All posts by Tom Hale

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.

“The Flying Frenchman” Erny Levesque

Erne "the Flying Frenchman" Levesque with his 1956 Chevy at the Jade East Madawaska facility. Levesque raced at Spud Speedway in Caribou  from 1964 to 1975.  Photo courtesy Erne Levesque

Episode 92 February 7, 2016 Erny “the Flying Frenchman” Levesque A rural kid born in the “Valley” in 1928 Erny, the son of Abel and Leona Levesque of Madawaska, did what what any young man at that time did, worked wherever work could be found. Growing up in the Depression in Grand Isle did not […]

More Than 24 Hours At Daytona

You know this wasn't going to end well. Sometimes you are in the right spot at the right time. Turn five late in the race  just before  Kyle Larson hit the wall ending the #02 Ganassi  team's chance for a repeat win. HTF Motorsports photo

Episode 91 February 3, 2016 The Many Hours of Daytona The constant growl of race engines filled the air at the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona.The sound became like a backdrop on a stage where one of the most famous endurance races for sports cars in the world was taking place. The journey for fellow […]

Girls Can’t Drag Race Snowsleds! Wrong!

Thompson Racing Team left to right Jay, Mallory, Shelly Thompson of Caribou. They are pictured with their one and only race sled a 1980 Polaris Centurion  500. HTF Motorsports photo

Episode 90 January 24, 2016 Snowmobile Drag Races in Caribou Draws More Than 500 Officials estimated that over 500 spectators attended the 2nd Caribou Snowmobile Club Snow Drags. The pit area was packed with returning racers and their crews. Unlike last year’s race, the weather cooperated with limited winds and temperatures in the 20’s. Track […]

County Drag Racer Makes the Trek to the Track

Crouseville's Gene Cyr launches hard at Winterport Dragway. Rick Taylor photo

Episode 89 January 17, 2016   200+ Miles Commute To Race Living in Aroostook County has many positive attributes. Distance from a drag racing venue is not one of them. For Crouseville’s Gene Cyr to race his specially set up Ford Mustang it means leaving his shop with trailer in tow on Friday morning to […]

Talking Racing With County Native Phil LaPointe

Episode 86 December 28, 2015 Philip LaPointe and I chatted for several hours last Wednesday at the Caribou Municipal Airport. The time flew by as we discussed racing and projects that Philip was involved in at Honda Performance Development (HPD). In earlier episodes you may recall that Philip was a part of the team at […]

For Unto Us A Child Is Born

Episode 85 December 20, 2015   It Came on Midnight Clear by Edward Hamilton Sears 1849 It came upon the midnight clear, That glorious song of old, From angels bending near the earth To touch their harps of gold! Peace on the earth, good will to men, From heaven’s all gracious King! The world in […]

Will There Be Stock Car Racing at Spud Speedway in 2016

Episode 84 December 13, 2015 Will Spud Speedway Be Open for Stock Cars in 2016? The possibility of racing at Caribou’s Spud Speedway in 2016 was the topic of discussion as Chuck Hall met with several interested racers at Willette’s Garage in Presque Isle last Saturday. A multitude of questions arose with no definitive answer […]

Champions Crowned by NASCAR and USAC

Episode 83 December 6, 2015 M & M’s Celebrate  as 2015 Sprint Cup Champs  With The Candy Man No I am not the “Candy Man”, it’s  Kyle Busch.After my favorite driver missed the final four I wanted Busch to win. The story from tragedy to triumph is inspiring. After his crash at Daytona in the […]