Here's Mike's account of the race:
It was a great event; a downtown crit in Salem around the common. Lots of spectators and the event was run really well (same guy who does the Gloucester cross events ran this one). Pace was quick off the start but not bad and then the bell started ringing for primes ($10). I decided to test the waters and started the attack at about the half way point in the lap. I jacked the speed way up and got a gap and surprisingly nobody closed it.
A little while later the bell rang for a $20 prime and at that point I'd spent a bunch of time out front solo trying to work my gap from the 1st prime and also in a break with some other guys. I came through that one in 2nd just in time to hear the bell ring for the half way $125 prime. Yee ha, the chase was on. The guy out front (MMRC's Jim E.) was pretty beat from taking the $20 prime so I was able to nab him in the final corner and grab the big loot.
A few laps later the bell rang again and another NEBC rider, Joe J., was near the front and I asked him if he was ready. He assumed I was looking for a lead and I told him no, you're going to get this one, just get on my wheel. Same MO, I launched with 1/2 lap left and kept it at about 30mph and Joe came by just before the line to take it. I've got to say that was the biggest accomplishment all night, being able to really control things and do what we wanted to.
The plan for the finish was more of the same. Keep the pace high for the last few laps and avoid a pack sprint. There was another big guy (Gerry H.) racing who was an animal. This guy would go to the front and just motor. He did a super job all the way through. With a couple to go a kid broke a little and dangled off the front. On the final lap I knew I needed to close him down and launch it up. I attacked in the same spot again and pegged it. The finish was an all out sprint for the line and hope nobody passed me. I got lucky and it worked.