.

Prior to moving to Maine, Jon was a lifelong resident of New Jersey. There, he formed a passion for covering sports, knowing since age 5 he wanted to tell stories for a living.

In the past, Jon has worked at MLB Network, alongside MLB Advanced Media. Additionally, his work has been featured on AOL Sports. He can be contacted at [email protected] or on Twitter @JonAlba.