The ride became open when King and former driver Doug Coby parted ways late in the 2004 season. The duo had several strong runs during the season, but were snakebit by bad luck.
Haydt is the first driver so far in the 2005 Modified Tour Rookie class. This past season, he finished as the points runner-up in the RoC Modified Central division and finished seventh in the overall RoC standings.
Although he will be new to the tour, Haydt will have some family advice when it comes to learning the tracks of the schedule. His cousin is Nevin George, driver of the #0 Modified and winner of the Modified Series event at Beech Ridge this past summer.
“We talked about going and I would have liked to have raced there,” said Christopher. “But the teams needed to be there on Wednsday and that’s a long time there. It’s hard to get people to go down there for that long and it’s expensive.”
But there’s always next year.
“I’m going to get down there one of these days,” said Christopher. “I like driving those cars and I want to run that race.”
HAYDT PICKS UP A RIDE ON THE MOD TOUR
Tyler Haydt is no stranger to winning. He has visited victory lane in Late Models and on the Race of Champions Modified tour. Next year, however, the young Pennsylvania driver will get the opportunity to race in his most competive setting yet. Haydt has been named as the new driver for Don King’s #28 car on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.
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- Tom Bolles had two Busch North cars listed on eBay recently. He’s been running more Modified events and fewer Busch North shows in recent years, so that makes sense.
- Want some really good equipment? The Bessey Motorsports team of Andy Santerre had two cars for sale recently. The team won the championship in 2003 and 2004. An ad in Busch North Scene listed a 2002 Monte Carlo for $15,000 and a complete road course car with a Fischer Engine listed for $45,000.
USED CARS FOR SALE
You can learn a lot from reading the classifieds.
In fact, seeing who has racing equipment for sale is a good way to start a few rumors and tell who is moving up, or out, in the coming year.
A recent scan of online classifieds found a few interesting items up for sale.
- NASCAR Modified rookie Sean Caisse’s SK Mod that ran at Thompson in 2004 is looking for a new home. Since the young New Hampshire driver is moving to Busch North in 2005, this comes as no real surprise.
- Speaking of Busch North, how about buying an entire team? The Stalco team, which was formerly Tracy Gordon’s family owned operation, is up for sale. A sum of $175,000 will get you three cars, a hauler and all kinds of extra equipment.
Car owner Don King is pictured with his 2004 driver, Doug Coby.
For Sale: Chevrolet Monte Carlo w/low mileage.
- The most interesting find might involve 2001 PASS champion Sammy Sessions. His team is offering two cars for sale and the reason why isn’t quite clear. The Sessions camp offered no comment to Speed51 and one can only hope that the personable Maine driver is moving up in the sport and not getting out.
ACT ENTRIES COME IN
Entries for the full season of ACT Late Model racing have already started to flow into the tour’s Vermont headquarters. So far, there are not many surprises as to who will chase points full-time in 2005. Phil Scott, Brent Dragon, Joey Laquerre, Patrick Leperle, Mark Lamberton and Roger Brown are all among those who have committed to following the series this season.
STAFFORD LOOKING FORWARD TO A BIG YEAR
The car count for the Stafford Motor Speedway in 2005 won’t be lacking either. As of last week, the track had received 116 entries for the year in various weekly divisions. The track reports that this is well ahead of last year’s pace.
PASS drivers Scott Mulkern, Mike Rowe and Johnny Clark are all expected to be at Speedfest later this month at USA International Speedway (FL). A few additional PASS teams might also show up at the open Super Late Model show as well. The North will be well represented at the event.
So it should come as no surprise that New England’s busiest racecar driver, Ted Christopher, has also picked up a ride for the race. But it’s not just any ride. TC will be wheeling a car owned by Florida legend Dick Anderson in the race.
The arrangement came about in a very simple way.
“I called him up and asked if I could drive his car,” said Christopher. “You’ve gotta ask. It’s a really good car and he knows that track well. I think that we’ll be pretty fast.”
Christopher was absent from last month’s Snowball Derby Super Late Model event at Five Flag Speedway (FL). It was thought that he might show up and race with the #34 PASS team owned by Clinton Teague. They considered going, but decided against it shortly before the race was scheduled