New Date, Added Excitement For PASS Beech Ridge 300 This Weekend

New Date, Added Excitement For PASS Beech Ridge 300 This Weekend

NAPLES, ME (April 27) – Moving from the Fall to its new date now in April, one of New England’s biggest race weekends is in store for competitors and race fans alike. The Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Super Late Models and PASS Modifieds head to Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough, ME, once again this Saturday afternoon to bring together some of the best drivers from the Northeast and Canada. Adding to the importance of this big day of racing, the Beech Ridge 300 will be the fifth race of the PASS National Championship season and the final chance to accrue important points prior to the next national event, the 44th Annual Oxford 250 at Oxford Plains Speedway in August.
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REID LANPHER WINS SPEEDWAY HOMES 150 PRO ALL STARS SERIES RACE AT OXFORD PLAINS SPEEDWAY

Norm Marx photo

Oxford, Maine – Reid Lanpher of Manchester earned a first-ever Pro All Stars Series Super Late Model win Sunday afternoon in the Speedway Homes 150 at Oxford Plains Speedway.

Lanpher won the first heat race to earn the first starting position in the lid lifter at the historic oval track on State Route 26, but it was no easy romp to the winner’s circle for the young racer, who swapped the lead with both Turner’s Glen Luce and Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. of Hudson, New Hampshire after a couple of restarts.

Polewarczyk, a multi-race PASS winner in part-time competition the previous season, looked trong once in front of the field, but about ten laps past the event’s halfway point, Polewarczyk’s race came to a smoky end with severe mechanical difficulties.  Lanpher reclaimed the lead and battled most of the rest of the distance with Luce, the 2015 Oxford 250 champion.

With Lanpher in command through the closing laps, 2016 Maritimes Pro Stock Champion Cole Butcher of Porters Lake, Nova Scotia finished off an impressive change from 26th starting position to claim runner-up honors.  Butcher looked strong running inside of outside of the competition in the stout, 40-car starting field.

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PASS Champion DJ Shaw leads Super Late Models to Oxford Plains Speedway Saturday afternoon

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Oxford, ME — Reigning Pro All Stars Series North champion DJ Shaw leads a stellar field of Super Late Model competitors to Oxford Plains Speedway Saturday afternoon for the first major event of the 2017 Maine stock car racing season, The Speedway Homes 150.

Shaw, 27, and now a two-time champion of the premiere full-bodied touring series in eastern North America, joins multi-time series champions Johnny Clark of Farmingdale and Ben Rowe of Turner in an effort to show a growing group of talented youngsters the quick way around Oxford Plains Speedway in their powerful short track racecars.

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2017 SEASON KICKS OFF THIS WEEKEND AT WISCASSET SPEEDWAY

by Ken Minott
     Spring has finally taken hold in southern & central Maine, just in time for the start of the 2017 season at Wiscasset Speedway. As fans and drivers have come to expect the past few years, they’ll be greeted once again by several upgrades and changes to Maine’s fastest track. Most noticeably is the addition of a new retaining wall in turns 3 & 4, plus the long-awaited replacement of the aging front stretch wall. Final preparations are taking place in the days and hours leading up the season opener on Saturday, April 22nd at 2:00 pm. A new catch fence, flag stand, and Victory Lane area are also among the updates to the 3/8 mile oval. Under the nearly 5 year ownership of Richard & Vanessa Jordan, the coastal Maine speed plant has quickly turned into a popular destination for racers and fans from around the state.
     One item that is unique to Wiscasset Speedway is the split of the eight weekly divisions into two distinct groups that run an alternating schedule from mid-April through early October. Group 1 will hit the track first this weekend with the Serv Pro of Biddeford-Saco Prostocks, Super Streets, Thunder 4 Minis, and 4-cylinder Pros. The weekly “Flex” division, typically reserved for regional touring divisions or specialty races, will be the first of 9 appearances for the Amsoil Nelcar Legends. Group 2, consisting of the Wood Pellet Warehouse Late Model Sportsman, Midcoast Region Napa Modifieds, Norms Used Cars Strictly Streets, and Kennebec Equipment Rental Outlaw Minis will kick off their season on April 29th.
     Highlights of the upcoming 2017 season include the annual Coastal 200 on Memorial Day Weekend; the return of the NEMA Midgets & NEMA Lites; the 75 lap Outlaw Mini Madness; the 5th annual Top Gun Strictly Shootout; and a special double header weekend July 29th & 30th featuring the track’s 48th Birthday Celebration and the Boss Hogg 150 Prostock Open. Once again fans can see every race at Wiscasset Speedway for just $5 grandstand admission.

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