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.

Russell Bugbee 1955 – 2016

Russell Bugbee in his "office" the drag which stopped many trucks and tractors in it's day. Centreville, New Brunswick Chamber of Commerce photo

Episode 112 June 26, 2016 Russell Bugbee October 4, 1955 – June 21, 2016 I know it is a cliche that a person is known for that little dash between their birth and death, however, the passing of Russell Bugbee is such a case. I met him many years ago when my Caribou FFA students […]

Ford Wins After 50 Year Absence

After 50 years Ford comes back to LeMans and wins the GTLE Pro title. Marshall Pruett Racer.com photo

Episode 111 June 19. 2016 Great Day for Ford and Chip Ganassi Racing I realize that LeMans is a long way from Northern Maine, however, I must follow up on my 24 Hours of Daytona report from earlier this year. You may recall that the new Ford GT cars had issues during that race and […]

County Kids Help Open Speedway Karting’s Season

Limestone's Gage Theriault, center, helped Speedway Karting in Bangor get their season underway Saturday with a win in Kids Kart Division. On the left is second place Austin Beale, Hamden and Glenburn's Mackenzie Butler on right finished third. Gage Theriault Racing photo

Episode 110 June 12, 2016 County Kids Race In Bangor Three County kids ran at the opening of Speedway karting at the Speedway 95 track on Saturday. The track utilizes a part of the big track with the remainder infield according to some of the people who raced there. As pictured above Gage Theriault won […]

Northern Maine Karting Association Season Opens and WAR Wins

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

Episode 109 June 5, 2016 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 […]

Swanson Wins, Wins, Wins, and Wins

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

Episode 108 May 29, 2016 Kody Swanson Dominates Weekend Competition In last week’s episode I told you about the busy four days of sprint car racing ahead for Kingsburg, California native currently living in Zionsville, Indiana, Kody Swanson. Swanson exceeded any of my predictions winning two of the three races and as of press time […]

Zoom, Zoom, Zoom Racing in Ohio

Caribou native Carl Theriault, center in shorts, received the East Coast Timing Association's 200 Mile Per Hour Club award from Tonya Turk on his left. Others are unidentified. Theriault brought his Ford Mustang to the Ohio Mile event in Wilmington, Ohio. JRT Customs photo

Episode 104 May 1, 2016 Caribou Native Meets Goals at the Ohio Mile Caribou native and Zoom, Zoom, Zoom Racing Team owner,  Carl Theriault, now living in Massachusetts, brought his Ford Mustang  to compete at the East Coast Timing Association’s (ECTA)  Ohio Mile races in Wilmington, Ohio. The Ohio Mile draws land speed racers from all […]

Pay It Forward

Pay it Forward Seminar at Wiscasset Speedway today. The seminar was run by Bobby Alexander front and center. WAR photo

Episode 103 April 24, 2016 Pay It Forward Seminar at Wiscasset Speedway Alexander agreed to teach interested racers how to set up their race cars utilizing knowledge he gleaned over the  years. The effort was funded in part by track owners Richard and Vanessa Jordan knowing that such information will increase the competence and confidence […]