After spending three of the last four seasons racing on the Pro All-Star Series circuit, Trevor Sanborn intends to stay home this summer.

This time he means it.

Sanborn plans to spend most of his time racing in the Pro Series division at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway, where he began his racing career in 2003 at age 15 when he became one of the youngest drivers to win a Pro Series event at the track.

Sanborn, 23, intended to return to the Scarborough track last spring, then got a ride with the Richard Moody Racing Team and spent most of last summer running on PASS North’s top-tier Super Late Model circuit.

“I planned on running full time at Beech Ridge last year but things changed,” he said.

After finishing among the top 10 in nine races and winning at Riverside Speedway in Groveton, N.H., Sanborn finished fourth in the overall SLM standings behind Johnny Clark of Hallowell, Ben Rowe of Turner and Cassius Clark of Farmington.

This summer, Sanborn intends to stick mostly to his home track.

“It’s not cost-effective for us to run in PASS races full time,” Sanborn said. “I don’t have the money that some of the other guys do. We’re going to Beech Ridge to hopefully win a championship.”

But Sanborn hasn’t left the PASS North tour entirely.

Two weeks ago he finished seventh in PASS North’s season opener at Beech Ridge. He also plans to race when the regional racing tour returns July 9 and Sept. 17-18. 

SULO BURBANK, a 15-year-old from Gorham, is scheduled to make his debut in the Pro Stock division Saturday night at Canaan Fairway Speedway in New Hampshire.

Last Saturday night, Burbank tried to qualify for the rain-aborted Subway 150 for Late Models at the New Hampshire track.

“There were a lot of heavy hitters from the ACT racing tour and I think he held his own,” said Erik Burbank, who manages his son’s racing team. “He was running well in the last-chance heat, but he was one of the four cars who spun out into the infield when they hit a patch of dirt on the last lap.”

Last season, Burbank, who began racing go-karts when he was 6 years old at Beech Ridge, raced in the Super Street division at tracks throughout Maine and New Hampshire.

This season, Burbank, a freshman at Fryeburg Academy, intends to run for points in the Pro Stock and Late Model divisions at Canaan Fairway Speedway. He also intends to race in Super Late Model events on the regional Pro All-Star Series tour. 

THE AMERICAN CANADIAN Tour will make the first of its three stops in Maine on Sunday at Oxford Plains Speedway.

ACT’s Big Jab 150 will feature some of the top Late Model drivers in New England and Canada.

The event will cap the speedway’s season opener, which will include racing in the other seven divisions.

Two-time TD Bank 250 champion Eddie MacDonald, who won the event a year ago, will run in Sunday’s ACT race. Fans can get a peek at his car from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at the speedway’s display in Monument Square in Portland.

ACT will return to Maine on June 25 for another 150-lap event at Oxford Plains, and hold a 150-lap event July 30 at Beech Ridge. 

UNITY RACEWAY also will hold its opener Sunday with a full card of racing topped by an 111-lap Late Model feature, with $1,111 going to the winner.

“It’s always been the tradition here to make the number of laps the same as the year,” said the track promoter, George Fernald. “We’re trying to bring back an old Pro Stocks’ tradition.”

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