Motorsports Musings While Viewing the SuperMoon

Episode # 176

November 13, 2016

SuperMoon Is A Sight to See

Washington Monument with SuperMoon tonight. Julie Chelewski photo

Washington Monument with SuperMoon moving across the Capitol skyline tonight. Julie Chelewski photo

SuperMoon rising over Bangor's John Cassidy's Last Ditch Racing rally car hauler. Last Ditch Racing photo

SuperMoon rising over Bangor’s John Cassidy’s Last Ditch Racing rally car hauler. Last Ditch Racing photo

I am cognizant that in light of all that has gone on this week in politics and reactions to the results that one thing remains, there are some incredible natural phenomenon that trump human ventures. How neat it is indeed that friends all around the United States can agree that the moon is putting on quite a show for all to see. Thank you Lord.

Phil Scott Elected Governor of Vermont

Vermont's Lt. Governor, Phil Scott, beside his Late Model prior to feature race. HTF Motorsports photo

Vermont’s Lt. Governor, Phil Scott, beside his Late Model prior to feature race at Thunder Road in Barre, Vermont. HTF Motorsports photo

This summer I posted a photo of race car driver Phil Scott from the Late Model race at Thunder Road in Barre, Vermont. You may recall that I had the opportunity to spend some time with Phil who resides in Berlin Corners near Barre. He was campaigning for election to Governor of Vermont.

In a state which leans heavily progressive, one of their Senators is Bernie Sanders, Scott, a Republican won by 28,000 votes over former State Transportation Secretary Sue Minter.

At Victory Celebration Governor-elect Phil Scott with wife Diana address supporters urging all Vermonters to work together to make the state more business friendly among other tasks. Scott for Governor photo

At Victory Celebration Governor-elect Phil Scott with wife Diana address supporters urging all Vermonters to work together to make the state more business friendly among other tasks. Scott for Governor photo

I spoke to fellow motorsports writer Justin St. Louis, motorsports writer for the Burlington Free Press, what Scott’s election means for the future governor and the motorsports community. St. Louis is from Middlebury, Vermont.

When asked about Scott’s racing future St. Louis replied, “I don’t know but he’s probably done as a driver. Maybe the secret service would allow him to race in the Governor’s Cup held in the summer at Thunder Road”.

Justin St. Louis on right interviews Phil Scott after a race at Thunder Road. Creative Outburst photo

Justin St. Louis on right interviews Phil Scott after a race at Thunder Road. St. Louis was at the New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame banquet today where Maine’s Rickie Craven was inducted into the Hall of Fame. Buzz Fisher/Creative Outburst.com photo

“Scott is a fiscal conservative with a left leaning social stance. As a State Senator he was known as someone like to reach across party lines to work for his constituents.”

It was said in local papers covering the race that Democrat Sue Minter’s call for a carbon tax which would have raised the gas tax and heating oil price to some of the highest in the region.

Scott, a construction company owner for over 30 years, appealed to the working class when they heard him speak about the stress put on small business owners.

A three-time track champion at Thunder Road, Scott was also the 2002 American Canadian Tour (ACT) champion. He made no secret of the fact that he was a stock car racer and proud of it. According to St. Louis Scott probably gathered the vast majority of the gear head vote.

During the campaign, Scott’s race car made appearances during hometown parades pulled by his dually pickup truck. Vermonters loved the idea that this race car driver not only drives fast cars but puts over 3000 miles per year on his bicycle. He also is a fan of wind power development in his state. I am not sure if the secret service will allow his love for bicycle riding or stock car driving  to  continue as governor.

Trump Presidential Limousine Unveiled

The next presidential limousine, a 2017 model featuring an Escalade grill , will debut at the Inauguration in January 2017. Autoweek photo from Jay Ramey article

The next presidential limousine, a 2017 model featuring an Escalade grill , will debut at the Inauguration in January 2017. Autoweek.com photo from Jay Ramey article

President elect Trump will get a new fleet of limousines to  replace the dozen or so  in service since 2009. The limousine will be similar to the one it replaces with the exception of improved communication equipment and power adjusted suspension to eliminate the possibility of hanging up on steep interchanges on city streets.

The president spends typically less than 30 minutes in the limo therefore no need for a sophisticated office type furnishing. Details about vehicle capability is always kept under wraps by the Secret Service.

Austin Theriault 27th at Phoenix Raceway

Austin Theriault with the Rick Ware Racing Cross Insurance Camaro prior to the Ticket galaxy 200. AT Racing Photo

Austin Theriault with the Rick Ware Racing Cross Insurance Camaro prior to the Ticket galaxy 200. AT Racing Photo

“It was a long race, ” said Fort Kent native Austin Theriault in his post race recap. “Where did we finish?  Twenty seventh  I think.”

“We had a little better car than that. We missed by not taking the wave around the last run. We’ll take it. It’s definitely disappointing but in racing you’ve got to learn to take what you can get. We fought hard.”

Austin Theriault #25 Rick Ware Racing Camaro prior to the Xfinity race at Phoenix Raceway. AT Racing photo

Austin Theriault #25 Rick Ware Racing Camaro prior to the Xfinity race at Phoenix Raceway. AT Racing photo

Tyler Raymond, “The Flying Farmer” Wins 3000 Pound Class

Tyler Raymond, Caribou displaying his commemorative plate signifying his win in the Antique Tractor Club 3000 pound class for 2016. Flying Farmer Racing photo

Tyler Raymond, Caribou displaying his commemorative plate signifying his points victory in the Northern Maine Antique Tractor Club 3000 pound class for 2016. Flying Farmer Racing photo

Caribou’s Tyler Raymond First in 3000# Class

In his rookie year of tractor pulling Tyler Raymond took his Farmall Super C to a class championship in the 3000 #  stock class. Raymond made several outstanding pulls in that class and the 3500 # class.

The season featured eight events ranging from Springfield (near Lincoln) to First Kent. Raymond had two wins and three-second place pulls in the 3000 # class In the 3500 # class he had three firsts, and two third place finishes.

Father and son at the tractor pulls. Danny Raymond on the left with son Tyler at Limestone Pulls. Northern Maine Antique Tractors Club photo

Father and son at the tractor pulls. Danny Raymond on the left with son Tyler at Limestone Pulls. Northern Maine Antique Tractors Club photo

Rookie puller Tyler "The Flying Farmer" Raymond preparing for pull at Limestone. Northern Maine Antique Tractor Club photo

Rookie puller Tyler “The Flying Farmer” Raymond preparing for pull at Limestone. Northern Maine Antique Tractor Club photo

Speaking of Tractor Look at This Beauty

Tom Patsis, formerly of Ellsworth, has had his artwork featured in past episodes of UpNorth Motorsports. This piece made from NASCAR, IndyCar, and NHRA raced parts took him only 4.5 hours to build. Do recognize some of the race components? Photo courtesy Cold Hard Art

Tom Patsis, formerly of Ellsworth, has had his artwork featured in past episodes of UpNorth Motorsports. This piece made from NASCAR, IndyCar, and NHRA raced parts took him only 4.5 hours to build. Do you recognize some of the race components? Photo courtesy Cold Hard Art

Who Is Your Pick For the Sprint Cup Championship?

After an unpredictable finish at Phoenix Raceway leaving Matt Kenseth on the outside looking in despite leading the race with two laps to go when Mike McDowell’s tire let go causing a late race caution, During the first lap of the green-white-checkers Kenseth smacked the wall and ended his quest for the Championship.

Jimmy Johnson, Carl Edwards, Kyle Busch, and New Englander Joey Logano will battle it out next Sunday in Homestead. Who do you pick to be the 2016 Champion? My pick is Carl Edwards. We shall see.

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.