Theriault Wins In ARCA Debut; 11 Days before Climb to the Clouds for Bangor Based Last Ditch Racing; and more motorsports news

Bangor's John Cassidy and co-driver Dave Getchell from Camden airborne at the 2008 Baie de Chaleurs Rally in Canada. This illustrates to the reader the importance of between race maintenance and requirements for toughness in the car and drivers. Photo from Steve McNicoli

Bangor’s John Cassidy and co-driver Dave Getchell from Camden airborne at the 2008 Baie de Chaleurs Rally in Canada. This illustrates to the reader the importance of between race maintenance and requirements for toughness in the car and drivers. Photo from Steve McNicoli

Last Chance Motorsport's Subaru engine de-constructed and about to be freshened (rebuilt)  by Cullen Gillis for the upcoming "Climb to the Clouds 2014" to be held at Mt. Washington June 26-29, 2014

Last Chance Motorsport’s Subaru engine de-constructed and about to be freshened (rebuilt) by Cullen Gillis for the upcoming “Climb to the Clouds 2014″ to be held at Mt. Washington June 26-29, 2014

Episode 8 June 15, 2014

Cassidy Crew Final Preparation Continues
With the help of his son John Cassidy Junior, Bangor’s John Cassidy removed the engine from his Subaru Imprezza WRX and sent it to Cullin Gillis for a pre-race freshening. When disassembled, no major damage was spotted and the engine will be re-assembled with new parts that are normal wear items. The team will focus on other details as the time rapidly approaches for the 2014 “Climb to the Clouds” race up Mt. Washington June 26-29, 2014.
As mentioned last week Cassidy plans to better his time from the 2011 event. Without the financial help of sponsors the team cannot afford to buy speed. Yes speed costs money and rally racing is no exception.
Stay tuned for updates on the team’s adventures as they work to prepare for the June rally/hillclimb sanctioned by Rally America. The race preparations came to a halt today, Sunday, as the family watched John’s younger son Cullen graduate from Bangor High School at the Cross Center in downtown Bangor.

Theriault Makes ARCA Series Debut and…..WINS!
Fort Kent’s Austin Theriault made his ARCA Racing Series debut on Friday with the Venturini Racing team and did something that had not occured since 2011; won in his debut. Theriault was at the two-mile Michigan International Speedway only seventy miles from Detroit on his first race-track larger than one mile in length.
He took the lead for good on the restart with 17 laps to go. He glanced off leader Mason Mitchell on the backstretch and pulled away. His win earned him the SCOTT Rookie of the race honors.
Theriault said, “I am going to keep learning and get more experience” He was in the Venturini family owned number 66 Cometic Gasket-Reston Coil Spring Toyota. Venturini Racing has provided top notch race cars and crew for many up and coming drivers over the years.

Darrel Wallace Junior Wins in NASCAR Camping World Truck Race
Darrell Wallace Jr. held off second place finisher German Quiroga in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at the newly re-opened Gateway Motorsports Park near St. Louis, Missouri this weekend.
Wallace led 88 laps in the 200 lap race which marked his first win of the 2014 season and the second career victory.
What is the connection to Maine? Wallace has been an active participant for the past several years in Andy Santerre’s Sno-Run Fundraiser in the central Aroostook area. Wallace, the first African-American to win a sanctioned NASCAR race has been on several snowmobile rides in the County helping to raise funds for the Aroostook Mental Health Center (AMHC) Sexual Assault Hotline. This year was the 10th years of the Santerre Sno-Run organized by husband/wife team Joe and Lorraine Chamberlain of Woodland, Maine.

24 Hours of LeMans Won By Audi….Again
One of the most prestigious sports car races in the world is the 24 Hours of LeMans held in France on a course that utilizes sections of public roads in the LeMans area of France. What made this years event interesting to me was the fact that Audi’s grip on the 24 Hour race was threatened by German based Toyota who sat on the pole and lead up to the 14th hour of the race.
It was also amazing to see Audi team number one come back and finish second with their R18 E-tron Quatrro after the primary car was obliterated in a crash last Wednesday in practice. Driver Loic Duval somehow walked away from a grinding crash that left no part of his race car unscathed. The Frenchman did not drive in the race despite only minor scratches and bruises. He was replaced by Spain’s Marc Gene.
Equally amazing was the effort put forth by Team Audi to take a partially assembled back-up race car from their trailer and assemble it with such speed and precision that they lead the race and placed second only after losing several laps due to mechanical problems.
Audi team #2 won the race in their R18 E-Tron driven by Andre Lotterer, Benoit Trelvyer and Michael Fassier.

Race Engineers from USA Wanted
In an article prepared for Autoweek.com Mike Pryson spoke to Team Penske’s Ford Fusion #2 driver, Brad Keselowski about the lack of engineers available to the Penske team and many others in the top levels of motorsports.
According to Kesolowski the Penske organization is looking outside the United States for race engineers. They list three vehicle dynamics engineers on their payroll from Canada for example. Kesolowski said, “The American engineering pool is very shallow right now.It is very hard to get engineers with the educational background and committment that we need to be successful at this level from the United states. There is a shortage not only at Penske but throughout the garage.”
Penske racing continues to hire from Europe and Canada as they have over the last several years.

Spud Speedway Opens for Saturday Night Racing June 21st
“Door to Door Since ’64″ is the theme for Spud Speedway’s 50th Anniversary Season with racing set to get underway June 21st. Racing begins with the karts at 6 pm on the new kart track and stock cars beginning at 7 pm.
The season got started last Thursday at the City of Caribou’s “Thursday Nights on Sweden Street ” event. Due to rain all the events had to be moved indoors including the Pit Stop Challenge which in the Open Class was won by CJ Auto in 1 minute 13 seconds. Team members were Milo Haney of Connor, Scott Fisher of Caribou, Bobby Anderson of Limestone, Dean Anderson of Caswell and Nate Haney of Limestone. The local business category was won by the Coca Cola crew consisting of Jon Dixon of Presque Isle, Lance Lamothe of Caribou, Tony Phillips of Mapleton,Sean Daigle of Presque Isle, and JR Howlett of Mapleton.The Coca Cola team completed the four tire change in one minute and thirty three seconds.
The Municipal team category was won by the Caribou City Office Crew. The names of the team are with the included photo.

Winners in the Municipal Team category of Spud Speedway's Pit Stop Challenge held last Thursday evening were the Caribou City Office Crew consisting of left to right, Sue Ouellette of Caribou, Carl Grant of Woodland, Wanda Raymond of Caribou, Austin Bleess of Caribou and Jayne Ferrin of Presque Isle. The team won $250 for their favorite charity.

Winners in the Municipal Team category of Spud Speedway’s Pit Stop Challenge held last Thursday evening were the Caribou City Office Crew consisting of left to right, Sue Ouellette of Caribou, Carl Grant of Woodland, Wanda Raymond of Caribou, Austin Bleess of Caribou and Jayne Ferrin of Presque Isle. The team won $250 for their favorite charity.

Let’s go racing!

Tom Hale
Soli Deo Gloria

Tom Hale

About Tom Hale

For the past 14 years, Tom has written freelance for the Bangor Daily sports covering motorsports in Maine.