SPEEDWEEKS STARS ARE BORN

Meanwhile, down in Florida, two Northeastern drivers are seeing their stocks go way up thanks to their head turning performances in the Modified ranks at New Smyrna Speedway’s Florida Speedweeks.
True Value Modified Racing Series standout Andy Seuss sits in the middle of a close three-way championship battle with Eric Beers and Chuck Hossfeld with two races left in the series.  Seuss has finished fourth on two occasions during the week and has been amazingly consistent in his #70 car.

Long Island’s Mike Andrews, Jr. is another standout from the week.  The Riverhead Raceway regular didn’t even plan to race at Speedweeks, but took over the #36 ride after Mike Ewanitsko broke his foot early in the week.  Andrews adapted quickly to his new surroundings and won on Thursday night.  Click here for the full story.
51's NORTHERN EXPOSURE by Mike Twist
Junior Hanley Comes Back, Stars are Born and a Legend Passes On

The two definite races that are on the team’s hit list are July’s TD Banknorth 250 at Oxford Plains Speedway, which Hanley won in 1993, and the PASS 300 at Beech Ridge in September.  A few additional PASS Super Late Model shows might be added to their schedule as well.

Hanley has most recently raced with the CRA Super Series, while the Hight team has most recently had Ralph Nason behind thre wheel.

The Hight car will take a trip to Hanley’s Canadian shop before the season begins for some final preparations and a new ABC body.
Last season, Ralph Nason drove the #77 and finished second to Mike Rowe in a thrilling race at Unity.  (Norm Marx Photo)
Andy Seuss (#70) is one of the drivers who has been impressive at Speedweeks.
HANLEY AND HIGHT MOTORSPORTS HOOK UP

One of the toughest competitors to ever race in the Northeast, Canadian legend Junior Hanley, will be back in the saddle this season.  Hanley will wheel the #77 Pro Stock/Super Late Model of Hight Motorsports in several big shows during the year.

PHIL LIBBY PASSES AWAY

One of Maine’s most notable stock car drivers has passed away.  Phil Libby died at the age of 78 last week.

Libby won championships at Oxford Plains Speedway and Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in the early 1960’s.  Libby started his racing career at Beech Ridge on the day that it opened in 1949 and has a dream season at the track in 1960 when he won 21 of 27 events.  He was also a five-time President of the Maine State Stock Car Racing Association and has been elected to both the Beech Ridge Hall of Fame in 2004.  Earlier this month, Libby was also inducted into the Maine Motorsports Hall of Fame.