On Saturday, he was awarded the Busch North Scene Driver of the Year for the third consecutive year. He was also named as the publication’s Most Popular Driver as voted on by fans. Santerre accepted the awards in Rangeley, Maine as part of the Sixth Annual Busch North Scene charity snowmobile ride. Click here for the full report from that event.
After accepting his award, Santerre headed south through four states to arrive in time for the New England Auto Racers dinner in East Windsor. Once there, he was honored as their New England Driver of the Year.
After scoring five victories in the NASCAR Busch North Series and winning his third straight championship in that division, it looked like Santerre might not be able to defend his crown in 2005. However, he told Speed 51 this weekend that the chances of him driving a third entry for Grizco Racing are pretty likely. Click here for the full story.
KOBYLUCK AND QUARTERLEY NOTCH TOP TENS AT PHOENIX
Matt Kobyluck and Dale Quarterley were running around New England collecting trophies this weekend, they were out on the West Coast looking to earn one instead. Both Busch North drives were entered in the NASCAR West Series opener as part of the Copper World Classic weekend at Phoenix International Raceway.
Kobyluck got the bragging rights by finishing one position ahead of Quarterley in seventh. He was driving a new car in the event and had starting tenth in the field.
Quarterley made a little more progress during the day though, starting 14th and finishing eighth.
The Busch North season probably won’t officially start until June, but it appears likely that Kobyluck will race before then. He is planning a return to Phoenix in April during the first ever spring Nextel Cup race weekend there. At this point, his team has not decided whether to enter either the NASCAR West or NASCAR Busch Series event at the one-mile track.
LEE TO STICK WITH FRIDAY NIGHTS
After considering a move to Saturday night racing and a proposal to the town fathers of Lee, New Hampshire, it has been decided that Lee USA Speedway will remain with their familiar Friday night racing schedule for this summer.
51's NORTHERN EXPOSURE by Mike Twist
Another Ride for TC, More Awards for Andy and Lee Stays With Friday
ANOTHER CAR NUMBER FOR TC
29...13...34...24...00...14 - No those aren't lottery numbers, they are just a few of the rides that Ted Christopher has had in the past year. (Norm Marx/PASS Photo)
The track, which has been in existence for over 40 years, met with some resistance from some town residents about a switch in racing nights. The once rural town has seen significant growth in recent years as the suburbs of nearby Boston, Massachusetts keep spreading further north. Newbies to the area have complained about noise from the facility despite the requirements of mufflers in all weekly and touring divisions at the track.
The track will also host Sunday shows during the beginning and close of the season, kicking off with the April 24th ACT Late Model show. Other tours that will visit the track in 2005 include the True Value Modified Racing Series and ISMA Supermodifieds.
There are so many different rides that Ted Christopher gets into, you have to wonder if TC himself carries a scorecard at the track to see what his car number is on a given week. In fact, so many Northern Exposure columns have featured news of the new rides that Christopher has hopped into that we might consider renaming this the TC Report.
The Connecticut racer has another number to remember for the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at New Smyrna Speedway during Florida Speedweeks. Christopher will wheel the #29 Super Late Model fielded by the Maine team of Cushman Engineering.
The Cushman Ford is normally driven by Scott Chubbuck, who has given the car several very strong runs over the past few years. In was in a position to contend for the win in last year’s Banknorth 250 at Oxford before getting bounced around and out of the race by another competitor.
Santerre accepts his award from George Campbell of Busch North Scene. (51 Photo)
It looks like racing at Lee will stay under the lights on Friday nights this summer. (51 Photo)
A CLARK HELPS OUT A ROWE
Christopher will also be taking part in nine nights of Modified racing at Speedweeks. He’ll be behind the wheel of the Brady Bunch #00 car in that division. Speed 51 will have extensive coverage of Speedweeks right here in the coming weeks.
SANTERRE SALUTED OVER THE WEEKEND
When you have a good season driving racecars, it goes without saying that you will be honored for your accomplishments during the off season. Andy Santerre definitely got to find that out this past weekend.
Although PASS driver Cassius Clark was not racing in Speedfest this past weekend at USA International Speedway in Lakeland, Florida; he was very visible at the track during the race weekend. The young Maine driver served as the spotter for Ben Rowe’s #2 ride at Lakeland.
Clark and Rowe have a lot in common. They both live about an hour away from each other in Central Maine and are second generation drivers. Their fathers, Billy Clark and Mike Rowe, raced against each other in the early days of the Busch North Series. Billy Clark is now retired from driving, while Mike Rowe is still going strong, as shown by a fourth-place finish at Speedfest.
Clark will return to the PASS tour in 2005 with the #8 team. He won his first career event in the series late in the 2004 season and hopes to back that up this year.
PASS CAR GETS NATIONAL EXPOSURE
New England race fans might notice a familiar sight on the cover of ARP’s latest catalog. PASS driver Bobby Cabral’s own #66 Pro Stock is featured as one of two racecars on the cover. The other racer featured is 2004 ASA Late Model champion Bobby Stremme.