Well Kept Secret????

Episode 15

August 3, 2014

Could this be the key to the "best kept secret" in NASCAR?

Could this be the key to the “best kept secret” in NASCAR?

Is This Where Carl’s Going in 2015?

One of the most frequently asked questions for Carl Edwards now that he has announced his departure from Roush-Fenway is, “Where will you be in 2015?”. I must chime in with my 2-cents worth before the official announcement is made.
I have no inside information at all. I have not picked up the phone and asked Carl nor has he called me. (Why would he do that anyway????) My conjecture is that with Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) announcement of formation of a fourth team make that the logical place for Carl.
I think that Carl will be the new spokesman for M&M Brands. After all who would you rather buy your chocolate from Kyle “Rowdy” Busch or Carl Edwards? Mars Brands has said that Busch is there man in 2015, however, I am not so sure. I think Monster Energy will figure in Busch’s 2015 plans.
Edwards’s at 36 is a family man with two kids who he protects from the public at all costs. His image as a country kid from down the street has been tarnished a couple of times yet remains intact despite those blemishes. (think Brad Kesolowski incidents which sent both of them to the fence or into the fence in Edwards case).
Edwards is portrayed as one of the most physically fit drivers currently in the Sprint Cup Series. His Subway commercials definitely emphasize healthy eating and fitness. Will Subway stay with Roush-Fenway or go with Carl? How will Carl push M&M’s and fitness? These are questions that only the future will reveal.
I am happy that Carl will likely be involved with Joe Gibbs Racing because of the reuniting with Matt Kenseth and the aura of JGR’s mentoring and loyalty. Coach knows how to get teams working and will be a positive example for Carl, his wife Kate, daughter Anna and son Michael.

Garth Johnson of Mapleton is one of the local favorites with his 2012 Boss 302 Laguna Seca Mustang

Garth Johnson of Mapleton is one of the local favorites with his 2012 Boss 302 Laguna Seca Mustang

Cumberland Motor Club to Host Largest Autocross in Maine At Loring

The largest autocross courses in Maine will be set up and hosted by Cumberland Motor Club (CMC) next Saturday August 9 and Sunday the 10th at the former Strategic Air Command (SAC) Base,Loring Air Force Base in Limestone, Maine. Not only does the Air Force base play host to some of the fastest motorcycles and cars on the planet with the Loring Timing Associations twin bill during each summer; the venue has hosted some of the best handling cars on two separate courses in August for several years.
Cumberland Motor Club, based in Southern Maine, utilizes the 2.5 mile runway and taxiways to set up some of the most challenging high-speed autocross courses not only in Maine but the East Coast.Loring’s size allows course designers to set up relatively high-speed courses in a safe manner. The fastest competitors may approach speeds well above highway speeds during their run.
CMC Autocross Director Per Chris Moberg of Standish had this to say about Loring, “Loring offers a unique mix of asphalt and concrete. This changing surface adds to the uniqueness of the venue. I drive a 1971 Saab Sonett and an Intrepid 125 cc shifter kart. For karts this venue offers a tremendous test of both man and machine. Speeds are high and G forces are extreme.”

Mark Chessick of New Hampshire will be one of the fastest time contenders in his Honda S2000

Mark Chessick of New Hampshire will be one of the fastest time contenders in his Honda S2000

For those not familiar with autocross, picture a non-permanent road racing course whose shape is dictated by a series of traffic cones. One-by-one drivers enter the course to pit their skills against others with similar cars or karts on a timed basis. With huge runoff areas, Loring provides the novice and veteran great driving skills challenges yet very safe environment at low costs. Daily driven cars as well as purpose-built racers are welcome to attend.

Mark Daniele on left with his son Jake both of Pownal will set some of the fastest times of the weekend in their Integra 125 Shifter karts. Jake set fastest time in 2012 and 2013

Mark Daniele on left with his son Jake both of Pownal will set some of the fastest times of the weekend in their Integra 125 Shifter karts. Jake set fastest time in 2012 and 2013


Contact Cumberland Motor Clubs website (www.cumberlandmotorclub.com) for detailed information such as times, safety requirements, and cost. If you are anywhere in Northern Maine next weekend you may want to drop in and use your car or strap on a helmet and go for ride-alongs. Beware you might get hooked.

Frenchville native Shawn Martin, now living in Auburn, won his first Late Model race at Oxford Plains Speedway of this season last Saturday evening. Photo courtesy Mary Letourneau.

Frenchville native Shawn Martin, now living in Auburn, won his first Late Model race at Oxford Plains Speedway of this season last Saturday evening. Photo courtesy Mary Letourneau.

Frenchville Native Shawn Martin Nabs First Win of 2014 At Oxford Plains Speedway

You know it was going to happen sometime this summer. Shawn Martin and team are too strong to hold back from the Winner’s Circle. Martin started 20th of 24 Late Models at Oxford Plains on last Saturday night. The Oxford track reverted back to Saturday night stock car racing which must have suited the County native. Martin took the lead with four laps to go and held on for his first feature win this season. Oxford has had none different winners in nine races showing the balance of competition at the track.

Spud Speedway Back in Action this Saturday Night

Dell Brisette's Bomber Car painted in Aroostook Autism and Pink Aroostook Support Group colors. The $1000 to win 100 lap fundraiser will be Saturday night at Spud Speedway in Caribou

Dell Brisette’s Bomber Car painted in Aroostook Autism and Pink Aroostook Support Group colors. The $1000 to win 100 lap fundraiser will be Saturday night at Spud Speedway in Caribou

It promises to be a full night of racing entertainment when Spud Speedway launches into their second half of the season this Saturday night August 9 with $5 grandstand admissions, Pink & Blue Bomber 100 lap race for charity, and a regular card of racing.
The second Bomber car race of the season will pay $1000 to win if the driver/and or team has raised at least $50 for the Autism Aroostook Fund or the Pink Aroostook Breast Cancer Support Group. At least 30 cars are expected to enter which will make for some hairy moments on the track as drivers pilot their way to make 100 laps in what are basically street cars.
Action begins at 6 pm with the racing karts and stock cars at 7 pm. With $5 admission and loads of racing, the track should live up to its goal of being family friendly.

My friend and tremendous USAC Silver Crown sprint car driver Kody Swanson, center wins the Hustle on the High Banks 50 lap race on the 1/2 mile dirt track in Beltsville, Kansas. On the left is third place Christopher Bell and second place Tracy Hines on right. Swanson continues to hold the USAC National Silver Crown title lead. Photo courtesy Jordan Swanson

My friend and tremendous USAC Silver Crown sprint car driver Kody Swanson, center wins the Hustle on the High Banks 50 lap race on the 1/2 mile dirt track in Beltsville, Kansas. On the left is third place Christopher Bell on the right is second place Tracy Hines. Swanson continues to hold the USAC National Silver Crown title lead. Photo courtesy Jordan Swanson

My friend and favorite sprint car driver Kody Swanson took his third feature win of the year and held onto the points lead in the United States Auto Club (USAC) Silver Crown Series. Swanson who prides himself as an asphalt track specialist has stepped up his game winning on three different dirt tracks and he has yet to win on asphalt.
“Sometimes, it’s just your night. When they told me we were in the lead, I honestly didn’t believe it. You just never say die in Silver Crown racing, and especially with this team. We had an engine issue and switched to this one for tonight just to be sure we could finish the race, and we gave up a lot of ground on the restarts. It was hard to believe I was running them down late. I got into the wall pretty hard myself and it wasn’t the same from there. Luckily, the car was good enough to get us there. To win tonight, they said we’d have to run up there, and it feels great to deliver for my team on a track like tonight. I started racing for these guys and promised them I could win pavement races, and two years later I haven’t won a pavement race but we’ve got three dirt wins!” Swanson exclaimed.
USAC Silver Crown has been the launching platform for famous Indy Car drivers like Mario Andretti, A.J. Foyt, and Johnny Rutherford.

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.