51's NORTHERN EXPOSURE by Mike Twist
Big Changes for Busch North, SK Lights and More

After a few false starts over the past year or so, it appears that 2006 could be the start of some big changes in NASCAR’s Northeastern-based regional fendered car series.
Andy Santerre recently tested a car with the spec engine in it at USA International Speedway (FL) with very promising results.  Speed51.com spoke with the man who has won the last four Busch North titles about the session and will have a full story coming up soon.
What has been known as the NASCAR Busch North Series will be renamed the NASCAR Busch East Series for 2006.  Spec motors and composite bodies will be phased in and it appears that there will be more tracks south of the Mason-Dixon line on the schedule.

Oxford Plains Speedway (ME) and Lee USA Speedway (NH) are both off the schedule for next year and Stafford Motor Speedway (CT) will be giving up one of their dates to prepare for the geographical shift.
"We had over 100 people in attendance for our SK Light meeting, which showed us that there is a lot of interest and enthusiasm out there regarding open wheeled racing at Stafford," said SMS CEO/GM Mark Arute. "We were very encouraged and excited with the turnout and interest level showed at the meeting, and quite frankly we can't wait for the Spring Sizzler to start a new open wheeled modified racing chapter here at Stafford Speedway."

SK Lights teams will be able to use cars from the SK Modified class, as well as the NASCAR Whelen

Stafford Motor Speedway has released the rulebook for their newest class, the SK Light Modified Division, and teams are gearing up for the division’s debut in 2006. The division mission statement reads: 'An open wheeled modified based upon the SK Modified format integrating rigid cost controls. This division will provide a budgeted open wheel racing opportunity for teens and adults seeking to pursue an open wheeled racing career.'
The SK Modifieds put on some wild shows at Stafford.  Next season, they will be joined by the SK Lights.
The Busch North Series is in for some changes.

Both the NASCAR Busch North and NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour banquets are set for this weekend at Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut. For the fourth straight season, Andy Santerre will be honored as the Busch North champ while Tony Hirschman repeats as the Modified champion.  It is the fifth time overall in Hirschman’s career for him to wear the champion’s crown.

Speed51.com will also announce the winner of the 2005 Most Popular Driver award for the Modified Series.

We’ll be on hand for both banquets and have complete coverage of the events.
Modified Tour, but must use a crate engine.  There are
other cost saving rules in place as well for the division.


Tom Mayberry, President of PASS Racing, Inc., announced that the winner’s share of the PASS Modified series purse will be increased to $500 for the 2006 season.

In making the announcement Mayberry said, “The division is growing and we want to acknowledge those competitors who supported the series in the early years and show those that are interested in joining the series now that we are committed to its continued growth.”

The 2006 PASS Modified Series schedule will be available shortly.

Andy Santerre should be getting used to making banquet speeches - he's done just that for the since 2002.