Thursday, April 17, 2014
By Paul Betit firstname.lastname@example.org
Adam Chadbourne, a driver from Woolwich, has been waiting for more than two years to race on a regular basis.
With the opening of Wiscasset Speedway on Saturday, his wait is finally over.
The track's new owners, Richard and Vanessa Jordan of Kingfield, have scheduled eight divisions of racing at the three-eighths mile banked oval, with the card alternating from week to week between the divisions, plus a so-called flex race that will change weekly.
"I'll have every other weekend off, and it still ends up being 15 races," said Chadbourne, who has driven in only four races during the past two years. "Anything is more than what we've had. I like (racing) every other week because I have a motorcycle and a street rod that I don't get to do a lot (with) in the summertime because I'm racing. It will be nice to be able to do the other things, too."
The alternating schedule is designed to help those drivers who are racing on a budget.
"People were saying 'gosh, I'd love to get back into racing but I can't afford to do it every week,' or 'I have a family, and I can't do it every week,'" Vanessa Jordan said. "It just made sense."
A lot of Maine's other tracks schedule two nights of racing to accommodate all their divisions, but the new scheduling approach at Wiscasset also will help the Jordans stick to their operating budget.
"We knew at this point in time we did not have the resources to be open two nights a week," Vanessa Jordan said.
According to Chadbourne, a number of racing teams from the midcoast area are taking their cars out to return to racing.
"I know there are six guys right in the area who were basically inactive," he said. "They're getting back into it."
Starting times throughout April will be 1 p.m. on Saturdays.
Starting in May, racing will start at 6 p.m. on Saturdays.
This Saturday, the race card includes a 30-lap Pro Stock feature, a 35-lap Super Stock feature, a 15-lap Thunder Four feature, a 20-lap four-cylinder Pro Stock feature and a 25-lap NELCAR Legends tour race.
On April 13, it includes a 45-lap Late Model Sportsmen feature, a 20-lap Strictly Stocks feature, a 20-lap Outlaw Minis feature, a 15-lap mini-truck feature and a 10-lap race in which the four-cylinder Enduros will race in reverse gear.
THE PASS NORTH racing series will open its season April 21 at Oxford Plains Speedway with a 150-lap race for Super Late Models, a 75-lap race in the Super Sports division and a 40-lap final in the regional tours Modified division.
Practices in the eight racing divisions at Oxford Plains will start April 13.
Racing in the track's Championship Series, which includes the Pro Late Models, Strictly Sports, Mini-Sports and the new Outlaw Sportsman Divisions, will start April 28.
Racing in the track's Accelerations Series, which includes the Outlaws, Rebels, Trucks and Ladies Division, will start June 12.
THE SECOND LEG of PASS North's 14-race schedule is set for May 4 at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough with a 150-lap race for Super Late Models, a 75-lap race for Super Sports and 40-lap race for the open-wheeled Modifieds.
Racing in the track's top four divisions, including Pro Series, Sports Series, Wildcats and Roadrunners, will start May 25.
Racing in the Thursday Thunder Series, which includes the 8-cylinder Mad Bombers, the 4-cylinder Beetle Bugs, the NELCAR Legends and the Ladies Division, will start June 13 and continue for 10 weeks,
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