The two drivers will compete in the NASCAR West portion of the event. Common rules between the Busch North cars and their left coast counterparts make switching from series to series a cinch. Well, that is except for the trip of a couple thousands miles.
Neither driver is a stranger to heading out West to race. Kobyluck was running third in this event two years ago before cutting a tire and last year he kept all four tires inflated and finished third. Quarterley has also raced at Phoenix, as well as in NASCAR West events at California Speedway and Irwindale Speedway (CA).
SANTERRE JOINS SNOWMOBILE RIDE
This weekend will also be the sixth annual Busch North Scene charity snowmobile ride in Rangeley, Maine. The event picked up more steam this weekend with the announcement that the driver who has won the past three NASCAR Busch North championships, Andy Santerre, would be attending.
Santerre joins a list of drivers that also includes Mike Olsen, Brian Hoar, Eddie MacDonald, Bill Penfold, Mark Durgin and Rick Bell.
The Saturday event consists of a Poker run along the trails of the Rangeley area starting at 11am, a lunch at the Gingerbread house, an evening of entertainment featuring comedian George Hamm and a charity auction and raffle. Tickets are available for $20. Drink and dinner specials will also be available at the Rangeley Inn.
Speed51.com will be attending the event and will have a wrap-up of the activities next week. For more information on the event itself, please contact George Campbell at 1-207-224-2060.
TWO BUSCH NORTH DRIVERS GO WEST
Matt Kobyluck and Dale Quarterley are going to be a pair of Busch North racers who won’t be anywhere near Western Maine or snowmobiles this weekend. Instead, the two drivers will be out in the Arizona desert competing in the Copper World Classic at Phoenix International Raceway.
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Scott Wimmer, Steve Park, Jerry Nadeau, Randy LaJoie, Kenny Wallace, Todd Szegedy and Mike Christopher will make up the assortment of drivers representing the three NASCAR premier divisions along with the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. Their appearances will take place from 4:30 until 6:30 in tents set up at Pure Country across from the Danbury Ice Arena.
A Michael Waltrip showcar, along with the Modifieds of the Christopher brothers will be on display at the event. To enter, fans will be asked to show a game ticket and make a $1.00 donation to Operation Marathon, an effort by Michael Waltrip to raise one million dollars for Adam
The United Rentals 100 for the NASCAR West Series will take place on Saturday afternoon at Phoenix.
VETERAN DRIVER CAN’T GET ENOUGH RACING
ACT racer Joey Laquerre might be 61 years old, but he is definitely not slowing down. In fact, the Vermont driver is increasing his racing schedule for the upcoming season.
Laquerre will compete again in the ACT Late Model ranks full-time and also run in the new eight race ACT Tiger Tour. The Tiger Sportsmen are stock-framed racecars that compete weekly at Thunder Road Speedbowl (VT) and have a strong fan following. For 2005, ACT has given the division a schedule of touring races at Thunder Road, Lee USA Speedway (NH), White Mountain Motorsports Park (NH), Airborne International Raceway (NY) and Canaan Fair Speedway (NH).
Laquerre is no stranger to winning. He is the only driver in the history of Thunder Road to have won features in each of the five decades that the track has been in existence. He is also the 1982 champion of the Tiger Sportsman division at Thunder Road.
RACING AND HOCKEY TO COLLIDE IN CONNECTICUT
There will be plenty of racing stars out in Connecticut this weekend for Saturday night’s NASCAR Night at the Danbury Trashers United Hockey League game.
It didn’t look like two-time PASS champion Ben Rowe would be racing in this weekend’s Speedfest open Pro Stock (Super Late Model) race at USA International Speedway (FL), but that all changed this week with a little help from his dad, Maine short track legend Mike Rowe.
Mike was already entered for the event in his 2005 ride owned by the SP2 Motorsports team of Scott Pullen and Steve Perry. The decision to drive for another team left his own 2004 car sitting unused for the weekend. So the elder Rowe prepared the car for Ben and loaded it onto the SP2 Motorsports hauler for the trip down south.
In addition to the Rowes, there will be four other teams representing PASS in the open show. Bill Rogers will run the #53 car in Speedfest along with Canadian racers John Fleming, Donald Chisholm and Gordie Ryan. Although not official a PASS entry, NASCAR Whelen Modified driver Ted Christopher will also compete at Speedfest driving a Dick Anderson entry. Christopher won his first career PASS event in 2004 at Thompson Speedway (CT).
Speed51.com will have full coverage of Speedfest and updates throughout the weekend’s events.
Petty’s Victory Junction Gang Camp. Tickets for the game are available at DanburyTrashers.com, by calling 866-565-PUCK or at the Danbury Ice Arena.
The Trashers have a tie-in to short track racing. The team’s owner, Jim Gallante, also owns Mystique Motorsports, which fields Ted Christopher’s NASCAR Modifieds and SK Modifieds.
F1 DRIVER GOES SLEDDING IN NEW HAMPSHIRE
Meanwhile, up in New Hampshire there will be a Formula One driver visiting one of the area’s short tracks. But, he won’t be racing on the oval of Canaan Fair Speedway. Instead, Jacques Villeneuve will compete in the Eastern Pro Tour’s first annual New England Oval Snowmobile Championships.
Although his racing resume shows an Indianapolis 500 victory and a Formula One World Championship, Villeneuve is also an accomplished snowmobiler. He has won three snowmobile world championships.
The short track world will be represented in the event by Twin State Speedway (NH) Late Model champion Aaron Fellows, who also competed in a limited schedule of PASS events in 2004.
What do the Tour Modifieds of the Christopher brothers and a hockey team in Connecticut have in common? The same ownership.