Snowmobile Awards Banquet delayed by COVID-19 finally happens

Episode 322

June 28, 2020

COVID 19 Delayed Snowmobile Racing Banquet

It seems rather odd to be reporting about the 2020 snowmobile racing season during the blazing hot days we have experienced recently. Tame the Track Snowmobile Racing Tour promoter Jere Humphrey showed his persistence when he was finally able to schedule the third annual awards banquet June 20, 2020 at Jeff’s Catering in Brewer.

The original date was April 25 which was moved to May 30 both of which had to be scrapped due to restrictions on travel and meeting numbers. The NAPA Auto Parts Award and Appreciation Night came together after much planning and hard work.

Prior to the actual awards banquet the Corinth Village Creamery Cornhole Tournament was held with the husband and wife team oc Joe Pelletier second from left and his wife Allie were the undefeated winners. Second place Nate Alexander on left with his teammate Marty Hewes on far right. (Tame the Track Tour photo)

Tour Director Jere Humphrey remarked, “Tame the Track Snowmobile Tour was very pleased to finally hang up the helmets and lock the trailer doors, as another successful winter racing season came to a close after not one, but two postponements of the 2020 NAPA Auto Parts Awards Banquet & Appreciation Night recently on June 20th, 2020, due to the worldwide COVID 19 pandemic and now the equality protests.”

“Ironically, with warmer weather than usual, Tame the Track Snowmobile Tour was able to also offer a unique off season pre-banquet pit party, the Inaugural Cornhole Tourney, which was won by husband and wife duo of Joe and Allie Pelletier of Fort Kent.”

“Officials were very happy with the 2020 winter racing season, which offered three separate doubleheader style events amongst the nine different races scheduled from Rangeley to Caribou, Maine. One hundred ninety three different competitors competed throughout the Pine Tree State.”

“Organizers were very happy to offer the Awards Banquet, which saw more than 80 plus families and friends honor the various fifteen Points Champions, plus several other special awards.”

2020 Rookie of the Year went to Owen Buck, Newport. Buck drove Gould Racing machines to 4 second place and 1 third place finishes in seven events. Nancy Haggerty, tour official, in background, and Jere Humphrey Tour Director make the award. (Tame the Track Tour photo)

Tame the Track Volunteer of the Year was Melissa Gould second from right. left to right Kylie Graffam, Corinth,  Mackenzie Gould and Melissa Gould, Dexter, and Nancy Haggerty, Houlton. The photo was taken early in the season at the Lincoln races. (Kylie Graffam photo)

Tame the Track Most Influential Racing Family was the Withams from the greater Bangor area. left to right Austin, Malcolm Jr, Andy Junior in front left. Evan, Heather, Tamara, Malcolm Senior, and Andy Senior. Missing from the photo is Deanna Witham. (Tame the Track Tour photo)

Tame the Track Racing emphasizes the family aspect of the sport and encourages them to race, young and old. One example is the Hartford family from Wolfeboro, New Hampshire. The family took 41 feature races during the season and won 10 points championships. Left to right Trell (father), Hailey (12), Justin (21), Riley (10) and Elizabeth Hartford (mother). Elizabeth commented, “The cornhole tournament was hot but fun. The banquet had a great turnout and the food was good!” (Photo by Jaime Burbank)

The 2020 Iron Man Award was presented to Daytona Gould, Dexter. Gould was the award winner also in 2018. This race season he entered 62 of 70 possible races. (Tame the Track Tour photo)


                           Kids 120cc Stock Division

            Class Champion — Trenton Hanscom: Benton, ME                  483 points

                   Runner Up — Malcolm Witham Jr: Carmel, ME                  218 points

                   3rd Place — Cole Wiggins: Carmel, ME                  186 points                                                                                                                                                                      

Kids 120cc Improved Division

            Class Champion — Dexter Smith: Lincoln, ME                       176 points

             Runner Up — Aubrie Keaton: Carmel, ME                         115 points

              3rd place —   Cole Wiggin: Carmel, ME                            106 points

                           Kids 120cc Modified Division

             Class Champion — Riley Hartford: Wolfeboro, NH          509 points

                   Runner Up — Evan Witham: Levant, ME                    432 points

                     3rd place — Emmett Walker: New Vineyard, ME            321 points

Kids 200 Stock Division

     Class Champion — Kole Alexander: Hermon, ME              251 points

    Runner Up — Austin Lancaster: Skowhegan, ME            237 points

         3rd Place — Jayden Huff: Hampden, ME              193 points

         4th Place — JoeJoe Smith: Lincoln, ME                   186 points  

Womens Invitational Division

     Class Champion — Alley Ripley: Center Ossipee, NH         415 points

         Runner Up —Haley Brownell:  Ossipee, NH               402 points                 

           3rd Place —Haley Frohlich: Auburn, ME                 397 points

            4th Place —Hailey Hartford: Wolfeboro, NH              302 points

 Teens Invitational Division

  Class Champion — Landon Collins: Wolfeboro, NH         366 points

        Runner Up — Christian Hanscom: Benton, ME            360 points

        3rd Place — Asa Grace: West Ossipee, NH              351 points

        4th Place — Kris Wheeler: Wolfeboro, NH               325 points

        5th Place — Nathan Alexander: Orrington, ME            272 points

Single Cylinder Stock Division 

Class Champion — Nathan Alexander: Orrington, ME        400 points

       Runner Up — Justin Hartford: Wolfeboro, NH           369 points

         3rd place — Daytona Gould: Dexter, ME                 311 points

Juniors Invitational Division

Class Champion — Riley Hartford: Wolfeboro, NH           410 points

     Runner Up — Hailey Hartford: Wolfeboro, NH              364 points

        3rd place — Austin Witham: Levant, ME                   295 points

        4th place — Owen Buck: Newport, ME                     236 points

Single Cylinder Modified Division

Class Champion — Justin Hartford: Wolfeboro, NH         344 points

          Runner Up — Caleb Morris: Turner, ME                  330 points

           3rd Place — Mike Morris: Turner, ME                   303 points

340 Stock Division

Class Champion — Daytona Gould: Dexter, ME            391 points

         Runner Up — Mike Morris: Turner, ME                 381 points

       3rd Place — Christian Hanscom: Benton, ME              313 points

       4th Place — Alley Ripley: Center Ossipee, NH            236 points

340/440 Modified Division

Class Champion — Justin Hartford: Wolfeboro, NH           381 points

        Runner Up — Daytona Gould: Dexter, ME                  369 points

       3rd Place — Nate Alexander: Orrington, ME                300 points

Trail 600 Introductory Division

Class Champion — Daytona Gould: Dexter, ME               233 points

       Runner Up — Justin Hartford: Wolfeboro, NH              208 points

       3rd Place — Brandon Ouellette: Fort Kent, ME            115 points

       4th Place — Henry Moneypenny: Center Ossipee, ME      83 points

IFS Outlaw Division

        Class Champion — Joe Pelletier: Fort Kent, ME      479 points

           Runner Up — Daytona Gould: Dexter, ME            423 points

            3rd Place — Caleb Morris: Turner, ME               351 points

Stock 440 IFS Division

Class Champion — Justin Hartford: Wolfeboro, NH    457 points

          Runner Up — Joe Pelletier: Fort Kent, ME        454 points

           3rd Place — Daytona Gould: Dexter, ME          427 points

            4th Place — Caleb Morris: Turner, ME           363 points

  440 Stock Division   

       Class Champion — Daytona Gould: Dexter, ME             409 points

        Runner Up — Justin Hartford: Wolfeboro, NH            365 points

          3rd Place — Caleb Morris: Turner, ME                  298 points

           4th Place — Asa Grace: Center Ossipee, NH              225 points

            5th place — Jerry Worden: Center Ossipee, NH            198 points

Race Director, Jere Humphrey announced that NAPA Auto Parts would return as the Tame the Track Tour 2021 Series Exclusive Parts Title Sponsor.

Swanson tries Road to Indy Indy Pro 2000

Kody Swanson takes the wheel of the Legacy Autosports Indy Pro 2000 Road to Indy car. Legacy was formed in 2018 by Louis Michael Meyer of the famous Indy engine building family, Metalloid CEO Fred Edwards, and Ryan Barth formerly with RJB Motorsports. Their goal is to eventually race in Indy Lights. Swanson was getting a trial with the team who have already signed 18 year old Cameron Shields, Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia in February 2020. (Jordan Swanson photo)

It is no secret that five time USAC Silver Crown Champion Kody Swanson from Kingsburg, California now living in Indianapolis, Indiana is looking at other series which might bring him closer to his goal of IndyCar or NASCAR ride.

The IndyCar site describes the Pro 2000 as follows,”Re-branded for 2019 and beyond, the Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires debuted as the Pro Mazda Championship in 2013, replacing the Star Mazda Championship which ceased operation in 2012 after 22 years.”

“The series is sanctioned by INDYCAR and owned and operated by Andersen Promotions. It is the second official step on the Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires ladder system, bridging the gap between the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship and Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires.”

Cameron Shields in foreground and Swanson in back car at test at LaCrosse Fairgrounds Speedway, West Salem, Wisconsin. The Indy Pro 2000 Series begins their season at Road America, Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin July 9 & 10, 2020. Will Swanson be with the team? We will see. (Legacy Autosports photo)

Historic IndyCar NASCAR weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

The new Penske ownership of one of the most famous racetracks on the planet has managed to put together the first joint venture between NASCAR and IndyCar at the track at the same time. The Xfinity Series (Pennzoil 150) cars will follow the NTT GMR Grand Prix IndyCar race (80 laps) on Saturday July 4 both on NBC. The NASCAR Xfinity race will be NASCAR’s first use of the road course at Indy.The Cup Series will race on Sunday afternoon on the oval for 400 miles, the traditional Brickyard 400.

Harvick first and second at Pocono

Celebrating Kevin Harvick’s first Cup Series win at Pocono June 28, 2020 is Griffin Morneau. Morneau’s father, Mike Morneau is the rear tire carrier for the #4 Kevin Harvick Ford. (Cheryl Brown Morneau photo)

Mike Morneau with the Pocono Cup race number one of the weekend doubleheader. This was the first win for Harvick at Pocono in the Cup Series. The team came in second in Sunday’s race. Morneau is originally from Oxford, Maine and maintains strong ties with the state. (Michael Morneau photo)

Happy Fourth of July!!!

Let’s go racing,

Tom Hale

Soli Deo Gloria (Matthew 5:16)



Tom Hale

About Tom Hale

Tom wrote 14 years as freelancer for the Bangor Daily Sports covering motorsports in Maine. Now blogging and concentrating on human interest stories about people and places in racing. He races Champ Karts and owns HTF Motorsports in remote Westmanland, Maine