July 3, 2016
Austin Theriault Takes Runner Up Spot in NASCAR Race
Fort Kent’s Austin Theriault took another step forward in the points race in the NASCAR K & N Pro Series Saturday evening at Columbus Motor Speedway, Columbus, Ohio. Theriault finished in second place behind race winner Justin Hayley from Winamac, Indiana. Hayley started from the pole and lead 125 of the 150 laps.
Kyle Benjamin stormed into the lead on lap 110 and held it until lap 135 when a cut tire forced him into the pits and put him a lap down. Hayley’s car was too much for Theriault as they vaulted away on the restart with Hayley gaining space each lap.
Theriault gained a few points with his second place finish but remains 56 points out first and fifth overall. His next race is July 16th at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Post-race Theriault said, “Good solid 2nd place finish for the HRE #1 Takagi and Takumi Stamping Toyota tonight. I’m proud of the HRE team and their continued hard work and dedication. Thank you to our new sponsors, Takagi and Takumi Stamping for riding along with us. It was great having them at the track. On to NHMS!”
WAR Number Two Also
It seems as though second place was the place to be for a couple of racers that I am following this season. Austin Theriault placed second at Columbus Motor Speedway and Ellsworth’s Wyatt Alexander second at Wiscasset.
WAR Crew Chief Bob Alexander said, “Finished 2nd tonight at Wiscasset. Won our heat, started 8th on the outside. The inside lane freight trained us due to a slow car in the outside lane. We fell back to last place before Wyatt could start making his way forward.”
“A caution on lap 16 found us in 5th, contact with another car pushed the right front bumper cover into the tire causing a vibration and inability to turn right. It was a pretty rough race but Andy Saunders was dialed in for the win Nate Tribbet was challenging for 2nd but could not make a pass on the outside and settled for 3rd.”
Jere Humphrey’s Last Chance Motorsports Mania at Houlton Fair
As of publishing time today I am not sure what the results are from the assorted motorsports events at the Houlton Fair. The schedule was packed with a variety of competitions ranging from Show & Shine to Demolition Derby. I am sure complete results will be posted on Last Chance Motorsports Facebook page when available.
Van Buren Native Has Part In Acura Winning
You no doubt by now know that I have followed the career of Van Buren’s Philip LaPointe with Honda for several years. While he was with Honda Performance Development (HPD) in Santa Clarita, California he was given the responsibility to make the under-developed and over-weight Acura TLX GT competitive in the Pirelli World Challenge GT.
LaPointe worked on the aerodynamics, cooling, brakes, steering, and suspension development for the Acura cars raced by RealTime Racing based out of Saulkville, Wisconsin just north of Milwaukee.
The two car team swept first and second place in the Saturday race on June 26 at the four-mile road course at Road America located in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. The iconic track is considered by the team to be their home track since their race shop is only 40 miles away.
RealTime Racing’s Ryan Eversley placed first and Peter Cunningham second in that Saturday race. The Sunday race was once again won by Eversley with Cunningham fourth.
The team’s next race is at Mid Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio June 26-31. LaPointe will more than likely be at the races which also feature IndyCars since he lives in nearby Marysville, Ohio. Will be interested to hear what he has to say about that weekend’s events.
Indianapolis Motor Speedway Builds a Track For Tony Stewart
I am not certain what you get for years of service when you retire, however, Tony Stewart has a racetrack built for him.
IMS President Doug Boles announced last week that they are building a 3/16 mile dirt oval inside turn three at Indy to honor retiring Tony Stewart.
The track will be unveiled on July 5 when Tony is in town to promote the upcoming Brickyard 400 to be held July 24. Several NASCAR and some local midget car owners have been asked to be in attendance for an exhibition race at the press conference. The track when not in use will continue to be utilized for parking.
Look here next week for Hillclimb story and Thunder Road visit which have been bumped a couple weeks due to late breaking local stories. Northern Maine Karting Association (NMKA) races again Friday evening at 6:30 at Spud Speedway under the new Race Director Donald Rideout. Remember grandstand admission is free and the pits are only $10.
Let’s Go Racing,
Soli Deo Gloria