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Newspaper’s report tells story of how former driver’s friendship ended in blood, accusations

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IRWINDALE, CA - JANUARY 28: Sean Caisse, driver of the #9 Sunrise Ford, poses for a portrait before the NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown at Toyota Speedway at Irwindale on January 28, 2011 in Irwindale, California. (Photo by Todd Warshaw/Getty Images for NASCAR)

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The Portland Press Herald and Maine Sunday Telegram tell the story of a former driver’s relationship with a mentor that involves violence, innuendo about being sexually assaulted and a career that did not fulfill its potential.

The story centers on Sean Caisse, who competed in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series from 2004-10 and 2012. He finished second in the points in 2006 and ’07, winning seven of 24 races during that span, but never got the chance at a full-time ride in any of NASCAR’s higher ranks.

The newspaper’s account tells the story of the relationship between Caisse and a mentor, Andy Cusack, owner of Beech Ridge Motor Speedway, that ended with an attack on Cusack in his home in the early morning hours of Oct. 29, 2014.

The Maine Sunday Telegram stated that when police arrived, they found Cusack “covered in his own blood from head to toe.” Cusack identified his attacker as Caisse.

The attack happened more than a year after Caisse had gone to Maine police and, according to the newspaper, “made vague, sexually charged accusations against Cusack.” The report states the allegations never resulted in charges.

Less than 48 hours after the attack, Caisse was arrested in Mooresville, North Carolina.

Caisse was extradited to Maine on charges of robbery, theft by unauthorized taking and two counts each of aggravated assault and elevated aggravated assault. He faces 30 years in prison if convicted. The story states that Caisse, who declined to be interviewed, is living with relatives in Massachusetts. Caisse is due back in court in Maine on Wednesday.

Caisse’s attorney, Richard Berne, told the newspaper: “We intend to vigorously defend him against these charges and are confident that when the entire story is revealed, he will be exonerated.’'

For the report by the Maine Sunday Telegram and Portland Press Herald on the story, go here.