Friday June 01, 2012 | 03:03 PM
Summer in Maine sounds like the rhythmic tumbling of waves onto the beach. It sounds like frogs, rustling leaves and parades of marching bands. It sounds like screeching tires, revving engines and hollering from the bleachers.

It's almost summer, and it's just about time for Beech Ridge Motor Speedway.

This Saturday (and every Saturday into September) NASCAR Night takes over the tracks. It's "a full card of NASCAR's future stars" and features races in four divisions, from 6-cylinder Road Runner cars to the NASCAR Pro Series.

Qualifying starts at 6:30 p.m. and the night gets racing at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10, kids 12 and under are free. And everyone can see the cars up close and meet the drivers during the Happy Half-hour following the races.

But it's not just about the race cars. Bugs, trucks and classic cars get fast around the track, too. The popular Thursday Thunder event kicks off June 14 and runs through August 16, featuring beetle bug races, Mad Bombers, Mighty Trucks, Legends cars and a Ladies League.

And for those of us who appreciate automotive antics, the Day of Destruction series has it all: races around tractor tires, collisions, more races, more collisions. The season's two remaining Days of Destruction are on July 15 and September 7. Heck, you can even race your own car, if you're so inclined.

FMI: www.beechridge.com

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Shannon Bryan, content producer for MaineToday Media, likes exploring Maine - from mattress races to cardboard boats, she's into the weird stuff.

Karen Beaudoin, online editor for MaineToday Media, likes knowing the important things - like who's just opened their deck for a sunny afternoon beer and what Portland's eclectic set of street performers are up to.

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