Cyr Wins His First Drag Race of Season

Episode 126

October 9, 2016

Gene Cyr Wins at Oxford Dragway

Gene Cyr wins at Oxford Plains Dragway. LMN Photography

Gene Cyr wins at Oxford Plains Dragway. LMN Photography

For the last couple years I have had the opportunity to follow the drag racing exploits of Gene Cyr of Crouseville as he travels throughout the northeast. From a race shop near his home in this small town this young man has diligently pursued excellence in a sport he loves.

Sometimes in motorsports the little guy wins inspite of having limited budgets. Gene Cyr is one example. Despite the odds,  he has reached a goal to win this year.

Cyr works full-time at Thompson Tree Service in Washburn. His employer has been extremely supportive of his racing schedule.  If he needs to leave for downstate races they work out a method allowing him to drive the great distances to compete.

When I asked Cyr for comments about his recent race weekend he said, “Talk about the best weekend I’ve ever had.”

“I went to Oxford Friday night for the final points race and cleaned house to pick up my first Top ET/Super Pro win ! I finished sixth in points and ran a 5.94 (second elapsed time). Wahoo!”

“I went to Winterport (Dragway)  on Saturday and made it to the final 3 cars before I went red. I ran a best of 6.02 ET.”

“I can’t thank enough people for the chance to run at the top of the class. Thanks to all my sponsors and friends for a great year as we enter the last weekend of the year !”

Ryan Motorsports Releases Season Wrap-Up Video

Harvey, New Brunswick native Ryan Messer whose 2016 season I had the privilege of following was a large success. Ryan is the son of Penny and Rob Messer.

The family race team is based out of a relatively small yet immaculate shop in Harvey. I call the team the “mini-Penske” team of New Brunswick. The car, hauler, and team present themselves and sponsors well.

The team has produced a video depicting the highs and lows of the 2016 season. RYAN Motorsports races at Speedway 660 in Geary Woods. New Brunswick in the Late Model Sportsman class. This season he has five wins, eight top threes, eleven top fives in 12 reaches. They won the track championship and the Speed Weekend 150.

The Ryan Motorsports video can be found here:

https://youtu.be/7zmJibbWMIU

WAR Closes 2016 Season On a Positive Note

I was pleasantly surprised to see that Wyatt Alexander Racing (WAR) decided to enter the non-points Fall Fury season finale for all divisions at Wiscasset Motor Speedway on Saturday. WAR was down in the dumps after the team’s poor showing at the Oxford 250 in late August.

This team needed a result which was more indicative of their potential than the run at Oxford. Time appeared to help heal some of the sting of defeat felt by the team.

Alexander, in the team’s white car, started the feature in 5th place and worked his way up to second where he ran close to race winner Dave Farrington.

Farrington’s crew did yeoman’s work preparing the Kulwicki DDP car for the Fall Fury Pro Stock race having pulled into the team’s Jay, Maine headquarters at 2:30 am Saturday morning. They ninth in the Make-A-Wish 150 PASS race at Star Speedway Friday evening in Epping, New Hampshire.

When asked about the WAR effort at Wiscasset crew chief and grandfather, Bob Alexander said, “Good evening, yes it was our white car. Finished a strong 2nd to Dave Farrington. Car was ‘on rails’. Very laid back race day, great confidence builder for the team.”

“Plans for 2017 are still being formulated but may include trips to Canada and Florida for a few of the larger Super Late Model races.”

.Austin Theriault Debate Moderator

 

Swanson Wins Again at Anderson Speedway

Swanson family, Kody, Jordan, and son Trevor, in Victory Circle again at Anderson Speedway. T-K Motorsport photo

Swanson family, Kody, Jordan, and son Trevor, in Victory Circle again at Anderson Speedway. T-K Motorsport photo

After losing the USAC Silver Crown Championship at Eldora Speedway on September 25th to Chris Windom, Swanson won the Inaugural Tony Elliot Classic held at the 1/4 mile asphalt high banked Anderson Speedway Saturday. You may recall that Swanson won the Little 500 held the evening before the Indy 500 in May.

Swanson drove for the #99 Armstrong Garage Door non-winged sprint car team. The team is owned by Brad & Tara Armstrong of New Palestine, Indiana.

 

Father/son pre-race pep talk prior to Swanson racing the Tony Elliot Classic. T-K Motorsports photo

Father/son pre-race pep talk prior to Swanson winning the Tony Elliot Classic. T-K Motorsports photo

My Favorite Hamburger Restaurant Takes a Hit In Hurricane

My favorite hamburgers are made here at the Daytona Brickyard Grill and Lounge in Daytona Beach, Florida. The roof suffered severe damage as a result of the high winds associated with Hurricane Matthew Friday evening. Photo courtesy Daytona Brickyard Grill

My favorite hamburgers are made here at the Daytona Brickyard Grill and Lounge in Daytona Beach, Florida. The roof suffered severe damage as a result of the high winds associated with Hurricane Matthew Friday evening. Photo courtesy Daytona Brickyard Grill

Interior of Daytona Brickyard Grill and Lounge in Daytona Beach, Florida. I have yet to find anyone anywhere prepare a hamburger as tasty and delicious as served at this restaurant. They hope to be serving customers by Friday. Photo by Daytona Brickyard Grill and Lounge

Interior of Daytona Brickyard Grill and Lounge in Daytona Beach, Florida. I have yet to find anyone anywhere prepare a hamburger as tasty and delicious as served at this restaurant. They hope to be serving customers by Friday. Photo by Daytona Brickyard Grill and Lounge

Brenda Sue Carver Update

I visited Brenda Sue Carver, injured in a racing accident at Loring Labor Day weekend, at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor Friday. I am glad I had the opportunity to stop in for a brief time.

She was alert when I saw her and had a firm grip when we prayed for her continued healing. She expressed that it was difficult being so far from family in Texas during this tough time. She does not get many visitors.

She seemed positive that she would adapt to current physical and mental challenges with the help of the Lord and her racing friends.

Made in Maine

 This Thomas band saw mill on display at the Fryeburg Fair and I have something in common; we were both made in Maine. Friends and I were able to visit the largest fair in Maine Saturday and see some of the reasons for it's popularity. Photo courtesy Walt Whitcomb

This Thomas band saw mill on display at the Fryeburg Fair and I have something in common; we were both made in Maine. Friends and I were able to visit the largest fair in Maine Saturday and see some of the reasons for its popularity. Photo courtesy Walt Whitcomb

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.