Ramstrom was tempted to try and race at South Boston, but his doctors advised him against it. Instead, he’ll heal up to start the 2007 season at 100%.
“I should be fine by next year,” said Ramstrom. “My arm already feels great and I wanted to get my cast off early. But the doctors didn’t think that would be a good idea.”
MORE SOBO DETAILS
Speed51.com’s Matt Dillner was in South Boston this week and shot plenty of photos of the track and surrounding area to give teams and fans who are heading south a sneak peak at the lay of the land. Click here for his South Boston photo galleries.
ALL-STAR SPEEDWAY GETS ROLLING
It hasn’t taken long for Pro Stock/Super Late Model driver Bobby McArthur to make a splash as the new owner of Star Speedway. First, he has changed the name to All-Star Speedway and promised to bring Pro Stock/SLM cars back to the quarter-mile New Hampshire oval. Next, he organized an informational meeting this week to discuss the 2007 season and a standing-room only crowd of approximately 250 people showed up.
51's NORTHERN EXPOSUREby Mike Twist
Star Sold, PASS Celebrates, ACT Adds a Race and Unity Closes Out Their Season
But a freak incident in the PASS North season finale last month at Unity Raceway (ME) will keep Ramstrom from the driver’s seat for the race. Ramstrom broke his arm in a first lap wreck at Unity when it was pinned in his steering wheel during a multi-car incident. The injury puts Ramstrom on the shelf for SoBo, but his team will still make the trek to the Meltdown.
As Ramstrom will watch the race from pit road, a capable substitute will take the reins of his car. NASCAR Nextel Cup Chase for the Championship contender Kyle Busch will drive his car in the Meltdown.
“I wanted to run South Boston pretty bad,” said Ramstrom. “But if I can’t, he is the person who I would most like to drive my car. I like his driving style and I’d like to watch him win.”
Ramstrom will also get the opportunity to learn a lot during the weekend outside of the car.
“It will be a good experience for me,” said Ramstrom. “I’ll talk to him a lot over the weekend and learn from him. To benefit from his experience will be great. One thing that I need to improve with is giving my crew feedback when I come into the pits. He’s good at that and I can learn a lot.”
RAMSTROM GIVES UP SEAT TO A WORTHY SUB
Derek Ramstrom has been waiting for the Mason-Dixon Meltdown for quite sometime. The 15-year-old Massachusetts driver, who recently won the overall 2006 PASS Outlaw Late Model championship, hoped to be able to show his stuff against some of the best Super Late Model drivers in the country.
Speed51.com was in the crowd and noticed several faces that would be familiar to Pro Stock fans including Bobby Cabral, Jimmy Rosenfield, Wayne Helliwell, Jr., Eric Hudson and Jimmy Renfrew. In addition, McArthur has said that several other well-known competitors like Larry Gelinas, Wayne Helliwell, Sr., Bobby Gahan and Dan Bezanson are interested in racing at the track in 2007.
Rules for the Pro Stocks are going to be mostly based on PASS Outlaw rules. Plans call for a weekly purse of $1,500 to win and 50-lap feature races for the division.
There are also tentative plans for a class of SK-type Modifieds using a General Motors Fast Burn crate engine with a cam change allowed.
“Anyone who wants to work with me on the Modifieds is welcome to,” said McArthur. “I’d love to get that class together – where you could build a Modified for around $12,000 and go racing.”
McArthur plans on making around one million dollars worth of upgrades to the track in the next three years including a new 30x40 technical inspection building, new stands, improvements to the pit area, a possible repaving job after the 2008 season, new concession stands, a new wall in turns three and four and new restrooms.
“You’re probably going to be walking around a lot of construction next year,” said McArthur.
Bobby McArthur, shown here in August's PASS South race at Hickory, won't be racing much in 2007. He's got a track to run. (51 Photo)
The new owner also hopes to expand the seating capacity to 10,000.
“We want to have some big shows there,” said McArthur. “Maybe we can even bump heads with the Oxford 250 later on.”
Since McArthur is a racer himself, he focused a lot of tech issues at the meeting and it was obvious that he knows his way around a racecar
“I would suggest not using traction control [at All Star Speedway],” said McArthur. “I’m a racer, so I know a little bit about it. I’ll probably have to sell mine now. I know what to look for out there. I stunk up the show at
Canaan two years ago [as a driver] and there probably wasn’t anyone out there who cheated more than me.”
The previous owner of Star Speedway for decades, Bob Webber, Sr., is staying on as a consultant to McArthur’s management team. Webber is very optimistic about the future of the track that he nurtured.
“This deal is right,” said Webber. “I feel good about this and I feel good about him. I think that he’ll do a good job.”
Speed51.com will have more news about the goings on at All-Star Speedway as they develop.
NORTHERNERS SET TO HEAD SOUTH
The Mason-Dixon Meltdown is shaping up to have quite a Northeastern presence.
There was plenty of interest in All-Star Speedway this week. (51 Photo)
Derek Ramstrom (Top - 51 Photo) won't be in the driver's seat of his #35 car (Bottom - Norm Marx Photo) at South Boston, but he'll have a pretty good shoe filling in for him.
Jeremie Whorff, Joey Porciello, Bill Whorff, Jr., Stan Meserve, Chola(Coley) Shay, Ben Rowe, Cassius Clark, Alan Tardiff, Chris Kennison, Rick Martin, Travis Benjamin, Mike Rowe, Rob Stevens, Dan McKeage, Jimmy Rosenfield, Corey Williams, Ryan Russo, Johnny Clark, Mike Parks, Patrick Laperle and Joey Polewarczyk are all Super Late Model drivers with area ties who are expected to race at South Boston.
On the Modified side of the ledger, the Northeastern presence will also be strong with Billy Pauch Jr., Bobby Grigas, Ben Rowe, Chris Pasteryak, Alex Hoag, Dean Gulick, Earl Paules, Eric Beers, Eddie Flemke, Jr., Donny Lia, J. Wesley Swartout, James Civali, Jim Storace, Kory Rabenold, Andy Seuss, Chuck Hossfeld,
Ted Christopher and an yet-unnamed driver of the famed Brady Bunch #00 expected to attend.
MOD TOUR TO TWIN STATE
NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and Twin State Speedway have just signed an agreement marking the first return trip to the 1/3 mile asphalt oval in over 22 years, Sunday, July 8, 2007. What this means is that the most premier open-wheel tour in 2007 will be coming North. With such notable mod graduates as Jimmy Spencer, Steve Park, Geoffrey Bodine, Jeff Fuller and Mike McLaughlin to name a few.
PASS North drivers Ben Rowe (#4), Cassius Clark (#8) and Johnny Clark (#54) are all going to the Meltdown. (51 Photo)
The Fleury Family and NASCAR have been working on this race for over a year now. When asked about the race - track owner Dennis Fleury was very excited. "We'll run our regular show on Friday night with our 7 divisions of NASCAR racing and then the Whelen Modified Tour will have a special show on Sunday. This will be the week following NHIS's Loudon Race, and will be right in the points chase. Twin State Speedway has always been a modified facility and with the return of open wheeled action with our Pepsi Modifieds (running a full 20 week schedule in 2007), this race is going to be a show not to be missed. Dennis also added, with the many updates done to the speedway, and the growing fan base that Twin State Speedway is now in a position to hold this kind of event.
Along with the WMT we will have our weekly NASCAR Pro-Late Model division on tap, giving the teams an additional chance at the National Championship. (TSS PR)
UNITY TO RACE ON FRIDAYS?
Word on the street is that Unity Raceway (ME) will switch their race program from Saturday nights to Friday nights in 2007.
The NASCAR Modified will be visiting the wide oval at Twin State Speedway next year. (TSS Photo)