Northern Maine Karting Association Season Opens and WAR Wins

Episode 109 June 5, 2016

Kids Karts Racers at Northern Maine Karting Association Season Opener at Spud Speedway. L to r Gage Theriault, Limestone, Avery Lloyd, New Denmark, new brunswick, and Kayden Haines, Caribou. Photo courtesy Janet Bosse

Three Kids Karts Racers at Northern Maine Karting Association Season Opener at Spud Speedway. L to r Gage Theriault, Limestone, Avery Lloyd, New Denmark, New Brunswick, and Kayden Haines, Caribou. Photo courtesy Janet Bosse

Northern Maine Karting Association (NMKA) Debuts The first karting club formed in northern Maine for the express purpose of promoting kart racing had its season opener Friday Night Racing Series Presented by Blacked-Out Window Tinting of Caribou at Spud Speedway’s 1/7 mile  kart track. Most of the inaugural members were present for the races under the supervision of Race Director Jere Humphrey. The races were held under threatening skies and chilly conditions in Caribou. Despite the weather, racers who have been planning the season for months finally had a chance to race under the banner of the NMKA. The races went off well for the fledgling organization. There were twelve races and over 100 competition laps.

Junior Champ karts winners were Noah Coventry,Van Buren on left and Bryan Searles of Presque Isle. Janet Bosse photo

Junior Champ karts winners were Noah Coventry,Van Buren on left and Bryan Searles of Presque Isle. Janet Bosse photo

The club members fashioned their rules similar to Thundering Valley Raceway in St. Albans thus allowing many to race at the central Maine track as well as their home track at Spud Speedway. The major difference is NMKA runs Vega yellow tires and rims at the Caribou track. Both tracks require sealed engines to keep the costs in check.

NMKA Senior Champ podium finishers were second place Jason Theriault, Caribou, Damian Theriault, Caribou first place, and Tom Hale, Westmanland third. Janet Bosse photo

NMKA Senior Champ podium finishers were second place Jason Theriault, Caribou, Damian Theriault, Caribou first place, and Tom Hale, Westmanland third. Janet Bosse photo

Complete results are as follows:   *Kid Karts* Feature 1

Gage Theriault, Limestone Avery Lloyd, New Denmark, New Brunswick Kayden Haines, Caribou Parker Bosse, Caribou Feature 2 Gage Theriault Kayden Haines Avery Lloyd *Haney’s Building Supply Junior Champ Karts* Feature 1 Bryan Searles, Presque Isle Noah Coventry, Van Buren Feature 2 Noah Coventry Bryan Searles *Aroostook Savings & Loan Senior Champ Kart* Feature 1 Damian Theriault, Caribou Tom Hale, Westmanland Jason Theriault, Caribou Chase Chandler, Presque Isle Feature 2 Damian Theriault Jason Theriault Tom Hale Chase Chandler The next races are Friday evening at Spud Speedway’s kart track in Caribou. Races begin at 6:30. Grandstand admission is free. Pits are $10 per person.

Team JRT ventured to Thundering Valley Raceway on Sunday and won one feature and finished second in the other to cap a six wins in seven race weekend. Team JRT photo

Team JRT ventured to Thundering Valley Raceway on Sunday and won one feature and finished second in the other to cap a six wins in seven race weekend. Team JRT photo

Bryan Searles brought his  BAS Racing Junior Champ kart to TVR and earned a couple second place trophies. BAS Racing photo

Bryan Searles brought his BAS Racing Junior Champ kart to TVR and earned a couple second place trophies. BAS Racing photo

Wyatt Alexander and sister Quinn of Ellsworth celebrate his first win in a Super Late Model in 2016. WAR photo

Wyatt Alexander and sister Quinn of Ellsworth celebrate his first win in a Super Late Model in 2016. WAR photo

Wyatt Alexander Gets His First Win in 2016 Ellsworth High School’s Wyatt Alexander made the bad luck that has dogged his team all season fade away when he won the Super Late Model feature race at Wiscasset Speedway Saturday evening. Alexander said, “We struggled early in the practice but halfway through we were able to make the necessary adjustments and the car came to life.” “I was able to start on the pole of the heat and lead every lap. I didn’t have to push the car hard and maintained a solid lead, so I was fairly confident in it for the feature.” “I started on the pole of the feature and led all the way to the halfway point before being challenged by Nick Hinkley. After contact fighting for the top spot a few laps later Hinkley went around (spun) and I was given the lead on the following restart.” “After there was another series of cautions and restarts against Andy Saunders and Scott Chubbuck, they made me earn every inch but it was great racing and I was able to pull off the win.” Wyatt’s Mom, Jenn was excited about the win stating,  “I could not be more proud of this boy. His perseverance and determination had him up on the wheel battling with the best tonight. It did not come easy.” “He now has a provisional for the 2016 US Prostock / Super Late Model National Championship race on Wednesday July 13th at Seekonk Speedway !! …and that barefoot girl with 3 skirts on got to go to Victory Lane with her Bub tonight. Awake this time. Well done tonight Wyatt and team. I hope it’s the first of many wins this season. The WAR team had many items they worked on the last week including solving power steering and brake issues.

Gene Cyr at New England Dragway for the  Photo by Wheelzuppics

Gene Cyr earlier this year at New England Dragway. Photo by Wheelzuppics

Crouseville’s Gene Cyr Fast at Winterport County drag racer Gene Cyr of Crouseville ran fast all weekend at Winterport Dragway finishing second in Super Pro Eliminator to Willy Larrabbee of Stockton Springs. “Had the best weekend ever, said Cyr about his races at Winterport Dragway. “Fastest Mustang at the 7th Annual Coastal Mustang Cruise with a 6.21 at 113.mph.” “Today I  went to the finals in the first race at Winterport to get a runner up finish with 7 passes being within a tenth and a best run of 6.02 at 114 mph .Thank you to all my sponsors and people for support.I can’t do it without ya !”

Kody Swanson at speed at the Hoosier 100 USAC Silver Crown race at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Richard Eisenbeis photo

Kody Swanson at speed at the Hoosier 100 USAC Silver Crown race at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Richard Eisenbeis photo

Interview with Kody Swanson on Gorilla Cage podcast can be found here: http://www.spreaker.com/user/racexr/gorilla-cage-podcast-013-kody-swanson

Jordan and Ricky Taylor with their Corvette Daytona Prototype in the Winner's Circle at the Detroit Grand Prix. My students and I have visited these folks twice at their Indianapolis shop. Chevrolet Racing photo

Ricky and Jordan Taylor with their Corvette Daytona Prototype in the Winner’s Circle at the Detroit Grand Prix. My students and I have visited these folks twice at their Indianapolis shop. Chevrolet Racing photo

KV Racing technology driver Sebastien Bourdais won round 1 of the IndyCar Dual in Detroit Saturday. Chevrolet Racing photo

KV Racing Technology driver Sebastien Bourdais won round 1 of the IndyCar Dual in Detroit Saturday. Chevrolet Racing photo

Penske Racing Will Power won round 2 at the Dual in Detroit IndyCar race. Chevrolet Racing photo

Penske Racing Will Power won round 2 at the Dual in Detroit IndyCar race on Sunday. Chevrolet Racing photo

Bryan Herta Rallysport driver Patrik Sandell  gave his Indianapolis 500-winning team owner his second victory in a week at Red Bull Global Rallycross Dallas, the series’ inaugural visit to Fair Park. Sandell became the first driver to break points leader Tanner Foust and Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross’ dominance by jumping out to the lead from the second row in the final and never looking back. Red Bull Global Rallycross photo

Bryan Herta Rallysport driver Patrik Sandell gave his Indianapolis 500-winning team owner his second victory in a week at Red Bull Global Rallycross Dallas, the series’ inaugural visit to Fair Park. Sandell became the first driver to break points leader Tanner Foust and Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross’ dominance by jumping out to the lead from the second row in the final and never looking back. Red Bull Global Rallycross photo

Hope to see you next Friday at Spud Speedway’s Kart Track for round 2 of the Northern Maine Karting Association Friday Night @ The Races Series. 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.