Williams has turned some laps there in 2006 as well, behind the wheel of a Legends Car and he also recalls having a strong run in last year’s 300.
“We had an excellent car there last year, but we got into trouble during a late race caution,” said Williams.
Although both drivers are young, they both have a strong appreciation for the history of Beech Ridge.
“Beech Ridge goes way back,” said Williams. “I’ve heard stories of when the track was dirt and I always enjoy those.”
CHANCES ARE GOOD FOR A FIRST TIME PASS NORTH WINNER AT BEECH RIDGE by MikeTwist
Two Young Stars on the SLM Tour Have Extensive Experience at “The Ridge”
Everyone likes to see a fresh face in victory lane. Race fans also like to be able to say that they were on hand for a rising star’s first victory. When the Pro All Star Series North Super Late Models visit Beech Ridge Motor Speedway (ME) for the New England Dodge Dealers 150 on Sunday, August 20th, there will be a better than usual chance of the tour having a first-time winner.
Tardiff got a head start on his rookie season by running a few PASS shows late in 2005. Beech Ridge was one of those events and it paid off for the young driver. Tardiff finished a strong fifth in the longest race of the PASS season, the Pullen Heavy Industries 300.
“Running well there helps our confidence,” Tardiff said. “We’re pretty excited about going back there. We also ran there in a weekly race [on August 5th] and the car was very good. If the track stays the same, we’ve got a good set-up.”
When Mike Rowe won at Scotia Speedworld last season, a young fan got to bring home the trophy.
Two of the up and coming young drivers in PASS North, Corey Williams and leading 2006 Rookie of the Year contender Alan Tardiff have extensive experience at the track. Williams has scores of Legends car victories at the facility, while Tardiff is a graduate of the Pro Series at Beech Ridge. In fact, he won his first race in the track’s top division at the record-setting age of 15.
Both young men are looking for their first PASS North victories and Beech Ridge might just be the place for that to happen.
“We’ve got a lot of laps around Beech Ridge,” said Williams. “I think that we have enough experience at the track to be able to pull over a win there.”
“If we’re going to win a race this season on the PASS tour, it will probably be at Beech Ridge,” said Tardiff. “We’ve got a little bit of an advantage there with all of the information that we have for the track. It’s a difficult place to get around and I’m sure as the years go on and we race there more, the other teams will catch up. But for now, racing at Beech Ridge for me is like Mike Rowe racing at Oxford.”
Looking to place a bet on a new PASS North winner this week? Smart money could be on the #47 of Corey Williams or the #8t of Alan Tardiff. (Norm Marx Photos)
Mike Rowe (#24) and Travis Benjamin (#17) battle for victory in last year's Atlantic CAT 250.
“My whole family has been involved with the track for a long time,” said Tardiff, who lives 20 minutes away in the Town of Lyman. “My grandfather was there when the place opened and my father has raced there and owned cars there for years. It’s one of the nicest facilities of anywhere we race.”
While Williams and Tardiff might be the obvious choices for a first victory at Beech Ridge, they are not the only ones who have a shot at winning on the tour for the first time. Several Beech Ridge Pro Series competitors are expected to enter the event and that group cannot be counted out. Curtis Gerry has a pair of top 10 finishes in PASS competition this season, young Travor Sanborn finished a strong sixth in the TD Banknorth 250 last month and Dan McKeage is always fast. Those are just a few of the Saturday Night Ridge Runners who might enter the PASS event.
The New England Dodge Dealers 150 at Beech Ridge is set for Sunday, August 20th. Racing action is scheduled to get underway at 4:00pm.