51's NORTHERN EXPOSURE by Mike Twist
Bo Find a New SK Home, Oxford Drops Busch North? and More
OXFORD ANNOUNCES ’06 SLATE

The Oxford Plains Speedway has announced their 2006 schedule and while there are several big events planned for 2006, the most notable news is that one big race from last year won’t be carrying over.
The ACT Late Models will be at Oxford for a Saturday night tune-up to the 250 on July 29th.  They will return for a stand-along 150 lapper on August 19th.

The Oxford Summer Racing Series will see 16 dates at the track in 2006 and this writer, with his #51 Speed51.com Mini Truck, hopes to make many of those events as a driver.

PASS GOING NORTH OF THE BORDER AGAIN

The IBG-PASS Pro Stock Series and Scotia Speedworld, located in Halifax, Nov Scotia, have inked a deal for the track to host two PASS events per year through the 2008 season.

BO KNOWS SKs

Bo Gunning will return to the SK Modified ranks at Stafford Motor Speedway on Friday nights in 2006.  He’ll be driving a second entry for owner/driver Bob Parker, Jr.  Gunning’s car will be numbered #49, while Parker will have #48 on the side of his ride.

GATHERING FOR A GOOD CAUSE

With the help of several racing supporters in various forms of the sport, Racing Against Cancer announced their 2005 fundraising totals last week with over 100 people in attendance at Connecticut’s Foxwoods Resort Casino.

The program is dedicated to raising money for cancer research.  Through the efforts of many generous and talented racing teams and organizations, the Racing Against Cancer™ program raised $64,000 in 2005. A total of $454,215 has been raised since the program’s inception.

Those funds came from many different sources.
The NASCAR Busch North Series returned to Oxford after a 13-year absence in 2005.  It won’t be back for a return engagement in 2006. 

What Oxford fans will get to see though are two IBG-PASS Pro Stock points races, including the season opener for both the series and the track on April 29th.  The PASS teams will come back again on July 1st and then many teams will also be taking part in the non-PASS sanctioned 33rd Annual TD Banknorth 250 on July 30th.  This open show is the cornerstone of the Oxford schedule and pays $25,000 for the victory and $100 for every lap led.
Busch Series driver Randy MacDonald joined forces with Foxwoods and R.A.C. in a sponsorship agreement for the New England 200 at New Hampshire International Speedway in July. With driver Dale Quarterley, the MacDonald team finished 25th in the NASCAR Busch Series race. With a matching program from Foxwoods, over $14,600 was donated to the American Cancer Society through the Racing Against Cancer program.

GRIZCO Racing, owners of the #55 Busch North Series entry driven by Mike Stefanik and the #25 entry driven by Brad Leighton, and long-time team sponsor Burnham
Corporation once again spearheaded a program that resulted in a $12,500 donation to David’s House, a haven for terminally ill children and their families near the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in New Hampshire.

The Racing Against Cancer™ Cruise Night on Lake Winnipesauke continues to grow by leaps and bounds. This year, NEXTEL Cup Series driver and longtime supporter of Sugar Hill Speedway, Jerry Nadeau, raised the stakes on the evening by holding a Poker Tournament that helped in collecting a total of $4,600 for Racing Against Cancer.

Through Racing Against Cancer nights and the Junior Ambassador Program, Sugar Hill Speedway (NH) was directly responsible for fundraising efforts that exceeded $11,000. The Junior Ambassadors included an impressive array of young driving talent including: Chris and John Kenyon of Manchester, NH; Nicholas and Alex MacDuffie of Salisbury, NH; Austin Brehio of Hopkinton, NH; Dale White, Jr. of Ipswich, MA; Luke Labonte of Litchfield, NH; Russell Wood of Pelham, NH; and Dan Bowes of Georgetown, MA.

The Junior Ambassadors and Sugar Hill Speedway owners Archie and Debbie Archambault, were awarded the Jodi Blanchette Outstanding Achievement Award for exceeding expectations of fundraising.

Scott Gregory recognized the efforts of three local drivers although they were unable to attend the luncheon. Wall Stadium Street Stock driver Kent Kreider together with his owner John Stoddard donated all of their 2005 season winnings to the Racing Against Cancer program as did Thompson Speedway Mini-Stock driver Steve Romjue for a combined total of $3,000.

Tom Mayberry of the Pro All Star Series in conjunction with Northern Tire made a donation on every tire purchased for the PASS series throughout the 2005 season for a total of $4,500.

Bill Doll of the World Karting Association continued to expand the Racing Against Cancer program throughout the karting ranks. In addition to raising monies, Doll has helped build a marketing program in the W.K.A. that will take the Racing Against Cancer name to a national level. Because of his support and efforts, Doll and his entire family were recognized with the William J. Fales Sportsmanship Award.

Former Ambassador and current Racing Against Cancer™ team member Josh Currier donated a fundraising sign to Scott Gregory before a presentation was made to the American Cancer Society. The Racing Against Cancer™ program were able to bestow upon the organization a check in the amount of $30,000.




The Sugar Hill Speedway Junior Ambassadors were on hand at Foxwoods for the RAC luncheon.
The Busch North cars are not on Oxford's schedule for 2006.  (Tom Gallo Photo)