Tom Herzig's Trackside: Short track schedule gets busier this week
TWO HEADLINE events scheduled for last weekend were postponed by wet weather. Canaan Asphalt’s Subway Fresh Fit 150 was called off and rescheduled for Sunday, Aug. 11.
Monadnock pulled the plug on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Town Fair Tire/Whitcomb 175 and reset the date for July 27. This Saturday at Monadnock, it’s Military Night — all past and present members of the military with proof of service will be admitted no charge.
Lee USA Speedway got its show in. Geoff Rollins of Groton, Mass., won the Late Model Sportsman feature snapping Grant Aither’s win streak. Alby Ovitt of Lee was second with Aither third. David MacDonald of Tewksbury, Mass., was a first-time Hobby Stock winner.
The Small Block Supermodified feature was won by last year’s hard luck driver Dave Sanborn of Tilton in the Swisset Tools No. 24. Remember that Sanborn, who owns Swisset Tools, which grinds carbide tools up in Belmont, wrecked his small block super three times before building a new ISMA Supermodified machine. He proceeded to destroy that car at Thompson when a struck throttle sent him into the first turn wall. “I went in there in good shape,” Sanborn said.
Sanborn gets help on his car from Joe McCormick. Friday night he started on the pole ahead of an early chain reaction mishap involving several cars. “We went green to checkers after the restart,” Sanborn said. “Nobody got to me.”
Mike Netishen of Auburn came the closest. Randy Wolf of Northwood, a former full-fendered Late Model track champion, was third. Sanborn estimates Friday’s victory as his 16th or 17th career win at Lee.
Defending Canaan Dirt Modified track champion Randy Howe of Lebanon was a repeat winner Friday. The contest was split into two 20-lap segments with combined finishes determining the race winner. Jason Sanville of Grafton won the first half, but got knocked out of the second 20-lapper. Howe went to win the second half and the overall event.
Bear Ridge across the Connecticut River in Bradford, Vt., was rained out Saturday. This Saturday is Vermont Food Bank Benefit Night for the ROCK99 Weekly Racing Series. The USAC Dirt Midgets are on the card.
Hudson Speedway begins its 66th season this Sunday at 1:03 p.m. The Outlaws are in town along with Rookie Stocks, Roadrunners, Thunder Lights — double points for all, plus spectator races. A press clipping from 1982 speaks of Bobby Gahan returning to Hudson on opening day to defend his track title and 1981 runner-up Babe Branscombe’s preparation of a modified Camaro for another title run. Other entries included Ken Chapman, Pete Frappier, Bobby Thompson, Phil Baril and 1979 track champion Jerry Chaffee.
Star Speedway re-attempts its “Real Season Opener” Saturday at 6:06 p.m., offering six-divisions including the Allen’s Coffee Brandy Outlaws’ first appearance, the Modifieds and the NEMA Lites.
Riverside Speedway’s Car Show — at the track this Sunday — kicks off its 2013 season. Pit gate opens at 9 a.m., and the show will go from noon-2 p.m., with the winners being announced at 1:45 p.m. Practice will follow immediately after the Car Show at 2 p.m. and will run to 5 p.m. — free admission. First green flag at Riverside is Saturday, May 25 at 6 p.m.
The American Canadian Tour is at Airborne Speedway in Plattsburgh, N.Y., Saturday at 5 p.m. Airborne is the progressively-banked half-mile where Wayne Helliwell Jr. and Brian Hoar painted a masterpiece last fall — not unlike their door-to-door thriller last weekend at Devil’s Bowl. Helliwell Jr. won both times by a combined distance of about a yardstick.
A RPM Motorsports No. 37 press release this week notes that Brian Hoar 1) holds the ACT Late Model Tour record for championships (8) and wins (38) 2) plans to make a second consecutive appearance in the 25th anniversary of the Vermont City Marathon in Burlington, Vt., this coming Memorial Day weekend and 3) will run a part-time schedule in 2013, including the first four ACT Late Model Tour events of the season and then select Late Model events throughout the summer and fall.
Hoar is currently second in points, three points behind Lee Governor’s Cup winner Jimmy Hebert of Williamstown, Vt. Should Hoar win at Airborne might he be tempted to make it to the next ACT event Sunday, June 2 at Riverside.
White Mountain Motorsports Park is slated to open its 2013 season Saturday, May 25.
Tom Herzig’s Trackside column appears weekly in the New Hampshire Union Leader.