Episode 109 June 5, 2016
Northern Maine Karting Association (NMKA) Debuts The first karting club formed in northern Maine for the express purpose of promoting kart racing had its season opener Friday Night Racing Series Presented by Blacked-Out Window Tinting of Caribou at Spud Speedway’s 1/7 mile kart track. Most of the inaugural members were present for the races under the supervision of Race Director Jere Humphrey. The races were held under threatening skies and chilly conditions in Caribou. Despite the weather, racers who have been planning the season for months finally had a chance to race under the banner of the NMKA. The races went off well for the fledgling organization. There were twelve races and over 100 competition laps.
The club members fashioned their rules similar to Thundering Valley Raceway in St. Albans thus allowing many to race at the central Maine track as well as their home track at Spud Speedway. The major difference is NMKA runs Vega yellow tires and rims at the Caribou track. Both tracks require sealed engines to keep the costs in check.
Complete results are as follows: *Kid Karts* Feature 1
Wyatt Alexander Gets His First Win in 2016 Ellsworth High School’s Wyatt Alexander made the bad luck that has dogged his team all season fade away when he won the Super Late Model feature race at Wiscasset Speedway Saturday evening. Alexander said, “We struggled early in the practice but halfway through we were able to make the necessary adjustments and the car came to life.” “I was able to start on the pole of the heat and lead every lap. I didn’t have to push the car hard and maintained a solid lead, so I was fairly confident in it for the feature.” “I started on the pole of the feature and led all the way to the halfway point before being challenged by Nick Hinkley. After contact fighting for the top spot a few laps later Hinkley went around (spun) and I was given the lead on the following restart.” “After there was another series of cautions and restarts against Andy Saunders and Scott Chubbuck, they made me earn every inch but it was great racing and I was able to pull off the win.” Wyatt’s Mom, Jenn was excited about the win stating, “I could not be more proud of this boy. His perseverance and determination had him up on the wheel battling with the best tonight. It did not come easy.” “He now has a provisional for the 2016 US Prostock / Super Late Model National Championship race on Wednesday July 13th at Seekonk Speedway !! …and that barefoot girl with 3 skirts on got to go to Victory Lane with her Bub tonight. Awake this time. Well done tonight Wyatt and team. I hope it’s the first of many wins this season. The WAR team had many items they worked on the last week including solving power steering and brake issues.
Crouseville’s Gene Cyr Fast at Winterport County drag racer Gene Cyr of Crouseville ran fast all weekend at Winterport Dragway finishing second in Super Pro Eliminator to Willy Larrabbee of Stockton Springs. “Had the best weekend ever, said Cyr about his races at Winterport Dragway. “Fastest Mustang at the 7th Annual Coastal Mustang Cruise with a 6.21 at 113.mph.” “Today I went to the finals in the first race at Winterport to get a runner up finish with 7 passes being within a tenth and a best run of 6.02 at 114 mph .Thank you to all my sponsors and people for support.I can’t do it without ya !”
Interview with Kody Swanson on Gorilla Cage podcast can be found here: http://www.spreaker.com/user/racexr/gorilla-cage-podcast-013-kody-swanson
Hope to see you next Friday at Spud Speedway’s Kart Track for round 2 of the Northern Maine Karting Association Friday Night @ The Races Series. Let’s go racing. Tom Hale Soli Deo Gloria