51's NORTHERN EXPOSURE by Mike Twist
Race Fans Have Choices This Weekend, Dion's Book Tour and Electric Cars Take on NHIS

If you race any short track division in New England and your car is still running at this point in the season, there is no excuse for not dragging it out and hitting the track this weekend.  You have plenty of choices where to tow it.
The headliner at Lee will be the True Value Modified Racing Series.  Also on the docket are Pro Stocks, 350 Supermodifieds, Late Models, Street Stocks, Roadrunners, Outlaw Mini Stocks, Mini Cup Cars and Hobby Stocks.  Qualifying heats are on Saturday, with features to be run on Sunday.

The new kid in town when it comes to open shows this fall is the Fall Finale at Canaan Fair Speedway.  The PASS sanctioned event will feature Outlaw Late Models as their top division.  The twist is that competitors will have a choice of what tire that they want to run in an effort to use up their rubber before the end of the season.  American Racer EC 83s and EC 84s or Canaan Fair Speedway Goodyears are allowed as long as they do not durometer less than new tires.

Also running at Canaan will be a 75 lap Super Street/Limited Sportsman/Pro Series Open and a $600 to win 50 lap Wildcat/Strictly Stock Open.  Completing the lineup will be a $3,000-to-win Grand Enduro.

The Fall Finale at Canaan will take place on Saturday, October 22nd.
Thompson Speedway will try again to get their annual World Series underway.  There will be 14 classes of racing taking place there including the NASACR Whelen Modified Tour, ISMA Supermodifieds and NEMA Midgets.  Click here for more on the World Series.

Another fall tradition is on tap as well.  Lee USA Speedway traditionally runs their Octoberfest weekend after the World Series, but with rain playing havoc on track schedules this month, it will now go head to head with the Connecticut classic.  Fans heading to New Hampshire instead will enjoy tickets priced $20 per head less than Thompson and can still take in nine classes of racing.
The True Value Modifieds will headline Octoberfest.  (51 Photo)

Dave Dion won’t be racing at any of the open shows this weekend, but he will be racing across New England embarking on a three-day, three-state tour to promote his recent autobiography, Life Wide Open.

Dion will start the tour on Friday in South Portland, Maine, where he will appear at Maine Mall Motors from 2pm through 5pm.

On Saturday, Dion will show up at Berlin City Ford in Berlin, New Hampshire to promote the book.  He’ll wrap up the tour on Sunday as he signs copies from 11am-5pm at Berlin City CarCenter in Williston, Vermont.
Unity Raceway will close out the Maine racing season this weekend.

Next week, there will be a different kind of competition at New Hampshire International Speedway.  A determined group of streamlined electric race cars will try to set a new level of "Extreme Efficiency" at the Electrathon IBM National Speed Trials on Tuesday, October 25th. New Hampshire International Speedway will host competitors from all over New England, with five challengers coming out from Iowa.

They will all be trying to better the current national record of 49.44 miles, set on this one mile oval by a team from Mt. Blue High School, Farmington, Maine.

If conditions permit, Team Electrolite, from Portland, Maine, will try a radical innovation to recapture the record - a vertical fin to gain some additional energy from the wind.

Tension will be high as all the teams know that everything has to be done right to achieve this kind of performance...months, even years of effort have gone into the design and construction of these exotic machines. In a style referred to as 'passive-aggressive', the drivers will wrestle the highest possible speed from the lowest possible effort. Measured in automotive terms, they will reach the equivalent of 1500 miles per gallon.

Electrathon is a national competition for lightweight, high efficiency electric vehicles. Power is limited to 67 lbs. of production lead acid batteries, which amounts to a little more than one horsepower over the hour. The rules are simple enough to allow a wide variety of creative designs, and although it's open to everyone, most of the competitors are school teams because the sport offers an affordable test of imagination, skill, discipline and teamwork. And, striving to foster an ethic of efficiency, it promotes the development of alternative energy transportation in compelling style.