Theriault Mystery Ride, County Racer’s Charity, Doody is with Joe Gibbs Racing and Breaking News

Episode 38

January 11, 2015

Theriault to race in NASCAR Camping World in 2015

Where will Fort Kent's Austin Theriault race in 2015. The official announcement will be made very soon.

Where will Fort Kent’s Austin Theriault race in 2015. The official announcement will be made very soon. HTF Motorsports photo

As reported by Bangor Daily New’s Larry Mahoney last week, Austin Theriault has made it known that he will be a part of an “established” NASCAR Camping World Series truck team for up to 10 races. Theriault would not reveal yet who he will be racing for or who his sponsor will be.

Theriault will be at the truck race at Daytona International Speedway during Speedweeks 2015. Events begin with the Sprint Unlimited February 14 (8:15 pm on Fox). Theriault will race in the Camping World Truck Series season opener, the NextEra Energy Resources 250 on Friday February 20 at 7pm on Fox Sports 1.

Speedweeks 2015 concludes on Sunday February 22 with the Daytona 500 on Fox beginning at 1 pm.

After inquiring of several area fans and looking at the Camping World Series rides that may be available, the consensus is that Theriault will be with Brad Keselowski Racing (BKR) in the #29 Ford F150. Theriault campaigned the #29 BKR Checkered Flag Foundation late-model a couple of years ago and has utilized BKR’s  shop and crew. He would be a team-mate to Tyler Reddick in the #19 Ford.

The mystery to me is Daytona. If Keselowski is in his #29 that would leave Theriault without a ride for Daytona, however, he made it quite clear that Daytona was in his plans this year. Maybe another BKR truck? Or a rented truck for Daytona? We shall see. I may be totally wrong.

Mike Finnemore of Presque Isle is one of the most enthusiastic race fans at the Northeast Motorsports Expo in Augusta again in 2015. He enjoyed having his picture taken in the RTM Camp Adventure Raffle Car. The race car will be given away later this season at Speedway 95.

Mike Finnemore of Presque Isle is one of the most enthusiastic race fans at the Northeast Motorsports Expo in Augusta again in 2015. He enjoyed having his picture taken in the RTM Camp Adventure Raffle Car. The race car will be given away later this season at Speedway 95. Photo courtesy Donald Rideout

Local man holds raffle to benefit Camp Adventure

Raffling a new race car is a rather unique way to raise money for a good cause. Washburn’s Donald Rideout is tackling the project once again in 2015. He is selling tickets on a Geo Metro for use in entry-level stock car races at most tracks in Maine.

The car will include a roll cage, which is not installed due to the unique features of each track. It has a racing seat and harness. It was gutted and then painted by JRT Customs in Caribou. The racing decals were provided by Boulevard Graphics in Limestone.

Tickets are 1 for $10, 3 for $25, and 14 for $100. All proceeds will go to help fund scholarships to Camp Adventure.

This is what Donald Rideout had to say about the effort, “Our family is RTM Racing, also known as The Bumblebee Crew due to our Black & Yellow colors. Racing has been a huge thing for our family over the past few years and we have come to the conclusion that racing is our “Doorway”, if you will, to be more involved and “give back” to our community.”

“We decided to use our race team as a way to help promote a raffle to raise money for a good cause since people were familiar with our race team. Let me start by first telling you a little story.”

“Twelve years ago my girlfriend’s son, Logan, was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. He was only 4 years old at the time. In type 1 diabetes, the body does not produce insulin. Insulin is a hormone that is needed to convert sugar, starches and other food into energy needed for daily life.”

“Only 5% of people with diabetes have this form of the disease. With treatment, even young children with this disease can learn to manage their condition and live long, healthy, happy lives. Unfortunately, even in this day and age; it is difficult for most children to adapt to this new way of life. They feel out-of-place, different, and even unaccepted.”

“Luckily, there are places all across the United States that have different programs for children with Type I Diabetes. Programs such as summer camps where these children can experience the same things that most other children experience but with other children who have Type 1 Diabetes.”

“Most times even the staff are Type 1 Diabetics. This way the children see that others are going through the same things they are. It makes for a more comfortable environment for the children. There happens to be a camp just like this right in Caribou Maine. It is called Camp Adventure.”

“It’s a GREAT place for children with Type 1 Diabetes to go and have a fun time. Logan has attended this camp several times and looks forward to attending again. Children who attend this camp are able to do so thanks to the generosity of sponsors who donate to the camp so that children such as Logan may attend.”

Cary Medical Center’s Diabetes Education team member and Camp Adventure Co-Director Erica Ouellette said in her letter to potential sponsors, “Every year, Cary Medical Center’s diabetes staff eagerly coordinates a 6 day summer camp for adolescents with Type 1 Diabetes.”

“This summer, we will be hosting our 18th year of Camp Adventure. Camp helps teens from all over the country learn that diabetes doesn’t have to control them; they have the ability to help control their diabetes. Cary’s Diabetes Adventure Camp is the only camp program offered in Maine exclusively for teens with Type 1 Diabetes.”

“This year, our camp is scheduled for June 21st through June 26th, 2015 at Baptist Park in Mapleton, Maine. While at camp, the teens will participate in hiking, biking, swimming, canoeing, fishing and other outdoor activities to promote diabetes self management.”

“Our camp mission is to provide a safe, exciting experience for teens living with diabetes while conquering its challenges. Camp provides an opportunity for the campers to develop greater independence and accept responsibility for self-management of their diabetes while working closely with our certified medical staff.”

This is the fourth year that RTM Racing has raised funds for Camp Adventure. The budget for the camp is around $15,000. Rideout said, “If you would like to participate feel free to contact me at 207-492-2116 or email me at rtmracingl@yahoo.com.”

The Crazy Horse Racing/Oxford Hills Middle School Aspire Higher Race car at Northeast Motorsports Expo in Augusta this past weekend.

The Crazy Horse Racing/Oxford Hills Middle School Aspire Higher Race car at Northeast Motorsports Expo in Augusta this past weekend. Photo courtesy Crazy Horse Racing

Oxford Hills Middle School  (OHMS) has great weekend at Northeast Motorsports Expo

The collaborative project between Oxford Hills Middle School and Crazy Horse Racing, as described in Episode 34 of Up North Motorsports, has already started to make waves in the racing world. At last weekend’s 27th Annual Northeast Motorsports Expo at the Augusta Civic Center the team won the Best in Show award and were named this weeks Racing Persons of the Week Award administered by Sandy Haley. Over $1000 in sponsorship was raised to help campaign the Pro Stock racer at Oxford Plains Speedway with driver Spencer Morse.

One of the team’s goals is to race in the Oxford 250 August 30. Maybe they might be interested in the Spud Speedway event which I will describe later in this Episode.

Wyatt Alexander Racing (WAR) 2015 makes its debut at Northeast Motorsports Expo. Family members left to right Wyatt, Brett, Jenn, and Quinn Alexander gather around the #96 race car. Photo courtesy of Christopher Roy

Wyatt Alexander Racing (WAR) 2015 makes its Pro Stock debut at Northeast Motorsports Expo. Family members left to right Wyatt (the driver), Brett (Dad and team owner), Jenn (the BOSS) , and Quinn (BOSS #2) Alexander gather around the #96 race car. Photo courtesy of Christopher Roy

WAR’s 2015 Pro Stock has “County roots”

Wyatt Alexander Racing (WAR) based out of Ellsworth has its roots in the County. Team crew chief and 2014 Maine Motorsports Hall of Fame Inductee Bobby Alexander is from Mars Hill. He cut his teeth racing at Caribou’s Spud Speedway before adventuring out to every track in Maine.

Alexander eventually settled in Ellsworth where he started K & B Automotive with his wife Kristi. Son Brett is now the owner of K & B and the owner of the #96 Pro Stock race car. The #96 was the primary number utilized by Bobby Alexander’s race cars.

I need to say that I was honored by Bob Alexander when he called me on Friday and offered to drive all the way from Ellsworth to my home in Westmanland some 4 1/2 hours north to pick me up to go to the Northeast Motorsports Expo.

As you may or may not know I am on week six following surgery on my Achilles tendon that ripped off my calf muscle while on a construction missions trip in Bogotá, Colombia. My surgeon said no weight-bearing (no driving) for 8 weeks.

That is why Bobby made the offer. I did not want him to spend 18 hours this weekend carting me around although the drive time would have been filled with much conversation.

Washburn's Steve Doody's new job at Joe Gibbs Racing

Washburn’s Steve Doody’s new job at Joe Gibbs Racing

Doody is Joe Gibbs Racing Mobile Marketing Manager

Washburn native Steve Doody, who was featured in Episode 27, is the one of the newest members of Joe Gibbs Racing. Doody will be the Mobile Marketing Manager responsible for the Toyota #19 Carl Edwards Stanley Tools and the #20 Matt Kenseth DeWalt Tools. More information about Doody in a future Episode.

Breaking News!

There may be more than kart racing at Spud Speedway this summer. Track owner Troy Haney has been placing feelers out to the racing community to see if there is enough interest in holding a Super Late Model Pro Stock Provisional Race for the Oxford 250.

The winner of the race at Spud Speedway on August 15th  would be able to use their win to take one of the guaranteed provisional starting spots if they fail to qualify for the Oxford 250 on August 30. PASS rules would apply for the Spud Speedway race since they are the sanctioning body for the Oxford 250.

The Oxford 250 is one of the premier short track races in the United States. The race always draws more Super Late Model Pro Stock cars than can race in the 250. The Spud Speedway race win would give a driver a chance to be able to be one of the 44 qualifiers.

For further information check out the Spud Speedway Facebook page or website www.spud-speedway.com.

Let’s go racing,

Tom Hale

Soli Deo Gloria

 

 

Tom Hale

About Tom Hale

Tom wrote 14 years as freelancer for the Bangor Daily Sports covering motorsports in Maine. Now blogging and concentrating on human interest stories about people and places in racing.