More News About Young Racers

Episode 62

July 5, 2015

Another new racer at Spud Speedway makes his debut. Sixteen year old Logan Johnson of Washburn with his 2000 Toyota Solara Enduro racer. HTF Motorsports photo

Another new racer at Spud Speedway makes his debut. Sixteen year old Logan Johnson of Washburn with his 2000 Toyota Solara Enduro racer. HTF Motorsports photo

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Logan Johnson of Washburn joined a growing list of entry-level racers at Spud Speedway’s Enduro class. There were enough race cars that two heat races were run to accommodate the cars.

Johnson, with the help of Donald Rideout of RTM Racing and Thibodeau & Son Trucking, put together the Toyota in just a few weeks. The youngster has Type One Diabetes and has attended Camp Adventure which is geared toward his age group who have diabetes. The camp is featured prominently on the door panels of the #9 car.

In his first race on the 1/3 mile oval Johnson placed seventh in his heat. He followed that up with a seventh place in the feature.

Marcus Dunn of Newburgh Center brought his Honda Civic to Spud Speedway. He normally competes in Speedway 95's  Stars of Tomorrow Division on Wednesday evenings. HTF Motorsports photo

Marcus Dunn of Newburgh Center brought his Honda Civic to Spud Speedway. He normally competes in Speedway 95’s Stars of Tomorrow Division on Wednesday evenings. HTF Motorsports photo

Zach Audet of Banger made the trek to Spud Speedway to race in the Street Stock class Friday evening at the Caribou track. Audet was the feature race winner. HTF Motorsports photo

Zach Audet of Banger made the trek to Spud Speedway to race in the Street Stock class Friday evening at the Caribou track. Audet was the feature race winner. HTF Motorsports photo

In Late Model Sportsman racing at Speedway 660 in New Brunswick, Ryan Messer on right placed second. On left Jacob Johnson, Moncton, New Brunswick  and Robb Messer, Harvey, New Brunswick. Photo courtesy Ryan Messer Motorsports

In Late Model Sportsman racing at Speedway 660 in New Brunswick, Ryan Messer on right placed second. On left Jacob Johnson, Moncton, New Brunswick and Robb Messer, Harvey, New Brunswick. Photo courtesy Ryan Messer Motorsports

Dylan Conroy in action at the July 4th Truck Pulls at the Northern Maine Fairgrounds. His pull was 283.8 feet. As of publishing time I am not sure of his placement. Photo courtesy Dan Raymond.

Dylan Conroy in action at the July 4th Truck Pulls at the Northern Maine Fairgrounds. His pull was 283.8 feet. As of publishing time I am not sure of his placement. Photo courtesy Dan Raymond.

Another rookie truck puller I am following this year is 16 year-old Toni Robbins of Presque Isle. I am not sure of his results. Photo courtesy Dan Raymond

Another rookie truck puller I am following this year is 16 year-old Toni Robbins of Presque Isle. I am not sure of his results. Photo courtesy Dan Raymond

My friend Kody Swanson of Kingsburg, California now living in Zionsville, Indiana added another win on the dirt track at Pittsburgh Pennslyvania Motor Speedway  July Fourth. Photo courtesy T-K Motorsports

My friend Kody Swanson of Kingsburg, California now living in Zionsville, Indiana added another win on the dirt track at Pittsburgh Pennslyvania Motor Speedway July Fourth. Photo courtesy T-K Motorsports

Kody Swanson on the pole at USAC Silver Crown Sumar Classic race at Terre Haute Action track. Swanson finished seventh in the race won by Shane Cockrum of Benton, Illinois. Photo courtesy  Steve Michki Jr.

Kody Swanson on the pole at USAC Silver Crown Sumar Classic race at Terre Haute Action track. Swanson finished seventh in the race won by Shane Cockrum of Benton, Illinois. Photo courtesy Steve Michki Jr.

On a personal note I wore a Go-Pro helmet camera on the Aroostook Limousines/Smith Farms Stag Brand Alpha Vegetable #10 Champ Kart in the feature race. I was closing on second place Chase Chandler. Ten more laps and I am sure I could have passed him. Sure….

Here is the link: https://youtu.be/dGjZxAT_VGo

Maybe you have not seen the Austin Dillon crash at Daytona race early Monday morning. If this is not God’s hand of protection on Austin and the crowd I don’t know what is. Watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=LRhNXrzMfew

I am sorry about the delay in getting a complete blog to you. Bangor daily and I have been trying ways to restore the original. I decided to at least post the photos without the verbiage. Back at at it again Sunday evening with a better result.

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.