A Junior Shaw, Racing Minivans, Eight Years Olds Racing? and More
ANOTHER SHAW TO RACE THIS SEASON
There will be a familiar name with a familiar number competing weekly in the Late Model division at White Mountain Motorsports Park in 2006. Dale Shaw, Jr., also known as D.J., will run the #60 that his father has made famous in the Northeast by winning in everything from ACT to Busch North to PASS.
15-year-old D.J. moves up after competing in karts last year and winning 17 out of his 18 races. He has already tested a Late Model at the track. In that test, D.J. was only a few tenths of a second off Dale’s best time of the
session despite it being his first ever time in a full-sized car.
YANKEES SET TO INVADE GREENVILLE
The NASCAR Busch East Series has added a new event to their 2006 schedule. On June 10th, the historically Northeastern-based series will head to Greenville-Pickens Speedway for what is currently their season opening race.
TIOGA TO RISE AGAIN…MAYBE?
When New York’s Tioga Motorsports Park (also known through the years as Tioga Speedway and Shangri-La Speedway) closes its pit gates after the 2005 season, they were expected to remain closed forever. The track had been in operation since 1946, but it sits on top of a vast deposit of gravel and plans have been made to dig away the track to mine that material.
Over the winter, there have been ramblings that the track might still have a little bit of life still left in it. Race of Champions Modified promoter Andy Harpsell has heard the rumors that the track could reopen and addressed them at the recent Eastern Motorsports Press Association convention in Pennsylvania.
“I think that until the oval itself is dug up, the speculation and possibility [of the track reopening] will always be there,”” said Harpsell. “I’ve been by the track and it is dug up right to the driveway. There are people who are tire-kicking and maybe something can happen, but eventually it is going to be gone. In a year or two, it will be mined.”
BEECH RIDGE JOINS YOUTH MOVEMENT
Beech Ridge Motor Speedway (ME) has announced a new addition to their racing card in 2006. The Whiz Kidz division will allow children between the ages of eight and 15 compete in four cylinder cars during 11 events this year.
Anyone who holds a learner’s permit or has taken part in a driver’s education course will be disallowed from competing.
The schedule will consist of four events during the Thursday Night Thunder program and seven on Saturday night’s throughout the year.
Interest in the division is high. 29 entries were received before the class was even officially announced. The youngest entrant so far is nine years old.
The track’s racing card is also diverse. There will be 15 regular divisions racing at the track in 2006 in addition to tours such as the National Sprint Tour and DIRT Modifieds.
Track operator Todd Fisher is splitting up his divisions between 48 different shows, primarily on Thursday and Friday nights throughout racing season. The divisions include Sprint Cars, Late Models, Legends Cars, School Buses and even Minivans.
“I don’t want to say that this is the division of the future,
SUSKY SPEEDWAY HAS DIVERSE PLANS FOR ‘06
Susquehanna Speedway Park is definitely a unique track. Where else can racing families enjoy a two-week break in the schedule in July to encourage family vacations?
Eddie MacDonald hopes that his 2006 season will start just like his 2005 season ended - in victory lane. (Norm Marx Photo)
Dale Shaw has won in ACT with the #52 Late Model. Now, his son is hoping to follow in his footsteps with the #60 at White Mountain. (51 Photo)
This brings the total number of confirmed Busch East dates to 11, with another race or two expected to be added.
There has been no official word from NASCAR, but possibilities that have been discussed in the Busch East community for another race include second dates at either Lime Rock Park or Adirondack Speedway or another Southern race at Myrtle Beach Speedway, South Boston Speedway or even Bristol Motor Speedway.
Eddie MacDonald won the final event of the 2005 season and is looking forward to starting the year at Greenville.
“I’m glad that we’ll be starting out the season someplace warm,” said the Massachusetts driver. “It will be good to go to a track that is new for everyone where everyone has new notes.”
but it is a lot of fun,” said Fisher of the minivan class. “I know that you can’t go to the PRI show or your local dealership to get performance parts for a minivan.”
One thing is for certain at SSP. Fans won’t be seeing the same thing every week.
“We run a real diverse show every night. We keep changing the line-up a little bit. Basically, that is because I get bored running the same show every week.”
And minivans might not be the final frontier for SSP. Fisher said that he is open to any future suggestions for a new racing class. No matter how crazy it might sound.
“If there is anything that isn’t on our schedule that interests you, let us know and we’ll bring it in.”
PASTERYAK WINS TOP WRENCH AWARD
Charlie Pasteryak has accumulated more than a few trophies and plaques throughout his racing career and he added another one to his collection recently. However, it wasn’t for driving his NASCAR Modified – or anything for the matter.
Pasteryak was awarded the NASCAR Mechanic of the Year Award at Waterford Speedbowl for his role as crew chief of his son Chris’ SK Modified. The younger Pasteryak competed weekly at Waterford in 2005 in addition to a limited schedule of driving his father’s #5 Tour Modified. Both father and son are expected to share driving duties in the #5 again this season on the Whelen Modified Tour.
Charlie Pasteryak recently earned an award, but it wasn't for anything that he did behind the wheel. (51 Photo)
They’ll race anything at Susquehanna Speedway, including school buses and minivans. (JR’s Photos / Susquehanna Speedway Photo)
There will be some four cylinders with younger drivers soon at Beech Ridge. (BRMS Photo)
SNOWMOBILE RIDE AND AUCTION SET FOR THIS WEEKEND
The Seventh Annual Busch North Scene Snowmobile Poker Run for Charity will take place this Saturday in Rangeley, Maine and there will be plenty to do on and off the trails.
The charity ride in the focal point of the event, but there is also going to be a dinner, charity auction and raffle and comic show held at the Rangeley Inn.
Auction items include a pair of Daytona 500 tickets, a hood from Bard Leighton’s #25 Grizco Racing car, a side panel from Brendan Gaughan’s #77 Craftsman Truck, driver’s suit from Leighton and Matt Kobyluck, several items donated by champion Andy Santerre and much more.